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Tiger Tops introducing a new way of Elephant adventure

Tiger Tops in partnership with a renowned expert for elephant welfare Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International will be introducing a new way of experiencing adventure with the giant animal Elephant in Nepal. With an attempt towards sustainable and responsible tourism, Tiger Tops will now be offering elephant adventure that highlights the natural behavior of an elephant through a natural observant perspective instead of elephant safaris.
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Will a herd of elephants roam in a Tehama County preserve?

“If we’re going to have zoos, let them be like this,” said Carol Buckley, founder of Elephant Aid International.
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Freedom For The Elephants
From Terra Mater Magazine. Thanks to Terra Mater for permission to translate and post the article.

Few understand elephants as well as American Carol Buckley. For over 40 years, she has worked to improve the lives of elephants in captivity. She is currently in Nepal to free from their chains the animals tamed through Asian tradition. We have accompanied her on her delicate mission. Read full story...


The first session filled up so we've added a second! Spend six days and five nights at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Nepal's leading conservation resort, living with elephants. You'll be joined by Carol Buckley, one of the world's foremost authorities on captive elephants, who will share her extensive knowledge about elephants and teach you how to care for and keep elephants' feet healthy.
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Zoos: There is a better way

"What we need are visionaries to see beyond the current limits of zoo care. We need people who can forge a brighter future for wild and exotic rescues—people like Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid International."
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Register now! EAI foot care workshop Sept. 10-15 at Tiger Tops in Nepal!

EAI founder and President Carol Buckley will teach her first foot care workshop Sept. 10-15 at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp in Nepal. Not only will you expand your knowledge of elephant health and welfare, you will learn through observation and hands-on experience how the Tiger Tops family of elephants live and are managed and get to know the mahouts. Space is limited!
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This Is What Happens Inside Elephants' Bodies When People Ride Them

EAI CEO Carol Buckley tells The Dodo why elephants aren't built to carry weight on their backs.
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Young Elephant Lost Part of His Foot in Snare Trap, Now He’s Getting the Care He Needs

EAI CEO Carol Buckley was visiting the Elephant Conservation Center in Vietnam and put her humane training methods to work in caring for a young injured elephant named Jun.
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New DJ&T Grant Funds Lambodhar Prasad Project

Elephant Aid International sincerely appreciates a generous grant from the DJ&T Foundation in support of our Free Lambodhar Prasad Project. DJ&T founder Bob Barker is known for his philanthropy on behalf of animals; EAI is delighted to have the foundation's support for this revolutionary project.
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Japan zoo to improve conditions but keep elephant after B.C. woman's campaign

Elephant behaviour consultant Carol Buckley determined the zoo has taken good care of Hanako and a move would prove far too risky for her health.
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Japan's oldest elephant and her concrete home

EAI President Carol Buckley discusses her recommendations for Hanako with the BBC World Service.
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The race to 'save' Japan's oldest elephant

CNN covers Carol Buckley's trip to Japan to assess the welfare of 69-year-old elephant Hanako, who has lived alone at Tokyo's Inokashira Park Zoo for decades.
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Elephant, not culture at issue in B.C. woman's campaign to save Japan's oldest

All Carol Buckley wishes for her first encounter with Japan's oldest elephant is that zookeepers accompany her to Hanako's concrete enclosure and allow her to peacefully observe.
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Tiger Tops to become Asia’s first private responsible elephant tourism outfit

Encouraged by Animal Nepal, Tiger Tops has joined forces with elephant welfare expert Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International to introduce a new way for tourists of experiencing one of the most magnificent creatures of the jungle, the Asian elephant.
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Tiger Tops offers new style elephant tourism

Tiger Tops, pioneers of eco-tourism in Nepal, has joined forces with world renowned elephant welfare expert Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International to introduce a new way for tourists to experience one of the most magnificent creatures of the jungle, the Asian elephant.
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Mel Kali: Nepal's Model Elephant

A photo essay on the work of Elephant Aid International and its founder Carol Buckley in Nepal.
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From Agony to Ecstasy: An interview with Carol Buckley on elephant trauma recovery

G.A. Bradshaw, founder and director of the Kerulos Center and author of Elephants on the Edge, talks with EAI founder Carol Buckley on her work in Nepal and how she helps elephants become whole again after trauma.
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Saving the Planet: One (Gigantic) Foot At A Time

Recently recognized alongside notables such as Jane Goodall and The Black Mambas, Hohenwald’s Carol Buckley has been named one of the top nine women saving the planet by Care2.com.
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One (Gigantic) Foot at a Time

Validity magazine features EAI founder Carol Buckley and her work in Nepal (see page 25).
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Trump Campaign Rally Features Real Elephant

EAI founder Carol Buckley describes the stresses performing elephants suffer.
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9 Women Who Are Saving the Planet

Meet the women -- including EAI founder Carol Buckley -- who are at the forefront of the animal rights and environmental movements, changing the world for the better every single day.
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EAI Transformative Work in Asia with elephants

An update on the April 2012 Live Encounters story on EAI and its founder Carol Buckley
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Elephants rest well at night, thanks to work of Offutt airman

Scott Bettencourt, an Air Force tech sergeant, talks about his experience as a Chain Free Means Pain Free volunteer.
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Sanctuaries Unshackle Elephants With Nonprofit's Help

Friends of the Asian Elephant and Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) are both working with Elephant Aid International (EAI), an American non profit dedicated to ending suffering of elephants worldwide, in installing chain-free corrals for its 17 elephants.
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A Tennessee elephant sanctuary would take Seattle's elephants, says Woodland Park Zoo never contacted them

Elephant Aid International CEO Carol Buckley, who co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, on KIRO Radio
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Chain-free enclosure for CNP elephants

