2015-08-20
Rest in Peace, Liz
The Elephant Sanctuary announced the passing of Asian elephant Liz, age 58 years.
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2015-08-12
How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa
Armed groups help fund operations by smuggling elephant ivory. Can fake tusks with hidden GPS trackers thwart them?
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2015-08-11
Victory! Another Major City Bans Bullhooks
In another victory for elephants used in entertainment, the city of Austin, Texas has voted to ban the use of bullhooks.
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2015-08-10
August 12 is World Elephant Day
Celebrate and honor elephants all over the globe!
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2015-07-25
Obama Administration Targets Trade in African Elephant Ivory
Changes would restrict the sale of African elephant ivory across state lines in the United States while adding new limits to commercial exports.
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2015-07-01
Changing the World With Film
After 22 years of solitary living, National Geographic filmed Shirley's transport to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, the nation's largest natural habitat refuge for elephants. Solomon made the journey with her. This experience is remembered by a National Geographic staff member who participated in the filming.
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2015-06-26
The Bronx Zoo's Loneliest Elephant
For close to a decade Happy has lived alone, separated from the zoo's two other elephants. In Defense of Animals has named the Bronx Zoo one of the 10 worst zoos for elephants for three years in a row.
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2015-06-12
The Elephant Sanctuary, PAWS, and Animals Asia Partner to Address Elephant Welfare Concerns in Chinese Zoos.
Animals Asia reports that Chinese zoo personnel and exhibits are often ill-equipped to address elephants' complex behavioral, psychological, physiological, and social needs.
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2015-06-02
Tanzania Elephant Population Declined by 60% in Five Years, Census Reveals
Government data shows industrial scale of poaching for ivory as number of elephants in Tanzania drops from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014.
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2015-05-30
Republic of Congo Signals a Turn in Poaching Fight
Officials across Africa may be turning a corner on their approach to protecting wildlife.
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2015-05-29
China Agrees to Phase Out Its Ivory Industry to Combat Elephant Poaching
Conservationists hail China's first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa's elephants.
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2015-05-29
Workshop On Elephant Care At BBP
The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) will hold a workshop in methods of elephant handling to mark the first anniversary of the arrival of rescued elephants on Friday.
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2015-05-29
UAE Crushes Tons of Contraband Ivory in Anti-Poaching Action
The UAE is a key crossroads for the trade in ivory because of extensive air and sea links to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Mideast.
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2015-05-18
In U.S., More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights As People
A third of Americans want animals to have the same rights as people; majority, 62%, say animals deserve "some protection."
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2015-05-14
Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos
The world's biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
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2015-05-12
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Hosts Leading Scientist on Elephant Behavior
Sanctuary Kicks off 20th Anniversary Celebration with Two Public Events around New Nonfiction Book on African Male Elephants
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2015-05-11
Elephant Watch
As poachers grow bolder, Andrea Turkalo records the behavior of a vanishing species.
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2015-05-06
Thank You for Helping Us Reach our 2015 Big Payback Goal!
WE DID IT! A Big 'Trunks Up!' from all of us at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
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2015-05-05
For Africa's Elephants, Bearing Witness Bears Fruit
Elephant populations have held steady or even increased in several areas of Africa where park management, support from communities, and income from tourism have been strong.
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2015-04-30
Oregon Senate Backs Ban On Ivory Sales
The move came over objections from Republicans who said the legislation would render relics worthless and put dealers out of business.
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2015-04-30
California Bill to Protect Elephants Passes Senate Committee
Will ban bullhooks and other cruel training devices.
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2015-04-22
California Senate Passes Bill to Protect Elephants by a Bipartisan Vote
SB 716 will ban bullhooks and other cruel training devices/
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2015-04-21
Recent Activities at the Welcome Center
A public workshop was held in January at the Welcome Center, and environmental enrichment treats and toys were made for the elephants!
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2015-04-21
New Collaboration On Sustainable Energy Project For Elephants
Plans for an off-the-grid Elephant Warming Hut deep inside the habitat are in process!
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2015-04-20
Billy Joel Puts the Sound of Trumpeting Elephants Over the Tinkle of Ivory Piano Keys.
"Every day, 96 elephants are killed in Africa for their tusks," Billy Joel says. "We can't turn back time, but we can reverse this trend."
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2015-04-15
Zoo Elephants Bamboo, Chai On Their Way to Oklahoma City Zoo
A Seattle zoo has sent its two aging female elephants, Bamboo and Chai, on their long journey to a new home in Oklahoma City after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer.
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2015-04-14
San Francisco Board Votes to Ban Wild, Exotic Animal Performances in City

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2015-04-13
International Circus Announces End to 'Outdated' Elephant Act
Forcing elephants to perform is cruel and archaic, another circus has decided.
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2015-04-02
The Worth of an Elephant
In our gradual awakening to the idea that we must protect the elephant from enslavement and cruelty, it may be possible to hear echoes of other dawnings of conscience.
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2015-03-30
San Francisco is 2nd Leading City in U.S. for Ivory Imports Despite California Ban on Elephant Parts
35,000 elephants are killed a year -- about one every 15 minutes.
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2015-03-20
TES Finishes Fourth in Friendly Fundraising Competition
When we joined with 432 other charities nationwide in the 2014 CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, we had no idea there would be so many wonderful outcomes.
