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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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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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The Truth About Zoos and Circuses

The Truth About Zoos and Circuses

October 25, 20121 Comment

Elephants are often seen as emblems of the exotic. Their distinctive appearance and towering size set them apart from other animals and to Westerners especially, they are intriguing. Often, we think the first step to admiring these regal mammals is to take a trip to the zoo or the circus. We would like to think that […]

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