Humans have an unhealthy obsession with elephants. The more we know, the more we want to know. We know that keeping elephants in captivity is not what’s best for them and actually does them harm. Still, zoos extricate elephants from the wild, hurting their conservation even more. A few zoos, in particular, have a dismal reputation in terms of how they house elephants. For instance, The Bronx Zoo in New York has been named the worst of them all due to their practice of keeping the creatures in solitary confinement and failing to shut down their elephant exhibit, as promised following several deaths of Asian elephants. The Dallas Zoo in Texas and The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island also made the list published by the organization In Defense Of Animals.
- Man continues to be captivated by the elephants who are intelligent and complex yet, despite the knowledge gained about them, they continue to be held captive.
- The list which covers the zoos that give the most egregious treatment to elephants consists of a Top Ten, a Dishonorable Mention, and a Hall of Shame.
- Some of the issues and problems highlighted by the report include blatant abuse, chronic health issues, recklessness in breeding them, and inadequate enclosures for accommodating them.
“While zoos continue to claim that it’s being done in the name of education and conservation, the truth about how they’re being exploited has been exposed again in the latest list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America, which is compiled and released by In Defense of Animals (IDA) every year, highlighting some of the biggest problems with captivity and the worst offenders.”