News Archive : 2006

2006-12-15
Deforestation Root Cause of Elephant Depredation (India)
Depredations by wild elephants have been increasing day by day in different parts of the State. In Golaghat district also depredation by elephants is on the rise. Due to shortage of fodder and heavy deforestation, the hungry elephants damage camps, dwelling houses and even killed human beings. The habitats of the elephants are the forest areas and now due to heavy felling of trees, the forest areas are decreasing.
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2006-11-22
The First Remarkable Close-up Pictures of Animals in the Womb
An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way. A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born.
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2006-11-26
For Elephants, Acres to Roam
Dulary, a 43-year-old wild-born Thai elephant will be leaving her longtime home in the spring when the zoo closes its elephant exhibit. Dulary will head to Elephant Sanctuary, a refuge for zoo and circus retirees, in Tennessee.
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2006-11-22
Captive Elephants: Time to Let Go
Trendy as Seattle is, the city may have a hard time getting its head around an emerging idea at zoos. Some of the nation's biggest zoos are letting their elephants go.
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2006-11-19
'Just for Elephants' a Read to Remember
"Just for Elephants" recounts the arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary of an elderly, injured elephant named Shirley. Shirley is wary of her new surroundings until she spots an elephant named Jenny.
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2006-11-19
Elephant Reunion Tugs at Readers' Heartstrings
Just For Elephants follows an older elephant, Shirley, who has lived in zoos and circuses for a long time and is now moving to the sanctuary where she will be allowed to roam freely and to make friends with other elephants.
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2006-11-17
Elephants Have an Achilles' Heel, and it's Their Feet
The Animal and Plant Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking advice from the public on what to do about problem feet in elephants.
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2006-11-03
Superior Elephants
So elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror. In addition to nurturing their young, having close-knit families and mourning their dead, this is one more way elephants can be likened to humans.
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2006-11-05
After 132 Years, Philadelphia Will Send Off Its Elephants
This spring, the zoo’s affair with elephants will end. Instead of expanding the space for the exhibit, the zoo’s board of directors has decided to put the money elsewhere. The herd of four elephants will be split between the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and an elephant sanctuary in central Tennessee.
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2006-11-01
Elephant Debate:Live in Zoo or Roam Free
Groups such as the Humane Society of the United States say elephants — with their large brains and sophisticated social groups — suffer physically and emotionally from confinement.
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2006-11-02
Horton Sees an Image
To the very short list of animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror — i.e., humans and apes and possibly dolphins — scientists have now added the Asian elephant, or at least three female Asian elephants in the Bronx Zoo.
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2006-11-02
Carol Buckley Authors Second Children’s Book about Elephants
Just for Elephants by Carol Buckley is the long-awaited new book by the award-winning author of Travels with Tarra. Just for Elephants, published by Tilbury House, is scheduled for release on November 15. Visit our Gift Shop to order.
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2006-11-01
2007 Sanctuary Calendar Available Soon!
We will annouonce as soon as it is available for ordering.
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2006-10-21
New Moon in Libra
Decades of poaching and culling and habitat loss ... have so disrupted the intricate web of familial and societal relations by which young elephants have traditionally been raised in the wild, and by which established elephant herds are governed, that what we are now witnessing is nothing less than a precipitous collapse of elephant culture…
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2006-10-24
Namibia: Anthrax Confirmed in Caprivi
Dr Frank Chitate from the Ministry's Directorate of Veterinary Services said the Ministry of Environment had informed him last week that 20 zebras, 10 elephants and two buffaloes had died of the disease in areas such as Masikili - which borders Botswana's Chobe National Park, where the disease is believed to have originated.
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2006-10-21
Partners in Healing: Body Therapist Travels World to Ease Elephants in Captivity
In the nearby regions of Cambodia and Laos, landmines from the reign of the Khmer Rouge and the wars in Vietnam still lay in waiting. Unaware that the conflicts that placed them there were long since history, these weapons of war continue to wreak havoc on the inhabitants of the area, both human and animal. While the size of an elephant is formidable, the impact of the injury is no less traumatizing; it affects both their physical and mental state, with sometimes fatal results.
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2006-10-26
Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History
On PBS Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings), Allison Argo and ArgoFilms presents "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History". This is the same company that produced "An Urban Elephant".
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2006-11-03
We have a winner!
Congratulations and many thanks to the winners of the EBAY auction – (and proud new owners of a brand new Pontiac) Marie & Gordon Hatchell of Virginia! We are very grateful to all who participated including our intrepid EBAY volunteers, and we thank the Hatchells for their support. The Hatchells will be picking their car up this week from Heritage Automotive Center in Lawrenceberg. Thanks again to the Hatchells and to the kind folks at Heritage.
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2006-10-20
In Memory of Jenny
Jenny's days of Sanctuary were filled with contentment, exploration, friendship, and love. This section is filled with memories of Jenny.
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2006-10-18
Our dear Jenny has passed away
After months of continual personal care and non-stop supplemental feedings, our dear Jenny has passed away.
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2006-03-30
Carol Buckley Interview on WNPR.Org May 2, 2006
On May 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST Carol Buckley will be interviewed on The Faith Middleton Show on WNPR.ORG. Along with this live web broadcast this will be heard on several major market public radio stations in New York and Connecticut including 90.5, 89.1, 88.5, 91.3, and 99.5. The Faith Middleton Show is a popular East Coast public radio host who, for 25 years, has explored important social issues, health, art, and food.
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2006-10-04
Baby Elephant Off Display At Least Through Weekend
Maliha, the St. Louis Zoo's 2-month-old Asian elephant, will remain off display through the weekend and perhaps longer, as keepers try to boost the calf's weight.
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2006-10-07
Elephants Are Excellent Travellers
"Most elephants make a trip very easily," said Carol Buckley, executive director of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where 42-year-old Asian elephant Dulary is to live after moving from Philadelphia.
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2006-10-07
An Elephant Crackup?
Attacks by elephants on villages, people and other animals are on the rise. Some researchers are pointing to a species-wide trauma and the fraying of the fabric of pachyderm society -

(On Monday, October 9, this article was the most frequently emailed article on the New York Times website. As of Wednesday, October 11, it was still in the top ten!)

