Meet Louie the New Elephant at the North Carolina Zoo
MARA LODGES, KENYA – DECEMBER 20: A bull elephant grazes on December 20, 2020 in the plains of the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Conservation efforts here have long been funded by international visitors who go on safari and stay in high-priced lodges on the reserve. The covid-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced the number of foreign tourists, forcing hotels and lodges to close and the Kenyan government to set aside a stimulus fund for the region’s businesses and conservation. (Photo by Siegfried Modola / Getty Images)
Meet Louie, the new elephant at the North Carolina Zoo. The North Carolina Zoo has welcomed a new elephant to the family. Louie is an 18 year old African elephant who came to the zoo from the Omaha Zoo in Nebraska! Louie currently weighs around 8,000 pounds and is expected to continue to grow until the age of 25. African elephants have a lifespan of around 60 years. Hopefully he will have many happy years in the North Carolina Zoo. The zoo hopes to mate Louie with a female once he’s accepted into the herd. African elephants are listed as a vulnerable species. This means that they are likely to become in danger. The biggest threats to the species are poaching and habitat loss.
The NC Zoo is located in Asheboro, NC about an hour to an hour and a half from Charlotte depending on where you are. They are currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One must reserve. The zoo offers general admission tickets for adults $ 15 (13-61), seniors $ 13 (62+), and children $ 11 (2-12). Children under 2 years old are free but must also have a reservation for entry. Masks are recommended for those who are not vaccinated and mandatory on the Giraffe Bridge.