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We urge you, The Board of Directors at San Antonio Zoo, to follow the lead of other large zoos and release Lucky to the Elephant Sanctuary where her needs can be better met. Lucky, the last surviving elephant at San Antonio Zoo is lucky only in that she has managed to outlive her companions, Alport and Ginny, both of whom have died prematurely in the last three years. Elephants in the wild live in large groups and will walk for tens of miles every day. Lucky has spent over 40 years in her prison - a small, barren, concrete, zoo enclosure. It is estimated that over 60% of zoo elephants have arthritis or foot disease problems of the sort that killed her companions. Such an environment cannot meet either the physical or psychological needs of a large and social creature. The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee is willing to provide a more humane and natural lifestyle for Lucky - with 2,400 acres for Lucky to roam in with her new companions. The Elephant Sanctuary will also pay transport costs. After 46 years of imprisonment, the life of such a beautiful and innocent lady is more important than the few dollars from visitors who walk past her sad and lonely figure. Other metropolitan zoos have accepted that the cruel confinement they provide can no longer be justified, and have closed their elephant exhibits. Now is the time to Free Lucky!
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