Argentinian Zoo to Send All Elephants to South America's First Elephant Sanctuary
After learning about the grim fate of the 265 animals left behind at Yemen’s Taiz Zoo, it is definitely nice to read some good news about Argentina’s Mendoza Zoological Park. Infamous for being the zoo where Arturo, the “world’s saddest polar bear,” lived and died, it seems that under a new director, things at the zoo may be looking up–at least for the elephants.
The Dodo reports that all four of the zoo’s elephants, Pocha, Tamy, Guillermina, and Kenia, will be given to South America’s first elephant sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, “as soon as the sanctuary can build habitats for them.” A project of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSE), it aims to “help transform the lives and the future of captive elephants in South America” through the development of an “expansive, natural habitat preserve.” Scott Blais, CEO of GSE, stated:
“The fact that the Mendoza Zoo is taking the initiative to move all four of their elephants is a selfless act that is inspiring and deserves enormous accolades. We know that elephants are highly complex emotionally, socially and psychologically…Fortunately, the Mendoza Zoo has realized the negative impact captivity has on these sentient beings and they have made the clear choice to provide them with a brighter future.”
It is great to know that these elephants will find a similar type of happy ending as the bears and lions of the ‘world’s saddest zoo‘ in Gyumri, Armenia did, and hopefully the rest of the animals at the zoo will also get their chance at a “brighter future” as well.
To learn more about GSE or to donate to the elephant sanctuary, visit this link.
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