The young bull, the third male elephant in the zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, will support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan with valuable genetics as he is unrelated to any elephants in the United States.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Billy, a 5-year-old Asian elephant, has safely arrived at Denver Zoo and is getting acquainted with his new state of the art quarters. He arrived on the evening of June 23 after completing a flight from Amsterdam. The young bull, the third male elephant in the zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, will support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan with valuable genetics as he is unrelated to any elephants in the United States.
To prepare for Billy’s journey, one zookeeper, one assistant curator, the area curator, two veterinarians, the vice president for animal care and one communications staff member flew in advance to Antwerpen Zoo. Staff began working with Billy to familiarize themselves with him and allow Billy to feel more comfortable as well. On Sunday, Billy arrived via a truck in Amsterdam and took a direct flight with the four-member caretaking team to Denver.
This elephant was born Feb. 17, 2008 at Dublin Zoo, weighing 176 pounds. Visitors to Denver Zoo will not be able to see Billy just yet as he must undergo a minimum of 30-day quarantine behind the scenes but fans can follow his adventures at http://www.denverzoo.org.
About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care.
A leader in environmental action, Denver Zoo is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species and is the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards.
Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in 594 conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents. In 2012 alone, Denver Zoo participated in 98 projects in 18 countries and more than $1 million in funds was spent by the zoo in support of animal conservation in the field.