Its enormous ears serve as a remarkable cooling system for the body. Blood, in the large veins of the ears, is cooled by the flapping motion of the ears and is circulated throughout the body. Female elephants, such as our elephant friend, remain very stable for life and develop a strong attachment for their keepers, based on mutual trust and respect. Our resident elephant enjoys giving rides and participating in her educational programs. All her training has been with positive reinforcement (lots of nutritional treats) and she eagerly awaits each session.
Other African Elephant facts
Gestation: 22 to 24 months. Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa from semidesert to forest at different altitudes. Longevity: 45 to 50 years in wild. They can live up to 60 to 70 years under proper domestic conditions.
Herbivorous – bark, fruits, grasses, and leaves.
An elephants truck has between 40,000 & 150,000 different muscles. The truck can hold up to 5 gallons of water.
Africa Elephant Rides
Look at the World from a different view point. African elephant rides are an outstanding experience for the young and the young at heart. On this adventure ride you’re going to feel the gait of an elephant’s walk while appreciating a lofty perspective. We are one of the few zoos in the United States to offer an African elephant ride with an opportunity for hands-on interaction.
Tentative Elephant Rides Schedule
Mid-March 2017 – May 26th
12 noon to 3:00 pm
(Saturdays & Sundays only)
May 27th – September 4th
12 noon to 3:00 pm
(Everyday, except Mondays)
(Rides will be held Monday July 4th and September 4th)
September 5th – December 3rd
(Saturdays & Sundays only, times may vary)
Elephant Rides are NOT held on Mondays, unless it IS a Holiday.
Let our African Elephant take you for a memorable stroll.
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No single person riders. Minimum of 2 persons per ride required. So please bring a friend or make a new one.
Digital photograph print of your journey for only $10 extra, proceeds applied toward elephant enrichment.
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African Elephant Rides are generally held 12:00 – 3:00 pm weather permissible on the days noted above. However schedule can change due to weather (heat or rain). Many days rides are held longer than the times above and directly relates to the weather and the number of visitors on that given day. Some days rides are held for shorter periods than the above times (or are held at alternate times).