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 St. Louis Zoo, Asians: 1 male, 9 females
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Original post 27 Oct 2010:

New 'arrival experience' at zoo

Dr. Jeffrey Bonner says: Sometimes people say that coming to the zoo is a reverential experience.

The zoo will celebrate the completion of the $5 million project at a private ceremony today. The entrance features a 19-foot bronze elephant sculpture ...

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arti...b93876481d.html

$5 million spent for the benefit of the public at the zoo whose logo states "Animals Always".
But the article does confirm that the zoo still plans to expand the elephant exhibit ...


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Original post 11 Jan 2011:

The bull Raja was born at St. Louis Zoo on 27 December 1992. His 18th birthday party at the end of last month had to be cancelled because of the icy weather – report from the zoo’s facebook:

Raja’s birthday party has been canceled today due to the extreme temperatures and ice-covered pathways in River’s Edge. Children’s activities and birthday card signing for Raja are still scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lakeside Cafe. Birthday cupcakes and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Happy 18th birthday, Raja!

YouTube video:
Raja’s 18th birthday party – snow and cold
http://www.youtube.com/user/clarasfriend#p/a/u/0/D5KN3cbMqk0


Yet more snow and cold weather is currently affecting St. Louis – the temperature at the moment is 27 degrees F, with a forecast of up to 6 inches of snow. This means yet more time spent in the barn for the “St. Louis 8” elephants – who include young pregnant Rani.

St. Louis Zoo: too small – and too cold and inhospitable – for elephants.


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Original post 15 Jan 2011:

From another discussion board - a photo of the renovations on the St. Louis Zoo elephant exhibit:

Asian Elephant Habitat Renovations

Post from 21 September 2010:
The elephants were restricted to one yard as work was in progress on the other two.

http://www.zoochat.com/602/asian-elephant-...vations-179739/


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Original post 21 Jan 2011:

St. Louis is in the grip of its third spell of bitterly cold weather this winter - it's 7 degrees F as I type, and 5-9" of snow fell yesterday.

Snow snarls traffic, pushes January into the records
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/a...ce002bb722.html


The zoo claims that St. Louis has a "mild winter climate".
It closed early - 2.30pm yesterday.
The "St. Louis 8" will be confined in the cement barn yet again ... and young Rani is pregnant, her calf due summer 2011.


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Original post 4 Feb 2011:

2 new videos:

Pearl rocking slowly
PEARL begins to rock slowly, still favoring her rear feet, fibroma is visible. Wet rear legs due to incontinence.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYcWv0yRS0


ELEPHANT WOODS after construction
The new 'expansion' for the elephants at St. Louis Zoo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ1Fy9zuSJY
The zoo says it is meant to be a place for the elephants "to get away from it all", but the train runs alongside ...


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Original post 5 Feb 2011:

Video - 3 Girls In The Snow

Pearl, Donna and Sri, dazzled by the sunshine after over a month shut most of the time in a cement barn at St. Louis Zoo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJaMh555zEY&feature=email


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Original post CV 27 Feb 2011:

JADE is four years old today. No Party. No presents. Just another day in her life sentence at the St. Louis Zoo.
Jade was rejected at birth and raised by keepers.
She has suffered through EEHV twice.

Rani was only 7 when bred for the first time-Jade's mother.
Is this Jade's future?
Please visit
http://www.clarasvoice.org/

to see and read about Jade and her lonely life
and think of her today
My heart breaks.


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Original post SL 27 Feb 2011:

Sending positive thoughts and prayers of freedom for little Jade and her elephant family ... wub.gif


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Original post 28 Feb 2011:

Recent photo of JADE from the St. Louis Zoo Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/stlzoo#!/photo...0697916&theater


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Original post CV 13 March 2011:

I REMEMBER CLARA.
I met her on a cold day in Nov. 2005.
She became my friend.
I promised her that day that PEOPLE WOULD KNOW HER NAME AND SHE WOULD NOT SUFFER ALONE.
I was told on March 12, 2007 that Clara was 'fine'.
She LEFT THIS WORLD AND IT'S SUFFERING TWO DAYS LATER.

TOMORROW-MARCH 14, 2011-
PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO REMEMBER CLARA -AS I WILL- .
She was my friend....

Clara's Voice continues to speak for the remaining St.Louis 8 who still suffer.
Think of Pearl, who was Clara's best friend.
She is all but forgotten by the Zoo..
Her feet are beginning to look like Clara's feet.
Her shifting behavior reminds me of Clara years ago.


