Elephant Appreciation Day at Phoenix Zoo

Posted at 12:21 PM, Sep 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-27 15:21:46-04

Phoenix Zoo is letting visitors get an extra special elephant experience on Sunday for Elephant Appreciation Day.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can enjoy various activities dedicated to elephants, including a special bath at 11 a.m. from Phoenix Fire Department.

Other special events include opportunities to take 'elfies', making pinatas filled with treats to give to the elephants and talk with zookeepers.

If you can't make it out to the festivities Sunday, you can still celebrate by reading these fun facts from the zoo:

  • Elephants at Phoenix Zoo are between 44 and 50 years old.
  • Phoenix Zoo's elephants weigh anywhere from 7,500 pounds to 8,200 pounds.
  • They mostly eat hay, but also get a selection of produce and special 'elephant pellets' with necessary nutrients.
  • Each elephant gets a daily check-up of their eyes, ears, feet and of course, a shower.
  • Each week, the elephants get a pedicure! Zookeepers work on one foot each week for up to an hour, so all four feet get done each month.