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Please Help Lucky the Elephant at San Antonio Zoo

March 12th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

Following the death of the elephant Queenie, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling on the San Antonio Zoo to retire the one surviving elephant at the zoo, and permanently close its elephant exhibit.

The zoo euthanized Queenie on March 10th, reportedly due to a health problem. This leaves Lucky, a 53-year-old female Asian elephant, alone once again. Lucky had lived alone prior to Queenie’s arrival, following the death of another elephant.

Please write brief, polite letters to the zoo’s director, Steve McCusker, and the Mayor of San Antonio.

Ask Mr. McCusker to act in Lucky’s best interests before it’s too late. Urge him to make the compassionate decision to retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

Mr. Steve McCusker, Executive Director
If your email directed to Mr. McCusker is returned, please resend to:

Urge Mayor Castro to exert his influence over the San Antonio Zoo to persuade the zoo to take immediate action to ensure that Lucky is sent to a more appropriate environment that can better address her needs. After more than five decades at the zoo, Lucky deserves to be retired to a spacious, natural-habitat environment in the company of other elephants.

Mayor Julián Castro

Background: IDA worked for years to rescue Queenie (aka Boo) from a circus. Her plight struck an emotional chord with IDA supporters—you sent more than 40,000 faxes and emails on her behalf to the zoo and various government agencies. Thanks to all of our efforts, the USDA finally filed charges against Queenie’s handler in 2009 for multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. But instead of retiring Queenie to a sanctuary as IDA requested, the USDA ignored Queenie’s welfare and struck a deal with her handler and the San Antonio Zoo, condemning the two elephants to a life of misery and deprivation in the zoo’s archaic exhibit.

At the time, IDA warned of potential compatibility issues between Queenie and Lucky, which ultimately led to intense stress and aggression between the elephants in the zoo’s cramped exhibit. IDA also warned that the zoo would likely find itself in the same position as it is now—with a solitary elephant—when one of the elephants dies. The zoo has disregarded previous calls to send Lucky to a sanctuary and she is once again without companions, which is cruel for female elephants who are profoundly social.

Queenie’s last few years at the San Antonio Zoo were needlessly tragic and a direct result of the USDA’s inaction and the zoo’s selfish desire to exploit elephants. While it’s unfortunately too late for Queenie, Lucky has a chance for a better future. It’s time for the zoo to put its own interests aside and make the compassionate decision to close its elephant exhibit and retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

After 51 years on display at the San Antonio Zoo, Lucky deserves better.

431 Responses to “Please Help Lucky the Elephant at San Antonio Zoo”

  1. July 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm, Anonymous said:

    Lucky is known to be a very anti-social elephant so her being by herself is really better than her being with another elephant. Adding another elephant would just add undue stress to Lucky, which would be cruel to her. Also, she cannot be transfered to another zoo or sanctuary because of her advanced age, the stress of a move would kill her.

  2. May 31, 2013 at 7:05 am, Pamela Kaczynski said:

    I have already written letters on Luckys behalf. Have all peoples letters and e-mails fallen on deaf ears. What can I do now to help Lucky?

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    • April 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm, Barry kybird said:

      Please allow Lucky to be relocated to a sanctuary, not zoo, for her remaining years

  4. March 27, 2013 at 3:27 am, Diana said:

    Animals SHOULD be protected, respected and loved. If humans beings don´t look after them, how can they live as they deserve?

  5. March 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm, Dave and Rita CXross said:

    Pressure on the S.A. Zoo is imperative in helping Lucky! It is unthinkable that Lucky has been in close quarters, on display for 51 years! This cruelty and exploitation must end now! Please write to the zoo and Mayor Castro asap! Lucky deserves to live out her remaining years in one of the wonderful elephant sanctuaries! Let’s make it happen!

  6. March 24, 2013 at 4:10 am, anna said:

    Mandate quella povera creatura in un santuario !

  7. March 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm, Jane McClure said:

    I could hardly bring myself to read the whole sad story of Queenie & Lucky’s horrible plight.It literally made me cry to read the sad circumstances of Queenie’s death & both Queenie’s & Lucky’s sad existence. I can not understand how anyone could be so unfeeling that they could keep both elephants in such unnatural conditions for so many years. It absolutely boggles my mind to read that Lucky has been kept in cages for 51 years. How can that be allowed? How can people do that to another living being? Please, please see that Lucky goes to a proper sanctuary to live out the rest of the poor beast’s life. Have a heart and do the right thing before it’s too late for Lucky too. And I must comment on the totally inappropriate name for her. Lucky? I think not.

