WICHITA, Kansas — The six elephants destined for the Sedgwick County Zoo arrived Friday afternoon.
The National Cargo Boeing 747-400 left Swaziland Thursday bound for the U.S. with 17 elephants bound for three U.S. zoos in Dallas, Wichita and Omaha.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued permits in January allowing the importation.
The plane landed in Dallas overnight and unloaded five elephants for the Dallas Zoo and will be bound for Wichita Friday morning before taking the remaining six elephants to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
The transfer of the elephants from Swaziland almost didn’t happen after it was challenged by the Friends of Animals group but a U.S. district judge cleared the way earlier this week.
The elephants will be housed in “The elephants of the Zambezi River Valley” exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo.