POWELL, Ohio (AP) – An Asian elephant born seven years ago at the Columbus Zoo is moving to a new home at the Denver Zoo.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday that Bodhi will move to Colorado by the end of the year with plans to have him sire calves to increase diverse Asian elephant zoo populations.
The elephant’s new home on 10 acres in the Denver Zoo’s Asian Tropics has five elephant yards that can house eight to 12 elephants.
Bodhi’s 2004 birth marked the first successful Asian elephant birth at the Columbus Zoo.
Assistant Curator Harry Peachey says Bodhi has not been part of the social group of two female elephants there because, in the wild, Asian elephant social groups are mostly related females and males leave early in life.
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