Amahle, Nolwazi, and Mabu
Denied freedom and family, these three wild-born elephants are held captive in California's Fresno Chaffee Zoo, which plans to use them for breeding. Nolwazi and Amahle are mother and daughter. Mabu is one of the most exploited elephants in the US zoo system.
Hercules and Leo
When Hercules and Leo became our clients, they were being used for research in a university lab. They're the first nonhuman animals in the world to have habeas hearings, which required their captors to come to court to try to justify their imprisonment. They now live in a sanctuary.
Beulah, Karen, and Minnie
These three elephants were forced to perform for decades under threat of a bullhook by a Connecticut-based traveling circus that has been cited over 50 times for failing to adhere to the standards set by the Animal Welfare Act. Minnie is now the only surviving elephant.
Sadly passed away in 2016
Kiko was a chimpanzee who was held captive in a storefront in Niagara Falls, New York. He was made to wear a chain and padlock around his neck like a leash. He experienced little freedom in life but his case will help ensure the freedom of other chimpanzees.