Esha the baby elephant celebrates her first birthday at Twycross Zoo

2013 promises to be another year of challenges and change for the better. Feld’s attorneys said their elephants are healthy, alert and well-cared for, including those that travel with the show and those that live at the company’s 200-acre conservatory in Florida. Preparations for her to tolerate these procedures started in 1988, when she was just shy of turning 9. The shark will be about 5 inches long when it hatches. Learn about elephants, their depth of emotion, commitment to family, intelligence, gentleness, and sense of humor. Samudra (foreground), enjoys a giant pumpkin at the Oregon Zoo in October. The first successful birth following artificial insemination took place in November 1999 at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri, when Moola, an Asian elephant, gave birth to a male named Haji.

Did you think it all looked possible? But, do the benefits derived from zoo-based public education, research, and support of field conservation efforts (see below) outweigh those costs? Three out of five elephant sanctuaries in the U.S. They are forced to balance a foot on red balls and pedestals, or do a trunk curl “salute” for spectators, behaviors not displayed by elephants in the wild. First, the problem with zoos in general is the lack of space they can provide elephants. Conservationists from Chester Zoo and EcoSystems-India, who are working to mitigate human-elephant conflict, have been awarded a second Darwin Initiative grant to assist the expansion of their elephant conservation project in Assam. Then 100 years went by, with various results.


“I’m very pro whatever’s best for the animals,” she said. period. She is 24, almost 25. After Mikki, an African elephant, delivered the Louisville Zoo’s first-ever calf in March 2007, the zoo saw something the Oregon Zoo might expect: record-breaking attendance. Chai, easygoing and submissive, tends to fit in readily. Rani is expected to deliver in mid-summer 2011. Knowing the plight of the African elephant, many of Kijana’s admirers are now contributing to organizations that work to save the elephants.

Newkirk is the president and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 1536 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036; www.PETA.org. Male and female lions do have distinct roars, but humans only started to recognise the differences when we used recording equipment and computer software. She seemed anxious and excited but apparently didn’t repeat any of the dangerous behavior of 2008, when she kicked and stepped on her first calf, Samudra; he suffered no broken bones or internal injuries and they later bonded. since 1978, and one of two major factors preventing the North American elephant population from becoming stable and self-sustaining. Officials stepped up the monitoring when tests earlier this week revealed changes in the 38-year-old elephant’s blood progesterone levels. The Oregon Zoo may have to pay a high price for her. But she said all hope is not lost.

In April 1962, at the Portland zoo, Belle gave birth to a male named Packy, and an international sensation was ignited. However, organizations including In Defense of Animals and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants are protesting the findings from the task force on the grounds that it’s just a public relations ploy to promote the zoo’s interests and not the interests of the elephants. Chai’s only friend Bamboo survives her, and has since had two inches of her tail bitten off by another frustrated elephant in their prison-like pen. She has been steadily gaining weight at a rate of 1-2kg daily (normal for an elephant) and is now 352kg, more than double her weight at birth. Last Friday, an Oregon Zoo Asian elephant, Rose-Tu, gave birth to her second calf sired by Tusko. Blood samples taken from elephants at the Houston Zoo are tested for signs of disease in the lab of Paul Ling, a virologist at Baylor College of Medicine. Zoos are not allowed to import elephants, so they rely on breeding to save animals for the future.

f all goes well, an adorably wobbly, floppy-eared calf could draw tens of thousands of extra visitors and prompt a wave of positive publicity at an opportune time: Metro, which owns the zoo, will ask voters in November to approve a $117 million bond measure to upgrade exhibits and, perhaps, buy more land for the elephants. Watoto, a 45-year-old African elephant, was euthanized late Friday, Aug. So Kenny made his third appearance, although he was too weak to perform any stunts. They tried to lift her to feet, using first what the zoo described as “cloth straps,” then “heavy machinery.” According to a posting that day on the WPZ blog, these efforts failed. This week I would like to introduce you to Tembo. Tragic captive elephant Chai was found dead outside the Oklahoma City Zoo elephant exhibit on a very cold January morning in 2016, at just 37 years old.