ARFF is mourning the death of “Dondi,” a solitary female Asian elephant who was a regular performer at Flea World, a flea market in Sanford, and at Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a Christmas festival in Miami. (Click here to view video of a performance at Flea World in February.)
Dondi died of unknown causes on July 28.
ARFF held numerous demonstrations on behalf of Dondi. For years, ARFF pleaded with Dondi’s owners to retire her to a sanctuary where she could be free from constant travel and have an opportunity for normal social relationships. It is tragic that her life ended without being given that chance. Dondi deserved better.
Sadly, Dondi was not the only elephant in Florida forced to live alone. Visit ARFF’s website to learn how you can help “Nosey,” an elephant currently traveling with the Liebling Bros. Circus.