The Issue: Need for Enlarged Elephant Habitat at New Waterhole
Three spunky African elephants—Tava, Alice, and George—reside at Wildlife Safari with a new Waterhole exhibit. With additional fencing, the habitat for these wonderful animals will increase and guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal, watching the elephants play in the pool and even feeding them. With seating near the Waterhole, the elephants’ keepers can also host fun demonstrations and educate crowds about African elephants and the threats to their safety. For example, according to 96elephants.org, 96 elephants are killed in Africa every day due to the demand for their ivory, driving them toward extinction.
The Campaign: Building Barrier Fencing Around Waterhole Exhibit
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Wildlife Safari to purchase the remaining barrier fencing necessary to enclose the Waterhole exhibit. With $3,000, Wildlife Safari can complete the fencing project. Any further donations will be used to help purchase seating and cattle guards. When the project is complete, Wildlife Safari's three elephants will have a larger area to call home, and guests will have the opportunity for up-close access to them that is truly unique. Tava, the newest resident, loves to show off for a crowd, whereas Alice, the oldest elephant, is known among regular park visitors as “the artiste” because of her painting skills. George, meanwhile, weighs in at nearly 14,000 pounds and is always eager to join in on fun.
Wildlife Safari's 600-acre park contains more than four miles of winding grounds for guests to catch up-close glimpses of its inhabitants—more than 600 wild animals from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. What's more is that they can do it all from the comfort of their car. Through the windshield, families can view bison, zebras, and giraffes roaming the wide-open surroundings, living in harmony with other exotic wildlife. Founded by Frank Hart in 1972, the park has helped to protect endangered species while educating the public about them and their important roles in the fragile ecosystem. Visitors can also make arrangements for private and personalized animal encounters, as well as visit the safari village zoo, botanical gardens, and gift shop.