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2006-10-06
Polly Pachyderm
A couple of years ago, an elephant trainer at South Korea's zoo in Everland Resort outside Seoul thought he heard a human voice coming out of an elephant stall. The sounds turned out to be coming from one of his charges, Kosik.
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2006-10-06
Philly Zoo Elephants Packing Their Trunks
Verinarian Dr. Elliot Katz, president of the animal-advocacy organization In Defense of Animals, said the Philadelphia Zoo is the second facility in the last two weeks and the 11th zoo in the U.S. that has shut down or will close its elephant display.
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2006-10-02
Lion Country Safari Moving Two Elephants to Other Places in U.S.
"It is appropriate that zoos are now responding to the science that shows elephants in captivity need a number of things: They need space and a compatible group of other elephants," said Carol Buckley, an Asian elephant expert and executive director of The Elephant Sanctuary, a 2,700-acre park for retired circus and elderly elephants in Tennessee. "Since the beginning of zoos in America, elephants have been kept in small spaces that cause them to get ill or die at an early age."
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2006-09-15
Broadway Musical Tusk Headed to Animation
TUSK is a musical about the plight of elephants and the rain forest. Billing thought of the idea when he learned of the horrible abuse elephants endure by trainers while in the circus and decided to write a musical to educate others.
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2006-09-25
Dulary Not Forgotten, Soon to be Gone
The zoo has known for more than a year, since a tussle with another elephant, that Dulary would have to be relocated. After almost a lifetime in Philadelphia, she will go to another zoo or a sanctuary with proper facilities.
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2006-09-24
Tuberculosis Helped Bring Down Mastodons
Researchers Bruce Rothschild of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Richard Laub of the Buffalo Museum of Science in New York looked at 113 mastodon skeletons and found signs of tuberculosis in 59 of them. That's 52 percent.
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2006-10-05
Dulary Moving to The Elephant Sanctuary!
The Philadelphia Zoo announced today that they would be sending 42-year old Dulary to The Elephant Sanctuary. Representatives from the Zoo recently visited the Sanctuary and stated “We’re confident TES will provide her a good home for years to come.” We will take Dulary as soon as we expand our caregiver team. The Sanctuary’s elephant population has nearly doubled with this year’s arrival of the eight former Hawthorn elephants who are currently receiving extra care. Dulary will move directly to the Expanded Asian Habitat of 2200 acres with the ‘founding’ herd
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2006-10-02
Sanctuaries Devoted to Elephants Welfare
Response from a former elephant caregiver regarding the debate over elephants at the Indianapolis Zoo and at elephant sanctuaries.
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2006-09-17
Scarlet Elephant Has Animal Lovers Seeing Red
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A city agency that allowed a spray-painted elephant to appear at an art exhibit is now saying it will not issue permits for such events in the future.
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2006-09-20
Humans, Elephants Battle for Supremacy in India's Remote Northeast
AUHATI, India A desperate battle between elephants and humans for the forests of India's remote northeast has reached alarming proportions, resulting in hundreds killed on both sides, wildlife officials said Wednesday ahead of an emergency meeting.
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2006-09-21
Elephants to Leave Garden City [Kansas] Zoo
Moki and Chana, female African elephants that have been tenants of Lee Richardson Zoo since 1986, will be transferred next month to Florida's Jacksonville Zoo for breeding.
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2006-09-17
Editorial Cartoon in the El Paso Times Calls Attention to Savannah's Plight in the El Paso Zoo.
As the El Paso City Council postpones their decision regarding Savannah at the El Paso Zoo, Savannah continues to live in the inadequate zoo facilities.
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2006-08-23
Necropsy on Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Gita is Inconclusive
A much-anticipated necropsy report for Gita the elephant, the 48-year-old Asian pachyderm that died at the Los Angeles Zoo in June, failed to determine whether a delay in reporting her worsening condition contributed to her death.
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2006-08-22
Article About Joanna Burke Published in Maclean Magazine
Maclean's Magazine (Like a Canadian weekly "Time" magazine) published this tribute to Joanna Burke. The link will take you to a PDF scan of the article sent to us by a Canadian supporter of the Sanctuary.
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2006-08-22
Veterinarian Confirms Elephants Do Run, Sort Of
Hutchinson's new study finds that, although they're no greyhounds or cheetahs, fast-moving elephants have a springy step that qualifies them as runners within the animal world.
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2006-07-03
Wildlife in Malawi to Receive 70 African Elephants
Lilongwe (AND) Majete wildlife reserve in Malawi will soon be receiving 70 African elephants - that almost became extinct - from the Liwonde National Park in an effort to attract local and international visitors to the country.
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2006-08-24
Elephant Sanctuary Elecam Website chosen for "Staff Picks" by Bravo TV
It's 1,000 degrees. You're inside, enjoying air conditioning, but getting a little bit of cabin fever. What to surf? Check out these elephants, living on a rescue sanctuary in the United States. Who knew? Tons of African and Asian elephants in the good ol' USA. And you can watch them live on an ele-cam. Excellent. -- Nia R.
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2006-08-24
Zoo Elephants Need New Home: Current facilities [in Toronto] cause stress and disease, says Barbara Gowdy
At the zoo the available space is too limited for them to wander, even during the summer when they spend most of their time outside. Winter is far more punishing. Elephants are ill-suited to cold climates, and once the temperature drops, they are separated into pairs and moved into indoor stalls just big enough to allow them to turn around. Patsy reportedly suffered from long-term degenerative arthritis, an incredibly painful condition that eventually led to her death.
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2006-08-30
City Council to Discuss Elephant Abuse Allegations
An official with the American Zoological Association, which accredits the El Paso Zoo, said the organization has ordered that all veterinary reports, USDA findings and witness accounts be sent for an investigation.
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2006-09-11
Carol Buckley to speak at Brentwood, TN Library
On Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m., Carol Buckley will give a presentation at the Brentwood, TN library on the history and accomplishments of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. The library is located at 8109 Concord Road. If you are coming to Brentwood from I-65, exit at #71, Concord Road. Turn left as you exit. The library is on the right. The event is free and no reservations are required.
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2006-09-12
Elephant-size Concern: El Paso Official Wants Animals Sent to Sanctuary
El Paso's mayor and city manager want City Council to postpone today's planned discussion of the fate of the El Paso Zoo's two elephants .
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2006-09-07
Joanna Burke's Father Responds to Comments on Bill O'Reilly Show
On September 6, 2006, Paul Burke responded to a segment on the Bill O'Reilly show (Fox News) which aired Sept. 5. On that show, Paul's daughter, Joanna was inaccurately described as a "Trainer" of the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary.
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2006-09-07
Volunteers Raise Money for The Elephant Sanctuary
We are grateful for all our volunteers who donate their time and effort to raise awareness for the mission of the Sanctuary.
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2006-09-04
Horse Show Cancelled Due to Animal Abuse
Soring became illegal in 1970, when Congress passed the Horse Protection Act. It outlawed all soring, which can include burns, cuts, injected chemicals and applications of caustic or blistering agents. The department also forbids substances that mask soring, like anesthetics and ointments that soften scar tissue or cool the irritated flesh.
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2006-09-02
Deja Vu All Over Again, Pachydermically Speaking
As long as the El Paso Zoo tolerates a culture of cruelty to animals, it should not be allowed to maintain custody of elephants Juno and Savannah.
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2006-09-01
El Paso Zoo Employee Fired Amid Animal Abuse Allegations
El Paso Zoo's collections supervisor, Allan Seidon, was fired for allegedly failing to follow animal handling policies and procedures.
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2006-08-29
New Elephant Abuse Allegations
An El Paso Zoo employee is placed on administrative leave following allegations he hit one of the elephants.
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2006-08-16
Scientists See Depth of Elephant Feelings
Scientists at the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya recorded footage of Eleanor as she fell to the ground after being bitten. Another elephant, Grace, was seen calling out in distress and trying desperately to get the stricken elephant to her feet.
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2006-08-09
Giant Banner Display Highlights Elephant Controversy at Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia, Pa. — “Philly Elephants Need Space. Sanctuary YES, Zoo NO” is the message of a giant banner rush hour commuters will see on the Girard Avenue Bridge Thursday morning. Elephant advocates holding the 4 ft. x 20 ft. banner aim to convince the Philadelphia Zoo to send its elephants to a sanctuary due to the inadequate conditions under which they are currently held.
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2006-08-03
Pet: A Requiem for a Heavyweight
Last week, zoo administrators [at the Oregon Zoo] and a veterinarian announced their decision to euthanize the ailing elephant, estimated to be 51 years old. Among the oldest female Asian elephants in U.S. zoos, Pet suffered from severe arthritis and an infection that invaded the bone of the second toe in her left front foot.
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2006-08-17
Misty has been released from quarantine!
Read all about Misty's release from quarantine and follow her new adventures as a member of the herd.
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2006-07-30
Passionate Over Pachyderms?
Passionate Over Pachyderms? Then get involved in any number of organizations  “trumpeting” the cause of these large, intelligent, social animals.
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2006-08-02
Landmark Elephant Protection Bill Passes Massachusetts Senate
A landmark bill that would protect elephants from abusive use of cruel and inhumane devices, such as bullhooks and chains, passed the Massachusetts Senate August 1, 2006.
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2006-08-03
Dumbo and Dumber: Handlers Give Circus Elephants the Bullhook
And so, tonight, the elephants are led away to be outfitted to perform for tonight’s show. The handlers march with them, their arms stiffly holding black bullhooks tight against their black pants. They direct the elephants past the tent where they sleep, past a platform strewn with heavy chains, past a baby elephant rocking back and forth.
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2006-07-31
Illness Plagued Gita's Last Days
"Over and over again, the zoo kept saying Gita is fine when in fact the medical records show the animal was suffering daily," said Catherine Doyle, a member of In Defense of Animals, who gave a copy of the records to The Times.
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2006-08-01
Two Elephants Are Under Quarantine at the Barnum & Baily Elephant Conservation Center
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for state agriculture officials to quarantine the entire Ringling breeding center until more tests are done to confirm that more animals haven't contracted the disease.
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2006-07-31
How Winkie and Scott are Doing
An update on Scott and Winkie following the tragic incident at the Sanctuary.
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2006-07-24
Sanctuary Won't Put Down Elephant That Killed Handler
"Joanna made it perfectly clear in word and deed that no harm should come to any elephant no matter their action," the statement posted Saturday said.
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2006-07-20
Elephant Breakdown
Social trauma: early disruption of attachment can affect the physiology, behaviour and culture of animals and humans over generations. Article by G. A. Bradshaw, Allan N. Schore, Janine L. Brown, Joyce H. Poole, and Cynthia J. Moss.
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2006-07-16
The New Circus: Ringling Bros. Thrills New Generation with Revamped Show
No three rings. No big cats. And just maybe, by next year, no elephants.
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2006-07-13
Bamboo's Life at Zoo a Big Controversy
Since August, the zoo has received more than 300 letters and e-mails about Bamboo, most asking that she be sent to the sanctuary. But like Woodland Park, zoos across the nation are under pressure from animal-rights groups that say most exhibits don't provide the space the animals need to stay healthy in captivity.
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2006-07-14
Wild Elephants Enter Hinmachal for First Time
Shimla, July 14 (IANS) Environmentalists are celebrating the first entry of wild elephants into Himachal Pradesh in several decades, though farmers are a little worried over the guests.
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2006-07-15
Protesters Push for Retirement in Bamboo's 'Golden Years'
About 80 animal rights activists and community members protested outside a Woodland Park Zoo fundraiser Friday, asking that the 39-year-old Asian elephant Bamboo be moved to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.
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2006-07-06
Animal Rights Activists Protest Circus at Dodd Stadium: Local residents oppose use of elephants for entertainment
Norwich, CT - Despite pouring rain, more than 20 animal rights activists gathered peacefully last week near Dodd Stadium in Norwich to protest the Cole Bros. Circus' use of elephants as entertainment.
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2006-07-07
Zookeeper Allowed to Resign After Gita-the-Elephant Death
A night zookeeper at the Los Angeles Zoo who failed to report that Gita the elephant was resting in a life-threatening position has been allowed to resign, officials said Thursday.
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2006-07-01
Zoo Investigation Finds Response to Ailing Elephant Was Too Slow
LOS ANGELES - An investigation by the Los Angeles Zoo has found that the keepers of a 48-year-old Asian elephant that died last month did not begin emergency procedures for more than eight hours after the elephant was first observed sitting down.
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2006-06-30
Zoo Officials: Gita Elephant Seen Sitting Before Her Death
LOS ANGELES -- Gita, an Asian elephant who died June 10, was reported sitting down eight hours before she received medical care, Los Angeles Zoo officials said Friday, confirming claims by animal rights activists.
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2006-06-30
Mozart Therapy for Bereaved Elephant
By sheer accident, Suma’s keepers discovered that the healing power of Mozart extends to the animal kingdom too.
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2006-12-01
It's that time again - time for this month's Club Meds Blitz!!
Participate in this month’s Club Meds blitz!! The Club Meds blitz was created to raise money solely for ‘the girl’s’ medicine and medical supplies. Your contribution counts!
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2006-06-25
Tough Times for the Gentle Giants
As their natural habitat of forests shrink or disappear, elephants are up against the only predator they cannot seem to outwit: man.
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2006-06-21
Zoo Elephants to Get Wider Berth
The National Zoo announced plans yesterday for a new $60 million "Elephant Trails" exhibit that will dramatically expand and upgrade its current facility for Asian elephants.
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2006-06-20
The Elephant
The Elephant magazine is published by Friends of the Elephant Foundation located in the Netherlands. The magazine is full of interesting information about elephants in general. In this issue, the Hawthorn Elephant rescue is featured. By clicking on the above link, you will be able to download the current edition of this magazine.
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2006-06-19
Save Elephants from Zoos
"These big animals need to range over large areas and interact with other elephants," writes David Hancocks.
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2006-06-18
Seattle's Zoo: Free Bamboo
Seattle has little to be proud of in its recent handling of one of its zoo's signature animals, Bamboo. The elephant deserves better.
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2006-06-14
No Longer a Mind of Our Own
New research is blurring the species boundary, forcing us to rethink what it is to be human.
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2006-06-12
Size Doesn't Matter to Friends
When you're open-minded, best friends can come in all shapes and sizes.
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2006-06-12
Are Zoos Killing Elephants?
The death of a beloved pachyderm in Los Angeles intensifies the growing pressure on zoos to rethink their animal exhibits.
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2006-06-12
Death of Gita Renews Calls to Move Elephants to Sanctuary
One day after a 48-year-old Asian elephant died at the Los Angeles Zoo, about two dozen animal rights activists protested there Sunday and called upon officials to close the elephant exhibit and move two remaining pachyderms to an animal sanctuary.
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2006-06-11
Who Belongs in the Zoo?
It may be that some animals just can't be kept humanely in captivity. Zoos may have to reinvent themselves -- once aga
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2006-06-11
Gita, the Los Angeles Zoo's 48-Year-Old Elephant, Dies
Gita, the Los Angeles Zoo's female Asian elephant who had become the focus of a high profile controversy over whether the giant animals should stay in zoos, died Saturday morning in her yard after several hours of attempts to save her life. Gita, who turned 48 this month, had lived at the zoo since 1959.
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2006-06-10
Gita, an Elephant at the Los Angles Zoo, has died
LOS ANGELES - A 48-year-old female Asian elephant named Gita died Saturday at the Los Angeles Zoo, where critics had charged the huge animals were being kept in unhealthy conditions.
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2006-06-08
Zoo Plans Risky Surgery to Remove Fetus from Pregnant Elephant
SYRACUSE, N.Y. A special team will assemble today to perform tricky surgery on a pregnant elephant in hopes of helping her deliver her 300-pound calf.
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2006-06-06
Animal Rights Group Sues Zoo Over Elephant
Woodland Park Zoo has harmed a 39-year-old Asian elephant named Bamboo and should move her to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, an animal-rights group said in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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2006-06-03
Bittersweet Birthday
As zoo elephant Mary turns 60, where should she live? And will she stay with longtime friend Maude?
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2006-06-01
Tennessee Treasures to air on WNPX June 10th.
Tennessee Treasures™ is a brand new TV show that is launching across Tennessee. The pilot, shot in the late 90s, features The Elephant Sanctuary in the first show. It airs in Middle TN on WNPX (Comcast 17 or Charter 9), Saturdays at 10:30 PM.The first show is Saturday, June 10th at 10:30 p.m.
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2006-05-17
Zoo elephants: Space case
Seattle's elephants receive great care, but that's not enough. They deserve more space.
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2006-05-16
Elephant Rescue Offers Mud, Bath, and Lots of Space
Circuses and zoos aren't always fun - at least not for some of their biggest stars.
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2006-05-10
Travels With Tarra Receives Prestigious Award
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education has selected Travels with Tarra as a 2006 KIND Children's Honor Book. This book may be ordered on our website.
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2006-04-25
Assemblymember [CA] Levine's Elephant Protection Act Passes Public Safety Committee
AB 3027 would make it a misdemeanor to use or be in the possession of a bullhook or chains while near an elephant.
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2006-04-21
To Zoo or Not to Zoo
Los Angeles is only one of many city zoos where the elephant exhits are under fire for being much too small. In Chicago, where three Lincoln Park Zoo elephants have died since 2004, the city council is considering an ordinance that would demand 10 acres for elephant exhibits. The Detroit Zoo has closed its elephant exhibit altogether because of the harsh Michigan winters.
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2006-04-19
LA Zoo to Keep Elephant Exhibit
The 13-2 vote to build one of the biggest and most costly elephant enclosures in the nation came after months of debate about whether the animals should be kept in captivity at all.
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2006-04-17
The Elephant in the Budget
DON'T EVEN THINK OF continuing to confine the Los Angeles Zoo's three elephants in their too-tiny half-acre pen. Even a 3 ˝-acre enclosure, which the City Council will vote on financing this week, amounts to an overcrowded dorm room for animals that need a more expansive space to thrive.
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2006-04-15
Magical Elephants Need Room to Roam
The lack of space to roam, confinement and training techniques all contribute to declining health, both mental and physical for these large animals.
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2006-04-10
Lawsuit Claims Big Top is Elephants' Nightmare
About 15 U.S. cities have ordinances banning circus acts that involve animals, and a measure is pending in the Chicago City Council to require that each elephant within city limits have at least 10 acres of personal space.
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2006-04-12
Search Engine Donates Cents to Non-profits
Goodsearch.com, launched in November 2005, is a search engine that donates part of its revenue to charitable organizations across the country.
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2006-04-07
The Elephant Orphanage
This Sunday, April 9 at 7:00 PM ET/PT CBS' 60 MINUTES Airs Segment on Dame Daphne Sheldrick and "The Elephant Orphanage"
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2006-04-09
Sanctuary, Not Circus
Many of the travelling circuses that perform every year in Canada and the United States and the companies that train and lease elephants to them have a long record of animal welfare violations, cruelty charges and convictions.
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2006-04-09
Elephant Activists Hire Monitors
In the latest twist in a standoff between [Philadelphia, PA] zoo officials and anti-captivity forces, the activists have hired an undercover team to keep tabs on Dulary, the 42-year-old Asian elephant whose lack of social contact has been a concern since last summer, when she was separated from the herd after a stable mate gashed her in the eye.
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2006-04-05
This Elephant, a new children's book, now on sale at Amazon.Com.
A new children’s book just released, This Elephant, is now for sale on Amazon .com. The book is written by Scott “Skip” SanGiacomo and is dedicated to Lota with a percentage of the sales going to the Elephant Sanctuary.
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2006-03-21
'Sad, neurotic' Bamboo to Return
What that means in the short term is that Bamboo is coming home (back to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo). However, the tug of war over whether the 39-year-old female Asian elephant belongs in a zoo or a spacious Southern sanctuary continues.  
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2006-03-13
Tickling a Few Ivories
When most logging work dried up, the elephants of this Southeast Asian country were cast aside, until `Lek' stepped in to help
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2006-03-12
The Elephant Sanctuary to be Featured on Animal Planet
On this edition, meet elephants who roam free in Tennessee.
March 15 7:00 p.m. CST, also 10:00 CST
March 16 2:00 a.m. CST
March 18 2:00 p.m. CST

