Benito the giraffe is on a 50-hour trip to central Mexico, where the weather feels more like home

January 22, 2024

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — After a campaign by environmentalists, Benito the giraffe left Mexico’s northern border and its extreme weather conditions Sunday night and headed for a conservation park in central Mexico, where the climate is more akin to his natural habitat and already a home to other giraffes. Environmental groups had voiced strong complaints about conditions faced by Benito at the city-run Central Park zoo in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, where weather in the summer is brutally hot and temperatures plunge during the winter. Workers prepare Benito the giraffe for transport at the city-run Central Park Zoo in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) A truck carrying Benito the giraffe is escorted by a convoy of vehicles with officers from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection and the National Guard in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. Onlookers take photos of the crate carrying Benito the giraffe as it is loaded for transport at the city-run Central Park zoo in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024.