Wichita zoo’s new elephants settle in ahead of grand opening

A Kansas zoo director says six elephants shipped in from southern Africa earlier this year are settling into their new home as the grand opening of their exhibit nears.

The Sedgwick County Zoo’s new elephant exhibit is named after director Mark Reed, who led a $10.6 million fundraising campaign to pay for the structure. The elephants arrived March 11 from Swaziland, which is experiencing an ongoing drought.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/24A8uOw) reports 17 elephants were imported from Africa in a partnership involving zoos in Wichita, Dallas and Omaha, Nebraska. Wichita and Omaha got six elephants each, while Dallas got five.

Sedgwick County Zoo’s exhibit opens to the public May 27, with sneak previews for zoo members to begin Wednesday.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.