I know this is late in discussing the phase-out of the elephant program, but I've been thinking: First, I've never been to Woodland Park Zoo (though I really want to), so I can't really give an opinion on the exhibit quality or anything like that. Second, I have no problem with a Zoo deciding to phase out an animal species, especially if it's for the good of the welfare of the animals. However, the Zoo has stated one of the reasons for the phase-out is that it was unable to find another elephant to add to the herd. What I don't understand is this - there are a few establishments around the country with single Asian elephants living amongst African elephants (like Louisville, Topeka, and I believe Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). Why couldn't Seattle take one of those elephants? I believe I read that Woodland Park stated the third elephant they wanted (back in March 2014) was an older female, the AZA frowns upon the mixed elephant species set-up, and the mentioned zoos might either phase out their own elephants soon or focus on the African species (Topeka's case at least) anyway. Just a thought.