One of the newest zoo tenants Willy entering the viewing area.
Willy comes to the zoo from Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.
Willy makes his debut
Willy weighs in at 13,000 poinds and is 11 feet tall making him the largest animal ever on exhibit at the zoo.
Willy making his way to greet the visitors
Trainers say Willy gets along well with other elephants...especially the ladies.
Naked mole rats
These guys live underground in colonies of about 75 - 80. Talk about a crowd. They have very poor eyesight and rely heavily on their other senses.
Martika and Moshi getting ready to meet the crowd.
Martikia is known to tuck hay and other treats between her trunk and tusks to save them for later. Moshi's keepers say she is the best painter of all the girls.
Shenga is the new lady of the group.
She comes to Cleveland from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska.
Shenga saying hello
Shenga was born in 1982 and weighs 7,900 pounds.
Willy checks out his new outdoor surroundings
The new African Elephant Crossing Exhibit features five acres dedicated to elephants and other species like the Meerkat, Kirk's dik-dik and the African rock python
Up close with Willy
Visitors have the chance to cross the exhibit on the same path the elephants use.
Willy showing off
It took 2 years, 7 months and $25 million to complete the exhibit.
Lanigan and Malone Broadcast at the African Elephant Crossing Exhibit
The ladies greet the zoo guests
The ladies having fun in the mud
All together the ladies weigh a total of 31,755 pounds
Lanigan and Malone talk with Mayor Frank Jackson
Lanigan and Malone broadcast from the African Elephant Crossing Exhibit
The Flamingos even came out to say hello
The ladies seem to be enjoying their new home.
Visitors will be able to see daily care the elephants receive including baths, mental and physical enrichment and even foot care.
Moufasa taking a look around to see what's going on
The Male Lion can weigh from 330-550 pounds.
The Lion couple checking out their new elephant neighbors
Chloe looking beautiful as always
Moufasa enjoying the lovely sunny day
In the wild lions sleep 16-20 hours a day. Now that's a long cat nap.