News Archive : 2005

2005-12-30
McHenry Elephant Transfer Lumbers Along: One Animal Gets Sick from Tranquiizer During TB Testing
Plans to transfer nine elephants from a circus-training facility near Richmond in McHenry County to a sanctuary in Tennessee are moving forward, though at least one of the elephants had an adverse reaction to a tranquilizer, according to officials.
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2005-12-23
TEVA is Called Upon in a Mammoth Way: Shoes for Elephants
Teva, the company that produces high quality sport sandals and footwear, recently designed a new line of shoes made especially for elephants.
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2005-12-28
The Elephant in the Room
U.S. Zoos Struggle With Question of Keeping Pachyderms in Captivity

Some things haven't changed at the Philadelphia Zoo, America's oldest, founded in 1874. It is still open every day and, for the time being, it still has elephants. But in Philadelphia, as in zoos around the country, the question of whether elephants should be kept at all zoos -- or maybe even any zoo -- has almost abruptly become a sensitive one.
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2005-12-18
Extinct Mammoth DNA Decoded
Scientists have pieced together part of the genetic recipe of the extinct woolly mammoth.
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2005-11-04
TWFA Distinguished Service Award Winners Announced
TWFA Visionary of The Year: The Elephant Sanctuary
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2005-12-14
Sanctuary Sought for Elephants
Animal rights activists are asking the Seattle City Council to send Bamboo, a Woodland Park Zoo elephant that was moved to Tacoma last summer, to a 2,400-acre elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.
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2005-12-14
Elephants' Elbow Room Is Big Issue
A long-awaited report by city officials on whether the elephants should stay at the zoo or be retired to a sanctuary declares the elephants to be well-tended but in need of more space.
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2005-12-07
Company to Send Elephants to Home With Room to Roam
After months of government negotiations to resolve charges of animal mistreatment, nine elephants from Illinois will pack their trunks and move to Tennessee.
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2005-12-05
Refuge Agrees to Elephant Clause
Once the elephants reach the sanctuary, the Hawthorn Corp. will be two elephant donations shy of meeting the terms of a March 2004 court settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Save Amboseli Update
Today representatives of Youth For Conservation, Born Free Foundation and Nature Kenya gathered with our legal team - and representatives of the Ole Kejuado County Council and KWS - in room number 72 before the Honourable Judge Nyamu to consider matters relating to the future of Amboseli National Park.
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2005-11-19
Pregnant Elephant Loses Her Baby
Hopes for a healthy elephant calf at the St. Louis Zoo were dashed Saturday. Curators determined that the calf carried by the Asian elephant Sri has died, the Zoo announced.
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2005-11-30
N.C. Zoo: More Trunk Space
The N.C. Zoo will double the size of its elephant exhibit over the next few years -- a move that positions it to be one of an elite group of zoos in the United States that will have large elephant collections.
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2005-11-30
Deal to Transfer Elephants OK'd:
9 of 11 Animals to go to Tennessee Sanctuary

Nine of the 11 elephants remaining at a circus-training facility near Richmond in McHenry County will be moved to a Tennessee sanctuary by mid-January under an agreement signed Tuesday.
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2005-11-28
Elephant Culling Splits Wildlife Groups
Wildlife groups meeting with South Africa's environment minister Monday were split over a proposal to cull the growing elephant population in the country's flagship national park.
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2005-11-20
Toni at Center of Care Debate
Toni, who was moved from the defunct Nay Aug Zoo to the National Zoo in Washington in 1989, suffers from arthritis in her legs. In September, zoo officials announced that if her condition continues to deteriorate, she may be euthanized. They have since said such a drastic measure wouldn’t be taken any time soon.
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2005-11-14
Knoxville Zoo's elephant Mamie having health troubles Keepers monitoring arthritis, mobility of geriatric animal
Knoxville Zoo elephant Mamie is physically ailing, and zookeepers are working to help the geriatric pachyderm.
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2005-11-14
Arthritis Case Adds to Debate: Are Zoos Good Home for Elephants?
An ailing elephant at the National Zoo is giving a local focus to a growing debate about whether zoos offer a suitable environment for elephants, particularly if the animals are often confined to small spaces.
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2005-11-29
The Elephant Sanctuary Begins the Largest Rescue of Needy Circus Elephants in US History
Following months of negotiations, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has been granted the care of 12 needy elephants from the Hawthorn Corp in Richmond, IL. Having recently received three elephants from this herd, the Sanctuary will begin transferring the remaining 9 elephants in late December and plans to have completed the transfer by mid-January. As the single largest rescue of elephants in US history, this is an unprecedented event that could not have come too soon.
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2005-11-22
A Dozen West African Countries to Sign UN Treaty on Boosting Numbers of Elephants
With the estimated number of elephants in West Africa dropping to between 5,000 and 13,000, a dozen countries are scheduled to sign a treaty on the animals' protection at a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
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2005-11-21
Give Us the Facts on Elephant Culling
How many elephants does the organisation plan to cull? It makes a difference whether they are planning to kill 10 or 1 000 in a year. To say SANParks is “looking at 7% of the population in those areas where maximum reduction management is needed” is obfuscatory because we don’t know, and aren’t being told, the total number of elephants.
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2005-11-22
Tarra Paints - The Video, and NOW the DVD!
This 10-minute home movie (available as video or DVD) captures Tarra (during her painting phase) as she creates paintings from the first brush stroke to her signature. Yes, she signs her creations with the flare and focus of a true artist. Although Tarra gave up painting when her Sanctuary family began to grow, we know you will enjoy watching this archived footage of her in during her painting days. Both the DVD and video include extra bonus video of Tarra Talking & Playing in the habitat, and Tarra spending time with her favorite dog, Bella.
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2005-11-21
"Carol's Dream" -- A beautiful poster as big as the dream itself.
Now Available in Our Girls Gift Shop.
Noted Canadian artist Bee Bassage portrays her vision of Sanctuary co-founder Carol Buckley’s dream: To one day rescue as many as 100 elephants to live peacefully at The Elephant Sanctuary.

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2005-11-18
Woman Must Spend Night in the Woods for Abandoning Cats
The kittens, some as young as 4 weeks, were found by hikers in mid-September in Mason's Landing in Leroy Township and Indian Point Park in Perry Township. Nine later died or were euthanized because they couldn't be saved.
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2005-11-18
Scientists Blast Elephant Cull
Johannesburg - Scientists have blasted a plan to cull thousands of elephants in the Kruger National Park. Instead, they recommend contraception to reduce elephant numbers.
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2005-11-18
Philadelphia Zoo May Move Elephants on Shortfall
Beset by increasing costs and fundraising problems, the zoo's board voted last month to defer plans for a new $20 million elephant yard and instead build an aviary and children's zoo. That means the zoo's four female elephants -- three from Africa and one from Asia -- may go elsewhere.
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2005-11-17
Elephants at the Phoenix Zoo Get a New Habitat
"They were pushed to the limits in the past," said Geoff Hall, zoo vice president of living collections. "They didn’t know how to just be elephants...they had traumatic lives," Hall said. "We just want to give them back their dignity of being elephants."
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2005-11-16
Hawthorn Elephant Update
More than six weeks ago the Hawthorn Corporation contacted the Elephant Sanctuary offering to donate eight elephants; the Sanctuary accepted. Two weeks ago the Hawthorn Corporation contacted the Elephant Sanctuary offering to donate a ninth elephant; the Sanctuary again accepted. The Hawthorn Corporation’s offers were verbal and they have not yet signed a donative agreement.
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2005-11-11
Country Snowman Throw is Fundraiser for Sanctuary
Monica Porter, the AVON lady from Seattle who loves elephants, is conducting another fundraiser for the Sanctuary. This time, she is donating $8 per sale to the Elephant Sanctuary.
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2005-11-11
Elephant Sanctuary Sweatshirts Now Available!
Just in time for cooler weather! Sanctuary sweatshirts are now available in Our Girls Gift Shop. Adult sweatshirts; Youth sweatshirts.
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2005-11-07
Save Amboseli
The Born Free Foundation and Youth for Conservation urges the Kenyan government in the strongest possible terms to reconsider its proposal to capture wild animals for export to Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand.
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2005-11-01
Hawthorn Elephant Update
Today the Hawthorn Corporation made a verbal offer to donate Ronnie, a female Asian elephant, to the Elephant Sanctuary. This latest offer increases the number of elephants offered to nine. A formal donative agreement has not yet been reached.
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2005-10-21
Zoo Might Lose Elephants
The pachyderms may be packing it in at the Philadelphia Zoo. Zoo officials could scrap plans for a costly new elephant exhibit within weeks, and decide to send away the zoo's herd.
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2005-07-23
How Do You give an Elephant a Vasectomy?
The theory is that vasectomies will allow small reserves the size of Makalali (22,000 hectares) to keep the elephants they have, but slow the population growth. The vasectomized bull will still experience all natural hormonal cycles and have sex, so behaviour has been interfered with only minimally. In theory, the surgery is even reversible, just like in humans.
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2005-10-12
Shoemaker Crafts Boot for LA Zoo Elephant
Gita, a 47-year-old Asian elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo, had infected portions of a non-weight-bearing toe removed from her left front foot two weeks ago. The zoo asked Lua's Novis Orthopedic Shoes to create a boot to keep the wound clean while it heals.
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2005-10-21
Raid Against Owners for Illegally Keeping Elephants
Two young elephants being kept illegally in Delhi were seized on 14 October 2005. Their owners were hiring them out for religious festivals and weddings. The 6 year old female calf and the 11 year old male have now been shifted to the Delhi Zoo.
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2005-10-26
Elephants May Pay Homage to Dead Relatives
Research from a team in the UK and Kenya has demonstrated that African elephants pay a higher level of interest to elephant skulls compared with those of other animals and ivory compared to wood.
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2005-10-31
Standing in the Way of Sanctuary
An electric fence, blood tests, and a donor agreement are just a few things standing in the way of eight elephants' moving to a new home in Tennessee.
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2005-10-28
For Animal Care, East is East and West is West
An investigation by the Agriculture Department has found that federal animal welfare officials in the Eastern United States are more lax in punishing zoos and other facilities when people or animals are endangered.
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2005-10-31
The Loneliest Animal in the Zoo
Elephants are sociable creatures who live in herds. At the Safari in Ramat Gan there is a veteran herd of elephants, but in recent months, a female elephant called La Petite has been living alongside them in an isolated cage.
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2005-10-28
Elephant Expansion Delayed At Philly Zoo
(AP) PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Zoo is putting off plans for a $22 million expansion of its elephant exhibit because of rising costs and fundraising difficulties, leaving the elephants’ future at the zoo in limbo.
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2005-10-19
Joy moved to The Endangered Ark Foundation
It has been reported that Joy the lone African elephant previously owned by the Hawthorn Corporation has been moved to the Endangered Ark Foundation.
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2005-10-13
Orphaned Baby Elephant Finds New Home in Kaziranga
Kaziranga (Assam): This Durga Puja, a rehabilitation centre for wild animals at the famous wildlife sanctuary here has a new inmate - a five-week-old orphan elephant calf that has been named Durga.
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2005-10-16
Let the Zoo's Elephants Go
The Smithsonian Institution is a national treasure, but when it comes to elephants, its National Zoo is a national embarrassment.
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2005-10-15
Elephant Healing, Still Off-limits
Dulary the elephant stood patiently in her stall at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday as Jill Beech, a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian, examined her right eye, which was badly damaged and then became infected after a fight with another elephant in late August.
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2005-10-10
Killing Goose that Lays Golden Egg
The wildlife community has been up in arms since the announcement by Tourism and Wildlife minister Morris Dzoro last month that the Amboseli National Park was to be downgraded to a game reserve and returned to its original Kajiado owners. What is the park to be saved from, you might ask?
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2005-10-05
Activists Call For Sanctuary For Ailing Zoo Elephant
LOS ANGELES -- Animal activists protested at the Los Angeles Zoo Wednesday morning after uncovering new information that they say shows that a 47-year-old Asian elephant named Gita is terminally ill.
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2005-10-04
Hawthorn Elephant Update
Today Sanctuary officials met with The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to learn exactly what would be required before the Agency will issue an import permit for the Hawthorn elephants. As result of recently acquired health status information regarding the Hawthorn elephants, TWRA is imposing more stringent requirements for importation. The Sanctuary fully intends to meet these requirements.
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2005-09-29
African Wildlife Foundation Collars Elephants in Kilimanjaro Heartland
AWF elephant research and conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro Heartland got a major boost when elephant researcher Alfred Kikoti successfully fitted GPS collars on six elephants near Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania.
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2005-09-29
LA Zoo Needs to Give Its Elephants a Break
The Los Angeles Zoo is planning to build a $16 million, two-acre elephant exhibit that, relative to zoo industry advances, is already outdated. The North Carolina Zoological Park built its three-acre enclosure 25 years ago, and is currently increasing to six acres. The Oakland Zoo provides six acres and is looking to expand again. Other zoos, realizing they were incapable of providing adequate space, simply closed their elephant exhibits.
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2005-09-27
Hawthorn Elephant Update:
Negotiations between the Hawthorn Corporation and the Sanctuary are progressing well. Due to the health status of the elephants, both the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the USDA have special protocol that must be met prior to approving the move. We feel confident that all arrangements will be finalized soon.
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2005-09-22
Elephant Turf at Zoo Sparking a Fight
Protesters seek to free the herd, while zoo officials launch a campaign to create a $22 million savanna for the pachyderms.
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2005-09-26
California Healing: Wanda and Winky Thrive
Wanda spent a night sleeping in dewy grass last night. Winky takes her medicine only if it's wrapped in French sourdough bread.
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2005-09-21
10,000 Elephants May Be Destroyed
The South African government plans to end its 10-year ban on culling elephants, which may result in the slaughter of up to 10,000 of the beasts. But anticipating protest from animal welfare groups around the world, the government will have an 18-month "consultation period" before starting the cull, reports the Times of London.
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2005-09-22
Elephants' Move Meets Difficulties
Left to its own devices, a 10,000-pound, 11-foot-tall elephant can travel 4 mph and charge at up to 25 mph. But it can take more than two years of negotiations for several elephants to move the 600 miles between a Richmond-based circus training facility and an elephant sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn.
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2005-09-17
Trunk Calls
Researchers in Kenya and South Africa are using cellphone technology to gather information on elephants, cheetahs, leopards and other animals.
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2005-09-12
Van Jones: Karl Rove: The Psychology Behind His Katrina Strategy
The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable.
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2005-09-14
Are Elephants Just a Memory for Some Zoos?
Elephant exhibits have come under attack by animal rights groups that contend elephants need much more space than zoos can provide. Moreover, critics say, female elephants are highly social and should live in herds.
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2005-09-13
El Paso City Council Considers Expanding Elephant Space
Mayor Cook says there are three possibilities including expanding the current exhibit by removing a rock formation that separates the two yards by using space behind the current utility facility or use Washington park which would add considerable space.
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2005-09-09
Elephant-phobia Grips Central Region of Vietnam
A series of unfortunate events has spurred locals in the central region [of Vietnam] to let their fears of elephants run wild, but, as An Khanh finds, there must be a way to preserve life on both sides of this heated row.
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2005-09-13
Logging Keeps Asian Elephants in Business ... for now
Myanmar is one of the last places in the world to see the centuries-old Asian tradition of domesticated elephants and their keepers working side by side. There are said to be hundreds of animals laboring throughout the country, but the very thing protecting elephants there may one day do them in.
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2005-09-07
Katrina's Aftermath: Santa Cruz Man Rides to the Rescue
On the fifth day of his Hurricane Katrina disaster-relief tour Tuesday, the Santa Cruz construction worker delivered water, food and other supplies to residents in and around New Orleans.
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2005-09-07
Barn Construction Update
Our new Asian elephant barn is nearing completion. The required perimeter fence system is also close to complete. The contractors are confident that by the beginning of October the barn will be ready for its new occupants.
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2005-09-18
Hawthorn Elephant Update:
Let the Plans Begin!
Counsel for the Hawthorn Corporation has contacted the Sanctuary expressing an interest in placing some of their elephants with us. According to counsel, John Cuneo is ready to discuss the release of six of the remaining 11 female elephants. We will work diligently to ensure all of the available females are placed with us but John Cuneo will make the final decision. We have been told that John Cuneo plans to send Joy, Ronnie, Gypsy and Frieda to The Endangered Ark Foundation, a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.

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2005-08-28
Zoo Elephants May Have to Leave Town
New rules on caring for elephants may cost too much for Philadelphia. If that is the case, the pachyderms may have to pack their trunks.
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2005-09-05
Taking Care of the Animals at the Audubon Zoo
Maloney, vice president and general curator of the Audubon Zoo, has not left his post since before Hurricane Katrina struck. He and about a dozen other workers have been clearing trees and feeding and watering the 1,500 animals living on 58 acres.
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2005-09-04
Gulf Coast Crisis: Animal Kingdom
Almost a week after Hurricane Katrina hit, the animal kingdom at the New Orleans zoo and the aquarium is struggling.
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2005-09-02
New Orleans Animal Rescue in Progress
NEW ORLEANS (9/2/05) – The LA/SPCA has begun rescue efforts for animals in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area.  Yesterday, we began picking up animals at I-10 and Causeway Blvd, but had to stop evacuation as ordered by the State due to violence.
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2005-08-26
Talk to the Animals
Could rationality alone induce a penguin to trek 70 miles over the ice in order to mate and then balance an egg on his toes while fasting for four months in total darkness and enduring temperatures of minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit and gusts of up to 100 miles an hour?
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2005-08-28
Thai Elephant Fitted With Prosthesis
LAMPANG, Thailand - A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday.
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2005-08-25
New Exhibit at London Zoo - Humans
"We have set up this exhibit to highlight the spread of man as a plague species and to communicate the importance of man's place in the planet's ecosystem," London Zoo said.
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2005-08-26
Zoo Elephants Have No Educational Value, Expert Says
...children could learn more from watching a TV documentary than "two lonely female [zoo elephants] standing in a tiny area,'' said Joyce Poole, who has studied elephants in Africa for 30 years, including as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service.
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2005-08-26
Chicago Not For Elephants, Scientists Tells Aldermen
A top research scientist at a national park in Kenya told City Council committee members Thursday that Chicago could never provide elephants the kind of habitat they need to be healthy and happy.
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2005-08-22
UC Berkeley Has New Live Camera At San José Mammoth Excavation
The University of California at Berkeley has made virtual paleontology possible in order to share the discovery of the Columbia Mammoth fossil skeleton near San Jose last July. You can keep up with the ongoing excavation via live camera, with text and photos updated daily and photo album documenting excavation from the first day. Latest news bulletin (Aug 17, 2005) announces more bones have been found, indicating the likelihood of a second mammoth.
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2005-08-20
Mayor's Zoo Study Could Have Elephants Packing Their Trunks
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called for an independent review of elephant quarters at the Los Angeles Zoo, a move that could determine whether to send the pachyderms packing to a wildlife sanctuary.
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2005-08-19
Dr. Joyce Poole to address City Council in Chicago on Thursday, August 25
On Thursday, August 25th, at 10:15am, a special City Council briefing is scheduled at Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 201-A. Elephant behaviorist Dr. Joyce Poole will address Aldermen on the Parks and Recreation Committee on her experiences and research on wild elephants.
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2005-08-14
USDA to Investigate Baby Elephant's Death in Syracuse
Federal inspectors will conduct a full investigation of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's elephant program and its handling of Kedar, the baby elephant who died Aug. 4 after plunging into a pool in his exhibit.
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2005-08-17
Kings of the Wild Frontier May Return
Scientists have put forward a serious proposal to repopulate parts of North America with modern ancestors of wild animals that became extinct there about 10,000 years ago.
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2005-08-17
Columbus Zoo investigates elephant death
A young male Asian elephant was found dead in his stall at the Columbus Zoo on Tuesday, officials said.
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2005-08-12
Seattle Transferring Ill-Tempered Elephant
Preparations are currently under way to move Bamboo from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash. The move is expected to be completed before Labor Day and is being made to optimize the social environment for the herds at both institutions.
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2005-08-09
Elephants in San Jose?
The discovery also has galvanized the public. Parents with children, police, joggers and many other local residents have been stopping by the site to check up on the excavation.
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2005-08-07
Mourning continues for Kedar
There was supposed to be an Elephant Extravaganza at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo this weekend. Instead, visitors and workers continue to mourn the death of baby Kedar. Since the elephant's death on Thursday, the zoo has received hundreds of cards and letters, flower arrangements, and even bags of peanuts in his memory.
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2005-08-05
Zoo's New Baby Elephant Dies After Plunge Into Pool
Other elephants tried to help, but couldn't
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2005-08-03
Baby Elephant Walk
Trumpeting his own arrival, Kedar the newborn elephant let out a baby roar as he was introduced to the public.
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2005-08-04
Four day old baby Kedar died at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo following a tragic accident.
Kedar was not able to recover from falling into the elephant wading pool
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2005-07-31
Tuberculosis Spreading Among Elephants
Spread of tuberculosis among captive elephants in Kerala is causing concern as eight jumbos were reported to have died of the disease
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2005-07-30
City Council Seems To Be Missing Insight

