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Recently The Buffalo Zoological Gardens was named #6 on a list of the "Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America" by the national orgainization called In Defense of Animals.

To quote from the article on IDA's website:

"Despite reported renovations, living conditions for elephants at the brutally cold Buffalo Zoo remain a daily challenge for Asian elephants Supara and Jothi. The tiny enclosure is still a paltry prison, complete with bars. Here, the two lonely elephants are forced to endure long, hard winters. In February, temperatures dropped to an arctic -11 degrees Fahrenheit - a far cry from their natural tropical climate. This entails months of lack of exercise and forced to stand on hard surfaces that harm the feet and joints of elephants; a noted cause of captivity-related pain, illness and early mortality. Video footage captured in Buffalo Zoo's barn reveals the pair swaying on the spot, a persistently repetitive motion known as 'stereotyped behavior' that indicates intense stress and poor welfare in confined, unnatural environments."

"Will the Buffalo Zoo consider Supara and Jothi’s retirement, especially given the AZA standards requiring a minimum of three elephants? A certified, temperate-climate sanctuary, where the elephants could do far more than 'move back and forth' and 'turn around' would be a rainbow at the end of these two elephants’ bucket lists. Please melt your hearts, Buffalo Zoo, and let these poor elephants thaw out."

We agree with what the IDA article states, and we would like the elephants to be be released to a sanctuary such as The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  This wonderful sanctuary would accommodate the elephants if the Zoo were to them go, and they would pay to transport them to the sanctuary. There, the elephants would receive individualized care, have the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being.

Again, please write to us if you would like to help with this monumental endeavor.  Thank you.

 

                                Buffalo Zoo Elephant

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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