Friday, August 12, is World Elephant Day, a day to celebrate our favorite zoo pal! St. Louis kids have two ways to party with the pachyderms: both the St. Louis Zoo and Grant’s Farm are hosting fun events.
Kids in St. Louis have two awesome ways to celebrate elephants, because both the St. Louis Zoo and Grant’s Farm are hosting fun events on Friday!
St. Louis Zoo World Elephant Day
The zoo is home to three generations of elephants, including our favorite daddy elephant, Raja. The zoo will be teaming up with 96 Elephants Campaign, the Wildlife Conservation Society and zoos across the country to break the Guinness World Records title for the “largest display of origami elephants.” Kids can make paper elephants at the zoo and the zoo will pass them on to 96 Elephants as they attempt to collect 35,000 origami elephants! Why 35,000? I hate to say, but that is the number of elephants that are poached on average each year in Africa. Yikes!
Drop by from 10am to 3pm to visit with the elephants, listen to keeper chats and make paper elephants!
96 Elephants has a few templates for you to use if you want to make origami elephants at home! You can mail them in and still be part of a world record attempt. The directions come in easy to “moderate” and include video instruction, so you should be able to make a few in honor of your favorite elephant.
— Denise (@StlMotherhood) August 10, 2016
Grant’s Farm World Elephant Day
Grant’s Farm will also be hosting fun crafts and educational chats from 9 to 3pm on Friday. They are home to four elephants, including my favorites, Bud and Mickey. The festivities will be held by the elephant amphitheater. Grants farm will be giving away some elephant swag, including a painting done by one of the herd. You can also enter their social media contest to win a special visit with Bud. To enter, post a photo of a Grant’s Farm elephant with the hashtag #WorldElephantDay and #GrantsFarm. The winner will be randomly selected on Aug. 15.