On June 8, show your support for elephants by celebrating the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos! This day is all about raising awareness about elephants in zoos and the conditions they experience. Our team wants to inform you about this day and how you can help zoos and conservation.
In Defense of Animals (I.D.A) organization established this day in 2009, in hopes that a worldwide event would bring awareness to the issue of conditions elephants endure while being in zoos. I.D.A believes that elephants don’t get to live the life they deserve and die prematurely while in captivity. There isn’t enough space for these large animals to roam, so the organization took it upon themselves to start a movement to get elephants to sanctuaries. To increase the demand for getting elephants out of zoos, I.D.A released a list of the top ten worst zoos for elephants. The organization also accused zoos of violating the Animal Welfare Act as a campaign to help get more elephants released.
Care needed for elephants in zoos
As the world's largest mammal, elephants require lots of care. Space is a major factor when determining if a zoo habitat is adequate enough. In the wild, elephants walk long distances and have room to roam and get plenty of exercise. Socialization is a very important part of an elephant's daily life. When in the wild, elephants live in large family units that can range from up to 100 members. Being exposed to others and having a social network allows them to develop emotional intelligence. The lifespan of elephants in the wild is a median of 56 years and in captivity is 17 years.
For Elephants works with zoos across the country to ensure that African elephants receive proper care. In captivity, elephants don’t have access to all of the resources they have in the wild. With many trips to South Africa, African elephant research is conducted by For Elephants and is brought back to zoos and management to reflect their natural environment.
Infertility rates in elephants are also high, especially in zoos. There are more elephant deaths than births per year and, with our reproductive research, we hope to conquer that statistic. Through our research, we have found that there is a correlation between an African elephant's BMI and ovarian acyclicity. If an elephant has a body condition score higher than five is three times more likely to be non-cycling. To support elephants and decrease the risk of extinction, we provide specialized care by providing knowledge of endocrine (hormones) to increase the elephant reproduction rate and improve the welfare of elephants in zoos.
Help support zoos and conservation for African elephants! By joining ‘Herd of Heroes’, you can give a monthly donation of your choosing to help us provide care for elephants in zoos. The elephants will receive special care services and reproduction services to help fight extinction. Join down below!