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Seattle Elephant Bamboo in Peril at Oklahoma Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  After Woodland Park Zoo finally closed its elephant exhibit in May of 2015, its two remaining elephants, Chai and Bamboo, were shipped off to Oklahoma Zoo after a long and heated battle that nearly won them sanctuary. Chai died eight months after the transfer to Oklahoma Zoo from emaciation, a blood infection, and other health […]

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March Against Extinction with Us on September 24!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  The coordinated march will raise awareness of the urgent need for action to protect elephants and rhinos against the illegal wildlife trade. Last year more than 130 cities around the world participated. The timing of this year’s march is crucial. It takes place on the first day of the Convention on International Trade in […]

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Elephant Numbers Crash

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

The results of the first ever continent-wide census on African elephant populations are in, and the numbers are alarming. Almost 30% of the Savannah elephant population was decimated in only seven years.  Now a new study has revealed that African forest elephants may become extinct sooner than previously believed; since 2002, the population has crashed by […]

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Groupon: STOP Supporting Elephant Exploitation!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

IDA’s #8 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Monterey Zoo in Salinas, California Tell Groupon to stop supporting this sham of a sanctuary: Monterey Zoo’s Vision Quest Ranch in Salinas, California. Monterey Zoo and its Vision Quest Safari Bed and Breakfast in Salinas, California, is owned by Charlie Sammut, an exotic animal trainer. Although it claims to […]

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Victory! Elephants Protected from Brutal Bullhook Abuse in California

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB1062 into law to protect captive elephants from brutal bullhook abuse in California. In Defense of Animals supporters in California helped bring this crucial legislation to the Governor’s desk by making your voices heard through your many phone calls and letters. Senator Ricardo Lara first introduced […]

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Campaigners Rejoice – Bullhooks Banned

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CAMPAIGNERS REJOICE AS BARBARIC ELEPHANT BULLHOOKS ARE BANNED FROM CALIFORNIA   Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB1062 Into Law, Protecting Elephants from Brutal Bullhook Abuse CONTACT: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., toni@idausa.org, (+1) 805-836-0496 Sacramento, CA (August 30, 2016) – California-based international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, has welcomed new legislation to prohibit the use of brutal bullhooks […]

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Desert Elephants Share Knowledge to Survive Harsh Environments

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Elephants are uniquely intelligent, social, sensitive animals. A new study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has illuminated these qualities and also revealed incredible details about elephants’ extraordinary adaptability. Researchers have found that, despite differences in behavior and appearance, Namibian desert elephants and African savanna elephants share the same DNA. This implies […]

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Today is World Elephant Day!

by Caroline Saxon

  The Many Faces of Elephant Suffering Around the World Today, on World Elephant Day, we honor the majesty and magic of elephants around the world. We strengthen our resolve and commitment to protect them at the hands of human beings- their most dangerous threat. Elephants are astonishing. Earth’s largest land mammals are intelligent, socially […]

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Ringling Bros. Sends Unlucky Elephant to San Antonio Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  San Antonio Zoo, where Lucky, the 56-years old Asian elephant, has been confined alone, has received a female 40-year old Asian elephant, Nicole,”on loan” from Ringling Bros./Feld Entertainment. Ringling Bros. had publicized how the elephants from its circuses would be going into “retirement” but its deceit is clearly evidenced by the unsupportable action of […]