Recently the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit opened at our Sedgwick County Zoo. I am proud that I voted for this amazing addition to our already wonderful Zoo. The new habitat and boma will be home to Stephanie and six new elephants. I have consistently supported and advocated for the public/private partnership that has governed this jewel of our community since its inception. It is critical that we maintain the operating agreement that has served us so well over the years and has been void of political influence. We are lucky to have the Zoological Society board that are so dedicated to the mission of our Zoo. Not to mention Director Mark Reed and his highly trained staff that do the yeoman's work of caring for the animals and the grounds.