Elephants Explore Their New Digs

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    One of the elephants decided to take a dip, or two, in the new pool.

    Four elephants checked out their new 7.5 acre, $45 million habitat at the San Diego Zoo Monday.

    The exhibit, known as Elephant Odyssey, includes rolling hills, mechanical trees for activities, shade, showers, or heat.

    Elephants On Their Odyssey

    [DGO] Elephants On Their Odyssey
    Four elephants checked out their new 7.5 acre, $45 million habitat at the San Diego Zoo. (Published Tuesday, May 5, 2009)

    One of the girls took a couple of dips in the 137,000 gallon swimming pool.

    The elephants arrived April 25, escorted by five police motorcycles -- lights flashing -- an escort fit for dignitaries.

    Journey 12-Thousand Years Back in Time

    [DGO] Journey 12-Thousand Years Back in Time
    The World-Famous San Diego Zoo will turn back the clock with a huge prehistoric "Elephant Odyssey" exhibit, you have to see to believe. (Published Monday, Jul 20, 2009)

    "There have been several months of preparation and training of the elephants," said Rick Schwartz, the Elephant Odyssey Ambassador. "They walked right into their crates, enjoyed a nice little snack while getting into the trucks.

    The big move went smoothly. The exhibit will open to the public on May 23rd. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will see eight life-sized replicas of extinct creatures that made the cross-country trip from Wisconsin in early April to be part of the zoo's new feature.

    Packing their trunks and moving to new digs

    [DGO] Packing their trunks and moving to new digs
    four Asian elephants from the Wild Animal Park move to the San Diego Zoo (Published Sunday, Apr 26, 2009)

    Ranchipur, who weights 12,500 pounds, was the largest of the elephants moved to the zoo. The four Asian elephants joined three other elephants already making their home at the zoo.