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Wednesday, 31 July 2019
For immediate release

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) will observe World Elephant Day on Monday, 12 August 2019 by providing free access to all its visitors.

The annual event is dedicated to the preservation and protection of elephants by engaging on the current-day plight of the species.

Residents, students, photographers, artists and the media, are invited to join the celebrations to experience elephants in a sustainable environment where they are loved, cared for and protected, at the Joburg Zoo.

JCPZ will also take the opportunity to pay tribute to Lammie, the female pachyderm that celebrates her 40th birthday on the eve of World Elephant Day and to officially welcome Mopani and Ramadiba – the Joburg Zoo’s two new elephant.

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development urged visitors to take advantage of the free access to learn why zoos are important to nurture green conscientious citizens. Sifumba stated that, “Every child should enjoy a life-altering experience, of a face-to-face visit with an elephant, to fully value and respect the interdependencies between humans and the planet’s dwindling ecology”.

The event will include talks and exhibitions on environmental education and the medical, nourishment and enrichment programmes that the Zoo provides for its elephants, in line with stringent legislated practices, required for all good zoos.

Interested school groups, are requested to pre-arrange their confirmations of attendance with the Zoo’s Education Unit by sending an email to before Wednesday, 7 August 2019. All learners will need to complete an indemnity signed by a guardian. The Zoo will provide groups with the required form. Visitors are kindly reminded that the Zoo will only provide free access on World Elephant Day, and that visitors should arrive with their own transport and snacks.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg

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Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Joburg Parks and Zoo
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