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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Saving Seattle’s Elephants from the Oklahoma City Zoo

by Eric Phelps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., (805) 836-0496, Saving Seattle’s Elephants from the Oklahoma City Zoo Suffering or Sanctuary for Seattle Elephants? San Rafael, Calif. (March 2, 2015) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) would consider it an inter-state and national travesty should the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) not be stopped by the […]


Send a Valentine for the Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Have a Heart, Send Bamboo and Chai to a Sanctuary Worst Elephant Zoo Spotlight for February: Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington; earning IDA’s Dishonorable Mention in our 2014 Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list. At long last, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo finally announced the impending closure of its egregious elephant exhibit, succumbing to years […]


New York is a Rotten Apple

by Brianna Grant

IDA’s elephant scientist, Dr. Toni Frohoff, has been speaking out about the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list and the predominance of New York State zoos on the list. Three of the 2014 ten worst zoos for elephants are from New York: the Bronx Zoo, Buffalo Zoo, and Rosamond Gifford Zoo. She highlighted that, “The […]


Zimbabwe Plowing Forward With Baby Elephant Exports

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Despite international protests from concerned people across the globe, the sovereign nation of Zimbabwe seems to be moving forward with its plan to export an undetermined number of baby elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates, and France. These elephant toddlers were cruelly captured during a mass roundup that used helicopters in coordination with armed […]


Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List Released

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

This past Monday, IDA released our Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants 2014 list to great and immediate media attention. We are so intensely grateful for all the interest this list has generated and we’re looking forward to using this momentum to help these long-suffering elephants at these worst zoos across North America. Practically all the […]