St. Louis Zoo
314-781-0900
http://www.clarasvoice.org/

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pho...3420332&theater


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Original post SL 4 April 2011:

St. Louis Zoo Elephant, Donna, Has Tuberculosis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louix Zoo officials have announced that one of their elephants is sick.

Donna, a 40-year-old Asian elephant, has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The zoo routinely tests all its elephants for TB as part of its comprehensive health monitoring program.

Donna was diagnosed through a blood test and “trunk culture”.

“Our established protocols have allowed us to detect this early and take steps to get Donna on the road to a full recovery without complications,” said Dr. Randy Junge, the zoo’s Director of Animal Health.

Donna came to the St. Louis Zoo shortly after her birth in the wild in 1971.


Copyright KMOX Radio

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/04/11/st-...s-tuberculosis/


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Original post 4elephants 11 April 2011:

Odd they don't mention how she got it.....how about the other eles in the barn for a month straight?

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“Our established protocols have allowed us to detect this early and take steps to get Donna on the road to a full recovery without complications,” said Dr. Randy Junge, the zoo’s Director of Animal Health.


This situation is a big "complication"....


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Original post S4E 11 April 2011:

St. Louis Zoo treating elephant Donna for tuberculosis

Officials are hopeful she will make a full recovery.

The Zoo's Director of Animal Health, Dr. Randy Junge said: "Our elephant care team has a wonderful rapport with Donna and her herdmates, so she's a very cooperative patient."

Donna is not showing symptoms and is being treated with antibiotics in an off-view habitat. She remains with her herd mates, who will be monitored regularly for TB.

Visitors are not at risk.

The zoo discovered Donna's condition during routine annual testing. Officials have since notified the Missouri Department of Health, St. Louis Department of Health and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been informed about Donna's test results.


http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arti...1a4bcf6878.html


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... is being treated with antibiotics in an off-view habitat.


Is this "off-view habitat" the cement barn where she spent so much time over the winter months, or the new "expansion" area, "Elephant Woods"?

Either way, this is another tragedy for the beleaguered "St. Louis 8", trapped in this horrible zoo.


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2 original posts 11 April 2011:

Dearest DONNA, companion of PEARL.

Elephant at Saint Louis Zoo tests positive for TB

Donna is not showing any symptoms and is being treated with antibiotics in a non-public outdoor habitat. She will remain with herdmates to minimize stress on herself and the other elephants while she is under veterinary care.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/254158/3/...positive-for-TB


Video report, showing some of the St. Louis elephants - but not Donna.

Saint Louis Zoo elephant has TB

http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Saint-Louis...-119615319.html


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Original post 12 April 2011:

Expanded article with new information, including this:

St. Louis Zoo treating elephant Donna for tuberculosis

The St. Louis Zoo says it's a mystery how 40-year old Asian elephant Donna contracted tuberculosis. No other elephant or keeper has tested positive for the illness.

"She's been with them all along so they've all been exposed to what she's been exposed to," said Junge. "Because they are social animals, putting her in isolation would be inappropriate. We want her to remain comfortable and for herd life to go on."


http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arti...1a4bcf6878.html


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Original post irishlass 12 April 2011:

Why is it a "mystery" how she got Tb? According to the elephants.se website, the St.Louis zoo ele Carolyn died of Tb in 2000; she came from Dickerson Park Zoo in 1991. With Donna having been in St. Louis since the 1970s, she obviously co-mingled with Carolyn on some level for decades.

Mystery solved.

They probably all have it, just hasn't shown up in trunk wash or blood test.


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Original post SL 12 April 2011:

Thanks for solving the mystery Irishlass ...


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Original post irishlass 12 April 2011:

You are welcome. I know that the elephants.se website has been known to have errors, but I would assume this information about Carolyn was correct.

It will be interesting to see how the zoo treats this diagnosis as far as herd management, i.e. transfers in or out. Have any undergone breeding/AI recently or pregnant? For all practically purposes they should be considered all infected or exposed and under quarantine, like the Hawthornes.


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Original post SL 12 April 2011:

Agreed. Rani is pregnant.


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Original post irishlass 12 April 2011:

The article posted by Space4eles states that a St. Louis ele died of Tb in 1979. According to the elephants.se web site, the ele who died in 1979 (cause "unknown") was Trudie.