  8. March 23, 2013 at 10:40 am, Mrs. Yadja Hendzel said:

    I have Emailed Mr. Steve McCusker Director of San Antonio Zoo and I have pleaded with him
    to allow ‘Lucky’ to retire before it’s too late for her, as it was for tragic ‘Queenie’.

    • April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am, Pamela Kaczynski said:

      I too Mrs. Hendzel have written the nesessary letters to help Lucky but it seems like all the letters and pleas for lucky are falling on DEATH ears. What else can we do if anything??

      • April 30, 2013 at 2:36 am, Jim Corriere said:

        Great work!

  9. March 21, 2013 at 11:29 am, Cheri Joseph said:

    She is so worth fighting for! I took action for Lucky. It is time for a positive change!

  10. March 21, 2013 at 10:20 am, regina de hoyos said:


  11. March 21, 2013 at 10:03 am, karen wolf said:

    Too many elephants jailed–all should be free.

  12. March 21, 2013 at 6:52 am, Jude E said:

    Queenie died needlessly confined all her life. What a horrid way to live… PLEASE give LUCKY a break and let her LIVE in FREEDOM for the remainder of her years in a NATURAL environment that she has been denied all her years.

  13. March 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm, JULIANNA BENEFIELD said:

    Please free LUCKY to a nicer place . She needs to have the grass under her feet, fresh air to breathe & to see the sky for the 1st time in a long time , she would LOVE to feel the rain . And most of all she needs elephant friends >>>> Do this for a dear old girl .. set her free from your jail. Thank you
    I will be waiting for a letter from you….

  14. March 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm, scanalyse said:

  15. March 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm, Bente Hammer said:

    All elephants currently in captivity deserve the best life possible. That goes for all animals, actually. Elephants don’t belong in zoos. Either do large cats, bears, or any of our great ape cousins, as well as many others. Do what you can at your local level. Go to the zoo, pick the animal that most deserves/needs a break and let’s make it happen, one animal at a time!

  16. March 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm, MARGARITA BETANCOURT said:


  17. March 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm, Sh Karg said:

    And we don’t have the right to treat them this way just because we can. It”s inhumane and in complete disrespect of nature.It’s gonna take a lot of natural color paint in many layers to cover your shame. Now it’s just plain torture

  18. March 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm, joan settina said:

    Mr. McCusker, right now you have an opportunity to act in Lucky’s best interests before it’s too late. Please make the compassionate decision to retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

  19. March 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm, Scott Gibson said:

    Please act in Lucky’s best interests and allow her to retire to an animal santuary so that she can live out her final years with her own kind and have space to move around. Thanks.

  20. March 19, 2013 at 10:01 am, Cindy Wines said:

    I will be in San Antonio for a business meeting in October. If Lucky is still there do you want me to meet with the Zoo Director asking to send her to PAWS???
    Cindy Wines
    Earth and Animal Wellness, LLC

  21. March 19, 2013 at 4:07 am, Cattoor said:

    People who martiryze animals have no conscience nor humanity. They should be in prison.
    I do hope Lucky will be saved.

  22. March 19, 2013 at 12:40 am, marianne lang said:

    This poor elephant has to be saved

  23. March 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm, Maria McGlashan said:

    Retire Lucky before she is killed too!

    Sick of reading articles on dead animals due to the fact that the USDA lets criminals continuously get away with violation after violation.

    I think it’s high time the USDA is investigated for bribes and payoffs etc… Why does the organization even exist if they can’t follow through on what they are SUPPOSED to do??

  24. March 18, 2013 at 7:31 am, Christine Jones said:

    Emails sent. I would appreciate a petition, rather than having to send individual emails. I work (unpaid!) on behalf of a multitude of animal welfare causes globally, and have limited time. Thank you IDA.

  25. March 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm, Cindy Wines said:

    I sent a letter and also a link to my website, showing Nick a HAPPY elephant at PAWS.

  26. March 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm, amy bratt said:

    queenie died miserable, Lucky should be made to go free , so she can live happily

  27. March 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm, patricia Brown said:

    Enough is enough! Give Lucky a life she deserves!

  28. March 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm, Alexis said:

    Please do the right thing and see that this matter is properly handled and that this elephant doesn’t suffer a tragic death as the previous one. We must have compassion and take care of animals whom are in our submission. Thank you for taking the time to read this note and act on it as the power that is in your capable hands.

  29. March 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm, Marie-Anne said:

    This is cruelty and these people know it on every level.

  30. March 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm, Phyl said:

    I emailed mcckusker@sazooorg.. got bounced back..failed permanently. Guess they don’t want emails about how bad their elephants are treated.

  31. March 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm, Antonella Concato said:

    I sent the two e-mails and now I hope the best for Lucky,our beloved Lucky!!!!!!(((((((❤)))))))

  32. March 17, 2013 at 11:38 am, carrie said:

    have sent to both!! so hope Lucky can be transferred soon. Elephants are profoundly social animals. I do not want see Lucky living out the remainder of her years in solitude and all alone. :*(( she needs to be amongst her own kind :^))

  33. March 17, 2013 at 10:35 am, The Peace Patch said:

    I emailed a short, polite but direct letter to both.
    Mr. McCusker’s email address isn’t active so I sent his to and wrote “Attn: Mr. Steve McCusker, Executive Director” on it.
    Thanks for keeping this campaign alive and kicking!

  34. March 17, 2013 at 10:13 am, Mary Prisco said:

    Please get Lucky out of this disgusting San Antonio Zoo. She needs to roam in a spacious Habitat with the company of other elephants. Elephants need one another to survive and thrive. Please help her!!!!

  35. March 17, 2013 at 6:35 am, Peter aiello said:

    It’s difficult to believe that animals are still held captive in zoos today. At the very least they should be treated like the sentient creatures they are for as long as they are imprisioned; I.e. room to roam freely and companionship.

  36. March 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm, Christine Williams said:

    email sent. Please let Lucky retire !!!

  37. March 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm, Shirlee Schremp said:

    I emailed Mayor Castro and Mr McClusker, . I really expressed my feelings in a polite manner..It just seems crazy to me that after 50 years, this zoo cannot do this on it’s own..The years Lucky, has given them…there should have been a reward many decades ago. Elephants, need room to roam and they need to be with their own kind. I pray this happens for Lucky, and all elephants and animals who are subjected to a life that Is not free.

  38. March 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm, gail harris said:

    Wrote my letters- hope they listen. :(

  39. March 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm, Shirlee said:

    The poor elephant. I just don’t understand people who care only for the bottom line and will do most anything..needless cruelty to continue to their ends.

  40. March 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm, Marilyn Flynn said:

    Free Lucky – it’s as simple as that.

  41. March 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm, Reenie Vandergrift said:

    Please do the right thing for this poor social animal, especially consider her age and quality of life for her remaining years. Reenie Vandergift.

  42. March 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm, PAT said:

    please help lucky take her to a sanctuary get lucky out

  43. March 16, 2013 at 10:52 am, Rebekah Donahue said:

    I think the zoo’s focus is probably money first and the welfare of Lucky last. This is animal cruelty and must be stopped.

  44. March 16, 2013 at 10:38 am, pat said:

    Time 2 give him a better life

  45. March 16, 2013 at 10:32 am, thomas moore said:


  46. March 16, 2013 at 9:22 am, Chicorey said:

    How is it entertaining & fun to see an animal in prison their entire life? AND not a prison that cares for their health & mental well-being. An elephant is a herd animal – how can it be humane to keep them alone & unhappy their whole lives. No attempt was made to retire Queenie to a natural habitat environment – now shes dead! Its time to do the right thing for Lucky before she dies!

  47. March 16, 2013 at 6:19 am, Donna Borden said:

    I have sent letters to McKusker and Mayor Castro. I am disgusted by these people and their lack of concern. Constant ignoring of the letters and warnings of the outcome for these beautiful suffering animals. The fact that these animals are being treated inhumanely does not seem to faze them. When are they going to wake up? I just can’t imagine how anyone could care so little about a life. All animals deserve respect and compassion. It is our duty to protect them and to speak for them. We cannot do enough for these animals without a voice. We must speak for them until they are heard.

  48. March 16, 2013 at 3:37 am, Dr. Wenzer said:

    A no brainer — Giver her a good home. Dr. Wenzer.

  49. March 16, 2013 at 2:21 am, Vasumathi Krishnasami said:

    If Lucky does not deserve a peaceful and comfortable life of retirement at a proper sanctuary, then who does?

  50. March 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm, Wendy South said:

    We don’t even do this to our worst criminals so why do we do this to innocent animals who gave of themselves for so many years and to suffer neglect and loneliness at humans hands. Its time for Lucky to retire and live out the rest of her days in peace in an elephant sanctuary, maybe she will meet up with Nosey from Florida.

  51. March 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm, janis Meyers said:

    Is there a petition or something that people can sign?

  52. March 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm, steventhaw said:

    Lucky needs the company of another elephant like we need the company of other humans.
    May the Lord give you Compassion, Mercy, and Love for this Elephant.

  53. March 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm, terri turner said:

    The USDA is useless, take this from someone that works for the govenment. Let poor Lucky go to a better life. The next step is to boycott the zoo as well as many zoos in this US. We are only as good as humans as we treat our animals. It is not all about money, particularly if you find your zoo boycotted

  54. March 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm, Chari Kolp said:

    Elephants are social animals and she deserves to spend her remaining days living a natural life in a more natural setting among her own kind. It is only decent to let her do so.

  55. March 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm, Penelope Ryan said:

    Write to the email addresses above: Here is my messages Please sir, I live in Tucson where the people at the zoo here claimed to be experts and separated connie and Shaba 2 dear elephants together for 35 years. we begged, pleaded, picketing went to city council meetings and told official that to separate them would kill Connie the oldest. They claimed to know it all and went ahead with a deal to feather the administrators cap. She gave Connie to the San Diego zoo, Connie died in a very short time. they have tried to cover it up saying she was ill. All i am asking is for you to have the brains and compassion they did not. Send Lucky to a sanctuary. if it’s money, contact Bob Barker. he wanted to help us, Susan Basford would not listen. A woman with no heart….. Thank you. Penny Ryan Tucson

  56. March 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm, Selma Cooper said:

    Lucky deserves a good rest and cannot understand USDA’s inaction on the behalf of Queenie and now Lucky – DO THE RIGHT THING FOR A CHANGE AND LET THIS WONDERFUL ANIMAL LIVE OUT IT’S LIFE IN SOME FORM OF NORMALCY – The people will survive without oggling this animal at your zoo any longer…Thank you.

  57. March 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm, Tajemná Temnota said:

    Wait, what I should send?

  58. March 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm, Pamela Kaczynski said:

    Please dont let Lucky have the same fate as poor queenie. PLEASE do whats right and let Lucky retire. They ARE very social animals and it is CRUEL to let her be all alone especially when so many handlers of elephants are so abusive. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee would be an ideal place for her. Again I beg of you to retire Lucky.

  59. March 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm, Midori said:

    Emails sent! Fingers crossed.

  60. March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm, angel mariani said:

    I wrote an email to this person at this address which is stated above.
    My email was returned stating ….’No mailbox here by that name’ ???

    Mr. Steve McCusker, Executive Director

  61. March 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm, stguart rackmill said:

    retire LUCKY. if the zoo wants an elephant exhibit, let them make more of a museum type of exhibit, completer with video displays, documentaries, books, etcetera. let them ask all those oil rich people in the surrounding areas for support. IT WILL BE THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO LEARN ABOUT THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS, after all!!

  62. March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm, Patricia Webster said:

    Animal abuse just never ends. Disgusting to torture these poor creatures.

  63. March 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm, debra nelligan said:

    Leave these animals out of circus they need to live a natural life not to be harmed and made to perform let a human do that

  64. March 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm, Nicole Meyer said:

    Zoo director Steve McCusker may be blocking his email, so if your comment bounces back, try the following:

  65. March 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm, Catherine Carney-Feldman said:

    This is an easy fix to help one animal have a better lilfe. Please send Lucky the elephant to an appropriate environmental home where she can enjoy and thrive in her final years.

  66. March 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm, Mimi Scott said:

    E-mail sent to Mayor Julian Castro. He is a bright star and can further improve his credentials by intervening and getting Lucky transferred to an appropriate
    elephant habitat.

  67. March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am, liliana berezovschi said:

    wonder when WE, THE HUMANS will act as humans…shame on us ALL !!!!

  68. March 15, 2013 at 11:01 am, alexis kurjian said:

    this sweet angel deserves to be treated right!

  69. March 15, 2013 at 10:18 am, cesari said:

    Please save Lucky .

  70. March 15, 2013 at 10:08 am, Mireya Landin said:

    The USDA has a deplorable record when it comes to flagrant abuse of animals. Their response is either non-existant or is ;,almost invariably punishing the animal, the victim. Yhr Sam Antonio zoo MUST offer poor Lucky some compensation for the deprivation and loneliness she has endure her almost entire life.

  71. March 15, 2013 at 8:56 am, stancy said:

    i sent an email to Mayor Castro at the email you posted above, about Lucky.

