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* PEARL, RUBY, GOLDIE and SYLVIE rescued from Rambo Circus by Wildlife SOS ** HANAKO, Japan’s oldest elephant, dies at 69 *** African Elephant MLILO from Swaziland gives birth to Male Calf at Dallas Zoo **** Druk (49), Asian female, Dies at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland ***** African Elephants, CITA and LISA, arrived at Zoo Miami from Virginia Zoo

 15 April to 21 April 2012
Posted: Apr 22 2012, 02:23 AM

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Ringling Blue (Dragons) was in Hampton VA, where an elephant walk took place.
Ringling Red (Fully Charged) was in Charleston WVA. PETA protests were held. At least 4 Asian elephants attended the annual “Pachyderm Picnic”, aimed at promoting the circus. While in Fairfax VA, there were protests, and Asians Siam and Asia were paraded for the press to demonstrate how “caring” Ringling is.
Several dozen PETA supporters protested against Ringling Gold (Barnum Bash) in Atlantic City NJ.

Carson & Barnes was in Copperas Cove TX with Asian elephants Mini, Libby and Suzie [John Walker III].
Carson & Barnes Asian bull calf Hugo (1) has been rented out to Cole Bros Circus, where he is being trained to perform.
Cole Bros has been in Greenville VA. At the same time, IDA voiced its criticism of the meagre $15,000 settlement between Cole and the USDA.

Asian elephant Okha (42) “balanced on a ball” for ignorant customers at Piccadilly circus in Dumfries VA.

A protest in Los Angeles against Shrine Circus Gatti (Tiki and Debbie/Patty) was well supported.
El Katif Shrine circus in Pasco WA featured Zerbini “elephants [who] waltz together among other incredible tricks.”
Isis Shrine Circus in Salina KS offered ticket-buyers the opportunity to take home elephant dung from an unnamed 11,000 lb African elephant [Patricia Zerbini].

An Indian elephant (Tai?) from Have Trunk Will Travel was exploited at an Indian wedding in Santa Monica CA. And Boden USA clothing company have used an Asian elephant (again, Tai?) in their online summer clothing promotion.
ADI released a new anti-circus abuse video, featuring Jorga Fox and African elephant Krissy (Trunks and Humps).

Oklahoma City Zoo aggressively marketed Malee’s first birthday. “Malee is progressing well for her age both mentally and physically. She knows 20 commands and will eventually master more than 60.”
At Oregon Zoo, around 12,000 people turned up to “celebrate” bull Packy’s 50th year in captivity.
Former circus elephant Jewell (60) at Little Rock Zoo AR has been fitted with an orthotic boot to ease “discomfort” in her right front foot.
Buttonwood Zoo Asian elephants Emily and Ruth were used at a students’ MassArt class which, through toys, sought to “understand the mind of an elephant, and design things for them to play with.”

In Canada, the decision by Toronto city council to transfer its 3 elephants to PAWS appears to have led to the zoo losing its international accreditation with the AZA. Gay Bradshaw has been very critical of the AZA’s reaction and of their general stance on the keeping of elephants in zoo captivity.
Also in Canada, and citing lack of space, Calgary Zoo has announced that, within the next 4-5 years, it will be relocating its 4 Asian elephants – bull Spike, and females Kamala, Swarna and Maharani (pregnant).
Again in Canada, Valley Zoo Edmonton announced that they would be keeping lone Asian Lucy although they supported Calgary Zoo’s decision. Zoo vet Milton Ness opined that the situation in Edmonton is completely different, since Lucy has “a very specific problem.”

At Rancagua SP Chile, caregiver Diego is working to desensitize Ramba’s feet so that she can be given the footcare necessary for the healing of the nail defects, abscesses and injuries.

Vietnam: In addition to tramcars, 2 elephants have been used to transport visitors around the Hue royal citadel at the Hue Festival 2012. The elephants appear to come from a circus.
Indonesia: It is thought that the increase in palm oil plantations has reduced the number of Borneo pygmy elephants to between 20 and 80 in the country.
Sri Lanka: Tusker “Lanka” (19) was killed by lightning when he was tethered to a tree overnight after new year celebrations.