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2005-07-27
Juno and Savannah Stay, More Elephants Possible
Juno and Savannah are staying at the El Paso Zoo but Wednesday's decision does not bring to an end their story. Instead, the zoo now has two elephant exhibits to consider: the current one housing the elephants, and one that could bring even more elephants.
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2005-07-27
Elephants Will Remain at the El Paso Zoo
The El Paso city council voted Wednesday not to send the two elephants at the El Paso Zoo to a sanctuary in Tennessee.
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2005-07-20
Elephants Have Emotions 'Just Like Humans'
Elephant conservation should be considered in much the same way humans consider plans for their own health and well-being, an elephant management workshop heard on Tuesday.
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2005-07-20
Zoo, Circus to Team Up On Elephant Breeding
FORT WORTH - The Fort Worth Zoo plans to bring in a second Asian elephant bull this year from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to jump-start the park's struggling reproduction efforts.
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2005-07-22
Report on Elephant Death Angers Animal Advocates
Local animal advocates reacted with anger and disgust this week to a report on the death of a 36-year-old African elephant that spent most of its life at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park before being sent to Chicago in 2003.
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2005-07-19
Herbert Fox, Founder of 'Nfocus,' dies at 76
We were honored when Herbert Fox agreed to lend his time and talents to The Elephant Sanctuary's Executive Council beginning in 2003. He was a great joy, a quick wit, and a lovely gentleman. We will miss him greatly.
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2005-07-17
Poaching Making China Elephants Evolve Tuskless
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese elephants are evolving into an increasingly tuskless breed because poaching is changing the gene pool, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
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2005-07-15
Wankie's Final Journey
What killed Wankie, the Lincoln Park Zoo elephant?
An investigation by outside experts released Monday provides a long list of possibilities, including confusion by the staff, failure to use a tarp to protect the 36-year-old elephant from the cold, and Wankie's various ailments. Bottom line: Wankie's trip to Utah's Hogle Zoo was a tragedy of bad decisions and bad luck.