  72. March 15, 2013 at 8:45 am, Sanati said:

    That email address bounces back too :-(

  73. March 15, 2013 at 8:45 am, Jennifer Valentine said:


  74. March 15, 2013 at 8:43 am, Sanati said:

    Sorry, the contact info listed above for Steve at SA Zoo BOUNCES BACK :-(

  75. March 15, 2013 at 8:38 am, Kathy Dabanian said:

    This email address does not go through( )so I sent it through to this – which is the zoos general email.

  76. March 15, 2013 at 8:36 am, Sanati said:

    When I sent my email to Steve McKusker at the above email address, it bounced back. So I tried & it seems to have worked!!! :-)

  77. March 15, 2013 at 8:30 am, Kathy Dabanian said:

    Diane use your browser to cut and paste/ or copy and paste. This is what I did-Please help to act in Lucky’s best interests before it’s too late. Will you please make the compassionate decision to retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants. Thank you Kathy Dabanian

  78. March 15, 2013 at 8:16 am, Deb Crocker said:

    OMG! I don’t understand how people can treat a defenseless animal with so much tortureous, painful, abuse! Someoone needs to step up to the plate & let this poor, magnificent creature live out it’s remaining years Happy!

  79. March 15, 2013 at 7:59 am, Elisa Zeeley said:

    Please don’t allow Lucky to suffer anymore. Lucky needs to be sent to a natural sanctuary where she can finally live in peace and happiness…

  80. March 15, 2013 at 7:52 am, Linda Hurth said:

    This type of zoo practice is archaic. Young people are finally becoming sensitive to cross species suffering & recognize that it is NOT entertainment to watch an animal exist in unhappy circumstances! Please release Lucky to a reserve where she can find some comfort w/others of her own kind– in a more suitable environment!

  81. March 15, 2013 at 7:47 am, Robin D. said:

    I just sent a letter to both the mayor and the executive director. I’m from Chicago. They may disregard my concern.

  82. March 15, 2013 at 7:42 am, Davis said:

    Diane, send an email to both Steve McCusker, Executive Director of the zoo and and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio. It could not hurt. I know I sent them both an email. I live in Virginia and told them that this had gone all around the world and that it was a black eye on their city. I asked them to show some compassion for Lucky.

  83. March 15, 2013 at 7:26 am, Millie said:

    Lucky deserves better.

  84. March 15, 2013 at 7:09 am, SANDY JACKSON said:


  85. March 15, 2013 at 6:57 am, Davis said:

    Isn’t the death of one elephant enough, already? Get lucky out of there. If you ask me Lucky is a poor choice of names for this elephant. Too many years and too many tears for him. Let him have some dignity and respect.

  86. March 15, 2013 at 6:56 am, franglaise68 said:

    If there is a petition to sign to help to poor one, I do with pleasure !!!

  87. March 15, 2013 at 6:46 am, Laura Jobe said:

    Isn’t one dead elephant enough?

  88. March 15, 2013 at 6:28 am, Lisa Hulett said:

    Let this elephant be released to a refuge, please.

  89. March 15, 2013 at 6:03 am, Jennifer said:

    Please allow Lucky to be free from the zoo’s lack of care..Let Lucky go to the sanctuary. Keeping Lucky serves to teach a false message to the zoo’s visitors. It brings a negatve message rather than a compassionate message. It is time for a change.

  90. March 15, 2013 at 5:47 am, AnnMarie said:

    email sent….everyone reading this… please do the same to help this beautiful animal

  91. March 15, 2013 at 5:11 am, Pearl Bowen said:

    Please let this elephant into a sanctuary. How can you do this to this wonderful creature. Let her live her life to the end in a better space. Please please please the world is watching here, Steve McCusker and the Mayor, it is time to take action.

    Pearl Bowen
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

  92. March 15, 2013 at 5:10 am, susan said:

    Emails sent

  93. March 15, 2013 at 4:36 am, SANDRA QUELCH said:


  94. March 15, 2013 at 4:13 am, Theory Madison said:

    Please help Lucky, please, let her go to a safe elephant sanctuary with other elephants, please, it’s the right thing to do. Texas is big, and has a big heart, show the world how big a heart Texas has.

  95. March 15, 2013 at 3:17 am, Pat Bacon said:

    It is your duty to do the right thing for this elephant. Lucky has lived a terrible life in you facility. Lucky SHOULD be in a sanctuary with a herd of elephants living a happy. elephant lifel DO THE RIGHT THING,PLEASE.

  96. March 15, 2013 at 1:54 am, Jim Corriere said:

    Help Lucky the Elephant!

