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Monday, December 26, 2011

Dickerson Park Zoo - Oil Paintings

The following oil paintings were all made from photographs of the Dickerson Park Zoo's elephant breeding program in the 1990s. They decorate the walls of the administration building.

The three calves pictured in the designs feature the first three successful births for the Dickerson Park Zoo's Asian Elephant breeding program. All were sired by the zoo's former breeding bull, Onyx.

In July 1991, Connie gave birth to Maiya (public name Kate). Connie also gave birth to another, Asha, in February 1995. Moola gave birth to her first calf, Chandra, in July 1996.

Maiya succumbed to the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus in February 1993. Half sisters Asha and Chandra were sold together to the Oklahoma City Zoo in December 1998 where they still reside, the beginnings of a new Asian elephant breeding programs following the birth of Asha's first calf eight months ago.

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