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Originally Posted: July 21, 2012
Tell the USDA to remove Sunda from the Topeka Zoo and send her to a natural habitat sanctuary where she can walk on soft surfaces throughout the year and have far more room for healthy, healing movement. Asking the USDA to confiscate an elephant is something IDA does not take lightly, but we fear for Sunda’s life. Chronic infection can make its way into the bone and kill her.
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Dr. Chester Gipson
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
phone (301) 734-7833
fax (301) 734-4978
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
IDA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to remove 50-year-old Asian elephant Sunda from the Topeka Zoo. IDA Elephant Campaign Director Catherine Doyle visited the zoo recently and discovered that the elephant’s feet were in terrible condition, with gaping holes in nails on two feet. Chronic foot problems are known to be a leading cause of death for elephants in zoos.
Asking the USDA to confiscate an elephant is something IDA does not take lightly, but we fear for Sunda’s life. Chronic infection can make its way into the bone and kill her.
The zoo’s medical records indicate that Sunda has a history of recurring foot disease, and the USDA has repeatedly cited the Topeka Zoo for elephant care problems, going back to 1998. The zoo currently faces formal charges by the USDA that include providing "minimally appropriate husbandry" for the elephants and failure to inspect their feet as frequently as necessary.
Sunda and her cage-mate Tembo, an African elephant, have been subjected to the inadequate conditions at the Topeka Zoo for far too long. They live in a tiny exhibit and spend the long winters standing indoors on hard flooring, which is taking its toll on their feet. Both elephants display abnormal repetitive behaviors such as swaying and rocking. The Topeka Zoo has made four appearances on IDA’s annual list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants.
IDA has long been working to send Sunda and Tembo to a spacious, natural habitat sanctuary where the elephants could have year-round access to the outdoors and the space to roam more freely. It is believed that these elephants are not bonded, so they also would have the opportunity to live with others of their own kind. Please take action now to help these elephants.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!