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      Rosamond Gifford Zoo welcomes new elephant named Doc

      Courtesy Rosamond Gifford Zoo
      The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is announced the arrival of a male elephant, Doc, who came to the zoo from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation. The 15-year-old bull arrived in Syracuse on November 15.

      Doc was born on May 5, 1997 and when he was younger, Doc spent two years traveling with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. More recently, he was one of several male elephants residing at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation.

      The zoo says Asian elephants are endangered and there are fewer in the wild, about 35,000, than there are seats in the Carrier Dome.

      Ted Fox, director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, said, "We appreciate this opportunity to partner with Ringling Bros., which demonstrates our commitment to our elephant program and the long-term survival of the species."

      The zoo says Doc will not be on full public display in the Asian Elephant Preserve until he has acclimated to his new surroundings.

      The zoo also said farewell to Indy, the zooâ??s long-time resident bull, who departed on November 16 for the AZA accredited Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo.