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 Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, 6 Africans (3.3)
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Posted: Sep 7 2011, 06:56 AM


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Original post SL 18 Dec 2010:

Reid Park Zoo breaks ground on new elephant exhibit

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Reid Park Zoo will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon on a new elephant exhibit to open up in the spring 2012.

The seven-acre expansion will cost nearly $10 million and is the biggest ever at the zoo.

The main attraction will be Expedition Tanzania, a three-acre elephant exhibit.


http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13684204

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Original post SL 25 Jan 2011:

Former Tucsonan donates 750 acres to Reid zoo group

More than 750 acres of Sonoran desert north of Sahuarita has been given to the Reid Park Zoological Society to be used for conservation.

The property, part of the Ruby Star Ranch, was donated to the society by former Tucson resident Gilbert Aguirre. It is valued at more than $5.4 million.

"It's very exciting," said Nancy Schlegel, executive director of the Zoological Society. "The possibilities of what we can do for conservation are just amazing."


http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_34...html?mode=story


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Original post SL 31 July 2011:

San Diego, Tucson zoos prepare to swap elephants

San Diego and Tucson officials have yet to pick the traveling herd but it will probably include cows, calves and a bull — four or five elephants in all. The loan will be open ended; any offspring will belong to the Safari Park.


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-zo...story?track=rss


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Original post 4 Aug 2011:

Reid Park Zoo preps for elephant exhibit

Work continues on the African elephant exhibit scheduled to open early next year.

Last week, two Reid Park zookeepers were in California getting to know some of the elephants at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in Escondido. Once the $9.6 million Expedition Tanzania is complete, four or five African elephants from the park will move to Tucson and join Reid Park's 30-year-old African elephant in residence, Shaba. The new herd could include a male, two females and their offspring.

Shaba's exhibit-mate, Connie, an Asian elephant who has lived at Reid Park for most of her 42 years, will be moved to the San Diego Zoo, which has an exhibit of Asian elephants.


http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_da...f971c3f3b2.html


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Original post 6 Aug 2011:

City of Tucson video:

Something BIG has arrived at Reid Park Zoo!

Weighing over six thousand pounds, Loxodonta Africana is only a small part of Expedition Tanzania.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxgusBk8z7I


AWESOME COSMETICS - fake bee-eater holes, fake "bird poop", fake elephant - for an un-fake $7.8 million.
Video uploaded 19 May 2011 - 5:00 long, of which 0:30 features a non-fake elephant: Shaba being "trained" - she gets a jam tart reward.


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Zoo prepares for elephant separation

The new exhibit will be home to a herd of six adult African elephants and their offspring. Shaba will stay behind and Connie will move to San Diego. According to Van Peenen, "it was our goal to keep the two elephants we had together but now that our programs are so similar that we are so familiar with staff in San Diego it is the ideal opportunity."

http://www.kvoa.com/news/zoo-prepares-for-...ant-separation/


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A new exhibit brings changes for the elephants at Reid Park Zoo

The zoo said that if it simply keeps Connie and Shaba together, and if Connie dies, Shaba would be alone, and getting more elephants can take years, which is a reason that zoos aim to have at least three elephants in the first place. The goal is to have the exhibit ready by mid-January. By then, Connie could be going to San Diego. The new herd of at least three elephants would arrive by March.

http://www.kold.com/story/16088341/a-new-e...t-reid-park-zoo


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They could do the right thing and retire them to PAWS. They will be in separate habitats but they could still see and smell each other.

Residents take a stand against separating elephants at Reid Park

Video ...

http://www.kvoa.com/videos/residents-take-...-reid-park-zoo/


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Excellent point, SL.
There is NO good reason to separate these bonded companions.


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Council approves zoo's decision to send aged elephant to Calif.

Sue Tygielski, an elephant manager at the zoo, said she cares deeply about Connie, to the point of knowing she chirps when she's excited, that she's allergic to apples, and that she receives 40 ibuprofen tablets embedded in peanut butter sandwiches when her arthritis flares up.

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-p...fce8f54954.html


"Critics of the plan were not invited to speak."



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"Critics of the plan were not invited to speak."

Very democratic - NOT!!!

I fear Connie will be dead within a year. She will die at the SD Zoo or the LA Zoo.

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UPDATED - Please send form immediately!

Update On Reid Park Zoo In Tucson, Arizona
Elephant Friends Need Your Help More Than Ever!


Please submit the form...to send your comments immediately!

