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Phil Paleologos reaches into Emily the Elephant's mouth
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Have You Ever Scratched An Elephant’s Tongue? [VIDEO]

There's an old Persian saying, "By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair." Guessing that's true, I began our zoo visit with the tongue part of that proverb, by scratching Emily the Elephant's tongue.

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An African Safari elephant
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Open Letter To The Poachers Who Killed The World’s Largest Elephant

To the poachers who killed the world's largest elephant, 

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media
Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

New Bedford Elephants Get New Toys

Legendary pacyderm citizens Emily and Ruth are enjoying some new toys thanks to the hard work of students at MassArt.

For the fourth year in a row, the students designed and constructed oversized toys for the elephants at Buttonwood Park Zoo

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Asian Elephants
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Asian Elephants Emily And Ruth Will Not Be Sent Away [AUDIO]

About 30 years ago, my then 4-year-old daughter, Andrea, was upset that our zoo had to send Emily the Elephant away because of poor housing conditions. It didn't take long to find other like-minded people who wanted to build Emily a new home and get her back.

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lehcar1477, Flickr
lehcar1477, Flickr

New Bedford Elephants Could Appear on 2014 Ballot

It's an ongoing debate. Should elephants Emily and Ruth remain at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, or live out the rest of their lives at an out-of-state elephant sanctuary?

Local resident Joyce Rowley has started a campaign collecting signatures to get the question on next year's ballot

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floorvan, flickr

New Bedford Zoo Named 5th Worst for Elephants

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is once again labeled one of the worst exhibits in the country for elephants.

The In Defense of Animals 2012 list of ten worst zoos for elephants places New Bedford's zoo at number five on the list

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