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Honolulu Zoo makes 'Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants' list

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Honolulu Zoo is listed on the 2010 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, released Tuesday by group In Defense of Animals.

"The Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list is an SOS for suffering elephants and a call for mammoth change," said IDA Elephant Campaign director Catherine Doyle. "Caging elephants in urban zoo displays is not humane and it is not conservation."

The Honolulu Zoo appears for the second straight year on IDA's list, grabbing the number seven spot with the following entry:

7. Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii) – F for Effort. A miserly "expansion" that would give Mari and Vaigai less than an acre of space – though elephants naturally walk tens of miles daily – simply fails the test. Though larger, the zoo's plan to add two elephants, including a male who would need his own pen, greatly reduces space. This zoo sets the bar way too low, endorsed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) extremely minimal elephant standards. This zoo will only make the grade if it ends its elephant program. 

To see the entire list of IDA's Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, visit www.HelpElephants.com.

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