Ringling Bros. Circus to Phase Out Elephant Acts By 2018

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Feld Entertainment, told the Associated Press that they will be phasing out their elephant acts by 2018 due to "growing public concern about how the animals are treated." » 3/05/15 9:50am 3/05/15 9:50am

China's Ban on Ivory Imports Isn't Such Good News, After All 

This Thursday, China—the worlds biggest importer of smuggled elephant tusks—imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports. This sounds like good news for Africa's elephant population, right? It's not. » 2/27/15 11:10am 2/27/15 11:10am

Oh My God, This Baby Elephant Falling Down on His Butt

Here you will see a tiny baby elephant struggling mightily to climb a rock outcropping, failing and landing plop on his tiny elephant butt. Three adult elephants then dash to his rescue, and it's so much like watching a human toddler take a spill that you expect to hear him wailing. » 10/02/14 6:20pm 10/02/14 6:20pm

​Stop Everything and Watch This Gleeful Rescued Elephant Ribbon Dance

Whatever it is that you're doing, you need to put it on hold. Feeding your baby? STOP IT. Filing divorce papers? CUT THAT OUT. Discovering the next big renewable energy resource that could potentially bring our impending climate change-enhanced doom to a screeching halt? SHUT IT DOWN. And watch this elephant… » 8/30/14 1:16pm 8/30/14 1:16pm

Los Angeles Bans Bullhooks and Other Devices Used to Control Elephants

The city of Los Angeles approved a ban on the use of bullhooks, bats, pitchforks and other physical tools used by trainers to control exotic circus animals such as elephants. » 5/01/14 12:00pm 5/01/14 12:00pm

Watch a Baby Elephant's First Year in Just Two Minutes

This is Lily, she is adorable and brilliant and has only been on this earth for a year. Here's to sixty more, you portly, precious pachyderm! » 12/04/13 8:30pm 12/04/13 8:30pm

The Woman Who Shot Elephants for America's Natural History Museums

Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed… » 11/17/13 10:00am 11/17/13 10:00am

Your Evening Happy Cry: Baby Elephant Excitedly Greets Her Grandma

Elephant family reunions are the best family reunions — and that's not just because your creepy uncle isn't there. But it's partially why. » 10/09/13 11:30pm 10/09/13 11:30pm

NBC Sports Guy Kills Elephant, Says If You Don't Like It You're Hitler

NBC Sports announcer and idiotic nutjob (more on that TK) Tony Markis recently shot an elephant in the head for a TV show. Why? Because guns! Because freedom! Because CONSTITUTION FOUNDING FATHERS IN GOD WE TRUST NEVER FORGET! In an interview that questioned his taste Markis compared his critics to Hitler and accused… » 9/27/13 7:15pm 9/27/13 7:15pm

Dog and Elephant Might Share the Cutest Interspecies Friendship Yet

Ugh, it's such a tough category to make a call like that in, but come on. Dog diving off elephant's back? WINNER WINNER. » 9/16/13 11:30pm 9/16/13 11:30pm

Naomi Campbell Never Planned an Elephant Birthday Party, OK?

Supermodel maniac goddess Naomi Campbell has accepted libel damages from Britain's Daily Telegraph over a story that "falsely claimed she planned to organize an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday." Which, to their credit, how are they supposed to tell a true Naomi Campbell story from a false… » 1/31/13 11:30pm 1/31/13 11:30pm

This Kid Is Totally Not Intimidated by Fancy Face-Painted Elephants

A young Indian girl gives coins to an elephant during a religious procession as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation on the banks of Sangam during the Mahakumbh festival in January 2013, which… » 1/06/13 1:00pm 1/06/13 1:00pm

Brigitte Bardot Threatens to Leave France for Vladimir Putin’s Animal…

Brigitte Bardot, the actress your dad would be most likely to describe as celebrity crush in a discomforting tone of voice that lets you know, once and for all, that a conversational threshold in your filial relationship has been crossed, has informed France that she will soon be going the way of Gerard Depardieu » 1/04/13 4:05pm 1/04/13 4:05pm

Meanwhile, Two Drunk Elephants Went Jogging in Siberia

Although vodka's metaphorically saved my life many a time, Ruski firewater literally rescued two Indian circus elephants from frostbite after the truck in which they were being transported caught fire. Stranded on a highway in freezing Siberia, Russia, the handlers did the only thing they could think of, which was… » 12/15/12 6:00pm 12/15/12 6:00pm

For the Sake of Bipartisanship, Here's a Baby Elephant Playing in a…

Yesterday, we posted a video of a baby donkey enjoying a celebratory roll in the dust so today, as an olive branch of sorts, it only seems fair that we post a video of a baby elephant having an equally adorable and enjoyable time. Let's hear it for reaching across the aisle! » 11/09/12 4:45pm 11/09/12 4:45pm