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A sad message: The scientist and elephant researcher Ajay Desai passes away in Belagavi

2020-11-21 - , India.

Field biologist and wildlife conservation expert Ajay Adrushyappa Desai passed away in Belagavi on Thursday night. He was 62. Family sources said he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Mr. Desai is survived by wife and two children. Fondly known as “Elephant Man”, he spent decades in the research of species specific behaviour of Asiatic elephants. He was a consultant to World Wildlife Fund and some State governments in resolving man-animal conflicts.


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Elephant Sunder gets a treat at end of musth

2020-11-13 - Bangalore, India.

20-year-old male elephant Sunder was treated to seasonal enrichment to mark the completion of its four-month-long musth period at the Bannerghatta Biological Park here on Thursday. Vanashree Vipin Singh, Executive Director, BBP, said: “Sunder successfully completed the musth period, which was a bit longer. With the onset of winter and Deepavali, we gave it rice balls laced with jaggery, watermelon, banana, maize and carrot.”


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Lost elephant calf in Malbazar sent to rescue hub

2020-11-11 - Jalpaiguri, India.

An elephant calf was rescued from near the New Mal railway station in Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Soon, a team from the Malbazar wildlife squad arrived and intercepted the calf. They tried to send it back to the forest but could not locate its herd. It has been sent to the rescue centre in Gorumara National Park, said Bibhuti Bhusan Das, range officer of the wildlife squad. This is the third elephant calf rescued in four days.


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Sreekutty the elephant had a jumbo birthday bash, these adorable pictures are proof

2020-11-09 - Kottoor, India.

Sreekutty was brought to the Kappukadu elephant rehabilitation centre on November 8, 2019. Staying in the Kappukadu elephant rehabilitation center in Kerala, the calf turned a year old on November 8. A grand celebration was organized for her at the center.


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Uttarakhand weighs denotifying elephant reserve

2020-11-09 - Dehradun, India.

The Uttarakhand government is considering denotifying the Shivalik Elephant Reserve. A senior forest department official told The Indian Express, “The state wildlife board will discuss this. That area will remain a reserve forest even after denotification as an elephant reserve. It will not make any big difference.” The official said an elephant reserve has “no legal sanctity”.


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Five men trying to sell elephant tusks caught on Food Street

2020-11-08 - Bengaluru, India.

HM Chaitanya Swamy, DHNS, Bengaluru, NOV 08 2020, 01:34 ISTUPDATED: NOV 08 2020, 01:56 IST Police have arrested a five-member gang from Tamil Nadu that allegedly tried to sell elephant tusks on Food Street, VV Puram, and seized two tusks from them. Police filed a case under the Wildlife Act against Govindaraj, 24, Rajesh, 28, Prabhakaran, 34, Naveen, 29, and Tamil Selvan, 25, who hail from Tirupattur and Vellore districts.


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849 wild elephants died in Kerala forests from 2009 to 2019. The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department.

2020-11-07 - Palakkad, India.

The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department. As per the 2018 census, the wild elephant population in the state is 5,706. The death rate is high, say experts. “The life expectancy of captive elephants in Kerala is 70 to 75 years while that of wild elephants is only 60 years,” said B N Anjan Kumar, technical assistant to chief wildlife warden.


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Electric fence on the Indo-Nepal border puts migrating elephants and humans at risk

2020-11-06 - Naxalbari, India. AVIJAN SAHA, SAHANA GHOSH

Elephants in north West Bengal, would earlier cross the Mechi river along the Indo-Nepal border, over to Nepal, along a regular route identified as the Mahananda-Kolabari elephant corridor.
In 2016, a solar-powered fence erected by Nepal abruptly cut off the herds’ transboundary movement along this route.
This northern part of West Bengal has 488 elephants spread over 1933 square km, as reported by the 2017 elephant population estimation. In 2012, the north Bengal population was ...


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Kerala is all set to become home of world’s largest elephant care-and-cure facility

2020-11-06 - Kottoor, India.

With upgradation in progress, the centre will later on have around 50 elephants including the existing 16 elephants. The upgraded centre will have a veterinary hospital equipped with special facilities, an elephant museum, a training centre for mahouts, a research and study centre for students and nature lovers, an administrative office, an entrance plaza, cottages, a cafeteria, and a special elephant viewing facility.


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Tusker Vallabhan of Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy Temple

Vallabhan waiting for tusk trimming with 1.5 metre long tusks

2020-11-06 - Malayinkeezhu, India.

Tusker Vallabhan of Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy Temple is struggling to hold his head high literally after the tusks grew longer and heavier. He is unable to take food due to the long tusks and is waiting for tusk trimming. While lying down, the tusks rub against the ground causing difficulties. Action was initiated to trim the tusks in February 2019. However, the process was stopped as the elephant was on musth.


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Forest department officials examine the carcass of the elephant which died in Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Tuesday

Tusker dies while trying to cross over rail barricade

2020-11-04 - Bengaluru, India.

A tusker died while trying to return to the forest after raiding crops in Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR) on Tuesday morning. The incident came to light when a patrolling team saw the sight of the jumbo stuck between two rail barricades. Forest department officials had to cut out a portion of the barricade to free the elephant. Officials said the tusker died on the spot because of the shock and after its head hit the rail barricade. BTR director S R Natesh told TNIE that the incident happened in Mo...


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The arrested are Prestine Silva and Jayaprakash of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala, Mohan and Ramesh of Udayagiri in Mysuru.

Four Persons Arrested For Trying To Sell Elephant Tusks In Mysore City - Eight tusks weighing 25 kg seized

2020-11-03 - Mysore, India.

Four persons including two from Kerala have been arrested by the Mysuru Forest Mobile Squad while they were trying to sell elephant tusks in city and have seized eight tusks weighing 25 kg from them. It is learnt that out of the eight tusks, six were very old and two tusks were approximately 10 years old.


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Mysuru: Tamed elephant charges at picture-crazy bikers

2020-11-03 - Mysuru, India.

Two unidentified bikers travelling towards Anechokuru from TThithimathi observed Bhima, a tamed elephant grazing by the roadside. Their attempt to to click close-up photographs of the elephant provoked the jumbo leading to an attack.


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Female Elephant Dies In Odisha’s Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary

2020-11-02 - Angul, India. KalingaTV Bureau

A 25-year-old female elephant died while undergoing treatment at Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Angul district on Monday. According to reports, a team of forest officials spotted the the ailing female elephant during their routine patrolling in the forest yesterday. A calf aged around one-and-a-half-years was also found near the sick elephant.


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Tourists enjoy the elephant safari at Kohora range of the Kaziranga National Park on Sunday.

Elephant safaris resume at Kaziranga National Park

2020-11-01 - Guwahati, India.

Elephant safaris resumed at the Kohora range of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Upper Assam on Sunday eleven days after the park reopened for tourists last month. “We have resumed the elephant safaris this morning with only 10 elephants. The number of rides will be enhanced on the basis of the response in the coming days,” Kaziranga National Park director P. Sivakumar told the media on Sunday.


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After Dasara, elephant Abhimanyu and pack head to forest camps

2020-10-28 - Mysuru, India.

After successful completion of Mysuru Dasara Jamboo Savari, Howdah carrier Abhimanyu and his team, left for their respective camps in the forest on Thursday. The elephants, Vikrama, Gopi, Vijaya and Kaveri, their mahouts and kavaadis left for the their respective camps in the forest on Thursday.


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Dasara Elephants To Go Back To Their Respective Camps Tomorrow

2020-10-27 - Mysuru, India.

Howdah elephant Abhimanyu and his team members, Gopi, Vikram, Kaveri and Vijaya, who participated in the Jumboo Savari at Mysore Palace yesterday and successfully fulfilled the responsibility given to them, were seen in a relaxed mood at the Palace this morning. Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) T. Heeralal had organised lunch for all Mahouts and Kavadis today and the five Dasara elephants will leave for their respective camps tomorrow.


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Mysore Dasara 2020: "Jamboo Savari" to be Live telecast on DD Chandana, FB, YouTube; How to watch

2020-10-26 - Mysuru, India.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic scare, the government has decided to organise the world famous Dasara celebrations in the palace city of Mysuru in a "simple" way. Jamboo Savari, the biggest attractions of Mysuru Dasara, will be telecast live on Doordarshan Chandana and some social media platforms.


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Mysuru Dasara

2020-10-26 - Mysore, India.

Mysuru Dasara is the “Nadahabba” or the State-Festival of Karnataka. With fairs, cultural events, dance performances and musical concerts, the ten-day festival is celebrated with pomp and pageantry. The tenth day, Vijayadashami brings a spectacular procession led by the image of the deity. Bedecked elephants, cavalry, foot soldiers, folk dancers, musicians and tableaux wend their way through the city. The extravagant celebrations come to an end with a torchlight parade as fireworks light up ...


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Captive elephants losing lives to wild tuskers at Sakrebyle camp

2020-10-24 - Shivamogga, India.

The death of a 35-year-old male captive elephant 'Ranga' after being attacked by three wild elephants in a forest area near Sakrebailu elephant camp on Thirthahalli road has exposed the apathy of the officials of the forest department. The elephants 'Rajendra' and 'New Tusker' had died after being attacked by wild elephants.


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Karnataka: Elephant Ekadanta Dies In Shivamogga Due To Cardiac Arrest

2020-10-21 - New Delhi, India.

A 35-year-old elephant, named Ekadanta, passed away at Sakrebailu camp in Shivamogga. According to Sakrebailu forest officers, the death of the elephant was caused by cardiac arrest.
His body was found in the Shettyhalli forest. Ekadanta was captured two years back from the forests in Sakleshpur, Hassan district.


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Odisha forms state-level task force to reduce man-animal conflict

2020-10-20 - Bhubaneswar, India.

In its bid to reduce the man-animal conflict, the Odisha government on Tuesday set up a state-level task force to prepare a master plan for the next three years, official sources said. The state level task force (SLTF) is formed under the chairmanship of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, will submit the master plan report to the government within six weeks, said Forest and Environment minister B K Arukha. Official sources said that man-elephant conflic...


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The twin bull elephants Sujay and Vijay in Theppakadu (captive-born 1971 in Top slip). Photo © Jackie Chiger

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve gets a dedicated wildlife veterinarian

2020-10-19 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

After more than two years, the post of wildlife veterinarian at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) has finally been filled. According to officials, Rajesh Kumar, a veterinarian from the Department of Animal Husbandry, has been posted on deputation as wildlife veterinarian in MTR. Dr. Kumar’s regular routine would be to take care of the elephants at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.


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Elephant Lakshmi dies in Mukoodal

2020-10-18 - Tirunveli, India.

A 54-year-old female elephant, Lakshmi, died at Mukoodal in the district on Sunday. The elephant was owned by one Dawood Meeran (50) of Ravanasamudram, near Ambasamudram, for the last five years. On Saturday night, he reached Muthumalai Amman Temple in Mukoodal, where a festival was scheduled on Sunday. However, in the early hours of Sunday, Meeran found the pachyderm unconscious


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Nandankanan Zoological Park finds adoption therapy

2020-10-18 - Bhubaneswar, India. Sudarsan Maharana

Elephant at Rs 2.5 lakh is the costliest species for adoption for a year. A State PSU like Odisha Mining Corporation has adopted 17 animals at a cost of Rs 16 lakh which include two Indian elephants and a melanistic tiger.


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Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.

Lift ban on elephant catching to curb man-jumbo conflict- Wildlife experts

2020-10-17 - Lucknow, India.

The rapidly rising graph of man-animal conflicts and consequent fatalities have not only left UP’s wildlife experts but also lone elephant catcher Kamaal Sheikh, worried. Expressing concern over the scenario, the experts and foresters have recommended elephant-catching as the best possible way to curb the menace and have also approached the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF) demanding lifting of the ban on elephant catching, also known locally as ‘mela shikaar’...


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A 35-year-old elephant being radio-collared in Haridwar forest division in Uttarakhand

First elephant radio-collared in Uttarakhand with eye on Maha Kumbh 2021

2020-10-15 - Dehradun, India.

Population has increased in the state and so have man-elephant conflicts. In June, according to the elephant census conducted earlier this year, the numbers of the elephants in the state had reached 2,026. In 2012, there were 1,559 elephants, while in 2017 there were 1,839 elephants in the state.


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Tamed elephant Rajendra dies after being attacked by wild elephant in Kodagu"s Mathigodu Elephant Camp

2020-10-15 - Gonikoppa, India. Naina J A

The tamed elephants were left to graze in the forest on Tuesday night. The mahouts and kavaids spotted a severely injured Rajendra the next morning when they left for the forest to get the elephants back. The male elephant, which was brought back to camp, was being treated but succumbed to its injuries on Thursday, said RFO Y K Kiran Kumar. Rajendra was caught at the Yadavanadu forest in Somwarpet back in 1990


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Baba Ramdev falls off elephant while doing Yoga, escapes unhurt

2020-10-13 - New Delhi, India. Mukesh Ranjan

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday fell on the ground while performing Yoga asanas. Yoga Guru was sitting atop a well-decorate elephant and performing Yoga asanas at the Guru Shardananda Ashram. But, as the elephant moved, he lost his balance and fell on the ground.


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Vikram finishes weight test in 20 minutes

2020-10-10 - Mysore, India.

Dasara elephant Vikrama continued to train for the arduous task of carrying 750-kg golden howdah at Mysuru Palace for the second day on Friday. On Thursday, a sand-bag weighing 350 kg was tied to Vikrama, which it carried around 1.5-km around Mysuru Palace within 20 minutes along with Abhimanyu, Gopi, Cauvery and Vijaya.


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An elephant ventures into a residential colony in Haridwar, in July this year.

Uttarakhand forest department uses solar repeller technique to check movement of wild animals

2020-10-09 - Dehradun, India.

In an attempt to check the movement of wild animals into residential areas near Ganga river in Haridwar district, the Uttarakhand forest department is now using solar enabled repeller systems. These solar repellers have motion sensor system which creates a high pitch sound when activated, startling wild animals enough to send them back towards the forest. During night time, the repeller instrument also throws a sharp light towards approaching wild animals, affecting their vision.


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Blind elephant to get therapy in UP elephant hospital

2020-10-08 - New Delhi, India.

55-year-old Arya, a blind elephant, has finally got medical aid and veterinary care at an elephant hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Farah town on Mathura district’s border. The facility is run by the NGO Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the UP Forest Department, which claim it is India’s first and only elephant hospital.


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Abhimanyu, with his Mahout Vasanth walking next to him and the weight on his back, led other elephants Vijaya, Kaveri, Gopi and Vikram during the training, which was supervised by Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) M.G. Alexander, Veterinarian Dr. Nagaraj and elephant caretakers Rangaraju and Akram.

Howdah Elephant Rehearses With 350-Kg Sand Bags

2020-10-08 - Mysore, India.

Dasara elephant Abhimanyu, which has been given the responsibility of carrying the Golden Howdah on Jumboo Savari day, began his training by carrying 350-kg sand bags which would be gradually increased so that Abhimanyu would be able to carry the 750-kg Ambari on Jumboo Savari day easily.


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Devotee donates elephant to Srirangam temple

2020-10-07 - TRICHY, India.

According to senior temple officials, the elephant, which was recently brought from Kerala, was donated by the owner of Lakshmi Mills Company in Coimbatore. The elephant, named Lakshmi, reached the temple around 11am. The temple already has a 40-year-old elephant Andal.


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Mysuru: Dasara fete preparations moving at a brisk pace

2020-10-06 - Mysore, India.

With just twenty days to go for Dasara jumbo savari procession which will be held on October 26 on the Vijayadashami Day at Mysuru Palace premises, preparations went brisk with all five Dasara elephants completing third day of their training for the procession at Mysuru Palace premises in Mysuru on Monday. Meanwhile, Mysuru district administration has got insurance done for Dasara elephants, their care takers and also for public liability for a period of one month from 1 October to 31 October, d...


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Months-long treatments failed, Pinchu, A 4-Year-Old Asian Elephant, Has Died At The Konni Elephant Kraal in Kerala

2020-10-05 - Idukki, India.

The baby Pincu, who was born with a weak left leg, was brought to Konni four years ago, was succesfully treated for herpes, but has been on treatment for the past nine months due to weakening of her muscles in the hind legs. Unable to stand up, he moved around the cage, his wounds sore.


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Sources in the Forest Department (wildlife wing) Shivamogga Division stated that the baby elephant was born with congenital limb defects last week in the coffee estate area in Sakleshpur taluk.

Injured baby elephant gets treatment at Sakrebailu camp

2020-10-05 - Shivamogga, India.

A six-day-old baby male elephant, born with congenital limb defects last week, which got separated from its mother at the coffee estate at Malali in Sakleshpur taluk, Hassan district, has been brought to Sakrebailu elephants' camp near Shivamogga.


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Govt of India seeks legal status for elephant reserves

2020-10-05 - Kolkata, India. Sanjoy Dey and Joydeep Thakur

The Union environment ministry has proposed an amendment to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to accord legal status to elephant reserves and corridors on the lines of tiger reserves. The ministry has sought responses from 10 elephant range state governments in south, east, north-west India on the proposed amendment and measures to mitigate human-animal conflict to prepare a comprehensive national elephant action plan, said environment ministry forest department officials of multiple states.


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Festivities in "new normal": Dasara elephants in strict quarantine in Mysuru

2020-10-04 - Mysore, India.

Dasara elephants that arrived in the city on Thursday have been put under strict quarantine to prevent them from catching coronavirus. So much so that they have not even been taken out for their weight test, which is an annual ritual. The forest department has dropped the procedure and is strictly against any outing for the elephants and mahouts and kavadis.


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Kerala"s 78-year-old elephant to enter Guinness Book of World Records (age unverified)

2020-10-04 - Kattakkada, India. # B Ajith Kumar

78-year-old elephant Soman from Kottur elephant rehabilitation centre is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest elephant. Ahead of this, the herd of elephants in the rehabilitation centre will honour Soman on Sunday.


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Elephant Maya and actress Samyukta Hornad

Many Kannada movie stars adopting animals

2020-10-03 - Mysore, India. M Raghuram

Shivaraj Kumar adopted ‘Parvathi’, a female elephant at Mysore zoo, Samyukta Hornad has adopted a bear named Sugreeva, a leopard named Arjun and an elephant named Maya all from the Bannerghatta zoo. About 200 fans of the star, came together in September to adopt animals.


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‘Super Mom’ Chaitra

2020-10-02 - Mysore, India.

Housed in Rampura Elephant Camp at Bandipur, Kumki elephant Chaitra, who has participated in Dasara many times, grabbed the attention of every one and was called a ‘Super Mom’ for her role in comforting her baby, which was shown in yesterday’s webinar.


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Sudha Murthy donates 20 lakh to Mysuru Zoo

Sudha Murthy donates 20 lakh to Mysuru Zoo

2020-10-02 - Mysore, India. Hans News Service

Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy has donated Rs 20 lakh for the upkeep of animals at Mysuru Zoo. Shivaraj Kumar visited Mysuru Zoo along with his family and met elephant Parvathi whom he has adopted recently at Mysuru Zoo. Speaking to media persons he said that he was happy that inspired by him, many of his fans too had adopted animals at Mysuru Zoo.


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6 leading activists, conservationists and scientists: Sreedhar Vijayakrishnan Age: 30, Wildlife researcher, Elephant Conservationist

2020-10-01 - Bangalore, India. Arun Janardhan

Vijayakrishnan developed an academic interest in elephants. He initially wanted to get a degree in forestry, but realised it would lead to more of an administrative job. The book, Elephant Days And Nights: Ten Years With The Indian Elephant by Raman Sukumar, inspired him to pursue a research career and get a Master’s degree in wildlife biology.


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Uttarakhand forest department to radio collar wild animals for study

2020-10-01 - Dehradun, India. Suparna Roy, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Uttarakhand forest department authorities have initiated the process to put radio collars on five tigers, 10 elephants and 15 leopards in the hill state in a bid to study the animals’ movements and behaviorial pattern and also prevent the growing man-animal conflict.. JS Suhag, chief wildlife warden, Uttarakhand, said that the radio collar project is in progress as part of the three separate initiatives to reduce man-animal conflict and study these animals’ movement patterns.


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Dasara Elephants Webinar Series: Taming Captured Rogue Elephants In A Month Is Our Aim: Mahout Dobi

2020-10-01 - Mysore, India.

Speaking about Dubare Elephant Camp and other Dasara elephants, mahout Dobi said that the captured rouge elephants are being tamed at the kraal in Dubare Elephant Camp. He further said that every mahout take the challenge of bringing the captured rouge elephant under their control in a month and added that every mahout take care of the elephants housed in the camp with love and affection.


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Mysore Gajapayana Begins

2020-10-01 - Hunsur, India.

At around 11 am, the DC offered flowers to five elephants — Howdah carrying elephant Abhimanyu, Vikram, Gopi, Vijaya and Kaveri. The one and only batch of five caparisoned elephants led by Abhimanyu started their journey from the jungle camps to the Mysore Palace.


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Kum.hal Konwar Sarma, the ‘Elephant Doctor’ of Guwahati, Assam

Guwahati’s ‘Elephant Doctor’ talks about special bond with the animals

2020-09-30 - Guwahati, India. Srimoyee Chowdhury

The veterinarian’s 35-year-old association with elephants was a gradual transition as he used to have a strong affinity towards animals from an early age. Conferred Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution in the field of wildlife earlier this year, he has also been teaching at Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati.


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Elephants at the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh unveils elephant adoption scheme in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

2020-09-29 - Bopal, India.

The Madhya Pradesh forest department has launched a scheme for wildlife lovers to adopt old and retired elephants which gave joyrides for at least five decades in Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve. The elephants can be adopted for a day, week, month or a year.


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Deforestation pushes elephants from Chhattisgarh to Madhya Pradesh, increasing conflict

2020-09-28 - Bhopal, India. Manish Chandra Mishra

Elephants have migrated from Chhattisgarh to Madhya Pradesh primarily because of deforestation in their habitat.
About 50 villages near Bandhavgarh National Park in M.P. are affected by an increased presence of elephants.
Even as human-elephant conflict is increasing in the state, M.P. lacks the funds and knowhow required to manage the pachyderms.


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Dhenkanal’s Man-Killer Tusker ‘Rakesh’ Now ‘Tamed’ & Let Loose To Natural Enclosure

2020-09-28 - Dhenkanal, India.

The Forest Department has finally freed the killer tusker into an open enclosure in Kapilash area after treating it medically and getting it tamed by an elephant trainer from Assam. Earlier, Rakesh had been a man-killer and had run amok in Talcher area following which it was tranquillized and brought to Kapilash-based Elephant Rescue Centre on January 22 this year.


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One of the elephant decorated on the festival

Elephant Festival concludes at Bandhavgarh Reserve

2020-09-28 - Bathan, India. Staff Reporter

A week-long Elephant festival concluded at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) with medical treatment, feast, fitness and care to the jumbos on Sunday. Oldest elephant Gautam (70) was the main centre of attraction he had sandalwood decoration and oiling was done on his nails. He is giving training to other young elephants since year 1977 and also taking care of wildlife along with tiger movement. Officials of Forest Department said that most of the elephants in Bandhavgarh belong to Gautam’s gener...


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The rising human-elephant conflicts and loss of habitats and corridors are key issues discussed with states for the action plan. Officials said they want coordinated efforts to reduce human-animal conflict through mitigation works in elephant corridors

Environment ministry seeks legal status for elephant reserve, states ask for the draft

2020-09-28 - Kolkata, India. Sanjoy Dey and Joydeep Thakur

The Union environment ministry has proposed an amendment to the Wildlife Protection Act to protect elephant reserves and corridors on the lines of those of the tiger and sought responses of states to a proposed Comprehensive National Elephant Action Plan (NEAP), officials aware of the matter said. State forest departments have been asked to come up with management plans and provide forest staff and strategies to protect elephants


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One of Delhi"s last begging elephant, 41-year-old Jasmine, celebrates one year of freedom

2020-09-24 - Tahri, India. Falah Gulzar

In July 2019 the female elephant, previously named Laksmi, had made headlines after the Forest Department claimed that she was missing. Now, the rescued animal is celebrating one year of freedom after being saved by the government and a wildlife rescue organsiation in India.


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2700 Captive Elephants To Get ‘Aadhaar Cards’ For All The Right Reasons Finally, Aadhaar cards would have cute pictures on them!

2020-09-24 - Delhi, India. Diksha Singh

An initiative has been launched under the aegis of ‘Project Elephant’ which aims to allot Aadhaar cards to 2700 captive elephants across the country. The basic plan is to collect the blood and faecal samples of almost 2700 captive elephants across the country and allot them UIN on the basis of their DNA.


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The elephant calf after it was rescued

Elephant calf rescued after falling into abandoned pit in Kerala, released in wild

2020-09-22 - KOCHI, India.

An elephant calf that fell into an abandoned pit was rescued and released in the wild by the forest department on Tuesday. The herd had entered a farm land close to the forest in search of food when the calf fell in the pit.


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West Bengal Forest Dept To Introduce Rubber Strips On National Highway To Control Elephant Deaths

2020-09-22 - Siliguri, India. Tarak Sarkar

The West Bengal Forest Department has taken steps to introduce rubber strips on the National Highway, state highway and the Asian Highway in the North Bengal region to control elephant deaths. The forest department has taken this initiative after a meeting headed by the state forest minister in the presence of representatives from railway, electricity, highway, tea gardens, and other related departments.


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41-year-old female elephant dies of age-related ailments

2020-09-21 - Coimbatore, India.

A 41-year-old cow elephant diedof age-related ailments at the elephant camp near Pollachi inthe district on Monday, forest officials said. The elephant Kalpana in the Kolikamuthy camp in TopSlip area had been suffering from the ailments for the lasttwo months and been under treatment, they said


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Many elephants are transported around India to appear at religious festivals.

