Elephants from Buffalo Zoo settling in at zoo in New Orleans

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.”

Associated Press

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