Saturday, May 23, 2009

Elephant Odyssey - giveaway

Last night we got to preview the Elephant Odyssey exhibit that opens today at the San Diego Zoo and it was spectacular. The overall aim of the exhibit is to show prehistoric California, so besides elephants there are several other animals including a sloth, tapirs, big cats, dung beetles, rattlesnakes, condors and much more - 39 animal species in all. Above is Ranchipur, a male elephant who came from the Wild Animal Park. One of the keepers said that they had to trim his tusks because they were too long and in the process they also found a cavity. I'm giving away some schwag (small inset photo of an Elephant Odyssey bag, ZooNews magazine, picture frame, and a plushy mammoth) to the first person who can guess (or come closest to) how long it took for both of Ranchipur's tusks to be trimmed. The giveaway will end at midnight on Monday, May 25th Thursday, May 28th - I'm extending the deadline to give more people a chance.
One of the features I liked best about the exhibit is that there were several areas that were sunken so that we can get views like this one above of Mary. A great space and lots of viewing areas, so check it out!


Blogger Jacob said...

Very interesting. Elephants are fascinating creatures...

I'll guess 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Sat May 23, 12:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The Giveaway Diva said...

i'm going to guess three hours!!

Sun May 24, 12:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Ruby said...

oo i'm guessing 3 and a half hours!


Sun May 24, 05:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Michelle B said...

Hmmm...I'll go for 4 hours.

Mon May 25, 03:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Nicki said...

i'll say four and a half hours!!


Tue May 26, 01:41:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous ruby said...

hope i'm not too late!! just found this! but i will guess five hours!!


Tue May 26, 01:44:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I guess one hour, twelve minutes?

Tue May 26, 03:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ::aaron g:: said...

The last picture is great!

1/2 hour

Tue May 26, 03:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger gk said...

2 hrs

Wed May 27, 02:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger zentmrs said...

I can't wait to get to the elephant exhibit - it looks fantastic!

So I am thinking 5 hours 17 minutes.

Wed May 27, 03:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jenny Weddel said...

I'm going to guess 8 hours! Thanks!

Thu May 28, 11:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Hi everyone, great guesses. Lemme just say that most of the boys who took a guess have a better idea about how long it takes to saw a tusk! You can definitely guess more than once and I'll announce the winner tomorrow morning.

Thu May 28, 11:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ::aaron g:: said...

my second guess = 21 minutes.

Thu May 28, 07:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kate said...

Felicia, I thought about how our parrots bill is trimmed, and it doesn't take long; however, does the elephant have to be anesthesized, I wonder first and, if so, does this have to be included in the guess. If the elephant feels no pain, and a trusted individual does it, the time would be shorter. I would guess 10-15 minutes per tusk.

Thu May 28, 08:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kate said...

More thought: I think it may depend upon the size of the tusks, too. Some elephants have enormous tusks while others are smaller. But if they are to be trimmed, I image it would be the larger tusks. And I imagine a poacher would be able to cut and drag the tusks out much faster than a care-giving legal "tusker" would. I think that I'll modify my guess (this guess does not include the time for a tranquilizer to take effect): 30 min. per tusk

Thu May 28, 08:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bibi said...

10 minutes!

Fri May 29, 04:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Thanks to everyone for your great guesses!

Congratulations to Richard (SAN) for getting the closest answer - he guessed one hour and 12 minutes. Pretty close. The zookeeper at the elephant exhibit said it took 40 minutes to trim each of Ranchipur's tusks - so a total of 1 hour 20 minutes. Richard, send me an email ( with your address and I'll pop your schwag in the mail.

Kate came very close too (just 20 minutes off). I don't think the elephant had anesthesia, but the zookeeper did mention that it took many days of introducing the idea. Kate, let me know if you would like a runner-up prize of an Elephant Odyssey bag.

Fri May 29, 09:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kim said...

Super photos, Felicia! This looks like an exhibit that will get a lot of interest from the community.

How much more cool to see live examples of prehistoric times than the La Brea Tar Pits experience of my childhood (and hopefully equate that knowledge with the awareness of the many living species headed for extinction every single day these days). That is one cute elephant peeking at you. Looks like you had fun with the tusk trim time contest. Super idea.

Sun May 31, 02:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I lived briefly in San Diego and LOVED the zoo there and subscribed to Zoo News for myself and my mother for many years. I would have had no idea how to answer this anyway.

Mon Jun 01, 07:01:00 AM PDT  
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