Zoo keepers, firefighters and visitors celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

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The Phoenix Fire Department took some time out of their busy schedule to hose down a few elephants for Elephant Appreciation day at the Phoenix Zoo. 
 
Today was all about celebrating and learning about the earth's largest land mammals, elephants, says Linda Hardwick, director of communications for the Phoenix Zoo.  
 
There are three Asian elephants that call the Zoo home, including, Sheena, Indu and Reba. In the photos, Reba is getting a cooling shower from the Phoenix Fire volunteers. 
 
The Zoo's elephants are between 44 and 50 years old, with weight ranging from 7,500 to 8,200 pounds, according to Hardwick.
 
Visitors were treated to Zoo Keeper chats, the chance to take an "elfie" with the elephants. Some kids also got to create piñatas that will later be filled with treats and given to the elephants. 
 
If you missed the elephants today, you can see them and all of the amazing animals during regular Zoo hours. 
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