Topeka Zoo's elephants throughout the years: Tembo and Sunda

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In this January 18, 2015 file photograph, the enclosure of the Topeka Zoo's two elephants is less than 1 acre, but a master plan would increase it to 3. The zoo has identified expanding the elephant exhibit as its top priority for whatever half-cent sales tax money it receives. It isn't known whether the zoo's two aging elephants will live to see the changes.

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In this December 23, 2012 file photograph, after giving Tembo a snack, Topeka zoo elephant staff member Kim Doman gets Tembo to show her ears.

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In this October 24, 2012 file photograph, Topeka zoo elephants Sunda, left and Tembo, were outside Tuesday enjoying the warm weather.

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In this October 24, 2012 file photograph, Topeka zoo elephants Sunda, left and Tembo, were outside Tuesday enjoying the warm weather.

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In this October 24, 2012 file photograph, Topeka zoo elephants Sunda, left and Tembo, were outside togetherTuesday enjoying the warm weather.

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In this October 24, 2012 file photograph, Topeka zoo elephant staff member Kim Doman throws Tembo a snack Tuesday.

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In this September 13, 2012 file photograph, the city said Wednesday it will appeal the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s findings in its latest inspection of the Topeka Zoo regarding the zoo’s two elephants.

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In this September 27, 2012 file photograph, the Topeka Zoo elephants, Tenbo, right, and Sunda snack on a hay Wednesday at the zoo.

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In this September 12, 2012 file photograph, Jennifer Murdock and her son Isaiah Tyree, spent time at the zoo Tuesday watching the elephants. Sunda the zoo's Asian elephant is seen here.

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The caption of this file photograph from an unknown date read "and down for trainer Don Meyer."

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In this January 21, 1971 file photograph, exchange zookeeper Rick Steenberg from the Como Park Zoo, St. Paul, Minn., learned the art of making an elephant 'speak' on command from Topeka keeper Mike Larue, Wednesday. Larue said 'Sunda', the elephant, is the only one he knows of that will make a vocal noise on command, but added that it takes some coaxing.

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In this December 15, 1986 file photograph, the elephants in the Topeka Zoo's Animal and Man Building were treated Sunday afternoon to carols sung by the Most Pure Heart of Mary Junior High School choir. The Caroling to the Animals event was sponsored by Friends of the Zoo. Participants, who were encouraged to bring hand made ornaments, helped decorate the zoo's Christmas tree.

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In this August 29, 1979 file photograph, the grass is always greener even to this elephant at Gage Park Zoo. Since most of the freshest green grass has been nibbled away near the elephant's stomping grounds, she went in search of more tender meals. The Zoo will be open an extra hour to 6 p.m. on both Sunday and Labor Day. In addition beginning Saturday winning entries in the Zoo's photography contest will be on display.

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This file photograph was taken April 10, 1971.

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This file photograph was taken February 16, 1972.

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In this July 27, 1990 file photograph, because of remodeling of the elephants enclosure at the Topeka Zoo, the two elephants are staying outdoors around the clock with their keepers. They are walked to a shady area east of Lions Pride duirng the afternoon, where they can be seen by visitors. Animal keeper Dale Brownlow, left, made sure Tembo, an African elephant, was securely chained in an exercise area, as lead keeper Mike Ynzaga did the same with Sunda, an Asian elephant. The remodeling includes a stronger barrier.

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In this June 26, 1975 file photograph, Sunda and Toka, elephants at the Topeka Zoo, performed stunts at a special training session for members of Topeka Friends of the Zoo Wednesday night. Animal keepers Vicky LaRue, 427 Valencia Road and Mark Pixler, 3809 W. 7th, gave commands to the elephants.

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In this February 11, 1973 file photograph, Mike Waldron, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Waldron, 734 Randolph, put the finishing touches on his original clay sculpture of an elephant at Gage Park Zoo Saturday as part of the Zoo art program. Topeka children each Saturday have a chance of using the animals as live models for their creative instincts.

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In this September 11, 1982 file photograph, a wary Barbara Book held tightly to Topeka Zoo elephant Sundra. But once she got used to the 8-foot height, she enjoyed the experience, she said. Book worked in many areas of the zoo Friday as her prize of "Zookeeper for a Day," won last Sunday at the zoo's Animal Fair.

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This file photograph was taken June 14, 1987.

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In this December 2, 1978 file photograph, wood carvings of an elephant and a mask are far smaller than one of the Topeka Zoo's real elephants, but just the right size to take home from the Topeka Friend's of the Zoo annual "bearzaar," which began Friday, resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday and concludes at 3 p.m. at the zoo. Many other unique gifts are also for sale.