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2006-03-12
Zoo Studies Mamie's Death
Early indications show elephant had brain lesion, but necropsy not complete.
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2006-03-11
Popular Pachyderm Passes Away
The African elephant Mamie, a fixture at the Knoxville Zoo for a quarter century, was euthanized Friday evening after 11 months of declining health. She was 45 years old, considered geriatric by zoo officials.
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2006-03-04
Elephant Programs Fight for Trunk Space
As standards for care rise, so do calls to shut down facilities.
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2006-03-04
Proposed Law Would Require Zoos to Expand Elephant Exhibits
Zoos throughout the state [California] would have to expand their elephant enclosures or close them by 2009, under a proposed state law that would set standards for the treatment of elephants housed in zoos.
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2006-03-04
Benign Ignorance: They're Only Animals
It's apparent that the City Council [of El Paso] cares not one bit about Juno and Savannah's welfare. Otherwise, it would do something -- anything -- and the zoo should be forcing the issue.
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2006-03-04
U.S. to Review Treatment of Zoo Elephants
The U.S. government plans to look into possible changes in laws protecting zoo elephants after an animal welfare group complained that many were kept in cramped conditions that caused arthritis and foot disease and could be deadly.
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2006-03-03
Rabbits Who Grunt and Bunny (an elephant) Who Chirps and Squeaks
Kate Elliott writes about the fascinating activities of bunnies and elephants
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2006-02-23
City Hall [Chicago] Debates Elephant Limits
Chicago aldermen heard horror stories and tales of hope and liberation Thursday involving real-life characters with names like Winky, Wanda and Tarra.
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2006-02-23
City Council Debates Future of Elephants in Chicago
As elephants roam at a sanctuary in Tennessee and visitors stop in awe of the elephants at Brookfield Zoo, a debate rages about what's best for elephants in captivity.
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2006-03-15
Animal Planet to feature The Elephant Sanctuary
This will air March 15 at 7:00 CST (8:00 EST)
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2006-02-22
The Elephant Turf War
Former Woodland Park Zoo veterinarian Mel Richardson is not surprised when zoo officials downplay the significance of space for pachyderms because "it's the one thing they can't give them."
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2006-02-19
Space for the Species
In this interview featuring Carol Buckley, ABC7 Chicago looks at the balance between elephant conservation and exhibition, Also, ABC7 gets a rare glimpse into a place devoted to the survival of captive elephants. A video can be accessed from the Original Article.
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2006-02-17
Mammoth is the Brother of the Asian Elephant, and the African Elephant is Their Grandfather
Approximately 10,000 years after the last mammoths used to roam across the North American and Eurasian spaces, they still remain an exciting subject of inquiry for researchers. Mammoths and elephants belong to the most ancient group of mammals, therefore, when studying mammoths the researchers reveal secrets of evolutionary origin of contemporary species. Discussions continue about genetic kinship of mammoths and contemporary elephants.
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2006-02-16
Government Postpones Mass Elephant Cull Plan
Government has put on ice a controversial proposal to resume culling elephants from Kruger National Park where overcrowding is causing problems, a leading conservation scientist said. The proposal last year from the national parks authority to end a 10-year ban had outraged many conservationists who said it was unnecessary.
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2006-02-16
Elephants "Hear" Warnings With Their Feet, Study Confirms
When African elephants stomp and trumpet as a predator approaches, other distant elephants can get the news by feeling the ground rumble, a team of scientists recently confirmed.
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2006-02-19
Download Available for Paula Zahn's newscast about The Elephant Sanctuary, aired on 2/17/06.
The link will take you to a web page where you can download the entire segment about the Elephant Sanctuary which was aired on the Paula Zahn Now show. The download is 63.45 MB.
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2006-02-16
Elephants on the Edge Fight Back
After years of trauma at the hands of humans, could Africa's elephants be nursing a grudge?
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2006-02-16
A Trunk-full of Elephants
Relocating from the Hawthorn Corporation in Richmond, Ill. to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., the elephants paired up two at a time and embarked on the 12-hour journey in a special chain free semi-trailer.
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2006-02-17
CNN to Feature The Hawthorn Elephant Rescue and the 11-year History of The Elephant Sanctuary Feb. 17, 7PM CST. Check your local listings for air time.
Keith Oppenheim, a reporter from the Paula Zahn Now show rides from Illinois to Hohenwald with Scott Blais, Billie, and Frieda — the last 2 elephants rescued from the Hawthorn Corporation. Read his story, and then WATCH THE SHOW next week. Scheduling details will be posted later.
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2006-02-12
What is Good for Zoos is not Necessarily Good for Elephants
If elephants don't belong in zoos — and some zoo directors believe they do not, as does the Humane Society of the United States — then there is still time for Tucson to reverse course and give up its elephants before the money is raised and spent.
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2006-02-07
Bronx Zoo Plans to End Elephant Exhibit
The Bronx Zoo, the only zoo left in the city that keeps elephants, said yesterday that it planned to shut down its exhibit after the death of two of its three elephants, or even one.
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2006-02-08
Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF) will air a segment on the 6:00 p.m. news tonight (Feb. 8) on Debbie and Ronnie's arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary
Watch the arrival of Debbie and Ronnie to The Elephant Sanctuary!
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2006-02-02
The Elephant Sanctuary will be featured on Nashville WKRN Channel 2 today (Feb. 2, 2006) at 4:30 p.m. with a shorter segment again at 6:00 p.m.

