A Field Guide to Elephpants

Detailing the attributes, habitats, and variations of the Elephpas hypertextus.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Species Description
  3. Variations
  4. Related Species
  5. Colophon
  6. Credits

Introduction

The PHP elephpant, Elephpas hypertextus, was first sketched by Vincent Pontier in 1998. For ten years it was only seen in drawings. The plush elephpant was first sighted in 2007. Since that time a large number of variations have been observed in the wild.

Species Description

Appearance

The typical elephpant stands 6" (15cm) tall, with ears that extend above its head, and 8" (20cm) long including its frayed tail. The more rare “jumbo” variety stands 14" (26cm) tall and 20" (51cm) long. It is otherwise identical in appearance to the smaller animals. Due to the larger resources needed to procure a jumbo variety, and the increased space requirements for keeping one, they are considerably more rare. Not all colors have been seen in the jumbo size.

Blue is the original and traditional color, but elephpants have been seen in most primary and secondary colors, and new colors are appearing in the wild on a increasingly frequent basis. Except as otherwise noted below, differences between colors are largely cosmetic. All elephpants have the PHP logo on the obverse (left) side. The decoration on the reverse (right) side varies by generation.

Identification

Most elephpants can be identified by color and decoration alone. Sometimes identical animals have been produced over multiple generations. The rear tag is the best way of distinguishing between generations.

Habitat

The elephpant's natural habitat is an work environment, and it is equally comfortable in both “corporate” and “home” offices. They tend to form herds on desks or shelves. Children and pets are often highly attracted to the animals. While the elephpant does not mind the attention of these groups, it can be detrimental to the animals' well-being and elephpant owners often keep the groups separated for their protection, unless they have a large herd.

Distribution

There is no known limit the the elephpant's range. They have been sighted on multiple continents and may be present in all areas of human habitation.

Variations

Sorted by color and date of first appearance.

Blue

by Drew McLellan
by Drew McLellan
Sponsor
Nexen / Alter Way
Reverse Design
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The original plush elephpant. At least six generations were produced over several years by the French company Nexen, which became part of Alter Way.

by Anna Filina
Sponsor
Oracle Corporation
Reverse Design
Oracle logo

Given to attendees at the 2008 PHP Quebec Conference (now ConFoo).

by Aki Ojalehto
by Aki Ojalehto
Sponsor
Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Zend logo
by Adam Culp
Sponsor
Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Zend logo

This elephpant was originally intended for attendees at ZendCon 2014. It is based on the Apigility logo which shows a flying elephpant with a rocket strapped to it's back. Because it was thought that the elephpant looked like it was firing a rocket, the Z-Ray elephpant was designed and released instead. Only the prototype of this design was created. It used a lighter color blue than previous elephpants.

by Philip Sharp
by Philip Sharp
Sponsor
Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Zend logo

This elephpant was given away to attendees at ZendCon 2014. It wears a pair of glasses with red spirals that represent the Z-Ray debugging tool for Zend Server.

by Tim Bond
by Tim Bond
Sponsor
OpenGoodies
Reverse Design
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The newest edition of the classic blue elephpant. It is produced by OpenGoodies, which succeeded Nexen/Alter Way as the official producer of elephpants.

This edition is distinguished from previous generations by the OpenGoodies logo on the rear tag.

by Dennis Mader
by Aki Ojalehto
Name
Cody Blou
Sponsor
shopware AG
Reverse Design
shopware Logo

This elephant will be distributed primarily to Shopware contributors and community members. Cody has its own Twitter account at @CodyBlou.

Pink

by Rob Allen
by Aki Ojalehto
Sponsor
Alter Way
Reverse Design
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This was the second color released. It was produced alongside the sixth generation of "original" blue elephpants.

by Marco Rieger
by Marco Rieger
Sponsor
OpenGoodies
Reverse Design
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The newest edition of the pink elephpant. It is produced by OpenGoodies, which succeeded Nexen/Alter Way as the official producer of elephpants.

This edition is distinguished from the previous edition by the OpenGoodies logo on the rear tag.

Green

by Ben Scholzen
by Ben Scholzen
Sponsor
Zend Technologies, Inc.
Reverse Design
Zend Framework 2 logo

The green color matches the Zend Framework logo.

Red

by Rob Allen
by Philip Sharp
Name
Chili
Sponsor
Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Zend logo

First distributed to attendees at ZendCon 2013.

by Thibault Taillandier
by Thibault Taillandier
Sponsor
Laravel community
Reverse Design
Laravel logo

This elephpant was produced via a Kickstarter campaign. The color matches the Laravel logo.

