The Buffalo zoo was ranked 6th worst in north America for elephants
Jothi and Surapa, Elephants at the Buffalo zoo in western New York are kept in cramped conditions with a merely half an acre of space to walk. Keep in mind this is when the elephants aren't locked up in there 20x20 cage (that's only 1800 sq ft) not nearly enough for 2 of the worlds largest land animals to share and move around in. An Asian elephant; like the 2 at the buffalo zoo, would naturally span vast distances over many types of terrain to find food and water.
Typically Asian elephants would move around 9-13 miles a day(that's over 64 thousand feet!!). At the buffalo zoo, they are forced to walk back and forth between a 1/2 acre (that's only 200 ft) the elephants are kept in their small cages after the zoo closes and stay there until they open the next day. A majority of this animals life is spent in a tiny room. Being highly active, extremely intelligent animals, elephants require complex environments that encourage species-typical movements and behaviors. Landscape features such as slopes and gullies (buffalo zoo's elephant enclosure is flat) and a variety of substrate types, including earth and pasture, are important, as well as dry, dust, and wet mud, wallows, pools, vistas for elephants to view their surroundings, rock features, rubbing surfaces, brush, trees, shady areas and quiet rest locations.
Elephant environments should encourage not only mental activity but exercise, including walking, running, turning, reaching, stretching, climbing, digging, pushing, pulling and lifting. At the buffalo zoo, the elephants have 2 logs, And a large rubber tire on the ground. They do not even have grass. There isn't elevation change, or any foliage to walk on. There is no stimulus for these highly intelligent creatures. The zoo is located in Delaware park and is surrounded by the constant flow of heavy traffic. These elephants are forced to breathe in the toxic fumes all day and to live with the sound pollution caused by the automobiles. Health problems arise in captive elephants that do not have adequate space to move. I want to move these animals to a sanctuary that would accommodate to their needs and allow them to socialize the way nature intended.
I am in contact with a sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN and the have agreed to permanently house the elephants under the conditions that buffalo give them up voluntarily. The zoo repeatedly says the care is above standard and the elephants don't need to be moved.The sanctuary boasts 2700 acres of FREEDOM for these elephants. Why would buffalo trap them in cages when we have such a beautiful place for them to go? Let's get this petition signed with 100,000! and show buffalo zoo how we feel. And let's not forget our past. this is the 3rd zoo in the united states. It should be an example for zoos everywhere, but instead, Buffalo zoo was rated 6th worst for elephants in all of North America GET THESE ELEPHANTS TO A BIGGER HABITAT WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES NOW
The elephant is the worlds largest land animal, how horrible to keep them locked up.please show your support and sign and share this petition.