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13 September 2010 - Melbournes baby elephant faces life alone      


13 September 2010                                          

Humane Society International (HSI) today expressed its disappointment at the continuation of elephant breeding programs in Australia’s zoos. Whilst these births are claimed by zoos to be milestones in the regional conservation breeding program, the reality is far from the truth.

“The sad truth is that no elephant born in an Australian zoo will ever be able to enjoy the benefits of a life in the wild” said HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove. “HSI strongly believes conservation programs for endangered species should focus on increasing populations of animals in the wild, not programs that condemn animals to a life in captivity”.

Life for the elephant calf born last week will also be particularly lonely. As a male, he can expect to be separated from his elephant companions as soon as he hits adolescence, allowed only occasional visits by breeding females. This is the lonely life currently being experience by Sydney’s adult male elephant Gung. 

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