Thursday, June 16, 2011
Eight elephants, a male and seven females, were purchased in three different intervals for the Toronto Zoo's premier year. Animal importer Fred Zeehandelaar acquired the herd from Mozambique, Africa, in 1974. The first group of three arrived in July - the institution's only male Tantor with females Tara and Tessa. Two months later, two more females, Toka and Tequila, joined the group. The final three females arrived in an additional two months, Iringa, Patsy and Juanita.
An educated guess brings me to believe this photograph was taken in the mid-1970s, within a several year time period after the entire herd had completed arrival in late 1974. The first successful mating occurred in 1978, leading to the birth of Thika in October 1980. None of the elephants in the photograph appear to be heavily pregnant.
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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011