Miles away from the interstate, hidden in a small, mountain town in Maine, is something quite remarkable. Behind two sets of fences stare two giant, endangered beasts: Rosie and Opal, the two residents of the Hope Elephant Preserve. These Asian elephant matriarchs, saved from abuse at circuses, now call this small town home. At the facility, they are given proper diet and exercise, which they likely have not had in their entire lives.

They are the spokes-elephants of Maine’s fight against poaching.

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