Tons of new animals coming to the zoo

Audubon to receive elephants from Buffalo Zoo

Chris Miller
August 14, 2018 - 11:25 am

The Audubon Zoo's two Asian elephants will soon be getting some company. The Buffalo Zoo has decided to relocate its two Asian elephants to New Orleans.

"This decision demonstrates that the Buffalo Zoo will always do what is best and right for all of the animals in our care. Using our soon-to-be-released strategic plan that includes the introduction of new exhibits, together we are forging a bold future for the Buffalo Zoo," said Jonathan Dandes, Chairman of the Zoo's Board of Directors.

The elephants, named Jothi (age 36) and Surapa (35), will arrive some time in the fall. The elephants will become part of the Audubon Zoo's newly-renovated $10 million elephant habitat, joining the exhibit's current residents, Panya (age 54) and Jean (45).

"We designed the state-of-the-art elephant barn at Audubon Zoo with older animals in mind," said Audubon Zoo General Curator Joel Hamilton. "Our pair of Asian elephants, Panya and Jean, have been enjoying the modern features that help our animal care team manage their long-term health. Audubon Zoo's spacious elephant habitat will ensure that Panya, Jean, Jothi, and Surapa have plenty of room to exercise in their golden years and enjoy long and enriched lives."

"This is precisely the type of strategy and action we expect from our members. Long-term and whole life planning is paramount, and we support the decision," said Dr. Jeff Wyatt, incoming Chairperson of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation Commission.

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