Elephants are magnificent, fascinating animals. Here are some facts you may not know about them – and two ways to speak out for elephants who are suffering in captivity.
1. They console each other in times of stress by “hugging”.
According to researchers, elephants hug by putting their trunks in each other’s mouths, offering comfort through physical contact.
2. They mourn their dead.
Wild elephants will stand silently at the bodies of their dead companions, sometimes for days on end. Later, they may return and pay homage to their bones.
3. They … Read more.
Reading the story of a baby elephant in a Chinese zoo who wept for five hours after his mother twice tried to kill him yesterday almost made us cry, too.
The newborn calf sustained injuries when his mother rejected and kicked him and had to be taken away from her. When zoo workers tried to return him to her enclosure a few hours later, the same thing happened again. It’s a tale of nature gone very wrong, and the blame lies not with the confused mother but with the humans who locked … Read more.
Mali has spent 35 years at the Manila Zoo, where she endures intense confinement, loneliness, boredom and isolation in an area that is a miniscule fraction of the size of her natural habitat. She is the Philippines’ only captive elephant – and one of the world’s saddest.
There was some hope last year when the Office of the President issued a directive stating that she should be transferred to a sanctuary after an evaluation of her health. But it has been more than a year, and Mali still awaits her freedom.
We … Read more.
Remember Mali, the only elephant at the Manila Zoo? She was taken as a baby from Sri Lanka in 1974 and has spent the last 35 years in a small concrete pen. People all around the world have asked that she be sent to a sanctuary, but the authorities have yet to grant her freedom.
But we’re making progress! Every day, Mali gains new supporters and friends. This week, the acclaimed musician formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, became the latest celeb to express sadness at Mali’s plight,… Read more.
Iconic international film star Brigitte Bardot has sent a letter to the Philippine ambassador to France urging her to convey to Philippine authorities the message that Mali, an ailing and solitary elephant who has been confined to a small enclosure at the Manila Zoo for 35 years, should be transferred immediately to a sanctuary in Thailand. In the letter, Bardot points out that elephants in zoos suffer both physically and psychologically when confined and separated from other elephants.
“Elephants are animals who are totally unfit for captivity”, writes Bardot, whose organisation, the … Read more.
Today, some of our fantastic activists gathered outside the Philippines Embassy to urge the ambassador to take action and help free Mali the elephant from her life of suffering.
Mali is a mere shell of the magnificent individual she once was after being confined for the last 35 years to a small concrete pen. She is the only captive elephant in the Philippines, and she needs to be retired immediately. The Office of the President has issued a directive stating that Mali should be considered for transfer to a sanctuary after an … Read more.
Mali, the Manila Zoo’s lonely and ailing elephant, still has not been sent to a sanctuary. Dr Jane Goodall recently joined the effort to help Mali by writing to the Philippines president to support his directive ordering that Mali be reviewed and considered for transfer to a sanctuary. In the letter, Goodall emphasizes the importance of transferring Mali as soon as possible so that Mali can finally receive proper veterinary care and enjoy the companionship of other elephants.
“I am heartened to learn that you agree that action must be taken … Read more.