If so, then I can follow this statement mostly. I just came up with my post because @toothlessjaws' did not clarify if it was only about space or husbandry/keeping in general. However, I know at least 2 examples of urban zoos (= zoos laying within a BIG city property) that have at least "good amount of space" for their elephant exhibits: Tierpark Berlin and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. It always depends on each situation and should not be generalized. I'm sure you are closer to this then I am. However: "Social licence" doesn't impress me and should not impress the responsible persons of Taronga Zoo either. We should look at scientific facts (and experiences in husbandry) rather then some weird "feelings" that probably have their origin from animal rights activists.