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Zoo’s Lone Elephant Shipped Out

Written by PETA | September 24, 2010

For the first time in more than 100 years, Chicago-area zoos are without elephants. Recognizing the elephant’s need for companionship, officials at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo have returned the facility’s only elephant, Joyce, who was on loan from Six Flags.

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The “Windy (and freezing) City” is no place for elephants. PETA has urged zoos in northern climates, including Brookfield, to close their elephant exhibits because it’s unhealthy for these massive animals to spend months at a time locked in concrete barns during long, bitterly cold winters.

In 2005, the Detroit Zoo became the first to close its elephant exhibit for purely ethical reasons—citing climate as one of them. After three elephants died at Chicago’s lakefront Lincoln Park Zoo, camels were placed in the empty elephant exhibit. In 2006, the Bronx Zoo announced that it was phasing out elephants, and last year, the Philadelphia Zoo closed its elephant exhibit.

Please politely ask officials at Brookfield Zoo to scrap plans to renovate and re-stock the elephant exhibit.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Mo says:

    Brookfield zoo is a state of the art facility and is a leading player in animal concsevation. Perhaps by encouraging them to exhibit elephants, these animals can serve as ambassadors to teach citizens of chicago the importance of elephant conservation. Besides they do provide these animals with ample indoor holding space and do not send them out into the cold if they aren’t designed to handle it.

  • shannon says:

    get over it.  the cold did not kill them. the one at brookfield died of kidney failure.  the ones in lincoln park died of old age and one of tuberculosis.

  • Chantal Buslot says:

    I respectfully ask officials at Brookfield Zoo to please reconsider renovating the elephant exhibit. Please do what is right and ethical for the elephants. Let them be somewhere that will be comfortable and peaceful as possible for them. That is only fair.

  • debbie kocak says:

    please do not bring elephants back to the Brookfield Zoo. Any zoo does not have adequate facilities to replicate an elephants natural lifestyle.

  • Karen Beliveau says:

    Please follow the example of other zoos and leave elephants out of your zoo. Thank you

  • Theresa McKinley says:

    As long as people consider these animals to be nothing but the subject of curiosity, these animals will never have a quality of life they deserve in a sanctuary. Please do not consider renovating and restocking the elephant exhibit. I never visit cities with elephant exhibits in their zoos and encourage other people to avoid these cities on their travels.

  • Veronica Goddard says:

    Please follow up on your brilliant move to take Joyce out of the cold and don’t have any more elephants at your zoo. These magnificent animals don’t like the cold and deserve to be as free as possible in a climate they are built for.

  • Amelia says:

    Please kindly reconsider your plans to re-stock your elephant exhibit! Elephants weren’t made to withstand the freezing temperatures, not to mention the fact that they don’t have the diet or the space they need to roam. It’s just cruel.

  • Sharig says:

    I respectfully ask officials at Brookfield Zoo to please reconsider renovating the elephant exhibit. Please do what is right and ethical for the elephants. Let them be somewhere that will be comfortable and peaceful as possible for them. That is only fair.

  • Rhopnda Whitney says:

    Please reconsider restocking your elephant exhibit. These beautiful creatures deserve a different life than one in a frigid climate. For many, Africa is their homeland. Please think of their welfare!