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Speak Up For Elephant Lucky At The San Antonio Zoo

In Defense of Animals (IDA) and One World Conservation, a Texas-based organization, are joining forces on Saturday, May 4th, to speak up for an elephant named Lucky at the San Antonio Zoo.

elephant Lucky San Antonio ZooThe San Antonio zoo recently made the cruel decision to keep 53-year-old Lucky alone, following the death last month of another elephant, Queenie. The zoo is asking the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) - a trade industry organization - for a variance that would allow the zoo to keep Lucky alone. Female elephants are profoundly social and naturally live in large, extended family groups. It is irresponsible and selfish for the zoo and the AZA to deprive Lucky of one her most basic needs - the company of other elephants.

Please join IDA and One World Conservation in urging the San Antonio Zoo to send Lucky to another facility in a more natural environment that uses protected contact, will offer her room to roam, natural substrates, and the companionship of other elephants of her own choosing.

Signs will be provided, but please feel free to bring or make your own.

What: Demonstration for Lucky
When: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the San Antonio Zoo's main parking lot across from train depot, 3903 N. St Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78212

If approved, the variance the zoo is requesting would bypass the AZA's requirement that elephants in zoos are kept in groups of three. The last time the zoo requested a variance, Lucky was housed in solitary confinement for nearly three years. The AZA states in its guidelines it will not grant variances after September 2016. If Lucky survives that long, her future will still remain uncertain.

Read IDA's action alert to learn more about how you can help Lucky.

Please also sign this petition, included in the alert.

For more info, please contact

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And, if you are able, please donate to help IDA help more animals in need like Lucky. Thank you!