  97. March 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm, SnowOwl Clayton said:

    Elephants are extremely family oriented and MUST have a companion, even a dog or cat. Please share this story around your social networks.

  98. March 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm, Squillions said:

    Just send an e-mail as mentioned in the article, above.

  99. March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm, Karin Stenholmer said:

    Email sent!
    I really hope our emails help, to get Lucky a chance to live a more natural elephant-life, in a more elephant-friendly enviroment with some other elephants as company, and for the first time, Lucky has the chance to be happy, she sure deserves it!

  100. March 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm, Mary Jane Pagan said:

    Thanks for all fellow animal advocates who’ve sent messages. I’ve just send mine to the Director and to the Mayor. I pray we do the job for Lucky.

  101. March 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm, Joseph and Diane Williams, Lacey, WA said:

    Gentlemen: It is beyond comprehension why you would not now transfer the remaining elephant Lucky to a sanctuary. She is alone again after the death of Queenie. Elephants live in families, in packs , in groups, not alone chained in a cage. Why would you not find it in your heart to stop this painful, needless suffering of this creature. Who knows how long she will live? Why can’t she live out her years with some happiness?

    We have a trip planned to your city in June. We will NEVER EVER visit your zoo unless this elephant has been removed. Nor will anyone in our tour group.

  102. March 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm, johnelle leutsch said:


  103. March 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm, april silverman said:

    Let Queenie go. You are a monster! You murdered her friend slowly year after year , and now you want to do the same thing to Queenie. Let her live her last years in a sanctuary. She deserves that. 52 years of maltreatment and abuse, chains and bullwhips. That’s what you deserve. Have you any compassion. Let Queenie go!

  104. March 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm, kathryn gress said:

    Release this poor elephant Lucky, and let her have her life back. Zoo, is not a place for her…Find an elephant sanctuary…and let her live…

  105. March 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm, Stacey said:

    Why can’t she go to an elephant sanctuary? There’s one in Tennessee?

  106. March 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm, Shirley Dykhuis said:

    Lucky deserves to be released from the San Antonio zoo and be placed in a sanctuary for retired elephants and wild animals.Lucky has sustained way to much cruelity,Lucky deserves respect,and be retired to a nice place with peace and quiet and live out his life being happy and peaceful.

  107. March 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm, Flavia Miralles said:

    I sent the email to mayor Castro successfully however the email to McCusker was booted back. Will try again

  108. March 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm, Flavia Miralles said:

    Done! Anything for the elephants!

  109. March 14, 2013 at 7:57 pm, Elise said:

    Please let Lucky go to a sanctuary and be with other elephants!!! He deserves to have a normal and natural life!!

  110. March 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm, JoelleWalker said:

    Sent plea to retire Lucky to natural habitat.

  111. March 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm, Madeline Garcia said:

    I wrote a kind email to both of the above mentioned individuals in the hopes that Lucky can be tranferred to a sanctuary. I hope and pray they will allow her to live out her years with other elephants in an open area.

  112. March 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm, Carol said:

    Let that dear animal have some pleasure in her life and give her to a sanctuary. She is an elephant! She needs companionship and SPACE!

  113. March 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm, Marlena Lange said:

    the email to McCusker was sent back to me saying it was an incorrect email address

  114. March 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm, Ethelia Ruiz said:

    I don’t understand how this Maccusker can direct a zoo, this is a so …I don’t have decent words. Hope this nightmare ends soon for Lucky and all the majestic animals that have to live in this this horrible zoo

  115. March 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm, mishamusings said:

    email sent, will keep sending good thoughts her way!

    • March 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm, Barry kybird said:

      Please let Lucky be relocated to a sanctuary to be with other elephants for the remainder of her life.

  116. March 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm, stacey mcrae said:

    Sent the e-mails. These men have no souls if they do not FREE THIS ELEPHANT!

  117. March 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm, Claud said:

    The USDA needs to step up and do a better job than what they’ve been doing.this is the 2nd elephant I’ve heard about in a case similar to this. The USDA doesn’t seem to be doing that much to actually better the life of the animal. There needs to be another organization to oversee this with the best interest of the animals in mind.

  118. March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Jeanne Crabb said:

    Diane Clayton: My computer is not set up to send e-mails to these individuals whose e-mail addresses are listed in the IDA Newsletter. What I did was to send Mr. Steve Mcckusker,Executive Dir of the zoo and Mayor Julian Castro e-mails just using my personal e-mail message system.

