- Bowmanville Zoo
immediately end your elephant program
For nearly 30 years, the Bowmanville Zoological Park in Ontario has kept elephants. A total of 15 have been kept, with 7 dying and 8 being relocated to other zoos, circuses, and one to a sanctuary. 49 year old Asian female Limba was euthanized December 3, 2013 after the zoo's stubborn refusal to retire her to a sanctuary or more advanced facility. Limba was solitary and it was stated that the zoo was the best possible place for her "exceptional" situation, as they perpetuated that she was anti-social. The average age of death for elephants at this zoo is only 31 years, less than half of what they live to be in the wild. The zoo's elephant enclosure is less than half an acre and they practice traditional, outdated elephant handling methods, with free contact and use of a cruel weapon called a bullhook or ankus, used to make the animal comply through fear or pain. They also are notorious for housing together bull and female elephants, and African and Asians. This is highly unnatural and stressful. They are also the only zoo facility who rents its elephants off site for performances and other money making ventures. The Bowmanville Zoo currently houses no elephants, since Limba's passing. By signing this petition, you are urging them to follow suit with modernized zoos such as Toronto Zoo, Calgary Zoo, Detroit Zoo, and many others who have decided to end their elephant programs, and have suffered little to no financial loss because of it. Elephants are highly social, intelligent and complex beings who require much more than what a Canadian climate or Ontario zoo can offer them. Bowmanville Zoo, please use your elephant enclosure to expand the living space of another species that you house and make the conscious decision to never bring in another elephant to suffer our climate or outdated, cruel performances.