Jazmine was diagnosed with the virus on December 28. BioPark officials said they provided 24/7 care for her after her diagnosis.
“The elephant experts and BioPark veterinary team did everything in their power – and then some – to help Jazmine,” said Stephanie Stowell, ABQ Director, said Stephanie Stowell, ABQ BioPark Director. BioPark said, “and Jazmine gave his best every step of the way. True to his strong-willed nature, Jazmine bravely fought against the evil disease.”
Jazmine’s death is a “significant loss” to the future of Asian elephants. Officials say she is well on her way to acquiring skills and experience that could make her the matriarch of her own multi-generational herd.
Despite her death, Jazmine’s life paved the way for other zoos to adapt their elephant care programs that would have lasting effects on elephants in their care for humans and in the wild wild.
BioPark also reported an outbreak of bacterial infection among its gorillas by the end of 2021.
All elephants were able to inactivate EEHV without any negative effects but it remains unclear what triggered the virus.
Elephants are most susceptible to the virus between 18 months and 8 years of age. Jazmine’s brother, Thorn, was 3 years old when he died.
This virus is a leading cause of death for Asian elephant calves and can affect elephants in all habitats.
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