From Petitions: http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...ndpost&p=520377


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Josh Brodesky: Zoo right to split elephants

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-p...80aaf594ec.html


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Thanks for posting, t&tt, and I have added it to TEC Facebook.

I found Josh's final 4 paragraphs particularly interesting:

Sensibility abounds here, except for how the zoo has handled the elephant shuffle.

In recent years, zoo officials fended off efforts to send the elephants to a sanctuary, playing on our desire to project human feelings on the elephants, saying Connie and Shaba had an unbreakable bond. Tucsonans were led to believe this zoo expansion would house not any two elephants, but our two elephants - sort of like lifetime buddies from school.

Now zoo officials are breaking that very bond. They can't even say when the decision was made to ship Connie to San Diego.

And that's something real to be upset about.


http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-p...80aaf594ec.html


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Arizona Zoo Plans To Separate Shaba and Connie, Elephant Friends of 30 Years

The ongoing saga of two elephants, Shaba, a 31 year-old African elephant and Connie, a 44 year-old Asian elephant, is especially heartbreaking and raises many questions about why zoos exist and what they actually do versus what they purport to do. Shaba and Connie are now living at the city-owned Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, and are the closest of friends. They've been together for 30 years. They met when Shaba was 2 years old and Connie was 15. Both were originally taken from the the wild. There is now a plan to separate them. How sad this is.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal...riends-30-years


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So Long, Connie
When it comes to elephants, Reid Park Zoo officials leave a trail of shifting explanations


So essential was this "bond" that zoo officials and their bosses at the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department endlessly and publicly pimped it, while raising millions of dollars to expand the elephant enclosure to 3 acres.

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/so-long...ent?oid=3193342


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Wonderful quotes from Gay Bradshaw and Marc Bekoff ...

Animal experts question a planned elephant move

"From what I understand, these two elephants have a very close relationship," Bradshaw says. "Why can't we do the right thing—the simple, humane thing of respecting a relationship between these two individuals who, after their whole lives of being traumatized and suffering and being threatened, still have the capacity to feel and to care for one another?"

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/captive...ent?oid=3196597


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What a great article, SL! Bradshaw knows exactly how to articulate the issues.

This is the same retro-shift in consciousness that Welch talks about witnessing in the APA (Amer Psychogical Assn) and the denial of the military to own the true implications of C-PTSD http://z13.invisionfree.com/Elephant_Comme...ndpost&p=583238. Some scientists redirect the POV to empower industry (zoos, the military, those in power, etc) as opposed to support the true needs of individuals and society on the whole (this is the same sick social dynamic that happened in WWII Germany--remember the doctors?--and Penn State. Gosh when, as a species, are we going to learn these lessons!).

As Bradshaw said, "the ethical implications...would mean that we'd have to overturn the fundaments of our culture."

Great article!!!


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A couple of news photos of Connie & Shaba.

For example, Shaba and Connie, the two elephants, get about an armful each three times a week. The last load that Schmalzel dropped off about three weeks ago was the second and is expected to last the zoo a few more weeks.

http://uanews.org/node/43834


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Connie getting used to crate for her trip to San Diego Zoo

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/connie-get...70c811ad8a.html

[This article is covered by copyright, therefore I am unable to give a quote.]


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for drawing attention to this article.

Bob Barker protests elephant breakup

In an effort to keep Connie together with Shaba, her African elephant pal of 30 years, Tucson elephant aficionados Jessica Shuman and Tracy Toland have enlisted former "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker to spearhead a campaign to send Connie and Shaba to a California sanctuary ...

At the behest of Shuman and Toland, Barker has offered to contribute $500,000 to the cause if others are able to come up with a matching $500,000.

According to Shuman and Toland, it will cost about $1 million to custom-build a habitat and relocate the elephants to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas, Calif.


http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-p...4fed255f03.html


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10 Worst Zoos For Elephants-Reid Park #2

Tucson, Ariz. (January 16, 2012) ­ The 2011 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, released today by In Defense of Animals (IDA), once again exposes the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos, where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates and unnatural conditions condemn Earth’s largest land mammals to lifetimes of deprivation, disease and early death. The list is in its eighth year.


http://tucsoncitizen.com/tucson-tails/2012...ts-reid-park-2/


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for drawing attention to this article.

