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Henry Doorly to welcome bull African elephant from Alabama zoo

 Callee is on his way from the Birmingham Zoo in Alambama to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to join the herd in the Scott African Grasslands exhibit. He is expected to arrive Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Scott Kayser / Birmingham Zoo)
Callee is on his way from the Birmingham Zoo in Alambama to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to join the herd in the Scott African Grasslands exhibit. He is expected to arrive Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Scott Kayser / Birmingham Zoo) (WOWT)
Published: May. 28, 2019 at 2:55 PM CDT
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An 18-year-old bull African elephant named Callee is moving from the

to the African Grasslands exhibit at the

.

Due to arrive early Wednesday, Callee is moving on a recommendation of

, according to a release from Henry Doorly.

The move to

will give Callee the opportunity to mate with Henry Doorly Zoo’s five female elephants and help sustain this endangered species’ population in zoos, the release states. He will be the second male in the herd.

Callee was born Sept. 22, 2000, at the

and currently weight about 8,500 pounds.

Henry Doorly is home to the largest indoor elephant herd space in North America at 30,000 square feet. Including a 150,000 gallon pool, the indoor and outdoor elephant areas total more than five acres, the release states.

are listed on the

as vulnerable, the release states. It is estimated there are 415,000 African elephants in 37 different African nations, the release states.

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