Elephants in Japan | Himeko
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Years alone: 26


Himeko the elephant has spent 26 years alone in the Himeji City Zoo in, Japan. Her continuous bobbing and swaying is NOT “dancing,” as often parents explain to their children. It’s a common stereotypical behavior, often seen in captive wild animals kept in substandard enclosures. They are often associated with boredom, anxiety, frustration and depression, and they mean that Himeko’s biological, behavioural and social needs are not being met.


SIGN and SHARE the petition to help Himeko.


In March 2019, Japanese online newspaper, The Sankei News, publishes an extensive article about how Himeko’s zoo is struggling to refurbish and modernize.

Find out more ways you can start helping Himeko and the other solitary elephants HERE


Keepers order Himeko to perform, with the use of a bullhook. 


Bullhooks have a sharp hook, which is used to jab an elephant’s most sensitive areas to inflict pain.