Sedgwick County Zoo to welcome new elephant

Ajani is a bull elephant from the Birmingham Zoo

WICHITA, Kan - The Sedgwick County Zoo has announced the addition of a new elephant.

Ajani is now at the Birmingham Zoo, and he is 17 years old, weighs 9,500 pounds and measures nine feet six inches at the shoulder.   He is expected to arrive at the Sedgwick County Zoo sometime this spring, joining seven other elephants in the zoo exhibit.   

The move was recommended by the Elephant Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It's hoped that Ajani will breed with some of the elephants at the Sedgwick County Zoo, to help protect the population of African elephants in the United States.   The world population has been threatened because of poaching and ivory trafficking.  

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