Originating in 1996, National Elephant Appreciation Day is held every year on September 22nd. Disney fans of all ages are fascinated by Disney’s Animal Kingdom elephants as they are visited by upwards of 10.9 million guests a year.
Elephants are larger than life and profoundly intelligent animals and with an average lifespan of an elephant is 60 to 70 years, they develop uniquely close family bonds compared to other animals. They are very playful animals who love to frolic in the water, as they are depicted in one of our favorite Disney attractions, The Jungle Cruise. Elephants are herbivorous animals who will eat almost any type of plant from grass to trees. In captivity, they are also very fond of cabbage, lettuce, bananas, apples and many other types of fruits and vegetables.
For more great information about these amazing pachyderms, make sure to visit the African elephant exhibit next time you visit Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. For an even closer look at these majestic animals, you might want to consider booking “Caring for Giants,” a 60-minute experience where you’ll meet the animal specialists who care for Disney’s African elephants and observe them in action from only 80-100 feet away. Even better, a portion of the $30.00 to book this experience is donated to Disney’s Conservation Fund
In the spirit of celebrating National Elephant Appreciation Day, we’ve put together this incredible list of elephant and elephant-inspired Disney characters. Celebrate with us by sharing this article and using the hashtag, #ElephantAppreciationDay.
Dumbo is the protagonist of Disney‘s 1941 film of the same name. He is a small elephant and the son of Mrs. Jumbo. Dumbo is most famous for his giant floppy ears, which give him the ability to glide in the air.
The Elephant Matriarch
Stan Woozle and Heff Heffalump are a pair of animal villains occasionally featured in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. They are also one of the many cartoon parodies of George and Lennie from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Prissy is an antagonist from the 1941 Disney film, Dumbo. Prissy is one of the elephants closely linked to the Elephant Matriarch. She may be extremely close with the Matriarch as she is always at her side throughout the film.
The Jungle Patrol
Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
Mabaya is a rogue bull elephant who originally belonged to the same herd as Jabari and his parents in The Legend of Tarzan.
Dolores is an elephant who appears in Tiger Trouble, The Big Wash and Working for Peanuts, plus the Mickey Mouse Works short “Around the World in Eighty Days“. She also made a cameo in the DuckTales episode “The Money Vanishes“, where is shown to have a calf.
Mtoto is a character that appears in The Lion Guard.
Ma Tembo is a character that appears in The Lion Guard.
Goliath I is Goliath II‘s father. He dislikes his son because he has a diminutive size. However, when his son wins a fight against a mouse, he underestimates his son and allows him to ride on his head.
Goliath II is a tiny elephant calf and the titular character of the animated short of the same name.
Goliath II’s Mother
Bobo is a baby elephant who has appeared as a pet of Mickey Mouse in at least two stories.
Papa Heffalump is the patriarchal head of a small family of Heffalumps in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He appears in the episodes, “There’s No Camp Like Home” and “Trap as Trap Can“. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.
Elelroo is the main character from Disney’s 1985 television series The Wuzzles. He is voiced by Henry Gibson. He is prone to accidents and disasters and often has trouble remembering what he stores in his pouch.
Ned the Elephant
Elephanchine is a character from Disney’s 1940 animated feature Fantasia. She and he elephant ballerinas represent the dusk.
Lulu is a young elephant that resides in the Pride Lands.
Hooter is a diminutive green elephant-like alien who appears in the Disney 3D film/attraction Captain EO as one of the title character’s sidekicks. A running gag throughout the film revolves around Hooter sneezing all the time. To top off the gag, seat misters spray the guests whenever he sneezes.
Dinky Pachyderm is a character from the children’s show JoJo’s Circus. Dinky is a sweet and frisky young elephant and a fellow classmate of JoJo Tickle. While Dinky may be clumsy and somewhat oafish, when he dances, he turns into “Mr. Graceful”. Hide-and-seek is his personal favorite game.
Hazel is a small toy elephant who squirts water out of her trunk, with her friend Pickles, Hazel suffered an embarrassing thing she had as Doc finds that Hazel has been leaking whenever she gets full of water.
Max Rebo (born Siiruulian Phantele) is an Ortolan musician who works at Jabba’s Palace. He is a member of the “Max Rebo Band”, alongside Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool.
Tanya Trunk is a pink female elephant from Disney’s 1993 animated TV series Bonkers. She appeared in “Witless for the Prosecution” and “Get Me to the Church on Time” (from He’s Bonkers) and briefly in “The Cheap Sheep Sweep” and “The Toon That Ate Hollywood“.
Seymour is a Muppet elephant who appeared on Muppets Tonight. He worked at the KMUP TV studio with Pepe the King Prawn, first as elevator operators and later as commissary employees. Seymour and Pepe fancied themselves as performers and sought to land a spot on the show whenever possible.
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