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 Zoo Atlanta, Kelly & Tara
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Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:50 AM


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Original post 16 Nov 2010:

I believe that Kellie and Tara (with the late Dottie) came to ZA as calves in 1986 - Kellie from Namibia (so she is a "desert" elephant, with long legs), and Tara and Dottie from Zimbabwe.
I wonder if being born in two different parts of southern Africa means that Kellie and Tara do not have a common "language"?


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Original post SL 16 Nov 2010:

Kellie suffered from a rare skin disease called Leptospirosis a few years ago. She lost all the hair on her body except for her eyelashes. She was separated from Tara & Dottie because she was supposedly contagious for a while. Their cement barn is very small, so I don't see how they could have been separated 24 hrs.

I attended the first Keeper talk they gave when Kellie was reunited with Tara & Dottie. There was so much trumpeting. The other keepers and docents came running to see what the commotion was because they had never heard them all trumpet before.

Kellie and Tara do rumble and chirp. I haven't observed them in the small pool or lying down or playing in their mud wallow. I try to visit them once a month.

I will look for the video of the trumpeting. It was something to see and hear.



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Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:53 AM


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Original post SL 16 Nov 2010:

Video from 2005. Dottie & Tara in the first part of the video. Tara is rounder with her belly closer to the ground. Dottie had lots of fuzz on the top of her head, but you can't really see that in this video.

At the end Kellie is let out of the barn to greet Dottie & Tara. They were all very happy to see each other.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1...rue&pr=goog-sl#


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Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:56 AM


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Original post 19 March 2011:

From Zoo Atlanta's website:

Elephant Encounter
Saturday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Come nose to trunk with one of our African elephants! Don’t miss this opportunity to feed and touch one of Earth’s largest living land mammals.

Cost: $80 per person for Members; $100 per person for non-Members
Program participants must be at least 5 years of age; children must be accompanied by an adult. All program participants can feed animals unless otherwise noted in the program description.

http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/book_a_prog...wild_encounters

I understand that touching elephants is not allowed in the State of Georgia.




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Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:57 AM


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Original post 19 March 2011:

Reading further, it would appear that Zoo Atlanta is promoting up-close encounters with the elephants in their "Keeper for a Day" program:
http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/book_a_prog...eeper_for_a_day

Don’t miss your chance to bathe an elephant, meet a lion, or feed a kangaroo!

Elephants & Warthogs
Spend the day with two of the Zoo’s most unique residents – elephants and warthogs. Program runs from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Upcoming dates: April 2, May 7, June 4

What should I know about working with the animals?
Although our animals are trained to work with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of Zoo staff. Never enter any animal area without direction from the keeper. Always wait for instructions and authorization from the keepers before approaching any of the animals while participating in training and feeding sessions. You must avoid touching the animals unless instructed to touch by the keepers ...

Cost: $225.00 to $280.00



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Posted: Sep 8 2011, 09:59 AM


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Original post SL 19 March 2011:

Yes. I have written to Georgia DNR and asked why this should be allowed at the zoo when it is not for the circuses that come through Georgia. I didn't see the promotion for the event until Thursday. From the photos on the website, it looks like they have been doing this for some time. sad.gif


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Original post SL 21 March 2011:

Response from DNR:

We thank you for your interest in this matter. The safeguards and
policies Zoo Atlanta have in place are considered accepted practice and
do not appear to be in violation of their permit at this time. Thanks


I'm not surprised by this response. The arrogance of the AZA sets them apart from circuses.

If the circuses were doing this, they would be in violation.



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Original post S4E 21 March 2011:

Thank you for reporting, SL.

IMHO - There is a flaw to the DNR reasoning.

The zoo can have all the "safeguards" and "policies" in the world in place, but they don't factor in the one trait of the elephants that even Zoo Atlanta admits in its "Keeper for a Day" online program: that the elephants' "behavior is unpredictable".

How do you safeguard against unpredictability other than by not offering close contact between public and elephant in the first place?

Seems like the fine line between zoos and circuses with regard to the public display of elephants is just getting finer by the day.



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Original post 3 Aug 2011:

On Thursday, August 4, NASCAR nationwide series drivers Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler and Reed Sorenson will join African elephants Tara and Kelly for a special painting activity at Zoo Atlanta. The event will provide a unique opportunity for guests to observe one of the enrichment activities most enjoyed by the popular pachyderms.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/zoo-atlanta/...150253798114332


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Original post SL 11 Aug 2011:

Video - NASCAR Promo using Kellie:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/fro...n=nascar-wp3030


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Original post S4E 12 Aug 2011:

Thanks for posting, SL.

Shame on Jay Busbee for that flippant comment:
"Oh, sure, Kelly can out-paint 'em, but can she handle a Nationwide car? Shoot, I'd enter her in a start-and-park just to see."


