How an elephant named Mara found sanctuary after 50 years in circuses and zoos

Mara basks in the sun, both happy and exhausted, the memories of a COVID-19 quarantine and a thousand-mile journey fresh in her mind. She never forgets. There are signs that the 3.6-ton elephant, thought to be 55, remembers her decades as a circus performer and years as a zoo curiosity. Now, after a border crossing […]

Black family not charged after child fell into Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla pit

The family whose child wondered off and fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo will not face criminal charges. According to a statement by the Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, the family did not neglect their child. In a statement, Deters said the child’s mother “did not act in any way where […]

Can we victim-blame Harambe for his shooting memes?

Many animal lovers and activists are mourning the death of Harambe, an endangered western lowland gorilla held in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. The animal was killed after a 3-year-old child fell into its enclosure and a zookeeper felt the child was in imminent danger.The authorities are reviewing the incident to determine if charges should […]

5 things to know: Michelle Gregg targeted over shooting death of gorilla

Jerry Stones is shedding tears. He tells media, “An old man can cry, too.” Stones is heartbroken following the shooting death of Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, a day after the Silverback Western Lowland Gorilla’s birthday. He’s Harambe’s former caretaker at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. He described the gorilla as very smart and a “gentle giant.” […]