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RobJohnson
10-05-2013, 10:16 AM
The elephants are being prepared for their upcoming move out of Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois.

A trailer was inside the elephant enclosure at Niabi Zoo on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Zoo Director Marc Heinzman said Asian elephants Babe and Sophie will eventually travel in the trailer, and that it was placed in the enclosure so the elephants could get accustomed to being inside of the trailer before they are moved.

Heinzman did not give an exact timeline for the move. He previously confirmed the elephants would be gone from Niabi Zoo by the 2014 season.

The Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission voted in July 2013 to move Babe and Sophie, the only two elephants in Illinois, out of Niabi Zoo. It was expected then that the elephants would be moved by winter.

Negative impact from the cold climate, small indoor shelter and continuing health problems all contributed to a campaign to move the elephants out of Niabi Zoo.

The outdoor portion of the elephant enclosure was expanded in early 2013. Zoo officials say the money that had been going in to the enclosure will continue to go into a capital improvement fund that will go to other projects throughout the zoo.

http://wqad.com/2013/10/04/niabi-zoo-prepares-to-move-elephants/

Rockntractor
10-05-2013, 10:56 AM
I thought this was going to be about my sister in-law, I heard a rumor she had found new government housing.http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/thinking/smileys-thinking-190624.gif (http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/)

SaintLouieWoman
10-05-2013, 08:54 PM
Rob, have they said where they're sending the elephants? Many zoos are "retiring" their elephants because they are very expensive to feed. There's a place in Tennessee that is absorbing many retired circus or zoo elies. Hope they're going there, seems to be a nice place. The sad thing is kids won't get that special feeling for elies and want to help them in the wild.

Rockntractor
10-05-2013, 09:12 PM
This is a good elephant info site.
http://www.african-elephant.org/faq/elefaq.html#FeedingHabits

noonwitch
10-08-2013, 02:17 PM
Rob, have they said where they're sending the elephants? Many zoos are "retiring" their elephants because they are very expensive to feed. There's a place in Tennessee that is absorbing many retired circus or zoo elies. Hope they're going there, seems to be a nice place. The sad thing is kids won't get that special feeling for elies and want to help them in the wild.


The Detroit Zoo sent their elephants to a refuge in California. They replaced them with Rinos. It wasn't just expense, it was having enough room for aging elephants-according to the zoo officials, as they age, they need to walk around more to keep arthritis from crippling them.


When I was a kid, we had an elephant at the Grand Rapids Zoo, back in the days when Zoos were not as nice for the animals as they are now. Poor Zooella didn't get to walk around much. When she died, the joke was not to avoid eating hamburgers in East Lansing for a while (zoo animals in Michigan go to MSU's vet school when they die, for autopsies/student learning experiences).

SaintLouieWoman
10-08-2013, 11:12 PM
The Detroit Zoo sent their elephants to a refuge in California. They replaced them with Rinos. It wasn't just expense, it was having enough room for aging elephants-according to the zoo officials, as they age, they need to walk around more to keep arthritis from crippling them.


When I was a kid, we had an elephant at the Grand Rapids Zoo, back in the days when Zoos were not as nice for the animals as they are now. Poor Zooella didn't get to walk around much. When she died, the joke was not to avoid eating hamburgers in East Lansing for a while (zoo animals in Michigan go to MSU's vet school when they die, for autopsies/student learning experiences).

Hopefully the zoos don't chain the elephants. That used to be a common practice after hours. The St Lous Zoo was one of te pioneers in removing those chains. It was much better for the elephants' feet. One very elderly elephant had bad feet. They had a large tub and would give her foot soaks. The other elie thought they were missing something, being deprived, so often they'd suck up some of the liquid from the foot tub and squirt it on their own feet. They won and each got their own tub to soak their feet, just to accomodate them. They are so very smart.

RobJohnson
10-09-2013, 02:37 AM
I thought this was going to be about my sister in-law, I heard a rumor she had found new government housing.http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/smileys-and-emoticons/thinking/smileys-thinking-190624.gif (http://www.picgifs.com/smileys/)



http://www.dailyhaha.com/_pics/elephantlaughing.jpg

RobJohnson
10-09-2013, 02:49 AM
Rob, have they said where they're sending the elephants? Many zoos are "retiring" their elephants because they are very expensive to feed. There's a place in Tennessee that is absorbing many retired circus or zoo elies. Hope they're going there, seems to be a nice place. The sad thing is kids won't get that special feeling for elies and want to help them in the wild.

The elephants have been an icon for that zoo for so many years. I can't imagine it not having at least one elephant.

As you know one of my friends used to run that zoo before he was hired by Jack Hanna to help run the Columbus Zoo. My friend is now the CEO of the Columbus Zoo. I hear the zoo in Illinois is not the same after Tom left. http://www.columbusmonthly.com/May-2013/Animal-Instinct/


http://www.columbusmonthly.com/elephant.jpg
One of Tom Stalf’s first jobs as a zookeeper was washing Kathy Sh-Boom, the Asian elephant that became the unofficial mascot of Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois. Their rapport inspired Stalf to ask questions about conservation and, eventually, pursue a career in zoos.