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 St. Louis Zoo, Asians: 1 male, 9 females
Space4Eles
Posted: Dec 15 2011, 01:34 PM


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No specific mention of the 9 elephants, but the article is headed with a photo of, I believe, the newest member of the "family", Kenzi:

Zoo Officials Seek Extra Help To Keep Animals Fed

“It’s very hard,” explains Jack Grisham, vice president for animal collection at the St. Louis Zoo. “The price of a lot of our food items here have gone up almost 54% in the last year.”

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/12/15/zoo...w8Bhq0.facebook


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Posted: Dec 15 2011, 01:53 PM


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Cut the cost of the Zoo Directors perks like his country club membership and cut his salary by 10% and put that toward the food budget for the animals.


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"What surprises me the most is the number of zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers that continue to visit Sauraha but never helped to get these elephants off chains. Seem unconscionable to me."
Carol Buckley, Nepal's Chain-Free Corral Project in Sauraha
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Space4Eles
Posted: Dec 17 2011, 06:17 AM


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Video uploaded 12 December 2011:

Happy Holidays from the Saint Louis Zoo

It's six-month-old Asian elephant Kenzi's first holiday season at the Saint Louis Zoo! To celebrate, zookeepers gave the herd several five-foot white pines and colorful presents filled with some of the elephants' favorite foods.

Kenzi was born on June 24, 2011. She is the second daughter for mother, Rani, and father, Raja. Raja was the first elephant born at the Saint Louis Zoo in 1992.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtIhpCQ9jRE&feature=youtu.be

Apart from asking where are Pearl and Donna, I make no comment - I'm just speechless at the effrontery of the St. Louis Zoo.


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Posted: Dec 17 2011, 12:11 PM


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Less than $100,000 a year for 13 years to Elephant "Conservation." Less than .01% of the zoos annual budget. Very sad.


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Carol Buckley, Nepal's Chain-Free Corral Project in Sauraha
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Space4Eles
Posted: Dec 22 2011, 05:38 AM


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RAJA will "celebrate" 19 years of captivity with "giant presents for the party, filled with some of the elephant's favorite things, including cereal, melons, bananas, popcorn and more".

I'm sure he and the other 8 elephants at the zoo would rather have the freedom of sanctuary.

https://www.facebook.com/events/196173193806375/


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Posted: Dec 27 2011, 05:20 PM


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"What surprises me the most is the number of zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers that continue to visit Sauraha but never helped to get these elephants off chains. Seem unconscionable to me."
Carol Buckley, Nepal's Chain-Free Corral Project in Sauraha
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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 04:30 AM


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From our archives: Baby elephant gets name fit for a king

This article appeared in the Post-Dispatch on Jan. 16, 1993:

Raja is the name of the baby elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, and "Raja" means "king" in Hindi. Charlie Hoessle, executive director of the St. Louis Zoo, chose the name this week after consulting with the keepers in the Elephant House and several Zoo curators. More than 43,700 people mailed in suggestions.


http://www.stltoday.com/from-our-archives-...19bb30f31a.html


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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 10:01 AM


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Another report of Raja's 19th birthday:

Raja celebrates 19th birthday at the St. Louis Zoo

Raja's giant presents were filled with some of his favorite things including cereal, melons, bananas, popcorn and more.

http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Raja-celebr...-136267408.html


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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 10:03 AM


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Video on this link:

RAJA 'S 19TH BIRTHDAY ST. LOUIS ZOO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwo7VMNezxw&feature=share


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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 10:13 AM


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Photo:

Raja

Raja, the St. Louis Zoo's bull elephant, celebrated his 19th birthday Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011. To celebrate, Raja was given giant cardboard boxes filled with his favorite things, which included cereal, melons, bananas, popcorn.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/ra...l#ixzz1hqISpZ5N


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Posted: Jan 13 2012, 04:52 AM


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Videos uploaded 11 and 12 January 2012:

Ellie Kenzi tries to nurse
KENZI , age 6 months, tries to nurse from her grandmother Ellie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt6Dl5SH_xY&feature=share


THE ST. LOUIS 5 -EXPENDABLE ELEPHANTS
Ellie is pregnant, despite earlier denial by the Zoo. These are the five they choose to display. Missing are PEARL, DONNA, SRI not on display. RAJA paces alone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3PRvbIaSj4&feature=share


THIS IS EDUCATION????
This is what the elephants must deal with on a daily basis.
This is what the St. Louis Zoo considers EDUCATION and CONSERVATION?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qJm5SN0iJg&feature=share


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Posted: Jan 13 2012, 02:01 PM


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Very disturbing video, watching elephants lose their minds in these cramped pens.

"Would you bring your child to a concentration camp or to a prison? The comparison is no exaggeration." -- Dr. Gay Bradshaw
http://www.izilwane.org/revisiting-gay-bradshaws-work.html


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Posted: Jan 16 2012, 07:44 PM


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In Defense of Animals names Saint Louis Zoo sixth worse for elephants

St. Louis (KSDK) - The organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) released a list of the "Ten worst zoos for elephants," and the Saint Louis Zoo ranked sixth.

The list was based on lack of space, unsuitably cold climates, and unnatural conditions that leads to deprivation, disease, and early death.


http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/297462/3/...t-for-elephants


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Posted: Jan 18 2012, 07:31 AM


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St. Louis Zoo's entry on the IDA list:

6. St. Louis Zoo (Missouri) – Everything that can go wrong. This zoo has so many problems IDA is recalling it from the Hall of Shame to feature it again on the list. In 2011, new calf Kenzi failed to make a public appearance for three months after her birth, and gained a mere 80 pounds during that time. This raised a red flag. as her mother, Rani, had attacked and rejected her previous calf. The zoo also started treating 40-year-old Donna for tuberculosis, a disease found in captive elephants; the entire elephant group was likely exposed to this deadly disease. Since this zoo last appeared on the list two calves were infected with a deadly elephant virus and Ellie suffered a miscarriage; a history of chronic foot disease and arthritis due to the inadequacy of the tiny exhibit first landed St. Louis on the list. The small amount of space the zoo plans to add can't make up for the long, cold Midwest winters during which the elephants spend long stretches of time in concrete stalls. Despite miserable conditions and the danger of spreading infectious diseases to even more elephants, the zoo continues its breeding program.

http://www.helpelephants.com/top_ten_worst_zoos_2011.html


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Posted: Jan 20 2012, 07:12 AM


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St. Louis Zoo has a new website. It now also has a PR team of 3 (albeit that the zoo is asking for extra donations in order to meet the rising cost of animal feed ... ).

Enriching our Elephants

When you visit our elephants at River's Edge, you may catch them watching you! Consider yourself an enrichment item!

http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanim...ngourelephants/



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IDA Remembers Clara (1953-2007)

March 14th will mark the five-year anniversary of the death of the elephant Clara, who spent nearly her entire life in confinement at the St. Louis Zoo. To the public she was just another elephant, easily replaced by another who, to them, looked just the same ...

At the end of her life, Clara was so debilitated she could barely walk or stand. She shifted constantly from one painful foot to another, unable to bear weight on either one for more than a few moments at a time. Her walk was excruciatingly slow. Among the elephants, Clara was notable because she was forced to wear sandals to protect the eroded soles of her feet. IDA had called for the St. Louis Zoo to send Clara to a sanctuary the year before her death, but our plea for mercy fell on deaf ears.


http://www.idablog.org/ida-remembers-clara-1953-2007/


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Posted: May 29 2012, 01:32 PM


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Referring to the article in the New York Times (see the relevant topic on this forum for that article link):
http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...0#entry22105982

St. Louis Zoo featured in page one story in the NYT

Is it my imagination or does anyone else notice the zoo’s heightened profile since former Ameren apologist … er, publicist … Susan Gallagher ankled the utility to go to work for the zoo? Nice to see such well-deserved recognition for one of our town's finest institutions. And the fact that it's still free is worth crowing about ...

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns...1a4bcf6878.html


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Posted: Jun 13 2012, 05:39 AM


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More trouble for the St. Louis Zoo, this time with harbor seal deaths - for more info, please see the relevant topic on our "Other Animals" forum.
I am posting the link to this article, since it contains a brief reference to elephants ELLIE and RANI:

Outlook grave for harbor seal who fell in en route to St. Louis Zoo

When the St. Louis Zoo brought elephants Ellie and Rani here from the Jacksonville Zoo in 2001, keepers from St. Louis and Jacksonville traveled with the elephants in specially designed trailers.

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


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Posted: Jun 27 2012, 06:05 AM


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From the St. Louis Zoo Facebook - 32 photos:

First year of Kenzi

Kenzi, our youngest Asian elephant, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on June 24, 2011. She just celebrated her first birthday! Here are some highlights from her first year of life.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheElephant...80697916&type=1


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Posted: Jul 25 2012, 10:59 AM


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St. Louis Zoo tries to keep animals cool in scorching heat

The holding enclosures at Big Cat Country, the elephant barn and the Antelope House also are not air-conditioned, but they are equipped with fans and, in some cases, portable cooling devices.

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/st-l...1a4bcf6878.html

State-of-the-art. NOT.


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Posted: Jul 29 2012, 04:17 AM


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Youtube video (2:19) published 28 July 2012.