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2006-01-31
Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary Rescues Abused Pachyderms
Two elephants explored their new sanctuary free of chains on Tuesday, the first of four pairs to arrive as part of the most ambitious relocation effort ever mounted for abused pachyderms, organizers said.
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2006-01-30
Cuneo Elephants Begin Trek to Tennessee
Two Asian elephants began a 650-mile journey Monday from a troubled circus training farm near far north suburban Richmond to a sanctuary in Tennessee, where operators have promised them a life of ease and comfort.
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2006-01-27
Nations Back Elephant Action Plan
All nations with wild populations of Asian elephants have met as a group for the first time to discuss the species' future survival.
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2006-01-28
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Begins the Largest Rescue of Needy Circus Elephants in U.S. History: "The Caravan to Freedom"
Scheduled to start Monday, the first of 8 elephants whose relocation was mandated by the USDA, will begin the 12-hour journey from the Hawthorn Corporation in Richmond, Illinois to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The entire group will be moved, two at a time, during the course of the next two weeks.
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2006-01-27
2 of 8 Elephants to Head for Tennessee Sanctuary
Two of the eight elephants leaving a troubled circus-training facility near Richmond in McHenry County are tentatively scheduled to depart Sunday for a sanctuary in Tennessee, a sanctuary official said. The remaining elephants are expected to follow over the next couple of weeks.
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2006-01-19
Law Students Push for Elephant Haven
Group wants animals moved to Tennessee sanctuary

