The mascot of the PHP project is the elePHPant, a blue elephant with the PHP logo on its side, designed by Vincent Pontier in 1998. “The (PHP) letters were forming the shape of an elephant if viewed in a sideways angle” (7php.com). The elePHPant is sometimes differently colored when in plush toy form.
Many variations of this mascot have been made over the years. Only the elePHPants based on the original design by Vincent Pontier are considered official by the community. These are collectible and some of them are extremely rare. Different color and plush toy form variations are listed on “A Field Guide to ElePHPants”.