FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did our elephants have to go to Tulsa?

Asha and Chandra traveled to the Tulsa Zoo through a breeding recommendation from the Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP matched our girls with Tulsa's bull elephant, Sneezy. Asha and Chandra spent time getting used to their new environment, then going on "dates" with the handsome Sneezy!

I heard one of the elephants is pregnant - is that true? When is she due?

It's true! Asha had a successful "date" with Sneezy and delivered her first calf, Malee, on April 15, 2011. For more details about Malee, visit the "Meet Malee the Elephant Calf" page. 

Will Malee get to stay at the OKC Zoo after it is born?

Elephant calves typically stay with their mothers for up to ten years after they are born. 

How do I tell the elephants apart?

Asha has pink freckles on her trunk and is taller than Chandra. She also has a slightly larger belly due to her pregnancy.

Chandra has a pair of small tusks, and has more hair on the top of her head than Chandra. 

Malee is the little one and very easy to spot!

To learn more about the sisters and their distinct personalities, click here

Are you going to be getting more elephants at the Zoo?

Our new elephant habitat has enough room for us to expand our herd, including a yard to house a future bull elephant!

How can I see the elephants interacting with their keepers?

The elephants and their keepers will give behavioral presentations each day at 1:15 p.m. in the Elephant Pavilion, weather permitting. 

Will the tram be stopping at the elephant habitat?

Yes! The tram will be making a stop near the new elephant habitat.

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