A Field Guide to Elephpants
Detailing the attributes, habitats, and variations of the Elephpas hypertextus.
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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.
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.
The first populations of elephants seen in the wild were blue. This included both the main species and the first few sub-species. Eventually other populations in have been identified in most primary and secondary colors, and new colors are seen in the wild on a increasingly frequent basis.
All elephpants have the PHP logo on the obverse (left) side.
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.
Sub-species of Elephpas hypertextus are generally identified by different markings on the reverse (right) side. Within the subspecies there may be variations of color.
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.
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.
A total of 60 populations have been identified across Elephpas hypertextus and 39 subspecies. Sub-species are listed by date of first appearance. Within each group may be multiple populations which differ by color.
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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.
The third photo shows the first elephpant ever produced. A prototype for the first generation, it has the php logo in a different color. This elephpant is affectionately known as trisaïeul.
This was the second color released. It was produced alongside the sixth generation of "original" blue elephpants.
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.
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.
Elephpas hypertextus oraculi (2008)
Elephpas hypertextus zeevandi (2010)
First distributed to attendees at ZendCon 2013.
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 its 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.
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.
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.
This elephpant was given away to attendees at ZendCon 2016.
The name ElPHPis was given by the community because of his trademark sideburns.
This elephpant was given away to attendees at ZendCon 2017.
The denim material makes this the first widely-distributed elephpant with non-plush fur.
This is the first Zend-branded elephpant to use the Rogue Wave logo.
This elephpant was given away to attendees at ZendCon 2018.
Elephpas hypertextus zendframeworki (2012)
The green color matches the Zend Framework logo.
Elephpas hypertextus architecti (2014)
Originally made available through a Kickstarter campaign. The orange color matches the php[architect] logo.
Elephpas hypertextus feminae (2014)
Originally available through a Kickstarter campaign, this elephpant can now be purchased directly from the php[architect] swag store. The color matches the PHP Women logo. Profits from the sale of this elephpant support PHP Women's programs including conference scholarships.
Elephpas hypertextus solis (2014)
The elephpant was originally designed for the Sunshine PHP Conference. It was given out to attendees at the conference in 2014 and 2015.
The elephpant is only available to attendees of the Sunshine PHP Conference. It has a slightly more orange hue than the previous Sunshine PHP elephpant, and the Nexmo logo replaces the Zend logo.
Elephpas hypertextus laraveli (2014)
This elephpant was produced via a Kickstarter campaign. The color matches the Laravel logo.
Elephpas hypertextus amstelodami (2014)
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.
Currently it's available for sale from the the AmsterdamPHP Shop.
Elephpas hypertextus fooianum (2015)
This elephpant was released in 2016 and is available for sale from ConFoo.
This elephpant was announced in 2020 to celebrate the release of PHP 8. It features a jester's hat on its head, giving to the name Le Foo du Roi meaning "The King's Foo" in French. It can be purchased in the ConFoo store
Elephpas hypertextus auri (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.
Elephpas hypertextus natalis (2015)
This one-of-a-kind elephpant was handcrafted by V. Fanzutti. It has been offered to the Kenya PHP User Group for their contribution for the 20th HaPHPy Birthday.
Elephpas hypertextus symphoniae (2015)
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.
This elephpant has been sold at Symfony-related events starting in 2016.
This elephpant has been sold at Symfony-related events starting in 2019.
This elephpant was designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Symfony Framework. This elephpant is currently available for sale at shop.symfony.com.
Elephpas hypertextus shopwari (2016)
Announced at Shopware Community Day 2019 this celebrates the launch of Shopware 6 and has a Shopware 6 tag on its left ear
Elephpas hypertextus globi (2016)
Dutch PHP Conference
Elephpas hypertextus batavici (2016)
This elephpant was given away to attendees at the 2016 Dutch PHP Conference.
Elephpas hypertextus arcus (2016)
Inspired by a photoshopped image by a Slovenian PHP developer called Peter Kokot. This elephpant was produced via a Kickstarter campaign.
The name Enfys (pronounced EN-vis) is a Welsh name meaning "rainbow", that is gender-neutral; and Enfys is intended to promote Diversity within the worldwide PHP development community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, nationality, disability, religion and technology.
Elephpas hypertextus roavorum (2017)
Elephpas hypertextus gallici (2017)
This elephpant was released in 2017 at AFUP's annual Forum PHP conference.
Elephpas hypertextus pistrini (2017)
This elephpant is available to CakeDC's clients and at events that CakeDC sponsors.
Announced at CakeFest 2017, these are available to CakeFest attendees.
