Oppose Zoo's Plans to Separate Elephants

Elephants Connie and Shaba have been together for 30 years at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo, as she doesn't fit in with the Reid Park Zoo's soon-to-open African elephant exhibit.


Given all that we know about elephants – their capacity for deep emotion and their profound social bonds in the wild and in captivity – it is simply cruel to separate Connie and Shaba.


We urge you to make the elephants' welfare a priority and explore compassionate options that would preserve their lifelong bond, including sending Connie and Shaba to a natural habitat sanctuary.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520)  791-4201
FAX: (520)  791-5348
E-Mail: mayor1@tucsonaz.gov



Elephants Connie and Shaba have been together for 30 years at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo, as she doesn't fit in with the Reid Park Zoo's soon-to-open African elephant exhibit.



Given all that we know about elephants – their capacity for deep emotion and their profound social bonds in the wild and in captivity – it is simply cruel to separate Connie and Shaba.



We urge you to make the elephants' welfare a priority and explore compassionate options that would preserve their lifelong bond, including sending Connie and Shaba to a natural habitat sanctuary.

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