The issue

It is absolutely impossible to meet the needs of wild animals in circuses. This applies in particular to the largest among them: elephants. The size of their enclosures and the constant travelling are also problematic ‒ along with many other issues. Increasing numbers of circuses have decided not to display wild animals any longer. The result: they have not suffered a slump in visitor numbers.

Just as elephants do not belong in circuses, they do not belong in zoos or in captivity in general. A poignant example of this is Mara. The female Asian elephant has spent almost 50 years – her entire life – in captivity, in zoos and circuses. Since 1995, she has been confined in a zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Our project

On May 9, 2020, due to the intensive and persistent work of Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), Mara was transferred to the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, in Brazil. Mara now shares her life with Rana, one of the other elephant cows in the sanctuary.

Furthermore, we are working relentlessly to transfer all eight elephants still in captivity in Argentina to the Elephant Sanctuary in Brazil. Well advanced are the negotiations for Pocha and Guillermina, two Asian elephant cows, mother and daughter, that endure life in a 200 square meter cement pit in the Ecopark of Mendoza in Argentina.

In Switzerland too, FFW is active in this matter. It supports the petition «No Wild Animals at the Circus!». 26 countries in Europe have already approved restrictions or bans on the use of wild animals in circuses.

More projects:

Our goals

  • Transferring all eight elephants still captive in Argentina to the elephant sanctuary in Brazil
  • Ban on wild animals in Swiss circuses

Facts and Figures

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THE ASIAN ELEPHANT MARA SPENT IN CAPTIVITY
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ARE TO BE MOVED FROM ARGENTINA’S ZOOS TO THE BRAZILIAN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
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WERE COLLECTED FOR THE SWISS PETITION “NO WILD ANIMALS AT THE CIRCUS”