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On August 4th, 2011, Zoo Atlanta's elephant Kelly challenged three NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers to a paint off. In the end, everyone was a winner. And the paintings were auctioned to support the Speedway Children's Charity

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


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Very brief footage of African Elephants Tara & Kelly in this promo for Zoo Atlanta for Spring 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6-7LCxIxPQ

This zoo is also offering an opportunity to hand-feed one of the "girls" a morning snack for an extra charge, of course. Zoo goers are able to touch the elephants. Georgia DNR is not concerned because they say the zoo is taking every safety precaution sad.gif


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News article about animal feedings at Zoo Atlanta. The video is on the new Giraffee feeding station. There is also a news photo of Kelly, one of the African Elephants.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/235572...-at-Zoo-Atlanta

News photo gallery:

http://grantpark.11alive.com/photo-gallery...a-behind-scenes


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Poor Kelly sad.gif Called an "IT" angry.gif

Next we moved into the Zoo's Wild Encounters program which is a series of up-close-and-personal encounters with some of the other animals. First, we got the chance to meet with one of the zoo's African elephants, Kelly. My daughter was so excited. All she kept asking was if she could go over and give Kelly a hug. While we weren't going to be able to hug the elephant, she and I did get to touch it and let me tell you, they feel nothing like what I thought an elephant would feel like. The elephant's skin was very hard (I'm guessing the layers of dried mud on its skin) and to our surprise a little hairytoo!! Our guide for the day probably described the way Kelly felt best, "just like a basketball."

After touching Kelly the elephant my daughter gave it a piece of romaine lettuce. I was most surprised that my brave three year old wasn't afraid. In fact, it didn't seem like any of the kids in our group were scared of any of the animals. One little boy couldn't wait to take on the Komodo Dragon! Overall, I think the adults were more tentative about the feedings than the children were to be honest.


http://collegepark.macaronikid.com/article...wild-encounters


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Another promo video of the behind the scenes feedings.

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


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A few photos of Kelly and Tara taken the last week of March 2012:

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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?id=1157...386496821382069

(our cat Goldie and new Gorilla Mom Kudzu with her baby Merry Leigh)


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Elephant at 1:53 on this AP video:

Zoo Atlanta lets visitors feed the exotic animals (2:09)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/zoo...9VzS_video.html


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It just gets worse ...

Private Wild Encounters:

Smaller groups of five or more may schedule private Wild Encounters; scheduling is subject to availability and staffing. Private Encounters with Komogo dragon, African elephant and Giant panda will not be available until September 3, 2012. Contact Education Reservations at 404.624.WILD, or email education@zooatlanta.org to learn more.


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Video of Kelly & Tara from the last week of March.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHU0ib69KMY


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Some historical background on Zoo Atlanta.

The collection grew again in 1935 when Coke heir Asa Candler donated his animal collection, which he had formerly kept on his property on Briarcliff Road. That acquisition netted the zoo elephants, leopards, water buffalo, elk, zebra, birds, hyena and a sea lion. Also in the collection was Candler’s tiger, which he had named “Jimmy Walker” after the controversial New York City mayor of that name.


http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/19017...ory_left_column


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5% of budget for "Conservation" & "Education"

Annual report in PDF format.

http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/file/Zoo_A...rt_webready.pdf




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Elephant, Tara, keeping her cool today smile.gif pic.twitter.com/MqizhwwI


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No mention of conservation in this interview - photo with an elephant in the background.

Zoo Atlanta CEO: ‘I’m thankful for my cancer’

Q: Would you please bring us up to date on the zoo’s financial situation and where you’re trying to steer it?

A: Revenue was up last year to $16.4 million, from $14.7 million in 2010. The budget surplus rose to $604,000, from $24,000. And attendance was up to 805,000, from 673,000.

It’s important to give visitors a new reason to continue to come back. A big initiative has been to make it much more hands on. For example, we added “Wild Encounters.” It used to be you had to be a VIP to go behind the scenes to feed an animal. That is something people love. We added a feature where people can feed pandas or elephants or a Komodo dragon. It’s a premium add-on to the ticket and helps to bring people closer to the animals.

But there are challenges. Reptiles and amphibians are one of our key strengths, but operating in a building way past its useful life. We’ve raised $17 million out of the $20 million we need to replace the building. We’ll complete the capital campaign in late summer or early fall, and break ground then.

http://blogs.ajc.com/business-beat/2012/06...s_business_beat

My job is to keep raising money and not be sitting in this office.


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This article is about the hotly contested Transportation Referendum here in Atlanta and the State of Georgia but it also shares some terrible history of Zoo Atlanta in the 1980s.

Twinkles the Elephant and Transparency in Government

In 1984, the body of an elephant was found in a shallow grave along a highway in North Carolina. Not surprisingly, the most casual sleuthing by authorities promptly found the guilty party: a third-rate travelling circus. What did come as a shock, however, was the excuse offered by the circus owner. He was quick to protest that he had been duped by the Atlanta Zoo into buying a sick performer who promptly died. Shock turned to horror when the postmortem proved that the perished pachyderm was actually the presumed to be happily retired Twinkles.

http://cumming.patch.com/articles/twinkles...y-in-government


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Thanks for posting, SL, and kudos to Rob Hill for writing this and exposing little-known truths ...

Database entry for TWINKLES - Asian, wildborn 1968, died 1984, at the hands of Jules and Beck Circus.

Photo of news report 25 May 1984:
Ailing elephant's last journey baffles government agencies
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&...pg=6803,4249766


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Thank you for taking the time to research and post the news article about Twinkles death.


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Visiting Kelly & Tara at Zoo Atlanta today - World Elephant Day

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa....47131819&type=1

Uploading video now. Will post later today ...


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