Houston Zoo shows off elephants’ habitat expansion

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Published 3:26 pm, Thursday, May 25, 2017

On Thursday the Houston Zoo’s newest expansion to its popular McNair Asian Elephant Habitat was unveiled to the media for the first time, just a day before its public debut.

Three bull elephants (Thailand, Tucker, and Baylor) got the run of the place in front of assembled media, inspecting their new digs. The expansion was a year in the works.

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A 6,500-square-foot barn was custom-built to house the bull elephants, with a new yard constructed next to their 160,000-gallon pool.

The zoo’s new expansion is just another way it is showing how much it is dedicated to saving elephants in the wild.

This expansion highlights the zoo’s global commitment and ongoing work to save elephants in the wild.

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Zoo patrons will be able to see the elephant’s new stomping grounds starting on Friday when the doors open. 

The Houston Zoo supports elephant protection efforts in Malaysian Borneo through partnerships with, Kinabatangan Elephant Conservation Unit and Danau Girang Field Centre. The work done by staff at the zoo helps gather research to help their counterparts in the field. 

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