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Denver Zoo stretches trunks and more with 'Elephant Yoga' program

Ever seen 11,000 pound animals do 'downward dog?'
Elephant Yoga
Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 17:11:13-05

DENVER — The world's largest land animal can get down.

At the Denver Zoo, the staff members of the pachyderm team have trained all five of its elephants to engage in a program called "Elephant Yoga." The bulls can stretch, bend and even roll.

Of course, it's entertaining to watch, but it's also very beneficial for their health.

"Elephant programs need to have an exercise program. So, part of our exercise for the elephants who live here is yoga- different stretches to keep their joints mobile, active, and engaged," said Maura Davis, assistant curator of pachyderms at the Denver Zoo.

If you want to watch the action in-person, you can check out the twice-daily demonstrations in Toyota Elephant Passage at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.