Elephants You’ll Remember

There’s a giant Las Vegas-style buffet at City Park today, but humans aren’t invited to eat. No, the vittles are for Mimi and Dolly, the Denver Zoo’s two Asian elephants. The zoo will fete the ladies starting at 11:30 a.m. in honor of National Elephant Day with an artistic buffet of fruits and vegetables served on hay beds. The celebration is based on a Thai festival honoring the elephant, Thailand’s national animal.

The zoo will also host several other elephant-related activities. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors can learn about the connections between humans and elephants and the zoo’s own efforts to help preserve the endangered Asian species. To that end, the zoo is building a new exhibit called Asian Tropics, which, when completed — in about two years — will be capable of housing twelve elephants, up to eight of which could be male. That could make the Denver Zoo the keeper of the largest herd of bull elephants in the U.S. — and possibly the best spot in the country for elephant baby-making.

The events are free with zoo admission. Tickets are $12 for people ages 12 to 64, $7 for seniors, $5 for children under 11; kids under three get in free. For more information, visit www.denverzoo.org or call 303-376-4800.
Sat., March 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 2010

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