"Golden Girls" Make Official Debut at Zoo Miami


May 19, 2016


RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami


In celebration of “Endangered Species Day,” Zoo Miami will be officially introducing two of its newest (and largest!) arrivals while unveiling a very special donation to commemorate our commitment to caring for them.

Having cleared quarantine, Cita and Lisa, two female African elephants that arrived from the Virginia Zoo last month, will be officially introduced to the public on the African elephant exhibit, tomorrow, May 20th, at 11:00 a.m.  They will be on the adjoining paddock, next to Peggy and Mabel, Zoo Miami’s resident African elephant females.  Now that they have cleared quarantine, zoo staff will be working to slowly introduce the elephants to each other with the eventual goal of placing all four together on the same paddock.

These four elephants range in age from 40 to nearly 48 years old.  With an average lifespan of 35 years in captivity, these ladies are well into their golden years and are being affectionately called our “Golden Girls.”

As part of this “Golden Girl” celebration, Zoo Miami is honored to be the recipient of an incredibly generous donation from the TREND Group of a life-size gold mosaic elephant figure valued at $100,000.  This stunning figure took 12 mosaic artists more than a year to create, weighs 2,710 lbs. and measures 7 feet wide, 16 feet high, and 27 feet long.  The Global CEO of TREND Group, Andrea Di Giuseppe, will be in attendance to unveil this one-of-a-kind iconic sculpture which will be on permanent display in front of the African elephant exhibit.

Interested media is asked to arrive at Zoo Miami no later than 10:45 a.m. so that they can be escorted back to the Africa elephant exhibit for the 11:00 introductions and unveiling.