Great News for African Elephants!

by Laura Bridgeman

Twenty-nine African nations seeking to stop the devastating losses of elephants to poachers have successfully stopped a proposal that, if passed, would have ignited the resumption of international trade in elephant ivory. This victory for elephants is happening at the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference of […]


IDA Slams Plans to Ship 100 Wild African Elephants to Chinese Zoos

by Fleur Dawes

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS SLAMS PLANS TO SHIP 100 WILD AFRICAN ELEPHANTS TO CHINA Contact: Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.,, 805-836-0496 San Rafael, California (September 29, 2016) – In Defense of Animals has blasted Zimbabwe’s plans to sell live baby elephants to China, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The national parks authority has already captured 40 […]


End Zoo Rides on Abused Elephants

by Laura Bridgeman

  IDA’s #10 Worst Zoo for Elephants: Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts Most summers, Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts hires a California-based company to truck in elephants over a treacherously long distance to sell elephant rides to the zoos’ customers. The zoo – #10 on In Defense of Animals’10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2015 in […]


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 […]


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 […]


Campaigners Rejoice – Bullhooks Banned

by Fleur Dawes

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.,, (+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 […]


Free Lucky – The Loneliest Elephant in Texas

by Caroline Saxon

  IDA’s #6 Worst Zoo for Elephants: San Antonio Zoo Lucky is a solitary Asian elephant held captive at the San Antonio Zoo. The only luck she is in is having a strong advocacy group and her own legal defense team trying to win the case for her freedom. Since her companion died in 2013, […]


“Gods in Shackles” is a Must See!

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Gods in Shackles is a game-changing documentary for elephants. This film exposes the brutal exploitation suffered by thousands of temple elephants used for Southern India’s glamorous cultural and religious festivals. If you are in the Los Angeles area on June 19th, please come out to support this important documentary film. More info can be found […]


#4 Worst Zoo For Elephants: What You Can Do

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

Un-Natural Elephant Deaths at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon For over five years running, Wildlife Safari, a drive-through wild animal park in Winston, Oregon, has featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Wildlife Safari claims to be committed to the “conservation, preservation, and research of native and exotic […]


Get African Elephants Classified as Endangered Species

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  African elephants are currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering uplisting them to “endangered,” which would help to dramatically increase their protection. The issue is open for public comments until May 16th to help determine if the change in status is appropriate and […]