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Seattle Zoo To Send Remaining Elephants To Oklahoma City Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Andrea Wright
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are being relocated to Oklahoma City.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced Friday that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd.

Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California.

Last month, the mayor and some council members also asked the zoo to move the elephants to a sanctuary.

Woodland Park Zoo CEO and president Deborah Jensen says the Oklahoma facility is the best choice because the animals will have more space and can socialize with more animals there.

The elephants will be sent to the Oklahoma zoo on a long-term loan.


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