New elephant Bozie to join National Zoo

WASHINGTON — A new Asian elephant is being introduced to the other elephants at the National Zoo and will begin sharing the same living space.

Officials say 37-year-old Bozie joined the zoo’s two other females last week in the elephant community center.

Bozie arrived in May from the Baton Rouge Zoo in Louisiana. She was placed on a 30-day quarantine. In recent days, curators moved Bozie gradually closer to the other females to introduce them.

Now they have formed a new herd.

Natural Bridge studied for park designation

ROANOKE, Va. — The National Park Service has agreed to study the possibility of turning Natural Bridge into a national park.

The federal agency responded to Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s recent request for the study. The Roanoke-area congressman suggested that private funds be used and that a conservation easement be placed on adjoining property to protect it from development.

The Roanoke Times reported that the park service will soon begin a reconnaissance survey of the Rockbridge County landmark. No timeline was given on when that process would begin or how long it would take.

The privately owned, 215- foot-high geological landmark recently was put up for sale.

Quarter to honor Great Basin National Park

LAS VEGAS — Great Basin National Park is the latest star in a series of specialty U.S. quarters.

The back of the quarter features a picture of a bristlecone pine tree emerging from rocky ground, with the name of the park emblazoned above the picture. The coin entered into circulation earlier this month.

Great Basin is in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. It was established in 1986 and draws about 100,000 visitors each year. It’s known for its ancient forests and prime stargazing conditions.

Associated Press