Rex's TB positive test result and the presence of EEHV in the OCZ herd, and possibly Chai, should prohibit any breeding plans for Chai and shows OCZ's irresponsibility in their quest for calves. U.S. sanctuaries don't breed elephants.
Oklahoma City has colder winters and hotter summers than Seattle, and is prone to especially frequent and severe tornadoes. Weather data shows that Oklahoma City experiences snow for four months in winter. As of March 4, the zoo had been closed due to weather for about seven of the previous 11 days.
"If it is freezing, the elephants stay in the barn," said Laura Bottaro, the OCZ's animal curator at the Feb. 27 press conference. In fact, the zoo says the elephants stay in unless it's topping 55 degrees out. While remaining indoors may protect elephants from cold temperatures, it comes at a deadly cost: arthritis, foot disease and tedium.
Both sanctuaries are located in more temperate climates where elephants can spend the majority of their time outdoors: