Henry Doorly Zoo scientists, veterinarians, staff and donors helped rescue six drought-threatened elephants with a level of coordination and dedication to make the Midlands proud.

Much of the region followed the elephants’ cargo-plane journey from Swaziland to the United States in recent days. Many cheered the pachyderm caravan’s drive through town.

“In the end, 17 African elephants are alive today because three American zoos cared enough about conservation to step in when these animals were to be culled for lack of food."