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Tacoma Elephants Sanctuary-Bound?

Written by PETA | April 26, 2011

Washington State’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is poised to join 14 other U.S. zoos that have closed or are phasing out their elephant exhibits. The zoo is in the middle of discussions about the future of 48-year-old Hanako and 47-year-old Suki, the two female Asian elephants kept in the zoo.

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Elephants have complex needs that simply cannot be met within the cramped confines of a zoo. Elephants need lots of space and stimulation as well as the company and companionship of other elephants. A reputable sanctuary can provide Suki and Hanako with all that and more.

If you live near Tacoma, please let zoo officials know that you strongly support transferring Hanako and Suki to a reputable sanctuary.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • tristan says:

    thank you for the consideration. I live in tacoma,wa actually and was there 1 week ago. The zoo is a very interesting place but also very sad to think those animals cant freely live their lives

  • Katie says:

    This is so good to hear! Port Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – you are doing the right thing for the elephants! The elephants and the general public will thank you for your humane and ethical decision.

  • Brenda Armour says:

    Please free Lucy from Edmonton Zoo in Canada. I don’t want to post a RIP for this wonderful being.

  • sara says:

    Thank You for doing the right thing!!! the elephants thatnk you also!! Animal sanctuary here we come!!!

  • Irina Seifert says:

    Please send the poor elephants to sanctuary! They need space and warm atmosphere.

  • Beverly says:

    Help the elephants! What if this was you, our your child! We must help!