Scientific American came out with an excellent article about the lifespan of zoo elephants and the recent study published in Science magazine.

Playful, mischievous and much-beloved, Mac was just two years old when he became the latest Asian elephant to succumb to the herpes virus at the Houston Zoo last month.

For animal welfare advocates, every early death is another piece of evidence that these 8,000-pound (3,625-kilogram) proboscideans don’t belong behind bars, where they can become obese, diseased and stressed out. A new study published today in Science provides the strongest evidence to date that zoo life is harmful to an elephant’s health.

Read the full story in Scientific American.

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