36" x 36"
Zuberi, Xolani and Simunye were among the six elephants that came to
the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita KA in early 2016. That’s where I met
them only a few months after their arrival from drought-stricken
landlocked Swaziland in southern Africa. The zoos were helping
Swaziland protect their rhino population in return.
Zuberi was eight years old when I met her. She, Xolani and Talia,
another young female are likely cousins, and were bonded as a trio when
they landed. All the elephants arrived emaciated, and quickly began
adding weight. Food was abundant. Their new habitat was grassy, with
mature trees, a pond, waterfall and stream and a lake deep enough for
complete immersion – all things they had likely never seen.