Family and faith notes: Hank brings hope for elephants at Columbus Zoo

Hank, a 23-year-old Asian elephant, recently arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and brought with him hope for a genetically diverse population of Asian elephants within zoos.

“Hank has previously sired a calf.” said Harry Peachey, Assistant Curator at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “He was brought to the Columbus Zoo based on a Species Survival Plan recommendation to breed with our females, Connie and Phoebe.”

Hank was born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 1988 and also lived at the Bronx Zoo and in California at Have Trunk Will Travel. He came to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary in Arkansas.

According to standard procedure, Hank will be kept in quarantine before being introduced to the other Columbus Zoo elephants and Zoo visitors.

With the arrival of Hank, the Columbus Zoo elephant experts now care for four elephants. In the past ten years only 13 Asian elephants have been born successfully in nine AZA zoos in the U.S. including Beco and Bodhi at the Columbus Zoo.

– The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show which was recently taped in Columbus will air 8-10 p.m. Friday on ABC.

– COSI will hold its Holiday Joys of Toys Special Event featuring Trains from Dec. 17-23. In addition to train exhibits at the facility, “Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels” will be shown on COSI’s giant screen. Click here for more information.

– Westerville Community Center will host a Teen Night 6-9 p.m. Friday. The event features swimming, gym activities, climbing wall, games, pizza and music. Admission is $5.

– Approximately 260 degrees will be awarded by The University of Findlay during fall commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex on campus. Nearly 125 master’s degrees will be awarded, as will more than 120 bachelor’s degrees and 14 associate’s degrees. Mayor-elect and an alumna of the University, Lydia Mihalik, will give the commencement address. Mihalik graduated from The University of Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2002. In November, she was elected the city of Findlay’s first female mayor with more than 73 percent of the vote.

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Posted on December 15, 2011, in Faith events, Family events and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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