ID scheme will track India’s captive elephants

2020-09-21 - Delhi, India.

India plans to build a biometric database and issue an ID number for every elephant in captivity across the country after the death of a pregnant female prompted an outcry. Blood samples will be taken from close to 3,000 elephants. Each will be given a unique identity number based on their DNA, under the plan set out by the government-backed conservation group Project Elephant.


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The young elephant which was killed by a tiger

Tiger preys on young elephant in Bandipur

2020-09-20 - BENGALURU, India. Bosky Khanna

On September 18, Karnataka Forest Department officials found the carcass of a juvenile elephant which had become the meal of a tiger in Bandipur Tiger Reserve’s Kundakere range. Forest officials say that while this is not rare, it is not common either. Just the previous day, a similar incident was reported in the adjoining Theppekadu range of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.


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1,600 elephants in Bandipur, finds internal survey

2020-09-19 - BENGALURU, India. Bosky Khanna

Over 1,600 elephants are wandering in and around Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR), as per an internal survey conducted by forest officials of the reserve. The survey was conducted during the lockdown and unlock period for four months, starting April. The officials followed all the protocols used when the all-India elephant census is carried out. This is the first time that an internal survey has been conducted by a team for a particular forest. As per the last all-India survey, there are 8,500 jumbo...


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Driver fined Rs 5,000 for chasing wild elephant

2020-09-14 - Udhagamandalam, India.

When they shot the video of chasing a wild elephant in a jeep and circulated the same on WhatsApp, little did 26-year-old Sujin, of Masinagudi, and his friend know that would land them in trouble. The video shows Sujin chasing the elephant in his jeep by focusing the headlight on the animal that was roaming near Masinagudi area Sigur forest range, which falls under the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. The video was shot by his friend, who was sitting on the backseat of the vehicle, on Saturday night. As...


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Kumki elephants to help capture injured tusker

2020-09-14 - Coimbatore, India.

The forest department brought kumki elephant Suyambu to Mettupalayam forest range from the Chadivayal elephant camp on Sunday and is planning to bring kumki Venkatesh on Monday to capture an injured tusker roaming in the area.


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Forest dept forms committee to protect wild elephants

2020-09-13 - Coimbatore, India.

Additional principal chief conservator of forests I Anwardeen has formed a technical advisory committee to protect wild elephants and to check human-elephant conflict in Coimbatore circle.
The committee will support, assist and advise the forest veterinary team to deal with emerging wildlife health issues and wild animals in physical distress.


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Baby elephant Shivani enjoys playing with water.

Meet Shivani: Baby elephant enjoys playing with water during her naming ceremony in Karnataka

2020-09-12 - Dharmasthala, India.

The internet is simply overjoyed after watching videos of a baby elephant named Shivani. Several short clips featuring Shivani went viral on social media after her naming ceremony in Karnataka's Daramasthala.


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[VIDEO] Elephant found with suspected gunshot wounds in Tamil Nadu

2020-09-10 - Chennai, India. Mirror Now Bureau

A wild male elephant called "Bulldozer" was spotted with suspected gunshot wounds in Mettupalayam circle of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. More than 18 elephants have died in the circle this year.


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Gopi and "Kumki" elephant Kaveri at Dubare Elephant Camp.

Forest Department Begins Selection Process Of Dasara Elephants

2020-09-10 - Mysore, India.

Forest Department has begun the process of selecting the elephants to participate in this year’s Dasara festivities. Usually, the process of selecting elephants for Dasara takes place in the month of July every year and the first batch of Dasara elephants, comprising Golden Howdah-carrying elephant, one standby male elephant, two female elephants and two male elephants to be trained to carry the Golden Howdah in future, used to arrive in city before Aug. 15.


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Minister holds meet on man-elephant conflict

2020-09-10 - Kolkata, India. SOUMITRA NANDI

The state Forest department has earmarked a 128 km stretch from Bankura (border) to Jhargram that needs special monitoring and fencing measures to prevent the entry of elephants from neighbouring states like Odisha and Jharkhand. State Forest minister Rajib Banerjee held a meeting at Kharagpur in West Midnapore on Wednesday to discuss measures that can be taken to reduce man – elephant conflict in the districts of south Bengal.


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The elephant was found dead Wednesday near a wooden bridge at Sholayur along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border | By special arrangement

Another elephant found dead in Kerala with severe injuries in its mouth

2020-09-09 - Bengaluru, India.

Another wild elephant has been found dead in Kerala with injuries around its mouth, three months after a pregnant pachyderm was killed by a ‘firecracker-laced’ pineapple in the state. The elephant was found dead Wednesday near a wooden bridge at Sholayur along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Forest officials said that they had been tracking it for months as the elephant had raided homes in Attapadi.


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Rise in elephant population at Bandipur Tiger Reserve

2020-09-09 - Mysore, India. Lakshmikantha BK

An internal census conducted by the officials of forest depaartment at Bandipur Tiger Reserve indicates a rise in elephant population. The five-month long exercise to estimate the population of mega herbivores was done by examining stool samples of elephants.


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A young female elephant which died despite treatment near Annaikatti on July 2.

Tamil Nadu probes mysterious elephant deaths

2020-09-07 - Coimbatore, India. George Rajasekaran

Sixty-four elephants have died mysteriously in the forests of Tamil Nadu in the last seven months. Of these 17 died in Coimbatore forest division. Before their deaths, many of them had displayed disorientation and restless movement before they lay down, never to be revived. Eight of the 17 deaths occurred within a single forest beat – Pethikuttai in Sirumugai range.


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7-month-old rescued elephant calf finds a mother in Champakali

2020-09-03 - Birpara, India.

Champakali has happily taken up the task of mothering the 7-month-old orphan elephant calf rescued from the Raidak river. The calf was rescued on Tuesday and brought to the Jaldapara National Park by foresters


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Tusked seized by Odisha forest officials

19 kg elephant tusks seized in Odisha"s Keonjhar, 3 traders held

2020-09-02 - BHUBANESWAR, India.

state forest department officials on Monday night seized around 19 kg of elephant tusks from a car near Bayapita village under Harichandanpur police limits in Keonjhar district. Three persons, all ivory traders, were arrested in this connection.


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Jumbo gives birth to male elephant

2020-08-30 - Kolkata, India.

An elephant belonging to the state Forest department has given birth to a male elephant calf at Gorumara National Park in Doars at 4.30 am on Saturday. State Forest minister Rajib Banerjee who is presently in North Bengal paid a visit at Gorumara and named the calf as Yuvraj. The calf's father is named Kiranraj, and his mother is known as Motirani.


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Bengaluru Zoo Names Elephant Calf After Infosys’ Sudha Murthy

2020-08-28 - Bangalore, India. RIA DAS

A baby elephant, born in Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) on Wednesday was named ‘Sudha’ after Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy. The decision was taken to acknowledge Murthy’s contributions towards wildlife conservation.


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Sick Elephant Calf Rescued In Odisha’s Mayurbhanj

2020-08-23 - Baripada, India.

An elephant calf which got separated from its family was rescued by a team of forest officials today morning. The newborn elephant was lying in a poor condition in a farm. A team of veterinarians have also reached the spot to treat the ill calf.


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Elephant calf rescued, handed over to zoo

2020-08-14 - ITANAGAR, India.

A two- to three-month-old male elephant calf was rescued from the Toru forest range under the Sagalee forest division on Friday afternoon. The rescued baby elephant was handed over to Itanagar Biologial Park Curator Raya Flago in the evening for medical treatment and rehabilitation, the RFO informed.


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At the elephant rehabilitation centre in Kottoor, authorities are spearheading a move to make it a more pachyderm-friendly space

2020-01-21 - Kottor, India. Aathira Haridas

At the elephant rehabilitation centre in Kottoor, one among the few elephant rehabilitation centres in the state, a major shift to creating a more pachyderm-friendly space is being spearheaded by Satheesan N V, deputy warden at the Agasthyavanam Biological Park (ABP).


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Kerala jumbo Neelakantan dies after years of neglect, abuse by caretakers

2019-12-30 - Kottor, India. Haritha John

Shasthamkotta Neelakantan, a tusker of Sree Dharma Sastha temple in Kollam district of Kerala, died at the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre at Kottur. He had been struggling, battling pain from multiple wounds and on Saturday morning, the tusker succumbed to his injuries.


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The life size giraffe models act as a psychological barier for the elephants

Assam tea estate keeps elephants at bay with life size models of giraffes

2019-10-31 - Golaghat, India.

A a herd of 50-60 elephants heading for the tea estate changed its path when they saw a life size dummy giraffe. “We have installed three giraffes made of fiber in our tea estate last week as a measure to protect our crops from elephants,” said Utpal Goswami, the manager at the Dolaguri Tea Estate in Golaghat’s Letekujan area.


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Mysuru zoo gets record number of visitors, thanks to Dasara

2019-10-20 - Mysore, India.

This Dasara, the Mysuru zoo attracted more visitors, improving its revenue. In a span of 10 days, 1.65 lakh people visited the zoo and the gate revenue realised was 1.59 crore. A record number of tourists visited the zoo on the day of Ayudha Puja and Vijayadashami, which were public holidays. A total of 30,273 people came on Ayudha Puja and 28,386 on Vijayadashami, realising a revenue of 29.27 lakh and 28.28 lakh respectively. This is the biggest earnings for the zoo in a single day


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Delhi"s last elephant Laxmi sent to rehab in Haryana

2019-09-20 - Yamunanagar, India.

National Capital's last elephant, Lakshmi, who was rescued from near East Delhi recently, was sent to a rehabilitation center in Haryana on Friday morning. At present, this center is taking care of five elephants including Lakshmi. "She is the fifth elephant here.


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47-year-old elephant Laxmi, which went missing two months ago, near the Shakarpur Police Station in New Delhi on September 18, 2019

‘Missing’ Delhi elephant Laxmi found, mahout Saddam arrested after two months on the run

2019-09-18 - Delhi, India.

The 47-year-old elephant, Laxmi, was sent to an elephant rescue centre in Ban Santour in Haryana around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, according to officials of forest department. The elephant which had been missing for the last two months was rescued and its mahout was arrested by Delhi Police on late Tuesday night from east Delhi.


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A wild tusker and Kalpana, one of Aane Manes radio collared elephants

Buoyed by Hassan success, forest dept to radio-collar more jumbos

2019-09-11 - Bengaluru, India. Rohith BR

The forest department’s experiment to radio-collar select wiwild elephants in Hassan to track their movements and address conflict with humans has paid off. AK Singh, chief conservator of forests, Hassan, recently said six mother elephants are being monitored in his jurisdiction.


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Indian elephant, Elephas maximus, with just born calf, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Do India’s Elephants Really Need Birth Control?

2019-08-29 - Delhi, India. Rishika Pardikar

If you go by the country’s first ever synchronised Elephant Census conducted in 2017, there are 27,312 elephants across 23 states. The 10-year project to develop an immunocontraceptive was approved in 2017, with a budget of Rs10 crore. According to Vinod Mathur, the director of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the nodal agency for the project, it will “soon be implemented on a pilot basis in a phased manner”.


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Kumki elephants Suyambu, Venkatesh to be shifted to Chadivayal camp

2019-07-04 - COIMBATORE, India. Wilson Thomas

Kumki elephants Suyambu (24) and Venkatesh (32) from Anamalai Tiger Reserve will be shifted to Chadivayal camp of Coimbatore Forest Division. The two will replace kumkis Cheran (32) and John (27) of Chadivayal camp, who will be sent to Theppakkadu in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Cheran and John were shifted from Theppakkadu to Chadivayal in April last year.


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Konni tusker sent to faraway camp despite MLA"s protest">Konni tusker sent to faraway camp despite MLA"s protest

2018-06-12 - Pathanamthitta, India.

Despite fierce protest by the local legislator, a tusker at the eco-tourism centre at Konni was despatched to faraway Muthanga by the wildlife department so that it could be trained as a 'kumki'


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Bannerghatta Biological Park loses elephant Ashwathama

2017-10-14 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) on Saturday announced the death of Ashwathama, a male elephant aged about eight years


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Karnataka leads the chart with over 6,000 elephants

India home to 27, 312 elephants: Census

2017-08-16 - Delhi, India. Aathira Perinchery

Preliminary results from the first-ever synchronised all-India Elephant Population Estimation pegs India’s Asian elephant population at 27,312. According to the report, released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on August 12, Karnataka has the highest number of elephants (6,049), followed by Assam (5,719) and Kerala (3,054).


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Selfie attempt kills man in Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Park, elephant tramples him to death.

2017-07-27 - Bangalore, India.

According to the Bannerghatta Police Station sub inspector Naveen, 27-year-old Abhilash, had entered the park illegally and tried to click a selfie with the elephant Sundar. The 27-year-old man had allegedly illegally entered the Bannerghatta Biological Park after consuming alcohol.


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Tame elephants capture wild tusker in smooth operation

2017-03-15 - Hassan, India.

