Rotterdam elephants moving to Dublin

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22 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam announced on Wednesday that three of its elephants will be moved to Ireland this year.

22 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam announced on Wednesday that three of its  elephants will be moved to Ireland this year.

The herd in Rotterdam zoo is so large the management decided on a 'vertical' split of the group. This means animals of various ages rather than just the youngest ones will be sent to other zoos.

The three females - Bernhardine, Jasmine and Anak, who is almost three - will be placed in a new enclosure Dublin Zoo is constructing. Bernhardine, 12, was the first elephant to be born in a Dutch zoo. All three elephants are ready to be mothers.

The gorillas have also been busy in Bijldorp, with at least two of the females expecting babies. The expectant father is Bokito, the youngest of the two adult males in the zoo. It is likely that the other male, Dango, will move to Shanghai in a few months.

Meanwhile, baby rhinoceros Sofie has hardly been seen by the public since she was born in Blijdorp late last year. She has yet to pluck up the courage to use the stairs that runs from the nursery to the main enclosure.

Staff at the zoo plan to make changes to the layout to prevent a repeat of the problem.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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