The Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary was created to protect elephants and other endangered animals of the region and to conserve their natural habitat. Read More >
David and Pam Casselman
Julie and Gilbert Alexandre
Richard Mc Lellan M.D.
Elephants in the wild can travel up to 50 miles a day with their family groups. Zoo environments cannot meet the social and physical needs of these intelligent and majestic creatures. Even the largest zoo habitats are vastly inadequate compared to an elephant's natural home range, and zoo conditions shorten an elephant's life expectancy by 30 years.
Zoos also keep elephants in artificially small groups and regularly break up social bonds to move elephants to other zoos for breeding or to make room for younger elephants.
Confinement of elephants in zoos results in extremely painful arthritis and foot infections, which become lethal over time. These conditions are the primary factors, which lead to euthanasia in captive elephants.
The stress caused by elephant's intense confinement in unnatural zoo enclosures often manifests in neurotic behaviors like repetitive head bobbing, swaying and rocking. In the worst cases, elephants, driven mad by captivity, exhibit aggression towards zookeepers and other elephants.
The EIC Free Zoo Elephants program works with community-based efforts, one elephant and one zoo at a time, to have all elephants in zoos removed to sanctuaries, where they can roam freely with their families the way nature intended. This EIC program creates projects like Free Billy, which is working with concerned citizens, through protest and legal actions, to remove long-suffering Billy the Elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo to a protected sanctuary.
In parts of Asia, elephants have traditionally been used as living tractors and bulldozers by farmers and loggers. Other 'broken' elephants are used as a novelty to increase the amount of money beggars can collect on city streets. Read More >>
Elephant poaching and the illegal trade in ivory is a multi-million dollar business, often run by highly organized criminal networks. Every year nearly 4,000 elephants are killed to sustain the illegal ivory trade. Read More >>
Elephants in circuses are routinely beaten with bull hooks and electric prods while being trained. These intelligent, social animals can live their entire lives in circus trailers. Read More >>
Given their need to roam and their varied dietary requirements, elephants will not have enough open space to sustain themselves in the near future if the amount of viable habitat in Africa and Asia continues to shrink at current rates. Read More >>