Staff of the Forest Department, with the help of tamed elephants, successfully captured a wild elephant that is suspected to have recently trampled two people to death in Alur and Sakaleshpur taluks on Tuesday. A team of tamed elephants — Abhimanyu, Arjun, Krishna and Harsha — reached the camp at Magadihalli, set up to handle the capture, on Monday evening. The watchers and forest guards were following the movement of the animal and they traced it at noon. The operation, which bega...


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A file photo of a team of elephants at work in a capture operation. The residents of Alur and Sakleshpur are demanding the capture of wild elephants in their area.

Forest officials seek permission to relocate elephants in two taluks

2017-03-13 - Hassan, India.

With the increase in elephant attack cases in Alur and Sakleshpur taluks, the district forest officials have sent a proposal to their department heads seeking approval to capture 26 elephants roaming around there. The Deputy Conservator of Forests of Hassan has sent a request to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) to take up the operation.


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Wild elephants foraging for food at Doyang valley in Wokha district.

Human-elephant conflict in Wokha district

2017-03-12 - Wokha, India.

One major factor forcing elephants to venture uphill to the middle and upper reaches of Wokha district is being attributed to fragmentation of their old habitats in Assam. With most of their habitats destroyed due to human encroachment and leaving them without food or home, the elephants are dramatically expanding their range and getting pushed up to the hills from Assam, Steve Odyuo, founder of Natural Nagas, an NGO working for wildlife and environment conservation said.


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Did poachers kill more Kerala jumbos? No. Fight with man over space did them in

2017-03-12 - , India.

Elephant poaching in Kerala grabbed national headlines a year ago after poachers confessed they had killed around 20 elephants. However, data from the Forest Department reveals there is a bigger threat to elephants in the state than poaching—man-animal conflict.


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How elephants became refugees on the outskirts of Bhubhaneswar city

2017-03-05 - Bhubhaneswar, India.

On the outskirts of Bhubhaneswar city, a herd of elephants has become refugees. They left the intensely disturbed Chandaka sanctuary, and tried to move towards other forest patches. However, human activity has now surrounded the elephants. Videos show how people chase the hapless animals, who seem to be only wanting to cross roads and fields


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Nine jumbos travel 2700 km along with 16 mahouts to reach Corbett from Karnataka

2017-02-26 - NAINITAL, India.

Nine elephants from the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka reached the Corbett Tiger Reserve on Saturday after a journey of more than 2700 km. The elephants had started on their journey by road on Tuesday in a convoy of seven trucks accompanied by 16 mahouts. "The elephants will stay in an interim facility for three months during which they will get acclimatised to the new climate .


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Central Zoo Authority for ban on elephants in circuses

2017-02-26 - New Delhi, India.

The Central Zoo Authority has “fully backed” a proposal to ban the use of elephants in circuses, a fading remnant of pre-liberalisation India. The CZA has written to the chief wildlife wardens of the states to ensure the rehabilitation of the elephants which were in their possession. “The Central Zoo Authority fully supports proposal to stop use of elephants to perform in circuses,” member secretary of the CZA D N Singh has written to the Environment Ministry.


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Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Wild Asian Elephants, Southern India

2017-02-22 - Trichur, India.

We tested 3 wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in southern India and confirmed infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an obligate human pathogen, by PCR and genetic sequencing. Our results indicate that tuberculosis may be spilling over from humans (reverse zoonosis) and emerging in wild elephants.


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Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Free-Roaming Wild Asian Elephant -Volume 23, Number 3—March 2017

2017-02-22 - New Delhi, India.

Postmortem examination of a wild Asian elephant at Rajiv Gandhi National Park, India, revealed nodular lesions, granulomas with central caseation, and acid-fast bacilli in the lungs. PCR and nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study indicates that wild elephants can harbor M. tuberculosis that can become fatal.


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Forest department officials and others offering tributes to Indira at Shettihalli reserve forest in Shivamogga

Indira (Indra), grande dame of Sakrebailu and Karnataka’s oldest elephant, dies

2017-02-01 - SHIVAMOGGA, India. Ramachandra V Gunari

Karnataka’s seniormost elephant died on Monday, at the ripe old age of 82. Indira died of natural causes at the Sakrebailu elephant camp, her home for the past almost 50 years. Indira was the grande dame of the Sakrebailu elephant camp, loved by all and known to have tamed many a wild elephant brought here over the past many decades. Indira herself had been captured in a khedda operation from Kakanakote forest in the Western Ghats in 1968.


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Odisha Claims Fall In Jumbo Deaths In 2016-17

2017-01-29 - Bhubaneswar, India.

After an annual review meeting of the Forest and Environment department under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary at the State Secretariat here, Suresh Mohapatra, secretary of the department, said, “With two months left for the 2016-17 financial year to get over, 41 elephant deaths have been reported in the State so far which is considerable fall in comparison to 65-70 elephant death cases reported in the last four years on an average.”


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Four jumbos from Rambo Circus retire, rehabilitated

2017-01-02 - Pune, India.

John Mathew, manager of Rambo Circus, said, “Seven mahouts, who took care of the four elephants at the Rambo Circus, have also shifted to Jamnagar with additional staff and a veterinarian."Saraswati and Champa were shifted to Jamnagar in September, Anar and Nitya moved two weeks ago as their transit permit was awaited.


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AWBI for euthanising 3 elephants

2016-12-28 - , India.

According to the AWBI, Lakhsmi and Ramabhadran, two elephants of the Thiruvambadi Devaswom, and Thiruvegappuram Devanarayanan (Kattakada Abhimanyu), owned by a private individual, are suffering from serious ailments and should be subjected to mercy killing to end their sufferings.


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Chenkalloor Dakshayani, the 86-year-old elephant owned by the Travancore Devaswom Board | kaviyoor santhosh

At 86, granny Dakshayani to get a chain-free spacious enclosure

2016-12-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Eyeing the Guinness Book honour for the oldest living Asian elephant in captivity, 86-year-old Chenkalloor Dakshayani, would soon get a chain-free spacious enclosure.


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Wild elephants stray into Ambikapur town, force schools to shut down

2016-12-08 - RAIPUR, India.

A herd of wild elephants with its young ones ventured into Ambikapur town, district headquarters of Sarguja district in North Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.Later, the herd entered a school group and stayed there.
Forest department swung into action and erected barricades to check further movement of elephants in the town and they are under surveillance.


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Rejuvenation camp for jumbos awaits government nod

2016-12-07 - COIMBATORE, India.

It is that time of the year when all the temple elephants in the district are brought to Thekkampatti for a 40-day rejuvenation camp. The camp begins in December-end or January.


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Ammu elephant calf dies of viral infection at Konni camp

2016-12-07 - Konni , India.

A one-year-old elephant calf died of viral infection at the Konni elephant training centre. The calf Ammu was suffering from Elephant Endotheliotrop. Ammu was in the news recently after Forest Minister K Raju came to the camp for her naming ceremony


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Demand for Karnataka elephants from other states, 12 to sent to Uttarakhand

2016-12-04 - Mysore, India.

It was a great honour to Karnataka Forest Department as its elephants captured and tamed by experts from the state are now on demand from other states in the country.Forest department sources told UNI that 12 of these tamed elephants will be sent to Uttarakhand. The elephants have been selected from Bannerghatta, Mathigodu, Dodda Harave and Dubare elephant camps.


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Rampant herd of elephants forcing several families to live on trees

2016-12-01 - Ranchi, India.

In a bizarre event people of four families have been forced to live on trees due to the fear of elephants that have gone wild near Ranchi, Jharkhand. Villagers are living in fear since then and have been forced to live on trees in order to protect themselves from the rampant elephants. As per the reports, some families living in Loharatola village in Bundu, around 45 km from Ranchi, have shifted on trees after elephants destroyed their houses.


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213 killed in elephant attack in three years in Odisha

2016-11-29 - New Delhi, India.

As many as 213 persons have been killed in elephant attack in Odisha in the last three years from 2013 to 2016, said Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister Anil Madhav Dave answering an unstarred question raised by BJD parliamentarian Narendra Kumar Swain on Monday.


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Over 1300 people died due to tiger and elephant attacks in India in past three years

2016-11-28 - New Delhi, India.

Number of human deaths due to tiger attacks has gradually been declining, but there is no let up in the casualties due to elephant attacks in India. In both the cases, West Bengal has suffered the maximum human casualties in the past three years.


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Temples to lose elephants for festivals, Maneka Gandhi writes to ministry for new provisions

2016-11-28 - New Delhi, India.

Famed temples in south India such as Kerala´s Guruvayoor, which parade richly-decorated jumbos during festivals like Pooram, may lose them forever. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) asking for such religious institutions ´Which keep wild animals in captivity´ be categorised as zoos.


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The tusker was constantly seen on the tracks during the last two weeks.

Elephant hit by passenger train in Palakkad succumbs to injuries

2016-11-27 - Palakkad, India.

A male wild elephant which was hit by a train on the B line at the Walayar Pudussery section just past Kanjikode succumbed to the injuries on Sunday. The passenger train from Palakkad town Tiruchirapalli (Train No. 56712) hit the 25-year old elephant at around 8km from Palakkad (towards Coimbatore) on Sunday 7.10 AM on the B line.


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Rogue tusker injures two elephants in zoo

2016-11-26 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A rogue tusker, which had strayed from the adjoining Chandaka wildlife sanctuary, wreaked havoc in the elephant safari at Nandankanan zoo here, injuring two resident elephants on Thursday night. The two injured elephants are Basanti and Chandan - one female and the other a male. The tusker entered the safari through a gap in the fencing.


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The Rajaji Tiger Reserve authorities have got its mahouts trained in Kerala so that the safari is conducted in a safe and proper manner.

Elephant safari to resume in Rajaji reserve after 9 yrs

2016-11-26 - Dehradun, India.

Raja, Radha and Rangeela, three elephants at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, are all set for the elephant safari that is now being resumed at Rajaji after nine years. Raja is a male elephant while Radha and Rangeela are females.
Arundhati, a famous female safari elephant at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, then Rajaji National Park, which died in 2007 after it was injured while on patrol.


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Wild jumbo intrudes into zoo, attacks two inmates

2016-11-25 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A wild elephant destroyed 20 feet of the boundary wall of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in the wee hours of Friday and attacked two elephants at the zoo. According to sources, the security personnel at NZP were able to scare away the animal using lights and noise makers. Two zoo elephants – Chandan and Basanti –sustained minor injuries in the attack.


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Karnataka puts up jumbos for adoption

2016-11-25 - Bangalore, India.

Faced with growing human-elephant conflict, Karnataka is desperate to gift surplus elephants in its captivity, to states where their population is sparse. It has exhorted other states to adopt the captive elephants, reeling under food and water shortage. There are roughly 200 jumbos housed in the state´s four elephant camps, captured by the forest department after reports of rogue behaviour, raiding crops and killing people.


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Dakshayani of the Chengalloor Temple in Poojappura

Elephantine feat: Dakshayani, Kerala"s oldest jumbo, set to enter Guinness World Records.

2016-11-24 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

At 86, Dakshayani shows few signs of aging and looks absolutely fit and graceful as she gets all set all set to enter the Guinness World Records as the oldest-living elephant in the world. The elephant is with the Chengalloor Temple in Poojappura


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Valiyaveettil Manikandan and Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan

Kerala’s two star jumbos die on same day

2016-11-24 - Thrissur, India.

Wednesday was a sad day for elephant lovers in Kerala. Two of their favorite pachyderms, Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan and Valiyaveettil Manikandan, died just hours apart owing to illness. Both the jumbos were star attractions of temple festivals across the state.


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The operation started after a government order to capture the elephant was issued

Wild tusker captured at Wayanad

2016-11-24 - Wayanad, India.

A wild tusker that had troubled villagers in Wayanad has been caught after a massive operation. The operation started after a government order to capture the elephant was issued. It was shot with tranquilizers when it came out of the forest.


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Mathigodu elephant camp faces water, fodder shortage

2016-11-23 - Mathigodu, India.

The Mathigodu Elephant Camp has been facing water and fodder shortage. Two months ago, the camp, where rogue elephants are tamed, had 35 jumbos but now only 25 have been left behind as the remaining are relocated to Kallalla camp. The waterbody at the camp has gone dry while the one inside the forest nearby is filled with silt making the water unfit for consumption and insufficient for bathing elephants.


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2-day meet on Asian elephants concludes

2016-11-12 - GUWAHATI, India.

The two-day Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) meet - which saw the participation of elephant experts from five countries - ended here on Friday. The meet collated country-based inputs on the status of wild and captive Asian elephants in their habitats.


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Rupa was found to have stones in her kidney.

Activists seek to free elephant from owner Sabha Shankar Pandey

2016-10-29 - Mumbai, India.

After Rupa, an elephant belonging to Sabha Shankar Pandey, passed away last week at Goregaon’s Film City where she had been brought for a photo shoot, experts have raised concern about the health and care of Lakshmi, Pandey’s other elephant.


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Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

2016-10-27 - Karwar, India.

Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail.


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No more jumbos for this Kottayam temple festival

2016-10-25 - KOTTAYAM, India.

