Nashville Zoo Elephants to Find New Home
Say goodbye to Nashville's elephants, at least temporarily.
The Nashville Zoo is relocating three elephants in order to renovate and build a new facility for its African expansion.
"We place the highest priority on the well-being of each animal in our care," zoo president Rick Schwartz said in a media release. "Now is a good time to move the elephants while the weather is in our favor.”
Hadari, a privately owned 33-year old female, and Rosie, a 44-year-old female, will be relocated to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn.
“The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is thrilled to collaborate with our Nashville Zoo neighbors to provide for the retirement and long term care of Hadari and Rosie,” CEO Janice Zeitlin said in a prepared statement.
The destination for Sukari, a 31-year old female, is to be determined.
While these elephants will retire, the zoo plans to again have elephants after creating a barn that meets the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' latest mandates.
The three elephants are expected to be relocated by November.