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Tuscon Zoo Tells City: Please Feed The Animals

Animals  (tags: animals, animalwelfare, elephants, Tuscon Zoo, wildlife, wildanimals, protection, animaladvocates )

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The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants -- but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. That's not to say they don't have enough to eat; it's just that there's not enoug

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Raluca Anghel (84)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 1:40 am
Noted. Thanks.

Danuta Watola (1250)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:19 am

pam w (139)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:56 am
LA Zoo uses donated browse from time to time and I'll bet most other zoos do, too.. Elephants can eat enormous amounts of greenery and variety is always fun for them. In the wild, elephants are often forced to eat "junk"....tree bark, etc. Sounds as if the Tucson group has a much better diet.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:03 am
noted, thank you Cal

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:47 am
Noted. Thanks.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 9:07 am

Don Saunders (151)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 9:12 am
people should do whatever they can do to help our animal bretheren, after all we do share a planet with them

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 11:42 am

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:09 pm
poor elephants in captivity, please send browse so they can fight the boredom of being incarcerated

Jen S (121)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:33 pm
Noted-great use for trimmings and clippings!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:56 pm
If they don't have enough food to feed these animals then theses animals need to be moved to a sanctuary where they will be well fed and cared for. Otherwise it does not look good for them, as this zoo sounds as if they are incompetent by being ill equipped to care and plan in advance for these animals. And, how many other animals are running on a depleted level?

Kari Knabe (14)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 1:12 pm
Hope they get the browse soon & often.

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:18 pm
ALL zoos must be shut down!

michelle t (41)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:48 pm
This is dreadful.These elephants must be fed correctly

Raiin Blue (72)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:58 pm
noted...I dont like Zoos :(

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 3:27 pm
Thanks Cal.

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted, Thanks Cal

janet f (29)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:13 pm
It's another way to get people interested in the plight of elephants all over the world by personalizing their relationship with these elephants.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:22 pm
The city should pay to feed the elephants.

pam w (139)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:24 pm
To those who didn't bother to read this article....and there are many of you....THE ZOO IS SEEKING TREATS FOR THE zoo could possibly maintain all those supplemental gardens!

This is the mark of a GOOD zoo...NOT one which needs funding or doesn't have enough food.

If you'd stop knee-jerking and actually READ the piece, you might learn something!

Eternal Gardener (745)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:37 pm
Council & the zoo would do well to start a seedling give-away action for surrounding zoo-neighbourhoods, for I'm sure residents (some of them at least) will love being able to contribute to this cause!

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:55 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 8:40 pm

Nirvana Jaganath (29)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:06 pm
They should have made sure they could see to the animals needs before getting them!

Shan D (49)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:12 pm
Thank goodness this is an article about needing snacks instead of the elephants actually starving!

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:15 pm
Oh please lord I hope some idiot doesn't give them oleander or other toxic plants, or moldy grass clippings...

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:39 pm
These elephants should not be in the zoo in the first place. Now that they are there, they should be taken care of.

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 11:06 pm

Shirley S (187)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 5:14 am

jaya Sinha (26)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:11 am
For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

Ruth C (87)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 6:40 am
Poor animals, its not fair that they have them in captivity!

Gitte Loeyche (46)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:15 am
What a great idea!

Teresa Cowley (274)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:39 am
I was worried there for a minute--I thought the animals were starving!! Good, I hope they get "browse', of the non-toxic sort, and lots of it!
I don't like zoos either, but this one seems to look out for it's animals.

pam w (139)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:20 am you think these zoo keepers are STUPID? Your statement is more than just's disrespectful.

Gary C (5)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:33 am
Noted , Thankyou......

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 9:53 am
And yet another proof that zoos should not exist!

Valerie H (133)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 7:26 pm
...thank you Cal for sharing this with us......

Angela N (0)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 8:32 pm
thanks :)

paul m (93)
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:16 am

Governments should protect Zoos,ater you pay in ,and you pay Tax....

Elize Labuschagne (181)
Friday April 20, 2012, 5:45 am
No comment.

Shirley S (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 3:05 pm

Dianne D (490)
Monday May 7, 2012, 9:31 pm
Wasn't this the same zoo that had 2 elephants that where life long companions that the zoo wanted to separate but ended up sending them to San Diego? What are they doing with 5 elephants? Elephants should not be in zoo's. They should be free, but if the African and Asian governments can't protect the elephants, then they should be in santuarys.
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