Celebrate New Year's Eve With the Elephant Sanctuary!
Enjoy new videos, a huge slide show, and other special treats by visiting this page throughout the day and into the evening!
The Elephant Sanctuary to be featured on ABC's 20/20 December 27, 2007
The Elephant Sanctuary will be featured on 20/20 tonight at 9:00pm CST. The segment is titled 'Wild Animals in Captivity Inherently Dangerous'.
Stop the Capture and Training of Elephants for Elephant-back Safaris and Circuses in South Africa
What is Public Watch currently concerned with? ...at present our
focus is on the development of the South African draft Elephant
Norms and Standards published earlier this year by the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism, and the problems we see within this
draft. (*a PDF document)
Maggie is safe at PAWS!
The Elephant Sanctuary staff gathered around our computers to see Maggie’s first steps on PAWS new African webcam! We are all thrilled! Congratulations and thank you to PAWS for bringing Maggie home!
Operation Maggie Flight is Ready for Launching
After four decades of elephant-keeping, the Alaska Zoo hands over its beloved pachyderm Maggie to a sanctuary in California today.
Air Force Agrees to move Elephant on C-17
For a bunch of loadmasters, life will truly imitate art the day after Halloween, now that the Air Force has agreed to fly Maggie, a sick elephant, aboard a C-17 Globemaster from Alaska to California.
She's a Friend Indeed
"I was telling Bunny the other day on her anniversary, 'You've been here EIGHT years!'"
NC Zoo Adds 3 Elephants
ASHEBORO - Three African elephants arrived at the North Carolina Zoo this past weekend, bringing the zoo's elephant collection to seven, the largest in its history.
Air Force Will Fly Maggie to PAWS
Maggie is scheduled to leave Anchorage on Thursday aboard a C-17 cargo plane that will take her to Travis Air Force Base. The PAWS sanctuary is located about 55 miles from Travis, which is near Sacramento.
Bunny's Story to Air on Evansville Local TV on October 27, 2007.
Students at Bosse High School in Evansville, came to the Sanctuary and filmed a follow-up story on Bunny. It was filmed as part of EUSC Community Link and airs on WNIN Channel 9 on October 27, 2007.
Bill Hearing Elicits Horrific Elephant Tales
State lawmakers on Wednesday listened to descriptions of bleeding, screeching elephants mishandled by violent circus employees. Those claims were sharply disputed by Ringling Bros. executives, who insisted that elephants were treated with dignity and shared close bonds with their trainers.
Six elephants have been electrocuted in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya, officials say
"They got entangled in the live wires that ran loose as the posts were uprooted," wildlife department spokesman Sunil Kumar said.
"Six elephants died on the spot, but thankfully the villagers chased away the rest," he said.
Carol Buckley to Speak at the Princess Theatre in Decatur, Alabama on October 29th at 7:00 p.m.
Carol’s topic will be: Sanctuary: A captive Elephant’s Only Acceptable Alternative. The crisis facing elephants in captivity and in their home ranges.
The evening will feature a video, lecture and book signing. This
presentation will engage and involve audiences of any age. It starts with a poignant story of Jenny and Shirley, two elephants who reunite at the Sanctuary after meeting in a circus 20 years prior. It will also feature wonderful footage of the elephant residents as well as give a brief overview of the history and operations of the Sanctuary.
Tickets available in advance or at the door. More information: 256-340-1778
We welcome Abaxis as a corporate sponsor for The Elephant Sanctuary
Abaxis has provided a Vetscan Classic chemistry analyzer to the Sanctuary’s Elephant Health and Welfare Laboratory
Maggie's luggage arrives
The Alaska Zoo took delivery this morning of a specially-made shipping crate that will house Maggie, Alaska's lone African elephant, during her trip to California.
Preparing Maggie for the big move
Trainers at the Alaska Zoo have been quietly preparing Maggie...
Elephant Sanctuary Breaks Ground On New Center
On Monday, October 15th, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee broke ground on a new Education Gallery/Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald.
November issue of Reader's Digest to feature The Elephant Sanctuary.
The Elephant Sanctuary will be featured in the November issue of Reader’s Digest, which will be on sale mid-late October. Shirley and Jenny will also be a big part of the story!
An Elephant's Tale in Tennessee
There is a place for circus and zoo elephants to go after they retire. It's in rural Tennessee. And Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist was able to go where no visitors had ever been before.
The Elephant Sanctuary to be featured on CBS News Sunday Morning scheduled to air October 7
The Elephant Sanctuary is scheduled to be the closing feature on CBS News Sunday Morning this Sunday October 7. This program is scheduled to air in the Nashville area 8-9:30CT. (Times vary in other areas) The segment focuses on The Sanctuary as well as Dulary's journey and the friendship between Tarra and Dulary. Celebrate Elephant Awareness Month and do not miss this wonderful event.
