DENVER - The Denver Zoo's new Asian elephant, Kimbo, is now on display in the Elephant House in Toyota Elephant Passage.
Kimbo is a 42-year-old female. She arrived from the Fort Worth Zoo in December and spent the last few weeks getting acquainted with her new indoor quarters while she cleared a mandatory quarantine process, according to zoo officials.
Zookeepers describe Kimbo as a little bit shy and cautious, but said she is becoming more comfortable with her new sounds, smells and opportunities.
Kimbo brings Denver Zoo's Asian elephant population back up to four, including 48-year-old Dolly, 8-year-old Bodhi and 41-year-old Groucho.
Asian elephants are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with an estimated wild population only 30,000. Their numbers continue to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation along with poaching for ivory.