2014-12-19
Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Achieves Accreditation with Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Accredited status with GFAS provides a transparent, trusted means for the public, donors, and government agencies to recognize The Elephant Sanctuary as an outstanding sanctuary.
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2014-12-11
Mexico's Congress Passes Ban on Circus Animals
The chamber voted 267-66 to approve the bill aimed at combating mistreatment of animals.
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2014-12-10
Oakland Bans Bullhooks; Circus to Cross City Off Tour
OAKLAND -- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it will stop coming to Oakland in 2018 after the City Council voted in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to ban the tool used by trainers to keep elephants in line.
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2014-12-10
Jon Stewart Gets Serious About Elephants: Boycott Ivory
As the ivory poaching crisis heightens and the number of elephants in the wild declines, the problem is in need of serious attention. As a result, elephants are the subject of an Oscar-winning director's new short film - and of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.
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2014-12-10
Carol Bradley's Book Studies Life of Circus Elephants
Bradley's book about that elephant, "Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top," hit shelves in July 2014.
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2014-12-09
Rare Baby Elephant Twins Are A Delight To Watch
The odds of elephant twins being born are less than one per cent.
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2014-12-05
Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free
"WE WON!!" Wildlife SOS said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Raju will be staying with us! We are so grateful to all of you who spoke out on his behalf, and who supported him from afar."
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2014-12-05
Proposed Bullhook Ban in Oakland Stirs Debate Over Jobs Versus Animal Cruelty
One year after the Oakland City Council passed a watered down ordinance regulating the safety of circus performances in the city, a proposed new law would go further by banning the use of bullhooks and other implements used for controlling elephants. The proposed ordinance is headed for discussion to the full council later this month.
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2014-11-06
A Q&A with Bestselling Novelist Jodi Picoult on Leaving Time
The novel is set against the backdrop of a fictional sanctuary whose elephants are based on those residing at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
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2014-11-03
Male Elephants Are Not The Loners We Once Thought
African elephant males are perceived to be aggressive, hormonal and antisocial. But it turns out they have friendships and can act as leaders and teachers.
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2014-10-23
Jodi Picoult: Elephants Should Not Be in Zoos - Period.
A zoo habitat is never large enough to accommodate an elephant properly.
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2014-10-23
Asian Elephant SMS Saving Indian Lives
Biologist working to bring down the number of human deaths from encounters with Asian elephants through mobile phones.
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2014-10-17
Overwhelmed U.S. Port Inspectors Unable to Keep Up With Illegal Wildlife Trade
While the international response to poaching is focused on Africa and the demand for contraband in China and Vietnam, middlemen have been running extremely lucrative operations within U.S. borders.
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2014-10-14
Jodi Picoult to Discuss 'Leaving Time'
Picoult will read from "Leaving Time" during a Salon@615 event Oct. 21 at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music
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2014-10-14
Elephants Able To Detect Rainstorms 150 Miles Away
The elephants' abilities are rooted in their excellent hearing skills.
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2014-10-08
Elephants Worth Much, Much More Alive Than Dead
The analysis, conducted through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's "iworry campaign," compared the value of elephants to local economies to profits netted through the illegal ivory trade.
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2014-10-08
On the March in Washington, D.C., for Elephants and Rhinos
We are calling our lawmakers to ban ivory trade on this World Animal Day! We are marching against extinction! There are elephant orphans from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust marching today with their keepers in Nairobi!
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2014-10-01
Half the World's Wildlife Has Vanished Since 1970
Over the past 40 years, human activity has exacted a devastating toll on the planet's wildlife population.
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2014-09-19
In Chad, Elephants Make a Comeback
As poaching pushes the pachyderms to the brink of extinction, the Central African nation offers a lesson in conservation.
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2014-09-12
A Weighty Biography
Carol Bradley traces the life of a circus elephant brutally abused for two decades before finally finding peace at Hohenwald's Elephant Sanctuary
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2014-09-08
States are Eyeing Stiffer Ivory Laws Amid a Surge in Elephant Poaching
States are moving to impose stricter bans on the sale of ivory, building on federal administrative actions taken this year.
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2014-09-08
'Last Chain On Billie'" A Must-Read
If you read only one book on brutal abuse and remarkable recovery, this is it.
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2014-09-05
Aerial Census of Africa's Elephants Aims to Help Conservation, Anti-Poaching Efforts
The Great Elephant Census adds Botswana's Okavango Delta to its continent-wide aerial count.
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2014-07-24
Elephants Have 2,000 Genes for Smell - Most Ever Found
That's the most ever discovered in an animal - more than twice the number in domestic dogs and five times more than in humans!
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2014-07-18
Google Elephant System Made by B.C. Man Helps Fight Poaching
Thanks in part to a tech-savvy student at the University of British Columbia, rangers in northern Kenya and South Africa are tapping into technology to combat poaching.
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2014-07-11
Sunder's New Home
On June 6th, the Bannerghatta Biological Park's Elephant Care Center in Bangalore, India, welcomed a new resident...Sunder.
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2014-07-08
Help the Cause With a Visit (Sometimes "Virtual") to These Animal Sanctuaries
Animal sanctuaries act as havens for abused, neglected and illegally obtained animals that have been rescued or retired from zoos and circuses.
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2014-07-08
Raju The Elephant Cries After Being Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse, Chains
A team of 10 veterinarians and experts from Wildlife SOS, along with 20 Forestry Commission officers and two policemen, managed to rescue the abused elephant.
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2014-06-17
Elephant Dung Piles On Profits For Village
Products are being made from elephant dung to benefit villagers in Kenya.
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2014-06-09
PBS: Ivory Tusks Are Off 'Antiques Roadshow'
Antiques Roadshow is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks.
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2014-06-06
Sunder the Elephant Has Arrived At His New Home
After years of being chained and violently beaten, the fourteen-year-old elephant Sunder is finally safe in his new home at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore, India.
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2014-06-03
How the Clintons are Stopping Traffic
Chelsea and Hillary Clinton have teamed up to confront a new challenge - protecting the heavily poached African elephant.
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2014-05-22
Elephant Rides Dropped Over Welfare Fears
Elephant rides are being dropped from holiday itineraries by tour operators concerned about the animals' welfare.
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2014-04-30
NYC a Major Hub for Illegal Ivory Trade
The hub of America's illegal ivory trade -- a business that kills about 35,000 African elephants a year -- is right here in New York, wildlife experts say.
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2014-04-17
Elephant Expert Shares Calls, Images From the Wild
The forest elephant is increasingly becoming an endangered species in central Africa, but it's not too late.
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2014-04-07
High Court Orders Freedom for Captive Elephant Sunder
Sunder is now slated to be transferred to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Bangalore.
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2014-04-02
Hawaii's Endangered Ivory Market
Lawmakers want to stop the illegal sale of 'White Gold'
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2014-03-31
Burma's Logging Ban is Great for Forests, but a Disaster for Its Working Elephants
Some 5,000 elephants are used in Burma's timber industry. When logging stops, they'll either be left to fend for themselves in the wild or else slaughtered for their hides and tusks.
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2014-03-31
For the First Time in 29 Years, No Elephant Rides at San Diego Fair
California is making some great strides for wild animals this year!
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2014-03-28
Free the Elephants and Orcas in Captivity
Such large, intelligent animals suffer when stuffed in a zoo.
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2014-03-18
Elephant Sanctuary Listed Among Origin Magazine's Favorite Animal Non-profit Organizations
Origin Magazine has listed The Animal Sanctuary third among their Favorite Top-25 Animal Nonprofit Organizations
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2014-03-13
Study: Elephants Can Tell Difference in Languages
A new study says that elephants can distinguish between human languages.
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2014-03-10
Researchers: Elephants Have Developed A Human-Specific Alarm Call
It is also possible that the rumble alarms are akin to words in human language, and that elephants voluntarily and purposefully make those alarm calls to warn others about specific threats.
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2014-03-04
Nepal's Year of Zero Poaching
Nepal has added a new milestone in conservation by achieving zero poaching of rhinos, tigers, and elephants for the year period ending in February 2014.
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2014-02-26
The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized
We now have solid evidence that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social, and empathic animals around - so how can we justify keeping them in captivity?
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2014-02-18
Elephants Console Each Other
Scientists have shown that Asian elephants get distressed when they see others in trouble, and they reach out to console them.
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2014-02-18
National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking & Commercial Ban on Trade in Elephant Ivory
The ban on commercial trade of elephant ivory will enhance efforts to protect iconic species like elephants and rhinos.
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2014-02-13
England's Royal Family Lend Their Voices to the Effort to Save Wildlife from Extinction
Prince Charles and Prince William speak on behalf of conservation.
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2014-01-22
A Mammoth Rescue Mission: Rare Forest Elephants Saved From Death
The endangered African forest elephants had torn up farms and crops in villages in Ivory Coast, triggering fears that farmers would shoot them.
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2014-01-06
China Destroys Six Tons of Ivory in Landmark Move
Wildlife groups say this shows growing concern about the black market trade by authorities in the world's biggest market for elephant tusks.
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2014-01-03
Dr. Mel Richardson, Friend and Colleague, Has Passed Away
Dr. Richardson was a world renowned veterinarian and captive wild animal health consultant.
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2014-05-07
Thank You For Making The Big Payback a Success!
Our 24 hour "Bucks for Trucks" campaign raised over $74,000! Although the campaign is over, you may still donate to The Elephant Sanctuary by clicking the "You Can Help" tab at the top of this page.


2014-05-01
City Council Bans Use of Bullhooks on Circus Elephants in L.A.
Elephant trainers in traveling circuses will be banned from using bullhooks and other tools "designed to inflict pain" while in Los Angeles under new rules that the City Council approved Wednesday.
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2014-05-01
Rep. Jim Moran Trying to Free Traveling Circus Animals
Lions and Tigers and Bears - oh no!
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2014-04-30
Jane Goodall, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dave Matthews Join Businesses and Conservation Groups to Sign Open Letter Supporting US Ivory Restrictions
An open letter to President Obama published today in the Washington Post expresses support for the Administration's proposed new rules to halt domestic ivory sales.
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2014-04-28
In a Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven
It turns out the best place to be a wild elephant may be in the tropical forests of southwest China.
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