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VIDEO: Stereotypic Behavior in Zoos Reveals Stress and Suffering

VIDEO: Stereotypic Behavior in Zoos Reveals Stress and Suffering

Head-bobbing, pacing, swaying back and forth are all common elephant behavior in zoos... These repetitive “stereotypic” behaviors are commonly seen in zoo elephant exhibits, but not in the wild. Discover why.

 

Stereotypic behaviors, also known as “zoochosis” are performed sometimes for hours each day, sometimes endlessly. It is unnatural and indicates underlying stress. 

Life within the tight confines of captivity, on endless public display, causes elephants a host of physical and psychological issues. Captivity harms elephants — and stereotypic behaviors are one way of seeing these harms manifest. 

Elephants deserve a life of freedom, not exploitation. Visit our Take Action page to learn how you can help captive elephants

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