Video~ African Elephants Bette and Kallie Give New Home A ‘Trunk’ Up

It's not the great outdoors, but the Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center provides 724 rolling rural acres that appears to be  just what  Bette and Kallie, two African Elephants have been looking for.

The elephants arrived at the former commercial wild-game hunting reserve July 8 after the Philadelphia Zoo closed its elephant exhibit. They walked outside for the first time, tearing into some grass and rearranging lots of trees. They roamed around the 3.5-acre paddock, fenced in by cement-anchored, 10-foot-tall steel I-beams, and heavy braided wire similar to those used on suspension bridges.

They seem very happy, and the  zoo keepers are most certain this was the right move for these amazing animals! So if they are happy, I'm happy.

Comments (2)
  1. Very sad – these beautiful elephants will be confined to pens less than four acres (in the wild, elephants roam miles a day – there are 640 acres in just one mile) and still managed with “bullhooks” – a steel fireplace poker like device, and worse yet – forcibly bred; life-threatening for these two elephants who are nearly 28 years old and have never been bred.

    Shame on the zoo for being willing to sacrifice these two beings when they could have moved to a true sanctuary at no charge over two years ago.

  2. Beautiful creatures, they will have first class care

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