What Brazil’s View on Captive Animals Means for Elephants and Sanctuary

Free Zé Colmeia! (“Free Yogi Bear”) Allegations of poor facilities in Rio Zoo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) rekindle the old debate about whether to expose animals to the public or keep them isolated in sanctuaries....

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What Elephants Can Teach Us About Forgiveness

In one way or another, all captive elephants have suffered at the hands of humans. And while humans are starting to understand more and the mentality of keepers is changing, most elephants alive today were handled with the old school, good ole’ boys club, mentality of managing elephants. Many have…...

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A Letter to Medow

Written by Lisa- My dearest Medow; I believe the world is a wheel. Each spoke important. If we do not take care of all the spokes, the wheel will eventually collapse on itself.  You, are such a majestic spoke, part of such an incredible species, being ruined by the very…...

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What a Barn Truly Means to an Elephant

When we talk about creating a sanctuary in Brazil, one of the things we often enthusiastically mention is the elephants not needing to return to the barn....

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The Beginning of Discovering Elephant Sanctuary

20 years ago on March 3, 1995 one very lucky elephant stepped foot onto the first expansive natural habitat elephant sanctuary. It was a day that started a transformation that no one could have anticipated. ...

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These are Truly Elephant DaZe

Story by Phyllis Two years ago I was invited to create a life-sized baby elephant art sculpture for an art show. I knew a lot about art, but I didn’t know anything about elephants (not even that Asian and African elephants were distinct). I’m a quick study. I became so…...

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