Philly Zoo elephants arrive at sanctuary

July 9, 2009 2:38:14 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Zoo's two female African elephants have arrived at a southwestern Pennsylvania sanctuary run by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.Kallie and Bette have joined Jackson, a male African elephant, at the Pittsburgh Zoo's 724-acre center for rare and endangered species in Fairhope Township, Somerset County. They arrived late Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Zoo is designing a new exhibit, but doesn't currently have enough money to bring its elephant habitat up to modern standards.

Animal rights activists are protesting the move saying the elephants will be encouraged to breed in captivity, which they contend is dangerous. Pittsburgh Zoo officials say the activists don't understand the purpose of the facility.