At a time when the temples are competing each other by parading more number of elephants during festivals, a temple near here has put an end to this practice. The Governing body of the temple in its meeting held the other day approved the decision to replace the elephant with the chariot.


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Jumbo death: NGO seeks police action against owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, Film City

2016-10-24 - Mumbai, India.

In the wake of the death of an elephant that was hired for a photoshoot in Goregaon’s Film City, the Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) wrote to the Aarey police demanding that it book its owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, the organisers and the Film City management.


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Dasara elephants, led by howdah elephant Arjuna, are all set for the Dasara finale on October 11, Vijayadashami.

Dasara jumbos in fine fettle for festival finale on Tuesday

2016-10-10 - Mysore, India.

After a rigorous rehearsal, Arjuna is ready to carry the golden howdah weighing 750 kg. He will be accompanied by 11 other elephants — Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Kaveri, Vijaya, Vikrama, Gopi, Prashanth, Durgaparameshwari, Harsha and Gopalaswamy.


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Venattumattam Ganeshan, the tusker which died last Wednesday, had been suffering from tuberculosis

Twenty four elephants died in one year in Kerala

2016-10-10 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India.

The tusker was the 18th captive elephant to die in the state in the last nine months. According to Heritage Animal Task Force secretary V.K. Venkitachalam, who keeps record of elephant torture and deaths, the number of deaths this year is a record. “Never before has this happened.


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Mysore Dasara

2016-10-01 - Mysore, India.

Mysuru Dasara is the Nadahabba (State-Festival) of the state of Karnataka in South West India. It is also called Navaratri (Nava-ratri = nine-nights) and is a 10-day festival, celebrated with utmost pomp and gaiety in the city of Mysuru. The Dasara festivities have a very long and rich history of more than 400 years.


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Rajan, the swimming elephant, dies at 66

2016-08-02 - Havelock Island, India.

Rajan, the legendary elephant whom you could swim along with in the ocean off the Andaman islands, has passed away at the age of 66.

A star attraction at Barefoot Resort at Havelock Island, Rajan came to be in the possession of the owners of the resort, after they took him under their care when he was left sick and stranded on the island in 2004, after his owner could not pay to ship him to a nearby island after a film shoot.


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Elephant to be shifted to Vizag zoo

2016-08-02 - Aurangabad, India.

The animal is likely to be shifted within the next 10-15 days.On August 1, 1996, the city zoo authorities brought a couple of elephants (male Shankar and female Swaraswati) from Mysore to the Siddhartha Garden and Zoo. The team had also reviewed the zoo in Aurangabad and felt that the space provided to the animals was not enough.


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Devaswoms deny charges of cruelty to elephants

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The common forum of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi devaswoms has denied charges of cruelty to elephants during Thrissur Pooram. “Elephants with wounds or swellings were not paraded for the Pooram,” a joint statement of the devaswoms said. It added that only those elephants with fitness certificates issued by the forest and animal husbandry departments were used for the event.


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Row over Pooram elephants intensifies

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The Kerala State Animal Welfare Board (KSAWB) has come up against the statement of the Animal Husbandry Department refuting the allegation that elephants were subjected to cruelty during Thrissur Pooram celebrations. In a press release here on Friday, M.N. Jayachandran, Member, Kerala State Animal Welfare Board, alleged that the Thrissur Animal Husbandry officer was trying to misguide people with false information and was trying to protect the festival organisers.


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The elephant herd in Sona Udyan, a park of RSP, on Thursday evening | Express photo

Elephant Herd Enters Rourkela

2016-04-30 - ROURKELA, India.

Panic gripped Sector-22 of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), located on the southern tip of the city, when a herd of seven elephants strayed into the area and damaged boundary walls of two buildings on Wednesday night. The herd was staying in Sonaparvat Reserve Forest (RF) for the last 45 days and used to frequent the connecting Bijay Sagar reservoir of IDL Explosives plant for water.


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Elephant Conference @ SOAS 2016

2016-04-04 - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

The conference programme will address all aspects of elephant culture, past, present and future and in all continents. It will deal with both material and cultural concerns, and will cover both the Indian and the African elephant.


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391 people died in 2014-15 due to human-elephant conflict: Minister

2016-03-16 - New Delhi, India.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said eight elephants were killed in 2014015 and 391 humans were killed by elephants. Nearly 400 people have died during 2014-15 due to human-elephant conflict in various parts of the country, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.


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Wildlife experts demonstrating ultrasonography at an international workshop on Asian elephants and tigers organised on the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University campus at Pookode.

Kerala Wildlife workshop stresses need for more research

2016-02-04 - Pookode, India.

An international workshop on Asian elephants and tigers being held at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) headquarters at Pookode stressed the need for more research on diseases affecting the animals. The four-day programme is being organised by the Centre for Wildlife Studies under KVASU in association with the Department of Forests and Wildlife.


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Elephant attacks claimed 14 lives in state in 2015

2016-01-10 - Pathanamthitta, India.

According to the Heritage Animal Task Force, a total of 14 people died in Kerala last year due to elephant attacks. Among these, 9 people were mahouts The committee, which was formed to provide guidelines to avoid such attacks, has not submitted any report


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Elephants at the eighth annual elephant rejuvenation camp in Thekampatti

Wild Tusker Attacks Thekampatti Elephant Rejuvenation Camp

2016-01-08 - COIMBATORE, India.

Eye witnesses say, a herd of four wild elephants including a male, a female and two cubs, came near the elephant camp on Thursday early morning. At that time, the camp elephants were taking shower and the mahouts who saw the herd raised alarm. Suddenly, the male elephant separated from the herd and began to chase the temple elephants. Immediately, mahouts took the temple elephants to a safer location.


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Kasturi, elephant of Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple at Palani, being sent to a rejuvenation camp for elephants in Mettupalayam on Wednesday

Temple elephant sent to rejuvenation camp

2016-01-08 - Palani, India.

Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple administration here on Wednesday sent the temple elephant Kasturi to rejuvenation camp at Mettupalayam on Wednesday. After special pujas, the 49-year-old elephant, weighing 4,600 kg, boarded the lorry on Wednesday morning. Officials from HR&CE, Forest and Revenue Departments were present. Earlier, veterinary doctors checked the health condition of Kasturi. She was fit to travel, said veterinary doctor Rajendran. Kasturi had won the first prize in a competition hel...


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This incident took place on a day when temple elephants came to Coimbatore and the Nilgiris for a rejuvenation camp.

12-Year-Old Female Elephant Found Dead In Tamil Nadu Forest

2016-01-08 - Krishnagiri, India.

A 12-year-old female elephant was found dead on Wednesday in a forest in Tamil Nadu´s Krishnagiri district. This incident took place on a day when temple elephants came to Coimbatore and the Nilgiris for a rejuvenation camp. Authorities have conducted a post-mortem and have sent the samples for analysis. "We suspect the adolescent elephant might have been a victim of violent mating," said Mr Rajendran, District Forest Officer.


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Arms found in Rupabali reserve forest - Two elephants found dead

2015-11-17 - Dhenkanal, India.

Two elephants were found dead under the Sadangi range last week. Though Forest officials declined to disclose about reasons behind death of elephants but poachers are suspected to be active in the reserve forest. Forest officials said they have intensified the patrolling but locals dispute this saying they have rarely found forest officials camping or patrolling in the area


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Tuskers damage crops, drought-hit farmer dies of shock in Chhattisgarh

2015-11-17 - Raipur, India.

A drought-hit farmer in Chhattisgarh´s tribal Jashpur district died of a heart attack aftera herd of 40 elephants destroyed and fed on all his leftover crops on his eight-acre land, a few days ago. The matter came to light on Tuesday after district Congress raised the issue and claimed the forest department had not paid compensation to the family.


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Elephant Gireeshan, which died in Thrissur on Monday

Elephant of Cochin Devaswom Board dies

2015-11-17 - Cochin, India.

Gireeshan, one of the senior elephants of Cochin Devaswom Board, died on Monday. According to Devaswom Board sources, the elephant died due to old-age ailments. It was 80 years old. Gireeshan, which collapsed at the Kokkarni compound of the Devaswom on October 26, didn’t recover after that. It was undergoing treatment for almost one year for various ailments, under the guidance of veterinary doctor V. Sunil Kumar. The body was cremated at Kodanad.


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Pregnant jumbo forced into Dasara procession unchained

2015-11-17 - Bengaluru, India.

Chaitra, the elephant in the Bandipur camp who had been shackled ever since she gave birth to her 10th calf, has finally been freed. Following the publication of a report Forest dept forced heavily pregnant jumbo into Dasara in Deccan Herald on November 13, Conservator of Forests and Director of Bandipur Tiger Reserve B B Mallesh is learnt to have given directions to unchain the elephant and let her mingle with the other jumbos


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Javadekar expresses concern over man-elephant conflict

2015-11-16 - Jorhat, India.

Expressing concern over the rising incidents of man-elephant conflict on both the banks of the mighty Red River, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today said that he had taken personal initiative to release funds for undertaking compensatory afforestation in an effort to provide necessary fodder for the marauding elephants.


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How The Hunt used an elephant to capture groundbreaking footage of a tiger kill

2015-11-15 - Umaria, India.

It took an 65-year-old elephant called Gotham to capture a TV first in this week´s episode — and here´s how the feat was achieved. “We only had access to the elephant for half of the morning,” says Hughes. “The animal welfare rule was that it could work until mid-morning and then it had to go back to its house and have a nice bath and something to eat. So we had only this window in the morning, but it still managed to work.”


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Elephant menace: Villagers block road

2015-11-13 - Jorhat, India.

Hundreds of villagers blocked NH-37 at Kakojan in Jorhat district on Thursday in protest against the forest department´s failure to curb the menace of wild elephants in more than 100 villages. The mob raised slogans against the government and the state forest department demanding immediate steps to prevent elephant menace in their villages.


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Man trampled to death in elephant attack

2015-11-13 - Jorhat, India.

A man was killed and five others were seriously injured by a herd of wild elephants at Jhanjimukh area in Assam´s Jorhat district, a police officer said. Pursaram Choudhury (55) and the five others had last night gone to chase a herd of marauding jumbos that had been roaming in the area for past 15 days destroying farmland, the officer said.


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Help for Assam jumbos all the way from foreign lands

2015-11-13 - Jorhat, India.

The New Ram Terang Village was dedicated to the memory of Mark Shand. Ruth Powys, CEO, Elephant Family said, “An entire new village comes to fruition. We have solved a problem both for elephants and people. Elephant Family is proud to be part of this venture. I can feel that Mark is with us today. Now, every child can play here without danger, and every elephant can move without conflict.”


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Elephants trample paddy fields

2015-11-13 - Vizianagaram, India.

A herd of elephants damaged two acres of paddy field at Karakavalasa village of LN Pet mandal in the early hours of Thursday. The pachyderms are frequently entering the paddy and sugarcane fields in LN Peta, Sithampeta, Veeraghattam and other places. District Forest Officer Ch. Shanti Swaroop sent elephant trackers and asked the staff to submit a detailed report on the damage so that the compensation would be paid to the farmers.


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Elephants Trample Woman to Death in Meghalaya

2015-11-12 - SHILIONG, India.

A Garo tribal woman was trampled to death by wild elephants in Meghalaya´s West Garo Hills district, an official said on Thursday. Walji M. Sangma was killed on Wednesday in the forest area in Selbalgre village in the outskirts of Tura while she was collecting firewood, District Magistrate Pravin Bakshi told IANS. Tura is the district headquarters of West Garo Hills.


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Affected villagers in Nelamangala are being trained to ‘deal’ with the unwelcome visitors from the forest around Savandurga.

Elephants keep forest officials on their toes

2015-11-12 - Bengaluru, India.

Eleven tuskers, who have been gorging on a buffet of cultivated crop in Nelamangala, have kept forest officials on their toes for over a month. While the department is attempting to drive the elephants back to the forests, what is noteworthy is that villagers are being trained to deal with the conflict – a move that has perhaps led to minimal casualties in the area.


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Call for govt-run shelters to take in tuskers freed from circuses

2015-11-11 - New Delhi, India.

Maneka´s NGO People For Animals runs a rehabilitation centre for jumbos, billed as the country´s only such facility built on private initiative. The Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura was set up in 2010 and is now home to 18 elephants, most of them blind, lame, crippled or abandoned.


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Five kilograms of elephant ivory, rhino horn seized in Jalpaiguri

2015-11-10 - Jalpaiguri, India.

The Forest Rangers seized five elephant tusks and a part of a rhino horn during a raid in West Bengal´s Jalpaiguri city on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, the Forest Rangers conducted a raid in Malbazar area of the city. Five men were also arrested on charges of smuggling.


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Elephant clinic in Assam’s Kaziranga Panbari named after Mark Shand

2015-11-10 - Panbari, India.

A clinic for elephants of the northeast was inaugurated at the upcoming Mark Shand Memorial Learning Centre by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Founding Patron of the UK based charity Elephant Family and its CEO Ruth Powys in the presence of distinguished guests and a colourful audience from the neighbouring villages.


