Mayor Murray statement on the death of Woodland Park Zoo elephant Watoto

Mayor Murray released the following statement about the death of Watoto, a 45-year-old African elephant under the care of Woodland Park Zoo staff:

Watoto“The death of Watoto the elephant is very sad news.

I want to express my condolences to all who loved her,  particularly the animal management staff who cared for her at Woodland Park Zoo. I know this is a very difficult moment for them.

At the same time, I do believe that today’s news should reopen a dialogue in this city about the proper habitat for elephants.”

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