"Around the world every year, elephants of all ages are successfully transported from zoo to zoo, from location to location by circuses, and from zoos to sanctuaries by truck, plane and train," Fruno said in a statement. "Transporting elephants is a common practice, and if it's done carefully, it can be done without causing significant stress to the animal."
"Mali is currently 43, but that's not too old for a new lease on life," Fruno said. "[We have] a detailed plan to successfully move Mali to a sanctuary, where she will be able to move about freely in wide-open spaces, swim and take dust baths, explore and, most importantly, share the company and companionship of other elephants. Mali deserves no less."