Enthralling elephants: Pachyderms at Hogle Zoo serve as ambassadors to their wild counterparts
Elephant fun facts
An elephant’s trunk can weigh 400 pounds and reach up to 7 feet long.
An elephant’s skin is an inch thick, yet it is so sensitive that it can feel a fly landing.
Elephants have poor eyesight but an amazing sense of smell.
Elephants can pick up subsonic rumblings made by other elephants, through vibrations in the ground.
Tusks are actually large incisors.
Elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump.
Meet the elephants
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is home to three female African elephants: Dari, Christie and Zuri.
Weight: 8,600-8,800 pounds.
Dari has been at Hogle Zoo since 1967. She is the matriarch and very much in charge of the Hogle herd. Dari can be leery of change and new ideas, but once she accepts them she is a very easy elephant. Dari is easily the most affectionate of the three elephants.
Weight: 7,900-8,100 pounds
Christie came to the zoo at age 2. Christie is at the bottom of the herd, not a bad place. She is eager to learn new things and very easy to work with. Christie is the elephant new people start out training when they come into the building. She can be easily excited, and although she’s a mother she still has some youngster left in her. Christie loves her treats and will do about anything for food.
Born: Aug. 10, 2009, at Hogle Zoo to Christie and father Jackson (Pittsburgh Zoo)
Weight: 2,900 pounds and growing
Zuri is in the middle of the herd and can get away with about anything with Aunt Dari. Zuri is very eager to train. It has been fun to watch her grow and learn new behaviors. She loves to play and be mischievous. She likes to chase birds that land or wander into the yard. Zuri can sometimes show her age (4) and throw a fit. All in all, Zuri is a typical 4-year-old.
SOURCE: Eric Peterson, Hogle Zoo
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