January 21, 2010

In a statement released today, Dr. Keith Lindsay, a conservation biologist with thirty years experience studying wild elephants in Africa with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, stated:

“St Louis Zoo is a classic example of how not to keep elephants in captivity... How can zoo authorities be thinking of breeding under such conditions, inflicting additional stress on the mothers and bringing tiny calves into such a world of suffering?” (read more)

March 17, 2010

In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the St. Louis Zoo’s elephant breeding practices violate the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly exposing offspring to an unacceptably high risk of infection with the often-fatal Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV). The zoo recently announced the pregnancy of a second elephant, Ellie. Her daughter, Rani, is also pregnant. (read more)


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"Even with the most modern veterinary care these elephants are suffering. If St. Louis cannot provide pain free habitats for their elephants, they need to send them to someone who can."
Henry Melvyn Richardson, DVM
  • Contrary to what zoo officials will tell you, elephants have a natural lifespan of 60 to 70 years.
  • Of the elephants in AZA zoos who have died since 2000, more than half were under 40 years old.
  • The AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) is the institution supposedly setting high standards for its member facilities.
So, why don't their elephants live longer?
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