Denver Zoo adds 2 new Asian elephants -- Chuck and Jake -- to its pachyderm bachelor pad
Oct. 08--The Denver Zoo can officially re-enact "Animal House" with the arrival of two pachyderm pledges that now make the zoo's herd the biggest Asian elephant bachelor pad in the country.
The new elephant recruits' names are, of course, Chuck and Jake.
The two join the rowdy antics of Groucho, Bodhi and Billy, who are part of the zoo's ongoing efforts to protect and save the endangered species, according to a Denver Zoo news release on Monday. Asian elephants have a decreasing global population estimated at fewer than 35,000, the zoo said.
The reason for the boys' club nature of the elephant herd? The males' genetics are valuable to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan, the zoo said.
"Denver Zoo is deeply committed to the protection of Asian elephants and uniquely qualified to house and provide exceptional care for multiple bulls," said Brian Aucone, senior vice president for animal sciences at Denver Zoo. "We designed and built Toyota Elephant Passage to support the Asian elephant population in North American zoos, and establish Denver Zoo as a worldwide leader in the care of male Asian elephants."
Jake, 8, and Chuck, 10, have been crashing at the Denver Zoo since late September, hailing not from a prestigious prep school, but the African Lion Safari in Ontario, Canada.
For those interested in throwing Jake and Chuck a very masculine head nod, the boys are being kept behind the scenes while they acclimate to their new home. They are expected to make their public debut this fall following a quarantine period of at least 30 days.