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Europe’s one of the largest African elephant bull after 2 years of absence returned to his family in Nyíregyháza Zoo
2021. 01. 16.

Europe’s one of the largest African elephant bull after 2 years of absence returned to his family in Nyíregyháza Zoo

The Nyíregyháza Zoo where the African elephant bull – called Jack – has two calves born he came back after 2 years from Basel Zoo so that he can fulfill his mission as a breeding bull in the European Endangered Species 

Jack who is 3 meters tall and weighs 5 tons coped well with the trip and when he got used to again his inner and outer enclosures he can start to get used to the other members of the elephant family.

As the elephants are the most intelligent animals of the world it is not a question that after 2 years of absence they – previously kept together – get to know each other.

Jack came back to Nyíregyháza Zoo again in the program of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) with the undisguised intention of having a new elephant baby.

Jack and his partner came from Sweden, Kwanza (19) and Jack mated for the first time in 2013 at Sóstó Zoo, after 22 months the couple had their first new-born – Kitó – and in 2018 they had their second baby – Kimani.

In the elephant house the professionals are prepared for the 27 years old Jack’s arrival: in the building a separate „bull-proof” section has been made. Readiness is not accidental. Growing to an adult in the bulls there are hormonal changes occur from time to time – it’s called musth – when the elephant bulls testosterone levels can rise up to tenfold to the normal levels therefore their behavior can become extremely aggressive and dangerous. The specialists are prepared to manage this condition which lasts the minimum of three weeks, but it can last even longer.

Currently in the Nyíregyháza Zoo there are five African elephants and three Asian elephants live and moreover African species can only be seen here in the country, besides the Nyíregyháza Zoo there are only three zoos out of the hundreds of Europe’s zoos that keep both Asian and African elephants at the same time.