Lucas the Elephant’s Second Birthday Celebration

Posted Jun 12th, 2013 by Andrew Lisa  Category: General News


On June 3, 2011, a 300-pound star was born in the Toledo Zoo. Although not quite at his seven-ton adult potential, Lucas the elephant calf is growing fast and celebrated his second birthday at the beginning of the month.

A gaggle of local Lucas lovers joined his mother Renee, his brother Louie, Aunt Twiggie, and the staff at the Toledo Zoo on Saturday, June 1, to mark the second anniversary of this milestone of the Ohio pachyderm world.

An Amazing Species

Lucas is an African elephant, which is a species that is threatened in the wild. Native to the forests and savannas of central and southern Africa, these vegetarians attain their enormous stature on a diet of bark, fruit, roots, leaves, and grass.

Adult males can grow to 10 feet tall and weigh up to 14,000 pounds. Extremely social and very intelligent, elephants like Lucas live in families — or clans — headed by a dominant female matriarch.

An Elephant-Sized Exhibit

Elephants at the Toledo Zoo enjoy some of the best conditions of any in the country. The zoo’s Tembo Trail is the result of enormous investment, both private and public, that is nationally recognized as a model for elephant captivity. Tembo Trail meets both the physical and psychological needs of Lucas and his clan, affording them space and choices in diet and exercise. Visitors to Tembo can see elephants on three sides of them.

A Day for Lucas

Lucas’ birthday party was held on Saturday, June. 1. Adding to the excitement, the PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure were in the zoo’s Main Plaza. This traveling exhibit helped parents and caregivers learn about the importance of early childhood education through fun activities, from dressing up as different professionals to seeing their pictures superimposed on different backgrounds.

Threatened in the wild, African elephants at Toledo Zoo’s groundbreaking Tembo Trail enjoy a sanctuary that mimics their natural habitat and ensures their survival and happiness. Unless you’re planning a trip to the African interior, there may be no better place in the world to see elephants like Lucas.

Zoo Information
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Anthony Wayne Trail Entrance (Main entrance):
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2 Hippo Way
Toledo, Ohio

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P.O. Box 140130

Broadway Street Entrance:
2700 Broadway Street

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles who writes about zoo staffing and nursing recruiting.

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