Hopefully, Mr. Modi will recognize that the fragile nature he holds in temporary custody is a product of millions of years of evolutionary Karma. Grandmother Nature gave birth to Mother India, which he has sworn to serve.
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros circus, July 15, 2014 "Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... children of all ages...." There is no phrase...
I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) Top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost.
Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed up with many of the most respected international conservation agencies and spokespeople to urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading.
Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace.
With so many people living in poverty, Helen Clark explains that meeting the balance between conservation and development is perhaps the most complex in the array of responses to the illegal wildlife trade.
Ivory and the trinkets made from it are in high demand globally. So much so that despite restrictions on illegal poaching and trafficking, elephants are still being killed at a tremendous rate of 35,000 per year.
As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.
The Jane Goodall Institute is working towards a critical mass of young people who will go on to become the next generation of conservationists, teachers, parents, lawyers and politicians, forging forward with an inherent understanding that if we really do care about the future we have to make tough decisions today.
Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.
Conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick believes elephants are inherently better than humans (and she's not the first). I'm inclined to agree, but if that's the case, what can we learn from a species that's been alive for over xx million years?
Poachers recently killed Satao, one of Kenya's best known elephants, whose tusks weighed more than 100 pounds each and reached all the way to the ground. A poison arrow felled Satao in Tsavo National Park, and his death was announced last Friday.
Those of us not intimately concerned with billion-dollar transactions routinely eat jumbo burgers and fly jumbo jets. And let's not get into jumbo condoms. In short, it's a ubiquitous and useful term for bigger-than-bigness. But where does it come from?
Killed for their tusks to satisfy today's nearly insatiable ivory demand, elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate from countries where they were once abundant.
The more you learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of circuses, the worse you feel about what they're doing. Highly intelligent animals are often chained for a majority of their lives, shipped to dozens of cities a year, separated from their family groups, and struck with bullhooks to force them to submit and perform unnatural tricks.
While hippos are thought to be the most dangerous animal in Africa, this is not the case in the Liwonde National Park in Malawi. Despite the hippos outnumbering the elephants with about 1000 hippos and 650 elephants, elephants seem to be the greater threat in this part of Africa.