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Thula Thula Expansion

Elephants are a keystone species and as such protect the ecosystems they live in. Their conservation is therefore all-important for maintaining much of Africa's magnificent flora and fauna.

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EAZA and Wild Elephant Conservation

The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) is not the solution to ending miserable lives of captive animals, teaching children about wild animal nature or making real contributions to preventing their extinction.

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A Vietnamese Elephant in France

The first two elephants at the European Elephant Sanctuary in France have lived for decades in small zoos in France and the Czech Republic without the company of other elephants. In the wild they would have lived in large family groups. Solitary confinement causes elephants significant trauma. Bringing two solitary elephants together who would most likely not socialize with each other in the wild, rapidly form close friendships in captivity provided they have the space and freedom of a sanctuary to rediscover at least part of their elephant nature.

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