For Release: May 23, 2014
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When did the elephants leave the Calgary Zoo?
Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 2:30p.m.
How do you move an elephant?
Custom-made, 10,000-pound elephant-sized travel crates will keep the females contained and safe while on the move.
Calgary Zoo keepers worked slowly and diligently to ensure that the elephants were introduced to the crates to ensure they would feel calm and comfortable entering and standing in their crates.
The elephant crates were loaded onto two large flatbed trucks.
Zookeepers and veterinary staff from both the National Zoo and Calgary Zoo observed the elephants during the 60-hour, 2,500-mile international trip via television monitors and stopped every few hours to provide the elephants with food and water, and to ensure they were doing well.
How long was the trip?
60-hour, 2,500-mile international trip.
What route was taken?
What was packed for the elephants on their journey?
Each truck has a 65 gallon water tank which was refilled along the way
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