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Make No Mistake, Orca Mom J-35 and Pod Mates Are Grieving

Sad story could be a catalyst for changing the way we think about other animals

Editor's Note: J-35 was still carrying her calf as of August 1, nine days after she died. I've received numerous emails during the past six days about an orca mother, called J-35, a member of an endangered population of killer whales near San…
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by: Marc Bekoff – August 2, 2018

Why Was the Gorilla Harambe Killed at the Cincinnati Zoo?

Grief and outrage over 17-year-old great ape's death

Many people worldwide already know about the shooting of a 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo to save the life of a four-year old child who fell into the gorilla's cage. The boy apparently told his mother he wanted to…
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by: Marc Bekoff – May 31, 2016

The Ongoing Travesty of the Secretly Abducted Swaziland Elephants

It’s Not Only “Animal Rights Activists” or “Extremists” Who Care

I recently wrote an essay called “The Stolen 18: Swaziland Elephants Secretly Shipped to U.S Zoos to Avoid Legal Challenge.” However, it turns out that only 17 elephants were shipped, because according to the zoos one had died in December, but this…
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by: Marc Bekoff – March 23, 2016


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