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Help Chai & Bamboo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Woodland Park Zoo’s Two Elephants Stranded in San Diego Zoo! With Jane Goodall’s Voice for Chai and Bamboo, the Fight for Sanctuary Continues Nationwide On April 16, the already-beleaguered elephants, Bamboo and Chai, were loaded like product cargo into steel shipping containers at Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle. Unfortunately, they were not headed […]

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Elephant Spotlight

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Retire Ruth Now at Buttonwood Zoo! Earlier this month, In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts has been violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by knowingly forcing two incompatible Asian elephants to live in the same enclosure together. […]

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Natural Bridge Zoo Has State Permit Suspended

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  IDA’s #1 Worst Zoo for 2014 Under Fire We’re so happy to announce a victorious and encouraging step for Asha, the lone elephant, and the many other animals at the Natural Bridge Zoo, in rural Virginia. IDA’s contention that this zoo is a “roadside atrocity”, deserving of our #1 Worst Zoo for Elephants spot […]

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USDA Complaint Against Zoo for Elephant Welfare Concerns

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., toni@idausa.org, (805) 836-0496 In Defense of Animals Files USDA Complaint Against Zoo for Elephant Welfare Concerns New Bedford, Mass. (April 2, 2015) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), charging that the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford violates […]

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Elephant Rama Dies at the Oregon Zoo

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Help Save Rama’s Father, Packy! RIP, Rama, a male Asian elephant who suffered and was euthanized at the Oregon Zoo due to captivity-related conditions. IDA sends our condolences to Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE); acknowledging their long-time local efforts to protect Rama and the seven other Asian elephants at the zoo, including Packy, Rama’s […]

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Help Spring Lucky the Elephant to Sanctuary!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Earlier this month, IDA put the spotlight on our 2014 number two Worst Zoo for Elephants, the San Antonio Zoo, where 54 year old Lucky, the last surviving Asian elephant, survives in a most unlucky predicament. Many of you sent in a lucky penny to the zoo in hopes that Lucky would get lucky […]

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Baby Elephants Kidnapped in Zimbabwe

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  An Update and How You Can Help In spite of a global outcry surrounding Zimbabwe’s capture and export of approximately 80 baby elephants, the country’s President Robert Mugumbe is not changing his mind. According to National Geographic’s primary source in Zimbabwe, the young elephants, between two and four years old, captured in November of […]

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An Unlucky Elephant Needs a Little Luck

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Mail a lucky penny to an unlucky elephant this month. This month, IDA puts the spotlight on our 2014 #2 Worst Zoo for Elephants, the San Antonio Zoo, where Lucky, the last surviving Asian elephant, at 54 survives in a most unlucky predicament. She needs to be retired to an accredited sanctuary where she can […]

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Ringling Pledges an End to Elephant Acts

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Celebrate the Beginning of the End of a Cruel Circus Era! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ infamous elephant shows will end! Parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced this week that their 13 performing elephants will sent to the Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida in 2018. To YOU, who have ever stood out […]

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Save Seattle Elephants from Tornado Alley

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Woodland Park Zoo Chooses Suffering over Sanctuary for Elephants, Bamboo and Chai Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray and city council now hold the key to either suffering or sanctuary for Bamboo and Chai. As you read this, the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) is preparing Asian Elephants, Bamboo, 47 and Chai, 35, to travel in crates […]