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#1 Old 05-20-2004, 01:43 PM
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http://www.freep.com/news/metro/zoo20_20040520.htm



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The Detroit Zoo will become the nations first major animal facility to give away its elephants solely on ethical grounds.



Winky and Wanda, the latest in an 81-year-old tradition of pachyderms at the zoo, will be sent to one of two U.S. refuges this summer or early fall.



The decision to send them away comes amid a nationwide push to provide better care for elephants, widely considered to be among the Earths most intelligent creatures. They form strong social bonds and have a powerful need for physical and intellectual stimulation.



In the wild, female Asian elephants like Winky and Wanda typically roam 30 miles a day, form lifelong and unique friendships with members of their herds and mourn for their dead.



In captivity, they live in unnatural climates, develop physical problems such as chronic arthritis and exhibit psychological problems related to boredom and stress.



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What a cool story. I hope this sets a trend.



Independence for Winky and Wanda!
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I read about it in the Detroit Free Press/Detroit News It's awesome that they're giving them away so that the animals can have a better life.
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#4 Old 05-20-2004, 08:57 PM
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That is awesome!



We are less than three months away from a vote here in GR on the future of the local zoo. If they move to the new digs, they plan to add more animal "attractions", including: elephants.

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these two will hopefully be going to one of these sanctuaries~



The Elephant Sanctuary: http://www.elephants.com/



Performing Animals Welfare Society: http://www.pawsweb.org



I don't know much about PAWS but The Elephant Sanctuary seems to be a wonderful place for these old gals. We will be sending them a small contribution.

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http://www.detroitzoo.org/critters2.html

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