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Kaohsiung zoo seeking Thai mate for its female elephant

Kaohsiung zoo seeking Thai mate for its female elephant

Zoo, the public zoo in Kaohsiung, has won the approval of the Korat Zoo in Thailand for a cross-border breeding proposal for Ali, the only elephant at Shoushan, the zoo keeper said Sunday.

Shoushan Zoo director Chuang Hsuan-chih said the Korat Zoo, also known as the Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, has agreed to let Ali, a 40-year-old female African elephant, mate with a male elephant at the zoo in Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeastern Thailand, if Ali is still able to reproduce.

Currently, the zoo is collecting data on Ali's hormone distribution to determine if the middle-aged elephant can still breed, Chaung said. If the tests show positive results, then discussions with the Korat Zoo will be made on whether to have Ali shipped to Thailand for the breeding attempt or make other arrangements, he added.

Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild and zoo advocates said that elephants in modern zoos can have life spans close to those living in more natural conditions. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-17 08:11 GMT+08:00