Judge Rules for Circus in Suit Over Treatment of Elephants
A federal judge Wednesday sided with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in a legal fight in which animal rights activists accused the circus of abusing its Asian elephants.
Celebrate New Years Eve with the Elephants!
Join us for our 4th Annual virtual New Year's Eve Party!
A Happy Life After the Big Top
After 28 years in the rigours of the circus industry, Jumbo the elephant is enjoying her first Christmas as a pachyderm of leisure.
The Elephant Sanctuary has undergone tremendous growth during the last few years and to prepare for the next fifteen years of growth we are undergoing an organizational assessment. We are pleased to announce that Sanctuary Co-Founder, Scott Blais has agreed to continue as Vice President of Operations with responsibility for animal care, caregiver staff and facilities during this time.
PETA, Ringling Bros. at Odds Over the Treatment of Baby Circus Elephants
Former Ringling Bros. elephant trainer dies, leaves behind scores of images and a glimpse as to what baby elephants endured during training at Ringling Bros.
Alderman Re-introduces Elephant Cruelty Ordinance
Emboldened by a new complaint filed against Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) has re-introduced her elephant cruelty ordinance for the third time since the 2005 death of three elephants at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Vietnam Province Sets Up Elephant Sanctuary
The Central Highlands province of Dac Lak will set up a 200-hectare elephant sanctuary at the Yok Don National Park under a project to preserve wild and domestic elephants.
Nashville Zoo Mourns Elephant's Death
The Elephant Sanctuary expresses their condolences on the passing of Kiba.
Babe's arrival is tentatively on hold. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Charity Gift Guide: 10 Charities to Support This Holiday
Listed at #7, The Elephant Sanctuary provides a home in Tennessee for elephants, often those who became too old or too sick for zoos and circuses. You can sponsor an elephant, feed them for a day, or purchase acres for the sanctuary.
Franklin Zoo Temporarily Closes to Prepare for Jumbo Arrival
Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tuakau, New Zealand will be closed to the public for the first time in four years as preparations are completed for the arrival of Jumbo, the recently retired circus elephant and one of only two elephants in New Zealand.
"Echo: Queen of the Elephants" on Animal Planet
Animal Planet will air "Echo: Queen of the Elephants" on December 3rd at 8pm EST and PST.
The Elephant Sanctuary is Charity of the Day on Goodsearch.com
On December 2, 2009 The Elephant Sanctuary is the featured charity on goodsearch.com
BIG THANKSGIVING SALE - up to 50% off!
We are thankful for your support, and to show our appreciation, we are offering unprecedented online discounts on merchandise in Our Girls Gift shop for 5 days only!
Jumbo the Elephant Finally Free
The retirement of circus elephant Jumbo is being hailed as a victory by animal rights group Save Animals From Exploitation (Safe).
Carol Buckley interview airs tonight November 17, on WGBH Greater Boston
Carol Buckley has been providing expert testimony in Massachusetts where Senate Bill 1870 is being debated at the State House. The bill would prohibit the use of bull hooks and chains on elephants in the state. Greater Boston with Emily Rooney airs on WGBH Channel 2 at 7pm ET and will be posted on the shows website tonight, greaterboston.org.
Elephants to be Banished From All Zoos in India
Elephants will no longer be seen in any zoo or circus in the country after the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) issued a notice on Monday to the effect that all of these animals in zoos, numbering about 140, should be sent to national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves as soon as possible.
Of Pachyderms and Paratroopers
Last Sunday, a television program showed helicopters shooting down African elephants. When I saw those huge peaceful animals falling, I broke down.
Scott Blais will be leaving his position as Sanctuary COO on November 30.
Zoo's Elephants Need More Room to Roam
Recent articles on elephants at the North Carolina Zoo illustrate just how far the keeping of elephants in captivity diverges from what they need naturally.
New Tarra & Bella Holiday Cards Available for Preorder!
Our newest holiday card features Tarra & Bella sharing a peaceful moment. 12 high quality, full color boxed cards. Inside message: Peace to All Creatures Great and Small.
2010 Sanctuary Calendars on Sale Now!
Sanctuary calendars for 2010 are on sale now! These calendars features beautiful photos of Our Girls along with important Sanctuary anniversaries.
Elephants Roam Free in Middle Tennessee Sanctuary
Here in Hohenwald, a small city outside Nashville with a population of about 3,800, residents know world-famous elephants roam just outside of town.
Police in Kenya Seize Bangkok-bound Ivory
Kenya police are looking for the people behind a shipment of 684 kilogrammes of ivory seized at Nairobi's main airport and destined to Bangkok, a police official said Wednesday.
State of Tennessee, Lewis County and City of Hohenwald declare October as Elephant Awareness Month
In recognition of the commitment, perseverance and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which is entering its fifteenth year, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2009 as Elephant Awareness Month.
At Least 100 Elephants Die As Drought Hits Kenya's National Park
Kenya's wildlife authorities said more than 100 elephants have died due to a severe drought in the sprawling Tsavo National Park.
Unlikely Animal Friends
Unlikely Animal Friends will be premiering Saturday 9/26 at 8pm on National Geographic Channel.
Firefighters Called to Help Elephant Savannah Stand
Firefighters used special inflating airbags to lift the 7,700-pound elephant Savannah when she could not stand on her own Monday morning at the El Paso Zoo.
Federal Court Will Decide Fate of Circus Elephants Soon
A verdict in favor of the plaintiffs is bound to greatly impact circuses' ability to keep elephants.
Here Comes Babe!
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is pleased to announce that Babe, a 25-year-old African elephant currently residing at Cleveland Amory's Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, will soon be joining Tange and Flora.
The Fifth Annual Tennessee Week for the Animals kicks off on Saturday September 19
Throughout the week, educational institutions, animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be hosting scores of wonderful animal-related special events.
Elephant Nature Park No Circus Trick
The Elephant Nature Park is equal parts pachyderm preserve, health clinic and advocacy organization for the humane treatment of working elephants.
Kenya's Famous Elephants Die of Drought, Poaching
A drought in Kenya has gotten so bad that it is felling even the giants of the animal kingdom - the country's famed elephants which are dying as rivers dry up and grasslands shrivel in parched game reserves.
Sanctuary Featured on CNN.com
In Tennessee, troubled elephants find an unlikely home...
TARRA & BELLA: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
Reviewers praise new book on Elephant and Dog Friendship of Tarra and Bella
Wild Elephants Captured for Elephant-back Safaris
ZNSPCA - A summary of wild elephants captured for commercial use housed on Sondelani Ranch in Zimbabwe.
Amid Legal Ivory Trade, Illegal Sales Grow
When the United Nations Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species-or CITES-temporarily lifted a ban on sales of ivory last year, the aim was to feed voracious markets in Asia with ivory from existing stockpiles (or from elephants that had died naturally), generating much-needed income for Africa.
ABC 20/20 Team Wins Prestigious Award for Story on Elephant PTSD Featuring The Elephant Sanctuary
We congratulate the entire team at ABC 20/20 who recently were awarded the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award for the story titled "Elephant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"
Jewel and Tina Confiscated by USDA
Statement from acting APHIS administrator Kevin Shea regarding the confiscation of an elephant from a Leggett, Texas facility.
Big Top Blues
Circus comes to town amid new evidence of elephant abuse.
Elephant Calves Lose Mother; Visit Burial Site Daily
Despite becoming part of a new herd, love and affection for their mother simply refuses to die, as two elephant calves, including a new born, have been visiting daily the place where their mother was buried in a forest.
Bolivia Bans Use of Animals in Circuses
Bolivia has enacted what animal rights defenders are calling the world's first law that prohibits the use of animals in circuses.
African Elephants Adopting Surrogate Relatives to Replace Those Killed by Poachers
Elephants in Africa are forming new family groups with members of other herds after their numbers were decimated by poachers who hunt them for their ivory tusks.
Elephant Sanctuary Director's Comment Concerning Baby Elephant's Death at Memphis Zoo
The focus of my work has always been the welfare of elephants living in captivity.
Death of Zoo's Elephant Calf Stimulates Captivity Debate
Are zoos a place of refuge for elephants, a safe haven where visitors learn about these majestic mammals? Or are zoos an unnatural environment for these social and sensitive creatures, places unsuitable for living -- and most certainly for giving birth?
Baby Elephant Dies One Day After Being Born
Calf fell and was killed by mother accidentally.
Happy 10th Anniversary Shirley!
Shirley, the wise and loving matriarch of the Asian herd, celebrates ten years of Sanctuary on July 6.
