Perth Zoo denies "elephant yoga class" abuse claims

2017-03-05 - Perth, Australia.

A zoo in Australia has denied claims that it mistreats its elephants by involving them in a yoga class with paying visitors. For $125 (£78) people can do Perth Zoos Exercise for Elephants programme - a 45-minute workout with a personal trainer that includes 15 minutes of interacting with the elephants. The zoo has released footage of the daily activities of the elephants to try to refute allegations that the exercise programme is abusive.

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Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, "doing well" despite slowing down

2017-01-24 - Perth, Australia.

A large crowd of families on school holidays were at the zoo to watch as Tricia enjoyed its birthday cake made from fruit and bran. Perth Zoo senior elephant keeper Kirsty Kerry said Tricia was doing well for its age, despite slowing down a little. "Tricia is showing her age these days, slowing down, getting a little bit stiff," Ms Kerry said. "But we are managing those by giving her a massage every day and walks around the zoo.

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Perth Zoo hits back at petition to stop elephant painting

2016-12-14 - Perth, Australia.

PERTH Zoo is disappointed an online petition questions their elephant care and training methods, saying staff are 100 per cent dedicated to the welfare of the animals. The petition calls for an end to elephant art, prompted by social media adverts offering Perth Zoo elephant paintings as a unique Christmas gift.

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Perth Zoo’s senior veterinarian Dr Simone Vitali with Tricia

Perth Zoo elephant gets massage therapy

2013-11-22 - Perth, Australia.

Perth Zoo´s 56-year-old Asian elephant Tricia is receiving 25 minute back and shoulder massages twice daily using a specially designed massage pad usually used on horses. Perth Zoo Senior Vet Dr Simone Vitali said he hoped the massages would starve off the aches and pains of old age as the elephant stomps towards her twilight years.

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1963: Two recently imported elephants, Tricia and Tania, with elephant keeper Joseph Noble

Tricia the elephant marks 55th birthday

2012-01-25 - Perth, Australia.

Tricia is 55 years old, her favourite fruits include watermelons and bananas, and she enjoys long walks around Perth Zoo. Tricia is an Asian elephant and has celebrated her milestone birthday with a 1.5m fruit and bran cake, decorated with tree branches. She first arrived in Perth from Singapore in 1963 and is the longest resident at Perth Zoo.

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Perth Zoo: Elephant keeper

2011-10-29 - Perth, Australia.

Perth Zoo currently has a fixed term vacancy up to 7 December 2013 as a Keeper within our Elephant Section. The Keeper’s role involves providing the highest possible levels of welfare, husbandry, species management, conservation research and enrichment for the group of elephants in our care.

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Kareema was chained for 35 years, but is now free most of the time, says Janet Thomas, left, who has set up a committee with Nellie Petrovich to improve the zoo in Egypt. Picture: Paul McGovern

How to save an elephant at the zoo in Alexandria

2007-07-20 - Perth, Australia.

City Beach woman Janet Thomas is launching a campaign to better the lives of animals in a run-down zoo in Egypt. She has already persuaded keepers to unchain an elephant, Kareema, she says was tethered for show in a concrete cage for 35 years. Janet, a teacher, said she was appalled by the state of the animals and the conditions they lived in at the zoo in Alexandria. She was teaching English at a language school when friends told her about the zoo. In its heyday, Janet said, the zoo had been re...

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Teduh, far right, at Perth Zoo in happier times playing with the other zoo elephants

Perth Zoo puts down sick elephant

2007-05-14 - Perth, Australia.

The youngest elephant at Perth Zoo has been put down after an exhaustive battle to save her life. Officials say 17 year-old Teduh has suffered from muscular skeletal weakness for years, making it difficult for her to lie down and get up. The condition also meant she lacked co-ordination in using her trunk. The Zoo's Chief Executive Susan Hunt says the muscular problem continued to get worse, and recently Teduh developed abdominal pain and lost her appetite.

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8 Headlines about Elephants from Perth2017-03-05 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo denies "elephant yoga class" abuse claims 2017-01-24 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, "doing well" despite slowing down 2016-12-14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo hits back at petition to stop elephant painting 2013-11-22 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo elephant gets massage therapy 2012-01-25 - Perth, Australia - Tricia the elephant marks 55th birthday 2011-10-29 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo: Elephant keeper 2007-07-20 - Perth, Australia - How to save an elephant at the zoo in Alexandria 2007-05-14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo puts down sick elephant

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