St. Louis Zoo elephants in a heatwave
St. Louis Zoo elephants in 100+ weather

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9falSWqmaY&feature=share

* Please note the female SRI (age 32) who appears on the video from 1:40 on. She is limping on her right foreleg, and holds up the foot ...


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Posted: Aug 1 2012, 01:54 PM


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The irresponsible St. Louis Zoo just got even more irresponsible. ELLIE is 41 years old ...

AP copyright article.
St. Louis Zoo Asian elephant is pregnant
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4681830/s...lephant-is.html


St. Louis Zoo announces pregnant elephant

Now in her third trimester, Ellie is carrying another female calf. Ellie is due to deliver in the spring of 2013. The father is 19-year old Raja, the first Asian elephant ever born at the zoo in 1992.

Elephant pregnancies last around 22 months. Ellie has been receiving regular prenatal health checkups and is following a customized exercise plan to prepare her for the rigorous delivery.


http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Saint-Louis...-164605976.html


[The sacbee.com copyright report is no longer available online]

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Posted: Aug 2 2012, 05:08 AM


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Further article, with spin from Martha Fischer:

Elephant is expecting third calf

"We are looking forward to this birth," said mammal curator Martha Fischer. "Ellie has proven to be such a caring mother and a doting grandmother, and we are optimistic that everything will go well. We have already begun to prepare for this. Ellie is following a customized exercise plan with stretches and exercises specifically designed to get her ready for the rigorous delivery. Once she arrives, the new calf will get lots of attention from Maliha and Jade. Both have a lot of practice helping to take care of Kenzi."

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/e...19bb30f31a.html


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Posted: Aug 2 2012, 05:27 AM


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Just found this video - uploaded by St. Louis Zoo on 26 September 2011.

Three generations of Asian elephants at Saint Louis Zoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB6HDOnK5jo&feature=feedu


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Posted: Aug 10 2012, 12:32 PM


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Video published 5 August 2012.

Sri makes what little mud she can

hard to make something out of nothing. some real dirt and more water would help them stay cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQPN71lD4BA&feature=share


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SLZ posted this video on its facebook on 3 August 2012 - 2 days after it announced Ellie's pregnancy:

Asian elephants play in a sand pile at Saint Louis Zoo
Elephants in the sandbox - Fall 2011

The Saint Louis Zoo's three young Asian elephants enjoy playing in a big pile of sand! They like to roll, dig and dust themselves with the sand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdZbFJvnJTg&feature=youtu.be




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Posted: Aug 25 2012, 07:33 AM


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Video published by the zoo on 3 August 2012:

One-year-old Asian elephant with her mother and grandmother at Saint Louis Zoo

One-year-old Asian elephant Kenzi with her mother Rani and grandmother Ellie the Saint Louis Zoo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-MClZy60dQ...hare_video_user


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Posted: Nov 17 2012, 05:33 AM


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Loose reporting, with brief - insulting - reference to the elephants:

Fair or Foul: St. Louis Zoo needs to come clean; new jerseys for Birds

FOUL: Something smells bad at the St. Louis Zoo and it’s not just the elephants.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/colum...712a916fd5.html


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I see that the St. Louis Zoo accounts for 2011 are now available online, and they make very interesting reading:

Elephant related matters:

Money spent on animal food and medicine - $1,103.572.00
(Note: this was $63,621.00 over budget because of the high costs of elephant medications, animal forage and meat.)

Final cost of the Elephant Yard Expansion (Elephant Woods?) - $1,443,679.75, but all these costs had been accounted for in previous years, and a refund of $12,353.39 seems to have been given in 2011.

http://www.stlzoo.org/files/2113/4988/5625...s_FINAL_PDF.pdf


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Following its acquisition of 13.5 acres of land close by, St. Louis Zoo is holding an "open house" tomorrow, Tuesday 11 December, for which it has invited input from the public. There could be implications for the 9 Asian elephants currently held on just 1.25 acres.

Article dated 5 December 2012:

Saint Louis Zoo Association Announces Next Steps for Forest Park Hospital Property, Price

The Association today announced that Elephant Oasis in the Zoo’s River’s Edge has been named Medline Elephant Oasis in recognition of this significant charitable donation. The gift will be recognized and a sign unveiled at the Dec. 27 birthday celebration for Raja, the first elephant born at the Saint Louis Zoo. Raja turns 20 at this special birthday celebration, which will include presents, cake for visitors and much more. Raja is father of three of the nine members of the family of elephants now at the Zoo.

http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/non-profit...120512113111293


Funds for a new "sign", but no money for a sandpile or a mud wallow for the elephants. St Louis Zoo - skewed priorities, as ever.


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