A group of UA law students and City Park officials are caught in the crossfire over the fate of two elephants at the Reid Park Zoo. Save Tucson Elephants, a group of 40 UA students and community members, wants to send elephants Connie and Shaba to a sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn.
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2006-01-04
Activists Claim Elephants Mistreated
They call it the greatest show on earth. But some animal rights activists say this circus is nothing more than a colorful cover for torture, and one former Ringling Brothers elephant keeper is speaking out about the elephant abuse he says he witnessed, and showing the video he also says proves it.
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2006-01-19
Seeking Sanctuary
La Petite, a 20-year-old Asian elephant, has been living in solitary confinement in the Ramat Gan Safari Park since July. The animal, who has the unfortunate history of being an abused circus animal, was shunned from her Israeli herd four years after she left her previous home in England.
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2006-01-20
D.C. Zoo Harming Ill Elephant, Expert Says
"In all my 30 years of observing wild elephants, I have never seen an elephant as crippled as Toni. . . . She symbolizes the dismal consequences of long-term lack of space and movement," Joyce Poole, an animal behaviorist with the Elephant Trust, said in a statement after visiting the zoo's Elephant House this month and meeting with the zoo's director, John Berry.
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2006-01-10
Big-hearted Angus Dies a Month Before Returning to South African Home
Angus, the world's biggest captive elephant, has died only a month before he was to be flown from Canada to South Africa, his homeland, and set free in a game reserve.
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2006-01-05
Sick Elephant Dies Before Being Moved to Sanctuary
The elephant was among nine that Hawthorn Corp. owner John Cuneo agreed to donate to the sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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2006-01-03
One Tail Hair Reveals Elephant's Life Tale
Scientists uncover tale of elephant's diet, travels From one of its tail hairs
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2006-10-13
Support the Sanctuary while you shop Amazon.com
Visit Amazon.com from links on our site and 5% of anything you buy goes to The Elephant Sanctuary. Always use this page to link to Amazon.com and all your purchases will help the elephants!

