SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - The Rosamond Gifford Zoo hosted an Asian Elephant Extravaganza on Saturday.
The event aimed to highlight the cultures of each elephant’s native country and included face painting for kids, pachyderm pedicures and “cultural performances” by the elephants.
Local dentists were also on hand to teach kids the difference between teeth development in elephants and humans.
The Onondaga County Dental Society offered free exams and kits to promote proper brushing.
Exams were offered to everyone, but volunteers were hoping to reach patients who might not have access to regular dental care.
"We recognize the fact that some of the patients are low income or on Medicaid or have some physical or intellectual disabilities. We have offices that are willing to treat them and we have a list to give them. So, we're promoting access to dentistry as much as we can in the community,” said Onondaga County Dental Society President Dr. Bruce Seidberg.