If Not For a Baby Elephant: How a Wildlife Charity, The Born Free Foundation, Was Born
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If Not For a Baby Elephant: How a Wildlife Charity, The Born Free Foundation, Was Born

‘An elephant never forgets… and it never forgets it was born free.’  Virginia McKenna As she approached her 90th year British actress turned wildlife conservationist Virginia McKenna  (born 7 June 1931) shared the story of how a sweet little elephant named Pole Pole forever changed her life and inspired a couple (she and her husband … Continue reading »

Renowned Primatologist & Animal Behavior Expert Jane Goodall Supports the Release of Lucy the Elephant From Canadian Zoo
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Renowned Primatologist & Animal Behavior Expert Jane Goodall Supports the Release of Lucy the Elephant From Canadian Zoo

Jane Goodall Addresses Edmonton, Canada City Council to Advocate For Lucy the Zoo Elephant’s Release to Elephant Sanctuary “Hello this is Jane Goodall. This is a message to all of you about Lucy the only elephant in your city Zoo. Thinking about her plight as I speak these words brings back all the pain that … Continue reading »

Elephant Expert Shares His Amazing Story of His Life With Captive Elephants, His Appalling Discovery of the Mistreatment of Those Elephants and His Vow to Provide Sanctuary & Healing For Captive & Performing Elephants Worldwide : Part 3
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Elephant Expert Shares His Amazing Story of His Life With Captive Elephants, His Appalling Discovery of the Mistreatment of Those Elephants and His Vow to Provide Sanctuary & Healing For Captive & Performing Elephants Worldwide : Part 3

Keith: “It is sort of like they just did not realize what they have missed until they were exposed to a different life.” Scott: “In many cases, yes, because it becomes about survival.” Keith: “You not only provided sanctuary but you actually went out and rescued elephants. Is that right?” Scott: “Yeah, you know, the … Continue reading »

Elephant Expert Shares His Amazing Story of His Life With Captive Elephants, His Appalling Discovery of the Mistreatment of Those Elephants and His Vow to Provide Sanctuary & Healing For Captive & Performing Elephants Worldwide : Part 2
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Elephant Expert Shares His Amazing Story of His Life With Captive Elephants, His Appalling Discovery of the Mistreatment of Those Elephants and His Vow to Provide Sanctuary & Healing For Captive & Performing Elephants Worldwide : Part 2

Keith: “Now, you co-founded the nation’s largest elephant sanctuary, The Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, in 1995, and… Can you tell us a bit about how you founded it and about the sanctuary?” Scott: “Sure, absolutely. And exactly the story you just talked about is part of the reason why we founded it. When we actually were … Continue reading »

African Elephants Have Friends & Foes As CITES Vote Cannot Offer Complete Ban on Plucking Pachyderms From the Wild & Transporting Them to Lives of Misery in Captivity
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African Elephants Have Friends & Foes As CITES Vote Cannot Offer Complete Ban on Plucking Pachyderms From the Wild & Transporting Them to Lives of Misery in Captivity

A compromise was reached at the latest CITES meeting  in Geneva  regarding the issue of protecting African elephants , saving elephants from being captured in the wild and sold to zoos and other venues whose purpose is to hold them captive for display or human entertainment. As the governing body on “global wildlife trade,” the Convention … Continue reading »

His Little Elephant “Body Finally Gave Out”:  Performing Baby Elephant Dumbo, from the Phuket Zoo Elephant Show in Thailand, Has Died
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His Little Elephant “Body Finally Gave Out”: Performing Baby Elephant Dumbo, from the Phuket Zoo Elephant Show in Thailand, Has Died

What We Learned: Baby Elephant’s Name: multiple names: nicknamed Dumbo by animal activist charity Moving Animals; known as Jumbo at the Phuket Zoo; had also been called Dodo & Ping Pong. Gender: Male Date of Birth: 8 December 2015                    Birthplace: “originally from Hua Hin” Thailand Date of Baby Elephant’s Death: Saturday 20 April 2019 … Continue reading »

Animal Activists Initiate Petition to Save Dumbo the Performing Baby Elephant From a Lifetime of Misery at a Zoo in Thailand
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Animal Activists Initiate Petition to Save Dumbo the Performing Baby Elephant From a Lifetime of Misery at a Zoo in Thailand

The sign placed inside the arena states “…Welcome to the Phuket Zoo Elephant Show”…    The overzealous crowds have gathered on this day to watch an unnatural and cruel phenomenon, that of elephants being forced to perform elephant tricks in an outmoded, and should be outlawed, elephant show. Into the arena pedals Dumbo struggling to … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »