The Greenville Zoo’s last remaining elephant is moving to a new home in Colorado, where she can wallow in mud, clean up under a waterfall and even participate in yoga.
The Greenville News reported the 44-year-old Joy will move to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where she’ll live with four other female African elephants in an exhibit designed for aging animals.
The move comes after the death of Joy’s companion, Ladybird, who was euthanized when she was found lying down in the barn, too weak to stand.
Zoo director Jeff Bullock says future Association of Zoos and Aquariums standards will require that zoos have a minimum of three elephants because they’re so social. He says Greenville’s exhibit is too small to house three.
A date to move Joy hasn’t been set.