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The Calgary Zoo has a responsibility to care for and improve the lives of these elephants. www.facebook.com/CalgaryElephants
There are options available which do not include relocation from the zoos collection, we do not need to risk the lives of these elephants. We could invest in their future and the future of their species by creating a new environment at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre (a space of over 300 acres).
Climate is not the only factor in elephant welfare, and should not be a deciding factor in the fates of these elephants. Calgary climate can actually be better for these elephants than a city with extreme heat.
Relocation to another zoo is risky, elephant transfers and introductions to new herds are high stress, and it is possible that the elephants will not survive it. It is estimated that there are fewer than 35 000 Asian elephants, far too few to risk these individuals
The Calgary Zoo has made significant contributions to elephant conservation, and can continue to do so. Spike, Swarna, Rani and Kamala are ambassadors for their wild counter-parts. These zoo residents can help inspire Calgarians to protect the dwindling Asian elephant popluation and their habitats world wide. Without education-based programs to help connect the public to these consevation initiatives there may soon be no wild elephants to protect.
The people of Calgary are invested in the lives and welfare of these animals. We want what is best for them, and we think that The Calgary Zoo has the potential to provide it.
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