Great piece from OneGreenPlanet highlighting four stories which illustrate the impacts of holding elephants in captivity:
Elephants have long been recognized as intelligent, perceptive, and sociable creatures.
The National Elephant Center says, “Female elephants are by nature affiliative, meaning they focus their efforts on social interactions. In general, older experienced females called matriarchs lead elephant families. These female-led herds usually consist of adult daughters, their calves, and a number of juvenile and adolescent male and female offspring. Since female elephants are known to remain reproductive throughout most of their lives, calf rearing is heir primary activity beyond eating and drinking.”
Males tend to lead more solitary lives, leaving their families once they reach sexual maturity, and thereafter living alone or coming together in small bachelor groups. In the case of both males and females, captivity severely disrupts their natural instincts and prevents them from living out a natural existence. Below, we profile the stories of four captive elephants – to help develop a greater understanding of their plight — and offer suggestions as to how you can help.
To read the stories of Tania, Mila, Sunder and Lucky, and to take action to help them, go to OneGreenPlanet.org