A new home for senior elephants

A new home for senior elephants
A trip from Seattle to Oklahoma City

Adapted from the Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson
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Bamboo is going to a new home.
Photo by Cara_VSAngel/CC, Flickr

Two seniors are going
to a new home.
Their new home is 3,219 kilometres away.
The trip takes 35 to 40 hours.
They are going in a very large truck.
The truck is called a flatbed.

Each senior rides in a big crate.
They will be comfortable.
The truck stops along the way.
They can rest at the stops.

A flatbed truck is carrying two elephants to their new home. Photo by Graham Richardson/CC, Flickr

A flatbed truck is carrying two elephants to their new home.
Photo by Graham Richardson/CC, Flickr

Big eaters
The staff at their old home
packed a lot of food for the long trip.
They packed 91 kilograms of pellets.
They packed 300 kilograms of hay.
Six big boxes of fruit are on the truck.
Watermelon, cantaloupe
and honeydew melon are in the boxes.

And two balls for play are on the truck.
They will have lots of water.
The truck has a 246-litre tank.

Watermelon Photo by Rafael Moreno/CC, Flickr

Watermelon
Photo by Rafael Moreno
CC, Flickr

Cantaloupe Photo by Nicholas Noyes/CC, Flickr

Cantaloupe
Photo by Nicholas Noyes/CC, Flickr

Honeydew melon Photo by Rob Bertholf/CC, Flickr

Honeydew melon
Photo by Rob Bertholf/CC, Flickr

Who they are
The travellers are Asian elephants.
Bamboo is 48 years old.
And Chai is 36.
Their old home was a zoo.
They lived at the Woodland Park Zoo.
This zoo is in Seattle, Washington.

Chai and her baby, Hansa, in 2007 Photo by Tesla314/CC, Flickr

Chai and her baby, Hansa, in 2007
Photo by Tesla314/CC, Flickr

Why they are leaving
Bamboo and Chai were the last elephants
at the zoo in Seattle.
Elephants are happy with other elephants
of different ages.
The Oklahoma City Zoo has
an Asian elephant family.

Four females and a male live there.
Bamboo and Chai will have company.
One baby is only a few months old.
And another elephant is four years old.
Bamboo and Chai can be aunts
to the young ones.

A stop in California
On the way, a storm was coming.
So, the truck stopped in California.
Bamboo and Chai stayed
for a few days at the San Diego Zoo.

The elephants rested and stretched their legs.
They looked around the new place.
This zoo has seven elephants.
No one knows how long
the elephants will stay there.

Oklahoma City Zoo
The staff at the new home is ready
to welcome their two new elephants.
The zoo has a large area for
their elephant family.
There is no disease.
The zoo has excellent staff and vets.
The staff will slowly introduce
Bamboo and Chai to their new family.

Good-bye to Seattle
Dr. Nancy Hawkes of Woodland Park Zoo
says the staff is excited.
They know Bamboo and Chai
will join a growing family in their new home.
Bamboo lived in Seattle for 37 years.
Asian elephants can live for
55 to 70 years in the wild.

Bamboo moved to the Seattle zoo when she was one year old. Photo by Cara_VSAngel/CC, Flickr

Bamboo moved to the Seattle zoo when she was one year old.
Photo by Cara_VSAngel/CC, Flickr

An expensive trip
The trip from zoo to zoo
will cost about $111,000.
Some people believe that
large animals should not live in zoos.

They think it is cruel to keep
big animals in small areas.
Other people think we can learn more
about these animals in a zoo.
This way, we will want to protect them.
What do you think?

Vocabulary:

pellets: small, round pieces of animal food.

Links:

  1. Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington
  2. Oklahoma City Zoo’s elephant family
  3. About Asian elephants
  4. Jane Goodall agrees with elephants’ move to Oklahoma