As you may know, we’re awaiting approval of a permit to relocate 18 elephants who face certain death in Swaziland. We’re joining two other accredited U.S. zoos to give them the newest, most innovative homes for elephants in human care. Some anti-zoo activists are spreading untruths about this project and attacking us to spark negative comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services. They believe these animals are better off dead than living in our remarkable new habitats – and we strongly disagree.
So we’re sharing the facts in this short VIDEO below. We partner with many African conservation groups, helping save species in crisis there. It’s a difficult, complex situation with few easy answers. Between the horrific daily poaching deaths and the devastating Swazi drought, there simply is no safe place for these elephants in Africa. Swazi officials have worked on their thoughtful conservation plan for 50 years, and their decision about these elephants is critical to saving the nearly extinct black rhino. We are proud to offer our help. We know we will give these elephants an excellent quality of life, and we simply cannot stand by while they die.
And yes, we also believe that in the U.S., these remarkable animals will inspire new generations to help endangered wildlife worldwide. We’re committed to large, multi-generational herds that will keep families together. In 2003, activists protested a similar project that brought 11 elephants to the U.S. They lost, after an extensive analysis by government officials and in court, but are again fighting this project, using the same dated arguments. And it’s worth noting that since then, those 11 elephants have produced 14 healthy calves – a success for this species.
PLEASE GIVE US 90 SECONDS to watch this video that outlines our elephant project. Then visit www.roomforrhinos.org/unsafe-africa for more details. We think you’ll be moved by the photos of the hardship there.
We appreciate you taking the time to understand this difficult issue. If you’d like to comment on the permit request, you may do so HERE.