August 31, 2022
    Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Oklahoma City Zoo, in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and International Elephant Conservation partners, is celebrating Asian Elephant Awareness Month in August. This global effort aims to raise awareness of the plight Asian elephants are facing, and inspire the public to get involved in elephant conservation through a social media campaign, #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth. Since 2019, Asian Elephant Awareness Month has inspired over 40 million wildlife fans to show their love for Asian elephants by posting photos and messages on social media. Help us keep the posts, likes and love growing with #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth and remember to tag @okczoo. The OKC Zoo is committed to the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitat through its worldwide partnerships. Asian elephants are endangered, facing unique challenges that threaten the species’ survival. Asian elephant populations in the wild have fallen below 40,000. The 13 nations that make up the natural habitat of Asian elephants have the densest human population on the planet and, as a result, vital habitat for elephants has been reduced by over 90% in 40 years. Furthermore, Asian elephants are much more susceptible than African elephants to EEHV, a fast-moving virus with a 60% fatality rate. The Zoo is home to a multi-generational herd of eight Asian elephants ranging in ages from 55 to six-month-old calf, Rama! Additionally, the Zoo will be hosting these happenings in August in support of Asian elephant conservation: Cookies for Conservation with Eileen’s Colossal Cookies/August 1 through 31: Check out this sweet offer for elephant conservation. Beginning Monday, August 1 and continuing through Wednesday, August 31, for every frosted elephant cookie purchased at Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, $.50/per cookie will be donated to the OKC Zoo in support of Asian elephant conservation. Cookies will be available to purchase individually or trays of 6 cookies. Customers that purchase a tray of 6 will be entered to win an OKC Zoo Asian elephant Wild Encounter experience good for four people plus Zoo admission, with one drawing at each of the two participating locations, Edmond (1333 N Santa Fe, Edmond) and Nichols Hills (7700 N. May Ave, OKC) locations. For additional details, check out the Zoo’s Facebook. World Elephant Day Celebration Presented by Bob Moore Subaru/Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru for World Elephant Day activities, learn more about the Zoo’s Asian elephants and how you can help save their counterparts in the wild. Event activities are free with Zoo admission. Chicken N Pickle Green Cup Campaign Spotlight: The OKC Zoo/August 1-15: Think green for elephants! From Monday, August 1 through Monday, August 15, when you purchase a drink and upgrade to a green cup at the Oklahoma City Chicken N Pickle location (8400 N Oklahoma Ave), a portion of the proceeds will benefit Asian elephant conservation. OKC Zoo’s Evening for Elephants at Chicken N Pickle/Friday, August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.: Oklahoma City Zoo is excited to partner with Chicken N Pickle (8400 N Oklahoma Ave) and host a fundraising event, “Evening for Elephants,” in support of elephant conservation. Join us for a night of fun, good food and games. Follow the Zoo on social to learn more.