15 Rare Elephants Poisoned, Shot in Indonesia
Shocking rise in deaths as poachers target animals with cyanide-laced fruit.
'Beehive Fence' Deters Elephants
A simple fence made from wood, wire and beehives can deter elephants from raiding farmers' crops.
An Elephant Never Forgets - Her Friend
Unlikely Story of Friendship Leads to Movie and Book Offers for Animal Duo
The Elephant Sanctuary Meets BBB Wise Giving Standards
BBB Wise Giving has just posted their report on The Elephant Sanctuary, and once again the Sanctuary meets all 20 standards for Charity Accountability.
India: Physics experiment against elephants
A huge new scientific experiment plans to go looking for tiny particles in the middle of India's oldest Biosphere Reserve, moving mountains of rock and earth as it goes.
We Might Love Lucy, but Time Has Come to Let Her Go
Puzzling why Valley Zoo won't let impartial panel of experts determine whether elephant belongs in sanctuary to south.
CBS Evening News Follow Up Story on Tarra and Bella
Steve Hartman from CBS returned to the Sanctuary Monday Memorial Day to film a followup story on Tarra and Bella. The airdate is not yet confirmed, it may air on Friday June 5, during the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric's Assignment America.
Emaciated Elephant Rescued from Florida Owner Dies At Sanctuary
A necropsy showed ulcers in Ned's intestine, pancreas and other organs.
Ned, 21 Year-Old Captive Born Male Elephant Dies from Long Term Illness
On May 15, at 3:42 am CT, Ned, the second elephant ever confiscated by the United States Department of Agriculture, died peacefully in the company of his caregivers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
57-Year-Old Bunny the Elephant Lives to a Ripe Old Age
On May 14, at around 3:30pm Central Time, Bunny, the second to the oldest elephant resident of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, died peacefully in the company of her caregivers. Bunny's long time elephant companions, Shirley and Tarra, kept a round-the-clock vigil nearby.
Tarra and Bella will be Featured on Oprah May 15, 2009
Tarra and Bella will be part of an Oprah show titled "Amazing Animals" that will air Friday, May 15.
Bunny - A Success Story
"She was a success story," Carol Buckley, cofounder of the nonprofit sanctuary, said tenderly on Thursday as she described how Bunny is going through the dying process. "I'm still in denial."
Bunny is Passing
Last Saturday, Bunny, our second to the oldest elephant, resident of the Sanctuary for the past ten years, lay down in one of her favorite areas of the habitat for the final stage of her life.
Echo the Elephant has Passed Away
Cynthia Moss writes about this sad news from Amboseli
Ministry Orders Halt to Elephant Exports
"We decided not to export any more elephants until we have a better system to prove that the beasts we send overseas are from farms, not from forests," Mr Suwit said. "This can help protect them from poaching."
Tarra and Bella Featured in People Magazine on Newsstands April 24
The story of Tarra and Bella will be featured in People Magazine this week. It hits newsstands
Friday, April 24.
I-Team: Animal Activists Hope Lawsuit Protects Circus Elephants
The future of circus elephants awaits a decision from a federal judge in Washington. The court heard six weeks of testimony in a case brought against Ringling Brothers Circus, whose owner is from Las Vegas.
Elephant Sanctuary Has Position Open for Education Gallery Manager
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has a position available for a qualified candidate to run all aspects of the downtown Hohenwald Education Gallery once construction is completed.
Animal rights, circus lawyers differ on elephants
Animal rights activists and Ringling Bros. argued in court Wednesday over the use of metal-tipped prods and chains to control elephants, offering their closing arguments to a federal judge who expressed reservations about regulating circus acts.
Elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Dies
Tumpe, a female that was moved to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2007, died Tuesday after suffering from skin sores and gastrointestinal problems for two months. Tumpe was Tina's zoomate for years at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
We might love Lucy, but time has come to let her go
Puzzling why Valley Zoo won't let impartial panel of experts determine whether elephant belongs in sanctuary to south
Elephants' Future Truncated
The plight of Thailand's elephants has reached a crisis point with the current herd of captive beasts expected to disappear in the next 14 years, conservationists say.
The Captivity Industry: The reality of zoos and aquariums
Exactly what are we
learning about other animals in these places? How is the zoo experience different for the animals than it is for the visitors? And what might we learn about ourselves by casting a more examining eyeon the institution of zoos and aquariums?
