The El Paso Zoo invites the public to watch the zoo’s elephants, Savannah and Juno, predict the winner of Super Bowl LII at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, at the elephant exhibit.
Each elephant will cast a vote by selecting one of the two helmet-shaped piñatas placed in their exhibit by their keepers.
“Enrichment activities like the Super Bowl predictions keep the animals stimulated mentally and physically,” said Animal Enrichment Coordinator Carrie Trudeau. “We provide these types of activities every day to give the animals an opportunity to engage in natural behavior and assert control over their environment.”
This is the fifth year Juno and Savannah will be predicting the Super Bowl winner – will they choose the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots?
The elephants have chosen correctly six out of the last eight Super Bowls.
“Providing this type of enrichment is fun for both the elephants and our visitors. Not only is it entertaining, it is an opportunity to discover nature and wildlife together,” said Zoo director Steve Marshall.
“I am proud of the devotion staff has for our animals and the great work they consistently provide. We hope this hard work communicates to our visitors and local community a purpose of valuing these animal ambassadors,” Marshall added.
The Zoo invites community members to come out, wear their jerseys and join in on the fun.