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We kind of knew this was coming, didn’t we, what with Don Jr.’s taste for shooting beautiful animals and Ryan Zinke’s “Big Buck Hunter” moment—still, somehow, the news that the Trump administration has lifted the Obama administration’s ban on exporting trophies from elephant hunts in Zimbabwe and Zambia is a bit of a…
On Monday, animal rights attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project Sam Wise filed a habeas corpus on behalf of three elephants named Minnie, Beulah, and Karen, who live as a part of a traveling circus in Connecticut. Wise is demanding that the Connecticut Superior Court send the elephants to a sanctuary.
Animals, they’re just like us: they breathe, they eat, they like rubbing their genitals on things, they look cool in sunglasses, they die. But sometimes before that, they go through a period of adolescence that has a few things in common with what we associate with human adolescence. Aside from the sexual activity and…
When director and photojournalist Kate Brooks began filming The Last Animals, which premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, there were seven Northern White Rhinos left on the planet. Now there are only three, all living under 24-hour armed protection at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Sudan, the last…
No matter how many times filmmakers try to warn us, scientists persist in their attempts to bring back giant uncontrollable monsters to stampede us all to death.
In a historic move, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will finally enact a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory that aggressively expands previous restrictions on the trade, with the aim of reducing the ruthless and widespread poaching of African elephants that has pushed their…
After years of protests from the Humane Society and other animal activists, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are retiring their elephants.
In a record-setting act of defiance against the illegal poaching driving elephant populations to extinction, Kenyan authorities will burn 116 tons of illegally obtained ivory on Saturday.
South African wildlife photographer Renata Ewald was traveling in Kruger National Park when she saw this mother elephant with one terrific pair of breasts.
On Friday, a wild elephant made his way out of a nature reserve in southern China and headed for the highway. He had some cars to crush.
We are living through a mass extinction. From climate change to overpopulation to poaching, the world we’ve created is closing in fast on the incredible and still-mysterious animals we share it with.
In an absolutely vital move towards preventing the near-imminent extinction of wild African elephants, a senior U.S. government official has confirmed that China plans to ban the commercial trade of ivory at some point within the next year.
In a clip from an episode of BBC’s This Wild Life, which follows wildlife expert Saba Douglas-Hamilton and her family’s move to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya (sort of an IRL The Wild Thornberrys), Saba and her young kids hang out with Sokotei, a recently orphaned baby elephant, at an orphanage in Nairobi.
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."
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.
Rescue workers helped free a baby elephant who was trapped in an empty water pit in China and it was all caught on video.
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.
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…