#WorldElephantDay: Celebrating the Elephants of the Dallas Zoo

Elephants are some of the largest and smartest animals in the world -- and eight of them call the Dallas Zoo home. We wanted to introduce you to them and let residents of North Texas know what you can do to help these elephants.

There are ways you can help elephants at the Dallas Zoo by not purchasing ivory, donating fresh tree trimmings at www.dallaszoo.com/browse and visiting the zoo.

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Each elephant eats about 200 pounds of vegetation a day. The Zoo strives to provide the most natural diet so every day a team searches for freshly cut trees that are safe to feed to the animals.
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People who live within a 10 mile radius of the zoo who have certain types of trees can help provide fresh trimmings to the elephants.
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Elephants don’t have natural predators, but it’s estimated 96 elephants a day are killed to support the illegal trade for ivory.
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NBC 5/Eline de Bruijn
Elephants are some of the largest and smartest animals in the world -- and eight of them call the Dallas Zoo home.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Anytime you are planning to trim a tree or cut down a tree. You can go to dallaszoo.com/browse to see what you can do to potentially coordinate a donation so you can help feed these magnificent animals," said Dallas Zoo Curator of the Giants of the Savannah Lora Baumhardt.
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The Dallas Morning News
FILE - Congo, an elephant at Dallas Zoo. (Kye R. Lee/The Dallas Morning News)
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Courtesy Dallas Zoo
In 2016, the Dallas Zoo shared a video of its 2-month-old baby elephant taking a dip in a kiddie pool.
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