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.
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This blog shares travel stories, writing, and narrations about spirituality and opening the heart to life. It includes some details from my three trips to India (in 2005, 2006, and 2008), other travels, organizations that are helping elephants (and the Dancing Bears), and even shares the secret of "How to Find Yourself" in India.
Cathy Rosewell Jonas:
As a fellow traveler on the spiritual journey, I am sharing what I have learned about opening the heart to life.
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