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Damning reports show that many elephants are dying in zoos. 

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo: Elephants are dying in zoos

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo. Despite “Better Care” And Protection From Poachers, Captive Elephants Are Still Likely To Die Much Younger Than Their Kind In The Wild.

The fact that keeping elephants in captivity goes against their nature can’t be debated anymore. Facts coming out of various establishments that continue to keep these mighty mammals captive is disheartening to say the least.

Even scientists are now adding their voice and calling for zoos and other concerns to phase out elephant captivity. And zoos can’t escape the inevitable anymore: They must let these animals go to a more natural environment if not back to the wild completely.

Below we’ll look at some reports that have emerged after extensive study of elephant life in

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The history of the human-elephant relationship is a story of several negatives and few positives.

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhone: Human-Elephant Relationship

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhône With War Elephants By Henri Motte In 1878.

Elephants are some of the most fascinating terrestrial animals that exist on our planet. What sets them apart from other animals is their sheer size. Some African elephants were recorded as being so large almost as if they were relics of the era of dinosaurs.

Some individuals weighed as much as 2.5 to 7 tons and reached a height of 8 to 13 feet when standing! Added to the fact that these large animals are herbivores earns them the title of “gentle giants.”

For as long human history can recall, these highly intelligent and emotional beings have been

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Elephant Collars may sound strange but they offer a ray of hope for Elephant Conservation.

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar (Photo: Elephanttracking.org)

Elephant collars are becoming increasingly common in many game reserves and parks. These collars are designed to keep track of elephant movement within their habitat. It’s intended as a boost for wildlife conservation especially in areas where elephants are endangered.

What Are Elephant Collars?

This is often the first question anyone would ask: this is a device that is fitted on an elephant’s neck area and is equipped with a GPS tracking device. It shows the whereabouts of an elephant

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Elephants do not belong in captivity as the growing number of Elephant-Free Zoos prove.

Entrance to the Bronx Zoo: Elephant-Free Zoos

Entrance Gate To The Bronx Zoo, New York City (Photo: Postdlf/Wikimedia Commons. cc by-sa 3.0)

For a while now, we’ve been talking about the ills of keeping elephants in captivity. Whether for entertainment in circuses or elsewhere or for exhibition in various zoos around the world.

The fact is that majority of these creatures are snatched from their close-knit families out in the while and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in cramped quarters hardly fit for them.

Interestingly, since the early 1990s, we are gradually seeing more and more elephant-free zoos in several countries. This is a welcome and progressive trend that other similar establishments

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Elephant Sanctuaries are the hope for rescued and badly abused elephants.

Elephant Nature Park: Elephant Sanctuaries Worldwide

Strolling Through The Elephant Nature Park (Photo: Elephant Nature Parks)

A subject that’s very close to us here at We Love Elephants is my that of Elephant Sanctuaries. These gracious, magnificent beasts deserve only the best when it comes to a safe haven to rest and recover from a life of abuse.

Of the two elephant species on our planet today, each one has its own unique pressures and persecutions. The African elephants are mercilessly slaughtered for their tusks and displayed in poorly funded zoos. While the Asian elephants are brutally trained for entertainment and heavy duty work.

As a result, on both continents you can find cases of elephants that have worked tediously all

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Indian Elephants are killing people in an unprecedented and alarming manner. Why?

Villagers Running From An Elephant: Indian Elephants Killing People.

Villagers Running From An Elephant (Photo: YouTube)

The elephant is one animal you can’t help but notice while in India.

They are highly revered in Indian culture, history, and religion  and you’ll easily notice images and statues of them in many temples and palaces too.

But though these animals form an important part of Indian culture and beliefs, recent events point to a situation that can best be described as critical and out-of-hand. 

In recent times, Indian elephants have been implicated in the death of many people. In fact, statistics released just this month from India’s Environment Ministry show that the death toll is 1,144 people between April 2014 and May 2017.

That translates to at least one human fatality every day over the last three years!

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The relevance of elephants in Thai culture is traceable from the battle for the sovereignty of Thailand to modern times.

Elephants Have A Long Rich History in Thai Culture: Elephants In Thai Culture

Elephants Play A Long And Rich Role in Thai Culture And History

There are two major elephant species today: the Asian and African elephants.

The Thai Elephant or “Chang Thai” is actually the Indian elephant: a subspecies of the Asian elephant and it is Thailand’s national animal. These animals have a long history of relationship with the Thai that goes centuries back. They often say that elephants helped them build the nation they have now.

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What do you do when faced with a charging elephant? Run, hide, or stay still? Find out the steps that could save you in an elephant attack.

An African Elephant: How to survive an elephant attack

An African Elephant: Experts Say An Elephant With Ears Fanned Out Like This Will Not Charge You. But It’s Best To Be Very Cautious. (Author: Al Peabody On Flickr cc by 2.0)

Although we humans may be right up there when it comes to intelligence, we score very poorly when it comes to defending ourselves against rampaging animals. Even when we are armed, the chances of survival or escape without any injuries can be almost 50/50.

Different wild animals call for different defense/flight methods. Surely, what would work when trying to escape a gorilla may not work when faced with a wild bear or a shark.

Now what about elephants? Well, it turns out those docile and friendly looking creatures, whether African or Asian elephants, could turn deadly when the situation arises. In fact, a popular documentary by National Geographic called “Elephant Rage,” shows that at least 500 people are killed – every year by charging elephants.

How Does An Elephant Attack People?

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What happens when elephants attack and why do they attack humans at all?

Elephant Attacking a 3-wheeler : Elephants attack

A Wild Elephant Attacks A Three-Wheeler With Passengers In Sri Lanka.

Elephants of whatever species are commonly portrayed as lovable giants. Just take a trip down to the nearest zoo and check out the elephant enclosure and you’ll see an animal that appears domesticated, relatively friendly to its trainers and zookeepers, and quite peaceful.

As an added bonus, they are also intelligent and can be taught to perform tricks to the delight of viewers. However, when abused, hurt, or in any other way maltreated, these creatures can be some of the most dangerous animals you can encounter in the wild or elsewhere.

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Though the African Elephant continues to exist across much of Africa, they are under serious threat.

African elephant herd

Elephant Herd Led By A Bull At Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

The African elephant holds the title of the largest land animal on Earth today. There are actually two distinct species of this elephant under the genus Loxodonta: the African bush elephant (Loxodonta Africana), and the smaller African forest elephant (Loxodonta Cyclotis).

Though they look similar to the Asian elephant from afar, closer examination shows some remarkable differences.

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