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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 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Animals in captivity: Echoes of Woodland Park Zoo elephants in caged UW monkeys

Kudos to The Seattle Times editorial board for trumpeting a clarion call to the Woodland Park Zoo on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo’s elephants [“Mayor and City Council should ensure elephants don’t end up in another zoo,” Opinion, Nov. 19]. The Times handed Seattle City Council members an electoral mandate: ensure…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Mitzi Simmons, monkeys

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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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: elephants, Judith Opacki, Seattle

October 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Zoo elephants: City Council needs to up the pressure on the zoo

You won’t hear the City Council or mayor admit it, but the fact is this: The City of Seattle has authority to compel the Woodland Park Zoo to transfer its two surviving elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to a sanctuary and permanently close its live elephant exhibit [“Learn from the death of zoo elephant…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Rick Hall, Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation

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

September 5, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Bigger exhibit would not help elephants

I read with astonishment the letter from Doug Parker of Lynnwood [“Woodland Park Zoo elephants: Provide a bigger area,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 29] suggesting that the elephant problem at Woodland Park Zoo could be solved by “providing a considerably larger habitat” for them that would resemble their natural environment. If Mr. Parker knew anything at…

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August 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Woodland Park Zoo elephants: Provide a bigger area

While there is no doubt that the conditions for the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo are deplorable, the fact remains that these magnificent animals are, and always have been, a major attraction for zoo attendees [“Elephant’s death a wake-up call,” Editorial, Aug. 26]. There is an alternative to removal of the two surviving elephants…

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August 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Watoto’s death: Send Woodland Park Zoo elephants to sanctuary

Woodland Park Zoo elephant Watoto unexpectedly died on Friday.

Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant, Watoto, has died at age 45 [“Death of elephant at Seattle zoo mourned, revives debate,” Local News, Aug. 23]. The zoo claimed that she was old and had a “healthful” life. Neither is true. Elephants often live 60 to 70 years or more in wild areas protected from poaching. Asian…

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