You may have first heard of Lucas, the African elephant born at the Toledo Zoo in June 2011 in our ZooBorns article HERE. Baby Lucas and his mom Renee got a chance to check out the sand stall in the Zoo's brand new elephant facility,which will open in May.
Watch as Little Lucas has fun, like most kids do, in the big pile of sand. This video was captured by interim elephant manager, Ben Whitebred.
African elephants are listed as endangered due to poaching - their long ivory tusks are the lure. Since Asian Elephant tusks are not as big, they are not hunted as much. Both African and Asian elephants numbers have declined due to habitat loss and fragmentation.