Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Romeo, oh Romeo!
A handsome new resident can now be seen in the Asian elephant
yard. Romeo is the newest elephant to join the herd. The 22-year-old bull
arrived in June from the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC) in Polk City,
FL. Romeo takes the place of Casey, who also belongs to CEC and has returned to
the facility in Florida. Romeo will roam in the various yards in the elephant
exhibit and soon will be introduced to the female herd and eventually he will
be part of the breeding program. This movement of the bulls imitates their
natural movements in the wild, where bulls travel in and out of various female
herds for breeding, allowing for genetic diversity. Though Romeo is on loan
from CEC, he will be at the Zoo for the foreseeable future.