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The Most Engaging Elephant Experience Outside of Africa or Asia! A proposal for the Toronto Zoo We Have an Opportunity to Build North America’s Most Innovative and Engaging Elephant Experience in Toronto !
The current Toronto Zoo elephant exhibit does not hold visitor attention for more than a few minutes.
In the winter, the confined space provides little opportunity for fun or learning.
Current Toronto Zoo Elephant Exhibit
Building a larger version of the same exhibit will not provide an improved visitor experience.
Why not take this opportunity to build something new and exciting to improve visitor experience & learning?
Imagine standing in a place where you are surrounded by an elephant family having a discussion with each other and under your feet you can feel infrasound (vibration) simulating the various ways that elephants communicate.
In this circle-vision display with surround sound you will learn how elephants communicate in the wild.
Next enter a safari simulator bus. Inside you will experience a guided tour of the African Savannah to help you understand the environment and the cohabitants of the African elephant.
Learn about the diet of
elephants by seeing
how field biologists
study their dung.
Kids can use the same techniques to explore faux elephant poop to learn for themselves.
You will also learn about products made from recycled elephant dung and how the proceeds benefit elephant conservation in the wild.
Touch-technology computer screens will give everyone a chance to show how much they know about elephants.
A series of questions will be
presented such as:
have good memories?
There is no end to the possibilities for learning using this technology and this display can be expanded as visitors come up with new questions.
With the help of a robotic elephant trunk, you will be able to try to manipulate items and will learn how elephants use their trunks to pick up food as small as a grape.
While viewing full size elephant skeletons, you will learn about how elephants often visit the bones of their ancestors in an apparent grieving ritual and how poaching for the ivory trade has led to the demise of certain populations of elephants.
Compare your footprint to an elephant’s.
How much food do you eat in a day compared to an elephant?
How far can you reach compared to the reach of an elephant browsing on leaves in a treetop?Let’s Learn More About Elephants By Comparing Ourselves To Them!
Terminals throughout the complex will allow visitors to view real-time video of elephants in the wild or see what the Toronto Zoo elephants are doing in their new home.
PAWS Sanctuary photos
Another part of the centre provides children opportunities to play together by participating in all sorts of fun and educational activities such as:
A small theatre will provide an opportunity to share information through film about the conservation issues that wild elephants are facing and will seek to inspire every visitor to become active on conservation issues facing elephants in the wild.
As visitors exit the theatre inspired to help elephants, they will have an opportunity to send a personal message from a computer terminal about a current elephant issue and learn where to go to find more information about how they can help elephants.
What parent would not want to relax in a garden café drinking shade-grown coffee while watching their children play? Kids will love it because they can climb up to look out through the eyes of a life sized African elephant and then slide out the back end or play on the other African animal play equipment.
Fully immersed in the sights and sounds of the African Savannah here are some of the things we can learn about…
Many people are not aware that there are actually 4 species of elephants and 3 sub species. One group even mines for salt inside caves. Learn all about the similarities and differences of the various species of elephants.
Borneo Pygmy Elephant
African Forest Elephant African Savannah Elephant Asian Elephant
Learn incredible facts about elephant behaviour such as:
Let’s teach our kids about how elephants learn from their mothers and grandmothers to rear infants, where to find food and water in the dry-seasons, migration routes,
language, and other
Full size models of elephant ancestors will help teach fascinating facts about elephant evolution such as:
60-million-year-old creature in Morocco,
which is the rabbit sized ancestor of the
modern day elephant.
Understanding this natural history
will help visitors see how elephants
have evolved to the animal we
The Elephant Learning Centre can help raise funds for wild elephant conservation projects at concession stands and at the café or by facilitating fundraising events such as lectures.
BETTER EXPERIENCE: Provide a more enjoyable experience for families to learn about elephants together through interactive displays all year round.
NEW VISITORS: An engaging innovative Elephant Learning Center
will draw new people to the zoo and keep them there longer.
BETTER LEARNING: Learning opportunities improve when
people are engaged in the experience.
PROMOTE ELEPHANT PROTECTION: Informed visitors are more likely to become active in helping to protect elephants
SAVE MONEY: Building an Elephant Learning Centre will
cost between $10 -15 million, saving the zoo $25 – 30 million.
BE A WORLD LEADER FOR ELEPHANTS: Join the esteemed list of 15 North American zoos who have already decided to stop keeping live elephants including: Detroit Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, Bronx Zoo, the Alaska Zoo, and many others worldwide.
To be a dynamic and exciting action centre that inspires people to love, respect and protect wildlife and wild spaces.
788 ½ O’Connor Dr.
Toronto, Ont M4B 2S6