This is Asha. We have fallen in love with her, and we know you will too! We have sucessfully raised funds to erect a billboard in a high traffic area in Virginia for one month.  We need to keep the billboard up until this zoo is shut down!

Decades of public complaints to the agencies tasked with protecting Asha have fallen on deaf ears.  We MUST raise public awareness by getting our message to hundred’s of thousands of people each week.. The billboard targets the Natural Bridge Zoo whose owner has over 100 violations of the Federal Animal Welfare Act.  Asha’s picture is featured on the billboard.

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The Virginia Attorney General’s Office recently seized over 100 animals from Wilson’s Road Side Zoo.   https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/wilson-s-wild-animal-park-closes-and-more-than-animal/article_37d1784d-3099-5e6f-953a-2cd5c9b6020b.html

The authorities are waking up and we need to get The Natural Bridge Zoo on their radar. Our goal is to keep the bill board up until the State of Virginia revokes the zoo’s exhibitor permit and seizes Asha and hopefully all of the animals at this road side atrocity.  The cost for the digital billboard in a high density area is $2500 per month. We need donations going forward to keep this billboard up. Please help us to help Asha and all the suffering animals at this roadside atrocity by donating to this cause.

This is Asha’s Story…..

Asha is a 37-year-old African female elephant who was born in Zimbabwe somewhere between 1982-83. Asha lost her entire family in a horrific slaughter orchestrated by the government of Zimbabwe in 1984. She was sent to the USA by the Shultze Company to later be exploited by the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia at only two years old. Asha was a frightened baby destined for a life of human torture. And torure it has been. The Natural Bridge Zoo has over 100 Violations of the Animal Welfare Act, has had it’s permit suspended twice. Yet both state and federal agencies continue to renew the zoo’s exhibitor permit year after year. Read one of MANY USDA inspection reports here.

USDA Natural Bridge Zoo Report

With respect to providing adequate care and according to the USDA, Natural Bridge Zoo:

  • Failed to adequately clean and sanitize animal enclosures or to control infestations of insect and mammalian pests.
  • Failed to provide adequate space for certain animals to move and make normal postural adjustments, leading to high rates of illness, injury, and death.
  • Failed to ensure that animals are sheltered in a manner that protects them from the elements.
  • Failed to separate animals who are incompatible with each other, putting these animals at risk of severe physical injuries.
  • Failed to prepare animal feed in a sanitary manner and fails to provide infant animals with necessary sustenance.
  • Failed to provide certain animals with adequate access to potable water for certain animals, causing extreme thirst.

There are few details that exist, but we do know that Ahsa has been a solitary elephant for over a decade. She has been forced to give backbreaking rides for nearly two decades to over 10,000 people every season. She has a concrete barn floor that is not heated in the winter. She has no pool and is chained frequently in an exhibit with little freedom to roam.

It is time she be sent to a GFAS sanctuary where can learn to be the elephant she’s never had the chance to be in all of her 30+ years in the United States.