Ganesia - San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, TX
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How Lucky! There is a bronze baby elephant playing with a stick along the walkway in front of the elephant enclosure at the San Antonio Zoo.
Waymark Code: WMGWTB
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 04/17/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Lucky is the only live elephant at the San Antonio Zoo. A few years ago, Boo, another female elephant, died of cancer, leaving only Lucky as the elephant attraction for kids and adults alike. Lucky is 51 years old at this posting, but there is at least one baby elephant nearby that may keep at least the children satisfied with seeing an elephant. There is a bronze sculpture of a baby elephant standing near a tree, outside the live elephant enclosure. The sculpture of the little pachyderm was cast in 1993 and dedicated at the zoo that same year, It is a favorite of children to pose atop the head or the wide back of the bronze baby. Makes for a Kodak moment for parents.
This baby elephant is just over 3 feet tall, just under 2 feet wide, and is 5 feet long from trunk to tail. However, during the heat of the summer in San Antonio, the bronze does get hot to the touch, so parents, be careful before plunking your tender-skined youngster on top of hot bronze. You could get a different expression on your photo than you had hoped for!
Donna Dobberfuhl is a local San Antonio artist who excels in animal/wildlife sculptures.

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TITLE: Ganesia, (sculpture)

ARTIST(S): Donna Dobberfuhl, sculptor; Stevens Art Foundry, founder

DATE: 1993; dedicated Aug 25, 1993

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium 3903 N St Marys Street San Antonio, TX 78212 (north of the main entrance, about half way through the zoo grounds.)

The 20 years since the SIRIS entry for Ganesia by Donna Dobberfuhl has seen many changes, revisions, and additions to the design and layout of the San Antonio zoo. The Hitzfelder Memorial Garden plaque that is mentioned in the write-up for the bronze elephant sculpture is not neat the elephant. The bronze elephant is not in a garden setting, but is in a walkway that passes in front of the present elephant enclosure. Not sure the placque had any thing to do with the elephant anyway.

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