Canadian Shoppers visit Amazon.ca.
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2006-12-06
For the third consecutive year The Elephant Sanctuary has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities.
For the second consecutive year The Elephant Sanctuary has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities. Only 12% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Elephant Sanctuary outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Elephant Sanctuary from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that an organization excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of its organization in an efficient and effective manner. This consistency in your rating is an exceptional feat, especially given the economic challenges many charities have had to face in the last year.
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2006-12-13
Meet the December Divas - Ronnie and Debbie!
To be better acquainted with our Divas, we are featuring two each month. This month, watch a video of Ronnie and Debbie and read their extended bios! All linked from the EleCam page.
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2006-11-15
Hurry, Order Your Christmas Gifts Today!
In order to beat the Holiday rush, the Sanctuary asks our members to kindly place their Christmas gift orders by the following dates: any International gift orders must be received in our office by November 27. Orders shipped within the United States: Parcel Post by December 1, First Class received by December 5, Priority (extra shipping charges may apply) by December 7, Express Mail (extra shipping charges may apply) by December 9. Remember, it will still take our hard-working office crew 10-14 business days to process all orders, in addition to your mail time.
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2006-11-14
2007 Sanctuary Calendar is Here!
Our 2007 monthly calendar includes holidays, moon phases and our resident elephant's anniversary dates. Included in each month is a special update of the girls!
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2006-11-02
Sanctuary e-Bay to be Discontinued
To all of our dedicated eBay supporters: the Sanctuary’s eBay program will be discontinued as of November 30, 2006. We are unable to accept any donations effective November 1, 2006. We whole-heartedly appreciate all who have supported this endeavor and wish to THANK YOU! A huge expression of gratitude goes to Ann Dwyer and Jody Stickney who gave of their precious time and resources towards this venture. Any items that have already been donated will be used for a yard sale with all proceeds to benefit the Sanctuary. Remember, you have until November 30th to purchase any of the last eBay items remaining, so hurry and bid, bid, bid!
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2006-12-04
Urgent! Your Comments Needed on Elephant Petition. Deadline is December 11, 2006.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently seeking public comments on space and living conditions for captive elephants in the U.S. This important decision is a result of intense media and public scrutiny of the plight elephants in zoos and circuses. It also follows the submission of a citizen's petition by In Defense of Animals to the USDA seeking enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act’s adequate space provision at zoos and circuses.

