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Closed or closing elephant zoo exhibits

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Zoos that have closed or plan to close their elephant exhibits

Since 1991, the following zoos have closed their elephant exhibits:

1. Central Florida Zoo (Fla.) – AZA

2. Brookfield Zoo (Ill.) – AZA

3. Lion Country Safari (Fla.) – AZA

4. Jackson Zoo (Miss.) – AZA

5. Philadelphia Zoo (Pa.) – AZA

6. Abilene Zoo (Tex.) – AZA

7. Alaska Zoo (Alas.)

8. Gladys Porter Zoo (Tex.) – AZA

9. Lincoln Park Zoo (Ill.) – AZA

10. Detroit Zoo (Mich.) – AZA

11. San Francisco Zoo (Calif.) – AZA

12. Chehaw Wild Animal Park (Ga.) – AZA

13. Greater Vancouver Zoo (Canada)

14. Henry Vilas Zoo (Wisc.) – AZA

15. Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo (La.) – AZA

16. Mesker Park Zoo (Ind.) – AZA

17. Frank Buck Zoo (Tex.)

18. Sacramento Zoo (Calif.) – AZA

19. Niabi Zoo (Ill.) - was not accredited at the time the elephant program was ended; had lost AZA accreditation shortly before that

20. Toronto Zoo (Canada) – AZA

21. BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo – AZA

22. Calgary Zoo (Canada) – AZA

23. Greenville Zoo (SC) – AZA

24. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – formerly AZA accredited

25. Woodland Park Zoo (Wash.) – AZA

26. Lee Richardson Zoo (Kan.) – AZA

27. Nashville Zoo (Tenn.) – AZA

* bold indicates zoos that are not AZA accredited

 

The following zoos have announced plans to close or phase out their elephant exhibits:

1. Buttonwood Park Zoo (Mass.) - AZA

2. Bronx Zoo (NY) - AZA

3. Pt. Defiance Zoo (Wash.) - AZA

4. Santa Barbara Zoo (Calif.) – AZA

5. Virginia Zoo (Va.) – AZA

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