October is Elephant Awareness Month
In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2007 as Elephant Awareness Month.
Allison Argo, Emmy Award Winning producer of The Urban Elephant wins Emmy for PBS Documentary Chimpanzees: an Unnatural History
The Elephant Sanctuary congratulates our friend Allison Argo for winning a News and Documentary Emmy for her most recent documentary that tells the stories of hundreds of chimpanzees saved from research labs. Allison was producer, writer, director and narrator for The Urban Elephant which features the reunion of Jenny and Shirley. Congratulations Allison!
Maggie's Bound for California Elephant Refuge
Accommodations will include a sprawling 75-acre enclosure where she can mingle with four other African elephants. She'll have a posh 20,000-square-foot barn in case the central California climate gets a wee bit chilly. And there is an indoor jacuzzi that she can fully submerge in to rest her feet. Seriously.
Maggie is going to PAWS!!!!
Maggie the elephant, the subject of intense debate this summer, will be heading to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif., the Alaska Zoo Board announced Thursday.
The Elephant Sanctuary Featured on Priceless.Com
Patti Miles, a member of the Elephant Sanctuary’s President’s Task Force, came up with the great idea to enter her “priceless” story with photos of “the girls” for the Mastercard's Priceless.com website. Her entry was chosen and is now on their website.
Carol Buckley to Speak at Frist Museum in Nashville
Carol Buckley, Sanctuary Co-Founder/Executive Director will present a lecture and book-signing at the Frist Museum in Nashville on September 27 at 4pm. Carol’s presentation will be titled Sanctuary Life and she will read excerpts from her latest book, Just For Elephants, which will be available for sale.
Rarest Elephants Protection Plans
Scientists helping protect the smallest and rarest elephants in the world are hoping to set up a fieldwork centre on the island of Borneo.
Once Upon a Time, Three Performers Came to the Old State Capitol
It's probably safe to say elephants weren't often the topic of conversation when what's now the Old State Capitol Historic Site served as the center of state government.
Bob Barker Wants Maggie to "Come On Down"
On Monday animal activist Barker and the PAWS Sanctuary Pat Lampi of the Alaska Zoo
made the zoo an offer to fund Maggie's entire move out of Alaska, including her training, health care and airfare.
Alaska Zoo Postpones Maggie's Move Until Spring
Paul Joslin with the group Friends of Maggie said the zoo has already taken too long to make a decision.
Russian Zoo Insists Elephant Will Stay Despite Global Petition
KALININGRAD, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russian authorities rejected an international petition for an elephant being held in cramped conditions in Kaliningrad Zoo to be moved to the U.S., insisting the animal was in good health.
Stringent Rules for Elephant Management
A flood of submissions has been received by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism following the publication of draft norms and standards for the management of elephants in March this year.
Elephants Get Photo IDs for Protection
Asian elephants don’t carry photo identification, so scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and India’s Nature Conservation Foundation are providing the service free of charge by creating a photographic archive of individual elephants, which can help save them as well.
Congo Villagers Threatened By Elephant Herds
Herds of elephants are trampling crops and polluting water sources in eastern Republic of Congo, threatening to force thousands of villagers out of their homes, the forestry minister said on Friday.
Cross Country: Elephant's Relocation a Village Affair
The centre of attention was a male elephant that had been captured in the nearby jungle.
Ele-Buzz! New Weekly Newsletter from The Elephant Sanctuary
This summer, our caregivers and staff from all four (expansive) corners of the Sanctuary began reporting in to share what they, and the Girls, have been up to. The result was an internal communicatons newsletter called the "Ele-Buzz." Recently, we decided we may as well share these insider Ele-Buzz updates with you, too! Many contain some cute stories direct from the caregivers about the Girls. Click here for a new web page to download our latest issues, and be sure to bookmark it and check back each week for new editions!
Elephants' Toes Get the Message, Study Finds
In O'Connell-Rodwell's latest study, scheduled to be published in July, 2007, the elephant specialist reports these seismic signals are so sophisticated that elephants can distinguish whether the messaging comes from trusted fellow herd members or strangers -- a sort of "caller ID of the wild," according to O'Connell-Rodwell. The next step in her research is to figure out how the elephants make these distinctions.
Tiger, Tiger: Why it's time to reconsider the whole notion of putting wild animals in zoos
My grandpa, Leo Gellman, was a zookeeper at the Milwaukee zoo. His grandfather explained, "We capture and display some of them so that people would feel something for them and protect the wild animals that were not in cages." I asked grandpa if he thought the deal was fair. He thought and said, “It's a good deal for us, and not such a good deal for them.” I still think grandpa was right.
