Lucy the Elephant has stood 65 feet tall as a Jersey shore landmark in Margate since 1881.
Strong winds last month uprooted a tent that struck the elephant's butt, damaging 86 tin panels and it's 14-foot-long tail.
Executive director Rich Helfant says the tourist attraction's insurance has a $25,000 deductible for wind damage.
The tail has been bandaged while officials look for ways to make repairs.
The 128-year-old elephant was built by a real estate developer.
Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com