Elephant Letters: Advice From Monroe

Last week, we asked area elementary schoolers to write to Kandula, Shanthi, and Ambika, the elephants who live at the National Zoo. They’re moving to a new community center this month, and we hoped that the kids might be able to offer some guidance on moving or on conservation. 

Some of the best letters we receive will appear here, and three writers will be invited to the Zoo to read their notes aloud to the elephants on March 21. 

Our first featured letter arrived yesterday from Arlington, Virginia. The author, Monroe Duquette, isn’t even in elementary school yet—he’s only three—but when he heard that the Zoo’s elephants were moving, he wanted to offer his guidance, as a kid who knows what they’re going through.