Elephants

An Open Apology to our Beloved Elephant, Limba

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Impact
M. Michelle Nadon

Dearest Limba, the world owes you an apology. I am sorry for your life of servitude and loneliness. Animal advocates worldwide are grieving you girl. We will forever remember you. We loved you. We saw you. We are so very sorry. We tried.

For Elephants, Indian Festival Season is Pure Torture

Sangita Iyer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Elephants, those gentle giants, are one of the most majestic, intelligent and fascinating animals. In India alone, there are more than 3,000 captive elephants. In Kerala, festivals run from November through May, with May unravelling the most spectacular display of the majestic elephants to entertain people, but the most torturous season for these animals.

When the Population Explodes, Wildlife Suffers

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Population explosion is already having detrimental consequences on many environmental and social aspects, but for the purposes of this article, I'll focus on the loss of biodiversity, specifically the tragic loss of wildlife fueled by demand for their body parts in Asia, especially in China.

Rescuing an Elephant in the Wilds of India [PHOTOS]

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Travel
Sangita Iyer

It was around 10:30 a.m. on a Friday this past June that a close friend and wildlife enthusiast, Mohan was driving me down the winding hills of Ooty -- a hill station in southern India. Suddenly, there was a distress call from a forest warden desperately trying to save an elephant. It had slipped and fallen into a two-metre deep trench.

Unless we Can Stop the Ivory Hunt, Say Goodbye to Rhinos

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

The rhino has been around for 50-million years. It has only taken the past 40 years to eradicate 90 per cent of them. It's hard to believe an elephant tusk or rhino's horn can fetch as much as $1-million USD on the black market, but soon there won't be any ivory left to harvest.

Toronto Elephants To Stay Put Until Cooler Weather

CBC | Huffington Post Canada Travel | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Travel

The trio of elephants at the Toronto Zoo won't be leaving town this summer. The organization tasked with transporting them to a Californi...

The Toronto Zoo's Elephants Won't Forget

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

The system is being foiled in the case of the proposed and agreed upon plan to send the Toronto Zoo's three remaining African elephants to an elephant sanctuary in California run by PAWS. To some, it seems a predictable case of the bureaucracy -- i.e.: the zoo people who want the prestige of having elephants -- trying to short circuit or sabotage decisions of those who are their bosses.

Zoo Elephants Deserve a Second Lease on Life

Camille Labchuk | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada
Camille Labchuk

The ethical dimension of confining elephants in zoos has generated a great deal of debate in Canada. Elephants are intelligent, sensitive creatures whose physical, psychological and emotional needs simply cannot be met in zoos. Releasing them to sanctuaries is the best way to express our compassion for animals.

Bob Barker Wins, Toronto Loses Its Elephants

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - With sad hearts, staff at the Toronto Zoo are starting the long process of preparing three aging elephants for a move to a California sanctu...

Let the Girls Be Elephants

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.28.2011 | Canada
Beverley Golden

There is much debate about the ideal climate and roaming space needed for elephants to thrive. The Toronto Zoo offers neither, and Bob Barker came to do something about it.