Billy has arrived in Denver! The 5-year-old Asian elephant is getting aquainted with his new home at the Denver Zoo
He arrived last night, June 23, after completing a flight from Amsterdam. The young bull, the third male elephant in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, will support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan with valuable genetics as he is unrelated to any elephants in the United States.
To prepare for Billy's journey, one zookeeper, one assistant curator, the area curator, two veterinarians, the vice president for animal care and one communications staff member flew in advance to Antwerpen Zoo. Staff began working with Billy to familiarize themselves with him and allow Billy to feel more comfortable as well. On Sunday, Billy arrived via a truck in Amsterdam and took a direct flight with the four-member caretaking team to Denver.
Billy was born Feb. 17, 2008 at Dublin Zoo, weighing 176 pounds. Visitors to Denver Zoo will be not be able to see Billy just yet as he must undergo a minimum 30-day quarantine behind the scenes but fans can follow his adventures at denverzoo.org
Welcome to Denver and your new home, Billy!