Palm Springs, Calif.
— The Palm Springs and Bronx Zoo said Monday that the elephants who have been at the zoo for nearly 40 years will be euthanized in two weeks.
Zoo officials said in a statement that the two elephants that have been in the zoo since 1977 were transferred to the Bronx Zoo last year and are now being cared for at the Bronx zoo, where they have been living since October.
Palm Springs Zoo President Steve Sadowski said Monday the elephants have been suffering from “severe emotional and physical neglect” and are in good health.
The zoo has received a $50,000 donation from the state, which was used to relocate the animals.
Zoos around the country are increasingly struggling to find ways to keep animals and people together in a crisis.
The zoo in Palm Springs was the site of an elephant massacre in 2015.
The New York City Department of Health, Labor and Welfare said the zoo will be closed on Oct. 1, 2018.
The Bronx Zoo has an elephant breeding program that began in 1976 and now has more than 30 elephants.
It also has several other elephant enclosures.