Target: Dr. Dwight Lawson, Director of Oklahoma City Zoo
Goal: Release Bamboo the elephant to a wildlife sanctuary.
A sweet, 49-year-old elephant by the name of Bamboo was uprooted from her home at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo last year and transferred cross-country to the Oklahoma Zoo. This decision was initially protested and activists recommended Bamboo be moved to a wildlife sanctuary instead. However, the Seattle zoo carried out its plan and transferred Bamboo to a strange new home across the country in hopes she would be the zoo’s new matriarch elephant, along with a younger elephant by the name of Chai.
Within the last year of her being at the new zoo, one of the elephants that was already in the pen died of a virus passed on by Chai. Chai herself had fallen ill and passed away, and Bamboo has attacked and been attacked by other elephants in the exhibit. As it very clearly hasn’t been working out, it’s time to demand that the Oklahoma Zoo relocate Bamboo to a wildlife sanctuary for her to live out her natural life.
From the first day that Bamboo’s transfer was proposed, activists called it a bad idea, saying that she deserved to live her life naturally instead of being put on display at yet another zoo. Nobody listened and because of that, Bamboo wound up in a zoo where she was supposed to be the matriarch and is instead treated as a target. She has had part of her tail severed from a bite by another elephant and has even been caught charging a 20-month-old elephant underneath electrical wiring in the habitat. It’s apparent that Bamboo’s position in the zoo is not one that is welcomed and she does not feel at home there, so she needs to be transferred somewhere better for her health immediately.
Dear Dr. Lawson,
Bamboo the elephant is a gentle giant, a beautiful and docile creature who only wants to live her life out in peace, not on display to be gawked at. Her initial transfer over to your zoo was very heavily protested by activists who were paying close enough attention. Unfortunately, it appears their efforts failed because Bamboo wound up at your zoo, and is unhappier than ever.
Elephants are some of the most emotional creatures on this planet and one of the only known to die of a broken heart. When reports of them being tormented come out, we need to take these claims very seriously, considering the complex emotional state that exists in elephants. Bamboo is very clearly not happy at the Oklahoma Zoo and is in dire need of rescue. It’s time for you to prioritize animals over profit margins and allow Bamboo to be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her natural life in peace.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Sue Ogrocki