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