Louie, who is a 14-year-old African elephant, came to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo at the end of June. The zoo says he has been slowly fitting in and adjusting as you can see in the Facebook video below.
Louie is expected to be in quarantine for 30 days before the public could see him.
In the Facebook post the zoo says:
Look who’s fitting right in! The day he arrived (Friday, June 23), when he was just getting settled, our six African elephants (females Jayei, Omma, Claire, Kiki, Lolly and male, Warren) took an interest in Louie, greeting him by waving their trunks.
Although Louie is still adjusting to the different sights and smells, all seven elephants spend their time exploring the habitat together, both indoors and outdoors.
Louie joins our herd from The Toledo Zoo per a recommendation from the African Elephant Species Survival Plan through the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The goal is to have Louie breed with our five female residents to help sustain the genetic diversity of this endangered species’ population in zoos.