Photos of the Day: Where Will the Elephants Go?

The elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo were supposed to be transferred at the end of this month to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, but due to a real lack of funding the Maryland Zoo isn’t going to be able to take them. According to this article in the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Zoo was unable to raise the necessary private funding for an exhibit expansion.

Photo by moocat

So where will the elephants go? According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, possibilities may include the Pittsburgh Zoo and the North Carolina Zoo. They are trying to make the move as local as possible since one of the elephants, Petal, is 50 years old. They are also hoping to breed the elephants, and the other two, Kallie (24) and Bette (23), are in their reproductive prime – Pittsburgh is a major breeding center.

Another elephant, Dulary (42), an Asian elephant, is being moved next month to the Elephant Sanctuary in rural Tennessee.

If you’re interested, there’s still time to catch the elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo during the next “Elephun Days” on Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st from 11-3 (free with zoo admission).

To see more of the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, stop by Moocat’s Flickr stream for some really cool shots. I especially love this one of a hippo, this leopard, and these flamingos.

Please add your Philadelphia photos to the Metroblogging Philadelphia Flickr group. Readers’ photos will be featured here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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