Sri Lanka “Gifts” Baby Elephant to New Zealand

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  We recently commended Sri Lanka for taking a powerful stand against the ivory trade. Unfortunately, we must now report tragic actions against elephants by the Sri Lankan and New Zealand governments. Recently, the Sri Lankan government “gifted” a baby elephant to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. This “gift” will have the consequences of […]


Sri Lanka Destroys Ivory Stockpile!

by Jacqueline Barba

In a Seaside Ceremony, Leaders Apologized for Complicity in Poaching Last month, Sri Lanka publicly destroyed its stores of confiscated ivory. In doing so, it became the 16th country to demonstrate a commitment to both ending this illegal trade and also to preventing confiscated ivory from making its way back onto the black market. However, […]


Did You Know About Kerala’s Suffering Temple Elephants?

by Jacqueline Barba

  Rampant Elephant Abuse in the Indian State Prompts An Official Response A small but significant stand has been taken against the abusive treatment of temple elephants in Kerala, India: an office of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) has filed criminal charges against Thiruvambadi Devaswom Temple for gross neglect of the elephants in its care. […]


Justice For Chai – Dead at #3 Worst Zoo for Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Oklahoma City Zoo is to blame. On January 30, beloved Asian elephant Chai was found dead, alone and laying outside in the cold elephant yard at Oklahoma City Zoo. The situation surrounding her death is suspicious, and marks the second premature elephant death at the zoo in recent months. News of Chai’s death is […]

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Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist

by Jacqueline Barba

Renewed Call to End Abusive Animal Tourism in Thailand After Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist Last week in Thailand,  a British tourist  was thrown, gored, and trampled to death by an elephant he was “riding” during a trek on the island of Koh Samui.  The media attention gained by this incident has increased pressure on the […]


Beloved Elephant, Chai, Dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

by Caroline Saxon

  Second Elephant Death in Four Months Nine months after being transferred from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, Asian elephant, Chai, has been found dead at Oklahoma City Zoo, just months after the death of little Malee. At the youthful age of 37, and before the end of her first Oklahoma winter, her death […]


Our 2015 Hall of Shame Winner…

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Our 2015 Hall of Shame Winner in the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List is the Bronx Zoo, where 44-year-old Happy, a miserable elephant, resides alone. In Esquire’s “Why Elephants in American Zoos May Be the Next Orcas in Blackfish,” Happy’s story is told and our very own Toni Frohoff, Ph.D. explains in detail […]


Worst Zoos List Reported by Daily Mail

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

The Daily Mail, one of the UK’s biggest-selling daily newspapers, published an article on IDA’s recently released 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list. With nearly two million readers a day, the Daily Mail article provides significant international traction for this list, which exposes the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America. The article lauds […]


Lies of Buttonwood Park Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo Challenged

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

We’re thrilled about all the positive media attention our 2015 Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants List is getting, though we’re eager to challenge the inaccurate responses by Buttonwood Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts which were published in an article by the Boston Globe called, “the elephant -or two-in the room.” While the article […]