Bob Barker's elephant sanctuary has cost the former "Price Is Right" host $1 million to preserve the well being of the mammals, and have them moved to a beautiful sanctuary in California according to Wednesday,October 23 reports from the Huffington Post.
Animal rights activist Bob Barker was blessed to have the opportunity, and the means to welcome three African Elephants--Iringa, Thicka and Toka to their news home at the elephant sanctuary. The sanctuary is located at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's Ark 2000 compound in California's San Andreas Hills.
The 89-year-old Bob Barker paid the enormous bill to move the three elephants on the 50-hour truck trip from a Canada zoo to the sanctuary. The new home will provide the three elephants with"hundreds of acres of varied natural terrain", to live on, move about with several lakes and pools to bathe and drink from and elephant stalls that include heat and therapeutic Jacuzzis.
Bob Barker began the long process to relocate the elephants years ago after he began lobbying the zoo in Toronto to move the elephants to a larger more suitable home,
Two years ago it was agreed upon, but the relocation process was another long and drawn out procedure.
"The biggest difficulty for us in organizing this move was the Toronto Zoo. The zoo found every possible obstacle to put in the way of PAWS...The zoo has been totally uncooperative."
Everyone was finally in agreement this past Monday when the elephants made their first steps onto the acres of the new sanctuary, the event brought Bob Barker to tears.
“It was more than emotional for me, for all of us,” said Barker
"I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It’s hard to believe they are finally here.”
As for doling out the cash, Bob Barker said it was no big deal: “I had a job that I loved … I was very well paid for it, and now I’m spending my money. I intend to die broke." Think of how many elephants he can buy!"
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