AZA Tons of Love

Asian Elephant Awareness Month

August is Asian Elephant Awareness Month, and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to one of the world’s top Asian elephant programs, the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve – so of course we are joining our fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums in AZA’s month-long campaign to raise awareness of this critically endangered species.

Our elephant care team is partnering with AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) and the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) to share information, fun facts and inspiring activities that you can join and follow on our social media platforms all month long.

  • We’ll be sharing an Asian Elephant Fact from our friends at IEF this month on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • We encourage you to join our #TONSoflove campaign by posting a photo showing your love for Asian elephants with the hashtag #TONSoflove and tagging us @syracusezoo!
  • We will also share profiles of our Asian elephant herd and information about Asian elephant conservation efforts throughout the month.

Mark your calendars for a couple of special dates!

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY – On Wednesday, August 12, World Elephant Day, our elephant team will take over our Facebook and Instagram feeds to share insider info on elephant care at the zoo! We’ll also have a #TONSoflove photo op set up for zoo visitors that day.

ASIAN ELEPHANT EXTRAVAGANZA – Saturday, August 22. We can’t hold our usual giant celebration, but we will be celebrating virtually via Facebook and Instagram! We’ll also be celebrating our elephant matriarch Siri’s 53rd birthday and her herdmate Romani’s 44th birthday!


Elephant Wish List

  • Sand piles for playing and snoozing — 1 full load of beach sand = 20 tons for $460
  • 39-inch Polyform boat buoys to play with, 2 at $500 each —
  • Bongo Feeder —, $127
  • Meteor —, $195
  • Food enrichment gift cards – Aldi, Wegmans, Tops, Costco
  • Feeder Tube —, 14” x 18” with 1.5” holes, extra heavy duty, $200
  • Two-Timer —, (2) 24” Jingle balls on rope, severe heavy duty, $1000
  • 10” Heavy-duty Boomerballs —, 5 balls for $48
  • Small Bobbin (Heavy duty),, $60
  • Unopened bags of jellybeans or marshmallows for training treats

To donate a smaller item, please drop donations off at the zoo Membership Desk any time during zoo hours.

To donate toward a larger item, please make a donation at and earmark it for that item. OR, you can donate by calling Heidi Strong at (315) 435-8511 x 8526.

To donate a gift card for any of the retailers noted, please send e-gift cards to OR mail to Rosamond Gifford Zoo Elephant Team, Att’n: Ashley Sheppard, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NY 13204

Meet our Asian Elephant Herd


One Conservation Place, 
Syracuse, NY 13204

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