Cincinnati Zoo’s Asian Elephant Herd Simply Bought a Lot Larger!


“We’ve been collaborating with the Dublin Zoo’s care group for greater than a yr and have spent loads of time with our new residents of their former house,” mentioned Eric Duning, Cincinnati Zoo’s elephant group chief.  “I’ve been with them for the previous few weeks and accompanied them to Cincinnati.  We additionally introduced members of their care group right here to help with their transition.”

The brand new elephants will spend time getting acclimated to Elephant Trek this Winter and will probably be launched to the remainder of our herd a while earlier than the brand new habitat opens to the general public subsequent summer time.

“We’re unhappy to see them go however thrilled that they are going to be on this nice new facility,” mentioned Miguel Bueno, Basic Curator at Dublin Zoo.   “Their departure will permit us to maneuver ahead with breeding suggestions that now we have for our remaining feminine elephants who’re awaiting the arrival of a brand new bull to renew our profitable multi-generation breeding program.”

Cincinnati Zoo’s bull elephant, Sabu, would be the first to be launched to the brand new elephants when he returns from the Columbus Zoo, the place he’s been for the final yr to breed with the females there, in early 2024.  Cincinnati’s females, Schottzie (SheRa’s aunt), Mai Thai, and Jati, will be part of the herd after that, with the objective to let the entire, multi-generational herd roam collectively within the five-acre area.

It will likely be months earlier than guests can see the brand new elephants in particular person, however the Zoo will publish updates on its social channels. Schottzie, Mai Thai, and Jati will nonetheless be seen within the Elephant Reserve, near the Zoo’s major entrance, till they transfer to Elephant Trek subsequent yr.

There are presently three acknowledged species of elephant: the African forest elephant, the African savanna elephant, and the Asian elephant. Every of those species is threatened with extinction. Elephants vary all through sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, and might be present in a wide range of completely different habitats, together with forests, savannahs, marshes, and deserts.            In keeping with the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), there are solely 40,000 Asian elephants within the wild at this time. In keeping with the evaluation of the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), they’ve been classed as an endangered species, and Cincinnati Zoo is dedicated to caring for them regionally and globally.  It participates in a number of conservation efforts to assist the survival of this species in its native habitat.


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