SAN ANDREAS (CBS13) — Three zoo elephants are easing their way into retirement after a cross-country journey paid for by former “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker.
It took more than two years for the trio of African elephants to make their way from the Toronto Zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary in San Andreas. The zoo ended its elephant program in 2011.
The former host opened up his heart and wallet to help rescue the retired zoo animals.
“I’m out here today for one of the most exciting days of my life,” Barker said.
After three days on the road, the special cargo arrived on Sunday.
“It was overpowering for a lot of us. We cried and congratulated each other,” he said.
He donated nearly $1 million to transport the elephants.
Barker says the trio of elephants are doing well considering what they’ve been through.
“They’ve been living under terrible conditions—small area, no exercise, cold,” Barker said. “Canada is no place for elephants.”
The latest additions will join other African elephants at the sanctuary, where they can roam on grassy, rolling hills.
“If an elephant is going to be in captivity, the PAWS sanctuary is the best place in the world for them,” he said.
The sanctuary covers 2,300 acres and is also home to lions and primates.