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Chai Is Dead and Bamboo Is Being Bullied—Ask the Oklahoma City Zoo to Close Its Elephant Exhibit

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Following the death of an elephant named Watoto—who was found collapsed in her enclosure, never to get back up again—a Seattle zoo shuttered its elephant exhibit. It sent the two remaining elephants, Chai and Bamboo, to the Oklahoma City Zoo—even though an accredited sanctuary was standing by, ready to give them a new home. Instead of retiring the animals to a place where they could explore vast fields and woods together, the zoo forced them to continue their miserable existence behind bars and on display. Now Chai is dead—she was found collapsed in her enclosure just like Watoto—and Bamboo has been attacked four times by other elephants.

The Oklahoma City Zoo should do the right thing for Bamboo and the four other elephants it confines. Please take action today by urging the facility to close its elephant exhibit immediately and send the elephants to a sanctuary, where they could be grouped compatibly and wouldn't die alone and unassisted—like Chai did.

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