Jothi and Surapa: A New Home
News & Information
Jothi and Surapa are moving!
Because the current and future welfare of the animals is the Zoo’s top priority, the Buffalo Zoo announced today that its two Asian elephants Jothi (age 36) and Surapa (age 35) will be moving to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA.
About the Audubon Zoo
The sprawling new elephant habitat, which celebrated its official opening on Tuesday, April 26, provides plenty of space for the two female pachyderms – and two new arrivals! – to roam, and is designed specifically to be able to meet the needs of aging elephants.
Since the official moving dates depend on when our elephants are comfortable moving, the time of our farewell events is still to be determined. Check back soon for more information about our sendoff events for Jothi and Surapa!
We are approaching the time to say farewell to the elephants. We’d like to invite you to a special farewell event on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can view Jothi and Surapa on exhibit, hear a keeper talk, sign a farewell card, make a donation to elephant conservation efforts and enjoy a sweet treat (while supplies last). If you can’t make it then, we encourage you to stop by the exhibit and say farewell soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked questions from our guests and our community, with answers.
The process of relocation is completely elephant-led. When Jothi and Surapa are completely comfortable voluntarily going into their transport containers, we’ll be ready to make the trip.
Until then, guests can still view Jothi and Surapa in their indoor and outdoor exhibit at the Zoo.
Watch a video here: Tour of New Elephant Exhibit at Audubon Zoo
- Newly designed and re-opened in April 2016
- Designed specifically for geriatric and aging elephants
- State-of-the-art elephant barn featuring heated floors and other modern features to better manage potential health issues as elephants age.
- Outdoor exhibit features include several pools, enrichment tree, gentle inclines and shade trees.
Take a look at Jothi and Surapa’s new home at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA:
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