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Elephants Need Room

I saw this sign in the elephant exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. Zoos clearly know that elephants need room in the wild. Some zoos in the U.S. are making the decision to close their elephant exhibits because they realize their precious elephants need more room than they can provide. It is true. This is why I do not understand why zoos such as the Oregon Zoo is working so hard on breeding their captive elephants. Rose-Tu is now reportedly pregnant, but does that mean that the zoo is going to add more space?!!! Breeding in zoos without expanding and enhancing their habitat is going in the wrong direction: The quality of the elephant's life experience needs to be taken into account, as we would want ours to be. A zoo is not a great place to live if you are an elephant, despite the limited "enrichment" activities they are provided. In a true sanctuary, it would offer adequate space, companionship, and freedom of choice in their daily activities (not just what we want them to do). I will wish this for every elephant living in captivity, as despite our best efforts, even the "best" zoo is still a zoo.
How are animals treated in Zoos and Circuses? (What you should know). Are there other options for seeing wild animals? Yes... Isn't it time we switch our support, and encourage the development of more wildlife sanctuaries?

January 3rd 2008
Please remember and be reasssured: You do not have to be or become an animal rights' fanatic to learn and care about animals living in captivity: So saying that, before I leave on this "journey for the animals" I plan on visiting the Oregon Zoo in Portland (which I did on January 3rd, 2008- see photos for comments). In the process of my research on animals living in captivity, it is important f ... read more
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