Two African elephants move to S FL for their retirement years

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:04 PM

They’re not settling in a condo by the beach, though. The two older African elephants will be arriving at their new digs at Zoo Miami. Lisa, forty-two, and Cita, forty-seven, will be joining two other female African elephants at the zoo, Peggy and Mabel, both forty.

Two African elephants move to S FL for their retirement years

Lisa and Cita are doing what any pair of older single ladies from up N might do in their golden years — emotional to sunny South Florida.

They’re not settling in a condo by the beach, though. The two older African elephants will be arriving at their new digs at Zoo Miami.

Lisa, forty-two, and Cita, forty-seven, will be joining two other female African elephants at the zoo, Peggy and Mabel, both forty. The move comes after the Organization of Zoos and Aquariums recommended zoos hold elephants in herds of three or more maintain the psychological health of the animals, which are the largest land mammals on the planet.

“Zoo Miami is the only zoo in the continental United States that's located in a subtropical climate where the elephants can stay outdoors year-round while enjoying the spacious exhibits that have gone through recent renovations,” said Ron Magill, spokesman for the zoo.

Lisa and Cita come after a day’s journey from the VA Zoo in Norfolk. Greg Bockheim, the zoo’s director, said in a statement that both elephants were well-loved.

“We care for all animals at the Zoo and Cita and Lisa are particularly loved,” he said. “Nothing is more necessary to us than their welfare. The combination of compassionate care, the science of elephant studies, and the expertise of the elephant community indicate us that Zoo Miami is the best choice for our girls.”

Lisa was born in the wild and arrived at VA Zoo in one thousand nine hundred seventy-sixth. Cita arrived in VA from the Indianapolis Zoo in 2005.

Both will go through a quarantine period before joining Peggy and Mabel. Zoo executive will present the new pachyderms to the public May twenty after the quarantine ends.

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