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Be a Hero and Help Zoo Break Record for Elephant Awareness

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639

August 12, 2016
World Elephant Day
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We will celebrate World Elephant Day with zoo docents with biofacts on the plaza and at the Harry Frazier Family Elephant Encounter. Zoo docents will share information about the Zoo’s two elephants — African elephant Mikki and Asian elephant Punch — as well as information about the group 96elephants and their efforts to raise awareness about the plight of elephants. 96 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory tusks. See related August 20 elephant origami event below.

August 13
Toyota Backyard Action Hero Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find out how you can become a hero in your own backyard by picking up a free copy of the Zoo’s Toyota Backyard Action Hero Guidebook. It’s full of fun facts, awesome animal pictures and cool activities. To download the Toyota Backyard Action Hero book visit Free with Zoo admission or with Zoo membership. You can also pick up your copy of the 14th annual Backyard Action Hero Magazine presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky all week long at the Zoo’s front entrance.

August 20, 2016
Guinness World Records™ Attempt for the “Largest Display of Origami Elephants” Title
Noon to 4 p.m.

The Louisville Zoo is joining other Zoos across the nation in an attempt to help the organization 96elephants break the Guinness World Records™ title for the “Largest Display of Origami Elephants.” The Zoo will have an elephant origami party where guests will learn about elephants and join the effort to break the world record by folding origami elephants to send to 96elephants. The group’s goal is to produce 35,000 origami elephants to represent the number of elephants killed every year in Africa for their ivory. The current Guinness record for the largest display of origami elephants is 33,764. Docents will be on hand to help families fold and provide information on 96elephants and the Zoo’s two elephants, Mikki and Punch.


The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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