WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Asian elephants Kamala, Swarna, and Maharani arrived safely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Friday morning.
The elephants are on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Albert, Canada and will be a part of the zoo's herd of four Asian elephants.
The zoo said the three female elephants left the zoo in Canada on May 20, in two trucks, along with an animal care team.
The elephants can be seen immediately on the new elephant cam, which operates in real time and will be on 24 hours a day.
"It was quite a journey, but we planned and prepared for nine months, which served us well," said Tony Barthel, curator of Elephant Trails at the National Zoo. "The whole transport team worked together seamlessly to make the elephants as comfortable as possible and get them to Washington safely. It's going to be very exciting to see the two herds get to know each other and form a new herd here."
"Our dedicated team of animal care staff worked diligently for more than three months to train our female elephants to ensure a safe journey," said Colleen Baird, Calgary Zoo curator. "They were also very involved with activities for our community that allowed visitors to engage in a successful elephant farewell."
You can keep up with updates on the elephants via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and through the National Zoo News. Visitors can see Shanthi, Ambika, Bozie and Kandula on exhibit at the Elephant Trails.