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In this May 1989 file photograph, Sunda the elephant balanced on two legs at the Topeka Zoo on Tuesday while zoo keepers and members of the Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Inspection Troop checked her weight. Portable truck scaled revealed that Sunda had gained 200 pounds since last year, booster her to 7,600 pounds. Another elephant, Tembo, weighed 7,200 pounds, a 100-pound increase over last year.

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In this July 12, 1983 file photograph, animal keeper Alice Miser gave Topeka Zoo's elephants Sundra, left, and Tembo a drink of water, a practice repeated every 45 minutes during hot weather. The elephants take the water into their trunks, then drink it through their mouths or spray it onto their backs. High temperature Monday was 94.

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This file photograph was taken May 10, 1992.

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In this March 15, 1990 file photograph, Ron Ringer, the lead elephant keeper at the Topeka Zoo, coaxed Tembo, an African elephant, to try out a new mattress Wednesday donated by McEntire Brothers, as area supervisor Alice Miser and Asian elephant Sunda watched. Tembo will be on the mattress again Monday when a team of six specialists removes the remains of a broken tusk from her mouth.

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In this November 2, 1989 file photograph, Soviet elephant handler Alexander Khit of the Moscow Zoo took time to get acquainted with the Topeka Zoo's Asian elephant during his visit to the city. Khit spent several days in Topeka between trips to zoos in Portland, Ore., San Diego and Springfield, Mo.

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This file photograph was taken on July 8, 1991.

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This June 27, 1991 file photograph shows a man from the Fairlawn Nursing Center and preschool children from Menninger Child Care Center.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, elephant keeper Elise Neuer keeps Asian elephant Sunda, and African elephant Tembo cool on a hot Monday afternoon. Along with cooling off the elephants, rolling in the mud protects them from flies and exfoliates their tough skin. Neuer has been caring for the elephants for five years.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, elephant keeper Elise Neuer keeps Asian elephant Sunda, and African elephant Tembo cool on a hot Monday afternoon. Along with cooling off the elephants, rolling in the mud protects them from flies and exfoliates their tough skin. Neuer has been caring for the elephants for five years.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, Sunda the Asian Elephant at the Topeka Zoo Thursday morning.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, elephant keeper Elise Neuer keeps Asian elephant Sunda cool on a hot Monday afternoon. Along with cooling off the elephants, rolling in the mud protects them from flies and exfoliates their tough skin. Neuer has been caring for the elephants for five years.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, elephant keeper Elise Neuer keeps Asian elephant Sunda cool on a hot Monday afternoon. Along with cooling off the elephants, rolling in the mud protects them from flies and exfoliates their tough skin. Neuer has been caring for the elephants for five years.

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In this July 28, 2015 file photograph, elephant keeper Elise Neuer keeps Asian elephant Sunda, and African elephant Tembo cool on a hot Monday afternoon. Along with cooling off the elephants, rolling in the mud protects them from flies and exfoliates their tough skin. Neuer has been caring for the elephants for five years.

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In this March 24, 2014 file photograph, elephant trainer Elise Neuer rewards fruit to Sunda, the Topeka Zoo's Asian Elephant, during a training session Friday afternoon.

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In this March 24, 2014 file photograph, elephant trainer Kim Doman trains with Tembo, the Topeka Zoo's African elephant, Friday afternoon.

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In this March 24, 2014 file photograph, elephant trainer Kim Doman feeds fruit to Tembo, the Topeka Zoo's African elephant, during a training session Friday afternoon.

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In this February 1, 2012 file photograph, Tembo, left, a 35-year old African elephant, and Sunda, right, a 44-year old Asian elephant, enjoyed the nice temperatures Tuesday as they ate. An animal rights group is working to have the two elephants moved from the Topeka Zoo to a Tennessee sanctuary

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In this February 1, 2012 file photograph, Tembo, left, a 35-year old African elephant, and Sunda, right, a 44-year old Asian elephant, enjoyed the nice temperatures Tuesday as they ate. An animal rights group is working to have the two elephants moved from the Topeka Zoo to a Tennessee sanctuary.

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In this February 1, 2012 file photograph, Tembo, left, a 35-year old African elephant, and Sunda, right, a 44-year old Asian elephant, enjoyed the nice temperatures Tuesday as they ate. An animal rights group is working to have the two elephants moved from the Topeka Zoo to a Tennessee sanctuary.

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In honor of the Topeka Zoo's two new elephants, here's a look back at two of the zoo's oldest living residents, elephants Tembo, 46, and Sunda, 56.

Photographs are all file images from The Capital-Journal.

RELATED: Here are some old images of other animals at the Topeka Zoo.

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