Late Effort Fails to Spare Elephants from Park Sale
City Manager Joe Tanner decided late Monday night that Vallejo cannot afford to exclude four elephants from today's sale of Discovery Kingdom to Six Flags.
The New Ponds!
Dulary's big beautiful pond is done and the Africans' new pond is nearly completed as well. They are big, they are deep, but sadly they are both empty! No rain means no run off which means both ponds are bone dry. The good news is we have a 25-acre spring-fed lake that we can take water from as soon as we find a water tanker and driver willing to take on the task. We have already contacted our local fire departments who are not able to accomodate us. If you want to contribute to the effort or know of someone who can help get these ponds filled, please contact Jill@elephants.com.
An Elephant Never Forgets a Good Meal
"We drove through The Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming," Blais said. "I don't know where we were, but it was around 2 a.m. and we were told to get off the highway at certain exit and behind a building there would be some hay."
Zoo Not Ready For Maggie's Send-Off
Alaska Zoo officials say they continue to narrow down possible new homes for Maggie. They won't name the contenders, but one sanctuary run by the PAWS foundation and known to be under consideration has offered to foot the shipping bill for the zoo's only elephant.
Elephants "Learn" to Avoid Land Mines in War-Torn Angola
Elephants moving into war-ravaged southern Angola from neighboring countries appear to have developed the ability to avoid the land mines that litter the region, scientists report.
On July 21 we honor Joanna, Tina, and all the elephants we loved and cared about and all the spirits that surround the Sanctuary. We have chosen a heart symbol to represent Joanna’s big heart. We will be honoring Joanna’s memory with fire circles and meditations on July 21, and we invite you all to join us to honor the sacred souls around us. If you would like to join us in action and meditation, we would ask that on that day, you practice one kind action, one right action, one deliberate, special kind action, to a fellow creature. The combined energy of all this right action will form a powerful energy, to honor all souls and protect their spirits.
Dulary's Homecoming DVD Now Available
On May 1, 2007, Dulary's lifelong journey to freedom was finally realized when the Philadelphia Zoo retired her to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When her transport trailer arrived outside her new elephant house and habitat, would she be anxious to come down the ramp and start her new life? Would there be other, friendly elephants here to greet her? After more than 40 years in a small zoo, would she like her spacious new home?
The Year of the Elephant
At the current gathering of a convention on the international trade in endangered species, known as CITES, now taking place in The Hague, the sale of elephant ivory has been high on the agenda.
Baby Mammoth Discovery Unveiled
A baby mammoth unearthed in the permafrost of north-west Siberia could be the best preserved specimen of its type, scientists have said.
Canadian Broadcasting story on Sanctuary rebroadcasts tonight
CBC will rebroadcast their story on The Elephant Sanctuary tonight, July 11. It will run on the program The National at 21:00-22:00 on CBC Newsworld, and on The National on CBC's main network at 22:00-23:00.
Herpes cited in death of Hansa
The virus eventually was identified by Dr. Laura Richman, a research scientist at the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory at the Smithsonian zoo in Washington, D.C.
Elephant Sanctuary in the United States Provides 2,700 Acre Haven for 19 Elephants
Motivated by the plight facing captive elephants and inspired by Tarra, in 1995, Carol co-founded the Elephant Sanctuary. It is recognized as the nation's first natural-habitat refuge for sick, old and needy endangered Asian elephants. Carol was honored as “A Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine for her innovative work.
Light A Candle
Light a Candle is one of most beloved parts of Gratefulness.org website. The first candles were lit in May 2001. Since then 3,458,906 candles have been lit from 242 countries. Go to the website to "light a candle" to honor or remember a person, animal, or goal that you feel is very special or very important, or to reflect on something for which you are very grateful.
The Elephants As We Know Them
When wild animals and people get together, for any reason at all, it's not an easy association.
RIP: Mona the Elephant
Last Monday, Mona had difficulty standing, and it took dozens of veterinarians, zookeepers and staff and a crane to get the 8,000-pound beauty back on her feet. Anticipating further age-related complications, the zoo staff made the difficult decision to euthanize her.
The Right and Wrong Ways to Zoo It
We need zoos that can create a greater sense of compassion in the community, a stronger commitment to care, a fuller understanding of our place in nature.
After a Stormy Life, a Flood Survivor Finds Calm Waters
Sissy the elephant is nearly 40 now. She lives in an elephant refuge in Tennessee, away from the trauma of three Gainesville floods as well as a baseball-bat discipline incident involving zoo handlers in El Paso.
