A 12 year old male African elephant spent the night on the road from Toledo and arrived at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium around 8:15 this morning.
Zoo Director Dennis Pate says, “The travel part went pretty much as planned. There were five stops along the way. Some of it just to secure the crate to the truck. Other times to check on him. He really didn’t drink much water but we had some fruits for him, some watermelon and carrots and apple and melon for him where he got his moisture from but it was almost a model trip.” There were baby monitors in Louie’s trailer where staff could keep an eye on him while on the road.
Pate says the next step is getting Louie adjusted to his new surroundings. He says Louie will need to get used to the sights and smells of Omaha and his new home at the elephant barn. He will also need to get to know his new keepers. The zoo’s elephant manager was in Ohio for nearly a week. Louie will also get to meet his new barn mates, five female African elephants. Pate says their goal is for Louie to breed with the females but as to when that will happen is up to Mother Nature.