  119. March 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm, Lian-Hee Wee said:

    Done! I sent the following email to both persons separately. I share it here if anyone wishes to cut and paste.
    Dear ..,

    I am writing to appeal to you to help Lucky the Elephant. Please help her before it is too late. Elephants are sentient beings and are majestic animals very deserving of our love and care. Please retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

    Your decisions and your compassion for animals will make San Antonion Zoo a true place for educating love and humanity, since otherwise zoos would be concentration camps for the abuse of God’s creatures.


  120. March 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm, lindleypaxtonbarden said:

    Tried to email Mr. McCusker, and my email was returned for wrong address; do you have another address for him?

  121. March 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm, Nevin said:

    Please have the compassion and sense to re-home Lucky to elephant sanctuary now!

  122. March 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm, Roxanne Phillips said:

    After 51 years of a sad life let Queenie spend the rest of her life in some sort of peace on earth. YOU owe that to her as a payment for all she has given to you.

  123. March 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm, Maxine Hillary said:

    Lucky deserves to be placed among her own kind in a sanctuary immediately. The Creator didn’t put these intelligent animals here for our pleasure. It’s time the zoo did the right thing and let her go.

  124. March 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm, Mona Magana said:

    If aft all our efforts to get Queenie out failed, I don’t have much hope that the USDA or the
    zoo is going to release Lucky. But we’ve got to try. Maybe a huge press conference and demonstration at the zoo with nationwide coverage, is what it takes. I’m afraid for Lucky. Those in charge of the zoo are heartless and the USDA seems to be useless.

  125. March 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm, Kelly Rogers said:

    I sent both of them a note asking them to be their solution instead of their problem. I said they have made you enough money now do what is right by them and send them to a sanctuary

  126. March 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm, Deb Fahey said:

    Enough is enough. Please show some caring and compassion for Lucky. Let her be happy in her remaining years.

  127. March 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm, Beth Seibel said:

    Both emails sent and also shared on FB. I will reiterate what Kat Gregor said below about Mr. McCusker’s email address. “The link for Mr. McCusker adds an extra k (as ). Simply delete the first k to get the correct address.” Thanks Kat!

    Right now Lucky is UNLUCKY but; hopefully, she will be lucky and be sent to a proper elephant sanctuary.

  128. March 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm, Alicia Caraballo said:

    Lucky needs a companion and an appropiate place to live .Please put compassion over greed and send her to a sanctuary .

  129. March 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm, Claudie said:

    Mayor Julián Castro

  130. March 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm, mary arthur said:

    Shouldn’t there be an investigation into the USDA’s mishandling of this tragic event? There is something very shady about how all this went down with Queenie.
    My heart is broken.

  131. March 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm, alvin sugerman said:

    Please allow Lucky to live its remaining years in a more suitable environment to its well being.

  132. March 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm, Iris Lambka said:

    I am saddened and heartbroken that Queenie was killed She is in a better place Her life was nothing but pain and misery

  133. March 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm, marilyn sheffield said:

    Poor big old gal sure is NOT Lucky if she lives in that zoo…. :(

  134. March 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm, jocelyn jackman said:

    Do not repeat the cruel treatment of Queenie for which you are responsible; if you are moral & humane and not cruel & criminal, then let Lucky finally be placed in a sanctuary

  135. March 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm, Diane Edwards said:

    Please do not send me any emails

  136. March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm, VOINOT Marie-Françoise said:

    De grâce, offrez à LUCKY une fin de vie paisible, je pense que c’est la moindre des choses que vous puissiez faire pour cet animal !
    Merci !

  137. March 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm, Alicia said:

    I used the above address for Mr. McCuster and it was returned with an error message that the email address does not exist.

  138. March 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm, Gerald Martin said:

    If you have any measure of compassion and empathy for Lucky, please push to have her retired with some dignity and enjoyment. After so many years of exploitation, she deserves it. After all, wouldn’t we want such treatment for out last years?

  139. March 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm, Corinne Brown said:

    It’s time for a conscience and a change.

  140. March 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm, Kathy Kron said:

    I tried sending a letter to McCuster using your email link but it comes back undeliverable. Please, please send a viable address, I really want to speak my mind on this issue. We need all the signatures we can get to free this elephant and it will be a real shame if none of them go through.

  141. March 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm, john pasqua said:

    free lucky now,lucky lost his friend queenie,i vote for lucky to go to a sanctuary NOW.

  142. March 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm, Jack Forster said:

    Let Lucky live by her name. San Antonio zoo has no compassion for a elephants feelings, they just feel the need for a display

  143. March 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm, Santos said:

    Luck has been forced to do major time. Please grant him a happy retirement.

