Elephant Caregiver Killed, Will Be Missed

Sept. 12, 2014 - Dr. Jim Laurita, cofounder and elephant manager at Hope Elephants, was tragically killed September 10, apparently after being stepped on by one of the elephants at the facility. National Geographic was with him for production of a feature video the day before. His friends and colleagues pay tribute to the man they knew as Dr. Jim, remembering him as an extremely passionate and professional veterinarian who cared for all living creatures, whether they walked on two legs or four.