The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Washingtonian need your help! The Zoo’s elephants are moving to a new Elephant Community Center soon, and we know how much they'd appreciate a proper welcome from the community.
We invite elementary school-aged students in the Washington area to write letters to the elephants on one of the following topics and mail them to the magazine.
The students selected to come to the Zoo will have demonstrated in their letters creativity, imagination and the writing skills they are learning in school. They also will have demonstrated an effort to research the Zoo’s three elephants and the Zoo’s work with elephants under human care and in the wild.
Washingtonian will accept letters postmarked no later than March 11. Winners will be announced March 14 and will be invited to come to the Zoo the morning of March 21 (transportation will not be provided). Parents, guardians and teachers should remember to use the cover sheet and provide parental/guardian contact information so that the Zoo can invite the young letter writers to the event.
The Zoo’s new Elephant Community Center provides the Zoo’s elephants with ample space for socializing, training, and playing, and gives visitors the chance to get an up-close view of these incredible animals. The Elephant Community Center opens to the public March 23.
Letters should be sent along with a completed Letter Contest Cover Sheet to:
1828 L St. N.W., Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036
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