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Clara was euthanized in 2007 at age 52. It is too late for Clara. But it is not yet too late for Pearl.

The St. Louis Zoo needs to be held accountable for Clara's 50 years there and allowing her to exist in misery. Unless major changes are made for the elephants, those that remain risk a similar fate.

Citing inadequate conditions, IDA submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) charging the St. Louis Zoo with violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, which mandates that zoos provide elephants with adequate space and conditions conducive to their well-being. After a public comment period that produced thousands of responses, the petition is still pending.

Our goal at, in addition to improving the lives of elephants at the zoo, is to ensure that Pearl is moved to sanctuary before it is too late and she suffers the same fate as her dear friend, Clara.


Those who care about the fates of these beautiful animals can only work to have them transferred to a genuine sanctuary. It is hoped that these elephants, who have for so long endured confinement, neglect, and/or abuse, can at the very least finish out their lives in as natural and wild a setting as possible.
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Because reintroduction into the wild is not yet possible, relocation to sanctuaries is the only suitable option for captive elephants. There are two sanctuaries in the United States that offer exceptional homes for elephants:

The Performing Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, in Northern California and The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Both sanctuaries provide a generous environment similar to an elephant’s natural habitat in which they can roam, forage and bond with other elephants.

PAWS offers approximately 100 acres of natural vegetation, a heated barn, numerous streams, creeks, a pond, and even a heated exercise pool.

The Elephant Sanctuary offers approximately 2,700 acres of natural vegetation, a heated barn, and a 25-acre spring fed lake.

With much higher standards of care than American Zoo Association (AZA) accredited facilities, both sanctuaries prohibit any type of punishment, chaining, or dominance, and allow the elephants to express free choice – a liberty they are never allowed in captivity.