African elephants Thika and Mara

African elephants Thika (front) and Mara pay a visit to one of their favorite mud wallows. Happy Birthday to Thika who turned 42 on October 18! Putting Elephant Welfare FirstElephants are highly social beings, and it is often assumed that in captivity they naturally...

Circus Abusing Elephants

Content Warning: The following contains references to animal abuse. A night out at the circus is meant to be a fun family event. But for animals in the Loomis Bros Circus, it is nothing short of torturous. Elephants are forced to perform on slippery grounds,...

Welcoming Wendi’s New Daughter, Wimbi

One thing is certain about Wendi: She always knows how to make an entrance! On the morning of Sunday, 9th October, she strolled up to the Ithumba stockades with a newborn in tow. She was clearly bursting with pride and wanted her human-elephant family to join in the...

State of Play: U.S. Ivory Trade Legislation

In spite of the international ban on commercial ivory trade, the domestic buying and selling of ivory continues, legally, in many countries, including the United States. Ivory traffickers exploit these loopholes and are well aware of the difficutly—for consumers and...