Nashville Zoo’s elephants relocated to sanctuary

Courtesy: Amiee Stubbs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – All three of the Nashville Zoo’s African Elephants have been relocated to a Tennessee sanctuary.

It was decided in September that Rosie, 44, and 33-year-old Hadari would be moved to The Elephant Sanctuary (TES) in Hohenwald. It was recently decided that 31-year-old Sukari would also join the other two elephants.

“This is a true ‘sanctuary’ for them, as it is for all of the elephants who now reside here. We’re totally committed to ensuring that the needs of the elephants come first and that they are cared for by staff who are dedicated solely to their wellbeing,” The Elephant Sanctuary Chief Executive Officer Janice Zetlin said.

She continued, “Hadari has been adapting well, and we are confident that her two zoo-mates, Rosie and Sukari, will as well.”

The Nashville Zoo said they plan to expand the elephant exhibit in the future.

“Our elephants were a popular feature at Nashville Zoo, and I’m sure they will be missed not just by visitors but by our staff,” Zoo President Rick Schwartz said. “The renovation is likely to take some time due to considerable improvements mandated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Knowing this, we believe the best option for the wellbeing of our three elephants is to relocate them to TES permanently.”

The Nashville Zoo attracts more than 830,000 visitors annually.

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