Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., welcomed two new female Asian elephants over the weekend, the zoo announced on Monday, Nov. 7.
The elephants—19-year-old Trong Nhi and her 9-year-old daughter Nhi Linh—now join one male elephant and four female elephants at the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) Elephant Trails exhibit.
“Trong Nhi and Nhi Linh are not only important social additions to our herd, but also they are key to our efforts to help sustain the Asian elephant population in North America and around the world,” said Brandie Smith, the John and Adrienne Mars director of NZCBI, said in a news release. “Most people will never have a chance to see Asian elephants, which are endangered, in their native countries.”
- Credit: Rotterdam Zoo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Trong Nhi and Nhi Linh were gifted to the National Zoo from the Rotterdam Zoo in South Holland, Netherlands, after matching as possible candidates for socializing and breeding within the zoo.
The two new elephants will be briefly quarantined in the elephant barn as part of standard procedure. But in the meantime, visitors can check in on them virtually through the National Zoo’s Elephant Cam.
“Trong Nhi and Nhi Linh are an energetic, dynamic duo,” Smith said, “and we’re looking forward to seeing how their relationships with our team and their future herd-mates develop.”
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