《關懷大象》洛杉磯動物園舉行國際愛護大象日活動

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每年8月12日是國際愛護大象日。這天,就讓我們一起來關懷世界上最大的陸地動物——大象。

大象非常智慧,它們有著和人類一樣複雜的社會和家庭結構。如果非洲大草原上、雨林裡沒有成群遷徙的大象,如果亞洲最古老的壁畫和雕帶中沒有了被奉為美麗與智慧的象徵的大象,這個世界會是一個多麼淒涼的世界。

雖然許多政府、非政府組織以及公眾正在努力終止因象牙而獵殺大象的犯罪活動、停止象牙貿易,不過棲息地的喪失和非法盜獵仍然為亞洲和非洲的大象帶來前所未有的危機。

每十五分鐘就有一頭大象因象牙而遭到盜獵者的獵殺 。 為了讓這可怕的數字得到廣泛的關注,國際愛護動物基金會(IFAW)將在世界大象日當天,從凌晨開始,每十五分鐘就發佈一條微博消息。

每一條微博都是一頭大象的特寫——它們都是大象家族中不可或缺的一員、是機智而情感豐富的個體。它們都飽經苦難。

洛杉磯動物園為了慶祝國際愛護大象日,將會在8月13-14日週末舉行特別慶祝活動,以教育性和趣味性的活動來讓大家體驗和認識大象這種可愛又智慧的動物。

大家可以參觀洛杉磯動物園最新開放的亞洲象展館,看到最新科技的互動展覽,包括大象居所,和三頭亞洲象的生活空間,認識它們的日常生活和行為特徵,更可以看到它們如何利用強壯的象鼻做輔助工具,使用得出神入化呢!

還有專為小朋友準備的精彩遊戲和活動,又有演出和娛樂節目,最適合一家大小參加!

Dates: August 13 and 14, Sat. & Sun.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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兒童活動

Story Time

Relax under the shade as one of the Zoo’s storytellers reads from “The Blind Men and the Elephant.”

Craft Station

Make an “imprint” on conservation by designing a personalized card to be added to a colorful large-scale display at the Thai Pavilion.

Toy Elephant Check-Up

Bring a cuddly elephant friend for an educational “examination” at our pop-up toy medical clinic and receive a certificate of health.

精彩演出

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Join the Herd” Photo Op & Social Share at Selig Plaza
Enrichment Station at Elephant Circle
Trunks as Tools at Elephant Circle
Craft Station at Elephant Circle

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Barn Tours at Elephant Circle

《96頭大象》創意展館

Visit our 96 Elephants education station to learn about the challenges elephants and other tusked animals face in the wild and get information about California Assembly Bill 96 (AB96), which seeks to ban the sale of ivory in order to protect these magnificent creatures from poaching. If, after learning about the issue, you’d like to voice your support and help spread the word, do so on social media using #elphie and #JoinTheHerd. To learn more, please visit: 96 Elephants

認識大象的有趣冷知識

• Elephants use their ears for hearing, communication, and cooling.
• The Greek word elephas, from which both the Latin and English names are derived, means “ivory.”
• Elephants are the largest land mammals.
• The trunk is an elongation of the nose and upper lip, powerful enough to lift whole trees, and very is sensitive.
• Elephants appear to walk flat-footed but actually walk on their toes. The heal is thickly cushioned and padded with elastic tissue.
• Elephant herds are led by a matriarch, who is the oldest, most experienced female.
• Elephants spend 18-20 hours per day foraging and consuming food.
• Elephants communicate via touch, postures and sound, but their low-frequency sounds are unheard by the human ear and can travel through the ground, up to two and a half miles or more.
• The Asian elephant is revered in Hindu and Buddhist mythology as the source of life and respected in Indian culture as a bringer of good fortune.
• The majestic Asian elephant has lived, worked, and even fought side by side with humans for over 4,000 years.
• Females have one calf every four years. Pregnancy lasts for an amazing 18 to 22 months!

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