Call for Scotland's last elephant to be moved to sanctuary
The search to find a new enclosure mate for Mondula should cease, say Peta.
Animal rights group Peta has called for Scotland's only elephant to be moved to a sanctuary.
Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park are trying to find a companion for Mondula, known as Mondy, who has been downcast since the death of her enclosure mate Toto.
Mondy was kept in the same enclosure with the other elephant for 20 years but Toto had to be put down last March after she collapsed.
Peta argues the search for a new mate should cease and the 45-year-old animal should be moved to a new sanctuary which would more closely resemble her life in the wild.
Writing to the park's manager, Peta's senior campaign coordinator Kirsty Henderson said: "As you may know, in their natural habitats, elephants travel as far as 30 miles per day and are active for 18 hours daily.
"This freedom of movement and activity is essential to their physical and psychological well-being.
"Because of space limitations, zoos and safari parks - no matter how good their intentions may be - simply cannot provide for elephants' physical needs."
She continued: "By all accounts, Mondula and her now deceased companion, Toto, had a frigid relationship - and the same issue may occur should another elephant be brought to the park.
"An accredited sanctuary that is home to many other elephants, on the other hand, would allow her to choose the company she keeps - something which is of grave importance to these highly social animals."
The third elephant at the Stirlingshire safari park, 49-year-old female Estrella, died in 2013.