Pleased Birthday Schottzie: Cincinnati’s Danish Princess

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Keeper Cecil Jackson and child Schottize!

By Elephant Keepers Eric Duning and Sara Parsons

A continuous flight from Copenhagen, Denmark to Chicago, Illinois takes roughly 10 hours. A flight from Chicago to Cincinnati takes about an hour and quarter-hour. Nonetheless, Princess Schottzie II’s journey took 5 days. Due to the assistance of three zoos, two airways, and a beneficiant pal of the Zoo, the younger elephant made it to Cincinnati simply in time to rejoice her third birthday.

Irma Boon Ma was born on December fifteenth, 1975, on the Copenhagen Zoo. Her mother and father had been royalty. Her father, Buag Hah, and mom, Chieng Mai, had been Royal Thai elephants, presents from the King of Thailand to the King and Queen of Denmark. From the very starting, she was an important elephant, however it wouldn’t be till her arrival in Cincinnati that she would develop into an official Princess. On December eighth, 1978, she boarded a flight together with her Danish zookeeper, Jorgen Jensen, and headed to the US.

Schottzie in between Mai Thai (left) and Gretchen

Irma was scheduled to reach in Chicago on December eighth at 7PM earlier than transferring on to Cincinnati that night, however delays within the Scandinavian flight brought on her to overlook her connecting flight. Fortunately the Brookfield Zoo housed the elephant till the cargo airline, Flying Tigers, might fly her to Cincinnati on Tuesday the twelfth, three days earlier than her third birthday.

A beneficiant Zoo supporter graciously donated Irma to the Cincinnati Zoo for the youngsters of Cincinnati. There was one stipulation: her identify needed to be modified to Princess Schottzie II. Schottzie II could be the successor to Princess Schottzie, who had sadly handed away the earlier January. So after a longer-than-expected journey, Cincinnati had their Danish Princess.

This Thursday, Schottzie II is celebrating her forty seventh birthday. She is going to benefit from the day with Jati, a 35-year-old Asian elephant, and together with her longtime pal of 44 years, the 49-year outdated Asian elephant Mai-Thai. Her elephant keepers and some different human pals threw her a party on the Elephant Reserve with particular treats and enrichment.

This will likely be one of many final birthdays Schottzie II celebrates on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard’s Elephant Reserve because of the zoo’s Extra House to Roam capital marketing campaign. In 2024 Schottzie and her pals will transfer to Elephant Trek, the zoo’s new elephant habitat which will likely be 5 occasions the scale of the present Elephant Reserve. Extra details about this venture will be discovered right here.

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