This moving image shows an adorable moment of an elephant touching a trunk with his daughter and granddaughter at a zoo in Germany after 12 years of separation.
In the wild, young elephants leave the herd to find mates, but female elephants tend to stay with their mothers for life. Family reunification is part of a program to regenerate this natural process in captive herds slowly.
The 38-year-old elephant Pori was moved from her old home in Berlin to Bergzoo in Halle’s eastern city, where she has reunited with her 19-year-old daughter Tana after 12 years apart.
The grandmother also met for the first time with four-year-old granddaughters Tamika and Elani, one-year-old.
According to a statement from the zoo, the elephant house will remain closed during this time to give the animals a chance to relax and get used to again. However, the elephants can still be seen in their outdoor area.
Currently, Pori is in a separate barn with her cubs, but in the next few days, they will spend time together outside to get to know each other.
Pori is an African elephant born in the wild in Zimbabwe in 1981 and was brought back to Germany at Magdeburg Zoo, where it lived from 1983 to 1997 when it was sent to Tierpark Berlin for breeding purposes.
In 2001, she gave birth to and raised her first child, Tana.
In the wild, elephants always live together as a family herd, each group led by one member.
Females tend to stay with their mothers for life, while young bulls leave the herd as soon as they are sexually mature.
Zoo’s director, Dr. Dennis Muller, said: ‘The arrival of Pori in Halle is an essential step in modern elephant production.
‘In the future, all the herds of elephants in European zoos should be cared for in such natural family structures. Today we have come to a lot closer to this goal. ”
Elephant populations in zoos are monitored as part of a conservation breeding program (EEP). The committees of experts from different zoos determine new herd composition and result in dynamic moving objects.
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