Memphis Zoo fights off attacks after elephant miscarries - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Zoo fights off attacks after elephant miscarries

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Zoo is fighting off attacks from a California-based group that is criticizing the zoo for its effort to grow the elephant population.

This week, the Memphis Zoo announced a miscarriage among its three female elephants.

The group, called In Defense of Animals, is well known to the Memphis Zoo and zoos across the country.

Memphis Zoo President Chuck Brady called the group extremist, saying it "has neither the expertise nor the credibility to comment on our elephant program."

The statement was issued in response to a news release In Defense of Animals put out when it was announced that 29-year-old elephant Gina miscarried.  She was set to give birth in August.

In Defense of Animals said breeding elephants in captivity is too dangerous, saying, "Inadequate conditions for elephants in zoos, including lack of space for movement, contribute to high rates of birth complications."

Gina is still carrying her miscarried fetus and zoo officials are hopeful she will pass it naturally.

Only two elephants have become pregnant at the Memphis Zoo.  In 2009, elephant Asali accidentally killed her baby when it was only a day old.

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