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Contraceptive Shot to End Jumbo Menace?

2015-11-10 - New Delhi, India.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests is proposing to immunise female elephants with contraceptives in West Bengal and Odisha to control increase in their population in an attempt to avoid human-elephant conflict. “Immuno-contraception is a technique of contraception, which induces hormonal changes in female elephants. So far, this technique has not been tried on Asian elephants, but the model has been quite successful in African elephants,” said a senior Union Environment Ministry...


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Carcass of elephant calf recovered

2015-11-10 - Dhenkanal, India.

Forest department officials today recovered a carcass of an elephant calf from Ganesh Khol forested area under Sarangi range in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. Two persons have been injured by the mother of the dead calf. The injured are the local forester Sagramani and a photographer.


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Captive Elephants Rules Amendment an Eyewash

2015-11-09 - Kochi, India.

In a serious lapse on the part of the State Government, the much touted Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules - 2012, framed for preventing abuse of elephants, was not tabled in the Assembly before being notified as a rule.

Replying to an RTI query, the State Information Officer stated that the examination carried out by the Information Commission had showed that there was no record to prove that the Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules-2012 (SRO No ...


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Study reveals that rivers and streams are their favourite haunts in Karnataka national parks

Jumbos skip waterholes in Karnataka sanctuaries

2015-11-09 - BENGALURU, India.

With the elephant population relatively stable and reaching saturation point in many reserves, the focus had shifted to habitat management – that is, creation of water and food sources within National Parks to prevent elephants from venturing to the veritable buffet of cultivated crops that lie in the plains outside. However, do elephants frequent these spots? A study by researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Wildlife Conservation Society point to the contrary.


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Jadav Payeng standing near his cow-shed, which was recently damaged by wild elephants at Aruna Sapori.

Steps suggested to minimise man-elephant conflict

2015-11-09 - Jorhat, India.

Suggesting pragmatic measures to arrest the occasional death and destruction inflicted by herds of marauding wild elephants on both the banks of the Brahmaputra here, ‘Forest Man of India’ Jadav Payeng has mooted largescale plantation of fig, banana and bamboo in the vast sandbars of the mighty Red River, as he claimed to have achieved good results from such experimental forestry in a sandbar near Aruna Sapori within Jorhat district.


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Eight-year old Masini at the Chadivayal elephant camp near Siruvani in Pooluvampatti Range in Coimbatore on Friday

8-year-old elephant preparing itself for new abode

2015-11-07 - Siruvani, India.

Masini, who was orphaned in 2007, has all along been in the Mudumalai Elephant Camp and is used to cool conditions. When it left the Mudumalai camp last week, after the government decided to give the elephant to the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, the staff at the camp bid adieu to the friendly calf.


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Elephants raid village, kill one

2015-11-06 - Bardhaman, India.

A herd of wild elephants raided Pursha village under Galsi police station in Burdwan district killing a man and injuring his wife besides damaging several houses, DFO Ajay Das said today. Nanulal Soren (64) and his wife Phulmani were sleeping on the verandah last night when an elephant trampled them. While Nanulal died, Phulmani was under treatment in hospital, Das said.


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Sonepur ban may hit supply of elephants to Kerala

2015-11-05 - KOCHI, India.

Supply of elephants — those bling-bedecked pachyderms that take pride of place at the state´s numerous temple festivals — to Kerala could be drying up. That´s because trade in the large mammals has been banned at the annual Sonepur cattle fair in Bihar, the biggest source for the creatures in recent years.


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India, Bangladesh join hands for safe cross-border elephant migration

2015-11-05 - GUWAHATI, India.

Human migration may remain a contentious issue between India and Bangladesh, but not for elephants. The two countries are working with their respective external affairs and home affairs ministries to ensure that jumbos can cross the international boundary with ease. "We (India and Bangladesh) are cooperating on trans-boundary conservation of elephants.


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Elephants get ambulance service in Kerala

2015-11-05 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Kerala has taken on a jumbo project: elephants in the state will soon have the luxury of ´ambulance´ service to transport sick and injured jumbos. For the first time, the state forest department has launched an animal ambulance, a specially designed vehicle for elephants, at the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary (WWS), a paradise for wild jumbos in north Kerala.


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Over 50% elephants die before puberty: Study

2015-10-20 - New Delhi, India.

According to a study, over 50% of Indian elephants are dying before puberty. To discuss the matter, a two-day international symposium on ´Ecology and Health Management of Asiatic Elephant´ will be organized in the national capital.


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Conflict with elephants leaves 660 dead in Odisha in a decade

2015-09-24 - Odisha, India.

The elephant population in Odisha continues to rise and so do cases of man-elephant conflict. Even though the government claims to have spent crores under various projects to avert such conflict, 660 men and women have lost their lives in past 10 years.


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45-year-old female elephant Champa dies in Indore zoo

2015-05-02 - INDORE, India.

Pall of gloom descended on Indore zoo following the death of 45-year-old female elephant Champa, barely two weeks after she was shifted to its new home on the zoo premises, on Friday late night.


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Athagarh gears up for elephant census

2015-04-20 - CUTTACK, India.

Athagarh forest division has chalked out elaborate measures to ensure an error-free elephant census. It will be carried out from May 26 to 28. Official sources said forest officers will sight the pachyderms and record their population from 37 watchtowers to be built across the division.


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New SC Bench to hear PIL on elephant cruelty

2015-04-18 - New Delhi, India.

Justice Madan B. Lokur of Social Justice Bench of Supreme Court on Friday didn´t take up the public interest litigation petition filed against preventing cruelty to elephants by parading them in temple festivals and in other places. However, Justice Lokur transferred the case to Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant.


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An elephant loaded with fodder pillaged from the city’s trees navigates a busy Delihi road in monsoon rain.

India mulls ban on captive elephants

2015-04-15 - New Delhi, India.

Elephants have been kept on the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi for hundreds of years but the changing environment of the city and mounting pressure from animal welfare activists look set to consign this ancient way of life to the history books. On Friday, India’s Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision on banning the use of captive elephants in religious functions, processions and other events.


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4-year-old boy thrashed to death by an elephant

2015-04-15 - Ludhiana, India.

In a macabre incident, an elephant went berserk and repeatedly thrashed a 4-year-old boy to death with his trunk on the road in the Grain market situated on the Gill road here today, police said. According to police and eyewitness accounts the elephant was escorted by four persons who were moving on the road with the purpose of collecting money and food from the people. The boy was identified as Vickky, son of a slum dweller.


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Elephant kills villager at Kadashole, Borjora Forest Ranger in West Bengal

2015-04-15 - Borjora, India.

50-year-old Swapan Bauri was cycling back home in Baguli village after attending ´Gajan´ or ´Charak Puja´ festivities in Kandashole village when he was chased by two male elephants. One of the pachyderms lifted him by his trunk and then trampled him to death at Kadashole, Borjora Forest Ranger, Mohan Chandra Shit said today.


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The house of Kunjan at Aanappara, near Thirunelly, in Wayanad district that was destroyed by a wild elephant on Saturday morning.

Man suffers grievous injuries in elephant attack in Wayanad

2015-04-12 - Wayanad, India.

A wild tusker on Saturday morning attacked Kunjan, 55, of Cholangadi, near Aanappara, in the Tholpetty range of forests under the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The tusker destroyed his house. Mr. Kunjan was admitted to the District Hospital at Mananthavady with serious injuries. His nine-year-old daughter escaped the tusker attack. The elephant also partially destroyed the house of Raju Cholangadi and a cattle shed of Raju Aranappara, the villagers said.


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A crane carries a dead elephant, electrocuted while foraging for food, near Guwahati

Fall of the giants

2015-04-11 - Guwahati, India.

In the last six years, Assam has lost more than 40 elephants to poisoning, electrocution, train accidents and bullet injuries. This gruesome man-animal conflict is only likely to worsen unless drastic measures are taken by the state authorities. Since 1987, more than 150 elephants have been killed in rail accidents across the country, many of them in Assam.


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The project envisages mapping of the new paths that elephants have established to move away from forests. This will be done for the first time in tea gardens.

Three-year, joint management project to curb man, elephant conflict

2015-04-10 - KOLKATA, India.

Apeejay Tea and WWF India on Thursday announced a three-year, joint management project to find lasting solutions to manage the human-elephant conflicts in Assam. The first phase, which focuses on reducing human-elephant mortality levels substantially, will commence immediately with an intensive conflict management effort in Sonitpur district.


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Terror prevailed at Korba forest region when three women were trampled to death at two separate spots by a herd of elephants on Sunday.

Tuskers trample 3 women to death in Chhattisgarh

2015-04-09 - Raipur, India.

Terror prevailed at Korba forest region when three women were trampled to death at two separate spots by a herd of elephants on Sunday. This is tenth death reported due to tusker attack in four months in northern Chhattisgarh, officials said.


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KABINI MAGIC BECKONS TOURISTS, ELEPHANTS

2015-04-09 - Mysore, India.

The congregation of elephant herds at the Kabini backwaters has begun to unfold, much to the delight of wildlife enthusiasts and tourists. An annual phenomena which peaks during summer, scores of elephants have been sighted at Kabini backwaters in the last couple of days. Their numbers are expected to increase in the weeks ahead.


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Visiting the Temple Elephants of Kerala, India

2015-04-09 - Guruvayur, India. Mary-Rose Abraham

The unique sanctuary in the state of Kerala, India, is called Anakotta (“Elephant Fort”) and houses 58 elephants. They make their home on the grounds of a former royal palace and belong, quite literally, to God. The sanctuary is managed by the Guruvayur Temple, one of the most prominent Hindu shrines in India. And each elephant is a devotional offering to its presiding deity, Lord Krishna.


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Thorny bamboo bushes to protect tea gardens from elephants

2015-04-09 - Assam, India.

To reduce tea crop losses and prevent man-elephant conflict, four tea estates of Assam will soon be "bio-fenced" with thickets of thorny bamboos. Under a strategic partnership to prevent and manage man-elephant conflict, Apeejay Tea has tied up with the World Wildlife Fund to make a series of interventions and also calculate the amount of damage caused by the pachyderms. Dipankar Ghose, Director (Species & Landscape) WWF-India, said on an average 400 people get killed in India each year in confl...


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Strayed wild elephant kills a man in Bengal

2015-04-04 - Kolkata, India.

In a sad incident, a young man was gored and killed by a wild elephant herd in Bankura district of West Bengal on Saturday. According to information, the incident occurred in Kuchkunda village under Barjora forest range of the district in the early hours of Saturday while the 25-year-old man was sleeping outside his house.


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Border guard, woodcutter trampled to death

2015-04-03 - Coxs Bazar, India.

Two people, including a Border Guard Bangladesh member, were trampled to death by wild elephants in Cox´s Bazar and Chittagong yesterday. The BGB man was identified as Lance Nayak Habibur Rahman, 44, who hailed from Jhalakathi, reports our Cox´s Bazar correspondent. Commander of BGB-17 Battalion in Cox´s Bazar Col Khalequzzaman said Habibur was killed after three wild elephants attacked a BGB team which had gone to Himchhari Shampan Hill area in Ramu upazila around 2:00am...


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Herpes suspected to have killed jumbo calf in Kerala forest

2014-09-10 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

The death of a two-year-old elephant in Wayanad forest in Kerala is suspected to be due to herpes, a deadly infectious disease. Samples of the male calf´s carcass has been sent to Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences College in Pookkot in Wayanad for analysis and confirmation to ascertain if herpes virus was the cause of the death, a senior faculty of the college said.


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Madhya Pradesh forest department to get 9 elephants from Karnataka

2014-09-08 - Bhopal, India.

Madhya Pradesh forest department would soon be getting nine elephants from their Karnataka counterpart to expand its almost 50-strong pachyderm population used for monitoring tigers and patrolling in the various tiger reserves in the state, official said on Sunday.


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Rescued Jumbos a Burden for Bannerghatta Zoo

2014-05-06 - Bangalore, India.

Sources told Express that the Forest Department had not kept its promise to release more money towards feeding those pachyderms and the additional burden has fallen on the zoo. The zoo required just three to four elephants for display purposes, but it has 15 elephants. Maintaining them has become a big problem.


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Zoo"s kitty swells with elephant adoption plan

2014-05-05 - Pune, India.

The adoption of elephants, as part of the Katraj zoo adoption scheme, contributed to a major chunk of the money raised through this scheme last year. The zoo raised Rs 5.55 lakh in 2013, the second highest amount collected since the scheme´s launch in 2010. It costs Rs 45,000 a month to care for an elephant and last year, the elephants were adopted several times


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ARAs increasing their market shares in India, complains about elephants being "paraded on uneven surfaces" etc...

2014-05-04 - Thrissur, India. Dhinesh Kallungal

Dhinesh Kallungal:"The stage is set for one of the ‘mammoth misuses’ of captive elephants in the country, with the festival organisers of Thrissur Pooram, the largest temple festival in the South India, doing the final preparations to make the festival a roaring success at the cultural capital of Kerala."


