What’s with the elephants?

If you’ve been in the city lately, you’ve seen the elephants … 50 of them!  They’re all over the place, life-sized and dazzling … in an elephant sort of way.

They’re part of the celebrations marking 150 years of the Melbourne Zoo and in honour of its first Asian elephant calf, Mali.  Thankfully zoos like ours have come a long way since they began and now play important roles in education and conservation.  When it comes to increasingly fragile species like the elephant, this has to be a good thing.

When my kids were little we lived just across the way from the zoo and would often wake up to the animals’ morning chorus … or cacophony!  And our regular visits always included the elephants.  Good memories for us.

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