Target: Mr. David S. Hermann, San Antonio Zoo Board of Directors President
Goal: Move Lucky the elephant out of solitary confinement, to a zoo or sanctuary with other elephants
Since March of 2013 Lucky, a 53 year old Asian Elephant, has been the only elephant at the San Antonio Zoo. She has been kept alone since her pen mate’s death and the zoo has no plans to provide companionship for Lucky. Demand the San Antonio Zoo move Lucky to a zoo or sanctuary with other elephants and end her solitary confinement.
Elephants are extremely intelligent and social creatures. In the wild they have structured, complex, social hierarchies and herds generally contain at least 9 -11 members but can number into the hundreds. You will never find an elephant isolated. Touch and socialization are vital to elephants and the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being recommends elephant groups of 5 to 10 members in captivity.
Lucky has been at the San Antonio Zoo for 51 years. Her last pen mate, a male Asian elephant named Boo, died 11 months ago. Lucky as been alone ever since. This type of isolation isn’t healthy for elephants and can cause severe mental and emotional stress. Lucky needs companionship, and if the San Antonio Zoo cannot provide her with a social group they must give her to a zoo or sanctuary that can.
Lucky has been alone long enough. Demand the San Antonio Zoo remove Lucky from her solitary confinement.
Dear Mr. Hermann,
For the last 11 months an elephant in your care has been kept alone in her enclosure. This type of solitary confinement is devastating to social creatures like elephants, and your zoo’s continued isolation of Lucky has resulted in San Antonio Zoo being named one of the worst zoos for elephants in North America. Despite the cruelty of this treatment you seem to have no plans for providing Lucky with a new social group.
Elephants live in complex social hierarchies, and the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being suggests social groups of 5 to 10 elephants in captive settings. In the wild an elephant’s social group can contain hundreds of members. Even before the death of her pen mate, Boo, Lucky’s social group was lacking. Her continued isolation is revolting.
If the San Antonio Zoo cannot provide Lucky with a proper social group, then you must transfer Lucky to another zoo or animal sanctuary that can. There are no excuses for keeping an intelligent, social, creature like Lucky in solitary confinement.
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