The Elephant in the Room
And it seems as if the City Council is going in that direction.
However, candidate for County Supervisor David Hernandez has some comments on the matter over at Mayor Sam 2, that get you thinking. The cost to build the new facility, as well as ongoing costs to care for the elephants are quite high. When all is said and done, the new site will offer the elephants a habitat that is only half what most experts recommend.
As well, given that the zoo's current elephant herd is of different species, the habitat is not a one size fits all solution for the entire brood.
When you add it all up, in this old, dead, Republican mayor's point of view, the best plan is to scrub the elephant exhibit, send the animals to a preserve where they will be more comfortable. The current site for the exhibit could be a virtual one where visitors could view the herd in their new home via webcams and have interactive multimedia experiences that could teach all about elephants, in ways the pachyderms themselves could never dream of. I am officially going on the record as being against the new elephant exhibit.
I urge you to tell the City Council the same thing.