Orange

by Rob Allen
by Philip Sharp
Name
Archie
Sponsor
php[architect]
Reverse Design
php[architect] logo

Originally available through a Kickstarter campaign, Archie is now available through the php[architect] swag store. The orange color matches the php[architect] logo.

Purple

by Rob Allen
by Philip Sharp
Name
Umoja
Sponsor
PHP Women
Reverse Design
PHP Women logo

Originally available through a Kickstarter campaign, this elephpant can now be purchased directly from PHP Women. The color matches the PHP Women logo. Profits from the sale of this elephpant support PHP Women's programs including conference scholarships.

Yellow

by Rob Allen
by Philip Sharp
Name
Sonny
Sponsor
Sunshine PHP Conference, Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Sunshine PHP logo, Zend logo

The elephpant was originally designed for the Sunshine PHP Conference. It was given out to attendees at the conference in 2014 and 2015.

Black

by Rob Allen
by Marco Rieger
Name
MurPHPy
Sponsor
AmsterdamPHP
Reverse Design
AmsterdamPHP logo

This elephpant was produced via a Kickstarter campaign. The colors match the AmsterdamPHP logo, which in turn match the flag and coat of arms of the City of Amsterdam.

The name MurPHPy was kindly given by the organizers of AmsterdamPHP after facing a multitude of troubles during the packing and shipping stages of the campaign.

by Mark Baker
Sponsor
Sensio Labs
Reverse Design
Symfony Framework 10 Years logo

This elephpant was designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Symfony Framework. Only 300 were available and were sold exclusively at SymfonyCon 2015 in Paris.

White

by Tim Bond
by Tim Bond
Name
Phil Snow
Sponsor
ConFoo
Reverse Design
ConFoo.ca web techno conference

This elephpant was released in 2016 and is available for sale from ConFoo.

by Armel Fauveau
by Armel Fauveau
Name
Echo
Sponsor
GLOBALIS
Reverse Design
GLOBALIS logo

Only 400 small and 5 jumbo-size of these elePHPants were made, and will be delivered primarily to GLOBALIS team members, partners, friends, and customers.

His name, Echo, refers to the PHP echo command and also as tribute to Echo, the famous elephant matriarch who was studied for over 30 years.

Gold

by Adam Culp
Sponsor
OpenGoodies
Reverse Design
20 Years 1995-2015

A true rarity, only one of these elephpants exists in the wild. It was designed by OpenGoodies to celebrate PHP's 20th anniversary on June 8, 2015. After developing the prototype the project was canceled because final production would not be ready in time. The single prototype was put up for auction on Ebay on the day of the anniversary. The auction was won by Zend Technologies co-founder Zeev Suraski.

This is the first elephpant that does not have plush fur. It has a circular disc on the right-rear leg showing the "Official ElePHPant" logo.

This elephpant has its own Twitter account at @gelephpant.

Multicolored

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Sponsor
AFUP - French PHP User Group
Reverse Design
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This one-of-a-kind elephpant was made by V. Fanzutti. It has been offered to the Kenya PHP User Group for their contribution for the 20th HaPHPy Birthday.

Teal

by Mark Baker
by Aki Ojalehto
Sponsor
Zend Technologies
Reverse Design
Zend logo

Also described as turquoise. This elephpant was given away to attendees at ZendCon 2015.

The PHP logo on the obverse has a "7" included to signify the release of PHP 7.

Related Species

Several animals that are similar to elephpants, but cannot be catogorized as such, have recently been seen in the wild.

Brown

by Tim Bond
by Tim Bond
Common Name
PHP Woolly Mammoth
Name
Molly
Sponsor
Peter Meth / Softer Software
Reverse Design
True North PHP logo

This animal has smaller ears than an elephpant, and tusks. The body of the mammoth consists of both plush fur and longer hair.

The woolly mammoth was produced as a giveaway for the 2015 TrueNorth PHP Conference in Toronto, Canada. A Kickstarter campaign was held to help fund the giveaways.

Due to a production delay, the mammoths were not available in time for the conference and were instead distributed to TrueNorth PHP attendees primarily through meetups in and around Toronto. The mammoths were released and started shipping to Kickstarter backers in January 2016.

Gray

by Adam Culp
Common Name
pHackyderm
Sponsor
unknown
Reverse Design
unknown

Produced by the HHVM/Hack team at Facebook. It has not been released publicly. It has an HHVM logo in place of the PHP logo.

The pHackyderm has several features that distinguish it from an elephpant including an articulated trunk, robotic eye, and boots.

Colophon

This publication is typeset in Old Standard TT, which is loaded from Google Fonts.

The text of this publication is written in Markdown. The layout is written in HTML and and styled with CSS. The sources are stored in a Git repository and hosted at GitHub. Final assembly is performed using Sculpin. The publication is hosted on GitHub Pages.

Credits

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