Benito, the majestic giraffe who captured the hearts of many in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is now en route to his new home at Africam Safari in Puebla. The decision to relocate him was prompted by concerns raised by dedicated activists from the Save Benito movement, who argued that the conditions at Central Park in Ciudad Juarez were not ideal for such a magnificent creature. Since May, Benito has been grappling with the extremes of Ciudad Juarez’s arid climate, enduring scorching summers and chilly winters, with temperatures forecast to drop to 9°C (48°F) on the day of his departure.

The intricacies of Benito’s relocation involved a careful operation where a crane delicately lifted the towering giraffe into a large box, which was then placed onto a truck for a 50-hour road journey to Africam Safari. This meticulous process was carried out late on Sunday, marking the beginning of an odyssey monitored closely by vigilant veterinarians. Frank Camacho, director of Africam Safari, emphasized the importance of maintaining optimal conditions for Benito, ensuring a controlled temperature, and providing him with all the necessary sustenance. Africam Safari, located approximately 150 km southeast of Mexico City, not only offers more favorable weather conditions but also promises Benito the companionship of seven other giraffes. This move is a triumph for the Save Benito movement, whose spokesperson, Ana Felix, expressed joy that Benito is now headed to a place in Puebla that befits his grandeur. This relocation underscores the commitment to prioritize the well-being and appropriate living conditions for animals in captivity. It reverberates the collective voice of those who rallied for Benito’s betterment.