May 1, 2023 - Things to Do

Denver Zoo welcomes new elephant Duncan

Duncan, a 9-year-old Asian elephant, is the Denver Zoo's newest elephant. Photo: Courtesy of the Denver Zoo.

He already weighs 7,700 pounds, but Duncan β€” the Denver Zoo's newest Asian elephant β€” is the "baby" in the male herd.

Driving the news: Duncan, 9, arrived from the Houston Zoo last week, and will join a herd of five male elephants ranging in age from 13 to 53 years old.

  • Young male elephants generally leave their maternal herds as they mature and join in loose "bachelor" groups often led by an older one who serves as a mentor to young elephants, according to a statement from the Zoo.
  • Groucho, 53, serves as the Denver herd's leader.

The intrigue: Duncan's arrival is connected to a larger effort to help save and protect the species, which is endangered, according to the zoo.

  • His move to Denver was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan.

State of play: The zoo says Duncan loves to munch on cantaloupe and alfalfa hay.

  • And he's a big fan of swimming while it's raining, according to former keepers in Texas.

Buzz: The zoo also recently welcomed two Asian small-clawed otter pups, born to second-time parents Bu and Pintar.

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