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2005-07-14
Zoo's Travel Arrangements a Definite No-Go
Poor Wankie the elephant. No zoo creature should have been treated as she was in her last days.
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2005-07-13
Activists Urge Elephant Shipment Cancellation
Thailand should cancel the shipment of eight elephants to Australia, urged wildlife activists and conservationists yesterday, arguing that loopholes in Cites regulations had become a legislative channel for the international wildlife trade.
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2005-07-12
Report Raises 'Concerns' Over Zoos
The report [from the Chicago Sun-Times] details the troubled transport in late April of an elephant named Wankie from Chicago to Salt Lake City -- a 34-hour journey in a metal crate that was supposed to be heated but was not, and ended in the animal's death.
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2005-07-11
Report: No Gross Negligence at Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2005:
An outside audit of the Lincoln Park Zoo recommended several changes, but found no gross negligence on the part of the zoo staff in the deaths of a dozen animals since October.

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2005-10-24
TES Honored with Award
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has been chosen by Independent Charities of America as “Best in America”. Of the 50,000+ charities the Sanctuary is one of only 1500 which have been certified as meeting or exceeding the rigorous standards set forth by ICA.
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2005-07-03
Zoo's One Elephant Has Party, Protests
Mona the elephant celebrates her 58th birthday as the lone elephant at the Birmingham Zoo.
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2005-07-03
Caring for Elephants Challenges Oregon Zoo
More than 1,000 pages of medical records dating back five years show that Oregon Zoo keepers and veterinarians scrutinize the elephants' conditions daily and work aggressively to keep the pachyderms healthy. But the records indicate they sometimes find the elephants' chronic ailments challenging to manage and captivity-related mishaps frustrating.
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2005-06-30
City Bans Exotic Animals in Circuses
Circuses that include lions, elephants and bears have been banned from staging events in unincorporated portions of Douglas County [Kansas].
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2005-06-29
Zoo Denies Elephants are Deteriorating
El Paso Zoo officials disputed an animal activist group's claim that the city's elephants are developing health problems as a result of living at the zoo.
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2005-06-22
Judge Rules in Favor of Hawthorn Corporation
Four of Hawthorn's elephants to go to Oklahoma.
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2005-06-17
Vietnam War Technology Could Aid Elephant Conservation
Seismic sensors developed to track enemy troop movements during the Vietnam war could help ecologists monitor and conserve elephant populations, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology.
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2005-06-29
Tennessee Rally to Celebrate Love of Elephants
Article from the CourierPress, Evansville, Indiana
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2005-06-29
Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune
Reader responds to article in the Chicago Tribune, "2 Zoos Similar Down to Troubles"
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2005-06-28
Zoo Chief Rips Alderman's Elephant Plan
Article from the Chicago Sun-Times
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2005-06-26
Ringling Brothers Fighting Back in Elephant Wars
From the Chicago Sun-Times
It was a story too cute to resist: A spunky ninth-grader with a "soft spot for animals" gives up music for a new calling -- banning circus animals in Denver.

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2005-06-23
Judge Allows Elephants’ Move to Hugo
The Paris News - Serving Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma
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2005-06-21
Judge: PETA Can't Stop Elephant Move
A federal judge in Washington ruled this morning that four elephants out of a herd of 12 can be transferred from a McHenry County circus-training facility to an animal foundation in Oklahoma.
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2005-06-19
Where Do Elephants Belong?
Zoo Industry, Animal Rights Groups Differ Over What Constitutes Humane Treatment for Captive Pachyderms.
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2005-06-18
PETA Wants Elephants' Move Delayed
Advisory: 9/7/05 - Months have passed and still the Hawthorn elephants remain in their Illinois barn. Communications have broken down. Neither USDA nor the Hawthorn Corporation is giving out information regarding the condition of the elephants or pending placement. The attorney for the Hawthorn Corporation continues to state that his client will not discuss the placement of any Hawthorn elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary until four female Hawthorn elephants are placed with The Endangered Ark Foundation a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
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2005-06-17
The Meanest Show On Earth
Would you chain your dog for most of her life? Why pay a circus to do it to elephants! Elephants are chained when not performing.
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2005-06-17
PETA Sues to Block Transfer of 4 Elephants from Farm
Advisory: 9/7/05 - Months have passed and still the Hawthorn elephants remain in their Illinois barn. Communications have broken down. Neither USDA nor the Hawthorn Corporation is giving out information regarding the condition of the elephants or pending placement. The attorney for the Hawthorn Corporation continues to state that his client will not discuss the placement of any Hawthorn elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary until four female Hawthorn elephants are placed with The Endangered Ark Foundation a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
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2005-06-17
No More Circus Elephants in City?
Bringing circus elephants to Chicago would be difficult, if not impossible, under an ordinance being developed by a North Side alderman.
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2005-06-11
Zoo Director Resigns After Five Years; Family, not Maggie, Behind Decision
Article from the Anchorage Daily News
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2005-06-08
Nagging Questions on the Wisdom of Zoos
Article from the Christian Science Monitor
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2005-06-07
Council Takes Up Elephant Controversy
As KFOX reported, El Paso Zoo officials and those who'd like to see the elephants released to a Tennessee sanctuary have argued point for point on what's best for local kids. Animal activists say the children are learning about the suffering of elephants, who they say don't do much in their zoo enclosure, while zoo volunteers have now started a daily lesson for kids which they say teaches them about the importance of maintaining the species.
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2005-06-08
Zoo, sanctuary advocates pachyderm fight
Sides disagree on fate of elephants
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2005-06-06
Chicago Case Highlights Tension Between Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, Zoos
Advisory: 9/7/05 - Months have passed and still the Hawthorn elephants remain in their Illinois barn. Communications have broken down. Neither USDA nor the Hawthorn Corporation is giving out information regarding the condition of the elephants or pending placement. The attorney for the Hawthorn Corporation continues to state that his client will not discuss the placement of any Hawthorn elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary until four female Hawthorn elephants are placed with The Endangered Ark Foundation a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
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2005-06-02
New Homes for Elephants Debated
Advisory: 9/7/05 - Months have passed and still the Hawthorn elephants remain in their Illinois barn. Communications have broken down. Neither USDA nor the Hawthorn Corporation is giving out information regarding the condition of the elephants or pending placement. The attorney for the Hawthorn Corporation continues to state that his client will not discuss the placement of any Hawthorn elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary until four female Hawthorn elephants are placed with The Endangered Ark Foundation a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
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2005-06-02
Claims of Neglect add Claws to Zoo Fight
They didn't want to hurt the little pincushion — just give her some incentive. But Tinkerbell died of starvation, and her death has become part of a dispute over the care of animals at the 125-acre exhibition.
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2005-06-03
Experts ponder Mona's mysteries
Is she happy? Lonely? New home debated for zoo's last elephant
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2005-05-30
Illinois Elephants' Fate Remains Uncertain
Advisory: 9/7/05 - Months have passed and still the Hawthorn elephants remain in their Illinois barn. Communications have broken down. Neither USDA nor the Hawthorn Corporation is giving out information regarding the condition of the elephants or pending placement. The attorney for the Hawthorn Corporation continues to state that his client will not discuss the placement of any Hawthorn elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary until four female Hawthorn elephants are placed with The Endangered Ark Foundation a subsidiary of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
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2005-05-29
Where the elephants roam
At Tennessee facility, the land is their land
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2005-05-27
Rights Group Says Elephants at Zoo Sad, Should Be Moved
Savannah and Juno are unaware of the fight brewing over where they should spend their lives.
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2005-05-27
Necropsy shows baby elephant had an abscess
HOUSTON A necropsy has shown that Bella, the baby elephant euthanized at the Houston Zoo in April, had an abscess in the bone. Zoo officials say the abscess may have made the Asian elephant's femur more susceptible to fracture. Zoo officials think that when Bella suffered from bacterial enteritis last fall, the infection may have migrated to her leg. Bella broke a femur in a fall in April, and zoo officials euthanized her after hardware to repair the fracture failed. Elephant handlers had hand-fed Bella after her mother rejected her shortly after birth.
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2005-05-27
Chicago Zoo Under Fire Over Deaths
Inquiries Multiply As Criticism Mounts

