Save Nosey Now!

Advocating for the retirement of captive North American Elephants to sanctuary.



Nosey the elephant has been held alone for nearly three decades, forced into a solitary life that goes against the highly social nature of her species.

Health Problems

[ Vet Report #1 ] [ Vet Report #2 ] Captive elephants often have chronic health problems, including but not limited to degenerative joint disease, diarrhea and unmanaged hyperkeratosis (abnormal thickening of the skin).  Many live in physical and psychological pain for many years without treatment or care.

Improper Containment

Many circus elephants spend their time confined in small, inappropriate trailers, crated from one venue to the next with little relief or exercise.


Many circus elephants shows signs of excessive use of chains in their calloused skin and scarring on the lower legs. This practice limits their abilities to properly exercise joints. It also indicates lack of attention on the part of their owners.

Bullhook Use

The “free contact” management practiced by by most circus and zoo elephant handlers requires constant use of the bullhook. Such practices are considered outdated and abusive by many experts in elephant management.


Circus and zoo elephants exhibit stiffness in their joints, indicating arthritis that was likely brought on by their confined lifestyle.

Forced to Give Rides

[ What’s wrong with rides? ] Despite her obvious health ailments, Nosey is forced to give rides to adults and children in between performances. This is painful for her and risky for the public.



Forced to Perform

Much of Nosey’s life has been spent performing in circuses across the United States. On top of elephant rides and confined living spaces, this can cause further stress to her health and psychological well-being.

Physical Abuse

In addition to the constant threat of the bullhook, Nosey the elephant has suffered physical abuse at the hands of her owners, witnessed and cited over the years by citizens and authorities alike.

Improper Diet

Nosey’s diet was questionable. In one documented case, a citizen was told that Nosey was given soda rather than water—because she preferred it more. In Culman, Alabama a witness reported Hugo Liebel asking for hay from customers because he could not afford to feed her. After arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, Nosey was documented as having an empty stomach.

Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

Nosey the elephant is exposed to extreme temperatures while on the road, traveling and performing through locations such as Texas during the summer months and upstate New York in early spring.

Violations of the Animal Welfare Act

[ Read the USDA Report ] Nosey’s owner has been cited by the USDA for numerous and repeated violations to the Animal Welfare Act.

Nosey the Elephant Deserves Retirement to a Real Elephant Sanctuary!

"I Wanna Be Free, I'm Nosey" was composed and recorded specifically for Save Nosey Now, by noted musician and animal activist, Harry Hmura. Please listen and share this poignant plea for Nosey's freedom!
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Ways You Can Help Nosey the Elephant and all other Captive North American Elephants


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Updated Petition! USDA: No 2018 Automatic Renewal for Liebel’s License – Please sign & share!

Make a Phone Call

Contact the following authorities and let them know how unconscionable it is that they allow Nosey to continue to suffer.

1) Sonny Perdue | US Secretary of Agriculture: 202-720-3631
Kevin Shea | USDA Deputy Administrator: 202-799-7000
3) Bernadette Juarez | APHIS Deputy Administrator: 301-851-3751
4) Phyllis Fong | USDA Inspector General: 202-720-8001
5) Kara Hooker | Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC): 850-488-6253
6) Loren Lowers | FWC: 850-717-2101 or 850-252-1390
7) Mark Warren | FWC: 850-617-9592


A Few Quick Facts About Nosey the Elephant

Save Nosey Now logo, Advocating for the retirement of Nosey the elephant and all other captive North American elephants to sanctuary.

We’ve listed the issues Nosey the elephant faces in her current situation and ways you can help. Here are a few quick facts about her. For more details read our history on her.

  • Born in Zimbabwe: Nosey was born in Zimbabwe before being wild-caught at 2 years old.
  • Age: Nosey is about 35 years old — prime of life for an elephant in the wild!
  • Different Names: Other names Nosey has gone by include Tiny, Peanut, and Dumbo.
  • Sanctuary: Nosey is an excellent candidate for retirement to any of the true elephant sanctuaries in the United States: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, PAWS in California, or Elephant Refuge North America in Georgia.
  • Celebrities for Nosey: Kim Basinger, Cher, Ricky Gervais, Olivia Munn and others have spoken out. Sam Simon even offered to buy her. Members of Congress and state legislators have written on her behalf. Now she needs YOUR voice, too!


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