Just for Elephantsby Carol Buckley
Most elephants in America live in circuses and zoos, and their lives are very different from what they would be in the wild. But there's a very special place in Tennessee called the Elephant Sanctuary, where elephants can finally have the freedom to roam and have elephant friends. Why do elephants come to the Elephant Sanctuary, and what is their everyday life like there? Some are like Shirley, who performed in a circus before an injury forced early retirement and a transfer to a zoo. She lived at the zoo for many years and received good care, but she didn't have elephant friends. Then plans were made for Shirley to move to the Elephant Sanctuary, a place just for elephants. It was a big surprise to everyone when Shirley recognized another elephant when she arrived--they greeted each other with great excitement and joy and lots of trumpeting. Jenny had been a baby elephant at the circus where Shirley had worked so long ago. (Elephants do remember!) Shirley and Jenny spent that first night standing close, with their trunks wrapped around each other. And in the morning, Jenny led Shirley outside to explore the fields and ponds and woods and meet all the other elephants. Now Shirley has a special family, in a place just for elephants.
Shirley, a circus elephant hurt and unable to perform, was left at a zoo for many lonely years. She is now traveling to the Elephant Sanctuary, 100 acres of Tennessee land where sick, old, and needy elephants can wander free in the nation's first natural-habitat elephant refuge, founded by the author and a friend in 1995. This is a beautifully written, compelling story of a conscientious drive to care for these animals in a humane way, and to provide a home for them that is as close to the wild as possible. Photographs of and text about Shirley and her new friends show the intricacies of elephant society. A wonderful introduction to the growing need to provide for responsible animal care.
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Meet the Author
Carol Buckley is the author of Travels with Tarra, which tells the story of her life with one elephant and her decision to co-found the Elephant Sanctuary with Scott Blais. The Elephant Sanctuary now provides a home for 19 elephants on 2,700 acres, and is making room for more elephants who need to live in a place just for elephants.
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