Arriving from Canada, three former zoo elephants’ move to the California sanctuary was paid for by animal activist and “Price is Right” host, Bob Barker.
Late Sunday, the 89-year-old Bob Barker was on hand to welcome the pachyderms to the hills near San Andreas, and to the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound, the Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1a0Fp26 ).Here is a short YouTube video report on Bob Barker’s adventure:
Bob Barker said that it was more emotional for him, and for all of us and that he “had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It’s hard to believe they are finally here.”
Iringa, Thika and Toka, the names of the three African elephants, had been living at the Toronto Zoo.
Two years ago, the Toronto City Council agreed to send them to the sanctuary after Bob Barker and others lobbied for it, as they don’t think elephants and other large animals belong at most zoos.
The road trip to move the elephants in special trailers over nearly four days came at a price of $1 million which Barker gladly paid for the much better life the elephants will now enjoy.
Currently there are eight other elephants that roam the, more-than-2,000 acres of land in Calaveras County. The Bee reported that the sanctuary also takes care of tigers and other large animals that had been at zoos or circuses previously.
“It will take some time for the elephants to adjust to their new surroundings,” said Ed Stewart, co-founder of the nonprofit that maintains the sanctuary.
“Our job will be to give each elephant the best care and their own time and space in which to adjust,” he also said.
Bob Barker hosted “The Price Is Right” for 35 years and advised viewers each day to have their pets spayed and neutered to control the pet population.
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