Here at Auckland Zoo we have two special elephants, Burma and Anjalee, and a great team of elephant keepers.

On Sunday 12 August we're uniting with Australasian zoos by going grey and it’d be greYt if you joined us! 

Prior to the day, we’d love for you to share your elephant memories and the special connections you've made with our elephants over the years on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #GoGreyForWorldElephantDay.

How you can help this World Elephant Day:

  1. Go Grey by dressing in your best grey threads on Sunday 12...or even the week leading up to World Elephant Day! 
  2. Change your Facebook Profile Frame to match ours! Search 'Auckland Zoo' in the frame search tab on Facebook. 
  3. Visit our zoo, as a portion of your ticket goes towards our #WildWork here at the zoo and in Southeast Asia! We have two special elephant keeper talks on Sunday - 11am and 2.15pm. 
  4. Further support our conservation efforts with a donation to our Conservation Fund

As a not-for-profit conservation organisation, every cent that we raise goes back into caring for our animals and to support conservation projects that help wildlife and communiities all around the world.. Learn more about our two amazing elephants and the organisations we support below. 

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Join us in supporting these precious pachyderms!

Elephant team leader Andrew Coers discusses the conservation #WildWork we're involved in to conserve elephants.

Asian elephants are endangered and our role as a modern zoo that cares for elephants is to raise community support for their conservation and funds for a range of conservation efforts. We achieve this through the connections our visitors make with our Asian elephants Burma and Anjalee, as well as research programmes, elephant habitat restoration and community-based initiatives all with the aim of protecting wild elephant populations.

Now in her 30s, Burma, who arrived at Auckland Zoo in 1990, is the elder of these two beautiful pachyderms.  She has matured into a lovely gentle elephant, and while still very energetic and playful, is slightly less mischievous than Anjalee!

Anjalee was born in 2006 and is now the equivalent of a teenager. She has boundless energy, confidence and curiosity, and since arriving here in 2015, has developed an incredible bond with Burma.

To date, Auckland Zoo has contributed $3.25 million directly to conserving wildlife through our Wild Work. We've helped to fund programmes in Sri Lanka​ and Nepal, aimed at researching Asian elephant populations, understanding them better, and helping to avert conflict. We also help elephants in Sumatra​ through supporting the protection of habitat and every visitor to our Zoo helps us generate the funds needed for these projects.

Centre for Conservation and Research – Sri Lanka

Human-elephant conflict is a significant problem in Sri Lanka. On average, 148 elephants and 59 humans are killed each year according to the Department of Wildlife and Conservation (DWC). Unfortunately, due to the reduction of elephant habitats, these conflicts are inevitable and increasing​.

The Centre for Conse​rvation and Research (CCR) conducts, supports and encourages research into all aspects of the environment to help develop management plans, and guide environmental conservation and management – including research on elephants.

CCR has conducted many research projects over the years including studying Sri Lankan elephants using radio telemetry and more recently, GPS satellite-tracking. Through GPS satellite-tracking, CCR has proven the use of a natural corridor used by elephants between two national parks, which is now an area protected from development by the DWC.

Through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, we fund GPS collars to allow CCR to carry out further research. 

Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust - Sri Lanka

The present Asian elephant population in Sri Lanka is estimated at over 5,000. With annual losses of around 148 animals, this population is severely threatened. Long-term and short-term strategies are urgently needed if these elephants are to be saved.

Awareness is one of the conservation strategies that has been adopted, especially for those living in the areas of human-elephant conflict. The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust​ has launched an awareness programme in schools in areas where there has been conflicts.

The interactive programme addresses the value of elephants, the causes of conflict, how to minimise the conflicts and stresses the need for conservation. 

The Schools Awareness Programme visits 150 schools per year and has been successful in changing children's attitudes towards elephants.​

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Meet our Elephant Team Leader Andrew Coers

After more than 20 years at Auckland Zoo, Andrew reflects on how it all started.