Cool it: New pachyderm pool being unveiled at Syracuse zoo

This photo taken Tuesday, May 12, 2015, and provided by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo shows a baby elephant born at the zoo in Syracuse, N.Y. Zoo officials say Mali started showing signs of pre-labor on Mother's Day and gave birth to a 3-foot-tall calf early Tuesday morning. Both mother and baby are doing well. (Jaime Alvarez/Rosamond Gifford Zoo via AP)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — With temperatures climbing back into the 90s this week, the elephant herd at an upstate New York zoo can beat the heat with a dip in a new pool.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is unveiling its new pachyderm pool Wednesday morning at its premiere habitat, the Asian Elephant Preserve.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will join zoo officials and supporters for the official opening of the pool, a $1.8 million project funded by Friends of the Zoo as part of a new strategic and master plan.

The new pool area was built for the zoo’s herd of seven elephants and includes an observation deck for visitors.

High temperatures in the Syracuse area are expected to reach the 90s Wednesday and Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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