Socialization is vital for many animals, just like it is for people. Yet Lucky has been on and off alone at the San Antonio Zoo since her arrival in the early 1960s, according to advocates who have been campaigning on her behalf for years: "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 grass in at least 52 years. It is clear the zoo won't be getting elephants until Lucky dies," reads the Free Lucky's Facebook page.
Other indicators might be that there is only one elephant of either gender and "if a zoo has bull elephant and he's kept where the public can't see him, that's a bad indicator. It means that the bull is either kept in a separate, small enclosure, or the zoo rotates the elephants into the larger enclosure, meaning that the bull spends his time either indoors or in a smaller area," says Catherine Doyle, director of science, research and advocacy at PAWS.
The weather negatively impacts an animal's well-being.