Dallas Zoo Welcomes It's New Elephants
Some zoos are closing down their elephant exhibit, often for lack of space. Dallas's zoo, however, has plenty of room and they want to fill it with more elephants, some coming directly from Africa and some that will hopefully be born in the US. The new move is meant bolster the current herd at the zoo and make it more genetically diverse for breeding.
"The animals are looking great, they're very clam, eating and drinking," said Gregg Hudson, the zoo's CEO and president told Chris Van Horne at NBC's Channel 5 in Dallas.
The move is not without some controversy as several animal rights groups opposed the move, saying it was akin to imprisoning the elephants.
"Given that these animals have been sedated and subjected to a journey that will ultimately be several days long in duration, it is critical that the USDA stands ready to inspect and monitor the arrival of these elephants to better ensure compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA)," said a public letter from a coalition of rights groups.
The Zoo, though, is moving forward and giving the animals names.
The image courtesy of the Dallas Zoo shows Tenadji (ten-DAHJ-ee), a male who's name means "Make it Happen" on the right and Nolwazi (nole-WAH-zee) the oldest of the four females on the left.