Click here for severe weather watches and warnings

2 elephants beat deadly virus, Indy Zoo confirms

Kedar (photo courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Officials at the Indianapolis Zoo have confirmed that the two African elephants recently diagnosed with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) are in great shape.

“Zahara and Kedar are both healthy and have beaten the virus,” a zoo spokesperson said.

The zoo has seen four cases of EEHV in the past several months, sparking the attention of animal-lovers across the state.

As previously reported, elephants Nyah and Kalina died after testing positive for EEHV in March. After the two deaths, staff at the zoo began performing blood tests twice a week in hopes to catch the virus early.

Kedar, a 13-year-old male, became the third elephant to contract the virus. A recent report from the zoo stated that his virus levels had dropped, making it virtually undetectable, leaving zoo staff optimistic about.

Zahara, a 12-year-old female, was the fourth to be diagnosed with EEHV in May and was undergoing anti-viral treatment.

Thanks to the preparedness and quick responses by zoo staff, both Kedar and Zahara currently show no signs of EEHV.

“We will continue to monitor the entire herd through frequent blood testing,” a zoo spokesperson added.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.