By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2017
ATTAPULGUS, Ga. (WCTV) -- Elephant Aid International is coordinating with the Puerto Rico government to retire an elephant to the EAI's new refuge in Georgia.
Mundi, a 34-year-old female African elephant, currently lives at the Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo in Mayagüez. She will be moved to the Elephant Refuge North America in Attapulgus, Georgia.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello ordered Mundi's retirement to bring the zoo in compliance with a law that protects the rights and welfare of animals. The move has been in the works since the end of August.
EAI has contracted with Stephen Fritz Enterprises, Inc., to coordinate the move. They will provide the transport crate that Mundi will travel in and arrange the cargo plane and overland transport.
EAI launched a fundraising campaign, Mundi's Move, to cover the costs of the relocation, which are estimated at $300,000. Donations can be made here.
Mundi was one of 63 baby elephants slated for government slaughter who was airlifted to the U.S. from Zimbabwe in 1984 in what was known as the Jumbolair Project. After three years performing with a small Puerto Rico circus, Mundi was transferred to the zoo, where she has lived since 1988.