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Old 10-12-2010

Apparently the zoo is trying to acquire another, younger bull as well.

Cold weather prevents elephant's return from Florida to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo | cleveland.com
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Tufani, Tsavo, Ali, Mclean, and Tamani: Only bulls in Florida.
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I think it is either Ali or Tufani.
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Old 12-12-2010

The article said southern zoo so its not necessarily a Florida Zoo. Even though Tamani and Tufani are getting to that "rambunctious" age, I do think its Ali. Though doubtful it could be Sdulda from Montgomery or Artie from NC.
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Old 12-12-2010

I hope it isn't Ali, I will miss the big guy if he leaves. He still hasn't breed with the Jax's females yet.
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Old 12-12-2010

I have talked to Geoff Hall, our general curator and it is most definitely Tamani. Still not 100% positive we are getting him, but it is very likely. If we do get him it will be well after the exhibit opens.
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Old 13-12-2010

Isn't he a bit young to be seperated from Ellie, at age five?? I guess the zoo is hoping to diversify their herd?
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Old 13-12-2010

I think so too, I saw this guy in October and he was always by his mother side and rarely did leave her side.
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Old 13-12-2010

5 years of age is the normal time when a male is pushed out of his herd. It can happen as early as 2 years of age.
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Old 13-12-2010

I thought it was when they reach puberty, around 12 years of age.
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Old 13-12-2010

Yes, it is anywhere from ten to thirteen. Definitely not two, let alone five. Elephants care for their male offspring up until the point they become driven by sex. And I highly doubt a five year old calf is at the point of independence.
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Old 14-12-2010

Females will push a young male out of the immediate herd between 2-7 years of age and they will tolerate the male around the outside of the herd for awhile until the male moves away to form bachelor herds. I have worked with an elephant that had been pushed out of the immediate herd at the age of 2 1/2 years. These were Asians and not Africans but I was told it applies for both species. Unfortunately zoos do not have large enough enclosures to allow the young males to basically "satellite" around the herd. Louie at Toledo is 7 and has been separated from Renee for at least a year. And like Louie it is around the five year mark when they start to test their bravado.
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Old 26-01-2011

Attendance was down by 2% in 2010, with 1.13 million visitors. It was the 18th consecutive year that the zoo had over one million visitors, and 2011's huge new exhibit "African Elephant Crossing" opens on May 5th:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo sees slight decline in attendance in 2010 - Cleveland Business News - Northeast Ohio and Cleveland - Crain's Cleveland Business
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Old 23-02-2011

Cleveland's brand-new "African Elephant Crossing" exhibit will now have 5 elephants, including Omaha's solitary female and a male from DAK:

Cleveland zoo to welcome Nebraska elephant - morningjournal.com
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Old 12-03-2011

Cleveland is getting a bull named Willy from DAK. The Omaha cow Shenga already arrived and is in the process of being introduced to the resident cows Jo, Moshi, and Martika
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Old 13-03-2011

Does anyone know what happened to the plans of acquiring Tamani ? Have those been scrapped or still a go ?
 


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