Omaha's elephants now have names

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Published: May. 9, 2016 at 6:29 PM CDT
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Nearly two months after arriving at their new home at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the six elephants who call Omaha home now have names. All of the names were selected by generous donors. See below for descriptions:


– She is the largest female and is the matriarch. She is between 20-25 years old and weighs 5,980 pounds. Jayei is a good problem solver and is always thinking. She demonstrates dominance through her looks and movements. She has a daughter, Omma, who is usually close by. Zoo visitors may hear a rumbling communication between the two of them. Jayei means, “a woman strong like an elephant.”


– She is the daughter of the largest female, is about 5 years old and weighs 2,200 pounds. Omma is spoiled and doesn’t like to be left alone. Besides her mom, she also likes to be near the second largest female. Zoo visitors can spot Omma by the three horizontal wrinkles on the top of her head. Omma means, “the eyes of heaven.”


– She is the second largest female, is between 10-12 years old and weighs 3,870 pounds. Kiki likes people and responds quickly to keepers. She likes to go in the mud wallow, is curious and is often seen exploring with her trunk. Kiki is most likely related to Jayei and Omma. Kiki means, “favorite child.”


– She is the third largest female, is between 8-9 years old and weighs 3,000 pounds. She is very vocal and can be heard trumpeting most often. Claire is one of the best at training with the keepers. She is very clever as keepers have seen her using steps to reach up to hay nets and browse. Zoo visitors can spot Claire by the reddish hair on the top of her head.


– She is the second of the two younger female elephants, is about 6 years old and weighs 2,310 pounds. Lolly is brave to go outdoors, but not so brave to come back inside. A unique trait is her long eye lashes.


– He is between 7-8 years old and weighs 3,000 pounds. He is a tough guy with a big attitude. He acts like an adult bull, even at an early age. Warren is clever and was the first to explore the overhead hay net. He is able to manipulate the treat cube with his trunk and front foot to spin it in the air and get the best yield.

African Grasslands and the addition of elephants to the animal collection at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was made possible through the guidance and perseverance of our board of directors and the donors that provided the $73 million to bring this project to life. African Grasslands will open in its entirety Memorial Day Weekend.