Thanks to a generous donor, a little girl’s dream of elephants came true. Last fall the International Elephant Foundation held a virtual auction where one of the items was a family experience with a herd of Asian elephants. A generous gentleman won that elephant encounter, donated by The Preserve, and wanted to gift his prize to a child who loves elephants. He asked us to find a match. The team at IEF got to work to connect an amazing child with elephants.

That’s when IEF contacted Make-A-Wish North Texas. The staff at Make-A-Wish were incredible! They quickly connected us with ZyZy, who has a critical illness. She is an animal lover and her favorite animal is an elephant. ZyZy has always loved animals, especially elephants and she dreamed of being able to see elephants in person.

Her wish came true and she was able to travel, with her family, to a very special place for elephants in the Texas Hill Country.

It was a beautiful, clear day when ZyZy arrived with her family for the elephant experience. You could tell she was not thinking about her illness but was focused on the majestic sight of real-life elephants.

During the unique and educational experience, ZyZy and her family met the resident elephant ambassadors, Rosie, Becky, and Kitty. They learned about elephant grooming, foot care, and they even helped give Becky a bath! It was a picture-perfect day that ended with a big hug and a kiss for ZyZy from Rosie!

It was a day that ZyZy will remember for the rest of her life, and I know we will too.