Send a Message to El Salvador: No More Elephants at Zoológico Nacional

by Nicole Meyer

On September 21 Manyula, the only elephant held at El Salvador’s Parque Zoológico Nacional de San Salvador, died at age 59 from kidney failure. She had lived in the zoo for almost her entire life, having been abducted from her family in India as a baby, and died without ever knowing the companionship and comfort […]

nosey image 1_from Deb Robinson with permission

Stop Southwick’s Zoo

by Nicole Meyer

In light of the alarming news that Dondi, an elephant who gave rides at the Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass., died from tuberculosis, IDA sent an urgent letter to the zoo, demanding the immediate release of her report. According to an article that ran in the Shoreline Times (New Haven, Conn.) on Friday, a necropsy […]

Tyke’s Legacy

by Nicole Meyer

Sixteen years ago today, Tyke , a 20 year old African elephant “owned” by the notorious Hawthorn Corporation, was killed. On August 20, 1994, she was performing with the Circus International in Hawaii when she killed her trainer and gored her groomer, then bolted from the arena and ran through the city for a half-hour, […]

The Experts Weigh In On Elephant Attack at Toledo Zoo

by Nicole Meyer

Zoos often use “spin” to give their interpretation of an event in order to sway public opinion or maintain a particular image. Spin is exactly what the Toledo Zoo attempted to do after the July 1 attack on keeper Don RedFox by a seven-year-old African elephant named Louie. RedFox was gravely injured in the incident. […]


by Nicole Meyer

History was made in Los Angeles last night. In the biggest circus demonstration the city has ever seen, 300 activists holding graphic signs and colorful banners and wearing elephant costumes and symbolic chains, encircled the Staples Center to protest the opening night of Ringling. Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The mood was electric as […]

nosey image 2_with permission from Deb Robinson

Help Nosey Escape the Circus!

by Nicole Meyer

IDA has two new “Breaking News” items featured on that just by chance have a common thread (besides the fact they’re about elephants), and that’s the African nation of Zimbabwe. We reported on an elephant named Nosey, who was traumatically torn from her family and shipped to the U.S. before she was even two […]

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos is a Mammoth Success!

by Nicole Meyer

This year’s International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) was a huge success, featuring events in 34 cities in 7 countries and our first-ever virtual protest that used social networking technology to circulate nearly 10,000 messages about how elephants suffer and die prematurely in zoos.On Saturday, dedicated activists organized and attended demonstrations that […]


by Nicole Meyer

Saturday is the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos, when activists around the world will be sending a message that elephants just don’t belong in cramped, unnatural displays that shorten their lives by decades. This year, everyone can help the elephants, no matter where you live, by participating in our first-ever virtual demonstration […]

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos Special Alert!

by Nicole Meyer

Justice for Queenie: Tell the USDA It’s Time to Protect Elephant Welfare Instead of Zoos’ Interests The International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) takes place this Saturday, with more than 30 events in five countries. You can help the elephants, even if you don’t live near a zoo, by sending a message […]

New Celebrity Supporters Join IDA’s 
International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on June 19th

by Nicole Meyer

“…When I see an elephant in a zoo, swaying back and force in a tiny space, I don’t learn anything other than this is no way to treat Earth’s largest land mammals. This is not education. This is not conservation. These animals are happiest and healthiest when they are in the wild. Please support IDA’s […]