Activist’s diary: Elephant Vigil

Over 50 animal activists and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants stood outside on a sunny Friday afternoon to be a presence for the elephants at the same time as the zoo’s Jungle Party their largest fundraiser of the year. We asked donors not to donate to the zoo until the elephants are freed to the 2,700 acre Elephant Sanctuary          As Elizabeth said, “It was an opportunity to make others think about thier actions without being too in-your-face. I hope we made some of the big money contributors think!”

   What a great chance to get the truth out about these elephants’ lives behind bars, so far away from their original homes. Such great people showed up to stand up for these elephants. 

Elephants Chai, Bamboo, and Watoto spend 18 hours per day locked in a 18′ X 23′ room. Watoto in the shower room at WPZooBut in the wild, the planet’s largest land mammal normally needs to walk 10 – 30 miles a day for their physical and mental health. Captive elephants tend to live about half their natural lifespan in zoos. Chai paces on her front legs, Watoto has arthritis, and Bamboo bobs her head—evidence of captivity-induced stress and suffering.

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