- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - One of two elephants at the Sedgwick County Zoo has died.

Executive Director Mark Reed says workers found the 43-year-old African elephant named Cinda dead on Wednesday. He tells the Wichita Eagle that her longtime companion, Stephanie, was trying to wake her when workers arrived.

Reed says Cinda’s health had been in decline because of her age but she spent time on Tuesday stomping on pumpkins and painting.

Her cause of death is unknown. A veterinary team will perform a necropsy.

Reed says the elephant exhibit will be closed for a few days.

The zoo has $900,000 left to raise in a $10.5 million project to build a larger elephant habitat. The zoo has said it will get more elephants for the exhibit that’s set to open in 2016.

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