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Please help Tania the elephant

March 17, 2013


Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement in a 90 square foot area at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania. She was transferred from an Italian zoo in September 2012. At a young age she was sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived for more than 20 years. She is confined alone showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. It is appalling the lack of space provided to her. Tania has nowhere near the amount of space needed, whether she is inside or outside; the place is too small for ANY elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for an elephant. Please read the sample letter for the remaining information on her.


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To Whom It Concerns,

I have just learned of Tania, an Asian elephant, at the Trgu Mures Zoo; Tania is confined alone and showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 square feet with no adequate habitat to fulfill her needs.  This is appalling – Tania has nowhere near the amount of space necessary, whether she is inside or outside; the place is too small for any elephant.

Due to extremely cold winters in Romania, Tania is housed for up for six months at a time, which drives elephants insane, whether keepers are present or not. This has accelerated the deterioration of her feet. No veterinarian can correct this medical problem as long as she cannot move, even in the small outside enclosure. Her feet will eventually kill her. Even though she is alone, nothing can be solved by bringing in other elephants because there is not enough room for them all, and if they do not get along, one could be killed.

I would also like to address Tania’s unsecured fencing. If electrified, it could kill her; if not she could easily bolt, and the public could be in grave danger. If her keepers are unable to provide the proper security for her, it could result in her being chained and leading to mental anguish. Signs of this would be swaying and bobbing which she already exhibits.

Tania has shown too many signs of distress as you can see in the video links:

The following link is to give you an idea of the habitat size required for an animal this large:

I ask that Tania be given the life every elephant deserves, one of freedom. As you are aware, thousands of people are horrified regarding her treatment, and even though new, they are inadequate facilities for Tania. I ask the authorities in control of her allow advocates transfer her to a sanctuary.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent appeal.


in freedom

elephant freedom
to bellow as loudly
as i can
without being
by the intrusion
of man.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2013 10:47 am

    I always think I’ve heard the heard the worst when something worse pops up-poor. poor Tanya-


  2. March 18, 2013 1:21 pm

    Thanks Stacey signed petition and sent emails also shared in several places and Karen another beautiful poem love your painting too


  3. March 25, 2013 11:47 am

    How can humans be so heartless! they should be the one sitting there so lonely.


  4. Rumi Hisoda permalink
    June 20, 2015 6:02 am

    My name is Rumi
    I am Japanese
    I was working Mexico Circus
    When I was 22
    Ciruco ATAYDE

    I was raiding elephant Asianelaphant
    Tania or Taniya
    Dose she walk with 2legs befor
    I knew from Facebook

    I wanna know ..all about Taniya
    And I am looking for Tania very much

    I saw …About 2elepgant ..sleep in to

    But they did not tell
    Who was …Tania ??
    Not 100%sure

    Please tell me if you know about

    I shred and Done sined
    I hope from you soon

    細田ルミ Japanese Lumi Hirosh Hosoda Facebook

    Thanks for reading
    My English is no good


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