Elephant Meets Her Daughter & Granddaughter After 12 Years Apart In Emotional Moment

Elephant Meets Her Daughter & Granddaughter After 12 Years Apart In Emotional Moment

The touching photographs of the reunited elephants were taken at Bergzoo in Germany's eastern city of Halle

A touching photo was captured at a zoo in Germany where three elephants were seen locking trucks with each other. It was a reunion 12 years in the making. You see, the elephants were family, and the grandmother, who was seperated from her daughter, got to touch trunks with her and her granddaughter after 12 years. This is a rather special, as female elephants usually tend to remain with their mothers and herd for life in the wild. Male aka bull elephants, on the other hand, leave the herd to find a mate. The reunion is part of a programme to slowly recreate this natural process of herds in captivity, Daily Mail reports.









Thirty-nine-year-old elephant Pori was shifted from her former home in Berlin to the Bergzoo in the eastern city of Halle. Over here, she was finally met with her 19-year-old daughter Tana and her granddaughters Tamika, 4, and Elani, 1, for the first time at her new home.

The zoo has stated that the elephant house will remain closed for a period of time, to give the animals a chance to relax and become accustomed with each other once again. The zoo's statement also said that visitors will still be able to see the elephants in their outdoor area. 








Currently, Pori is living in a separate environment as that of her offsprings. However, over the next few days, they will spend more time together in the outer section to reacquaint themselves with each other. The 39-year-old elephant is from Africa and was born wild in Zimbabwe in 1981. She was brought to Germany to the Magdeburg zoo, where she stayed during 1983-1997. After that, she was sent to the for Tierpark Berlin for breeding purposes. She gave birth to her calf Tana in 2001, and raised her. Usually, in the wild, elephants live together in family groups, each led by a lead member, often female. Daughters in this matriarchal society tend to stay with their mothers for life, as young bulls (males) leave the herd as soon as they are sexually mature. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and are found in different habitats, including savannahs, forests, deserts, and marshes.




The elephant population in various zoos around Europe and North America is being monitored as part of a conservation breeding program (EEP). This programme has committees that are made up of experts from different zoos who will determine new herd compositions and the subsequent animal transfers. “Tana, Tamika and Elani welcomed mother and grandmother Pori through a partition today, the first touching was curious and very friendly,” the zoo wrote on its official Facebook page while sharing the photos. “Pori’s arrival in Halle is an important step in modern elephant husbandry," said the zoo’s director Dr. Dennis Müller. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining.





“In the future, all elephant herds in European zoos should be cared for in such natural family structures. We got a big step closer to this goal today,” Dr Muller was quoted as saying on the zoo’s website. “After the two parties briefly faced each other, they communicated with each other using the sounds typical of elephants and reminiscent of thunder rolls,” the zoo wrote about the reunion. “It didn’t take long for the youngest sprout Elani to bravely stand under Pori’s belly and even try to drink under her grandma’s eye,” the zoo wrote. “What turns out to be extremely complex, often months-long processes, ultimately serves the natural and animal-friendly keeping of African elephants in European zoos,” the zoo said in its post.






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