  144. March 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm, Barry kybird said:

    Please let Lucy go to a sanctuary to live in peace with others for her remaining years.

  145. March 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm, Judy said:

    Email sent to the director and the mayor.

  146. March 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm, Diane Marie said:

    Sent an email to the mayor….whether it will ever be seen, who knows.

  147. March 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm, Kathy Jenson said:

    Messages sent. Praying for this magnificent animal to have whatever time is left for her to be in peace at a sanctuary.

  148. March 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm, C. Frey said:

    I need a letter pre-written so I can sign off on it. Please send on Lucky’s behalf, and be sure to say that we are sick at heart over Queenie’s untimely death. Thanks.

  149. March 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm, Geralene Spivey said:

    Please have a heart and send Lucky to a retirement home/sanctuary.

  150. March 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm, Gwen Carlson said:

    please let this elephant spend it’s final years in a sanctuary, it has been tomented and abused by humans for far too long.

  151. March 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm, Diane Edwards said:

    Please send queenie to elephant sanctuary tennessee. It is such a wonderful place. Let her
    Enjoy the rest of her life.. Shirley is there — she is 65.

  152. March 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm, margo said:

    “Please write brief, polite letters to the zoo’s director, Steve McCusker”

    It’s hard to write a “polite” letter to this creep. He obviously knows the elephants suffer and could care less as long as the money rolls in.

  153. March 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm, jeri swan said:

    Please let Lucky go to a sanctuary for the rest of her life. she deserves it

  154. March 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm, Anderson Donna said:

    elephants are highly social creatures. solitary confinement is a punishment.

  155. March 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm, Leah Jones said:

    There is a request for letters to be sent to the Mayor and the Director of the Zoo, just after the story about Queenie. Just scroll to the top of the post, and then go down slowly, till you find the address. Leah.

  156. March 14, 2013 at 5:06 am, Michelle Wood said:

    Please write brief, polite letters to the zoo’s director, Steve McCusker, and the Mayor of San Antonio.

    Ask Mr. McCusker to act in Lucky’s best interests before it’s too late. Urge him to make the compassionate decision to retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

    Mr. Steve McCusker, Executive Director

    Urge Mayor Castro to exert his influence over the San Antonio Zoo to persuade the zoo to take immediate action to ensure that Lucky is sent to a more appropriate environment that can better address her needs. After more than five decades at the zoo, Lucky deserves to be retired to a spacious, natural-habitat environment in the company of other elephants.

    Mayor Julián Castro

  157. March 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm, denise perdue said:

    Email sent!

  158. March 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm, Syl Jones said:

    Please close the exhibit at this point, rather than to condemn this elephant to a solitary life for who knows how many more years, or to bring in another one to linger in environment.

  159. March 13, 2013 at 11:12 am, Heather Hunt said:

    I emailed both people and hopes too make a difference in Lucky’s life. 52 years is a long time this elephant deserves retirement! Let her live the remaining of her life in freedom

  160. March 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm, Niina Karlsson said:

    Please let this poor elephant go away from this zoo and close the elephant exhibit in this zoo and retire Lucky and let her enjoy her life in natural-habitat environment among other elephants. Please.

  161. March 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm, Susanna said:

    please send these animals in an open place, a sanctuary, they are very bad. risk of dying.

  162. March 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm, Serena Vann said:

    Please let this elephant be where it can roam free with what time it has left, PLEASE!!!!!!

  163. March 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm, jeanne barrett said:

    Please have the compassion and sense to re-home Lucky to elephant sanctuary now.

  164. March 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm, Jenny Anne Hannon said:

    Sending lots of love and prayers to support this effort. I wroe both names listed. I love elephants very very muh and want them to feel, safe, loved and happy.

  165. March 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm, Carole Pelletier said:

    This is beyond disturbing. This poor animal has endured more 50+ years of captivity in horrible conditions. Shame on you San Antonio Zoo. The only humane thing to do is to get her to a sanctuary where she can live out her years with other elephants and people that actually care about her welfare. San Antonio should take a lesson from the PAW’s santuary in San Andreas, CA.

  166. March 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm, Marcie Newman-Perskin said:

    Please give Lucky his due and close the exhibit, Return him to a free and spacial environment == He deserves this,. Its time for humans to give all Animals a break.Zoos are ==Not the Answer !

  167. March 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm, Kat Gregor said:

    The link for Mr. McCusker adds an extra k (as ). Simply delete the first k to get the correct address.

    Sent to both! I hope they retire her.