Letter from Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO Humane Society of the United States, to Carol Buckley in response to her letter to him re: Amazon.com
Our primary goals in filing the lawsuit were to encourage Amazon to honor lawful standards and to apply the same degree of consistency to animal fighting materials that it observes in relation to narcotics trafficking and other clearly criminal practices. As the instigator of this litigation, we obviously deplore Amazon’s position on the sale of materials that contravene federal law, and we have sought to make the strongest possible case on legal grounds.
Birmingham Zoo Elephant Has to be Lifted to Her Feet
Mona, a nearly 60-year-old, 8,000-pound elephant, was found off her feet and unable to stand this morning, said Katrina Cade, vice president of marketing.
Concernng the Use of Punishment by Zoo and Circus Trainers Towards Their Elephants
Joyce Poole, internationally known expert on elephants stated in her Keynote Address to the 22nd Annual Elephant Managers Workshop: "I have no idea how this myth was started, but I have never seen (wild) calves 'disciplined.' Protected, comforted, cooed over, reassured and rescued, yes, but punished, no. Elephants are raised in an incredibly positive and loving environment. If a younger elephant, or in fact anyone in the family, has wronged another in some way, much comment and discussion follows. Sounds of the wronged individual being comforted are mixed with voices of reconciliation.
Lawsuit Triggered By Tiger Attack
The facility where the alleged attack occurred is the same facility that was charged in April 2003 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with 47 violations of the Animal Welfare Act after 16 of its elephants were exposed to a human strain of tuberculosis.
In May 2004, Hawthorn Corp. admitted to 14 animal-welfare violations and agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and remove the elephants from the property.
How Do You Pack a Pachyderm?
How do you send Maggie, the Alaska Zoo's 8,000-pound elephant, on a several-thousand-mile trip?
Plan ahead -- very carefully.
"It's very doable," said Carol Buckley, executive director of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. "But there's a lot of work that goes into it."
Maggie Will Soon be Released from the Alaska Zoo.
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to learn that Maggie will soon be released from the Alaska Zoo. Many people have worked diligently to see that Maggie be moved to a more suitable situation; their efforts should be applauded. The Alaska Zoo has not contacted The Sanctuary regarding Maggie’s move but we are receptive to providing our expertise and facilities if they so desire, free of charge. The Sanctuary stands ready and able to assist in Maggie’s move in any way necessary. We know that wherever Maggie is moved will be of benefit to her. However, it is disheartening to learn that the zoo has decided to postpone Maggie’s move until next Spring.
Nepal: A Leader in Addressing Tuberculosis (TB) in Elephants
Recent news reports have suggested that Nepalese authorities have been “apathetic” in treatment and care of elephants diagnosed with TB. The reality is that Nepal has taken the lead amongst all elephant range countries by initiating a program to examine its elephants for TB.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Will Discontinue Its Association with Amazon.Com
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will be discontinuing its association with Amazon.com as they have admitted in their reply to us that they will continue to sell animal fighting books and magazines.
Deal For Arkansas Elephant Sanctuary Falls Apart
A group negotiating a $3.6 million deal with an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas to turn the refuge into a National Elephant Center says talks have fallen apart and the group is looking elsewhere.
Rare Nepal Elephants Suffer From Tuberculosis
Ten of Nepal's 250 endangered elephants are suffering from tuberculosis in a national park and the disease is threatening to spread to humans and other wildlife, authorities said on Monday.
Proposed National Elephant Center
Deal to convert Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary in Arkansas to a National Elephant Center Falls Through.
Hansa Dies Suddenly at Woodland Park Zoo
SEATTLE (AP) - Hansa, a 6-year-old Asian elephant who had delighted Woodland Park Zoo visitors since her birth, was found dead Friday of unexplained causes about a week after she began showing symptoms of abdominal pain, zoo officials said.
Zoo Board Agrees to Let Maggie Go
The board voted late Tuesday on the relocation, citing various conditions to be met, including enlisting independent veterinarians to ensure that Maggie is fit for travel and the stress of being moved.
Virgin Vows to Help Elephants in Kenya
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Entrepreneur Richard Branson landed in Kenya on Saturday on Virgin Airlines' maiden flight to the east African country and vowed to help protect some 2,000 elephants threatened by encroachment.
Maggie Staying Put For Now
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The highly anticipated Alaska Zoo Board meeting last night wrapped up without a decision about Maggie. Instead of a conclusion to the ongoing saga of Alaska's only African elephant, more questions were raised at the meeting.
Rumble, Rumble. Who's There?