Circus Defends Use Of Hooks On Elephants
CEO says striking animals with metal prods doesn't harm them but protects the public.
Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Pledges to Help Stop Poaching
There is an immediate and serious crisis with poaching and ivory trade in the Amboseli region of Kenya. Cynthia Moss, founder of Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) in Kenya, the longest running study of wild elephants in the world, writes from Amboseli about this very disturbing news.
The Elephant Sanctuary Begins Our Fifteenth Year
On this day, March 3rd, our Fourteen Year Anniversary, it is profoundly evident that the amount of awareness and increased sensitivity to the welfare needs of captive elephants has exploded.
Elephants in Zoos at Risk of Abnormal Behaviour Because of Small Groups
Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups.
Is the small size of elephant groups in zoos damaging their welfare?
A new study from the University of Salford has found that, despite recommendations, many zoos are still keeping elephants in small groups, which could be damaging to the animals' welfare.
Riau Residents Protest Expansion of Elephant Park
Around 1,000 families from five villages in Pelalawan regency, Riau, Indonesia, are petitioning President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's protection against being removed from their homes, to make way for the expansion of Teso Nilo National Park (TNTN) for elephant conservation.
Welcome to Our New Home Page!
This is an ele-heads up, we have spent months working on a revised Sanctuary home page, we love it and we know you will love it too! Once it is posted please familiarize yourself with it and save your questions until you have thoroughly explored the page. We will be building the website in stages so please be patient. Enjoy yourself!
Report on Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trade in the Amboseli Area
We have some very disturbing news from Amboseli. The situation for elephants in the area has become critical over the past year and more particularly over the past four months. Elephants are being wounded and killed by spears, poison arrows and bullets at an alarming rate. Report on Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trade in the Amboseli Area from Dr. Cynthia Moss.
Mourning Elephant's Gentle Act a First
Johann Oelofse and his team are probably the first people in the Kruger National Park to ever have witnessed it: an elephant bull removing the huge tusk of a dead elephant he was mourning and then gently laying it down.
Tarra the Elephant Forsakes All Others for Canine Love
On January 2, 2009, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric aired a piece by Steve Hartman, (The Animal Odd Couple) about the unique and enduring friendship between Elephant Sanctuary resident Tarra, a 34-year-old Asian elephant and Bella, a rescued mixed-breed dog. This story was then posted on cbsnews.com and suddenly went global, becoming the most-watched video on the network news website, in addition to becoming a viral phenomenon on YouTube.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Begins Construction on Downtown Education Gallery
Two buildings originally set for demolition in downtown Hohenwald Tennessee are currently being restored by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Phase 1 of the project is currently underway. Carol Buckley, Sanctuary President/CEO says, 'A new roof and store front will be the first improvements seen, but what is developed inside will amaze people. The Education Gallery, showcasing exhibits which will feature the Sanctuary residents telling their true life stories, will bring the visitor closer to understanding the saga of the wild-caught elephants that live among us in captivity.'
Tarra is Elephant of the Month!
Tarra has always been the inspiration for so many Sanctuary "firsts." First elephant at the Sanctuary, subject of the first children's book about the Sanctuary, first to have a canine best friend. And now, Tarra is honored as the very first Elephant of the Month on the Grandma's Molasses website.
Judge Hears Case Alleging Circus Elephant Abuse
Several animal rights groups are seeking an end to practices they say violate the federal Endangered Species Act. The treatment includes 'keeping (elephants) chained for many long hours each day and using bullhooks on them,' attorney Katherine Meyer said Wednesday in her opening statement.
Arguments Begin on Elephant Care
Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, had been taken to court to answer assertions that the joy many feel when they see circus elephants comes at a steep price. The plaintiffs are being represented by a public interest firm, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.
Lawsuit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers
Are the beasts docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindness at day's end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers?
These are among the questions that will be asked when a lawsuit by a coalition of animal rights' groups against the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus and its parent company opens in federal court here on Wednesday.
Compromised Survivorship in Zoo Elephants
Wild animals can experience poor welfare when held captive, an effect with ethical and practical implications. In zoos, the welfare of African elephants and Asian elephants has long caused concern. Infanticide, Herpes, tuberculosis, lameness, infertility, and stereotypic behavior are prevalent, and zoo elephant populations are not self-sustaining without importation.
