The Tale of an Elephant The worst of Jouett’s problems were yet to come. Media representatives wanted to be present when Cindy arrived in mid-December. The elephant trainer and keepers wanted no one there. They ...
Shi Shi and Bai Yun. Berman charges that the zoo in reality wanted the pandas in San Diego because “it’s publicity. Increased gate receipts. They’re the only zoo in the U.S. to have a pair of pandas at this moment."
Posted July 23, 1998
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Large mammals in captivity
San Diego Zoo's strange struggle for pandas
The World Wildlife Fund argued that only captive-born animals should be loaned in order to minimize the incentive to capture more wild pandas. It criticized the zoo for charging ahead in its pursuit of a loan.