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*Ringling Blue has cancelled the "elephant walk" in Anaheim CA, citing safety concerns. *San Antonio Zoo TX has said that, in spite of AZA rules, lone Asian female LUCKY (54) will remain at the zoo until she dies; the zoo then plans to bring in 3 young Africans.
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 Oklahoma City Zoo, Rex, Chandra, Asha and her calf Maylee
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Original post SL 15 June 2011:

Interview with keepers in OKC and Tulsa.

http://www.newson6.com/category/121535/vid...&partnerclipid=


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Original post 2 July 2011:

Video of Malee:

Malee gets to play in the pool at the Oklahoma City Zoo

http://www.newsok.com/malee-gets-to-play-i...o/1034322641001


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2 original posts SL 18 July 2011:

Oklahoma City elephant calf growing, exploring

The elephant calf born at the Oklahoma City Zoo this spring is healthy, rambunctious and developing strong bonds with her herd.

Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-elephant-c...8#ixzz1SUFxC132


Oklahoma City Zoo prepares to receive male elephant

Rex will be transported from African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, some time this year, though a date has not been set, said Laura Bottaro, mammal curator for the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-zoo-prepar...9#ixzz1SUI5wsN4


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Original post SL 27 July 2011:

This is the only reason why zoos want baby elephants ... angry.gif

Elephant helps zoo break record

The official tally is in – baby elephant trumps heat.

Despite scorching temperatures most of the summer, the Oklahoma City Zoo recently announced it set a record for most attendance in a year. The most recent fiscal year finished at the end of June with 982,721 visitors. The old mark was 835,382, set in 2007-08, when the zoo opened its Oklahoma Trails exhibit.


http://okcfriday.com/elephant-helps-zoo-br...rd-p6148-92.htm


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Original post S4E 28 July 2011:

Agreed, SL - and especially FEMALE calves.

I will never forget the wretched comment made by Suzanne Boardman, the Director of Twycross Zoo UK, when Asian male calf Ganesh Vijay (who has since died of EEHV) was named - that he was "a definite crowd-pleaser".

Yes, it's all about the money in UK zoos too.


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Original post SL 3 Aug 2011:

Video of Asha "painting" ...

Asha paints with fervor

Asha, Asian elephnat [sic] creating artwork for the Art Gone Wild Show . . .

https://www.facebook.com/okczoobg


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Original post SL 18 Aug 2011:

Oklahoma City Zoo announces elephant plans, awards raise to director

The zoo received its import permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department on Wednesday, Assistant Zoo Director Alan Varsik said.

A male elephant named Rex will be transported from African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario. He will breed with both adult female elephants in Oklahoma City in the coming years.


Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-zoo-announ...0#ixzz1VNZ7j9ir


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The article in the last post said Rex would arrive in September. I haven't seen any news of his arrival yet. Did something happen?


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Response from OKC FB page

"Not yet. Still unknown as to when."


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Photos of Malee, Asha & Chandra with pumpkins.

http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/arti...0539065,00.html


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Zoo officials are asking Oklahoma City residents to help bring a new elephant to town. Dwight Scott, the zoo's executive director says they currently have three female Asian elephants, but would like to add a bull to the herd. He says a zoo in Canada has offered one, but it will cost about ten-thousand dollars to transport. Scott says donations for the project can be made at any Bank of Oklahoma.



http://www.kokcradio.com/localnews/channel...aspx?ID=1572444


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Rex's Trek begins! The Oklahoma Zoological Society and Bank of Oklahoma will be working together to raise money to transport Rex from Canada to Oklahoma City. Rex, an Asian bull elephant, will be joining Asha, Chandra and Malee.

https://www.facebook.com/okczoobg


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Thanks for those 2 posts, SL.
I think this comment on the facebook indicates what we're up against:

Oh My God. I am so happy to hear of Rex's move to OKC. I love elephants. I have maybe 500 figurines.

If you truly "love" elephants, then you can't be "so happy" to hear about this move...


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and, of course, they have to get the kids involved ...

