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 »

Piper the Dog Loves Her Stuffed Elephant Toy So Much She Refuses to Leave Home Without It : Watch Her Puppy-Joy For Life, Video Is Just Too Cute!
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Piper the Dog Loves Her Stuffed Elephant Toy So Much She Refuses to Leave Home Without It : Watch Her Puppy-Joy For Life, Video Is Just Too Cute!

It might be cold outside in Fargo, ND where this exuberant  two-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever lives.  But this pup named Piper doesn’t let the weather dampen her spirits, especially when a ride in the car means taking along her newest best friend. It seems that Piper is especially taken by this “giant $12 cuddly elephant” … 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 »

Killing Elephants is Wrong : American Businessman on Trophy Hunting Safari Begs To Differ as Two Young Elephants in Zimbabwe, Africa Lay Dead
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Killing Elephants is Wrong : American Businessman on Trophy Hunting Safari Begs To Differ as Two Young Elephants in Zimbabwe, Africa Lay Dead

The young African elephant looks almost angelic as if peacefully asleep until one is jarred into reality by the small bullet hole, trickling blood, in a direct center hit on her face. Almost immediately one’s attention is focused on the awkward position of her body, front legs tucked under and head butted up against a … 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 »

ORWA : Elephant of the Week at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust : Growing Up Ele
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ORWA : Elephant of the Week at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust : Growing Up Ele

Name: ORWA Name Origin: named to honor “members of the Orwa community” who first alerted KWS of a little elephant  in need of rescue Date of Birth: 3 December 2010, a Friday Age When Rescued: About twelve months Gender: Male   This baby elephant is growing up!  ORWA is an adolescent now! Where Now:  The … Continue reading »

Thong Dee : Elephant of the Week at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary – BLES  : Remember Me
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Thong Dee : Elephant of the Week at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary – BLES : Remember Me

Remember Me Name: Thong Dee Affectionately Known As: Yai, meaning grandmother in Thai Gender: Female Disposition/ Personality: “gentle, social… & sweet” / “such a sunny, happy lady” /                                                        … 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 »