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2015-03-10
Rest in Peace, Frieda...
It is with great sadness that The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee announces the passing of Frieda.
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2015-03-08
Ringling Bros. Elephant Decision Needs To Go Further
Many nagging questions remain on how to deal with a growing population of male elephants that are the natural result of breeding programs.
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2015-03-08
Animals Don't Belong in American Circuses
Today, the sight of wild animals performing under bright lights and to ear-splitting music feels tawdry and cheap.
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2015-03-07
Final Trumpet Sounds for a US Institution as Elephants Say Goodbye to the Circus
For more than two decades The Elephant Sanctuary has observed a long list of medical, physiological, and behavioral issues that the Sanctuary's resident elephants must confront every day as a result of their former lives performing and traveling on the road.
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2015-03-06
Novelists Applaud Ringling Bros.'s Decision to Stop Using Elephants
Several novelists who have taken a special interest in animal rights applauded the decision.
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2015-03-06
Why Not Retire the Circus Elephants Now?
If the welfare of elephants were truly its only concern, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus would stop using them in performances now.
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2015-03-06
Photos Reveal Life Inside Retirement Home For Ringling Bros. Elephants
In the past, the center has come under fire for its training programs, particularly for its use of bullhooks on the elephants, including babies. Ringling Bros. has not announced any change to this policy.
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2015-03-06
Elephant Retirement: Will Ringling Bros. Move Be a Game-Changer?
Those fire-leaping tigers and that brand-new camel act they've rolled out need to be retired, too. The lives of those animals are no less wretched.
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2015-03-05
Ringling Bros. Phasing Out Iconic Elephant Acts by 2018
Growing public concern about how the animals were treated led to the decision.
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2015-03-05
Elephant Sanctuary Statement on Ringling Bros. Decision to Retire Its Elephants

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2015-03-04
Elephants Mourn Fallen Family Members In Revealing Moment Of Grief
Elephants are famous for their special cognitive abilities. This study focus on how they grieve.
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2015-02-26
China Bans Ivory Imports for One Year to Protect Elephants
China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.
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2015-02-12
PAWS Says Goodbye to Wanda the Elephant
A 57-year-old former circus and zoo elephant, Wanda lived a more natural and enriched life at the PAWS sanctuary for nearly 10 years.
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2015-02-11
Obama Administration Plans to Aggressively Target Wildlife Trafficking
Anti-trafficking experts praised the effort as an important step, even as they said the government faced a daunting task.
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2015-02-10
Zim Government Going Ahead With Selling Elephants
President Robert Mugabe's government said it is going ahead with controversial plans to export live elephants despite resistance from animal rights groups.
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2015-02-04
Questions Raised About Pittsburgh Zoo's Treatment of Elephants
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection has called into question the Pittsburgh Zoo's practice of using dogs to control elephants.
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2015-02-03
France Announces Suspension of All Raw Ivory Exports and No Importation of Elephants
France will not be receiving any elephants from Zimbabwe.
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2015-02-03
These Incredible People Need Your Help to Make Europe's First Sanctuary for Elephants a Reality
There are currently 141 elephants in circuses and 540 in zoos across Europe.
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2015-01-28
Survey of Wild Elephants Set to Begin in Mondolkiri
The largest ever survey of elephants roaming Cambodia’s eastern plains will be launched Thursday (Jan. 29, 2015) in Mondolkiri province, according to an NGO involved in the project.
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2015-01-27
Sunday Read: An Excerpt From Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
National Geographic editor Don George recently interviewed Picoult, asking her about the extensive research she did on this book.
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2015-01-27
Namibia to Beef Up Rhino and Elephant Protection
The new protection is designed to tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year.
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2015-01-27
Understanding an Elephant's Playful Side
New research now finds that elephants have a teasing,lighthearted side that is important for developing social and physical skills crucial for survival.
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2015-01-27
Thai Citizens Say No to Ivory
An innovative campaign calls for an end to the elephant poaching crisis.
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2015-01-26
Learning From Animal Friendships
Scientists are now considering how to define such relationships and why they are so fascinating to us.
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2015-01-23
There is an Exotic Pet Epidemic in the U.S.! These 10 Awesome Sanctuaries Are Working to End This
Here are ten facilities that are committed to helping rescue exotic animals.
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2015-01-23
Why It's So Hard to Stop Zimbabwe's Export of Baby Elephants
The export of dozens of elephants is legal under the global treaty that governs the endangered species trade.
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2015-01-20
Dallas Club Cancels African Elephant Hunt
This is the club that auctioned off a black rhino hunt last year.
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2015-01-16
Counting Elephants
According to a recent study, 65 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade.
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2015-01-15
Former Circus and Zoo Elephants in Europe Are Finally Getting a Sanctuary, Thanks to This Campaign
There are around 40 solitary elephants scattered around European zoos and circuses who are in need of a place to retire.
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2015-01-04
After Difficult Lessons, Oakland Zoo a Leader in Elephant Welfare
Not only did the zoo help revolutionize the way elephants in captivity are cared for, but it has funded antipoaching programs in Africa, fought for legislation to ban ivory sales and, most recently, helped Oakland become one of the only cities in the U.S. to ban the bullhooks still used by circuses.
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2015-03-25
The Infected Elephant in the Room
The United States is currently in the midst of an elephant tuberculosis epidemic.
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