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This sound effect can be found on Animal Trax, which was made by The Hollywood Edge. It was originally a Valentino sound effect.


  • First recorded: 1958
  • Creator: Thomas J. Valentino
  • Owner: Major Records/Valentino (1958-1996), The Hollywood Edge (1996-2014), Sound Ideas (2014-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: March 14, 1966
  • First heard: Born Free (a Columbia film)
  • Area used: Worldwide

This sound is likely originally a Columbia Pictures and possibly an Major Records/Valentino sound effect called Bull Elephant Trumpeting, which can be found on Major Records - Sound Effects Volume 4 in 1958, except it is low-pitched. It first debuted in the Columbia film, Born Free on March 14, 1966.

This sound is referred to as "The Sesame Street Elephant Trumpet" due to being used as a phenomenon in Sesame Street, often heard heavily in this show, along with AT043801, and AT043901. This can be heard in high and low pitches. This sound is often used for Fluffy, the elephant that lives in Oscar's trash can. This also was used for many elephants in this show. They used this a lot, even in today's era of Sesame Street. The 1st time it was used on Sesame Street was in a skit featuring Grover and Simon Soundman at Charlie's Restaurant (though, it was more high pitched).

A low pitched version of this sound is included in Sound Ideas, ELEPHANT - TRUMPETS, VARIOUS, ANIMAL from The International Sound Effects Library in 1983. Even a low pitched and low quality version of this sound called ANIMAL, ELEPHANT - ELEPHANT AT ZOO exists and can be found in the Dimension Sound Effects Library. In 1996, The Hollywood Edge picked it up and add this sound from this library.

In 2014, after The Hollywood Edge went out of business due to its bankruptcy, Sound Ideas took over to acquire this sound.

This is the most popular elephant sound effect ever used by more than any other of these medias today, especially Sesame Street. There's almost a 99.9% that you've heard this elephant sound before.

Sound Effect Description

Elephant Trumpet. Single Classic Trumpet. Close Perspective.

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Similar Variations

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials





  • Cadbury Bunny Commercial - Cadbury Bunny Try-outs (Heard once in a low pitch.)
  • Chase Bank commerical (2010)
  • Lego Duplo Zoo Commercial
  • McDonald's Ad - Birthday World Video (2001)
  • McDonald's Ad - The Zoo (2000)


  • Choco Ball Commercial - Safari



  • Coliseum Film (Thailand) (1984)
  • Vision Park (2001)

Video Games



Nintendo Switch:


PlayStation 2:

  • Splatter Master (Used for Train to Hell.)

PlayStation 3:

PlayStation 4:

PlayStation 5:

View-Master Interactive Vision


Xbox 360:

Xbox One:

Xbox Series X:





  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011) (Trailers)
  • Zookeeper (2011) (Trailers)

TV Spots

Theme Parks


  • Tarzan's Treehouse

Walt Disney World:

  • Fantasmic! (Heard once in a low pitch in the Florida version.)
  • Rafiki's Planet Watch
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Other Media

YouTube Videos


  • Def Bananas - Something New (2018)

Music Videos


  • Preschool Memory Match


  • The Lion King Read-Along Storybook and CD (Heard twice in a low pitch.)
  • The Original Story of Winnie the Pooh


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Audio Samples

(Regular version) (A compressed version of the sound.) (A very low pitch and slowed down version as used for a Heffalump's trumpet in Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005).)