Former circus animals such as the elephant Shirley are today enjoying socializing with a herd without being confined into a small space, alone and lonely. It's important to remember that elephants are highly sociable beings, so being with a herd is important to them. So it's no surprise that Shirley and other former circus elephants are better off in a good sanctuary, or even better, in the wild.
How can you help? Say no to any circus using animals in their performances and help raise public awareness. Even though it might be surprising to some, many people simply don't realize what's behind the animal acts they see in circuses.
If you are serious about animal welfare and care, you could also volunteer in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand or India. The elephants coming to these sanctuaries have many different background stories, some of them have been used in performances others have been injured. Help bringing joy back to their lives and make a positive contribution!
Caroline Edwards is an Online Media Intern at Frontier, an international non-profit volunteering NGO. Frontier has over 300 dedicated conservation and community development projects as well as plenty of inspiring www.frontier.ac.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer.aspx?utm_source=TheDodo&utm_medium=gapyearblog&utm_campaign=BlogArticle">gap year ideas to help make your time out meaningful. For more information on all the opportunities available please visit www.frontier.ac.uk. Check out Frontier's blog "Into the Wild" where you can read more articles like this! Happy reading!
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