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Alaska Zoo Board Chooses California Sanctuary for Maggie

Jim Halpin / Anchorage Daily News / September 13, 2007


Maggie the elephant, the subject of intense debate this summer, will be heading to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif., the Alaska Zoo Board announced Thursday.

Zoo officials said an agreement should be finalized within two weeks and the African elephant will be on her way south before winter if things work out.

PAWS recently offered to pay for Maggie's relocation costs during a high-profile visit to the zoo by TV personality Bob Barker.

The announcement comes after mounting criticism of the zoo that it was dragging its feet in getting Maggie to a warmer climate.

Find James Halpin online at adn.com/contact/jhalpin or call him at 257-4589.

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