Elephants know the difference between good vibrations and bad, according to new research into the big animals' low, rumbling alarm calls. They pay attention to seismic waves made by elephants they know and ignore those of strangers.
Gretchen Wyler, actress and animal rights advocate, dies.
Gretchen Wyler, an actress who left a successful Broadway musical career to dedicate her efforts to protecting animals and eventually became an outspoken critic of the Los Angeles Zoo, has died. She was 75. Wyler died Sunday at her home in California after a long battle with breast cancer, her friend and fellow activist Catherine Doyle said. Among her many accomplishments Gretchen founded the Genesis Awards. One of Gretchen’s last crusades was on behalf of Ruby, the L.A. Zoo's female African elephant, and she lived to see Ruby finally moved to PAWS just last week.
Solomon James, Shirley's keeper at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, Retires
James, who had cared for the zoo's Asian elephant Shirley for 21 years, was interviewed in a nationally acclaimed documentary titled "Urban Elephants." The 2001 documentary focused on elephants that were retired at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Wildlife Corridors, the Key to Conservation
With India's booming economy and increasing population in the first years of the 21st century, the forested links between sanctuaries have become increasingly under pressure. The need to consider these so-called "wildlife corridors" has now come to the fore.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Purchases Buildings for Hohenwald Main Street Welcome Center
The Elephant Sanctuary has purchased two buildings, 27 and 29 East Main Street, Hohenwald, for the purposes of opening a downtown Welcome Center which is Phase I in the development of The Elephant Sanctuary Learning Center. The Welcome Center will contain a visitor’s center, gift shop, and educational exhibits, along with the Sanctuary administrative offices.
Assembly Tells Zoo to Make Decision
Tuesday, East Anchorage Assemblywoman Sheila Selkregg pitched a resolution calling on zoo directors to move Maggie to a warmer climate, a more elephant-friendly environment.
Maggie Follow Up
The zoo has been flooded with e-mails and calls from people who feel that Maggie's dilemma is reason to move her to a sanctuary in the Lower 48.
Maggie's Out Of Her Sling, But Wearing a Harness for Safety
Animal rights' groups have worried over Maggie's plight, and the recent incidents renewed complaints that she's depressed in Alaska and needs to move to a warmer climate.
Fireman Give Elephant Maggie a Lift at the Alaska Zoo
The firefighters went online for ideas about how to hoist the massive mammal. They found information about a similar case in Los Angeles, and used that elephant rescue as framework to use straps, a winch and firefighter brawn to save Maggie.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee named At Large Winner by Rezoom.com
Rezoom.com announced that The Elephant Sanctuary joins the 20 regional winners to receive a $5000 donation. Voting for the National winner begins July 9, 2007. Many thanks to everyone who voted!
Newest Sanctuary Arrival Relishes Her New Digs
Dulary the elephant slept under the stars and spent her first day of retirement splashing through rain puddles.
Elephant Reaches Tennessee
Dulary steps out of her transport trailer and into her new home in rural Tennessee. "It's going to be a little sad," said the elephant's Philadelphia trainer, "but she's already made friends here."
Sanctuary Gets New Elephant From Philly Zoo
An Asian elephant who spent the last 40 years at the Philadelphia Zoo is starting her new life at a sanctuary in rural Middle Tennessee.
Dulary Finds Sanctuary in Tennessee
After teasing staffers and press for more than four hours, at 5:27 p.m. CDT yesterday, a former Philadelphian named Dulary became the latest pampered permanent pachyderm guest at the Elephant Sanctuary here.
Dulary Moves Home to the Elephant Sanctuary
On Tuesday May 1, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee welcomes Dulary, an Asian elephant who is being retired from The Philadelphia Zoo. Forty-three years old, Dulary has spent her entire captive life at the zoo. She will be joining the Sanctuary’s ‘founding herd’ in the newly expanded Asian habitat. They will be the first Asian elephants Dulary has seen since being taken from her family four decades ago.
Off To Greener Pastures
Friends came to sign a going away card for Dulary, who is headed for retirement, because the zoo is closing its elephant exhibit, reacting in part to pressure from animal rights groups who believe they suffer in cramped enclosures, reports CBS News' Anthony Mason.
Departure Of An Elephant
As Dulary prepares to leave her home of 41 years - the Philadelphia Zoo - a video documents her departure. (a commercial plays before the video about Dulary)
Dulary's Diary Documents Latest News
Be sure to check out this new page as Dulary's arrival at the Sanctuary grows closer and closer!
Dulary to be Featured on CBS News this Sunday
The CBS Nightly News is planning to air a segment on Dulary this Sunday, April 29. Check your local listings.
