Get Ready for an International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos

On June 11, In Defense of Animals (IDA) will be sponsoring their third annual International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) campaign to raise public awareness of the plight of elephants in captivity and why elephants don’t belong in zoos.

Elephant experts agree that zoos simply can’t provide the conditions that they need to be happy and healthy. IDA states that:

Elephants are highly intelligent, complex and self-aware individuals who have evolved for long distance living. In the wild they range tens of miles a day, live in large, tight-knit family groups, and communicate with one another at great distances. Yet zoos keep elephants in tiny exhibits of a few acres or less, where lack of movement and standing on hard surfaces cause painful foot infections and arthritis, the leading causes of euthanasia in captive-held elephants. The stress and boredom of intensive captivity results in abnormal behaviors such as repetitive swaying and head bobbing.

In addition, many zoos still use a cruel, circus-style management method based on negative reinforcement and the use of bullhooks (a steel-tipped device similar to a fireplace poker) to poke, prod, stab and beat elephants into submission

Take Action:

Sign the petition protesting the Auckland Zoo’s plans to add elephants from Sri Lanka to attract tourists.

There are many ways to help elephants this year. Check out IDA’s IDAEZ campaign site to find an event in your area, or register to host an event.  

Visit to learn more about the problems with elephants in zoos and take action.

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Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado6 years ago

Elephants do not belong to any zoo. They must be free!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago


Judith Corrigan
Judith C6 years ago

I am not a great fan of zoos but if there were no elephants in captivity,would they become extinct in the wild due to poaching.

corinne c.
Corinne Campbell6 years ago

The elephants at the Toronto Zoo are an issues. Bob Barker had a meeting with the staff re sending the Elephants to a sanctuary. The last I heard they might be re housing them at another Zoo? and seperating the elephant that have lived together for over 30 years. If this happens it would be a tragedy. They should all go and live out their lives together. They are family....

Daylight Chapon
Lisa Kiran6 years ago

If elephants were treated better at zoos than in their own "backyard" then and ONLY then, should elephants settle down to zoo life.
To this date, this is clearly not the case.

Luisa A.
Luisa A6 years ago

glad this is going to happen to bring awarness on this issue!

Kelly M.
Kelly R6 years ago

I love elephants!

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago


dawn w.
Dawn W6 years ago

Signed & tweeted.

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago

signed by a new zealander