Hello World Elephant Day family! We have been monitoring the war in #Ukraine and wanted to provide an update on everything we know for certain right now.
Firstly, the Kyiv Zoo’s Facebook page has been posting regular updates on how their animals, including Horace the elephant, are doing. As far as we’ve heard they are all stressed but otherwise alright.
Please go follow the zoo’s Facebook page to keep up-to-date with developments happening in Kyiv.
The Nikolaev Zoo which is in the southern region of Ukraine has also been providing updates via their Facebook page. They’ve been able to receive supplies from a contingent of other zoos from across Europe. According to a recent article in a French newspaper they have recently been bombed although no fatalities of either animals or people occurred; which we are very thankful for.
The Kharkiv Zoo, which is only 40km from the Russian border has also been subjected to heavy military fire. They are requesting financial support and, of course, for this illegal and horrible conflict to stop.
We have been trying to find reliable information concerning the Odessa Zoo but their website appears to be offline. If any of our followers has updates on their wellbeing please link it below!
In summary, there are five captive elephants scattered around Ukraine in these and other zoos. In times of human conflict animals are often left behind, neglected or killed so we commend every single individual working at all the zoos and sanctuaries in Ukraine for taking care of these noble creatures.
In our bio is a LinkTree to donation sources we have been able to confirm are legitimate and direct. Please consider donating if you are able to.
An initiative some of the zoo’s are participating in is through the purchase of “digital tickets.” In other words members of the international community are purchasing admission tickets for the zoo’s as a direct way to financially contribute while being overseas. These links can also be found in our bio as well!
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