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along with other elephant related topics.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Photographs from the Son - Hank

The Columbus Zoo announced this week they received a new breeding bull under advisement of the Species Survival Plan. The 23 year old Asian elephant arrived from Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary in Arkansas on December 8.

Hank, Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary, June 2006
Courtesy of R Easley

At Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary, Hank's status as the only Asian male at the facility was utilized for breeding and research. He was trained for semen collection to aid in artificial insemination procedures across the United States and for research to enable freezing of elephant semen. Hank, in addition to the location's numerous other bull elephants, also participated in temporal vapor research with Dr. Bets Rasmussen. The captive-born animal also naturally bred.

Hank, Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary, June 2006
Courtesy of R Easley

Del Rita and Hank, Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary
Courtesy of R Easley

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