CHICAGO -- The first thing visitors see entering Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is the elephant enclosure, empty since the well-publicized deaths of the three elephants in less than two years. The deaths have fueled a national debate over whether elephants should be housed in northern climates.
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2005-05-22
Groups Rip Zoo's Handling of Intruders
The San Antonio Zoo is getting an earful from animal protection groups about its method of getting rid of unwanted critters that sneak in at night, snatching up exotic bird eggs and endangering zoo animals.
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2005-05-18
Hawthorn elephants may be placed with the Carson and Barnes Circus
Bernadette Juarez from the office of general counsel of the USDA has confirmed that the USDA-APHIS has approved placement of 3 Hawthorn elephants at the Endangered Ark Foundation. This Foundation is run by the owners of the Carson and Barnes Circus, in Hugo, Oklahoma. The function of the foundation is to breed elephants for use in circuses. Another source informs us that the three elephants to be placed are Asian females Ronnie, Gypsy, and the lone African female Joy.
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2005-05-18
Jumbo Problem for Zoos
An opinion piece by Michael Schmidt, DVM, former elephant veterinarian for the zoo in Portland, Oregon where he specialized in the veterinary care and breeding of elephants.
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2005-05-15
A Boundless Spirit: The Misty Story
Misty is thriving at the Elephant Sanctuary.
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2005-05-15
Disney World Elephant Dies of Infection
An elephant whose calf died in its womb last month at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom died Saturday from a uterine infection, a company spokeswoman said.
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2005-05-14
Elephant weakened by infection, zoo says

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2005-05-13
Alderman Demands Answers From Lincoln Park Zoo
A Chicago Alderman is demanding answers after the deaths of three monkeys from unknown causes at Lincoln Park Zoo this week.
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2005-05-13
Mayoral Election Could Affect LA Elephants
The elephants at the LA Zoo have always been popular with the public. But now the exhibit could be shut down if Antonio Villaraigosa is elected mayor, NBC4's Doug Kriegel reported.
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2005-05-11
Natural symmetry
Directional inference: scientific convention applies conclusions from animal studies to humans but not the reverse, contradicting current evidence.
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2005-05-16
Interview with Carol Buckley
Feature story on Tarra, the Sanctuary's "First Lady" and interview with Carol Buckley, Sanctuary founding director.
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2005-05-12
The Elephant Sanctuary on WBIR Knoxville
Elephants are known to roam free in Africa and Asia, but many Tennesseans are unaware that elephants also have a place to live in the "wild" right here in the Volunteer State.
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2005-05-09
Elephants Start Dying When the Gates Close
On the face of things, when three elephants that have 30 years of history with each other die in a short period of time, for no apparent reason except perhaps the daily and unnatural stress of lifelong captivity, detectives should come on the run. What happened here?
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2005-05-07
Elephant's Death Sparks Outcry
A week after the death of an African elephant in Salt Lake City, animal advocates and zoo officials remain upset about the incident.
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2005-05-07
Phila. Zoo considers costly upgrade to elephant habitat
The Philadelphia Zoo has plans for a $20 million, 2.5-acre spread for its pachyderms, but funding is a concern. Zoos nationwide must reexamine their elephant habitats; some are closing them.
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2005-05-05
Elephant news
The death of Wankie, an elephant who collapsed Sunday en route from the Lincoln Park Zoo near Chicago to a zoo in Salt Lake City, has sent ripples of controversy through a divided community of elephant welfare advocates.
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2005-05-04
Shoot Orders Against Stray Jumbos
In a wild reaction to increasing incidents of wild elephants straying into human habitation, the State Government has decided to gun down the beasts in the State, even while a census to enumerate the endangered species will begin on Thursday.
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2005-05-03
Zoo plans to study elephant well-being
Stung by criticism heaped on his institution after the death of a third elephant in the last six months, Lincoln Park Zoo president Kevin Bell on Monday said the zoo is committed to a long-term scientific study on whether it is harmful to keep the animals in cold-climate zoos.
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2005-05-03
Elephant's Cause of Death Unclear After Postmortem
The cause of Wankie the elephant's death was not immediately apparent in a postmortem exam performed on the animal that collapsed Saturday en route to Hogle Zoo, and it may be six weeks before officials know more.
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2005-05-02
Hogle Zoo's Newest Elephant Dies of Unknown Causes
Veterinarians and animal rights groups are both upset over the death of an elephant that had just arrived at Hogle Zoo.
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2005-05-03
Elephant's Death to Renew US Outcry Over Zoos
The death of the last of three elephants once housed at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has sparked renewed protest about how the animals are treated in captivity.
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2005-05-02
Remembering Wankie
There is something so very tragic about a life never truly lived. Our concern over the plight of captive elephants is amplified when another senseless tragedy occurs. Wankie lived a deprived life and suffered an untimely death. She deserved much better; she deserved sanctuary. Click here to see photos of Wankie, days before her demise.
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2005-05-01
Last Lincoln Park Zoo Elephant Dies
Wankie, a 36-year-old African elephant, died Sunday just days after being moved from Lincoln Park to a Utah zoo following the death of her two elephant companions earlier this year.
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2005-05-02
Death Stuns Zoo, Riles Protestors
The third and last elephant in the recent care of Lincoln Park Zoo was euthanized Sunday after she fell ill en route to a new zoo home in Salt Lake City.
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2005-05-01
Zoo's last elephant is dead
Wankie was denied sanctuary
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2005-04-27
Zoo Sends Last Pachyderm Packing, But Where To?
zoo spokesperson makes false statements to the media
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2005-04-27
Fearing Protests by Activists, Zoo is Mum on Elephant's Move
Citing animal activists concerns for the welfare of the zoo's lone elephant, a public zoo withholds information about elephant move.
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2005-04-26
Could plant ivory save elephants?
In 2004, Antonio and Maria founded DeMEC Limited, a jewelry company specializing in vegetable ivory, an organic material found in South American rainforests.
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2005-04-24
Eden for elephants
Southern Tennessee hills beckon long-caged animals to rest and roam with their friends
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2005-04-16
Dear circus: Forget the Elephants
THE CIRCUS elephants are coming to town next week, bringing an outmoded and problematic form of entertainment to all Philadelphians.
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2005-04-15
Zoo's baby elephant euthanized
Officials with the Houston Zoo announced they were forced to put the zoo's baby Asian elephant, Bella, to sleep Friday morning.
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2005-04-15
Man to Recover From Elephant Kick
Contrary to Ringling Brothers Circus claim to use only positive reinforcement with their elephants, a spokesperson states "the animal will be disciplined with temporary isolation from her peers."
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2005-04-14

