[URBAN NOTE] “‘Giving them something natural’: Toronto Zoo elephants find happy retirement in California”
CBC News reports on how Toka and Thika, two elephants formerly resident at the Toronto Zoo, are adapting well to their sunset years in a California sanctuary.
For Toka and Thika, retirement is turning out just fine. There’s warm sunshine, new friends to spend time with and the chance to do whatever they want.
Three years after they were sent halfway across the continent, the aging elephants from the Toronto Zoo have found a new lease on life roaming the hills of a northern California sanctuary.
“Toka has fit right in and she is a part of the group now and I think that’s really good for her,” Ed Stewart, executive director of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary, told CBC’s the fifth estate.
“Thika is a much bigger challenge but it’s been good for her, too.”
After much debate and controversy surrounding the fate of the zoo’s last elephants, Toka, Thika and Iringa were trucked 4,000 kilometres to the PAWS sanctuary in San Andreas.