By Evan Bush
Chai and Bamboo left their temporary home in San Diego Monday night for Oklahoma, the Woodland Park Zoo announced early Tuesday.
Elephants Chai and Bamboo left their temporary home in San Diego on Monday night for the Oklahoma City Zoo, the Woodland Park Zoo announced early Tuesday in a news release.
They departed April 15, but storms along the elephants’ planned route to Oklahoma City stalled their journey, allowing another attempt by activists to block their transport.
A federal judge last week denied that attempt, clearing the way for Chai, 36, and Bamboo, 48 to leave the San Diego Zoo and head east.
Last week, Alyne Fortgang, of the Seattle-based Elephant Justice Project, said she was “profoundly disappointed” and concerned about high temperatures along the route the animals will take to Oklahoma.
In its news release, the Seattle zoo said the elephants are traveling on ventilated crates loaded on two flatbed trucks. The zoo expects the trip to take 25 to 30 hours. The elephant caravan will stop about every three hours so zoo staff can check on the elephants.