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(KSL News) -- Animal rights activists staged protests today in Salt Lake and Chicago, objecting to what they say is the imminent transfer of an African elephant named Wankie.

Activists Protest Elephant Move

They believe the animal at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is headed to Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake. Members of PETA and other demonstrators say Hogle is the wrong place for the 35-year old elephant.

Sean Diener, Dir., Utah Animal Right Coalition: "These elephants have more needs than the Hogle Zoo or most other zoos can accommodate."

Protestors would like to see Wankie moved to an elephant sanctuary, where they say she would have more room and live a fuller and better life.

Hogle Zoo is completing a new elephant exhibit. It says it can't confirm whether Wankie is headed here.

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