NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Two elephants in their 30s from New York have joined the pair of older elephants at the zoo in New Orleans.
The Audubon Zoo said in a news release Friday that 36-year-old Surapa and 37-year-old Jothi are not yet consistently on view in the zoo’s big new elephant yard because they are getting settled into their new home and getting acquainted with 54-year-old Panya and 45-year-old Jean.
All four elephants are female.
Surapa and Jothi came from the Buffalo Zoo, where the elephant house was a century old. Their new enclosure has shade, pools and a barn with heated and padded floors
Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Lauren Messina Conrad says elephants often live into their middle 50s, and “above 40 would be considered an older elephant.”