LCA: Elephant Dies at San Antonio Zoo-Urge Closure of Elephant Exhibit! 11/12

November 14th, 2007 6:11 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Nov 12, 2007 10:01 PM
Subject: Elephant Dies at San Antonio Zoo-Urge Closure of Elephant Exhibit! 11/12

As Maggie explores her new life in Sanctuary, Alport dies after a lifetime in Captivity!

Animal activists across the country are celebrating the relocation of Maggie from the Alaska Zoo to PAWS Elephant Sanctuary in California. Unfortunately, while life for Maggie has dramatically improved, hundreds of elephants across the country are still suffering in captivity.

Alport, a lifelong captive of the San Antonio Zoo, died early this month. She lived at the zoo since she was donated only four years after her birth in Kenya in 1958. Although the cause of Alport’s death is not immediately known, a veterinarian last week diagnosed her with a painful orthopedic tear.

Alport was noticeably uncomfortable last Wednesday, Oct 31st, and was struggling to walk and stand on Thursday morning, she finally collapsed and was unable to get up on her own on Friday, Nov 1st, at 5:30 A.M.

Alport’s death leaves just one elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, a 47 year old elephant named Lucky.

Since 2000, 56 elephants have died at A.Z.A. accredited institutions, half of them dying before the age of 40. Elephants in the wild live up to 70 years of age. Elephants are suffering in captivity – the proof is before our eyes – we must speak and act on their behalf.

Please take a minute and write to the San Antonio Zoo, encourage them to send Lucky to sanctuary and (most importantly) to close their elephant exhibit permanently. Sample text is below, contact information is at box to left.

Help Save Captive Elephants!

Write, call, email and/or fax the San Antonio Zoo and urge them to send their last remaining elephant, Lucky, to sanctuary and close their elephant exhibit permanently!

San Antonio Zoo
3903 St. Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 734-7184
Fax: (210) 734-7291
Email: information [at] sazoo-aq.org

Sample text:

The loss of Alport provides a unique opportunity for your zoo to join over a dozen zoos across the country that have elected to phase out or close down their elephant exhibits. Elephants are highly intelligent, sensitive mammals that normally travel over 40 miles a day, in large herds with extensive social networks, zoos cannot provide for these basic needs. Please send Lucky to sanctuary and close your elephant exhibit permanently!

For more information on how you can help elephants from suffering a lifetime in captivity – visit http://www.fightback4elephants.com

For the Animals,

Campaigns Department
Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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