Buffalo Zoo’s Elephants Moving to New Orleans

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Jothi and Surapa, two Asian elephants that are residents of the Buffalo Zoo, in their compound. (Christian Dobosiewicz/Buffalo Zoo via AP)

The Buffalo Zoo’s two aging Asian elephants are moving to New Orleans, having had enough of the upstate city’s infamously snowy weather.

Zoo officials announced Tuesday that Jothi and Surapa, the 35- and 36-year-old female elephants, will move out of the zoo’s 1912 elephant house and adjoining yard to a newly renovated exhibit that houses two other aging elephants at the Audubon Zoo.

The new space in Louisiana has multiple pools, shade trees and a new barn with heated and padded floors.

Buffalo’s cramped elephant house has long been criticized by animal-rights activists as inadequate, especially given Buffalo’s long winters.

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