PACKING HER TRUNK RUBY THE ELEPHANT, 46, WILL RETIRE FROM L.A. ZOO.Byline: KERRY CAVANAUGH
As Ruby the elephant heads off to retirement at a Northern California Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The region contains the San Francisco Bay Area, the state capital, Sacramento; as well as the substantial natural beauty of the redwood forests, the northern sanctuary, the debate continues over whether the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo founded in 1966, is a large zoo located in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Zoo, located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,200 animals from around the world. should house elephants.
In announcing Ruby's retirement at a press conference not far from the zoo's $39 million pachyderm enclosure that is under construction, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. reiterated his belief that elephants should live in sanctuaries, not zoos.
"But it's still a debate, and it's a conversation we've got to have," he said. "What we've done here is create a balance. This is going to be a six-acre exhibit for elephants that is among the finest in the nation."
Ruby's retirement, he added, was recommended by the zoo leaders and is not a bow to pressure from animal activists.
"They're a small minority when you compare the millions who come to our zoo and are very supportive," Villaraigosa said. "This is a positive step in the right direction, and it's one I feel very comfortable with."
After some four decades in the public eye and 20 at the L.A. Zoo, Ruby will be relocated to an elephant sanctuary Elephant sanctuary may refer to:
Taken as a baby from the African wild, shuttled from a safari to a circus and finally to the zoo, Ruby, 46, has spent much of her life in the glare of the public spotlight.
For the past four years, she has been at the center of the debate over whether it's humane to confine large animals to zoo enclosures.
Ruby will be trucked to her new home at the Performance Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS PAWS Progressive Animal Welfare Society
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At the sanctuary, she will join eight elephants, both Africans and Asians, on the 125 fenced acres in a swath of rolling hills Rolling hills are like a mountain chain, only a "hill chain" of hills that roll on and on continually. You will often find them in between plains and mountains, near major rivers, or randomly anywhere. The only places without rolling hills are deserts and flood plains. , native grasses and lakes.
The L.A. Zoo will cover the $20,000 transportation costs, and Ruby's keepers will travel with her and help her get acclimated to her new digs.
"Elephants rely heavily on routine and familiar surroundings, so any change is stressful while they are exploring new areas and developing relationships with new elephants and keepers," said PAWS founder Pat Derby.
Animal-rights groups are raising an estimated $600,000 for her care at PAWS, and Bob Barker Robert William "Bob" Barker (born December 12 1923) is a nineteen-time Emmy Award-winning former American television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS's The Price Is Right , host of the game show "The Price is Right," has pledged up to $300,000.
Catherine Doyle, with the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Alliance for Elephants, led the campaign to move Ruby to a sanctuary. Doyle was pleased that Ruby would soon be in a place with vast open space and natural conditions closer to those of wild elephants.
"She'll be with other African elephants. There are lakes. She can push over trees if she wants to and just be an elephant," she said. "It was the first time I'd seen an elephant run. It was the most beautiful thing. And I realized I'd never seen this at a zoo because there's no space."
When Ruby leaves, the L.A. Zoo will have only one elephant, an Asian male named Billy. But officials expect to begin a breeding program A breeding program is the planned breeding of a group of animals or plants, usually involving at least several individuals and extending over several generations. Breeding programs are commonly employed in several fields where humans wish to manage the characteristics of their and house up to five adult Asian elephants in the new exhibit. The Pachyderm Forest will be six acres total, with 3.7 acres for the elephants' living space.
Still, Doyle and other animal-rights activists said the space is too small.
"It's a terrible waste of taxpayer money. You're putting this huge, obscene amount of money into one animal exhibit at the zoo. And it just is not going to be big enough to meet elephants' needs."
But other elephant-exhibit critics have backed off.
Last year, Assemblyman as·sem·bly·man
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Noun 1. Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation that would have required five acres for up to three elephants -- more room than planned for the zoo's new exhibit.
Under pressure from zoo groups and local leaders, Levine revised his bill to allow smaller enclosures if zookeepers walk the elephants at least five miles a day.
Levine spoke in support of the new exhibit Monday, saying it would "provide Billy a fantastic new enclosure with all the enrichment activities he needs."
As Levine and the mayor spoke to a line of television cameras, Ruby wandered around her temporary home -- a service yard where she has been kept off public display for the past two years.
In 2003, Ruby made headlines when the L.A. Zoo loaned her to the zoo in Knoxville, Tenn., where she was supposed to be an "auntie" to a breeding herd. But animal activists said Ruby was locked in solitary confinement solitary confinement n. the placement of a prisoner in a Federal or state prison in a cell away from other prisoners, usually as a form of internal penal discipline, but occasionally to protect the convict from other prisoners or to prevent the prisoner from causing and tossed Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is a chain of doughnut stores. Its parent company is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD), based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. doughnuts by visitors. Zoo officials conceded that the once-timid elephant was becoming more aggressive.
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(1 -- color) Ruby the elephant knocks a ball around her pen at the L.A. Zoo on Monday while, nearby, the mayor announces that she will be retired to a Sierra foothills sanctuary.
(2) Behind the press corps and a fence, Ruby the elephant checks out the gathering Monday when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that the 46-year-old pachyderm will be retired from the L.A. Zoo to a sanctuary near Sacramento.