Scott Blais, elephant expert & ambassador


Scott Blais—CEO and Board President of the newly-formed Global Sanctuary for Elephants—discusses his more than 20 years experience working with elephants, including co-founding, in 1995, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. 2bunny-and-scott-10_03-225x300He addresses some of the traits and dynamics that make the elephant, for many people, Scott_WSMVsuch a singular and alluring animal. Blais also explains some of the pivotal things he learned about captive elephants during his 16-plus years at The Elephant Sanctuary, starting with how crucial it is to provide those pachyderms with space to roam and—within reason—provide them the choice of what to do to. Blais notes that he’s incorporated these lessons and experiences into the shared vision he and his Global Sanctuary for Elephants co-founders have cultivated for their chief mission of developing and supporting elephant sanctuaries internationally. Their initial project is Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, a nonprofit created in anticipation of the ban on performing elephants there, and seeking to create a facility to house those retired elephants. (Blais points out that five countries in South America have already outlawed performing elephants.) Before the end of the conversation, he also touches on the emotionally-charged and controversial recent relocation of the three Toronto elephants to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in Northern California, the Los Angeles City Council’s recent decision to ban bullhooks, and more. (,

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Jeanne Dubi, President of the Sarasota Audubon about their forthcoming, inaugural Celery Fields Bird-A-Thon, an educational bird watching contest for students taking place Nov. 9.    (

COMEDY CORNER: Bob & Ray’s “Elephant Protest”    (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Ylvis “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say),” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  Elton John’s  “Crocodile Rock”


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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

One Reply to Scott Blais, elephant expert & ambassador

  1. Paulo Serrão says:

    Excelente instantâneo!Os animais estão sempre disponíveis para retribuírem o amor e carinho que homem lhes quiser dar!(Paulo Serrão)

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