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 Memphis Zoo, Gina, Asali & Tyranza
spiritedlulu
Posted: Nov 9 2011, 06:55 AM


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Gina is too old to be a first time Mother. Both she & her unborn calf need our prayers.

Memphis Zoo says elephant pregnant

Gina, one of the Memphis Zoo's three female African elephants, is expected to deliver a calf next summer.

She was artificially inseminated in October 2010 and is more than halfway through her 22-month pregnancy.

"I don't know why we kept it quiet," said Chuck Brady, zoo president and CEO. "It's a long pregnancy. You don't want to announce something and then she slips the pregnancy. I think now's a good time because she's halfway there and the chances of her losing the pregnancy are much diminished."


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/...ner=yahoo_feeds


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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."
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Space4Eles
Posted: Nov 9 2011, 12:50 PM


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And the article says that AI on Asali (26) in May was unsuccessful, but the zoo is going to repeat the attempt.
Another elephant needing our prayers ...


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"They need to move and have stimulation. They need to be browsing, foraging, socialising. They need to have reason for movement." Pat Derby, PAWS, on elephants' needs.
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spiritedlulu
Posted: Nov 9 2011, 02:01 PM


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Such cruelty. They attempted AI on Asali for 5 years before it was successful.


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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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spiritedlulu
Posted: Nov 9 2011, 04:21 PM


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(Memphis 11/9/2011) The Memphis Zoo has announced one of its African elephants is pregnant.

"Gina" is expected to give birth in summer of 2012.

http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-elephant-pre...story?track=rss


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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: Mar 22 2012, 03:52 AM


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Thanks to In Defense of Elephants for alerting us to this report:

Memphis Zoo Elephant Miscarries

“Zoo officials became concerned last week when ultrasounds showed lack of fetal movement. Ultrasound expert Dr. Shannon McGee and Zoo veterinarians conducted an in-depth ultrasound Sunday and confirmed that there was no heartbeat. The cause of the calf’s death is unknown at this time.”

For the safety of the mother, the Zoo will not attempt to remove the fetus.

“It is our hope that in the coming months, Gina will naturally pass the calf,” said Dr. Felicia Knightly, Memphis Zoo Senior Veterinarian. “However, it is possible that she could retain the calf for an extended period of time. It is also possible her body could reabsorb the fetus. We will monitor her closely during this time.”


http://wreg.com/2012/03/21/memphis-zoo-elephant-miscarries/


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Posted: Mar 22 2012, 02:20 PM


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Press release from IDA:

Death Of Elephant Calf At Memphis Zoo Prompts Call To End Breeding

“We sincerely hope that Gina does not also die due to the irresponsible and inhumane practice of breeding elephants in zoos.”

http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/d...o-end-breeding/


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Posted: Mar 22 2012, 05:51 PM


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At least four elephants in U.S. zoos died after the in utero deaths of their calves, some due to massive infection: Babe at the Ft. Worth Zoo, Ibala at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tika at Six Flags-Vallejo, and Ruby at the Phoenix Zoo.

Since 2000, at least 25 elephant pregnancies have ended in stillbirth or other complications, including death of calf during labor, euthanasia of premature calf, failure to thrive, death of mother, and infanticide. The infant mortality rate for elephants in U.S. zoos (ages 0-1) is four times higher than that of documented free-ranging populations in Africa and Asia.


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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: Aug 6 2012, 03:00 AM


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A very brief mention of Tyranza in this interesting AP copyright article:

Elderly zoo animals get special care

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/...t-special-care/


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Space4Eles
Posted: Aug 6 2012, 03:56 AM


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Just posting these for the record.

Video uploaded 4 July 2010:
Noisy Angry Elephant at Memphis Zoo June 26, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN6-9G9TJnU&feature=related

Video uploaded 20 February 2011:
Elephants at the Memphis Zoo
Keepers cleaning elephant feet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBK2Go5l-z4&feature=related

Video uploaded 26 May 2011 - watch the behaviours required of the 2 elephants:
Elephant tricks at the Memphis Zoo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pec6POXC8A


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Posted: Sep 26 2012, 06:33 AM


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In brief: Lecture, auction to aid Memphis Zoo elephants

Elephant researcher Dr. Kate Evans will lecture at the Memphis Zoo on Saturday and the zoo will hold an Art for Elephants silent auction that will include art pieces created by animals at the zoo.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/...id-memphis-zoo/


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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: Sep 27 2012, 04:47 AM


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Dr. Evans gave a lecture at St. Louis Zoo last Monday:
https://www.facebook.com/stlzoo#!/photo...&type=1&theater


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Engaging with Elephants: The Ultimate Undergrad Research Experience - See more at:

I had always heard the zookeepers describe the elephants as having different personalities, but until I made my own observations, I didn’t realize how complex the elephants and their social interactions were. Tyranza is the oldest of the three, in her late 40s, and the matriarch of their “pseudo-herd.” (“Pseudo” because the elephants are not related as they would be in the wild.) She is very laid back, but as the matriarch she keeps order over the exhibit. The next oldest elephant is Gina at 30 years old, and she was pregnant at the time of the study. The best word I can use to describe Gina is moody; she was usually the one responsible for the disorder that Tyranza occasionally had to subdue. The youngest is Asali at 28, and she is probably my favorite of all three. She seems rather naďve and easily amused, so she added some entertainment to my hours of data collection

http://blog.imls.gov/?p=4105#sthash.EQrWYy6v.dpuf





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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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