The new Adore Animals

Although we’ve said goodbye to the Foundation, the good news is, we’ve decided to stick around, at least for awhile! Adore Animals, as a group of animal devotees, will keep providing information and education about animals, with the aim of inspiring positive solutions for the benefit of animals and fostering positive relationships between humans and animals. We’ve kept most of the articles and stories that we posted as the Foundation on the site, so there’s always lots of information and resources to refer to. Of course, we’ll also be regularly posting new information. We’ve also started a new category called Review which collates our […] Read more »

The ethical elephant experience

As we’ve discovered in previous articles, there are many and varied experiences that you can have with elephants in Asia. So, how do you find the ethical ones? Let me step back for a minute and explain the history of the Asian elephant, once highly revered and domesticated for work and warfare. Far from the estimated population of hundreds of thousands of elephants centuries ago, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, it’s estimated that between only 25,000 and 32,000 Asian elephants are now left in the wild. Since 1986, the Asian elephant has been listed as endangered by […] Read more »

Elephant entertainment

Joyce Poole has a PhD in elephant behaviour from Cambridge University and is co-founder of Elephant Voices, an organisation aimed at securing a kinder future for elephants through research and the sharing of knowledge. Joyce has studied the social behaviour and communication of elephants for more than 30 years, dedicating herself to their conservation and welfare. At Elephant Voices Joyce writes: ‘As the role of elephants as beasts of burden declined, people sought to put them to other work instead. In recent years the use of elephants in tourism has become an industry in itself. Elephant-backed safaris, elephant polo, elephant […] Read more »

Elephants on the streets

Elephants are simply amazing creatures. One cannot help being awed in their presence. They are complex beings – intelligent, gentle and curious. In Asia, there are many places to get close to elephants, some ethical and others less so. Although you might expect it to be easy, sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. This is the first in a series of articles on what to look for if you want an up-close experience with an elephant – this one is dedicated to elephants on the streets. If you see an elephant begging on the streets, please don’t buy food […] Read more »

Elephant Welfare

Earlier this year, we were contacted by two animal activists regarding elephant welfare – after we’d published some stories on elephant sanctuaries in Asia. Adore Animals Foundation Managing Director Lisa Louden had visited one elephant sanctuary in Laos and another in Thailand, and wrote about her experiences there. She went as a full-paying tourist to experience these magnificent animals up-close. Both sanctuaries she visited claimed to be established from rescued elephants. In the majority of cases the elephants were bought from illegal loggers who overworked them or other abusive situations, and provided with a mahout (elephant carer). The money tourists […] Read more »

Always, the animals

This article was originally published in Good Gabble in September 2010. We’ve just discovered an eduation program that does exactly what our Mangaging Director was speaking about here in relation to Dancing Bears. We have provided that link in this article … There were early, indicative signs Lisa Louden’s life would involve helping animals – the strays she brought home, the decision of vegetarianism at the age of 13 and the fact that she was always grinning like an idiot when she was around them (she still does). It’s of no surprise then, she founded an animal charity, what is […] Read more »

Planking

A new version of planking – avoiding the bath at all costs. Like all responsible citizens of the world – we do not recommend you try this at home with your dog. Instead, perhaps try a new bubble bath mix! Read more »

Miss Belle nose reds

Those of us who have dogs know they are pretty amazing creatures. Among others, we have assistance dogs, dogs for the vision and hearing impaired and dogs for rehabilitation. But Miss Bella shows us another use for dogs’ intelligence and that super-sensitive nose – by sniffing out dodgy reds! Seven-year-old Miss Louisa Belle, a red Bloodhound, has such a superior sense of smell that she has been trained to detect tainted corks affecting wine. Her owners, Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl, from Caulfield-based boutique wine label Linnaea, say when faced with a pile of corks, Belle meticulously selects those that have been […] Read more »

Puppy Size

We receive bundles of emails, inspirations and information about animals everyday. Some break your heart and others lift you. We don’t often post them, but this one is so simple and lovely, we thought we’d share it with you. It’s about a little girl visiting a shelter looking for a new four-legged friend. ‘Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We’ve been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this,’ the mother told the volunteer. ‘What is it she keeps asking for?’ the volunteer asked. ‘Puppy size!’ replied […] Read more »

Click and help save animals

This is something everyone with a computer can do and it only takes an internet click. Tin Can Bay, adjacent to Fraser Island, hosts one of the few outstanding ecosystems on the east coast of Australia. Since 2004, the community has banded together to fight a marina development. Now, there’s a second development application in the same small waterway and the proposal is currently before Environment Minister Tony Burke. Time is running out before he makes his decision on the developments. The Tin Can Bay region is unique, unspoilt and special. The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Inlet are home to the […] Read more »