Dallas Zoo to Have Six Elephants by Memorial Day

The Dallas Zoo plans to have six elephants on display just two years after animal rights activists were calling for the shutdown of an aging exhibit with just one pachyderm.

Zoo officials stirred controversy in 2008 when they said they planned to move their lone remaining elephant, Jenny, to Mexico. Activists wanted the facility shuttered and the elephant placed at a U.S. animal preserve.

Guidelines suggest zoos keep at least two elephants because they need social interaction.

The Dallas Zoo decided to keep Jenny and added a new companion, Gypsy, last year. Two African female elephants, Kamba and Congo, were recently brought in. Two more are expected to arrive this month.

The elephants are scheduled to go on display over Memorial Day weekend when the zoo's $40 million elephant habitat opens.

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