Colleen Geraghty 
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Re: “Guest Commentary

Please read further to compare the options and if you find it in your heart to contribute to the fate of these beautiful, intelligent, emotional creatures please speak up NOW !

Reid Park - current home of Connie and Shaba -

Enclosure approx. 1/10 of an acre with a waterless pool.
Packed dirt (contributes to unhealthy feet), no foliage or grass.
Barn/building size approx. 1600 sq. ft.
No keepers monitoring elephants 24/7.
If decision to stay - could at any time be transferred to another AZA facility.

San Diego Zoo Odyssey - AZA planned future home of Connie and Shaba -

3 Enclosures approx. 1/4 of an acre or less - not all have pools. 1 used for Bull elephant.
Packed dirt (= unhealthy feet), no foliage or grass.
Now only 5 elephants including 1 bull, due to the 2 recent (and too soon) euthanasia's.
Less area for each elephant than there is at Reid Park per sq footage.
New socialization and separation = emotional distress and health decline - over crowding causes early death either from emotional distress or elephant attacks - like the one at San Diego's other exhibit at the Safari Park in Nov. where there are now 2 motherless calves.
Elephant Care Center size approx. 10,000 sq ft. - includes viewing areas for visitors so much less space for the elephants.
No keepers monitoring the elephants 24/7.
Possibility of another transfer to another AZA facility.

PAWS - ARK2000 Elephant Sanctuary - PROPOSED future home of Connie and Shaba -

Habitat (not 'enclosure') 100 ACRES with ponds/lakes, foliage, mature trees, real rocks, browse, grassy hills and valleys to roam and play - where Connie and Shaba can REMAIN TOGETHER FOREVER.
Barn 20,000 sq. ft.
Elephants monitored 24/7.
State of the art medical care for arthritic joints and feet.
AND hundreds of acres available for future expansion....

Proven facts -
- Elephants live in Zoos to die too soon.
- Elephants can many times recover from zoo ailments to live free and happy in Sanctuaries such as PAWS. If they can't fully recover, they still regain some physical health, but most definitely emotional health, happiness and without pain and human dominance.

Connie and Shaba could easily have many years left to experience for the first time in their lives real freedom --- behave with wild abandoned and dance and play in the only place that would truly be heaven on earth for them.

They have 'served' their human purpose for over 30 years! It's time to release them to freedom. It's called humane evolution.

Please take the time to consider using your voice to add to the many that feel this would be the only humane thing to do for these intelligent emotional and loyal friends.

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Posted by Colleen Geraghty on 01/23/2012 at 8:01 PM

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