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The Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Rosie and Sukari

The Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Three Elephants from Nashville Zoo (Hohenwald, TN) The Nashville...


The Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Three Elephants from Nashville Zoo

(Hohenwald, TN) The Nashville Zoo announced on Monday, November 9 the permanent retirement of all three of the Zoo’s female African elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN.  After successful transports last week, Sukari, 31 years old, and Rosie, a 44 year old, have now joined their Zoo mate, Hadari, in Sanctuary.

Hadari, a 33-year-old African elephant, arrived at The Sanctuary from the Zoo in late September. Soon after, the Nashville Zoo made the decision to also retire Rosie.  It wasn’t until recently the decision was made to have Sukari join Hadari and Rosie in Sanctuary. The three elephants have been together at the Nashville Zoo since 2010. Sukari arrived at the Sanctuary on Wednesday, November 4. Rosie followed the next day.

“We were delighted to learn Nashville Zoo considers The Elephant Sanctuary an ideal new home for their elephants, “ said Janice Zeitlin, CEO “And we are thrilled that Sukari and Rosie will be part of the African herd here at The Sanctuary.”

Rosie and Sukari will now go through gradual introductions to their new forever home at The Sanctuary, getting familiar with the new sights, smells and sounds, just as Hadari has been doing this past month. They will join Flora, a 33-year-old African, and Tange, a 42-year-old African, in The Sanctuary’s African habitat.  Their arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary increased the current number of residents to 14.

“When we welcome a new elephant, we commit to providing care for that elephant for the rest of her life,” said Janice Zeitlin. “We are pleased that the Nashville Zoo and Hadari’s owner decided that Hadari, Rosie and Sukari should all join us here where they can live out their lives in a beautiful, natural environment, cared for by a staff dedicated to their wellbeing.”

The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered elephants.  Located on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, 85 miles southwest of Nashville, it exists solely to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their wellbeing and to raise public awareness of the complex need of elephants in captivity and the crisis elephants face in the wild.

For more information and behind-the-scenes looks at the elephants, go to www.elephants.com.

For more information, contact Janice Zeitlin, The Elephant Sanctuary, 931-796-6500
 

Rosie (left) and Sukari (right) are together again at TES
Rosie (left) and Sukari (right) are together again at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN along with Hadari, who arrived in Sanctuary in September

 

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