Philadelphia Zoo [African] Elephants Going to Pittsburgh
The Philadelphia Zoo’s three African elephants will move to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center in Fairhope, Somerset County. A fourth elephant from the Philadelphia Zoo, Dulary, went to a sanctuary in Tennessee.
I Am an Elephant
If you see me in the zoo, and especially in the circus, which arrived here yesterday, I am not there willingly.
An Earthshaking Arrival at PAWS
"Asian bull elephants are notorious for being difficult and destructive, but Nicholas is great," Pat Derby says of her new charge, who escaped abusive conditions in Illinois and arrived at PAWS by truck this week. His smaller companion, Gypsy, joined him.
Electronic Tags for Captive Elephants
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (India): All captive elephants in Kerala will have electronic tags in about two months.
Thanks to Our Sanctuary Volunteers!
National Volunteer Week is April 15 - 21 and we want to recognize all those individuals who volunteer their time and accomplish so much for the Sanctuary and the elephants.
Enraged bull elephant kills herd’s matriarch in Israeli nature park
JERUSALEM (AP)– A seven-ton bull elephant charged and killed a female elephant half his weight as visitors to an Israeli nature park looked on in horror.
Sanctuary Office Manager Authors Award-Winning Book
Debbie Whitehead's book “Into the Light” just won a merit award for fiction called the EVVY given by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Congratulations Debbie!
Scott Blais To Speak April 7 as part of Between Fences Exhibit
Scott Blais will be speaking on Saturday April 7 at 11am as part of the Smithsonian's touring Between Fences exhibit which opened in Hohenwald last weekend. He will be speaking in Hohenwald at the recently renovated Strand Theatre at 100 East Main Street. Scott’s presentation will focus on fencing in the particular context of The Elephant Sanctuary, and more generally address the issues of the problems for elephants in captivity and in the wild as the planet becomes more crowded. Press Release.
Elephant Breeding in Arkansas Causes a Stir
Animal rights advocates across the nation say the zoos have still got it wrong when it comes to the biggest land mammal: the elephant. They say elephants suffer in zoos because of lack of space and resulting foot and skeletal problems. They say an effort by an American Zoo and Aquarium group, the National Elephant Center, to create an elephant research center in the hills of north Central Arkansas will bring their battle to Little Rock if the center puts zoo priorities over the animals' emotional and physical well-being.
Nature Chronicles African Elephant Families
On the grassy Kenya savannah beneath the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, filmmaker Martyn Colbeck has filmed and photographed elephants for nearly 20 years. He patiently earned the trust of a matriarch named Echo and her offspring, and, with that trust, privileged glimpses into the most intimate moments of their lives. Colbeck has captured nothing less than a stirring family saga spanning generations, including poignant births and deaths, carefree play and ferocious fights, reluctant partings and joyous reunions – even every mother’s worst nightmare, the kidnapping of her baby. Narrated by Colbeck, Unforgettable Elephants premieres Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).
Elephant Matriarch, Clara, will be put to sleep at the St. Louis Zoo
After recently celebrating a new elephant birth, the St. Louis Zoo will say goodbye to Clara, matriarch of its Asian elephant herd. Zoo veterinarians plan to euthanize her this morning. Clara is 54 and has been suffering from arthritis for several years.
DNA Tracks Origin of Seized Ivory
A trail of DNA has helped investigators trace the biggest ever consignment of contraband ivory seized since 1989 to savannah elephants in Zambia.
Animal Rights - For Zoo Elephants, Greener Pastures
Sometime late this month, a 42-year-old Asian elephant named Dulary will board a trailer bound for a 2,700-acre sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., 85 miles southwest of Nashville.
Carol Buckley to Speak at Belcourt Playhouse Friday, March 16th, after the performance of "Hanging Mary".
This locally written work recreates the tragic, ridiculous, and utterly unbelievable facts that led to the execution of Mary, a 5-ton circus elephant, in this gripping look at our society’s difficult relationship with crime and punishment.
Plans Afoot for Elephant Research Site
Zoos see potential in state sanctuary
After 16 years of operating Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary — 330 acres in the Ozark foothills — Scott and Heidi Riddle are poised to sell their land, facilities and elephants.
Interview with Kate Elliott
After three decades working in the performing arts — most recently as general manager for the Martha Graham Dance Company — Elliott has changed careers in a major way. She is now managing director of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
Preparing for an Elephantine Goodbye
The Philadelphia Zoo has begun a send-off celebration for some of its best-loved stars as it prepares to close the elephant exhibit this spring and send Petal, Dulary, Bette and Kallie to new homes.
