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  • 13 elephants have died in the LA Zoo since 1975.  More than half did not live to age 20.  The average lifespan of captive elephants is 40 years.  In contrast, the average lifespan of a wild elephant can be up to 70 years.

  • According to the 2005 City Administrative Officer report, operating costs associated with general care is about $114,000 per elephant.  Also according to the CAO report, the elephant Gita had a medical bill of about $8,000 per month.

  • Gita died less than two months after the Council voted for the expansion and just two years after another L.A. Zoo elephant named Tara passed away. Both Gita and Tara suffered from severe foot ailments and chronic arthritis for years.

  • 22 zoos across the nation have closed their elephant exhibits including zoos in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Anchorage. International cities, like London and Edinburgh, have also closed their elephant exhibits.

  • 111 elephants in U.S. zoos have died since 2000. 

  • According to a survey of 46% of the zoos across the country, 62% of elephants surveyed suffered from severe foot disease, and 42% suffered from joint disorders including sever arthritis. Most of these conditions were caused by standing on hard surfaces and inadequate exercise.

  • In the United States, no American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) accredited zoos have ever lost their accreditation for closing down elephant exhibits.

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