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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Zoo elephants: A lost learning opportunity for children

I’m quite saddened that Seattle will be removing the elephants from the Woodland Park Zoo, even though the zoo spent a sizable amount of money on a special exhibit area for them less than 30 years ago [“But where will the elephants go?” Opinion, Nov. 19].

It’s a shame that thousands of Seattle children will never have the chance to see a real elephant; to see the grand size of the animal; to hear the trumpeting; to view the interaction with the other elephant, birds and people. And, that’s all because a few people want to deprive the children of that learning opportunity.

These activists have demonstrated their immense power to the detriment of the Seattle children who will never view an elephant at a sanctuary location or in the wilds of Asia or Africa. The activists are forgetting that some children learn best by seeing, others by reading and still others by hearing.

What animal will be targeted next for elimination from the Woodland Park Zoo exhibits?

Judith Opacki, Redmond

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