News Archive : 2013
A Voice for Elephants
Elephants Communicate in Sophisticated Sign Languages, Researchers Say
Namaste, Sweet Dulary
It is with great sadness that The Elephant Sanctuary must announce the passing of Dulary, one of our resident Asian elephants.
L.A. Council Prepares to Ban Use of Bullhooks on Circus Elephants
The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that inflicts pain.
Terrorism and the Ivory Trade
The Shabab, which took responsibility for the deadly Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, uses proceeds from ivory to fund its terrorist operations.
October is Elephant Awareness Month
State of Tennessee, Lewis County, and City of Hohenwald Declare October as Elephant Awareness Month.
Clinton Pushes Effort to Protect African Elephants
Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined plans for an $80 million effort to curb the poaching and trafficking of elephants in Africa, warning that the continent's elephants could face extinction without swift action.
It's National Elephant Appreciation Day! 7 Reasons to Love Them
From elephants' vast intellectual capacity to their powerful trunks and adorable babies, take a look at what makes them so special.
West Hollywood Ban on Exotic Animal Displays Comes After Rowdy Meeting
After a contentious meeting, West Hollywood City Council (LA) banned commercial displays and performances of wild and exotic animals.
March for Elephants in the US
Jim Nyamu, a Kenyan conservation hero, will be traveling to the US to lead a march from Boston to Washington, DC to create awareness about the plight of Africa's elephants.
Young Students Contribute to Study of Elephant Behavior
Thirteen contributors are students from the East Side Middle School in New York.
Elephants Huddle Round Female to Protect Her While She Gives Birth
In a heartwarming display, a mighty herd of elephants in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya huddles around a female to protect her from prowling lions and hyenas as she gives birth.
The Elephant Sanctuary Celebrates Shirley's 65th Birthday
Join with us in celebrating a special elephant the weekend of July 19-21, 2013.
Paradise Grows for Amboseli Elephants
Space for elephants to roam free and safe at Kenya's Amboseli National Park grew by nearly 16,000 acres, with the signing of a lease agreement between the local Maasai community and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Obama Launches $10 Million Campaign to Fight Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking in Africa
The president's initiative draws praise from conservationists, as elephant and rhino populations continue to dwindle.
Oregon Zoo Elephant's Tuberculosis Diagnosis a Challenge for Him and His Caretakers
Left untreated, the chronic disease, which attacks the respiratory system, can be fatal to people, elephants, and some other species.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcomes New Director of Elephant Husbandry
Adam Stone brings 22 years of experience in animal care and applied animal behavior, along with 11 years of working with elephants in a variety of roles.
Oakland Zoo Hosts Guest Speaker, Ed Stewart, Co-Founder of PAWS, for "Celebrating Elephants"
On Friday, May 17, Oakland Zoo will host a "Celebrating Elephants" evening presentation featuring guest speaker Ed Stewart, Co-Founder of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and leader in animal welfare and rescue.
Welcome Center 2013 Calendar of Events
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Calendar of Events - April through August 2013
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Documentary "An Apology to Elephants," narrated by Lily Tomlin, to premier on Monday, April 22nd, at 6:00 pm (CST) on HBO
An Apology to Elephants isn't a pitch for money as much as it's a pitch for enlightenment, an argument for us to stop looking away.
British Government to Ban Use of Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses From 2015
The use of wild animals in traveling circuses will be outlawed in two years' time in Great Britain.
Endangered Species Conference Moved to Protect Sharks, Rhinos, Elephants
Science, not politics, ruled at the recent Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Thailand, says Canada's World Wildlife Fund
The Meanest Girls at the Watering Hole
A scientist studying female elephants - usually portrayed as cooperative - makes a surprising observation about their behavior.
How to Tell an Elephant From a Cat? Check the Larynx
How do elephants make their distinctive thundering sounds? Do they purr like cats, or are their voices just really low?
"Battle for the Elephants" to be broadcast on PBS TV Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. CST
"Battle for the Elephants" explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China's demand for ivory.
Elephant Sanctuary Response to USDA Inspection
As supporters, staff members and board members together, we have a united goal to ensure the very best quality life for our elephants.
The staff of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee extend their heartfelt condolences to the PAWS family as they mourn the passing of Pat Derby.
This loss is felt throughout the animal welfare community as deeply as her compassion was felt by those animals whose lives she impacted.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Announces New Chairman of the Board
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee announced today Dr. Richard Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, has been named Chairperson of the organization.
Ringling Bros. Testimony About Bullhooks
While the settlement was considered a tremendous blow among the ranks of animal welfare organizations, they do point out what they consider to be damning testimony, again, framing the argument that physical correction with bullhooks is more about abusive control than humane training.
Tennessee, Florida Elephant Retirement Homes Differ in Approach
In researching this story, The Tennessean was granted limited access to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee near Hohenwald and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation near Orlando, Fla. Neither facility is open to the public.
Debate Rages On Over Circus Elephants
Circus industry, animal activists are worlds apart on what constitutes abuse.