Elephpas hypertextus herokai (2017)
This elephpant has cloud-shaped toenails.
Elephpas hypertextus mercatoris (2017)
Elephpas hypertextus eboraci (2018)
This elephpant was available at the 2018 PHP Yorkshire conference
Elephpas hypertextus circumensi (2018)
The first and only elephpant created for a PHP Podcast. It's fuzzier than standard elephpants and sports nifty logo nails and white feet pads. Only 500 were made.
This elephpant is currently available for sale at PHPRoundtable.com.
Elephpas hypertextus fabulosum (2018)
This elephpant was designed by the PHP Vegas user group. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was run produce it. However, it did not hit its funding target and the prototype remains the only one of this subspecies in existence.
The name PHPlashy is an ode to the lights and glamor of Las Vegas, NV.
Elephpas hypertextus decuriae (2019)
Available for sale on the PHP Classes website. First officially-licensed elePHPant to have sewn eyes
Available for sale on the PHP Classes website.
Elephpas hypertextus belgerlandemburgi (2019)
This elephpant was released at the 10th PHP Benelux conference in 2019
Elephpas hypertextus summum (2019)
This elePHPant was available to attendees of the PHPers Summit 2019
Elephpas hypertextus gagatescerebellum (2019)
Provided to the most active participants in the PhpStorm Early Access Program
Darkmira PHP Tour
Elephpas hypertextus unitas (2019)
This elePHPant was produced by a Brasilian manufacturer and was available to attendees of the Darkmira PHP Tour.
Elephpas hypertextus collationis (2019)
This elephant will be distributed primarily to CHECK24 and community members. JePHPry has its own Twitter account at @CHECK24_JePHPry.
Linux for PHP
Elephpas hypertextus linuxi (2019)
Elephpas hypertextus polski (2019)
This elePHPant was available to attendees of PHPCon Poland 2019
Elephpas hypertextus colloquiumiapona (2019)
Commemorating the 20th PHP conference, this elePHPant was available to attendees of PHP Conference Japan 2019.
Elephpas hypertextus intusautemi (2020)
This elePHPant is available from the Upinside School
Elephpas hypertextus diei (2020)
This elephpant is green, white, and red like the flag of Italy and was produced by GrUSP and is available for sale in the GrUSP store
Elephpas hypertextus hostinkus (2020)
Created by the website hosting company SiteGround to celebrate the release of PHP 8 with PHP enthusiasts. His uniqueness comes with different-colored feet and ears. SiteGround uses him to giving away for PHP quizzes, raffles, and events.
Elephpas hypertextus duodeviginti (2020)
To celebrate the PHP8.0 release the original creators of the elePHPant, Damien Seguy and Vincent Pontier created inPHPinity, a Community Driven Elephpant. It can be purchased here
Elephpas hypertextus fundamentumliberos (2021)
The elephpant has so far only been gifted by Kellerkinder to community members and give aways via their twitter account @kellerkinderDE.
Elephpas hypertextus expensum (2021)
Several animals that are similar to elephpants, but cannot be catogorized as such, have recently been seen in the wild.
| PHP Woolly Mammoth | pHackyderm |
PHP Woolly Mammoth
Elephpas mammuthus (2015)
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.
Elephpas cyberneticus (2015)
Produced by the HHVM/Hack team at Facebook. It has not been released publicly. It has a HHVM logo in place of the PHP logo. Three prototypes have been produced followed by 500 which will not be available for sale.
The pHackyderm has several features that distinguish it from an elephpant including an articulated trunk, robotic eye, and boots.
The first prototype is named Steve, the second Steph, and the third and final Steven. All have the HHVM plate on the obverse side. The initial prototype has a blank reverse, but the later protypes and production pHackyderms will have the Hack logo and text on the reverse side.
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By Color and Year
- AmsterdamPHP (2014)
- Symfony (2015)
- Symfony (2016)
- PhpStorm (2019)
- Upinside (2020)
- SiteGround (2020)
- Mollie (2021)
- Original (2007)
- Oracle (2008)
- Zend (2010)
- Zend (2014)
- Zend (2014)
- Original (2015)
- Shopware (2016)
- AFUP (2017)
- CakePHP (2017)
- CakePHP (2017)
- Zend (2017)
- PHP Yorkshire (2018)
- Zend (2018)
- PHP Classes (2019)
- CHECK24 (2019)
- Linux for PHP (2019)
- ConFoo (2020)
- Exakat (2020)
- ConFoo (2015)
- Globalis (2016)
- Dutch PHP Conference (2016)
- Zend (2016)
- PHPBenelux (2019)
- PHPers Summit (2019)
- PHPCON Japan (2019)
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