A two-part report published in The Seattle Times by Michael Berens on the fate of elephants in American zoos shows they are dying out and that infant mortality for elephants in zoos is almost three times the rate in the wild. What isn’t easily seen is what needs to be looked for: a knife hidden in the trainers hand, chains with nails piercing the skin, wounds and scars from the ever-present bullhooks, whips, electric prods, and stun guns. “It’s true that an elephant never forgets,” he says. A year later, Buckley borrowed $25,000, bought Fluffy, changed her name to Tarra, and founded Tarra Productions. No child exhibits the intensity, zeal, and genuine wonder of Smith. What sets the EEHVs apart is their lethality. It is found in the deep isolated desert mountains in the American Southwest and down into the Sonoran Desert of Baja and the west coast of mainland Mexico.
When the scientists discounted African elephants killed by people in the national park, the typical lifespan reached 56 years, more than three times as long as those kept in zoos. In January, Seattle’s mayor and five of its city councilors urged the WPZ to consider a sanctuary. Zoo veterinarians reportedly found the elephants exhibiting signs of muscle stiffness and exhaustion after a long ride. – Yu Yu Yin had a stillbirth by Luka in May 2005. – In July 2005, a day after producing a stillborn calf by Luka, Tin Tin Htoo died at Port Lypme. Unfortunately, most of that luck has been bad. The elephant advocates’ worst fears were met early this year when, after only 8 ½ months after her arrival Chai prematurely died.
Scientists say they don’t know whether it exists more widely among either species. Makes sense to me. If my memory is right this would have been following Bindu’s departure, rather than prior to Luka’s arrival. And the poor infant death rates for Asian elephants hadn’t improved. Its chair and facilitator is zoo board and task force member Dr. At that time Stewart invited Jensen to come down and check. But lobbying to get funds from Parks Department bureaucrats was futile.
Wielding bullhooks, circus trainers were attempting to force the eight-month-old to perform on a circus-style pedestal.