Bamboo with foot infection

Bamboo with foot infection

Please join Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants in reminding donors attending Woodland Park Zoo’s (WPZ) largest fund raiser of the year, of the suffering endured by the three elephants on display at WPZ.

Three “human elephants” will perform neurotic behaviors exhibited by Bamboo, Chai and Watoto. One “human elephant” will be caged in a 4′ x 4′ enclosure; the human equivalent to the elephants’ barn stall.

Who: Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, 206-595-7770,
Friday, July 9, 2010, 4pm – 6:00
Woodland Park Zoo’s NORTH entrance – N. 59th and Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA  98103
Signs and banners provided.

Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, who live at Woodland Park Zoo, are locked in a tiny barn stall 16 – 17 hours a day for 7 months of the year.  WPZ medical records reveal they suffer from captivity-induced ailments such as colic, obesity, arthritis and painful foot problems.  (Foot problems are the #1 cause of death in zoo elephants.)

Outdoors, our elephants have less than 1 acre.  It is well documented that zoo confinement causes elephants to die decades before their natural lifespan.

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary

The 2,700 acre Elephant Sanctuary has offered to give our elephants a home for life. For the first time, these intelligent, social animals would be able to roam thousands of acres and make companions of their own choosing.  They would be able to heal from the physical and mental trauma of zoo captivity.

Come show your support for the Zoo to make the humane decision to let them go.

This year’s “thank you for coming gift” is a grocery tote that proclaims:

“Proud supporter of free-roaming elephants
Out of the Zoo – Into a Sanctuary”

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