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Robin, right, and Petunia, rear, new elephants at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. It takes several months of training and socializing to acclimate elephants to a new environment. The elephants have just now been allowed into a corrall next to the other elepha
Robin, right, and Petunia, rear, new elephants at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. It takes several months of training and socializing to acclimate elephants to a new environment. The elephants have just now been allowed into a corrall next to the other elepha


2007-12-19 - Riverbanks, United States , JOEY HOLLEMAN

Riverbanks’ new elephants must mesh with the old-timers before they go public. The two new African elephants at Riverbanks Zoo didn’t appear at the Ndoki Forest exhibit magically, even if they do have Disney heritage. It’s been a major undertaking to get the new girls — 37-year-old Robin and 34-year-old Petunia — to Columbia from Disney’s Animal Kingdom and get them used to their new situation at Riverbanks, said mammal curator John Davis. “Moving elephants is quite an operation,...



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