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The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
Look who’s been out exploring!
Yes, that’s Stephanie!
It will still be a little while before our new residents have a turn at exploring the large yards. They will first start with getting accustomed to the behind-the-scenes yards.
New Arrival Update: 3/18/2016
All six of the elephants (one male and five females) have settled in nicely. They are all eating and drinking well. The keeper staff has also been providing them tree branches and logs, in addition to their regular diet. The elephants are really gobbling them up! They strip the bark off the larger logs and snack on the small branches too!
For now the keeper staff is focused on learning as much as they can about the elephants and their personalities. We want to take care not to rush the elephants as they learn where things are in their new home. Keeper staff will take it one step at a time. Right now those first steps are making sure they continue to become familiar with their new home, learn to recognize their caretakers and settle into a routine. The new residents are already transferring from one part of the barn to the other with ease.
Many of you have also asked about Stephanie. She is doing well and adjusting to the new arrivals. As you can imagine, there was a little uncertainty at first, but now everyone seems to be very relaxed. Stephanie currently can see, hear and smell them in the rooms next to her and they have some indirect contact with each other.
We'll have another update and more pictures for you soon!
They Have Arrived!: 3/11/2016
Seventeen African elephants arrived from drought-stricken Swaziland as part of an ongoing rescue mission to provide safe haven and a more secure future at three accredited zoos in Dallas; Wichita, Kan.; and Omaha, Neb.
New construction and renovation at Dallas Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and your Sedgwick County Zoo, informed by the latest scientific findings on elephant welfare, have created three state-of-the-art habitats to meet each elephant’s complex physical, mental and social needs in multigenerational herds. Five elephants will make their home in Dallas, and groups of six each in Wichita and Omaha. (March 11, 2016)
Making Room for Rhinos
Once the most abundant of all rhino species, black rhinos are critically endangered and considered at great risk of extinction due to poaching for their horns. Black rhinos, and southern white rhinos, can live side by side because they do not compete for food—one browses and the other grazes. Both species need protected habitats and both are expected to thrive in the Swazi parks because they do not outstrip the land. The parks’ protected boundaries can also provide critical safety and space to support large numbers.
Visit RoomforRhinos.org for more information.
Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2016
The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley will be the third largest elephant exhibit in the country. It encompass more than 5 acres of sprawling outdoors space, plus indoor facility and world's largest elephant pool at 550,000 gallons.
This habitat is designed to provide elephants with choices that help ensure their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The innovative approach is informed by the latest scientific research about elephant welfare including a landmark 2013 study that assessed the health of elephants at all U.S. accredited zoos and identified opportunities to improve welfare for all elephants in professional care. Insights from these studies are informing how we care for elephants.
The Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley is planned to open on Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
Expert Elephant Care
The elephants at Sedgwick County Zoo have a high quality of life and are provided excellent nutrition, excercise, professional veterinary care and environmental enrichment. They are cared for by a dedicated team of elephant-care experts and veterinarians with more then 70 combined years of elephant care and management experience.
An average of 96 elephants are killed each day in Africa. At this rate, African elephants face near extinction in just 10 short years. The reasons for their decline include poaching, inadequate protection, insufficient efforts to stop ivory trafficking and the huge demand for ivory around the world.
96 Elephants is a campaign created by the Wildlife Conservation Society. This campaign aims to bring together world citizens, partners, leaders and change makers to leverage their collective influence and resources to save African elephants from extinction.
Learn more and join the effort!
HOPE FOR ELEPHANTS
If people are to care about preserving elephants and their habitat, they need to learn about and understand them. Zoos provide a powerful venue to make this happen. When people learn about elephants they discover that their actions do matter. Elephants need zoos. Zoo studies on elephant biology and behavior would be challenging and in some cases impossible, in the field. Working with populations in zoos has a positive effect on conservation, and the information gathered is relevant to helping and understanding wild populations.
Your Actions Matter
Show your dedication to Sedgwick County Zoo and our elephants.
Thanks in advance for your support. Together we can make a difference.
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67212
Hours of Operation
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).