Elephants relocated to zoo improving

The two elephants brought to the San Diego Zoo from a private collection in Texas have both gained about 300 pounds and are building trust with their handlers, zoo officials said Wednesday.

Jewel and Tina, who are believed to be in their mid-40s, were removed from their owner by the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture and brought to San Diego in August.

Jewel now weighs 6,714 pounds and Tina tops the scale at 7,664 pounds.

The zoo’s Dani Dodge Medlin said there really is no average weight for an elephant, but their handlers would like Tina and especially Jewel to gain a few more pounds.

They’ve been feasting on carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, alfalfa and beet pulp.

In recent examinations, the elephants willingly raised their legs to allow their feet to be cleaned and placed on a platform used for x-rays, a sign of increasing trust with their handlers.

“When they first arrived, Tina wouldn’t let us near her rear end,” said Victoria Zahn, a senior keeper. “Now she presents her back feet perfectly so we can scrub and care for them — this is all part of the trusting relationship we are building with them.”

Both animals remain in quarantine, and won’t be brought out for public viewing in the Elephant Odyssey exhibit until they clear all their health checks.

Related posts:

  1. Elephant artists paint to save their species
  2. Eyewear group focuses on improving digital experience
  3. Las Patronas gives grants to beneficiaries at luncheo
  4. Philanthropy Spotlight: Las Patronas
  5. Las Patronas’ Jewel Ball relives the 1920s

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=3458

Posted by on Oct 14, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6






  • Pacific Ridge School student-run publication honored by Columbia Scholastic Press Association
    Global Vantage, a print and online magazine run collaboratively by students from Pacific Ridge School, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (Kibera, Kenya), and Canyon Crest Academy, has been honored with the Columbia Scholastic Press Associations’ Edmund J. Sullivan Award. Edmund J. Sullivan, the longtime Executive Director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Associati […]
  • Horizon Prep Spanish Speaking/Spelling Bee
    The Spanish Department will have to get a longer, harder list of words for next year’s Spanish Speaking/Spelling Bee, because the students aced this year’s list with ease! “The third graders ran through 120 words and the fourth graders ran through 170!” said Horizon Prep Spanish Teacher Karen Beltran, “We even ended up with a […]
  • Horizon Prep Spirit Run 2014
    At Horizon Prep, circling the track means sending funds around the globe.  Every year, more than 500 preschool through 8th grade Lions lace up and count laps for Spirit Run.  Since 2006, students have raised more than $414,400 for various Missions projects around the world. This year students are raising money to continue supporting a […]