Have you read the In Defense of Animals’ list of the Top 10 Worst Zoo for Elephants? Not surprisingly, Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) took the top (i.e.: worst) slot for 2016. OKC Zoo has questionable health care, dangerous housing practices, and continues to breed elephants in a herpes virus-infected environment.
Please email the Oklahoma City Mayor and City Council asking them to stop the inhumane treatment of these endangered animals by closing the elephant exhibit and retiring the elephants to the 2,100 acre Asian habitat at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Mayor Rick Cornett (who happens to be on the Zoo Trust Board!), (405) 297-2424, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 1: James Greiner, (405) 297-2404, email@example.com
Ward 2: Ed ShaDid, (405) 297-2402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 3: Larry McAtee, (405) 297-2402, email@example.com
Ward 4: Pete White, (405) 297-2402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 5: David Greenwell, (405) 297-2569, email@example.com
Ward 6, Meg Salyer, (405) 297-2404, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 7: John Pettis, (405) 297-2569, email@example.com
Ward 8: Mark Stonecipher, 405) 297-2569, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bamboo and Chai were sent to OKC Zoo in 2015. Poor Chai, who you can see in this video, died within 8 months of arriving at the zoo. She died from emaciation, after rapidly losing 1,000 pounds, and from an infection in her blood, likely caused by 25 puss-filled abscesses—both conditions went untreated!
Bamboo, the last surviving elephant from Woodland Park Zoo is still languishing at OKC Zoo. She’s been attacked by the other elephants, and has sustained multiple injuries, including a gash to her trunk and a bite that amputated the end of her tail. As a result, this social creature is frequently kept isolated.
Please write a polite but firm email to the Oklahoma City Mayor and City Council asking them to stop this inhumane treatment of elephants. Tell them to allow these elephants retire to the 2,100 acre Asian habitat at the accredited Elephant Sanctuary in TN.