Lucy is a female Asian elephant living all alone at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The zoo purchased her from a notorious wildlife dealer in 1977 at the age of 2 and she has been living in Edmonton’s cold climate ever since.
All female elephants have basic physical, psychological and social requirements. They require very large spaces, complex natural terrain, pasture, lots of things to do, other elephants to socialize with and a moderate climate.
Lucy's life at the Valley Zoo is deficient in many respects. She is socially isolated, lives in a tiny barren enclosure, endures a number of ongoing health issues that the zoo has not been able to resolve and is forced to live through Edmonton's cold winters.
The Valley Zoo claims Lucy cannot be moved, that she is not a social elephant, is accustomed to Edmonton's weather and is quite happy where she is. Many of their claims are nonsensical and some ignore established scientific fact. As well, Lucy's continued social isolation is contrary to accepted management practices for elephants in captivity around the world.
While the Valley Zoo and the City of Edmonton try to paint a rosy, almost idyllic, picture of Lucy's life, the reality is quite different. A highly social, extremely intelligent, wide-ranging animal that was born in the tropical forests of Sri Lanka should not live alone in a tiny, barren zoo exhibit in a northern city.
Join Zoocheck in our campaign to give Lucy a better life. Click here to find out what you can do to help.
Why won’t Valley Zoo officials allow Lucy to be examined by unbiased elephant specialists?