African Elephant Reproductive Conservation Initiative

Headed by Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer, DVM Dipl ACZM, Director of Animal Health, and Elephant Research Physiologist Kari Morfeld, PhD, The Kansas City Zoo has initiated a national project to review the current reproductive health of all older African elephants held in zoos. The project consists of obtaining and analyzing reproductive hormone cyclicity, clinical and ultrasound assessments of the reproductive health, and behavior and social interactions as they relate to reproduction in both male and female elephants. The project focuses on animals anecdotally recommended against reproduction due to age. By evaluating reproductive health, natural breeding, and artificial insemination, strategies can be designed to increase the reproductive success of elephants in captivity.

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