With construction on Elephant Lands, the Oregon Zoo’s expansive new home for elephants, now in the homestretch, the milestones just keep coming.
Last month, Portland’s famous elephant family moved into Forest Hall and the indoor portions of the habitat. This morning, the herd took another big step into history, venturing into the northernmost section of Elephant Lands for the first time.
Lily is a female Asian elephant born at the Oregon Zoo at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2012. She weighed a hefty 300 pounds at birth and has been described by zoo animal-care staff as a “spitfire.” Lily’s mother is Rose-Tu, her father is Tusko and her brother is Samudra. Now 2 1/2 years old Lily is enjoying her new home. She can be seen romping around the greatly expanded elephant Land that allows visitors an overhead, unobstructed view of the elephant herd.