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This "Kalpana Chawla" obeys 50-odd commands

2014-05-04 - Pollachi, India.

Every love story is interesting. This one is more so as R. Palanisamy begins saying ‘Kalpana Chawla’ will be expecting him back home. He is a mahout and ‘Kalpana Chawla’ is the elephant he has trained. And, they both live in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department’s elephant camp in Topslip.


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Peruvaram Mahadeva temple: Squad checks on jumbos after complaint

2014-05-04 - Kochi, India.

Following a complaint that wounded jumbos were being paraded at the Peruvaram Mahadeva temple at Paravur, a five-member flying squad of the forest department inspected the elephants being readied for the ´kazcha seeveli´ ritual on Saturday evening. We´ve found a wound near the knee of an elephant, Mangalakunnu Karnan. But Dr Gireesh, the veterinarian who issued fitness certificates for the jumbos said the wound is not as severe as to cause pain to the animal.


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Wild elephant succumbs to blast injuries in the mouth

2014-05-04 - KANNUR, India.

A wild elephant that is suspected to have killed a tribal woman at Aralam here two weeks ago died on Thursday apparently due to injury caused by some explosion. Forest officials said the elephant was found wandering in Aralam with some injury in its mouth in the last week of April, nearly a week after the tribal woman was trampled to death.


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Agra provides unique haven for elephants to roam unfettered

2014-05-03 - Agra, India.

A first of its kind unique elephant conservation centre in Agra rescues elephants from various party of the country and provides a safe haven where the animal can roam about unfettered. The 10- acre centre has been opened by the Wildlife Association and Save Our Souls (SOS) and is located near Mathura. A similar elephant centre is underway in Haryana.


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Not just any elephant can take part in Thrissur pooram!

2014-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

It is common knowledge that the Thrissur Pooram was the brain child of King Sakthan Thampuran, who also had the dense teak forests of the renowned Thekkinkadu Maidanam cleared, just for its sake. "There won´t be a next generation of elephants in Kerala, and consequently, no more Poorams! Enjoy them while they are still on,


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The female wild elephant standing in the Edamalayar Dam reservoir feeding on palm fronds offered by Forest officials.

Wild elephant reluctant to go back

2014-04-30 - Ernakulam, India.

An injured female wild elephant that took refuge in the reservoir of the Edamalayar Dam in Ernakulam district a week ago after getting isolated from its herd is reluctant to return to the forests. The elephant that limped back into the forests on Saturday morning was found back in the reservoir on Sunday morning


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NGT stays construction of wall inside Rajaji Park

2014-04-29 - Uttarakhand, India.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stayed construction of a 2-km wall inside the Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand, after it found the wall would obstruct a passage used by elephants along the Song River. The Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE), an NGO, had filed a petition with the NGT about the construction being carried out by the state irrigation department, without taking permission from the Union forest ministry.


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100 forest department employees on election duty could not cast vote; boss puts it as "natural"

2014-04-20 - GARUMARA, India.

Over 90 captive elephants of West Bengal Forest Department are inseparable part of Election process in Northern part of the state that hosts a vast forest area under many reserved and unreserved forests including Buxa Tiger reserve, Garumara National park, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary or Chapramari WL Sanctuary.


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5 forest officials, 5 civilians injured in elephant attack

2014-02-09 - DHARMAPURI, India.

Five forest department staff and as many as five civilians were injured after they were attacked by a herd of elephants near Denkanikottah, 32km from Hosur in Krishnagiri district, official sources said today. All the injured persons have been hospitalised and are out of danger.


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Mahouts no longer stand by elephants

2014-02-06 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India.

The brutal death of Saneesh, a mahout who was mauled by a 19 year old elephant at Thevara, is due to the disruption of a long standing relationship of trust and love that mahouts and elephants used to have till a decade ago. Saneesh was the twenty eighth mahout that 19 year old Uttoli Mahadevan, had to take orders from in the last seven years.


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The elephant that killed its mahout and smashed part of a house in Thevara on Tuesday evening.

Only 1 licensed vet in Kochi to dart rampaging animals. Shortage of hands for sedating restive elephants a cause for concern

2014-02-06 - Kochi, India.

Don’t blame it on the veterinarians if they arrive late to dart restive wild animals as Kochi has only one licensed government veterinarian for the jumbo job. Though there is enough number of government veterinarians in the district who can dart the animals, including elephants, only one has the licence to pick up the dart gun and fire to sedate them. And it may take hours for making his service available as proved in the city on Tuesday. It took nearly three hours for the veterinarian to arr...


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File photo of an open coal mine in the Ledu area of Tinsukia district of Upper Assam. No forest cover can be seen for miles in these hills which were once covered with thick forest cover due to continous mining.

NGT notice to PSUs on threat to Assam elephant corridor

2014-02-05 - Calcutta, India.

National Green Tribunal on Tuesday sought a response from the Centre and Assam government on a petition alleging that work of some state-owned companies in and around the Dehing-Patkai wildlife sanctuary in Tinsukia district was affecting the environment. Based on the petition, the tribunal also issued notices and sought responses of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Oil India Ltd, National Highways Authority of India, Coal India Ltd and various state authorities. The petition alleged that their activ...


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Jumbos Get Ready for Homeward Trip

2014-02-04 - Mettupalayam, India.

After 48 days in the rejuvenation camp, 31 temple and 18 forest elephants from different parts of Tamil Nadu would leave for their respective places on Tuesday evening. The annual camp was held on the banks of Bhavani river at Thekkumpatti and Nellithorai near Mettupalayam. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) and Forest Department organised the camp to help the temple elephants regain vitality.


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New Veerappans on the prowl? Serial killing of tuskers has forest officials alarmed

2014-02-04 - Bangalore, India.

Not since forest brigand Veerappan was killed by the Special Task Force in 2004 has the forest department been so jittery. Three young elephants have been killed for their tusks in the last six months — two of them in just a month in the ´D´ (demarcation) line between Karnataka-Tamil Nadu.


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Plastic waste from Sabarimala devotees kills wild elephant in Kerala forest

Tusker eats plastic waste thrown by pilgrims, dies

2014-02-04 - Pathanamthitta, India.

A 40-year-old female elephant has died after consuming plastic waste dumped by Sabarimala pilgrims. Forest officials found the carcass at Valiyanavattam along the path leading to the pilgrim centre in Pathanamthitta district. Veterinary surgeon Saseendra Dev, who conducted the autopsy, said the animal had consumed 2 kg of food packaging waste, including plastic bags, biscuit covers and aluminum foils.


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5 injured as elephants run amok

2014-02-03 - Mysore, India.

The injured included a journalist, a mahout, a kavadi and two girls, who had visited the venue for the fair. The incident occurred when two elephants of Suttur mutt, Drona and Champa, raised a ruckus owing to the noise of crackers that were burst during Rathotsava, at the venue. The elephants which were near the mutt premises, reacted out of fear as the crackers burst, and ran haywire, resulting in losses to vendors, who had set up shop for the fair.


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Elephant Sunder was not tortured, temple trust tells HC

2014-01-28 - New Delhi, India.

Devasthan Management Committee, which manages the famous Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, today denied that elephant Sunder was tortured and starved during the last six years while it was under the temple´s care, as alleged by NGO PETA. The management committee of the temple, by a resolution passed on December 26, 2013, gifted Sunder to Warna Sahakari Dudh Utpadan Society. Accordingly, it has been shifted to the company premises where it walks in open air, said the affidavit.


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Sunder the elephant"s fate to be decided in Bombay High court today

2014-01-21 - Bombay, India.

Sunder the elephant, who has been the subject of a petition for his release will have his case heard in front of the Bombay High court on Tuesday. Through an investigative video, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of animals, had furnished evidence of abuse that the pachyderm was allegedly being subjected to. Officials from PETA and a few supporters had met state forest minister Patangrao Kadam regarding Sunder’s case. At thi...


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Foot-and-mouth disease hits elephant rental business

2013-12-29 - Kochi, India.

The foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has afflicted domestic cattle in southern States is looking to threaten an unexpected sector — Kerala’s flourishing elephant rental business. The rental business’ high season has just opened and elephant owners are flush with bookings. In the case of certain top-end elephants with high brand value, the booking is for four or five months in advance. But the FMD outbreak in the State over a month ago left thousands of cattle infected. Though the airborne...


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Elephant runs amok, woman escapes

2013-12-27 - Thrissur, India.

A woman had a miraculous escape after she was caught in between the legs of an elephant which ran amok during a temple festival at Kumaranchira near Nandipulam here on Thursday. Shobana of Mupliyam suffered minor injuries and has been admitted to the Puthukkad Government Hospital. According to police, the elephant, Irinjalakuda Kannan, turned violent when the mahouts were adorning it with caparisons before the procession at 9.30 a.m.


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Veterinarians say the foot-and-mouth disease will only have a mild impact on the health of the animal and the infected ones will recover quickly. But the disease could prove fatal for calves.

Panic grips Kerala"s elephant owners as jumbos develop Foot and Mouth Disease

2013-12-20 - Guruvayur, India.

Concerned over the cases of two captive elephants that were infected by foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), elephant owners in the State are coming together to protect the national animal from the epidemic. As a precautionary measure to prevent infection among its herd, the Guruvayur Devaswom had recently banned visitors from its Punnathurkotta elephant camp. The 60 elephants of the devaswom are housed at the camp, which is visited by hundreds every day.


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Srirangam temple elephant Andal getting into a lorry to commence its journey to the rejuvenation camp, on Wednesday

Rejuvenation Camp Begins Today

2013-12-19 - Chennai, India.

For the first time in seven years, the elephants belonging to the forest department would attend the rejuvenation camp, so far held for their temple counterparts, near Mettupalayam from Thursday. Though the 48-day camp would see around 100 elephants, including temple and kumkis. While the 33 temple elephants would attend the Thekkampatty camp, the 55 forest elephants from Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Coimbatore range and Vandalur Zoo would camp at Nellithorai.


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One of six elephants that died near the Chapramari wildlife reserve in Jalpaiguri district on November 14. The jumbos were mowed down by a speeding Jaipur-Kamakhya Kabiguri Express

Bengal’s rail graveyard of elephants

2013-12-05 - New Delhi, India.

Seventy elephants have died on Bengal’s railway tracks since 1994, all but three of them in north Bengal, the state government has told the Supreme Court. According to the state’s affidavit, 57 elephants have died in train hits and 13 of electrocution on the tracks in the past 19 years. Since 2009, the number of elephants killed on Bengal’s railway tracks has been 29.


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Jumbo concern only gets bigger. In six years, 354 persons killed by elephants in state Odisha

2013-12-04 - Bhubaneswar, India.

Rising incidents of human-elephant conflict has become a headache for the state government. As many as 354 people were killed by the jumbos in the past six years, while 368 elephants died during the same period. Between 2008-09 and 2013-14 (till November 15 this year), the number of elephant deaths caused by poaching, electrocution, and accidents is higher than the casualties due to natural reasons and diseases. Nearly 150 elephants died due to poaching, electrocution, and accidents as against 1...


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The elephant being kept in custody of the Nagaland forest department.

Elephant ‘arrested’ for damages. Domestic jumbo from Assam camps in Nagaland, search for owner on

2013-11-23 - Peren, India.

The Nagaland forest department has “arrested” a domestic elephant, believed to be from Assam, for allegedly destroying large patches of crop land and bamboo groves in a village in Peren district, bordering Assam. “The elephant is in safe custody. We have engaged a few persons to look after it till the owner shows up and claims it by producing proper documents,’ Mokok Jamir, a forest official in Peren district, told The Telegraph over phone today.


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Gajakesari gets Waynad elephant

2013-11-23 - Wayanad, India.

The team of Gajakesari has selected the elephant that will play an important role in the film. the elephant for the film has been found in Waynad, Kerala. The elephant, named Arjuna, and the shoot for the fourth schedule of the film involving him started earlier this week. Arjuna is a tusker and is one of the biggest domesticated elephants in India.


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World famous "Sonepur mela" begins

2013-11-16 - Sonepur, India.

The globally renowned, month-long ´Sonepur mela´ at which elephants, horses and cattle are sold and purchased began today on the bank of the river Ganga in Bihar´s Saran district. The fair originates from the times when Emperor Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses from across the Ganga.


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WWF-UK’s president, HRH The Prince of Wales, has visited an elephant conservation project in the southern Indian state of Kerala, whilst on a tour of the country.

The Prince of Wales meets elephant conservationists in India

2013-11-15 - Vazhachal, India.

Prince Charles met representatives from WWF India at the Vazhachal Forest in the south of the country in an area known as the Western Ghats. He was told about the issues and challenges related to conservation in this area, including the role of corridors, the illegal trade in elephant tusks, and the human-elephant interface in India.


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Police complaint against railways for elephant deaths

2013-11-14 - Kolkata, India.

Wildlife authorities Thursday lodged police complaints against the railways, a day after five elephants were mowed down by a speeding train. The incident took place around 5.45 p.m. Wednesday near the Nagrakata-Jaldhaka bridge in West Bengal´s Jalpaiguri district. An earlier report said six elephants were killed, but authorities later revised the figure to five.


