The whole world was saddened to hear of the loss of elephant hunter Ian Gibson, who was trampled to death in Zimbabwe by the bull elephant he was attempting to shoot for its ivory.
The mass killings of elephants during the war disrupted elephant societies, leaving the orphans and traumatized survivors aggressively weary of the presence of humans. The park, with the assistance of Dr. Joyce Poole and her brother, cameraman Bob Poole, are building a mutually beneficial relationship with the elephants of the park.
Continuing to demonize animal venues would be a sell-out of the movement's higher mission. Circuses and zoos can be among the strongest and most effective allies for animal protection, if we mix pressure with praise, and collaborate with integrity.
According to Eric Garcetti when he took office as mayor of Los Angeles, L.A. cannot be the "big elephant" in Southern California with all its neighbor...
We owe our growing knowledge of their highly sophisticated communications systems to a fine lineage of animal behavior researchers, scientists who are in very large part women, as it happens.
Sadly, more bad news is expected. Clearly this is no time for easing up on our efforts to protect Africa's elephants. Indeed, there is a need for redoubled efforts.
As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."
The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.
Zimbabwe's plan to send the young elephants overseas has drawn criticism from many wildlife conservationists. They see the government's plan as a cynical and cruel move against an animal that is being slaughtered at alarming rates for its ivory, especially to satisfy demand in China.
When 2014 started, things weren't looking great. Most of the world was reluctant to take action unless the U.S. did, so when it came to reducing carbon pollution, the world felt pretty down in the dumps.
We know the animal rights groups will not miss the elephants in the circus, but our family will miss them. Perhaps a trip to a certain elephant conservation center in Florida is in our future.
"I'm an elephant." "I can see that." "I just got notice I'll be out of work."
Good news coming out of the circus industry today! Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have announced they will be eliminating elephants from shows by the year 2018 due to animal welfare concerns.
How is it that we can believe we have the right to misuse these magnificent and wise wild creatures for the purposes of entertainment and profit, without any consideration or empathy for their wellbeing?