Pocha and Guillermina, Elephant Rescue 101: Watch as Mother & Daughter Zoo Elephants Demonstrate Their Intelligence When Crate Training for Their Transport to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil
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Pocha and Guillermina, Elephant Rescue 101: Watch as Mother & Daughter Zoo Elephants Demonstrate Their Intelligence When Crate Training for Their Transport to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

When treated with kindness captive elephants have shown time and time again how willing they are to cooperate when humans have a task at hand to complete (for the benefit of the elephant, of course, such as for medical treatment or, in this case, getting the pachyderms used to a container that will be used to … Continue reading »

Pocha and Guillermina, Elephant Rescue 101: Watch Their Last Moments at Argentina EcoParque as Mother & Daughter Zoo Elephants Are Now Starting Their New Life at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil
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Pocha and Guillermina, Elephant Rescue 101: Watch Their Last Moments at Argentina EcoParque as Mother & Daughter Zoo Elephants Are Now Starting Their New Life at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Pocha and Guillermina Are Now Free & Excited to Be at Their Forever Home at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil Two female Asian elephants who had endured a life of captivity, the mother, acquired by EcoParque Mendoza (Argentina) in 1968, her daughter, born on those grounds (their elephant exhibit) in what can only be described as a “pit … Continue reading »

IRINGA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society: Remember Me
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IRINGA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society: Remember Me

Name: Iringa Date of Birth: 1969; wild born in Mozambique, Africa (1)      Captured: 1971  Procured by: the Toronto Zoo in 1974     Source (13)   Rescued by: PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary (2) & Bob Barker (3) in October 2013  Gender: Female Date of Death: Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at PAWS  Cause of Death: “humanely euthanized” … Continue reading »

Born To Be Wild: Former Toronto Zoo Elephants, Caught on Video in a Violent Scuffle, Display the Tension Captive Elephants Are Under Every Single Day of Their Lives
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Born To Be Wild: Former Toronto Zoo Elephants, Caught on Video in a Violent Scuffle, Display the Tension Captive Elephants Are Under Every Single Day of Their Lives

It is not as uncommon as one would think, given that zoo elephants are randomly brought together from different locales (different countries of Africa, as in the case of the former elephants at the Toronto Zoo) and most importantly, different herds. Add to the mix captive born elephants who have never experienced even one day … Continue reading »

THIKA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society:  Loxodonta africana
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THIKA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society: Loxodonta africana

Name: Thika (pronounced ‘Tee-ka’) (1) Date of Birth: 18 October 1980 at the Toronto Zoo Parents: Tantor (male) (2) born 1969, captured 1971, died 2 Aug 1989 & Tequila (female) (3) wild born 1970, captured 1972,    died 2 September 2008.                                … Continue reading »

TOKA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society:  Loxodonta africana
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TOKA: Elephant of the Week at PAWS – Performing Animal Welfare Society: Loxodonta africana

Name: Toka Date of Birth: 1970; wild born in Mozambique, Africa Captured: 1972 (Toka’s mother was killed in a government ordered cull) (1)  Procured by: the Toronto Zoo on 4 September 1974 Rescued: October 2013 Gender: Female Where Now: PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary (2)       Loxodonta africana  For more information on how to ADOPT TOKA (3) and … Continue reading »

A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back: Part 5: Kaavan is Finally Home
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A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back: Part 5: Kaavan is Finally Home

There is no better feeling in the world than to witness the best of humanity and the rescue of a zoo elephant. Dr. Amir Khalil, kindness radiates from your soul to the soul of that elephant, our elephant Kaavan. This is Dr. Khalil’s interview with TRT World Now, as Kaavan is finally home. TRT World … Continue reading »

A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 4: Ride Along With Kaavan as He is Transported From Airport to Sanctuary
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A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 4: Ride Along With Kaavan as He is Transported From Airport to Sanctuary

Kaavan the elephant is filmed splashing himself with water as he is being transported** in his air freight container (#FreeKaavan) from the airport to his new home at Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. We see other glimpses of our Kaavan: the tip of his elephant trunk, his elephant toes with elephant toenails, just a happy bull elephant … Continue reading »

A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 3: What a Captive Elephant Needs – Kaavan’s Influential Friends
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A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 3: What a Captive Elephant Needs – Kaavan’s Influential Friends

Human compassion for a captive elephant. It just all makes sense. Possibilities are endless when kind humans intervene. Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Chairman Dr. Anis Ur Rahman:  “…You see, uh, what you have to realize is that elephants belong, like I just mentioned, they belong to their own environment, okay, they are not subservient to … Continue reading »

A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 2: Ele Facts; Kaavan & Saheli, At Least They Had Each Other For a Little While
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A Zoo Elephant’s Road to Freedom, A Look Back, Part 2: Ele Facts; Kaavan & Saheli, At Least They Had Each Other For a Little While

The male elephant was able to tolerate his time in captivity as long as he had his female companion, Saheli. But suddenly one day Saheli died and Kaavan was never the same again. They had spent 22 years together in the Islamabad Zoo and at that age elephants are in the prime of their lives. … Continue reading »