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What Is Life Really Like For Thailand’s Elephants?

If you’ve been to Thailand—or you’re planning a trip there when the world has recovered from coronavirus—you may already know that elephants are kind of a big deal. They’re the country’s national animal, significant...
Thai Tourist Park Sets Captive Elephants Free to Focus On Conservation

Thai Tourist Park Sets Captive Elephants Free to Focus On Conservation

Maesa Elephant Park in Thailand has decided that its elephants will no longer give rides to tourists. The park, located in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. When it...
Elephants Are ‘Meat’ Under Proposed South Africa Legislation

Elephants Are ‘Meat’ Under Proposed South Africa Legislation

Proposed South African legislation categorizes threatened and vulnerable species including elephants, rhinoceros, and giraffe as meat. South African citizens were invited to comment on the proposed amendment before 28 April. In February, the Minister of...
Washington DC Just Banned the Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn

Washington DC Just Banned the Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn

The Washington DC Council just banned the sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn. By making ivory and rhino horn sales illegal, the DC Council is reducing demand for wildlife trafficking and the illegal...
Denmark Paid $1.6 Million to Free 4 Circus Elephants

Denmark Paid $1.6 Million to Free 4 Circus Elephants

The Danish government bought the last four remaining circus elephants in the country. Denmark paid $1.6 million to give the animals a proper retirement. This is ahead of a proposed ban on the use...
Tom Hardy Condemns Elephant Poaching to 5M Fans

Tom Hardy Condemns Elephant Poaching to 5M Fans

English actor Tom Hardy condemned elephant poaching to five million fans on Instagram. Hardy posted a screenshot of a statement from Mike Chase, the founder of Botswana elephant conservation nonprofit Elephants Without Borders. The statement reveals...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Trying to Free the Bronx Zoo Elephant

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Trying to Free the Bronx Zoo Elephant

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aka AOC supports the effort to free Happy, the Bronx Zoo elephant who has been alone for over a decade. The Bronx native responded to a Twitter thread calling on...
How Zambians Have Virtually Stopped Elephant Poaching

How Zambians Have Virtually Stopped Elephant Poaching

Through work with local communities, a conservation team has virtually ended elephant poaching in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The Luangwa ecosystem is home to nearly two-thirds of Zambia's elephant population. Since the 1950s, poaching...
The NGO Wildlife SOS Opens India’s First Elephant Hospital

India Gets Its First Elephant Hospital

India just got its first hospital specifically dedicated to helping elephants. Although elephants are a fundamental part of Indian culture, many are exploited for tourist attractions, used in festival parades, and forced to perform. Opening last week...

Thailand Ends Elephant Polo After Investigation Reveals Animal Cruelty

Elephant polo has effectively come to an end in Thailand after an undercover animal cruelty investigation revealed the vicious abuse rampant in the sport. Following the release of footage captured by investigations from PETA Asia,...
Major UK Travel Company Insight Guides Removes Elephant Rides From Its Tour Promotions

Major UK Travel Company Insight Guides Removes Elephant Rides From Its Tour Promotions

International travel company Insight Guides has promised to end its promotion of elephant rides, in a bid to tackle tourist-funded animal exploitation. The travel group will no longer advertise tours involving elephant rides, including its "Rajasthan:...
Illinois Becomes 9th State to Ban the Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Illinois Becomes 9th State to Ban the Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Illinois has just become the ninth U.S. state to ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns. The move comes in an effort to help stop illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking networks in Africa...

New York’s Buffalo Zoo Shuts Down Controversial Elephant Exhibit

New York's Buffalo Zoo, known as one of "the worst zoos" in America, is shutting down its elephant exhibit. International animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) has welcomed the news. Buffalo Zoo had...

IBM Drops Sponsorship of Cruel Bangkok Elephant Polo Tournament

The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), headquartered in New York, has withdrawn its sponsorship of an elephant polo tournament in Thailand. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, held at the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, is...
UK Government Implements One of the World's Toughest Bans on Ivory

UK Government Implements One of the World’s Toughest Bans on Ivory

The UK government just passed a bill that enforces one of the toughest ivory bans in the world and sets the UK as a global leader in the protection of wild elephants. In 2017, the government...
China's Ivory Ban 'A Huge Step for Elephants'

China’s Ivory Ban ‘A Huge Step for Elephants’

China made the announcement that it was banning ivory back at the beginning of 2017, but now as the ban goes into effect, the government is stepping up its enforcement of the law and educating...

7 Vegan Friendly Activities for Backpacking Around Southeast Asia in 2018

If one of your new year's resolutions is to travel more and you’ve got your sights set on the wonders of Southeast Asia, there are many attractions and activities you can do to give...

David Attenborough Investigates Death of Elephant who Inspired Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

Sir David Attenborough, in a new BBC show, investigates both the life and history, and the suspicious death of the circus elephant who is known for inspiring Disney's 1941 Dumbo.  'Jumbo' the elephant arrived at London...