Pittsburgh elephant retires to sanctuary

December 18, 2008 5:12:21 AM PST
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 29-year-old bull elephant has been retired to the zoo's new International Conservation Center in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.

Jackson made the 2? trip from the zoo to Somerset County on Wednesday in an 18-wheel tractor trailer with reinforced ceiling and sides.

The Philadelphia Zoo plans to send two female elephants to breed with Jackson at the sanctuary sometime next year. Jackson has fathered five calves at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Jackson will have a stall and eventually run free in a five-acre exercise and grazing area at the 700-plus acre conservation center about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.


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