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The Story of Savannah & Juno

This is the story of Savannah and Juno. Savannah and Juno are two Asian elephants that live at the El Paso Zoo.

Savannah is about 61 years old. She came to the El Paso Zoo from Louisiana. Juno is about 46 years old. Juno used to be in the circus. The easiest way to tell them apart is that Juno has little holes in the bottoms of her ears. Savannah and Juno have a big space at the zoo where they live. It is called an exhibit. In the elephant's exhibit there is a lot shade for the elephants so they can stay cool when it is hot outside. There is a lot of room for Savannah and Juno to play and explore in their exhibit.

The people who take care of the animals at the zoo are called zookeepers. Savannah and Juno have zookeepers who take care of them everyday. One thing the zookeepers do is to always make sure that the elephants have clean water and a clean exhibit.

The zookeepers will hide special treats in the exhibit for Savannah and Juno. The elephants like peanut butter and like to chew and eat different kinds of leaves. Juno and Savannah enjoy looking for the treats. The zookeepers will also dig up the dirt in the elephants exhibit to keep it soft. The soft dirt feels good on the elephant's feet. The machine they use to dig is called a Bobcat.

Behind the elephant exhibit is an area where the elephants go at night or when the weather is too cold for them to stay outside. It is called the barn. Every morning inside the barn the elephants get a bath. Elephants in the wild will take a bath everyday if they can find water. To give Savannah and Juno a bath the zookeepers use a big brush and a lot of baby shampoo.

Elephant's will throw dirt and mud on their back to protect their skin from the sun and insect bites. Savannah and Juno's bath time keeps their skin clean and healthy.

Juno and Savannah are trained to hold their feet up so the zookeepers can wash and trim their toe nails. The zookeepers make sure that Savannah and Juno always have enough food to keep them happy and healthy. Elephants will eat about 100 pounds of hay everyday and sometimes they get a lot of fruits and veggies to go with their hay.

Inside the elephant's exhibit there is a watering hole where Juno and Savannah can play and splash in the cool water. The water feels good on a hot summer day. An elephant can hold 2 1/2 gallons of water in its trunk.

Many people visit the zoo every year to see the animals. At the zoo adults and children can learn a lot about animals and their natural habitats. A natural habitat is where animals live in the wild. At the zoo we call our elephants an SSP animal. SSP stands for Species Survival Plan. The Species Survival Plan is a way that zoo's have of helping to save endangered species. When a species is endangered, that means that there are very few left in the world and they could become extinct, like the dinosaurs.

It would be very sad if there were no more elephants in the world. One reason that elephants are endangered is that their natural habitat is being destroyed. In a place called Sumatra, where elephants live, their natural habitat is being destroyed. Sometimes people cut down trees so they can use the wood.

People also cut down the trees so they can make farms. Palm oil is a product used in many of the foods we eat and is very unhealthy.

Would you like to help save Asian elephants, or other SSP animals? Just by visiting the zoo or becoming a member of the zoological society you are helping to save endangered animals. If people will save natural habitat for elephants, they will also be saving habitat for all the animals that live in the same habitat like this tiger. Tigers are SSP animals too. We hope you enjoyed the story of Savannah and Juno and will do what you can to help animals. To learn more about the animals at the zoo and how you can help go to the animals pages of this website.

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