- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Zoos in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas have received federal approval to bring in new elephants from Africa.

KFDI-AM (https://bit.ly/1Uh178U ) reports the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, the Dallas Zoo in Texas and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska, were part of the joint application. They made the request to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The three zoos want to bring a total of 18 elephants from Swaziland to their facilities. Importing the animals would allow the country to make room for critically endangered rhinos that have been threatened by drought conditions.

The Sedgwick County Zoo has a new elephant exhibit that will be opening in the spring. The facility is looking to get one male and five female elephants.

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Information from: KFDI-FM, https://news.kfdi.com

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