Zoo Society kicks off coin campaign to bring new elephant to Oklahoma Cty

http://newsok.com/article/3623894#disqus_thread

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"This is so sad, poor elephant
and people scratch their heads wondering why Judy died so young"


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Elephant arrives at Oklahoma City Zoo, bringing herd total to four


A male Asian elephant named Rex arrived about noon Tuesday after a 20-hour, 1,300-mile trip from Cambridge, Ontario.

Read more: http://newsok.com/elephant-arrives-at-okla...6#ixzz1gTgmnwcw



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Details about Rex (43) on this database:

http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=809


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Public will get rare peeks at Oklahoma City Zoo's new elephant


Rex, an Asian elephant, will spend time outdoors in the elephant habitat, though a regular schedule is not set, mammal curator Laura Bottaro said Thursday. His time on exhibit will depend on weather, staffing and training schedules, she said.

Read more: http://newsok.com/public-will-get-rare-pee...7#ixzz1gfEthny5



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I just had to leave this comment - especially in view of Tara Hayes Henson's reply to Dr. Keith Lindsay:

"He looks very thin. What a sad life in perpetual captivity - until he dies. Please tell the truth, Oklahoma City Zoo - Rex is not "helping his critically endangered species to thrive." Rather, he is providing amusement for the public, and $$$s for the zoo industry in producing "cute" calves to keep the CAPTIVE population of elephants up - and that has nothing to do with genuine conservation: Protecting Wild Elephants And Their Habitats On The Front Line In Asia."


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From the zoo's facebook - photo of Maylee and note:

Trunks up! Our lil miss turns 1-year-old April 15. Hope you can celebrate with us.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheElephant...&type=3&theater


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OKC Zoo To Celebrate Malee The Elephant's First Birthday

A big birthday bash is being planned at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Malee, the baby elephant, turns one on Sunday, April 15. She is one of the zoo's most popular residents. And like most babies, has been growing fast.

At birth, Malee weighed in at 304 pounds, but now weighs 1,170 pounds. Malee's first year has been full of growing and learning all kinds of new things.



http://www.news9.com/story/17397734/okc-zo...-first-birthday


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Malee, the Oklahoma City Zoo's baby elephant, turned 1 on Sunday and celebrated with a cake and a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”..

http://newsok.com/article/3666967


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Brief footage of Asha being made to set up. OKC Zoo behind the scenes tours.

http://www.news9.com/story/18670038/go-beh...lahoma-city-zoo


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Working behind the scenes thrills Oklahoma City Zoo visitor

The reward was a close encounter with elephants Asha, Chandra, Malee and Rex as they were cared for in various ways. Rafferty was able to watch as keepers took blood samples, conducted tests for a research project and bathed the animals.

http://newsok.com/working-behind-the-scene...article/3688957


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Oklahoma City Zoo animals don't seem to mind snow

Elephants Malee, Chandra and Asha explored what the white stuff was all about in their enclosure.

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-zoo-animal...article/3755044


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Very short report, and video.
They sang "Happy Birthday" to MALEE (2), and signed a giant birthday card.
How misguided ...

Elephant Birthday Bash At OKC Zoo

http://www.news9.com/story/21980103/elepha...bash-at-okc-zoo



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What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 30, 2013: See "Art Gone Wild," featuring art by Oklahoma City Zoo animals, before it closes at In Your Eye Gallery

Malee, the Oklahoma City Zoo's 2-year-old elephant, created several trunk kiss paintings for the "Art Gone Wild" exhibit. (The Oklahoman Archives photo)

http://newsok.com/what-to-do-in-oklahoma-o...article/3877552


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Thanks, SL.
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There are even some elephant truck kiss paintings by the zoo’s beloved 2-year-old Malee remaining for sale.

The proceeds of the exhibition will "benefit the zoo’s conservation projects" - that's pretty vague.


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Asha is the daughter of Connie who was euthanized at the Dickerson Park Zoo last Friday.

Oklahoma City Zoo's Asian elephant is expecting

Rex previously sired five offspring; three males and two females. Malee's father, Sneezy, lives at the Tulsa Zoo. This is the second pregnancy for Asha, who was born at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo., on Feb. 2, 1995, and has lived in Oklahoma City since Dec. 1, 1998. Asha's younger sister Chandra, born July 2, 1996, has yet to conceive.

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-zoos-asian...3890929/?page=1


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