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Some of you may have heard about the situation facing the elephants at the Toronto Zoo. If not, the basic story is that the zoo has lost four elephants in five years because they don't have the money to maintain a proper habitat that will allow the elephants to live through a cold Canadian winter. You can read some background here: <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/article/938855--what-should-toronto-zoo-do-with-its-elephants" target="_blank">http://www.thestar.com/news/article/...-its-elephants</a><br><br>
Zoocheck is encouraging the zoo to relocate the elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, but the zoo is refusing on the basis that the sanctuary is not accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. (The sanctuary is not a zoo.) I am totally disgusted by this response, so I am encouraging you to make a donation to the Elephant Sanctuary at <a href="http://www.elephants.com" target="_blank">www.elephants.com</a> for $23, the price of general admission to the zoo. Then go here to tell the zoo your concerns: <a href="http://www.torontozoo.com/contactus.asp?vari=sent#th" target="_blank">http://www.torontozoo.com/contactus.asp?vari=sent#th</a><br><br>
If you can't spare the money, please contact the zoo anyway and let them know that you will not visit if you ever find yourself in the Toronto area. It's become very clear that the only thing they care about is attracting customers.<br><br>
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Thanks for the info, B!
 

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I think a significant detail that is important to focus on is that the zoo knows it can't keep the elephants- they will be moved. It sounds like (from what I've read) that people are mad that Bob Barker's specific request to have them moved to a location "he" wants is not being met. Just because he's not getting his way and the Zoo doesn't agree to that specific location, shouldn't be a real issue. There's a lot of places the animals could move to that meet the TO zoos standards and regulations. If they want the zoo to meet Association of Zoos and Aquariums, I don't think this is a bad thing.<br><br><br><br>
I do not think this is an issue of the zoo not caring, but of them deciding where <span style="text-decoration:underline;">they</span> want the elephants to end up. Last I heard they were considering Quebec where the zoo has the best elephant accomadations in the country.<br><br>
Bob Barker doesn't want any elephants at all in Canada, to me that's somewhat extreme, like telling all hot climates to stop having polar bears in their zoo even if they can provide cold climates for them ...heh. I'm all for saving the elephants but I think I'll trust them to make the best decision -since they know enough to end their time at this zoo I trust they are caring enough to find them a good home.<br><br><br><br><br>
Edit to add: Looks like they may be choosing Quebec-still a bit too early to tell though.<br><br>
"GRANBY, Que. - The three remaining elephants at the Toronto Zoo could soon be moving to Quebec.<br><br>
The Granby Zoo, which is east of Montreal, recently upgraded its elephant enclosure to include an indoor area with heated floors, a three-metre deep pool and a 7,000 square metre play area.<br><br>
Toronto Zoo managers recently voted to move Toka, Thika, and Iringa, and the cost to transfer the three females would be between $30,000 and $50,000."
 

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In regards to Quebec, the facility is at least more well-equipped. They have heated floors that the Toronto Zoo can't afford to install, and their enclosure is larger.
 
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