Final Days to Vote for The Elephant Sanctuary on Rezoom.Com
More than $200,000 will be awarded to over 20 charities through the charitable arm of Rezoom.Com. The voting period ends March 31, 2007. REMEMBER TO VOTE EACH DAY for the few remaining days. To vote, click on "Vote or Nominate Now". Then when the next page comes up (which shows a map) type in elephant sanctuary in the charity name box below the map.
Clara, an elephant with failing health at the St. Louis Zoo
In response to the many concerned individuals who feel that Clara, an elephant with failing health living at the St. Louis Zoo, should be moved to The Elephant Sanctuary, we, the Sanctuary caregivers, would like to comment. Although it would be our greatest pleasure to accept Clara into our family, her deteriorating health suggests that she does not have long to live. The zoo has shown no interest in moving Clara to the Sanctuary and even if they did, we feel such a decision would have been made too late to help Clara. It is our opinion that the best that can be done for Clara at this time is to support her with the best care available at the zoo to make her passing as pain free as possible. Indeed we would like to be able to bring Clara to the Sanctuary and return her to good health but realistically that is not possible; Clara’s condition cannot be reversed. Please help the zoo provide a caring and healthful environment in which Clara can pass pain free, knowing she is loved and respected.
Rescued Elephants Thrive at Sanctuary
Once scarred and scared, eight find sweet freedom in Hohenwald
Passing of Ina
We recently learned that Ina, one of the Hannaford elephants, has passed away. The cause of death is reported to be a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Struppie Hanneford and all who knew and loved Ina, especially Tina, her lifelong elephant sister.
Don't Shoot at Jumbos Fleeing Floods (Malaysia)
Kota Kinabalu: Oil palm smallholders in the Kinabatangan and Segama areas have been advised not to shoot at elephants encroaching into their land to seek shelter, following the destruction of their habitat by floods.
Zambia Asks U.S. to Resume Elephant Trophy Hunting
The Republic of Zambia in Southern Africa is asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to allow American hunters to shoot elephants in their country so they can raise money for conservation and community programs....the Zambian government is now actually arguing that killing some of the elephants will help conserve the species. (Read the whole article and find out what you can do by clicking the above link.)
An Open Apology to Elephants
The elephants are retaliating for being hunted down for their ivory tusks, for the culling of their herds, the kidnapping of their young, the exploitation and abuse they suffer in captivity and for finding themselves increasingly squeezed out of their natural habitat by an invasion of human settlers. All this, the experts say, has led to a breakdown of the close societal ties of elephant herds. In short, the elephants are at war with mankind, a war they are losing.
The Nature of Elephants
Now the elephant debate has come to Tennessee. The natural, open fields of Hohenwald provide a stark contrast to the scene at the Memphis Zoo, where two female African elephants spend their days in an exhibit a little smaller than a football field. But plans are under way to give 22-year-old Asali and 43-year-old Ty a little more space by expanding into the nearby rhinoceros pen.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Rescue of Eight Former Circus Elephants.
One year ago, eight elephant veterans of the circus, Minnie, Lottie, Queenie, Debbie, Ronnie, Frieda, Billie and Liz were chained in a dark windowless barn. They had been that way for nearly two years. Today they spend their days roaming over 200 acres in middle Tennessee at The Elephant Sanctuary, enjoying the best life a captive elephant can have.
Carol Buckley's 2007 Schedule of Book Signings and Presentation
Check out these opportunities for a location near you to attend a book signing / presentation by Carol!
Just for Elephants has been chosen as one of Book Sense's Spring 2007 Children's Picks. This prestigious list of children's books was chosen from nominations from independent booksellers all over the United States. Book Sense is a national marketing campaign on behalf of the independent bookstores of America.
The Elephant Sanctuary to be featured on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "The National"
A story featuring The Elephant Sanctuary will be shown on "The National" which airs at 9:00 p.m. EST on CBS Newsworld (cable) and at 10:00 p.m. on CBC TV. The air date is not confirmed but it may air as soon as Friday, January 19. Check your local listings for date and time confirmation. To see the RealPlayer video, Click Here
PBS Presents the Best of Nature - 25 years on January 14, 2007 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm CST.
"The Best of NATURE - 25 Years" looks at the enduring bonds between humans and animals, some of which have lived decidedly unnatural lives. Chimpanzees, our closest relatives, offer a lesson in resilience after a lifetime in the laboratory ("Wisdom of the Wild"). And, after 25 years apart, the poignant reunion of elephants Shirley and Jenny shows that, like us, they are social creatures to whom companionship is vital ("The Urban Elephant")
Peaceable Kingdom - article in Hallmark Magazine (January issue) features The Elephant Sanctuary
This is a pdf version of the article which appears in the January 2007 issue of Hallmark Magazine. Lise Funderburg, author of the article, opens by saying, "We're enthralled by elephants, but forcing them to live in our world can result in terrible cruelties. Determined to set things right, Carol Buckley has created an extraordinary sanctuary to protect them." Photographs by Jake Johnson add visual intensity to this exceptional article.
