Target: Dr. Dwight Lawson, Director of Oklahoma City Zoo
Goal: Release Bamboo the elephant to a wildlife sanctuary.
A sweet, 49-year-old elephant by the name of Bamboo was uprooted from her home at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo last year and transferred cross-country to the Oklahoma Zoo. This decision was protested and activists recommended Bamboo be moved to a wildlife sanctuary instead. However, the Seattle Zoo carried out its plan and transferred Bamboo to a strange new home across the country in hopes she would be the zoo’s new matriarch elephant, along with a younger elephant by the name of Chai.
Within the last year of her being at the new zoo, one of the elephants that was already in the pen died of a virus reportedly passed on by Chai. Chai herself had fallen ill and passed away, and Bamboo has been apparently attacked and bullied by other elephants in the exhibit. It’s time for the Oklahoma Zoo relocate Bamboo to a wildlife sanctuary for her to live out her natural life.
The Oklahoma Zoo has stated, “Bamboo is doing great. Though she is not the matriarch of the herd, she is integrating well with the other elephants. She is not being harassed or bullied.”
Dear Dr. Lawson,
Bamboo the elephant is a gentle giant, a beautiful and docile creature who only wants to live out her life in peace, not on display to be gawked at, and definitely not bullied by other elephants. Her initial transfer over to your zoo was very heavily protested by activists who were paying close attention. Unfortunately, it appears their efforts failed because Bamboo wound up at your zoo, and is apparently unhappier than ever.
Elephants are some of the most emotional creatures on this planet and one of the only known to die of a broken heart. When reports of them being tormented come out, we need to take these claims very seriously, considering the complex emotional state that exists in elephants. Bamboo seems to be unhappy at the Oklahoma Zoo and is in need of rescue. It’s time for you to prioritize animals over profit margins and allow Bamboo to be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her natural life in peace.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil