Those who become trainers because they love the animals usually end up leaving for exactly the same reason.

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“The selfish part of me wants them to stay, but I know they’ll be so much better off (at the sanctuary) in Tennessee. It will increase their longevity and health… Elephants can live 70 years or more in the wild, but 40 or 45 is old for a captive elephant. Moving them now gives them a chance to live long, healthier lives.” 

–Barbara Anderson, Chehaw Wild Animal Park Zoo elephant keeper

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