05/23/2014 06:49 EDT | Updated 07/23/2014 05:59 EDT

Three Calgary zoo female elephants arrive safely at new home in Washington, D.C.

CALGARY - The Calgary Zoo says its three female elephants have made it safely to their new home.

Earlier this week, Swarna, Kamala and Maharani packed their trunks and boarded trucks destined for the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

They were joined by a team of veterinarians, zookeepers and staff from both zoos.

The Calgary facility first announced in April 2012 that it would relocate its elephants to zoos with more space and a more suitable climate.

Calgary's pachyderms will be part of the Smithsonian zoo's newly developed Elephant Trails exhibit.

The Smithsonian National Zoo has more than 50 years of experience with Asian elephants both in the wild and in captivity. (CHQR)