Chitwan National Park Chief Conservation Officer Kamal Kunwar calls the completed Chain Free Means Pain Free project a "great achievement."
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This needs to stop: The darker side of tourism

EAI CEO Carol Buckley advises tourists to take riding an elephant off their bucket list.
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Breaking the chains, one elephant at a time

Changing culture in Asia is neither simple nor easy but the rewards are great. The Gulf Times reports on EAI's work.
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Carrying chitwan

The Kathmandu Post looks at the lives of Chitwan's working elephants and their mahouts, and how EAI CEO Carol Buckley is making a difference.
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Stay Off Elephants’ Backs to Stop Killing Them

EAI CEO Carol Buckley tells TakePart that tourists and how they spend their vacation money are key to improving life for Asia's working elephants.
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Sanctuary Search: Join us as we create the next generation of elephant sanctuary

Carol Buckley and Elephant Aid International have launched a search for land to build a new elephant sanctuary in 2015. The new sanctuary will build on the experience gained at both US elephant sanctuaries, as well as what Carol has learned from working with captive elephants in Asia.
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India's 1st fenced elephant sanctuary comes up near Bengaluru

Carol Buckley and EAI design India's first chain-free elephant facility at Bannerghatta Biological Park in India.
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Nepal: CNP to keep more elephants off chain

EAI CEO Carol Buckley prepares to return to Nepal to free more elephants from chains. The culture of chaining elephants is changing from the inside out.
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Carol Buckley's Chains Free Campaign for Elephants

Elephant Aid International breaks tradition in Nepal.
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Reaching out to help Nepal's elephants
"Free the Elephants Volunteer Project"

Although Sarasota County resident Mimi Steger plans to travel to Nepal next March, she is not outlining her itinerary with tourist hotspots or a plethora of resorts. Instead, Steger, 46, will spend 15 days working to unshackle some of the world's largest land animals.
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Carol Buckley invites you to join her as a volunteer in Nepal in 2015
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Making progress on chain-free corrals in Chitwan National Park

This short video features EAI founder and director Carol Buckley and Chief Conservation Officer Kunwar Kamal discussing their progress in the construction of chain-free corrals in Chitwan National Park. Read full story...

Man’s death by tusker raises concern

Animal welfare agencies have called for an investigation into the killing of a mahout by an elephant in Sauraha, Chitwan, on March 12. Elephant Aid International and other animal welfare organisations issued a joint statement on Saturday, urging the authorities concerned to carry out an independent investigation into the case to find out the cause for the attack and avoid such tragedy in the future.
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Unchaining the Elephants of Nepal

The Nepalese government recently invited Elephant Aid International to create the country's first-ever chain-free corrals at Chitwan National Park, where 63 working elephants now live shackled in chains.
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Working elephants rise up, you have nothing to lose but chains

The Nepali Times reports on EAI's Chain-Free Corral Project.
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What's best for Limba, Canada's oldest elephant?

Carol Buckley, a former circus trainer and now staunch opponent of traditional elephant management methods, was working at Bowmanville shortly after Limba’s arrival. “She would just wander around in a fog,” says Buckley, who compares Limba’s upbringing to “growing up in a closet.” “She lived with a total lack of stimuli so she really learned nothing,” Buckley says. “Even though she was really sweet, she didn’t have any self-confidence.”
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Elephant Aid International Improving Elephant Welfare

Carol Buckley gives us an update on her pioneering work with captive elephants in Chitwan National Park, Nepal: The Elephant needed the opportunity to disprove the unsubstantiated belief held by mahout and management that when elephants are provided a degree of freedom they become unmanageable. Quite the opposite is true.
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Life for Captive Elephants

More than half of Thailand’s elephants are in captivity. Once used for transportation, religious festivals, and war stemming back to 2000 BCE, adult elephants today work in illegal logging and tourism camps, while calves simply wander the city streets.
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Home is where the herd is

Sri Lanka's Sunday Times picked up an op ed Carol wrote on why Mali should go to sanctuary, which originally appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. As co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in the U.S., Carol Buckley knows first hand that just like humans, elephants crave family, friendship and freedom. Mali—the Manila Zoo's lonely elephant, who was born in Sri Lanka—deserves to know freedom and family. Mali has been in solitary confinement for far too long. Nothing would make Mali happier than spending the last 30-plus years of her life as part of a herd.
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Carol Buckley’s ‘Tarra & Bella’ will represent Tennessee at National Book Festival

Tennessee’s own internationally known elephant care expert, welfare advocate and author Carol Buckley will take her children’s book, “Tarra & Bella, The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends” (Putnam Books), to Washington, D.C.
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At Large Tina and Mali

Carol Buckley tells the story of Tina's life at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to illustrate why Mali, the Manila Zoo's lone elephant, should be moved to sanctuary.
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Home is where the herd is

For elephants, family is everything. Births are joyous celebrations; deaths are mourned. Adults share news and provide support while youngsters play together under watchful eyes. Female elephants stay at their mothers’ side their entire lives.
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NTNC Officer Naresh Subedi awarded “Conservation Hero” by IUCN

Naresh Subedi, project chief of National Trust for Nature Conservation’s (NTNC) Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC), Sauraha, Chitwan, has been named a “Conservation Hero” by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) for his outstanding work in the field of wildlife conservation in Nepal. NTNC is a an EAI collaborating partner.
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Guardians of the Forest

Live Encounters magazine profiles EAI founder Carol Buckley as a guardian of the forest and matriarch of the herd (p. 18).
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Unchained: Indian Elephant Rehab Center to Be a Model for Rescued Zoo Animals

Scientific American's Extinction Countdown blog covers EAI's Elephant Care and Rehabilitation Center project.
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