So that makes TWO St. Louis eles who died of Tb.. Trudie and Carolyn... since Donna has lived there.

Hmm.

Like I said, they probably all have it. I bet the zoo people are cringing.


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Original post SL 12 April 2011:

Thanks for catching that Irishlass. Both Trudie & Carolyn died of TB. You're right. All of the other elephants have been exposed and the entire herd should be quarantined.

So sad sad.gif


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Original post irishlass 12 April 2011:

Well, Rani probably has Tb and the only hope is that her baby doesn't get herpes, which has been such a problem there.


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Original post SL 12 April 2011:

Since both Jade & Maliha have been treated for EEHV, chances are very high that Rani's calf will get it, too.


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Original post SL 12 April 2011:

Per Carolyn's Medical records, she died of Kidney Failure, but she was also treated for TB.

http://www.helpelephants.com/records/St_Lo...l%20Records.pdf


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Original post 4elephants 12 April 2011:

You two really know your stuff...thanks for the background....It is certain that Zoo Staff have full knowledge of this history too, but are playing circumspect with the public to avoid a decline in ticket sales or a hint of bad publicity re: disease outbreak...We know if Dr. Schaeffner were in town, he would allow his grandchildren to visit the zoo elephants---all is well.....


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2 original posts 13 April 2011:

Melissa Meinzer quotes Elephant Care International in her article:

Donna, St. Louis Zoo Elephant, Treated for Tuberculosis

Casual contact between elephants and people -- like, say, gawking in the zoo -- is extremely unlikely to result in human infection, but people who work closely with the animals can be at risk, according to the fact sheet.

In a closed system like the zoo, though, treatment has a good chance of success. Typically, antibiotic treatment lasts a year, and infected animals stop shedding contagious materials after a few weeks of treatment.

Feel better, Donna!


http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/...uberculosis.php


On the assumption that Tb was present in both Trudie and Carolyn:
There was an 8-year period - 1971 to 1979 - when Trudie, Carolyn and Donna were all on exhibit together at the St. Louis Zoo.

Carolyn and Donna lived together at St. Louis Zoo from 1979 to 1990, and again from 1991 until Carolyn's death in 2000.

The overview is that, during almost 30 years, Donna lived in close proximity to 2 elephants who had Tb in some form on their medical records.


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Original post 15 April 2011:

In Defense Of Animals Urges St. Louis Zoo To End Elephant Program

“The St. Louis Zoo is a breeding ground for suffering, as a result of keeping elephants in inadequate and extremely unnatural conditions,” said IDA Elephant Campaign Director Catherine Doyle. “It’s time for the St. Louis Zoo to stop breeding elephants and to take a hard look at the serious problems the elephants are suffering under its care.”

http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/i...ephant-program/


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2 original posts SL 23 June 2011:

Article of 16 March 2010:

st. louis • The St. Louis Zoo's family of Asian elephants had another happy announcement Monday with word that Ellie is pregnant with her third.

That makes two expectant elephants at the River's Edge habitat. Rani's pregnancy was announced in January. Ellie and Rani are scheduled to deliver in the summer of 2011.


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/a...9f28ccddfc.html


The St. Louis Zoo announced that elephant-mother-to-be Rani's progesterone levels have dropped, a sign she could go into labor within the next 13 days.

Earlier tests indicated that Rani will give birth to a girl, her second. She delivered Jade four years ago.


http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arti...19bb30f31a.html


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Original post 23 June 2011:

Reminder of Ellie's miscarriage (she was 38 years old at the time) - almost a year ago. Article from 9 July 2010:

St. Louis Zoo elephant suffers miscarriage

St. Louis Zoo officials are unsure why Ellie, a pregnant Asian elephant who has successfully given birth to two calves in the past, suffered a miscarriage Thursday morning.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/a...d3e205ab15.html


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Original post 24 June 2011:

St. Louis Zoo - reinforcing the bond between the display of its captive animals and the entertainment industry.

Red Carpet Premiere of ZOOKEEPER Movie

On Wednesday morning, June 29, the Saint Louis Zoo will host a red carpet premiere for the new movie ZOOKEEPER, opening nationwide on July 8. Actor Kevin James will greet fans on the red carpet located between Discovery Corner Train Station and The Living World.

The Saint Louis Zoo is pleased to host this event which highlights the zookeeping profession.


http://www.stlzoo.org/home/featurednews/zo...viepremiere.htm


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