Central California’s Fresno Chaffee Zoo has welcomed a new African elephant to its herd, officials announced this weekend.
Saturday’s announcement by the zoo stated that the African Adventure exhibit will allow visitors to see Mabu, a bull from Mabu, on the savanna.
Mabu was adopted to the herd by the African Elephant Species Survival Plan. It is designed to ensure that healthy, genetically diverse, and stable species are maintained within participating zoos.
Lyn Myers, General Curator, stated in a statement that Mabu had sired many elephant calves “and we look forward to seeing how he and our two females interact with each other” in the hope that they’ll produce offspring.
Mabu joins two female African elephants, a 24-year-old named Nolwazi and her 9-year-old daughter, Amahle, in the zoo’s 13-acre elephant exhibit, the Fresno Bee reported.
Mabu takes over Vus Musi, a male elephant who was moved to another participating zoo under the Species Survival Plan.