Tucson elephants Connie & Shaba stay togetherby Karyn Zoldan on Jan. 17, 2012, under Animal News, Pet Health & Safety
from the City of Tucson press release
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation officials and staff from the Reid Park Zoo have been re-evaluating a decision to separate Connie and Shaba from one another. Today, after conferring with experts from San Diego Zoo Global, Reid Park Zoo staff, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the African Elephant Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), both Connie and Shaba will be relocated to Elephant Odyssey in San Diego.
The decision to move Shaba to San Diego along with Connie allows Reid Park Zoo to continue to meet the long-established objectives of its elephant program:
• Provide both Connie and Shaba with additional space, superior whole-life care, and expertly trained staff at AZA institutions.
• Introduce both Connie and Shaba to additional herd members, as two-animal “herds” do not provide for long term social needs for elephants.
• Continue to participate actively in the African Elephant Species Survival Plan and breeding program.
• Partner with fellow elephant experts for the future of elephants at AZA zoos.
• Provide an accredited Zoo in Tucson where guests have the opportunity to learn from elephants and are encouraged to form personal and meaningful connections with wildlife.
Following a conference call with San Diego Zoo officials, City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said “I am glad we found a solution that will keep Connie and Shaba together and provide them both with excellent care. This is a really good result for Connie, Shaba and the Tucsonans of all ages who love them.”
Maybe being recently listed #2 on the top worst zoos had some positive effect on Reid Park zoo and City personnel.
Hopefully this is good news for Connie & Shaba!