Kurt Langmann photo
HOHENWALD, Tenn. (July 23, 2003) The Greater Vancouver Zoo is throwing a farewell party for Tina the elephant, Saturday, July 26, from 9:30am 4pm. Zoo visitors are invited to bid farewell to Tina and learn more about her new home, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
The zoo plans to have games for the kids and special events focused around Tina. The Elephant Sanctuary will have a table set up where visitors can get a free copy of TRUNKLINES, the Sanctuarys newsletter and purchase a Tina farewell T-Shirt. All proceeds from the sale of Tinas T-Shirt will benefit the Sanctuary to help underwrite the cost of her move.
The Sanctuary has secured two truck drivers for the trip. Tina is scheduled to depart August 8, 2003, and arrive at the Sanctuary August 11. Loyal friends can follow Tina while en-route by viewing her diary which will be up dated continually during her trip.
Upon arrival to the Sanctuary, Tina will be the focus of the EleCam, the Sanctuarys live Internet camera. Tinas every move, every emotion and reaction will be broadcast from the Sanctuarys web site. Her introduction to new keepers and interaction with her new elephant family will be live in the moment, broadcast in real time. The live camera will capture her as she walks out into the habitat and embarks upon her new life of freedom, surrounded by her new elephant family.
The Elephant Sanctuary, located in Hohenwald, Tenn. is the nations first natural-habitat refuge developed to meet the needs of endangered Asian elephants. The Sanctuary is a non-profit organization, licensed by the US Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Pictures from the Party.....courtesy of Amy Dean.