Author Archive for Tracee Beebe

As a former amusement park elephant trainer turned animal activist, Tracee has a unique perspective into the world of animals in the entertainment industry. She now lives on a farm in Northern California, where, when not writing, she spends her time caring for the many animals she has rescued.

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Confessions of A (Reformed) Elephant Trainer

Confessions of A (Reformed) Elephant Trainer

October 23, 20130 Comments

When I tell people I used to train elephants for a living, I am usually, and understandably, met with disbelief. “No way!”  No, really! I spent two years working with one of the planet’s most incredible creatures. A few months before my 20th birthday, I walked into a local theme park and told them I wanted […]

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Illegal Ivory Trade Between Asia and Africa is Big Business

Illegal Ivory Trade Between Asia and Africa is Big Business

December 28, 20122 Comments

The recent ivory trade frenzy, fueled by Asia’s demand for ivory trinkets and Africa’s willingness to supply ivory by slaughtering elephants in record numbers, is threatening the extinction of the African elephant, some say possibly as soon as 2020. Rapid Decline in the African Elephant Population Africa’s elephant population was estimated to be between three […]

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How Having Beautiful Tusks Can Be Dangerous

December 26, 20120 Comments

It is hard to believe, but it is estimated that as many as 25,000 African elephants are being killed every year for their beautiful ivory tusks. For many years, the ivory trade has actually been illegal, but that has sadly made the elephants’ tusks even more valuable on the blackmarket. What is ivory? Those long, […]

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An Elephant’s Tale, Part 2

An Elephant’s Tale, Part 2

November 28, 20120 Comments

After the horrible experiences I went through as my trainer tried to break me, I had hoped that I might get to live with the other elephants at the amusement park that I was sent to after being kidnapped from my family as a baby. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. My trainer […]

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Are Circuses Really All That Bad?

Are Circuses Really All That Bad?

November 6, 20120 Comments

Attending the circus and watching the spectacle under the big top is, for many of us, a favorite childhood memory. The smell of popcorn and cotton candy, the music, the daring trapeze artists and, most especially the animal acts! The circus is full of joy and good times, right? For the hundreds of animals forced […]

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An Elephant’s Tale, Part 1

An Elephant’s Tale, Part 1

November 1, 20120 Comments

The first few years of my life were wonderful. I lived with my mother and aunties in Africa and roamed many miles together. Every day was an adventure but I was never scared because I knew my family would protect me.  No matter where we went in search of food or water, those bigger and […]

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Do Elephants Feel “Human” Emotions?

Do Elephants Feel “Human” Emotions?

October 16, 20120 Comments

For years, stories about an elephant’s ability to feel “human emotions” such as love and grief have been circulating. There have been rumors about the mythical elephant graveyards and there have even been stories about elephants actually crying over the loss of an infant. But, it wasn’t until recently, that we got a glimpse of […]

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