August 12, 2022

World Elephant Day

Elephants are the architects of the Earth—moving trees, carving corridors, and shaping the landscape that other wildlife and people rely on to thrive. These gentle giants are among the most awe inspiring and iconic species on our planet, and are facing some of the largest challenges, including habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, climate-change driven drought, and poaching. All elephant species are endangered, and securing their future will take all of us.

Our teams offer world-class, around-the-clock care, for elephant herds at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and these insights drive innovative conservation actions as part of collaborative partnerships to save, protect, and care for African and Asian elephants worldwide. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is contributing to the latest discoveries in elephant conservation, increasing our understanding of how they thrive, and how we can better coexist.

Join us at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, August 12–14 for World Elephant Day and Wild Weekend: Elephants, as we celebrate elephants—and the future you make possible for Earth's largest land animals.


Check out this exclusive Conservation Conversation between San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Baribault, and Frank Pope, CEO of Save the Elephants, as they discuss the future of elephant conservation and our collaborative efforts to save this iconic species.

Savanna Conservation Hub

The expansive grasslands of the African savanna are home to dynamic ecosystems of grazing herds, keen predators, and pastoralist communities. We’re working with conservation partners to protect wildlife and support local communities across the savanna, including African elephants, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, vultures, lions, and grevy's zebra. Discover more about this key conservation hub and the cutting-edge conservation work you make possible.

All About Elephants

Did you know that there are three species of elephants? And that the low, resounding sounds elephants make can be heard by other elephants up to five miles away? Learn more fun facts about elephants and how these architects of the Earth are key to their intricate landscapes and ecosystems.

Live Stream

Join the herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in real time, from anywhere in the world, through Elephant Cam.

Heartbeat of the Savanna

It will take all of us, as allies for wildlife, to secure the future for endangered African elephants. Discover how our how our work here in San Diego has an impact around the globe, and how we’re collaborating with partners and local communities to save this iconic species.

Adopt an Elephant

Your symbolic adoption of an African elephant supports critical conservation efforts here in San Diego and around the globe, offering hope for elephants and wildlife worldwide

Wildlife Explorers of All Ages

Play games, check out inspiring stories, and more on our San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers site.

Elephant Valley

At the heart of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the reimagined Denny Sanford Elephant Valley will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Together, we’ll create a one-of-a-kind haven for our growing family of elephants, where millions of visitors will make lifelong connections with these gentle giants.

The world needs elephants, and elephants need you. Your tax-deductible generosity will transform the future for elephants here in San Diego and around the world.

Help Stop Wildlife Trafficking

You can help stop illegal wildlife trafficking—an industry that threatens the future of elephants. Ask your representatives to support the Preventing Future Pandemics Act.

Be an Ally for Wildlife

As an ally, you’re supporting wildlife and the planet we all share. Your monthly gift helps save, protect, and care for wildlife at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and eight key conservation hubs across the globe. Together, we’re creating a world where all life thrives.