Tucson elephants Connie & Shaba stay together

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation officials and staff from the Reid Park Zoo have been re-evaluating a decision to separate Connie and Shaba from one another. Today, after conferring with experts from San Diego Zoo Global, Reid Park Zoo staff, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the African Elephant Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), both Connie and Shaba will be relocated to Elephant Odyssey in San Diego.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/tucson-tails/2012...-stay-together/
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Maybe being recently listed #2 on the top worst zoos had some positive effect on Reid Park zoo and City personnel.
Hopefully this is good news for Connie & Shaba!


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Reid Park Zoo's entry from the IDA list:

2. Reid Park Zoo (Tucson, Arizona) – You can't get more cold-hearted than this. This zoo has a cruel plan to separate Connie and Shaba, who have been tightly bonded for 30 years. Why? Because Connie, who is Asian, does not fit into the zoo's new African-themed attraction. African Shaba will remain, though if she doesn't integrate with the breeding group coming from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, she'll be sent to another zoo. Zoos often separate bonded elephants, causing profound suffering, and ship them between zoos like furniture. The Reid Park Zoo prefers to ignore the reams of scientific research attesting to the deep and often life-long connections that female elephants form in favor of driving up attendance and revenue. The Reid Park Zoo makes IDA's list for the second time.

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


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New Home for Elephants Coming in March

“At this point, we expect five elephants to come to us from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, which was formerly called the Wild Animal Park," Reid Park Zoo Area Supervisor Sue Tygielski says. "Of those elephants, we anticipate receiving ... one adult male, two females and then two offspring from one female.”

http://www.azpm.org/science/story/2012/1/1...ars-completion/

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With Bob Barker's help, the Tucson City Council can keep Connie and Shaba together

Our proposal requests that the City Council allow Connie and Shaba to stay six more months in their current exhibit so the community can raise the remainder of the required funds ($500,000), and construction can be completed at PAWS. This is a relative bargain considering the cost of care per elephant ranges from $75,000 to $130,000 a year, and considering that the Reid Park Zoo's new elephant exhibit cost more than $10 million, and has far less space and fewer amenities. The city of Tucson has agreed to give $400,000 a year to Reid Park Zoo for the maintenance of the new elephants. Connie and Shaba's longtime residence is a walk from the new exhibit and will not impact the incoming elephant herd.

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/guest-c...ent?oid=3214456


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From Marc Bekoff ...

It's also important to recognize that Shaba and Connie are not the only individuals involved in this heartless game of "musical elephants." According to San Diego Zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons, "The transfer will fit in with Safari Park's interest in mimicking the natural evolution of a herd in which an older female and her offspring will eventually break off and create another herd ... It's still undecided how many of the 17 elephants at Safari Park will head to Arizona ..." "Head to Arizona" means others will be shipped around as if they're couches or mere unfeeling objects.

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Marc Bekoff updated his blog with: "Please see the comment below that this is a ruse to mislead people into thinking that Shaba and Connie will always be housed together after they are moved."

See Comment: This is not a victory for Connie and Shaba

"That’s not a typo! It says “as future placement decisions are made for Shaba and Tembo”! The African elephants will be transferred meaning an ultimate separation for Connie and Shaba."

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Tucson elephants Connie & Shaba – sanctuary or zoo?

For those of you who don’t know, as a point of reference…, When San Diego was forming a new herd in 2009, combining two small herds of Asians together, they chose to include African elephant Tembo with her 2 bonded Asian herd mates of 27 years. Their reasons were the same for why we want Connie and Shaba to remain together.

Long ago, prior to the PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) proposal, when my co-organizer and I met with the director of the Reid Park Zoo, Susan Basford, we questioned this mixed herd. Could Shaba join Connie there? Could they be integrated together in Tucson and get a waiver like San Diego? She informed us that San Diego was planning on transferring Tembo out and was actively looking for another zoo for her. We were told the same thing by Reid Park Zoo’s Education Coordinator Jed Dodds. We were shocked by this and felt terrible for Tembo and her bonded herd mates.



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Action Item - Please write and follow up with a phone call.

Update On Elephants Connie And Shaba At Reid Park Zoo

After Tucson, Arizona city officials and the Reid Park Zoo were deluged with tens of thousands of emails protesting the planned separation of long-time companions Connie and Shaba, and legendary animal activist Bob Barker offered to donate $500,000 toward the construction of a facility at the PAWS Sanctuary where their bond would be preserved for life (the amount would cover half the cost), the city announced that the two elephants would stay together after all. However, the pair will be sent to the San Diego Zoo where, unfortunately, their future together is far from guaranteed.

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