Library:10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America (report)

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Annually, In Defense of Animals releases a list of zoos that have earned a spot on their list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America. This list serves to raise awareness about the plight of elephants in zoos where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates, and unnatural conditions condemn elephant to lifetimes of deprivation, disease, and early death.

In Defense of Animals considers a number of factors to narrow down the list. These factors include: health problems, lack of space, unsuitable enclosures, cold climates, unhealthy elephant behaviors, social issues between elephants, solitary elephants, reckless breeding, premature deaths, brutal management procedures, and inappropriate social challenges ranging from incompatibility between elephants to naturally social elephants being kept in crushing solitary confinement.


  1. Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon
  2. Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, Missouri
  3. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, Nebraska
  4. Houston Zoo, Houston, Texas
  5. Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, Texas
  6. Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana
  7. Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
  8. Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  9. Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas
  10. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio


  1. Edmonton Valley Zoo, City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  2. ABQ BioPark, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  3. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona
  5. Bronx Zoo, The Bronx, New York
  6. Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  7. Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Toledo, Ohio
  8. Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
  9. Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, California
  10. Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, Louisiana


  1. African Lion Safari, Hamilton, ON
  2. Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX
  3. Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY
  5. Monterey Zoo, Salinas, CA
  6. Myrtle Beach Safari, Myrtle Beach, SC
  7. Natural Bridge Zoo, Natural Bridge, VA
  8. Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN
  9. Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, TX
  10. Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, UT

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