Kinship Circle: ACT/ Don’t Send Jenny To Mexican Display Park

June 30th, 2008 6:40 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: ACT/ Don’t Send Jenny To Mexican Display Park


6/29/08: Don’t Send Elephant Jenny To Mexican Display Park

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Kinship Circle - 2008-06-29 - Don't Send Elephant Jenny To Mexican Display Park

Jenny, the 31-year-old African elephant, will move to the Africam Safari Park, a 617-acre forested wildlife park located 80-miles southeast of Mexico City, zoo officials said today. Dallas News


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Mayor Tom Leppert
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN; Dallas, TX 75201-6390
ph: 214-670-4054; fax: 214-670-0646
email: tom.leppert [at]

Dallas Mayor and City Council web mail:

DALLAS RESIDENTS: Call/fax/email/mail your city council representative:

Gregg Hudson, Executive Director, Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway; Dallas, TX 75203-3013
fax: 214-942-8095; general email: info [at]

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Dear Mayor Leppert, Councilors, and Mr. Hudson:

I am extremely upset that city officials and the Dallas Zoo are set to retire African elephant Jenny, 31, to Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico. Please send Jenny to an accredited sanctuary where she can roam with other elephants in a natural habitat.

Since the May death of Jenny’s longtime companion Keke, 39, concerned citizens have rallied the zoo to relocate Jenny to a U.S. sanctuary. The 2700-acre Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee offers a 300-acre range for Jenny to wander with three other African elephants. California’s PAWS Sanctuary provides hundreds of acres. Both are state of the art, acclaimed facilities.

At Africam Safari Park, on the other hand, Jenny would share a 4.9-acre space. She’d live an abbreviated life, constantly on display, without adequate space, exercise or social enrichment. Moreover, American welfare and anti-cruelty laws won’t safeguard Jenny in Mexico. Why would the Dallas Zoo move Jenny to a foreign amusement park that can’t possibly fulfill her physical and psychological needs — particularly when a nearby sanctuary with ample room would welcome her?

At age two, Jenny was forcibly separated from her mother in Africa. She endured another seven years of harsh training. During her 22 years at the Dallas Zoo, she was sometimes unable to cope with captivity. Zoo handlers gave her Acepromazine, a tranquilizer, from 1996 to 2001 to ease Jenny’s aggressive and self-mutilating behavior.

She deserves respite from captivity, where elephants usually die decades earlier than their estimated 60 or more years in the wild. I urge you to take prompt steps to arrange Jenny’s transfer to a refuge where she can forage on fresh plants and express natural instincts among fellow elephants.

Please let Jenny savor relative freedom in open space and organic terrain. An amusement park, even if AZA accredited, is not in her best interest.

Thank you,





If you live in Dallas and will consent to your name being listed as a member of Concerned Citizens for Jenny, please email me your name, address, phone and in which Dallas district you live. The more Dallas Citizens, who are listed as members, the more influence we have for her. Here is a district map:

If you want to join Concerned Citizens for Jenny and work with me to save Jenny, please contact me ASAP by telephone.
Margaret Morin, Chair, Concerned Citizens for Jenny
Contact: dogs_good [at] or 972-578-0370




Margaret Morin, Chair, Concerned Citizens for Jenny
Contact: dogs_good [at] or 972-578-0370

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One Response to “Kinship Circle: ACT/ Don’t Send Jenny To Mexican Display Park”

  1. jeffrey hersch Says:

    The decision that was made by the zoo ( and some council members?) reeks more from politics than the best interest of jenny the elephant. I have done alot of research on the sanctuary in Tn, and it is very highly respected by people connected with the cre of elephants. The fact that the zoo and others ignored 2 months of requests to meet, then sent out a letter saying its a done deal, doesnt smell good-particulary by a public, tax funded facility, let alone one that is supposed to have the best interest of the animal at heart. They state that they “UNDERSTAND” the facility in Mexico is expanding their herd.Is That a written guarantee? Would they follow up on this? Is it deal breaker if that isnt done in a certain time, or would they wash their hands of it and had it go away by that time. I think if they were to listen to outside elephant experts, they would get a consensus that the sanctuary in Hohenwalde is the best place to retire Jenny; is someone going to listen? It is actually somewhat a shame that PETA has become involved in this, because it makes it all too easy to point the finger of extremism at them, at times justified, and whitewash the whole thing with that brush. That shouldn’t obscure what is really going on here. I dont know what the behind the scenes deal is with the place in Mexico and the Dallas zoo, I think it deserves investigation by a reporter, but I would be surprised if there is not one lurking there, at worst, or at best, this boils down to the egos of those making the decision getting their dander up and not wanting to back down. It is all a shame. Jenny, as in the past, will be the one to pay, and she has no voice of her own–which is why as many concerned people as possible should raise theirs in her defense of 2 decades of entertaining the dallas public– she deserves that much.

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