Birmingham Zoo has two new additions to its Trails of Africa, Gadze and Luti, two young male African elephants.
Guests were able to get a sneak preview of the elephants on July 3 as the bulls took their first looks at their new enclosure.
The elephants arrived at the zoo in late June and have been living in their behind-the-scenes area while they acclimated to the conditions and environment of Birmingham Zoo.
Ages 9 and 10, both bulls hail from San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which along with the zoo is accredited by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Gadze, short for Ingadze, was born at the Safari Park on March 13, 2009. Park officials note that he is easy going but likes to play-spar with the other males.
Luti, short for Lutsandvo, is the younger half-brother of Gadze and was born on February 14, 2010. Luti is larger than his brother and has a dominant personality.
The Zoo’s older resident male African elephant, Bulwagi, is expected to be a great leader for the all-male herd.