June 13th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer
Sophie and Babe Need Your Help
After more than a decade of living in the grossly antiquated exhibit at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois, Sophie and Babe might finally have a chance for a better future.
Rock Island County officials recently hired zoo expert Alan Roocroft to review the zoo’s elephant program and make recommendations for the elephants’ future. Fortunately for Babe and Sophie—former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers—Mr. Roocroft recommended that the elephants be sent to a facility in a warmer climate that offers space for exercise and veterinary care for their existing and anticipated health problems.
A final decision on Sophie and Babe’s future will be made by the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission, which has authority over the Niabi Zoo.
The Commission will hold a public meeting on June 17th to further discuss Mr. Roocroft’s report—and they need to hear from you. Click here to help Sophie and Babe have a better life.