Vegan Said to be Largest on Earth
Elephants are herbivores, which means that they only eat plant material. Elephants are herbivores, which means that they only eat plant material.
Pachyderm and Pooch a Special Pair of Friends
Tarra always liked dogs. When a dog named Bella expressed a desire to bond, Tarra reciprocated by petting her -- with her trunk. Tarra happens to be an Asian elephant who lives at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. The pachyderm's best friend is a Chow-mix.
She Gives Elephants a Taste of Freedom
Single-handedly, the 47-year-old has saved the lives of scores of elephants, raised many from when they were newborn calves, and turned this rambling 60ha site into Thailand's best-known sanctuary for injured and abused elephants. The Elephant Nature Park was possible, thanks to funds from a benefactor from Texas.
Fact or Fiction? - Elephants Never Forget
Remarkable recall power, researchers believe, is a big part of how elephants survive. Matriarch elephants, in particular, hold a store of social knowledge that their families can scarcely do without, according to research conducted on elephants at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
In Memory of Jon Hager
Jim and Jon Hager have been avid supporters of the Sanctuary since our inception. They graciously appeared at every function we have had, selflessly lending their name and celebrity to the cause of the elephants. We were honored that Jon Hagar hosted our October fundraiser in Franklin and that we were able to spend some time with this generous man, who had lost his twin brother Jim just months before. We miss them both very much.
Tarra and Bella footage to be featured on The Ellen DeGeneres show today Wednesday January 7
First featured on CBS Evening News, then on CBS Sunday Morning,
now, our very own Sanctuary footage of Tarra and Bella will air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today Wednesday January 7. Ellen will show Sanctuary footage of Tarra and Bella and talk about their amazing relationship. In the Nashville area it airs on Channel 5 WTVF at 3pm. Click here to find out when it airs in your local area http://ellen.warnerbros.com/about/whenitson.php
Saving Kenya's Orphan Elephants
A spike in the price of ivory and tough economic times are luring poachers back to illegal hunting.
The Elephant Sanctuary is today's (1/2/09) Second Most Viewed Non-Profit Site on YouTube!
The Elephant Sanctuary is grateful to all who have made our YouTube site: (http://www.youtube.com/elephantsanctuarytn)
The second most viewed non-profit site today and the third most viewed this week!
Tarra and Bella featured on CBS Evening News January 2, 2009
Debbie has Ronnie. Misty can't live without Dulary. Those are pachyderm-pachyderm pairs. But perhaps the closest friends of all are Tarra and Bella.
2009 Combined Federal Campaign - CFC Number is 10470
The Elephant Sanctuary achieves Charity Navigator Fourth Consecutive 4-Star Rating
We recently received a letter from Charity Navigator, the nation's leading independent charity evaluator. "We are proud to announce The Elephant Sanctuary has earned our fourth consecutive 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Only 7% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Elephant Sanctuary consistently executes its mission in a financially responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Elephant Sanctuary from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."
Welcome to Ele Notes—our new blog-like format direct from the habitats!
Help Us Pave the Way for the Future of Elephants Everywhere!
We are pleased to announce a new capital fundraising campaign for the construction of our Education Gallery in downtown Hohenwald, TN. Visit our special site for more information and different ways you can donate, which includes sponsoring a brick paver that will be a memorial of your gift and a permanent part of the visitor's walkway into the building.
Each of the elephants at the Sanctuary has a remarkable story to tell. With the Education Gallery, we now have an opportunity to give Our Girls their voice so that the rest of the world can hear their true life stories. Tales of survival that can help to change the plight of the remaining elephants held in captivity.
We are very excited about this project and hope you will join us in making it a reality!
An Elephant Sanctuary is Not a Ranch
The Sanctuary would like to respond to a statement posted on the American Zoological Association website. Although the zoo industry might confuse a ranch with a sanctuary, no animal would.
(originally posted April 4, 2005)
Zoo Versus Sanctuary - by The Elephant Sanctuary
In August 2004, Michael Hutchins, Ph.D., published the article 'Zoo vs. Sanctuary' in AZA’s Communique, contending that AZA’s elephants are better off than elephants living at The Elephant Sanctuary or PAWS Ark 2000 Sanctuary. We respectfully disagree and believe that the facts tell a different story. (Article written August 2004)
Zoo Versus Sanctuary - Michael Hutchins
Article by Michael Hutchins, published in AZA’s Communique. (Written August 2004)