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01 Aug 2016 89-8-42

Celebrate World Elephant Day at the National Museum of African Art!

Celebrate World Elephant Day at the National Museum of African Art! This annual international event seeks to raise awareness of the urgent plight of African elephants. The World Wildlife Fund lists this species as “vulnerable,” or at a high risk of endangerment in the wild.

The African elephant is the largest animal walking the Earth, with herds wandering 37 countries in Africa. Come celebrate these magnificent animals and explore the elephant, its ivory, and its meaning in African culture through a variety of art, activities, tours, and more!

All day
• Engaging art carts
• “Elfies” with a Cameroonian beaded elephant mask
• Gallery hunts for elephants in African art
• Hands-on objects, including an Asante stool
• Measurement games—are you taller than an elephant ear?

10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
• Docent-led collections tour

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
• Guided storytelling for all ages

11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
• Docent ivory object talk

12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m.
• Screening of Kids Battling for a World with Elephants

Free and open to the public

Credit line:
Kamba peoples
Water vessel
Mid-late 20th century
Gourd
Acquisition grant from the James Smithson Society

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World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day