University of Guelph animal-welfare researcher Georgia Mason said recognizing zoos cause shortened life spans could mark the end of a long-standing debate about the physical and mental well being of zoo elephants.

Researchers found Asian elephants living in European zoos have approximately half the average life span of elephants born into the logging industry in Myanmar.

Similarly, not a single African elephant in a European zoo has reached the age of 50 whereas around 1/3 of the African elephants living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya reach 50 or older.

The researchers found an increased risk of death in the four years after Asian elephants were transferred between zoos. Surprisingly, elephants conceived and born in a zoo also have a greater risk of dying early in adulthood than animals imported from the wild...

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768 hits 4.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think elephants are too large and too sensitive to be kept in zoos?
University of Guelph animal-welfare researcher Georgia Mason said recognizing zoos cause shortened life spans could mark the end of a long-standing debate about the physical and mental well being of zoo elephants.

Researchers found Asian elephants living in European zoos have approximately half the average life span of elephants born into the logging industry in Myanmar.

Similarly, not a single African elephant in a European zoo has reached the age of 50 whereas around 1/3 of the African elephants living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya reach 50 or older.

The researchers found an increased risk of death in the four years after Asian elephants were transferred between zoos. Surprisingly, elephants conceived and born in a zoo also have a greater risk of dying early in adulthood than animals imported from the wild...

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13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/11/08 - 5:16:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't believe in zoos. I hate to sound stupid and irrational. I hunt. I'll take their life, but keeping them caged?! that my friends is a crime...
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:53:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
I believe zoos should be there for educational purposes only. If having to cage a few animals in order to get people in the long run to develop an appreciation for animals, then its good. So i'd say its fine as long as they keep it to a minimum. Sometimes you have to take one for the team
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 5:18:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes I agree. I worked for an International Wildlife Park during my HS years. Way too small, and zoo's are even smaller.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 9:55:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think that elephants could cause potential harm to the people at the zoo and the zookeepers
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 12:11:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elephants don't harm people unless they are threatened, usually. They are gentle giants.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 3:37:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
zoos in general could be a bad thing... but really.
Animals that are becoming extinct and such..is it not better to have them be kept in captivity and then mayeb they could try and breed them..?
I don't see the harm in that.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:12:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elephants are very very intellegent animals. They get depressed just as humans do and are very aware that a zoo isn't their natural habitat. A lot of zoo animals die young because they are overweight. They are over-fed and don't have room to excercise- it's called 'zoobesity'.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:42:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hate zoos. It's man's vanity to cage wild creatures that should have the freedom of their natural habitat. Personally, I think there are people who belong in cages more then innocent animals.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:44:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
YES!
An animal that large needs to be free and roam around huge spaces. Zoos can't provide that.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 8:04:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Zoos are ok but they should never be in circuses anymore.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 9:06:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think any animal should be caged for the purpose of human entertainment. However, sometimes the zoo is necessary for reasearch on the animal, so that someday they will be able to live more stabily in the wild.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/13/08 - 5:18:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Seriously, f*ck elephants and f*ck whoever thought they would make great additions to their zoo.

I'm sorry, but if it's bigger than the average human, why the frick should human kind try and keep them under lock and key? It's ridiculous, dangerous, and just plain idiotic.
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 11/28/10 - 7:44:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is great ... if they follow through with results:

Oregon Zoo and others across North America plan a three-year elephant-welfare study
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/29/10 - 4:29:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
nothing should be kept in a zoo.
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/29/10 - 4:35:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/12/08 - 12:11:19 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
Elephants don't harm people unless they are threatened, usually. They are gentle giants.


That's not really true. Elephants kill more people in India than tigers for instance. In addition, some elephants will actually raid villages and uproot houses in search for, oddly enough, booze
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/30/10 - 3:35:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
i hate elephants..they should all be killed and have nifty cups made out of their tusks.
11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/30/10 - 3:49:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elephants can be domisticated and used as work animals, so confinement ins't a paricular stree for them a slong as they get enough exercise. But rhinos.....There's no way on earth that a rhino should be confined as a public exhibit.

11 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/30/10 - 4:05:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/30/10 - 3:49:02 PM Boredofu wrote:
Elephants can be domisticated and used as work animals, so confinement ins't a paricular stree for them a slong as they get enough exercise. But rhinos.....There's no way on earth that a rhino should be confined as a public exhibit.


Well technically not domesticated. No one has ever domesticated elephants. It's simply easier to tame wild elephants than to try and breed them.



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