Elephants: Animal Architects

by  Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

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Join us live from North America's largest indoor elephant herd room and meet our herd of African Bush Elephants. Participants will learn the story of how these amazing animals came to live in the middle of the country, and what it takes to keep them healthy, happy, and engaged. Discover what makes these gigantic animals unique, and why it is colossally important that we work to protect them in the wild.

This program contains plenty of opportunities for audience questions and is adaptable based on audience needs.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00


45-60 minutes based on your class length

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Problem Solving, Sciences, Special Education, Special Needs, STEM Animals, Geography

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Elephants have access to several acres of outdoor space. To guarantee seeing elephants live and up close, we recommend scheduling live during winter months from November through March from 10:15 AM to 3:00 PM Central Time when the Elephants are dependably indoors.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

No fee if cancelled more than 3 weeks before the program start date or if your school or the Zoo is closed. 50% fee if cancelled 7-14 days from program, 100% of program fee is due if cancelled within 7 days of the program date or for no show.

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Omaha, NE
United States

Consistently ranked as one of the world's top zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Zoo is home to North America's largest indoor rainforest, the world's largest indoor desert, the world's largest indoor swamp, the largest aquarium within a zoo, and is recognized nationally for it's animal care, exhibit design, and conservation work.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been providing distance learning for nearly 20 years and prides itself on creating dynamic and educational programs for all ages.

Brian Priesman

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. Elephant basics and families
3. Elephant rescue
4. Elephant adaptations
5. Elephant behavior
6. Elephants at the Zoo
7. Elephant Conservation: Why elephants are threatened with extinction, and how we can help them
8. Time for Questions


• Discover the unique adaptations of African Bush Elephants.
• Identify the complex behaviors of elephants.
• Explain the role of elephants in their environment.
• Plan activities to help elephant conservation.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Analyzing and Interpreting Data K-2
Analyzing and Interpreting Data 3-5
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions K-2
Patterns K-2
Patterns 3-5
Structure and function K-2
ESS2E K-2 -- Biogeology
ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
ESS3C K-2 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1C K-2 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1D 3-5 -- Information Processing
LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2C 3-5 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2D 3-5 -- Social interactions and group behavior
LS3A 3-5 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3A K-2 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3B K-2 -- Variation of traits
LS4C 3-5 -- Adaptation
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans

State Standards

Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science (NCCRS-S)
K.7.2.A – Use Observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive.
K.7.2.B – Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals can change their environment to meet their needs
K.7.2.C – Use a model to represent the relationship between the need of different plants or animals and the places they live
1.6.2.A – Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
1.6.2.C – Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive
1.6.2.D – Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like their parents.
2.7.2.C – Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
3.7.2.A – Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
3.7.2.C – Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
3.7.2.D – Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change
3.9.3.A – Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
4-LS1-1 – Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
5.8.2.C – Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposes, and the environment.
5.13.4.C – Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment