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Reply to emails regarding Jenny at the Dallas Zoo

I and two other folks have rec’d the same canned response so I thought I would share it here in case not all of you have been sent the propaganda.  In case you missed the evening news in Dallas tonight the Zoo refused to speak on camera to explain their position to us.  Imagine that.

Jenny has a sponsor to cover her transport to TN, but apparently that doesn’t seem to matter either.  My question is WHY are they so adamant and refusing to even debate sending her to the Sanctuary here in the US??  It’s starting to smell a lot like money around here if you ask me.

As for their hope of welcoming elephants back to the Dallas Zoo in the future, well, as someone who grew up in Dallas I’m familiar with the joke of the Dallas Zoo habitats.  I hope it never happens. 


Thank you for your interest and concern regarding Jenny, the Dallas Zoo’s elephant. The Dallas Zoo is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our animals. After careful consideration of various zoological parks, sanctuaries, and our current elephant habitat at the Dallas Zoo, Jenny the elephant will be going to Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico later this year so that she can socialize with other elephants in a fantastic facility. 

It’s important to understand that Africam Safari Park, like the Dallas Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and approximately 215 other zoos and aquariums in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is an ACCREDITED facility through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)  Africam Safari Park has passed their inspection process and has an excellent elephant facility, including three elephants on their 617-acre forested preserve.  Jenny will be cared for by a team of six full-time veterinarians, a full-time nutrionist, a full-time enrichment professional as well as a staff of  6 dedicated solely to what will now be a total of 4 elephants (from a total staff of over 300 employees). Africam Safari Park is a wonderful organization and we encourage you to visit their web site at to learn more about their institution. 

What does ACCREDITED mean?  It means each and every one of these organizations has voluntarily gone through an AZA inspection process from a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals.  The AZA standards not only encompass USDA standards under the Animal Welfare Act, they go beyond them.  That’s why less than 10% of licensed USDA facilities are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. By sending Jenny to another AZA accredited facility, we are assured that they practice these stringent guidelines and that our zoo will always have access to this facility to witness that these standards in practice. The sanctuaries that have been mentioned by the animal extremists as a possible place for Jenny do not have these comprehensive standards for operations and care as a part of their formal association.  The only standards they are bound by are the minimum USDA standards.  Additionally, our zoo would not have any formal rights to insure that these facilities would be following the daily care that they profess to have. We realize sanctuaries do have a lot of space for their elephants and acknowledge how important that is but we also feel that the “total quality of care” for Jenny should be the deciding factor for where she resides. 

I hope this gives you a better understanding of Jenny’s new home and the care that she will be receiving.  The Dallas Zoo is committed to elephants and we look forward to having them back here in a new, wonderful habitat in the near future. 


Gregg Hudson

Dallas Zoo Director


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