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Zoo's Elephant Plan Should Be Stopped - Wildlife Expert

Animals  (tags: burma, elephant, auckland zoo, loneliness, captivity, controversy )

- 3144 days ago -
It is said that elephants never forget and Auckland Zoo says 27-year-old Burma has not recovered from her companion Kashin's death in August last year. "Since Kashin died in August 2009, Burma continues to be monitored closely," the zoo says in a


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Shirley S (187)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 3:41 am

. (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 11:49 am
noted, thx Simone!

Carol H (229)
Friday December 10, 2010, 12:20 pm
noted, thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 3:48 pm
Put Burma in a herd of elephants in the wild.

. (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 3:50 pm
As elephants are my favorite animals. I don't want to read about money problems, or socialization issues. The zoo brought the elephant from the wild, now cater to its needs. Zoos, and circuses....both give me a pain.

URSULA shannon (3)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:04 pm
It is a sad World for Animals

Penelope Ryan (178)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:05 pm
This elephant is in emotional pain. Having a companion would be good for her. Breeding a group is ridiculous. They should not be in a zoo or circus but free!! However they are being slaughtered and I don't know the right thing and obviously the zoo doesn't either. Perhaps phaseing us off the planet is the answer for all the harm we do.

Susan S (187)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:49 pm
This article identifies some of the complexities involved in trying to raise a herd of elephants in captivity. Elephants are social animals and creatures of habit, and they obviously grieve the loss of their companions deeply. Hopefully they can come up with some kind of program that works to recognize the unique needs of elephants, and make their lives joyful and not just barely bearable.

janet f (29)
Friday December 10, 2010, 7:58 pm
We need to start protecting the wild elephants, not capturing and incarcerating them in zoos. Zoos are not equipped to give these large animals the space they need to live happy lives. Elephants that can no longer be allowed to live in the wild need to go to sanctuaries where there is space and a good quality of life for them. Breeding animals so that they can be shipped around the world to zoos is unfair to the animals and should be outlawed. This is not in the best interest of the animal, protecting their habitats and their lives in the wild is the right thing to do.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday December 10, 2010, 9:55 pm
Thanks for post.

pam w (139)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:09 pm
As usual...many well-meaning people here are giving this article a KNEE-JERK approval, without knowing anything at all about that zoo and the motivations behind it.

Please listen...this is true. ASIAN ELEPHANTS ARE IN TERRIBLE TROUBLE!

Zoos who can manage captive breeding programs are tying to save Asian elephants.

The protesters (AND PEOPLE HERE) are totally incapable of deciding what elephants REALLY need!

If people like Janet F. would really EDUCATE themselves.....they'd realize that breeding programs are the only hope of elephants...because "protecting habitats" might SOUND like a reasonable thing....but it WILL NOT WORK until human overpopulation, poaching and all the other human-caused bugaboos are addressed, solved and ended!


You have no idea how much or how little space an elephant requires. I suggest you get involved with your local accredited zoo and actually learn something about this issue.

Justin R (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:13 pm
Why not take this elephant to a sanctuary where he has companions, proper food and lot of area to roam freely?

leanne Torio (244)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 6:42 am
Leave the elephants alone in the wild - wow!

Marianna Molnar (9)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 12:21 pm

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 5:04 pm
noted signed

Sunday December 12, 2010, 9:02 am
This Ellie is obviously grieving for her friend!!! She must get another companion or two & soon.!!!
Not sure any zoo could take on a herd of ten, as that number's going to require an awful lot of space.!!!

They would need some EXPERT advice & Training for their keepers. Ellies are so intelligent & have a lot of the same emotions that we do, so they are NOT easy to care for properly.

Yes, sadly, zoos are necessary these days for the breeding of endangered Animals like these!!!

Dianne D (490)
Monday December 13, 2010, 8:52 am
Elephants don't belong in zoo's. This is being done for profit and not for the welfare of animals. Shame of these people.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 14, 2010, 6:26 pm
noted and someone needs to deal with this elephant....he has been harmed and needs in 10 years but now....even bringing in some other elephants will provide some measure of comfort for this really cannot go back into the need to decide now....
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