#1. ELEPHANTS DON'T BELONG IN ZOO'S!
This Zoo holds Captive Four Majestic Male African Elephants.
Residing at the Birmingham Zoo:
Bulwagi, male, Arrived Dec. 6, 2010 from Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Callee, male, Arrived Feb 19, 2011 from Pittsburg Zoo
Ajani, male, Arrived May 13, 2011 from Indianapolis Zoo
Tamani, male, Arrived April 21, 2012 from Lowry Park Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo, recently stated the following: Four African bull elephants have been introduced to each other and have been part of the same daytime enclosure since May 14, 2013. According to a press release from the The Birmingham Zoo, "This is the first time an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility has ever replicated an all-male African herd dynamic."
(AS IF THEY HAD A CHOICE). THEY ARE QUOTED AS SAYING "IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BOY'S". I am sure this would be fine IF THEY were in an all male herd in the WILD. Where they had the option to search out females. This is just cruel.
For the sake of elephants in captivity, zoos must phase out their elephant exhibits, abandon breeding programs, and strive to provide the elephants who are currently in captivity with a more humane existence.
The vast majority of elephants now in zoos were taken from their homes and families in the wild.
Zoos rob elephants of their most basic needs, including extended social relationships and the opportunity to walk long distances. Lack of exercise and long hours standing on hard surfaces are major contributors to foot problems and arthritis, the leading reasons why captive elephants are euthanized. Many die decades short of their expected lifespan.
WE URGE THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO TO RELEASE THEIR ELEPHANTS TO A REPUTABLE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY SUCH AS TES..... (TENNESSEE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY)
ZOO'S ARE A THING OF THE PAST.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE TO GET THE WORD OUT! NO MORE ZOO'S!
Thank you Very much..