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Bob Barker willing to spend his own money to move Toronto Zoo elephants

Bob Barker says he will likely contribute some of his own money to help move three Toronto elephants to a wildlife sanctuary in a warmer climate.

The former Price Is Right host and animal activist is heading to Toronto on Friday to convince zoo management to send elephants Toka, Thika and Iringa to new homes in the U.S.

The zoo has spent the past three years studying whether to close or upgrade the elephant exhibit and plans a vote on May 12.

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Mr. Barker and animal activists want the elephants moved to a sanctuary and the exhibit replaced with a science-centre type elephant display with educational videos and activities.

Last month, Mr. Barker offered Edmonton city hall $100,000 to make sure the city's lone elephant Lucy gets another checkup with experts chosen by Zoocheck Canada.

The city has turned down the offer, saying it has its own experts.

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