Please follow this link for talking points and how to submit your comments.

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2006-11-28
October was Elephant Awareness Month in Lewis County
In recognition of the commitment, perseverance and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, Lewis County declared October 2006 as Elephant Awareness Month. Pre-K to 8th grade students in the Lewis County (Hohenwald) school system participated in a postcard project and you can see many of the drawings by the students on this page - from both 2006 and 2005.
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2006-09-26
The Elephant Sanctuary has an immediate opening for a full-time Facilities Director
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has an immediate opening for a full time Facilities Manager reporting to the Director of Operations. Position will involve supervision and maintenance of all buildings, fencing, gates, barns, grounds, equipment, and vehicles at the Sanctuary. More Information.
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2006-09-22
Carol Buckley Nominated for Hero of the Year
Carol Buckley has been selected as a Finalist by Animal Planet's "Hero of the Year" Contest. You may cast your vote for your favorite Hero at the Animal Planet Website Voting page. Be sure to vote now for your favorite Hero!
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2006-09-21
What the Elephant Never Forgot
A mysterious sore on an elephant's foreleg leads to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and an exploration of body memories that every human should know about. Article in Spirituality & Health, by Dawn Adrian Adams. (PDF format)
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2006-09-08
International Wildlife Experts to Visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
On September 17, 2006 The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will be host to a group of the world's most renowned scientists and researchers in the field of wildlife protection and animal welfare.
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2006-08-28


