Washington, D.C. zoo to become home to three elephants as part of donation
September 04, 2013
When people think of donations being made to zoos, they might picture foundations giving grants, philanthropists creating new programs or volunteers giving their time. However, individuals may not always imagine animals being brought to the institution.
However, this is exactly what happened recently in Washington, D.C. The National Zoo was recently given $2 million by Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, which will be dedicated to transferring three Asian elephants from Canada's Calgary Zoo. The three females - Kamala, Swarna and Maharani - will come to the nation's capital in spring 2014.
The money will cover the transportation, healthcare costs, the expenses that the elephant keepers will incur and facility upgrades. Currently, the National Zoo has space to house between eight and 10 adult elephants and their babies, and with these new additions, the population rests at seven females.
A MarketWatch blog reported that this is Rubenstein's second major contribution to the zoo. In 2011, he gave $4.5 million to the institution to further panda fertility research. Because of his contribution, the National Zoo was the birthplace of a giant panda born in 2012 through artificial insemination.
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