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UPDATE: Former Niabi Elephants "Flourishing" In Arkansas

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Sophie and Babe at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. Sophie and Babe at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas.
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UPDATE

According to the Little Rock Zoo, Babe and Sophie, the former Niabi Zoo elephants, are "flourishing" in their new environment.

They are together and seem to get along with the keepers in their new home. They have been doing "enrichment" activities with the elephants that encourage them to exercise and move around.

When temperatures are cooler they stay in the barn, as warmer climates were a big reason that necessitated a move.

Original

Niabi Zoo no longer has elephants. The pachyderms have been packed up and moved to a zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The move comes after an expert recommended a warmer climate and for Niabi's Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie.

Niabi officials say Babe is overweight, Sophie has arthritis and the move is necessary for the animal's health. Plans are to add a third elephant to the herd in Little Rock, which was also one of the recommendations.

Babe was originally donated to Niabi Zoo by the operators of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus back in 2000. Sophie was donated in 2003. The circus also helped with the move to Arkansas, by providing free transportation.