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Denver Zoo adds 2 male Asian elephants to bachelor herd

October 10, 2018
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This undated photo provided by African Lion Safari shows two male Asian elephants in Ontario, Canada. The Denver Post reports elephants Chuck and Jake are joining the current residents of Groucho, Bodhi and Billy, at the Denver Zoo, who are part of the ongoing effort to protect and save the endangered species. Jake and Chuck have been at the zoo since late Sept. 2018, coming from the African Lion Safari in Ontario, Canada. (African Lion Safari via AP)

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Zoo has added two male Asian elephants to its pachyderm bachelor pad.

The Denver Post reports elephants Chuck and Jake are joining the current residents of Groucho, Bodhi and Billy, who are part of the ongoing effort to protect and save the endangered species.

Brian Aucone, the zoo’s senior vice president for animal sciences, says the Denver Zoo is equipped to “support the Asian elephant population in North American zoos,” aiming to become “a worldwide leader in the care of male Asian elephants.”

Jake and Chuck have been at the zoo since late last month, coming from the African Lion Safari in Ontario, Canada.

The zoo says there are fewer than 35,000 Asian elephants estimated to be left in the world.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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