Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will soon be home to six elephants. A temporary restraining order requested by animal rights activists against bringing elephants into the U-S from Swaziland, Africa was denied. Drought conditions in that area are threatening animal welfare due to scarce food supplies and there is an urgency to relocate elephants to new homes.
The zoos provided truckloads of hay to feed the elephants and other animals at parks in Swaziland but conditions are so severe that 38,000 died.
A total of 18 elephants will be relocated in the U-S. Six will be in Omaha, six at the Dallas Zoo and another six at Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo. Applications for the animals were approved by the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service. As to when the elephants will arrive in Omaha is not yet known. Zoo officials say they will provide further details when they are safe in their new homes.