Elephant Friends Need Your Help More Than Ever!
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After a short discussion that allowed for no public comment, the Tucson City Council has decided to leave the fate of elephants Connie and Shaba in the hands of the Reid Park Zoo. This virtually assures that the elephants’ 30-year bond will be shattered when Asian elephant Connie is sent to the San Diego Zoo early next year.
Tucson city council members have received over 16,000 emails opposing the zoo’s plan to separate Connie and Shaba, yet during the city council session the focus was placed on the zoo’s new elephant program and not on the welfare of these two elephants.
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.
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 no guarantee that she will integrate with the group; if not, Shaba would be moved to another zoo. There is also a chance that she could be injured during the introduction process; just last week one elephant attacked and killed another elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Send a message to Tucson’s mayor and council members. Urge them to re-visit this issue and explore compassionate options that would preserve Connie and Shaba’s lifelong bond, including sending them to a sanctuary. Please be sure to personalize your message as much as possible to make it more effective.
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Mayor Bob Walkup
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson