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Category: Woodland Park Zoo
November 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Zoo elephants: Former director advocating to send them to a sanctuary

Watoto, an African elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, died in August. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants have never had a decent break their entire lives [” Should Woodland Park Zoo elephants go to zoo or sanctuary?” Opinion Northwest, Nov. 24].

At last, however, Chai and Bamboo have the opportunity for a better life. A chance still exists for them to spend their remaining years at a sanctuary in California, where space and standards of care exceed those at any zoo.

But zoo administrators, who

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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…

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September 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Zoo elephants: By penning them up, zoo is acting against nature

Watoto, an African elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, died in August. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Bravo to Judy Nicastro for her brilliant opinion piece advocating sanctuary for the remaining Woodland Park Zoo elephants, Chai and Bamboo [“Political leadership for the elephants,” Opinion, Sept. 4].

To hear the news Watoto had been

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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: elephants, Judy Nicastro, Katy Flynn

August 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Open records

Kudos to the editorial board for its unwavering advocacy for the Woodland Park Zoo elephants — and its demand that the City Council live up to the accountability and transparency promises of Proposition 1 advocates by requiring the zoo to open its records [“Council can pressure zoo,” Opinion, Aug. 10]. In addition to the…

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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: Beverly Marcus, City Council, elephants

March 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Thank you for making a difference for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

If media can change people’s opinion, then your editorial might just do that for our three unfortunate elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Your voice reflects wisdom and justice for doing the right thing. For example, having artificially inseminated Chai 112 times is both unjust and a disgrace.

Will the new Seattle Mayor Ed Murray echo your wise opinion to retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary? I hope so.
Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants are indeed true friends who tirelessly work to free them. They do not believe in exploiting them for profit, as the zoo does. Their lawsuit and your editorial will be a wake-up call for the zoo board to finally change its mind and let them go.

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March 22, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Elephants are at home at Woodland Park Zoo

I would like to know why The Seattle Times is so invested in sending the Woodland Park Zoo elephants away from their home [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].  It is one thing to print an article or series, but the editors seem determined to send the girls away.

It truly would be akin to taking your dog and sending him to a wolf sanctuary. Like your dog, the zoo elephants would not only have to find their place in a new pack (herd), with its own pecking order, but they would miss the place they have lived for decades and the people whom they love and who love them.

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March 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Animals are not commodities, retire zoo elephants

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Elephants do not belong in zoos [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Neither do giraffes, lions, hyenas or any other wild animal. Bringing children to a zoo does not stir support for wildlife conservation. It teaches them that animals are commodities to stare at or throw peanuts to, rather than sentient beings that suffer and feel pain.

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September 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo

Doing well, but could be better I encourage anyone interested in learning about the substantiated health of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants to read the expert panel draft report in its entirety. [“Experts suggest changes for zoo’s elephants,” NW Thursday, Aug. 29.] This report was compiled by experts who have reviewed the historical veterinary records, talked…

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Comments | More in animals, Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: elephants, task force, treatment

September 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Proper treatment of Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants

Panel is trivializing damage The report recently issued by the Woodland Park Zoo elephant task force’s “expert panel” was predictably disappointing. [“Experts suggest changes for zoo’s elephants,” NW Thursday, Aug. 29.] By opting to use innocuous terms such as “reduced joint mobility” and “occasional foot cracks,” instead of the more accurate “captivity-related arthritis” and “chronic foot…

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April 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Mistreated elephants at Woodland Park Zoo

Elephants not harmed mentally or physically Unfortunately, David Hancocks expresses his concern for elephants in zoos by willfully misrepresenting conditions at Woodland Park Zoo [“Elephants should be the priority at Woodland Park Zoo,” Opinion, April 9].He quoted “daily foot care” as if that were all the care the elephants receive. Their daily care includes baths, inspections,…

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