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A Tale of Two Elephants

Published 06/22/09
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Elephant enthusiasts are having a difficult time lately. Several elephant deaths have made the news. One elephant in particular, Echo, lived her life as nature intended — wild and free as the matriarch of a strong elephant family in Africa for at least 36 years! Elephants are extraordinarily family-oriented creatures. Echo lived her life and cared for her family in freedom. Regardless of life’s difficulties she met every challenge and prevailed.

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Our Endangered Beautiful Oceans

Published 06/19/09
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

Three months ago, I had the privilege of hearing world-renowned ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau speak at an intimate Ocean’s Day event in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Cousteau gave us a firsthand account of how endangered our beautiful oceans, and those living in it, are.

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Top Three Animal Dads

Published 06/15/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

In honor of Father's Day I wanted to share some stories of amazing animal fathers. There are a lot more than three amazing animal dads, but I've narrowed it down.

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The Mirage casino's "Dolphin Death Pool" claims another life

Published 06/08/09
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

The June 4 death of 2–year-old “Sgt Pepper” — the 14th reported dolphin to die at the Las Vegas Mirage Hotel Casino — is tragic, but perhaps more saddening is the lives he and other captive dolphins are forced to live.

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Keep Wildlife Wild — Day Four

Published 06/04/09
By Tim Ajax, Sanctuary Director

Bruce sees me coming and starts lip-smacking and making conciliatory grunting noises. These are subordinate, appeasing gestures meant to placate a higher-ranking member of a troop. Only I’m not a member of the troop, just a human trying to care for a psychologically disturbed baboon. I glance his way as I hand a banana through the feeding slot and that’s enough to send his 45-pound frame hurtling at the fence that separates us. He bounces off the fence and takes several sideways hops grunting loudly and then displays canines that are a match for any leopard’s. One moment he’s placid and demure and the next he’s venting a rage that’s difficult to identify with. Life in a traveling menagerie can do that to a wild animal.

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Keep Wildlife Wild — Day Three

Published 06/03/09
By Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Today for Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week we focus on exotic animals in the pet trade. You would be surprised to learn what people keep as “pets”: lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, alligators, as well as a whole host of other exotic animals.

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Keep Wildlife Wild — Day Two

Published 06/02/09
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

Today for Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, we’re looking at the horrors of trapping and the fur trade.

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Keep Wildlife Wild — Day One

Published 06/01/09
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

Today for Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, we’ve focused on captive exotic animals — specifically those used in circuses and zoos. We have a great list of things you can do to help these animals, as well as ideas for how you can explain the issues to others. Be sure to check it out!

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