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Billy the elephant deserves the best care possible

The Los Angeles Zoo needs your support. A Los Angeles City Council motion has been filed to remove Billy the Asian elephant from the L.A. Zoo to a sanctuary, which would be to Billy’s detriment.

Elephants are among the most majestic animals on Earth – yet they’re facing extinction.

The wild population of Asian elephants has declined 50% over the last three generations. Today, there are fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants in the wild.

At the Los Angeles Zoo, Billy is an ambassador for his endangered species. He is an important member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Asian elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP). For the nearly 1.8 million visitors to the Zoo annually, Billy is raising awareness about the threats his wild counterparts face.

Billy lives in one of the best – and largest – elephant habitats in North America, at a state-of-the-art facility where he benefits from tremendous resources, a dedicated staff, and top-quality health care. His home, Elephants of Asia, is the largest habitat at the L.A. Zoo and was purpose-built for optimal elephant care and welfare. The space vastly exceeds the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), as well as those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. It features pools and waterfalls among varied topography with hills, valleys, grasses, and tree groves. The ground is covered with soft river sand, which is tilled regularly so that it doesn’t become compacted.

Billy receives the best possible care at the L.A. Zoo. The success of the Zoo’s elephant program and Billy’s good health is based, in part, on the quality of care he has received from dedicated animal care professionals who have a combined 65+ years of working with him daily. It is not exaggeration to say that a sanctuary could never match the level of care and the quality of life that Billy enjoys at the Los Angeles Zoo. Never.

The L.A. Zoo is on the leading edge of conservation, and is recognized worldwide for its commitment to saving the thousands of species, including wild elephants.

Please ask the Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, and River Committee to dismiss L.A. City Council motion #17-0453. You’ll help ensure that animal care professionals continue to make vital decisions about preserving and protecting animals. You’ll also help ensure that all Asian elephants have a future.

When you fill out this form, we will submit a letter on your behalf to the Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, and River Committee members. It will only take a moment to make a big impact on Billy’s life.

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