Two Elephants Must Relocate, Seek Good Home
Nic and one female, Gypsy, were left behind because nobody would or could take a hard-to-control, and perhaps diseased, male; Gypsy remained as a companion. By all accounts, the prospects for finding a home now are bad and getting worse.
Giving Away an Elephant is as Tough as it Seems
A year after mistreatment allegations prompted a great elephant exodus from McHenry County, two of the pachyderms, Nicholas and Gypsy, remain at a controversial circus training farm without good prospects for a new home.
Remembering 2006 at The Elephant Sanctuary
Revisit important events at The Elephant Sanctuary in 2006. See Misty's release from quarantine, 66 new photos in a slide-show presentation, hear the Divas when they congregate in the barn, and post a comment to share about what you would do for Elephants if you could - then read what others have written.
The Elephant Sanctuary will be the featured "Charity of the Day" on Goodsearch.com on Friday, June 8.
GoodSearch.com is a search engine that donates half its revenue to the charities its users designate. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee as the charity you want to support. We estimate that each search will raise $0.01 for The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Just 500 of us searching four times a day will raise about $7300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! And, be sure to check out GoodSearch on June 8, 2007 as we are going to be featured as the Charity of the Day! Remember - each time you use this search engine, you are generating money for Our Girls
Supporting the Sanctuary is now more convenient than ever. Click the PayPal icon below.
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 third consecutive year The Elephant Sanctuary has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities. Only 9% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations. 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.
Caregiver/Vet Tech Position at The Elephant Sanctuary
With the rapid progress of our Elephant Health and Welfare Institute lab, the need for a qualified vet tech is urgent.
The Elephant Sanctuary is one of two finalists for Rezoom.com's national competition for "A Better World”
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR US! The contest to win Rezoom.com's national competition for "A Better World” has ended. The Elephant Sanctuary and Wounded Warriors are the two finalists for the $100,000 prize!
Dulary is Home!
Dulary has arrived safe and sound!
Introducing our March Divas -- Liz, Frieda, and Billie
Find out more about Liz, Frieda, and Billie. They each have new pages up with more information, plus a special video showing the threesome enjoying their new life at the Sanctuary.
The Elephant Sanctuary Has Received a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
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 The Elephant Sanctuary's rating is an exceptional feat, especially given the economic challenges many charities have had to face in the last year.
Facilities Manager - Search Reopened
We received many applications for this position from many talented individuals, but we did not yet find the right match for our needs. The Sanctuary has an immediate opening for a full time Facilities Manager reporting to the Director of Operations. More Information.
2007 Calendars 50% OFF!!!
$5.00 each!?! Yep, that's right, hurry and get your 2007 Calendars for the low, low price of $5.00!!! We have a limited number, so order yours today!
Meet our January - February Divas!
Three of our "Divas" are showcased this month. Minnie, Lottie, and Queenie have new pages up with more information. There is also a great new video to watch showing these delightful girls savoring their new life at The Sanctuary.
The Elephant Sanctuary’s comments to the USDA regarding specific standards for elephants.
PDF DOCUMENT. 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.
Thanks to everyone who helped raise awareness about The Elephant Sanctuary
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Fundraisers or Awareness Booths for The Elephant Sanctuary. If you would like to volunteer for one of these events, please email Jill@Elephants.Com.
Fourth Annual Yard Sale
This yard sale benefits The Elephant Sanctuary and will be held September 22, 2007 at the Belle Forest Animal Hospital in Nashville. Items for the yard sale are being accepted NOW!
Do you need a gift to give to someone? Think outside the box! Whether it is for their wedding, birthday, graduation, anniversary or a gift to your deserving teacher, make a donation to help the resident elephants in your family or friend’s honor.
2007 Combined Federal Campaign - New CFC Number is 10470
The Sanctuary would like to take this opportunity to again thank all our members who support us through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Your automatic payroll deductions have gone a long way in helping us fulfill our mission and in
contributing to the daily care of each and every one of our Girls. If you are one of our valued CFC donors, we hope you will choose to renew your pledge during the fall giving campaigns. (Please note our new code is now #10470.) If you are a federal government employee and would like to find out more about donating to the Sanctuary, visit www.cfcnca.org, or contact us at 931-796-6500
and we will help put you in touch.