Read a review of The Elephant Sanctuary website by clicking on the link above.
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2006-08-28
Elephant Lovers Rally at Hohenwald Sanctuary
Elephant lovers will return Oct. 5-8 to Hohenwald, 80 miles southwest of Nashville and home to the 2,700-acre Elephant Sanctuary, for the second annual Elephant Advocates Rally Support conference. At EARS, they network, volunteer at the sanctuary and trade ideas and information.
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2006-08-07
Misty's Last Day of Treatment is Today, August 7!
As soon as her release from quarantine is finalized, information will be posted!
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2006-07-28
In appreciation to Dr. Denise Davis
To help Sanctuary Staff cope with this sudden and tragic accident, Dr. Denise Davis, Cognitive Therapist, based out of Nashville, TN, was kind enough to visit the Sanctuary for a day to speak with Staff members. We would like to extend a heartfelt, “Thank you”, to Denise! Please visit her website for more information about her work at www.denisedavisphd.com.
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2006-07-28
Statement of Appreciation
The Sanctuary Staff would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have showed their overwhelming support to the Burke Family and the Sanctuary. Thank you for all your heartwarming words of encouragement in this difficult time.
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2006-07-18
Cell Tech Opens Office in Nashville
The Sanctuary is thrilled to learn that one of our most dedicated supporters, Cell Tech, has set up an office in Nashville, TN. Cell Tech has been marvelous over the years donating spectrabiotics and animal matrics to help improve the health of our elephants. Everyone at the Sanctuary would like to extend a special welcome to our new neighbor and longtime supporter, Cell Tech. www.celltech.com. Thank you for your support.
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2006-07-14
Remember to Search the Internet with GoodSearch!
GoodSearchSearching the Internet with GoodSearch.Com is a good way to contribute to The Elephant Sanctuary every time you search.
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2006-07-13
"Elephant Sanctuary" Tennessee Vehicle License Plate
We regret to inform our members that we were not able to meet the required 1000 "Elephant Sanctuary" Tennessee vehicle license plates before the extended deadline. If you have purchased a license plate, please look for a letter with more information either in your email inbox or mailbox.
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2006-07-11
Former Curious George Artist Returns With a New Animal Book and Mission
While doing research for his latest animal book THIS ELEPHANT, author Skip learned about a group of Elephants living in the U.S. that needed some help. For every book sold, Skip will make a donation to The Elephant Sanctuary.
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2006-07-02
The Elephant Sanctuary website selected for award.
The Elephant Sanctuary website has been selected as one of the best educational resources on the Web by StudySphere. StudySphere is one of the Internet's fastest growing sites of educational resources for students, teachers and parents. StudySphere has scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included within its listing of educational links.
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2006-06-13
Elephant Welfare Advocates, Inspired by the Work of the Elephant Sanctuary, Hold Second Annual Rally.
The 2nd Annual Elephant Advocates' Rally Support Conference will be held  in Hohenwald, Tennessee Oct 5th, 6th, 7th. and 8th, 2006.
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2006-05-19
Questionable Fund-raising
It has come to our attention that an organization called Animal Save International is soliciting money for several animal organizations including “an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee”. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has not, to date, received any funds from this organization, nor have we given permission for this organization to use information about our Sanctuary.
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2006-01-26
Help the Girls Every Time You Click!
There is a new and easy way to raise money for The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch.com. It's simple. You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine — but each time you do, money is generated for our girls. Each time you search $.01 is donated to The Elephant Sanctuary. Last year, search engines generated close to $6 billion in revenue from advertisers. With GoodSearch part of this advertising revenue will now be directed to The Elephant Sanctuary.

In using this search engine, it is important to remember that repeated manual clicks in order to generate money is not appropriate. Please use this search engine only as you would use any other search engine.

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2006-01-17
Recycle for the Girls
Visit Cash For Critters, a fundraising organization that also benefits the environment. To participate, just call them toll-free at 1-866-301-7027 and request a bag (or box) to help the Elephant Sanctuary. You will also need to give them our address: P.O. Box 393, Hohenwald, TN 38462. The postage or UPS shipping will be pre-paid by Cash for Critters, and once they receive your package with cartridges or cell phones, they will issue and mail the Elephant Sanctuary a check.

Values for printer cartridges vary, but visit this link for a list of what they are currently accepting and what each is worth. Cash for Critters is something you can do as an individual–or organize a team of volunteers to help collect from friends and area businesses for an even greater fundraising impact!

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2006-10-12
The Elephant Sanctuary has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.
Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that an organization excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of its organization in an efficient and effective manner. This rise in The Elephant Sanctuary's rating is an exceptional feat, especially given the economic challenges many charities have had to face in the last year.
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2006-10-12
Postage stamps featuring The Elephant Sanctuary now available.
Just in time for your holiday greeting cards and letters! Thanks to a company called Zazzle (an approved licensed vendor of the US Postal Service), you can now order new custom Elephant Sanctuary U.S. postage stamps. Each style comes 20 stamps per sheet, and you may choose your denomination from standard first class mail (37˘) all the way up to $4.05 postage.

Click on the above link for more information and to place your order today. A portion of each sale will benefit The Elephant Sanctuary.

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