Activists are calling for the removal of an elephant from the Dallas Zoo. Jenny, a 31-year-old African elephant, began displaying “self-mutilating behaviors” and “isolation depression” after her last companion, Vasha, was shipped away to another zoo. Jenny’s other elephant companion, KeKe, recently died of heart failure, leaving Jenny as a lone elephant at the zoo. Female elephants in the wild maintain life-long family bonds with the elephants in their herd. Unlike AZA-accredited zoos, elephant sanctuaries keep their elephants for life.

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Dallas Zoo elephant adjusts to life on her own after KeKe’s death

2 Responses to ““Self-mutilating” elephant now alone in Dallas Zoo”

  1. Vivian on 30 May 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    I implore you to please remove Jenny from your zoo and transfer to an elephant sanctuary. She is suffering and starting to self-mutilate; probably from depression over the recent loss of her companion KeKe. Elephants need the companionship of other elephants and lots of room to walk on the soft earth (versus hard concrete) and ponds to play and cool off in. It is vital that she get transferred immediately. Please do the right thing. Thank you.

  2. Kathleen on 09 Jul 2008 at 5:12 am #

    The Zoo is currently saying that it’s going to transfer Jenny to a zoo in mexico, when everyone is imploring them to send her to the sanctuary in Tennessee–that has already said they’d accept her. I’ve even offered $500 to help transfer Jenny to Tennessee. The zoo in Mexico does not have ANY other African elephants, just Asian, so Jenny will continue her exiled existance. Please help protest this treatment!!

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