Ford's Menagerie

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Ford's Menagerie

The decision by Toronto city council to send three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California has apparently cost the Toronto facility its international accreditation with the Aquarium and Zoos Association (AZA).

The loss of accreditation means the Toronto Zoo, which has been an AZA member since 1977, could lose animals on loan from other accredited zoos. It could also jeopardize the future transfer of other animals to the zoo.

AZA said council's decision "regarding the management of animals in the zoo's collection" fails to comply with several governing standards.