The raging bulls of Khao Yai Bangkok Post April 14. 2005 It is these 19, teenage bulls that are the focus of this article. The researchers' observations show that they are currently forging out their personal home ranges _ each bull will need an area of about 120 square kilometres and herein lies the first issue. Is Khao Yai big enough for all of these boys? If each of the 23 identified bulls requires an area of 120 square kilometres, they will need a total area of 2,760 square kilometres. Khao Yai is only 2,168 square kilometres. And don't forget the bulls that have not been identified yet! In addition, some parts of Khao Yai are not suitable for elephants _ they are either too high or steep, or too disturbed by human activities. Indeed, there are definitely some parts of Khao Yai that people do not want the elephants to use, namely the tourist facilities such as campsites, the headquarters area and around waterfalls. The other group of people who don't want to see elephants too close are the farmers who make a living on the edge of the park Already there have been some cases of elephants raiding crops, for example one or two males are often seen eating corn, bananas and mangoes in the fields on the north-western side of Khao Yai. Dr Ramon Sukumar, otherwise known as the ``Elephant Man of India'' because of his ground-breaking work on wild elephants there, has found that it's mostly the bull elephants that raid farmlands and communities outside of protected areas. The second main issue is that the 19 teenage bulls have yet to reach full maturity. This means that they will grow in size, their tusks will grow longer (already most are at least 30 centimetres in length) and they will start to go into musth. Musth is the period when male elephants are most ready to mate and their behaviour is, from a human's point of view, unpredictably aggressive. So far the researchers have only seen the three oldest males in musth, the most obvious indicator being a secretion from their temporal glands. These males go into musth two or three times per year, and mostly between September and April. If a female elephant is in season, the males will compete for her and usually the dominant male in the area will be successful. With high competition between males, the female is most likely to mate with the best male in the area and she also has a high chance of becoming pregnant. The study team is concerned that as the young bulls create their own home ranges and develop into full maturity there will an increasing risk of conflict with both tourists and the communities around Khao Yai. Already we there has been some evidence that the bull elephants _ both the teenagers and the matured ones _ are using these tourist areas and the roadside resources more frequently, both during the day and at night. Whilst this is a great opportunity for tourists to see these amazing animals, it is worried that problems may occur _ the elephants may damage or destroy tourist property and the opportunity for accidents between elephants and tourist vehicles could increase. This is definitely an issue that needs close observation and the more information the researchers can find out about the habitat requirements and behaviour of the bull elephants of Khao Yai, the better. Also, worried that the incidents of crop raiding in the farmland around Khao Yai will increase, the study team is working with park officials and local communities to monitor these incidents and to encourage farmers to understand the elephants' point of view, as well as working with them to find solutions to the problem of crop raiding. An elephant management plan for Khao Yai is needed, including the concept of limiting tourist numbers or at least reducing the number of vehicles going through the park. This is especially relevant in the cool season as this is when elephants are most often seen on the road. The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department's plan to create a wildlife corridor between Khao Yai and nearby protected areas _ namely Thap Lan, Pang Sida, Ta Praya and Phra Phutthachai national parks and Dongyai Wildlife Sanctuary. It will allow the elephants and other wildlife more space for foraging.


