Billy, the Denver Zoo's newest elephant can now be seen by zoo visitors!
Billy, the much anticipated new resident of Denver Zoo’s new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit can now be seen by guests.
“Billy has cleared a mandatory quarantine and with a full clean bill of health, he ventured outside for the first time today. The Denver community has been asking about him regularly. I know they will fall in love at first sight,” says Denver Zoo Director of Communications Tiffany Barnhart.
Denver Zoo imported a male Asian elephant from the Antwerpen Zoo in Belgium in late June. The 5-year-old elephant will support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan with valuable genetics as he is not closely related to any elephants in the US. The young bull is the third bull in the zoo's newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, a $50 million state-of-the-art animal habitat
This elephant was born Feb. 17, 2008 at Dublin Zoo weighing 176 pounds. Denver Zoo took numerous measures to ensure the elephants safe transport back to the United States. To prepare for the elephant's arrival, 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. One zookeeper arrived more than a month in advance to spend bond with Billy and learn his routine.