As a young probotito I attended a circus and would not go inside the tent until my probot-arents(???) would allow me to ride atop a majestic creature that captured my heart and soul; a massive elephant. I made a connection that day that has stuck with me quite strongly, so it comes with great sadness to learn that elephants kept in zoos are facing some harsh realities. From Time:
In a survey of 4,500 captive elephants worldwide, a team of researchers from the U.K., Canada and Kenya found that once you lock up the giant, space-loving beasts, their health suffers, their median life span plummets, and they quit breeding — the last things you would want for a creature you’re ostensibly trying to help survive.