I signed up for Tuscon Weekly a few weeks ago, so that I could comment on a particular article regarding elephants. I am from Ontario, Canada, and have been involved in efforts to get elephants out of our sometimes sub-Arctic climate zoos & sent south.
Since then, I get updates on news from Tuscon, and every time I decide I'm going to unsubscribe. Then my eye is caught by an interesting article, and I'm still here!
Wil Wheaton is a great character - maybe sometimes a little TOO outspoken. But his years as Wesley Crusher on the star ship Enterprise let me allow him some slack. And I have to admit, every time I see the same tabloids at the supermarket, I think about the dumbing-down of the common media.
African elephants carry EEHV, and are not affected by it - Asian calves die quickly from it. So zoos are being tough about keeping the species apart. Really, they should retire the pair to a sanctuary where they could at least be aware of each other's presence, even if kept in different enclosures. And there would be no babies to worry about. But when you see how AZA & CAZA are battling tooth and nail to keep the Toronto elephants from going to a sanctuary, you see the enmity of the zoo system to sanctuaries. Though some, like Alaska & Detroit are very happy with having sent theirs to PAWS. The zoo science smells - it is so self-serving as to be useless. As are the AZA & CAZA zoo elephant standards. The only reason exhibits are improving is because space = better elephant health = babies. And so far the zoo elephant population is not-self-sustaining - without much more breeding success, the zoos won't have elephants in the not-too-distant future. Importation is becoming very difficult, I believe.
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