Tell AZA That Elephant Lucky Cannot Be Kept Alone (Again)
  • Petitioned Jim Maddy

This petition was delivered to:

President and CEO, AZA
Jim Maddy
AZA Elephant TAG Coordinator, AZA Asian Elephant and African Elephant SSP
Martha Fischer
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, AZA
Steven Feldman
Chair, AZA Accreditation Commission
Gary Geddes

Tell AZA That Elephant Lucky Cannot Be Kept Alone (Again)

    1. Petition by

      One World Conservation

This is urgent. The San Antonio Zoo has already filed paperwork with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), so a decision could happen any day now.

My name is Karrie, and I'm with One World Conservation in Texas. We've been monitoring an elephant named Lucky since 2008. Over the past five years, we have come to know Lucky on a level much deeper than the average zoo visitor; she is well loved by our team and community.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Lucky, she's a 53-year-old elephant who was caught in the wild in Thailand and has been kept in captivity ever since. Lucky has witnessed the deaths of at least five of her companions since her arrival to the San Antonio Zoo. As you may know, elephants are very sensitive, intelligent beings, and since her latest companion, Boo, died in March 2013, she's been all alone.

According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) guidelines, elephants should not be kept alone in captivity. It's emotionally traumatizing. That's why we're asking that Lucky be removed from the San Antonio Zoo and sent to a facility that offers social grouping, natural substrates, strictly enforced protected contact management, high-end veterinary care, and the space to better meet the needs of her species.

Please join us in asking the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to enforce their own standards and deny the San Antonio Zoo the ability to leave Lucky alone, again. This elephant, stolen from the wild decades ago, at least deserves to be socialized with others in a more appropriate facility.

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      Email - Texas - Speak up for elephant Lucky at the San Antonio Zoo - Welcome to In Defense of Animals' Action Center

      If approved, the variance the zoo is requesting would bypass the AZA's requirement that elephants in zoos are kept in groups of three. The last time the zoo requested a variance, Lucky was housed in solitary confinement for nearly three years. The AZA states in its guidelines it will not grant variances after September 2016.

    3. We hit 3000 signatures! Keep it up, everyone!

      We couldn't do this without the massive support all of you have thrown behind this campaign. Keep on spreading the word.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. We hit 1000 signatures! Awesome job everyone!

      Our thanks to everyone who has signed! Your voices are speaking loud and clear for Lucky.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
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    8. Reached 500 signatures

      IDA Slams San Antonio Zoo On Solitary Elephant - - In Defense of Animals

      San Antonio, Texas (April 25, 2013) - In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, sent a letter today to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), urging the trade-industry organization to deny a variance request submitted by the San Antonio Zoo to maintain a solitary female elephant.

    10. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Martha Cantu MONTERREY, MEXICO
      • 6 months ago

      Return the elephants to their habit. do not keep them alone, they need thier families. Just like we need ours.

    • colart 0475291527 PRIVAS, AR
      • 6 months ago


    • Sergio Barbesta MILANO, ITALY
      • 6 months ago

      Don't leave Lucky alone! - the animals' voice!

      "No more Zoos" Petition, please sign:

    • Pauline Stranack STIRLING, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      We always underestimate the intelligence and emotions of animals.

    • michael o'leary WICHITA, KS
      • 6 months ago

      elephants are highly social animals that live in large families. to keep lucky all alone is animal cruelty. she needs to be with another elephant


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