Asian Elephant Extravaganza

Syracuse Zoo Asian Elephant Extravaganza Karina

Free for members and with zoo admission

Celebrate Asian culture and honor the zoo’s magnificent elephant herd. Join us for a day-long celebration that blends wildlife conservation education with the rich culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Activities include keeper talks and herd member spotlights at Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts and information about the significance of elephants in Asian culture.

In partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University


10:30 a.m. – Gamelan Music Performance

10:45 a.m. – Elephant Painting Enrichment Demo
(Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve)

11 a.m. – Bharatanatyam Dance Performance (Classical Indian Dance)

Noon – Gamelan Music Performance

12:30 p.m. – Spotlight on Elephant Foot Care
(Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve)

1 p.m. – Gamelan Music Performance

1:30 p.m. – Bollywood ZOOmba Dancing – Come Join in the Fun!

2 p.m. – Elephant Keeper Talk and Watermelon Smash!
(Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve)

2:30 p.m – Gamelan Music Performance

3 p.m – Elephant Pool Enrichment and Raffle Winner Announcement
(Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve)

Animal Enrichment Day

Asian Elephant Siri Enrichment at Syracuse Zoo

Enrichment is an important part of animal welfare, keeping animals in human care mentally and physicall stimulated on a daily basis. Enrichment means giving animals the opportunities and the tools to stimulate their natural behaviors and keep them engaged.

In celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week, our keepers have designated Friday, July 20, 2018 as Enrichment Day, a day when we celebrate all the ways that enrichment and training positively impact our animals’ lives.

Activities will include foraging stations where guests can try to find hidden treats, enrichment stations displaying some of the objects we give to our animals and opportunities to help make enrichment items. Look for our table where you can donate an enrichment item or a monetary contribution to enrichment to be entered in a raffle for a piece of animal art.

Donate to our Enrichment Wish List and BE ENTERED TO WIN a painting by one of our animals!

Enrichment Wish List — New, unused items only, please!

  • Suet feeders — all sizes
  • Slow feeder dog dishes
  • Scents and seasongs, eg. peppermint, almond, vanilla, cat nip, cinnamon, basil.
  • Exo Terra rock dishes — all sizes (PetSmart or Petco)
  • Exo Terra log hides — all sizes (PetSmart or Petco)
  • Boomer Balls (
  • Gift cards to PetSmart, Petco, Amazon, Wegmans, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
  • Kongs — all sizes
  • Bird/parrot toys

Food items:

  • Cereal — low sugar such as Cheerios, Rice Chex, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, etc.
  • Unsalted nuts (only in a sealed container, no bulk items please)
  • All natural nut butters
  • Low or no sugar applesauce or fruit cups (no syrup)
  • Dried fruit (sealed, no bulk please)
  • Canned corn
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned tuna
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Nutella
  • Popcorn (non-microwave)
  • Baby food
  • Jelly
  • Honey
  • Low sugar juice (all natural)

Animal Demonstrations

Daily Monday, June 23 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. through Labor Day

*Listen to zoo announcements for location
Subject to change, weather permitting


10:30 a.m. – Training with Moakler, the elephant barn dog
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

11 a.m. – Contact Barn Keeper Chat
Domestic Animal Barn

11:30 a.m. – Camel Demonstration
Wildlife Trail across from Andean Bear

Noon – Reptile Keeper Chat
U.S.S. Antiquities Cave

1:30 p.m. – Predator and Prey
Northwestern Mutual Animal Encounter

2 p.m. – Elephant Keeper Chat
Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

2:30 p.m. – Red Panda Keeper Chat
Wildlife Trail

3 p.m. – Penguin Keeper Chat
Penguin Coast

3:30 p.m. – Primate Park Keeper Chat
Primate Park