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URGENT: Act Today To Stop Reid Park Zoo In Tucson From Separating Long-time Elephant Friends

November 21, 2011
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Urgent: Act Today To Stop Reid Park Zoo In Tucson From Separating Long-time Elephant Friends

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Please submit the form at the above link to send your comments immediately!  City Council may act any day!

Connie and Shaba have been together at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson since 1982 when Connie was 15 and Shaba was just 2. They have been deeply bonded since the day they were first brought together. Now, after nearly 30 years, the zoo wants to separate them and send Connie away. Not Reid Park Zoo elephantsonly is this wrong, it contradicts what the public and the City were told by the Zoo about the new elephant exhibit – that it would be a new home for Connie and Shaba.

When an attempt was made in 2005 to send Connie and Shaba to a spacious, natural habitat sanctuary the zoo fought back, saying the two elephants should not be moved or separated. Media sources reported zoo director Susan Basford as saying: “These animals, if at all possible, should stay together.” The City Council later approved funds for construction of a new exhibit meant for Connie and Shaba.

Now that the zoo has nearly completed construction of its multi-million dollar elephant display, Connie and Shaba’s close bond doesn’t seem to matter any longer. The zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo. It will bring a group of African elephants (a bull and two females with calves) to the Reid Park Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and try to integrate Shaba with them. There is absolutely no guarantee that she will integrate with the group; if not, she would be moved to another zoo.

Tuesday November 22, 2011: the Tucson city council will hold an important study session to discuss the issue and may even act on it. Please tell them today that the world is watching and cares deeply about the fate of these long-time elephant companions. Urge them to find a compassionate solution that respects Connie and Shaba’s lifelong bond.


what you can do:


Send a message to Tucson’s mayor and council members. Ask them to have a heart and stop the separation of Connie and Shaba. Please be sure to personalize your message as much as possible to make it more effective.

Submitting this form will e-mail your comments to:

  • All Tucson, Arizona City Council members
  • Mayor Bob Walkup
  • The City Clerk




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In Defense of Animals

connie and shaba,
life long friends
now manunkind
has decided
that this has to end
elephants bond
so deeply and
so strong
separating these
true friends will
destroy
them
and it will not
take that long
so think how
you would feel
if this happened
to you
look inside your hearts
and the do the right
thing, too

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


6 Comments leave one →
  1. rita ioannou permalink
    November 22, 2011 4:10 am

    PLEASE DO NOT PART THIS FRIENDSHIP

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  2. rita ioannou permalink
    November 22, 2011 4:11 am

    DO NOT PART THESE ANIMALS

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  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 22, 2011 4:41 am

    connie and shaba,
    life long friends
    now manunkind
    has decided
    that this has to end
    elephants bond
    so deeply and
    so strong
    separating these
    true friends will
    destroy
    them
    and it will not
    take that long
    so think how
    you would feel
    if this happened
    to you
    look inside your hearts
    and the do the right
    thing, too

    Like

  4. Susan McCauley permalink
    November 22, 2011 3:15 pm

    This is the kind of action from zoos that we must watch for… where the intention is only of marketing a kind of entertainment for humans without any care for the true well being of the animals … Zoo Administrators should be required to heed the highest possible standards of
    care and respect for the animals who are, unfortunately, not in zoos of free will.

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  5. Tyrone Graham permalink
    November 22, 2011 3:34 pm

    Leave them together … and then leave them alone.

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  6. linda badham permalink
    November 22, 2011 4:04 pm

    hHOW CAN ANYBODY THINK OF SEPERATING THE TWO ? WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHY IS IT THAT IT HAS TO COME TO THIS ???

    Like

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