- Tim MorrowExecutive Director of the San Antonio Zoo
- Ivy TaylorMayor of San Antonio
- Sheryl SculleyCity Manager of San Antonio
Declaration to Stop Tourism in San Antonio, Texas, Until Elephant, Lucky, is Free
One World Conservation has been monitoring an Asian elephant named Lucky at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas since 2008 after her companion, Alport, passed away in late 2007.
Over the past seven years, Lucky has remained in substandard conditions in an exhibit that is too small, antiquated, lacks proper substrata, and does not meet the standards set forth by the zoo’s own accrediting body, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Lucky has been subjected to improper introductions with attempted companion, Boo, who passed away in 2013 after less than three years at the zoo, and Lucky has since remained alone, continuing to suffer in an inadequate facility.
Please join us in reaching out to the figureheads of the zoo and city of San Antonio. Join the pledge to abstain from tourist attractions in San Antonio and encourage friends and family outside of the city not to visit tourist attractions until Lucky is sent to a more progressive facility that can better meet her needs as a species.
- Executive Director of the San Antonio Zoo
- Mayor of San Antonio
- City Manager of San Antonio
With all due respect,
We the undersigned fully support the position of One World Conservation and respectfully request that you reconsider your positions in the case of the San Antonio Zoo’s lone remaining, Asian elephant, Lucky.
According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’s guidelines, elephants should not be kept alone in captivity. Given the wealth of scientific literature on the highly social nature of elephants, it is inexcusable to keep Lucky alone for any period of time. This simply is inhumane treatment for this highly social species and a serious form of deprivation. Despite this, the San Antonio Zoo has been granted a variance allowing Lucky to remain alone. Lucky has lived with other elephants for the majority of her life in San Antonio. To remain in solitary confinement at the convenience of the San Antonio Zoo is a detriment to her psychological well-being.
That's why we're asking that Lucky be removed from the San Antonio Zoo and sent to a sanctuary or 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.
As zoo and city figureheads of San Antonio, you are in a position to lift the damaged reputation to the San Antonio Zoo and the city, as the zoo is an iconic destination in San Antonio and carries the city’s name.
Until the city and zoo listen to the tens of thousands of people who have already spoken out for Lucky, as tourists we decline to visit San Antonio until Lucky is removed from the antiquated exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo. As residents of San Antonio, until this unfortunate situation is resolved, we will encourage this call to action and spread the word to friends and family outside of San Antonio, Texas.
By releasing Lucky, the San Antonio Zoo stands to repair the damaged reputation they have amassed over the years and gain back international public support and renown. We believe that the city and zoo will make the right decision in releasing Lucky to a more progressive facility or sanctuary.
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