2005-04-09
Mammoth's Skeleton Uncovered in L.A.
Construction crews have uncovered the skeleton of a fossilized mammoth believed to be older than the ancient beasts found at the La Brea Tar Pits.
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2005-03-27
Kruger Elephants Head for Mozambique
The great elephant herds of the Kruger National Park, under threat of culling, are migrating in growing numbers across the border into Mozambique's adjacent Limpopo Park.
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2005-04-09
Shades of Sissy the Elephant Haunt El Paso
As Sissy the elephant roams the verdant pastures of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., one wonders whether she remembers the vicious beatings and mistreatment she received at the El Paso Zoo.
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2005-04-08
The Detroit Zoo Elephants, Wanda and Winky, Arrived Safely at the Ark 2000 Elephant Sanctuary
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. - The Detroit Zoo elephants, Wanda and Winky, arrived safely at the Ark 2000 elephant sanctuary today at about 8 a.m. Eastern time.
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2005-04-07
Secret Sounds of Elephants
New research suggests that Africa's pachyderms may be using their trunks and feet to “listen” to various communications vibrating through the earth from other elephants
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2005-03-29
Indianapolis Elephant Takes up Residence at Virginia Zoo
The 35-year-old elephant was donated by the Indianapolis Zoo so that Norfolk will have three elephants, which is the minimum number recommended by the American Zoo & Aquarium Association.
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2005-03-26
SF Zoo's Tinkerbelle elephant euthanized
The decision to euthanize Tinkerbelle came after sanctuary staff determined her quality of life was quickly deteriorating, Pat Derby, co-director of the sanctuary, reported.
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2005-03-23
Elephants Learn by Sound Mimicry
Elephants learn some of their calls through imitation, scientists report in this week's Nature magazine.
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2005-03-20
Life's Been a Wild Ride
John Kay is much like the elephants he relishes.
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2005-03-17
Electric Fences Lead to Elephant's Death
The world famous Jim Corbett National Park suffered a major loss when the park lost one of its elephants after it was electrocuted.
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2005-02-17
The Elephant in the Room
Maggie the African elephant has been in the Alaska Zoo for 21 years, and it now seems as though the controversy surrounding her will only grow, not abate, as long as she stays.
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2005-03-15
Zoo elephant receives improper injection
Renee, the zoo's 26-year-old African elephant and mother to baby Louie, was mistakenly given an injection she'd never forget.
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2005-03-11
41-Year-Old Elephant Dies at Zoo
Macho, a male African elephant, died at the Gladys Porter Zoo where he had lived since the zoo opened in 1971.
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2005-03-07
Steering the Ark Toward Eden: Design for Animal Well-being
Article by Jon Charles Coe, MLA, FASLA. This paper reviews the development of zoo design as we seek to improve the well-being of these zoologic refugees. PDF format.
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2005-02-28
New debate over zoos
Trance-like behavior in some zoo animals and the deaths of four elephants in the past year at two U.S. zoos have sparked animal rights protests and renewed a larger debate over the purpose of zoos.
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2005-02-18
Talks in works to move elephants
Negotiations are under way that could send the 12 elephants remaining at a McHenry County training farm to a new home in Tennessee.
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2005-01-28
Elephant deaths are a matter of physics
The death of two elephants at the Lincoln Park Zoo should come as no surprise. While it is obvious that cold weather is bad for species that have evolved in tropical climates, understanding the death-inducing effect of confinement to concrete cells requires a rudimentary knowledge of physics
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2005-12-12
The Elephant Sanctuary’s comments to the USDA regarding standards for elephants.
Referencing Docket No. APHIS-2006-0044: Whether specific standards should be promulgated for elephants and what should be included in such standards. Include any studies or research.
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2005-08-17
2004 Audit of The Elephant Sanctuary
Consolidated financial statements and additional information with independent auditors' reports.
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2005-08-15
Ele-Checks Available!
Make more than just a financial statement with every check you write and every piece of mail you send. The Elephant Sanctuary checks and address labels feature photos of Our Girls and the cotton checkbook cover features The Elephant Sanctuary's logo. Royalties from each purchase go to The Elephant Sanctuary.
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2005-07-29
WELDERS NEEDED
- The pipe corrals and gates for the new Asian elephant barn are being fabricated in-house by Scott and staff. We are looking for professional welders willing to donate their time and expertise to insure we complete the project on schedule; a day, two days, a week or longer. The need is great and it is immediate. If you can help please contact Scott at 931-306-8698 Thanks for your assistance.


2005-05-25
The Elephant Sanctuary did not refuse Hawthorn Elephants
In response to inaccurate information contained in a letter provided by the USDA to the general public, The Elephant Sanctuary made public, documents which clearly prove that they repeatedly offered to take all of the female Hawthorn elephants.
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2005-05-12
BBB Wise Giving Report

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2005-10-24
TES website selected for award
Seven Wonders, one of the Web's longest running Web Award sites has selected The Elephant Sanctuary as the "Anything Goes" Site of the Week for April 29.
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2005-03-11
Teva surprises the Sanctuary with several pairs of elephants shoes

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2005-03-11
Sanctuary Bracelets
A FUN and Fashionable Way For You To Raise Funds For The Elephants!
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2005-02-14
After Only 2 Months and 23 Days of Freedom, Lota Has Died
Press Release
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2005-05-05
A New Web Site devoted to the Hawthorn Elephants
This remarkable web site is the brainchild of an international group of individuals devoted to the welfare of captive elephants. It was not designed by, is not sponsored by, and is not affiliated with The Elephant Sanctuary but we are proud to endorse its mission.
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2005-10-30
New Sanctuary Video for sale
This beautiful video transports the viewer to a specal place in Tennessee where old, sick, and needy elephants are treated with kindness, respect and dignity as they move freely in the rich environment that is The Elephant Sanctuary.
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2005-02-02
SuperHeroine
Sanctuary Director Carol Buckley was honored as a SuperHerione by WNP.com an e-zine about women connecting and sharing, offering support, encouragement and information.
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2005-08-17
2004 Audit of The Elephant Sanctuary
Consolidated Financial Statements and Additional Information with Independent Auditors' Reports.
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2005-02-07
Misty Updates

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2005-03-23
Application For Tennessee's Official Elephant Sanctuary Vehicle License Plate

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2005-02-07
The Hawthorn Elephants

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2005-10-31
VIP Pledge Campaign
The Elephant Sanctuary invites you to become a VIP patron with an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Sanctuary by making a five-year pledge of support.
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