Kenya: In a KWS crackdown on ivory poaching, 3 Somalis are among the latest arrests. Rangers have linked those arrested to a cartel which is behind the poaching of elephants in the Maasai Mara GR.

A proposal came before the Ontario Legislature (Canada) to amend the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. “The amendments provide that the use of an electronic prod, a bull hook, an ankus, a pole or similar implement or device on an elephant be prohibited. The amendments also prohibit the use of chains, ropes or similar devices to restrain an elephant.”
DSWT rescued a male calf, estimated to be 2 weeks old, from the Wamba area of northern Kenya. His mother had been shot multiple times, and did not survive. He has been named Barsilinga.
In an Elevisions update from India, Carol Buckley gave details of her visit to the elephants at the Wildlife SOS India rescue facility in Agra.
TES Ele-Notes reported on the Easter treats given to the Asians.
Louise at EARS reported that the funds are now in place ready for the construction of Sombo’s pool to begin.
Sad news was received from CWRC, India, of the sudden death of orphan Dihing and of the mystery illness affecting Philip Dev, Jumoni, Tora and Chandi Bandha.
There has been widespread criticism of the King of Spain’s killing of elephant(s) on hunting trips in Botswana, and Spanish wildlife activists have called for his removal as honorary president of WWF Spain. The king has now issued an ‘unprecedented’ apology.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK (so many worthy of a place here … ):

Unless there is a global ban on all ivory sales it is hard to imagine it will stop.” Angela Sheldrick in an interview with United Fashion for Peace re elephant-poaching.

There is no educational value for children who attend animal employed circuses. Seeing unnatural tricks performed by wild animals does not teach them the true nature of these animals or to respect and appreciate animals, only that it is acceptable to mistreat and exploit animals for entertainment purposes.” Part of a comment posted below a video “Pachyderm Picnic” of Ringling Red elephants in Charleston WVA.

We’ve got an individual elephant with a very specific problem that doesn’t allow for us to be able to move her.” Edmonton Zoo vet Milton Ness, emphasising that the zoo is still unwilling to release Lucy.

Thanks to Animal Planet, kids are fascinated by elephants. They've learned that elephants, in their natural habitat, are in constant motion, walking up to 15 miles a day. At these small circuses, though, they see and learn a different side to an elephant’s life.” From the article “Small circuses in small towns - a risky business?” by Julie Hanan.

4 quotable quotes re the Botswana elephant-hunting trips of Spain’s King Juan Carlos:
"You have to manage the world's animal populations, to their betterment. We are trying to improve their habitat." Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris, Botswana, which hosted the king.

Maybe his time convalescing will give him the opportunity to reflect on just how badly his actions are viewed both at home and internationally. His hip may heal but the elephant is dead, gone forever.” From Will Travers’ blog, Born Free UK.

“ … killing elephants? Is that still what underburdened older men with delusions of potency do on vacation?” Lauren Collins in “Hunting Elephants while Madrid burns” in The New Yorker.

"I'm very sorry. I made a mistake. It won't happen again." King Juan Carlos.

"They need to move and have stimulation. They need to be browsing, foraging, socialising. They need to have reason for movement." Pat Derby, PAWS, on elephants' needs.
Posted: Apr 22 2012, 03:58 AM

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Wonderful summary, s4e!

People "would rather have a comfortable reality than an accurate reality." - Psychologist & Lawyer, Dr. Bryant Welch
Posted: Apr 22 2012, 05:21 AM

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Thanks, t&tt. It just gets longer .... !

"They need to move and have stimulation. They need to be browsing, foraging, socialising. They need to have reason for movement." Pat Derby, PAWS, on elephants' needs.
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Yes, it does and you do a marvelous job of keeping it all organized. Thanks for all you do for The Elephant Commentator smile.gif

"What surprises me the most is the number of zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers that continue to visit Sauraha but never helped to get these elephants off chains. Seem unconscionable to me."
Carol Buckley, Nepal's Chain-Free Corral Project in Sauraha
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