To say that the Elephant Department at Wildlife Safari stays busy is an understatement. After over a year of fundraising through auctions, elephant art, and special encounters, they celebrated the opening of the all-new Tembo Trek habitat expansion in July! This amazing celebration also coincided with the 37th birthday of their herd’s special guy, George.
An impressive male African elephant, George is the symbolic figurehead of the Wildlife Safari elephant herd’s elephant ambassadors. For the jumbo celebration, they had photo opportunities and selfie stations, events like bean bag toss and elephant crafts, trunk-painted elephant art by the birthday boy himself, and a melon feeding with George and the rest of his herd. Guests could also use an “apple launcher” to roll an apple into the new, expanded habitat for the elephants to snack on, and later in the day they even had an opportunity to pet the birthday boy. Everyone got into the party spirit including other ambassador animals from the park’s education department attending as “George’s Birthday Friends.”