Free Lucky Fund
$4,630 of $4,000 goal
Lucky was born in Thailand in 1960 and wild caught before the age of one. At two years old, she was transferred to San Antonio where she has remained since.
The Free Lucky campaign began in 2007 after the death of the zoo’s African elephant, Alport, left Lucky alone for nearly two and a half years. She had been without an elephant of her species since Ginny’s death there in 2004.
In April 2010, an abused circus elephant, Boo, whose stage name was Queenie, was brought in as a companion, but the relationship between the two was strained. The zoo simply doesn’t have the space or tools to properly introduce new elephants to one another, so it was no wonder. On one instance, Boo slammed Lucky’s head into the back wall over food aggression issues. After nearly three years together, Boo died in 2013, leaving Lucky alone once more.
The zoo has publicly stated that they intend to let Lucky die alone in San Antonio, arguing she doesn’t like other elephants and is “weird;” however past zoo employees have come forward saying she was very bonded with Ginny. Elephants are a highly social species, and Lucky is not an exception to that.
The zoo has never met her needs as a species. It is antiquated, too small, the substrata is compact, she can’t fully submerge in her pool, and she hasn’t touched real grass in at least 52 years. It is clear the zoo won’t be getting elephants until Lucky dies. So why not let her go? ___________________________________________________________________________________
This is where we need YOU to step in for Lucky.
On April 9, 2015, a 60-day notice of intent to sue was served to the San Antonio Zoo by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the law firm of Melissa Lesniak. The the international law firm Dentons LLP is also providing pro bono legal assistance. This gave the zoo a 60-day window to comply to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or face litigation. To be clear, One World Conservation is not the plaintiff. Our role is that of an interested third party, and we will support this case in whatever capacity is necessary for Lucky's release.
On December 1, after attempted mediation and negotiations, the lawsuit was filed.
We are raising funds to help Lucky's cause of action. This fund will henceforth be referred to as the Free Lucky Fund. If it overflows beyond the lawsuit, it will go into a lifetime of care for Lucky. If something happens to Lucky during or after the lawsuit, these funds will be allocated to Friends of the Asian Elephant, an elephant hospital in Lucky's native country of Thailand, or a similar program in Thailand. 100% of the proceeds from GoFundMe will be going into the Free Lucky Fund.
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We are thrilled to announce that we’ve exceeded our goal and will be placing the funds raised for Lucky in escrow until they can be used accordingly. The funds that have been raised will either flow into her lifetime of care upon her release to a more progressive facility such as an elephant sanctuary in the United States or allocated to Friends of the Asian Elephant, an elephant hospital in Lucky's native country of Thailand. We can’t thank all of you enough for your immense support.
To help us in our fight to continue educating and spreading awareness about endangered species like Lucky, please visit One World Conservation’s NEW GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/one-world. We need every lucky penny to be able to continue printing educational materials, attending outreach events, and protecting exotic and endangered species across the globe.
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The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, filed a lawsuit on December 1, 2015, against the San Antonio Zoo for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with its treatment of its lone remaining Asian elephant, Lucky.
The suit alleges that the conditions of Lucky’s captivity injure her both physically and psychologically.
We are blown away by the talent and generosity of artist, Ally Burguieres of Cocoally. She has gone above and beyond in helping the Free Lucky Fund, and as of today, has donated an oil & acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 22"x28" titled "Lucky Elephant" for Lucky "because every elephant should be lucky enough to know the family bonds they are entitled to as living beings."
This is an original piece by Ally, created specifically for Lucky.
If you cannot afford this level, Cocoally is donating 50% of proceeds from all of their elephant-themed items on their website directly into the Free Lucky campaign, through August 2015. She has prints of this image already up for sale.
We cannot begin to thank Ally enough for everything she's done for Lucky. Please check out all of her amazing work. We are in love with her art and are sure you will be too. Share this far and wide!