Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants has worked tirelessly to give Seattle’s elephants Bamboo, Chai and Watoto a much deserved retirement to sanctuary after decades of confinement at Woodland Park Zoo. Sadly, Watoto died before this could happen.

Although our cause is local, we have never lost sight of the growing crisis of elephants worldwide who die young due to the poaching crisis of unequaled savagery and consequence. But let’s not forget that elephants confined in zoos die young as well: Watoto was only 45 years old.

We are asking that you help elephants and rhinos in the wild who are in danger of imminent extinction. Please help the anti-poaching efforts of these extraordinary organizations by donating to their worthy and perilous efforts:

Big Life:
African Wildlife Fund:
Save the Elephants:
Wild Aid: Working in China to stop demand.
Endangered Species Protection Fund:

Sign this petition to help:

From African Wildlife Foundation’s web site:

Rhinos: In the wild, the adult black or white rhino has no predators except for humans. Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. One rhino is killed every 20 hours in South Africa alone. The major demand for rhino horn is in Asia, where it is used in ornamental carvings and traditional medicine. Rhino horn is touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer, and impotence. Their horns are not true horns; they are actually made of keratin—the same material that makes up our hair and nails. Truly, rhino horn is as effective at curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails.

Elephants: The large tusks on either side of the elephant’s face—used to forage for food and water—have long been desired by people. Poachers kill elephants for their ivory, which is then sold and made into anything from jewelry to religious objects. About 100 elephants are killed every day. At current poaching rates, elephant populations may not survive 10 years in the wild.

5 Responses to “Help wild elephant and rhinos: sign petition and donate”

  1. Daniel Westerhold on 15 Oct 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    The people of Seattle, owners of Woodland Park Zoo, (last time I checked) have voice their opinion. Please do the right thing and release the elephants to a sanctuary.

  2. Robin Sanders on 24 Oct 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    It would be such an incredible lesson to our children of compassion, of science based decision to make the right choice for them

  3. judith carluccio on 03 Feb 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Please dig deep and feel your compassion for these elephants. They want no less than you and I and all of us desire…freedom! Thank you, judith c.

  4. Carrie Darling on 20 Feb 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Please release your elephants to a sanctuary where they will be much happier and healthier.

  5. t thomas on 08 Mar 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Dear Mr. Mayor,

    Do what is right and good by the citizens and the elephants in your care. Can you even imagine the gratitude and love you will receive from Animal Activists, the CHILDREN of your community, and most importantly, the ELEPHANTS themselves for saving their lives. Please Mr. Mayor you can facilitate the release of the elephants from the Woodland Zoo into a SANCTUARY, where they can live out the remainder of their lives surrounded by other elephants, soft ground, warm air and sunlight. I implore you to the right thing and be a HERO to the ELEPHANTS and CITIZENS of your community.

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