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Beauty elephants on We Heart It.
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Another news video about the charity polo event featuring elephants. The event raised money for elephants and awareness of their plight. I have mixed feelings about using elephants to play polo in order to raise money for the elephants. All of the elephants used in the match were captive-born, and are working elephants, usually, begging on the streets. The money raised (amount not mentioned) will go to a good cause, anyway.

[Source: NBC Nightly News.]

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The money raised from the polo event goes to a charity that helps Asian elephants.

Annual elephant polo tournament kicks off in Thailand

Published on Aug 28, 2014

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Elephants from across Thailand compete in the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. Report by Sarah Kerr.

[Source: YouTube.]

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zoo-packys:

This here is Ranchupir, & he’s got a great big pair of tusks. In this picture, it looks like he’s looking at his shadow, & maybe he’s having a conversation with it.
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Those are some amazing tusks, especially for an Asian elephant!

zoo-packys:

This here is Ranchupir, & he’s got a great big pair of tusks. In this picture, it looks like he’s looking at his shadow, & maybe he’s having a conversation with it.

Photo found here.

Those are some amazing tusks, especially for an Asian elephant!

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zoo-packys:

Transfixion by supremestar
I like this picture because it looks like these two youngsters are having a secret conversation, & they don’t want the adult to find out about it!
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zoo-packys:

Transfixion by supremestar

I like this picture because it looks like these two youngsters are having a secret conversation, & they don’t want the adult to find out about it!

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This is just adorable!

Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon

Published on Aug 26, 2014

Elephant finds a giant elastic ribbon, has the most fun ever.
Now this is an absolutely adorable moment! Tourists in Chiang May, Thailand witness a baby elephant having the time of his life while exploring his surroundings. According to Nick M., “At first we thought the baby was being bad getting dirty, but we learned that elephants actually having fun with giant water plastic pipe ( giant elastic ribbon) . So these great animals are much smarter than we even realized.

I’ll never enjoy anything as much as that guy is enjoying thisWatch rescued elephant Faa Mai play with an elastic ribbon at the Elephant Nature Park sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. What a beautiful animal.The elephants at Chang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Northern Thailand, know how to have a good time. They play with tires, they play with each other in the rain and they play with just about anything they can find … like this plastic ribbon that baby elephant Faa Mai stole from the field for a quick ribbon dance.

Getting to know the ribbon. Is it a tie? (No.)The ivory trade drives a brutal campaign of international poaching that killed 22,000 elephants in 2012 alone, despite a global ban on the sale of ivory. Join us in pledging never to buy new or vintage ivory products — which include narwhal, walrus and hippo ivory — to help save the world’s animals from poaching.

[Source: YouTube via Buzzfeed.]

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This is a CGI ad for “Elephant Odyssey”, & it shows two Mammoths approaching a saber-toothed cat. I don’t know why they get scared of it though. They’re mammoths! They’re big enough to crush it with their feet!

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zoo-packys:

This here is an old postcard from the 1930’s for the packys at the San Diego Zoo. I love how it’s drawn!
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zoo-packys:

This here is an old postcard from the 1930’s for the packys at the San Diego Zoo. I love how it’s drawn!

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zoo-packys:

The Elephant and the Balloon by Ilyich
This is a cute illustration, showing a packy sharing its balloon with a silly monkey!
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zoo-packys:

The Elephant and the Balloon by Ilyich

This is a cute illustration, showing a packy sharing its balloon with a silly monkey!

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Baby elephant boop!
[Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Facebook, 25 August 2014.]

Baby elephant boop!

[Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Facebook, 25 August 2014.]

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Let Elephants Be Elephants

Published on Aug 11, 2014

The Let Elephants Be Elephants (LEBE) campaign is an awareness campaign in South East Asia which aims to reduce demand for ivory. Led by TV personality Nadya Hutagalung & elephant expert Dr Tammie Matson, the campaign was inspired by a visit to Kenya in 2013. This is the first of 3 webisodes and focuses on the plight of baby orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi. We urge you to watch it and share it, then take the pledge to say no to ivory athttp://www.letelephantsbeelephants.org .

[Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Facebook, 23 August 2014.]

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As themidnightclub wrote below, “heartbreaking”.

Amazing to watch the response of the now free elephants to the sounds of their friends walking near by.

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youresuchatwat:

In the heart of the Mae Teng Valley in northern Thailand, there are more than a dozen elephant “trekking” camps that offer rides through the forest to tourists perched on the backs of Asian elephants. These elephants are often treated poorly and taken from the wild at a young age. Among all of these camps, however, is one sanctuary where elephants roam free.

The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has rescued over 37 elephants, many of them disabled, orphaned or blind. Some come from trekking camps, others from working in the logging industry, and still others from tourist attractions on the streets of busy cities. But despite their newfound freedom, these elephants can still recognize their captive counterparts.

In fact, elephants at the sanctuary often encounter groups of trekking elephants walking by. Elephant Nature Park’s founder, Lek Chailert, told The Dodo in an email that they see these groups walking across the river every day, and they can hear the other elephants coming from as far as a half mile away.

“Sometimes they run to each other and hug each other,” Chailert, who grew up in Thailand and founded the sanctuary in 1996, said. “The baby who doesn’t have a mother will run across the river to our herd. To see our herd protect them is really heartbreaking. Sometimes they talk from opposite sides of the river. They put their trunks up searching.” 

You can see one of these encounters in this video — the sanctuary elephants are seen rushing over to where they hear the captive elephants walking through the bush.

About ten of the elephants living at the sanctuary now are from the very camps that walk by, and once lived with those elephants that walk by. “Some of our elephants have friends who still work in the nearby trekking camps,” Chailert said. 

Life is bleak for trekking elephants at the camps that surround the sanctuary — Chailert noted that they can often hear “trumpeting and screaming” from the nearby camps. 

The best way to close trekking camps like these are to not visit them, and to support sanctuaries instead. See this guide to responsible elephant tourism in Africa and Asia for more information about how to travel and help elephants. 

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Heart breaking.

(via meettheelephants)

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zoo-packys:

A rainy walking road by perodog
Here’s a cute picture of some children riding on the backs of two elephants. It’s got a nice storybook feel to it!
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zoo-packys:

A rainy walking road by perodog

Here’s a cute picture of some children riding on the backs of two elephants. It’s got a nice storybook feel to it!

Picture found here.

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Elephant bums! I love elephant bums! So cute!

Elephant bums! I love elephant bums! So cute!

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4quarius:

ELEPHANT AND MT KILIMANJARO by David Lazar

4quarius:

ELEPHANT AND MT KILIMANJARO by David Lazar

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