Free Billy the Elephant from the “Not Happy Place” For Elephants, the LA Zoo : How Much Longer Must This Distressed Elephant Wait? : Part 2
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Free Billy the Elephant from the “Not Happy Place” For Elephants, the LA Zoo : How Much Longer Must This Distressed Elephant Wait? : Part 2

Dr. Poole, in her letter of support, reflects on the angst experienced by captive elephants and how Billy’s “stereotypic head bobbing … not a behavior observed in the wild … is a coping mechanism for the loneliness, boredom and frustration that characterizes his life in the zoo. His behavior is symptomatic of the enormous frustration … Continue reading »

Free Billy the Elephant From the “Not Happy Place” For Elephants, the LA Zoo : How Much Longer Must This Distressed Elephant Have to Wait? : Part 1
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Free Billy the Elephant From the “Not Happy Place” For Elephants, the LA Zoo : How Much Longer Must This Distressed Elephant Have to Wait? : Part 1

Since the age of four, when he was dragged away from his mother and elephant family in Malaysia, Billy has been held in captivity at the Los Angeles Zoo. That he has been able to survive, for endless years of his life, both physically and emotionally, is beyond what any elephant should have to endure. … Continue reading »

Happy World Wildlife Day  3 March 2019 : For Our Elephants
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Happy World Wildlife Day 3 March 2019 : For Our Elephants

Dear Elephants: Whew! World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2019, slipped up on us yet again! Yes, we promised to do better, didn’t we? But here we are just in the nick of time. 🙂 Though this year’s WWD theme may be “Life Below Water : For People and Planet,” as always our focus, here at … Continue reading »

RIP Granny :  Oldest Elephant in Captivity at Temple in Kerala, India Passes Away, Still in Chains, at Age 88
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RIP Granny : Oldest Elephant in Captivity at Temple in Kerala, India Passes Away, Still in Chains, at Age 88

Chained and tethered, for apparently her entire life, the female Asian elephant affectionately known as Granny, has recently died.  (Her official name was Dakshayani; when she entered into her senior elephant years she was honored with the “Gaja Muthassi,” meaning “elephant granny,” designation.) They say, at the age of 88, she was “the oldest elephant … Continue reading »

Video Moment: Baby Elephant Bliss : Sleep-Loving Orphaned Elephant  Makes the Funniest Snoring Sounds Ever
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Video Moment: Baby Elephant Bliss : Sleep-Loving Orphaned Elephant Makes the Funniest Snoring Sounds Ever

Just looking at baby elephant Khun-Seuk’s sweet contented face as he lays on his side napping (at an unnamed elephant orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand) one would not expect such human emotions to shine through. Perhaps in his dreams, his little elephant body & trunk “twitches” and stirs but not enough to interrupt his blissful … Continue reading »

Human Elephant Conflict  : Cruel Villagers Firebomb Indian Elephant Herds Confused  by Their Loss of Habitat
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Human Elephant Conflict : Cruel Villagers Firebomb Indian Elephant Herds Confused by Their Loss of Habitat

Villagers in the town of Bishnupur, India have been photographed  hurtling firebombs at confused herds of elephants . (Elephants who recently roamed these areas as part of their natural habitat.) This in an effort to keep the massive pachyderms from destroying crops and creating havoc on their encroached land. Humans are seen chaotically standing side-by-side, shouting  … Continue reading »

Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Realize the Cruel Message She is Sending By Riding Elephants at Tourist Attraction & Lodge in Bali
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Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Realize the Cruel Message She is Sending By Riding Elephants at Tourist Attraction & Lodge in Bali

On a recent holiday to the island of Bali, splashed across the media, the Kardashian family, including sisters Kim, Khloe & Kourtney, was featured spending time with endangered elephants. With the usual photographers and camera crews in tow this could have been a goodwill mission, a photo op to send the much needed message to … Continue reading »

Video Moment : Rescued Baby Elephant Squeals With Delight as He Meets His New Elephant Family at Elephant Nature Park
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Video Moment : Rescued Baby Elephant Squeals With Delight as He Meets His New Elephant Family at Elephant Nature Park

They were just as excited to meet him as he was to meet them, rushing from the other side of the elephant sanctuary to the protected area where the little Asian elephant was sheltered. And, at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, Dok Geaw, the orphaned baby elephant the herd was running toward, responded to their … Continue reading »

Petition Calls For the End of “Underwater Elephant Shows”  at a Zoo in Thailand and Rightly So, as Pressure to  Release These Performing Elephants to Elephant Sanctuary Builds
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Petition Calls For the End of “Underwater Elephant Shows” at a Zoo in Thailand and Rightly So, as Pressure to Release These Performing Elephants to Elephant Sanctuary Builds

Coerced by a human trainer perched upon their backs (& adamantly “tugging on their ears“) female Asian elephants at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chon Buri, Thailand are forced to perform in swimming tanks. With the crowds cheering them on the elephants dive, completely submerging themselves underwater. Upon surfacing the elephants bob their heads … Continue reading »

Isolated & Unhappy: Lawsuit Filed By Animal Welfare Group on Behalf of Happy the Elephant Aims To Release Her From the Confines of the Bronx Zoo
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Isolated & Unhappy: Lawsuit Filed By Animal Welfare Group on Behalf of Happy the Elephant Aims To Release Her From the Confines of the Bronx Zoo

Despite what Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny has to say (that Happy is happy) Happy the elephant, brought up in the confines of The Bronx Zoo since 1977, cannot possibly express that sentiment regarding her enclosure which provides the pachyderm with “far less than even 1 percent of the space she would roam in the … Continue reading »