A Life Cut Short in the Circus

by Nicole Meyer

Too many times an elephant in a zoo or circus dies, with no acknowledgement at all. It’s as if she or he never existed. So with this blog IDA marks the passing of 29-year-old Dolly, who performed for nearly her entire life with Jorge and Louann Barreda’s circus act. Her companions Lou, Makia and Lovey, […]

Mammoth News For Elephants!

by Nicole Meyer

This has been an exciting week for elephants, including some momentous changes for elephants in zoos: IDA has long been fighting to stop archaic, circus-style training in zoos that is inhumane for elephants and lethal for keepers. So we are applauding an important policy change by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that would […]

Must-see Film: The Elephant In The Living Room

by Nicole Meyer

Seems like IDA has mostly been urging people to avoid movies this year because of the use of elephants and other wild animals who are cruelly trained and confined. But here’s an award-winning film about wild animals that we highly recommend: The Elephant In The Living Room. (Note: There are no elephants in the film […]

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants and Sound Animal Rights Alliance Take Their Message to the Skies!

by Nicole Meyer

On July 15, 2011, members of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants and Sound Animal Rights Alliance took their campaigns to the skies. We hired an airplane to tow the message: “ZOO ELEPHANTS SUFFER” over the Woodland Park Zoo during their largest gala fundraiser of the year. As the plane flew overhead for about an […]

Never Forget: The Sad Lives and Deaths of Chico, Peaches, Wankie and Tatima

by Nicole Meyer

On July 10, Chico, the oldest bull elephant in captivity in North America died in the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. Information is exceedingly sparse: Like so many other elephants in zoos, he was “found unresponsive” in the morning when keepers arrived for work. No one knows how long he had been down or what […]