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The accident took place at the Jaldhaka Bridge near Chalsa forest, 55 kms from Jalpaiguri town.

Six elephants killed by train in West Bengal

2013-11-13 - Jalpaiguri, India.

Six elephants were killed and several others injured after a herd was run over by a train today near West Bengal´s Jalpaiguri district. The herd was hit by a passenger train which was headed for Dibrugarh. In a similar incident, seven elephants had been killed by a speeding train in September 2010 near Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri.


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Elephant rides made available for tourists at Similipal

2013-11-13 - Baripada, India.

Elephant rides will be an added attraction for tourists visiting Similipal National Park as the state´s only tiger reserve, located in Mayurbhanj district, opened for public today. Kunki elephants -- Mahindra, Sobha and Raj Kumar -- will take tourists on joyrides, said an official of the park, which opened today after a 12-day delay caused due to efforts to clear trees uprooted by Cyclone Phailin.


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Dasara elephant goes berserk, tranquilized

2013-11-12 - Mysore, India.

Three weeks after the returning of Dasara elephants to the woods, one of them went berserk on the forest fringes of Nagarahole and charged out of the woods. The drama that began on Tuesday ended on Thursday with the tranquilizing of elephant Harsha.It took 36 hours for the foresters to capture Harsha, otherwise known for his composure, and bring the situation under control.


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Now, GPS collars to track elephant movement

2013-11-07 - Bangalore, India.

A Bangalore-based conservation organisation is testing GPS collars that could help tackle man-elephant conflicts. These collars are designed and developed by a team of engineers at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE, formerly CEDT), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The collars will be used by the Aane Mane Foundation to track the movement of tame elephants that the state government had decided to release into the wild.


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The elephant kraal in Kodanad, near Perumbavoor, which has a long tradition of taming elephants in the State, is in a state of disrepair

Dearth of money, rare timber holding up repair of elephant kraal in Kodanad

2013-11-03 - Kochi, India.

Dearth of money and a serious shortage of hardwood kambakam (Hopea parviflora) is holding up repair work on the famed elephant kraal (aanakkood) at Kodanad, a village whose history is intimately linked to the tradition of capture and taming of wild elephants.


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Tourists riding on elephants look at the one-horned Rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National park in Guwahati Assam on Friday. The park was reopened for tourists on Friday.

Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists

2013-11-03 - Kaziranga, India.

The Park was opened for four months by Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain today. Over 67 foreign travellers besides hundreds of domestic tourists took the elephant rides on 17 pachyderms pressed into service from the Mihimukh ground inside the Park, KNP officials said.


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2 elephants die in Kaziranga after a fight

2013-10-31 - Kaziranga, India.

Tusker ´Ratan´ (26) in Musth, suddenly attacked another elephant ´Gautam´ (25) when they were playing with each other on Tuesday and seriously injured him. Gautam, who does not have tusks, succumbed to his wounds within three hours of being attacked. Ratan was also grievously injured in the fight and died yesterday, the Park director said.


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Elephants banned from Mumbai

2013-10-31 - Mumbai, India.

The Maharashtra wildlife department has passed an order prohibiting the entry of elephants into Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane regions. The directive was issued on Monday by additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Suresh Thorat. The circular said that elephants were mostly brought into city limits to beg, entertain, "bless" people and even used for shoots though they were a Schedule-1 protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.


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Dr Raman Sukumar, IUCN/AESPG

Jumbos safe in South India

2013-10-27 - Chennai, India.

Elephants in the Nilgiri biosphere comprising Ta­mil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, are relatively safe, with the number of poaching cases having reduced over the years, renowned conservationist and expert on Asiatic elephants Dr Raman Sukumar said here on Saturday.


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54-year-old elephant, Laxmi, and 55-year-old zoo keeper Prakash Gangaram Kadam are the oldest residents of Byculla zoo

2013-10-26 - Mumbai, India.

54-year-old elephant Laxmi is the oldest resident in Jijamata Udyan zoo, Byculla. And everyone is fond of her mahouts, keepers and the public. A few years back the elephants were supposed to be moved out of the zoo to a protected sanctuary. But because of their old age and inability to adapt to new surroundings they were kept back in the company of mahouts who are extremely fond of them.


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Kumki elephants escorting the wild elephant (second left) from a sugarcane field that entered at Nagaranai near Sathyamangalam on Saturday.

Kumkis deployed to chase wild elephants

2013-10-26 - Thondamuthur, India.

The Forest Department on Thursday night deployed two kumki (tamed/trained) elephants, Nanjan and Pari, at Kuppepalayam near Thondamuthur to send back the lone female elephant and a herd deep into the forests. For the last ten days, the herd and the lone elephant have been straying out of the forests and two days ago, the female elephant trampled a 55-year-old woman to death.


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The elephant catcher from Kochi

2013-10-24 - Kochi, India.

Juhaim Ibnu Abdul Jabbar, 22, is studying engineering at Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Kochi. The name of my device is EDD (Elephant Deterrent Device). When elephants run wild, they end up dying in rail accidents or they become a threat to people on the streets, farmers and crops. My device can avert these tragedies.


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Elephant calf rescued, relocated to NZP

2013-10-21 - Dimapur, India.

A Female elephant calf, about three weeks old, was rescued from a location called Rara by the Aliba Village Council under Mokokchung District on October 18, 2013. Fondly christened ‘Rara,’ she has been safely relocated to the Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP), Rangapahar on October 20 by a seven-member team comprising of Obed Bohovi Swu, Officer-in-Charge, NZP, Rangaphar along with Dr. R. Wati Ao, the visiting Veterinary doctor of NZP and the Wildlife Staff.


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Bhubaneswar zoo to expand enclosure for housing more elephants

2013-10-20 - Bhubaneswar, India.

The elephant enclosure at Nandankanan would soon be expanded to 20 acre from the current five. The zoo authorities have already got the nod from Central Zoo Authority (CZA). Besides, it will also get four more adult elephants by December. Currently, there are three elephants in the zoo.


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A male tusker which was found dead at Satyamangalam.

Tuskers killed during fight

2013-09-16 - Coimbatore, India.

Two tuskers were found dead, probably during fights with other members of a herd, in the Coimbatore and Satyamangalam forest areas. In the first incident, a male tusker was killed in a fight with another elephant, near Kallar in the Mettupalayam forest area. In another incident, a 15-year-old male elephant was found dead in the Satyamangalam forest range in neighbouring Erode district on Saturday.


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A dead elephant being shifted for cremation.

224 captive elephants missing in Kerala, 36 elephants dead in last eight months

2013-09-02 - Trivandrum, India.

The death of 36 elephants during the last eight months (2013 January-2013 August) reflects the sorry state of the lives of the captive elephants in the state. Among these captive elephants, 29 were owned by individuals and seven were under the control of state forest department. The statistics is prepared by Thrissur based Heritage animal task force with the help of environmentalists and elephant activists in the state. But the government admits that they are yet to compile the list of dead elep...


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Arjuna could lead famed Dasara procession again

2013-09-02 - Mysore, India.

Tall and handsome Arjuna is the new leader of Dasara jumbos. On Wednesday, as the first batch of five jumbos started their sojourn to Mysore from Nagapura bordering Nagarahole national park, 53-year-old Arjuna led them indicating the change in order. After his performance at Dasara procession in October 2012, the tusker is now undisputed leader of the pack of elephants.


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New life in chains begins for jumbo herd

2013-09-01 - Coimbatore, India.

The last two members of an elephant herd that was roaming near Thandarampatti near Sathanur dam in Thiruvannamalai were captured on Wednesday night by forest officials. The two male calves had come in search of the herd leader, a female elephant, which was captured early Wednesday


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The islands have no native herbivores except for wild pig, which is omnivorous while elephants were brought over from mainland India in the 1880s.

Andaman forests under threat from deer and elephants: Report

2013-08-22 - Kolkata, India.

The tropical rainforests of Andaman islands are under threat - not from illegal felling of timber or clearing of forests for development activities - but from being finished off by an invasive species of deer and elephant, a research says. According to the report prepared by Rauf Ali from the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning in Puducherry, the herbivore species is causing the vegetation to decrease significantly.


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Thiruvambadi Shivasundar

Jumbo boozes; owner pulled up

2013-08-19 - Alappuzha, India.

Businessman Sundar Menon’s confession seems to have courted a controversy. Menon, owner of Thiruvambadi Shivasundar, who said he was in the habit of giving his elephant buckets full of brandy, has come in for severe criticism from all quarters. The row came following a report in the New York Times… “A Big, Blingy Indian Love Song for a Brandy-Swigging Elephant”, which appeared on August 16.


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Forest officials inspecting the carcass of an elephant in reserve forests in Palar-Porundhalar dam, near Palani on Saturday.

Pregnant elephant, tusker found dead

2013-08-18 - Palani, India.

A pregnant elephant and tusker were found killed in what seemed to have been a fiery battle within the herd in the reserve forests near the Palar-Porundhalar dam on Saturday, forest officials said. The carcass of a six-year-old male elephant was found near Kallar Odai, a forest stream, and 15-year-old pregnant female elephant 300 feet away.


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Elephant kills mahout in Kerala

2013-08-15 - Palakkad, India.

A captive elephant gored to death its 50-year old mahout to death in Puthur in the district today, police said. The jumbo, which had been brought to participate in the ´anayootu´ (feeding of elephants) festival at Thirupuraikkal Bhagavathy Temple here, killed its second mahout Ramankutty (50).


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Tusker Sreenivasan which died at Pathinalam Mile near Pampady in Kottayam on Sunday. The elephant fainted and collapsed while walking on the road.

Tusker Sreenivasan collapses on road, dies

2013-07-10 - Kottayam, India.

A tusker fainted and died at 14th Mile in Kottayam on Sunday morning. It is reported that the elephant died as soon as it fell to the ground. Erumeli forest range officer Shantry Tom told ‘Express’ that the deceased elephant was owned by Babu from Thottakad, who owns several elephants. “The exact reason for the death of the animal is not known.


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Don"t shed crocodile tears over elephant Bijlee: Rescuer to PETA, FIAPO

2013-06-23 - Mumbai, India.

An animal lover here Saturday rued the manner in which some prominent animal rights groups were suddenly concerned by the plight of an ailing elephant named Bijlee, and using her to garner publicity. "I request them not to shed crocodile tears for Bijlee, who is in our care and improving with each day of medication, proper diet and lots of love," Animals Matter To Me (AMTM) chief Ganesh Nayak told IANS.


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Kerala Welfare board for tuskers and mahouts mooted

2013-05-18 - Cochin, India.

The Kerala Forest Department is planning to set up Kerala State Elephant Welfare Board for the well-being of elephants and mahouts. According to the draft proposal, the welfare board will collect Rs.10,000 as annual contribution for an animal from its owners. The department has begun discussions with stakeholders to draw up the structure for the board and its guidelines.


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Thousands attend Thrissur Elephant Festival

2013-04-26 - Thrissur, India.

Thousands of people witnessed the annual Elephant Festival held here over the weekend. The troupe of drummers, roaring crowd, and the decorated elephants, which carried the deities from different temples on their back added to the grandeur of the parade. The festival parade culminated in the grounds of Vadakkunnathan Temple.The festival is celebrated annually in the month of Medam (mid April and May first) as per the Malayalam calendar.


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Trichur Pooram festival

2013-04-21 - Trichur, India.

The main features of the pooram (festival) are decorated elephants with their nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), beautifuliy crafted kolam, decorative bells and ornaments etc. Add to this is the panchavadyam, the rhythmic beating of the drum, and what would be a cacophony otherwise is turned into an organized but spontaneous symphony.


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medical

Fatal herpesvirus hemorrhagic disease in wild and orphan asian elephants in southern India.

2013-04-20 - Wayanad, India. Zachariah A, Zong JC, Long SY, Latimer EM, Heaggans SY, Richman LK, Hayward GS. Source Department of Forests and Wildlife, Government of Kerala, Sultan Battery, Wayanad, India.

These results argue against the previous suggestions that this is just a disease of captive elephants and that the EEHV1 virus has crossed recently from African elephant (Loxodonta africana) hosts to Asian elephants. Instead, both the virus and the disease are evidently widespread in Asia and, despite the disease severity, Asian elephants appear to be the ancient endogenous hosts of both EEHV1A and EEHV1B.


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welfare

Jumbos in Kerala to have noon break

2013-04-16 - Trivandrum, India.

After manual labourers, it is now the turn of captive elephants to have a long lunch break and siesta in order to spare them of toiling under scorching heat which Kerala is currently experiencing. The state Wildlife Department has banned parading of jumbos during festivals between 11 AM to 3.30 PM to protect them from the heat wave conditions.


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Carcass of a pregnant elephant was found on the premises of Hardev Steel Company in Athagarh on Sunday morning. The elephant was electrocuted on the factory premises on Saturday night

Plant sealed after its live wire kills elephant

2013-04-15 - Athagarh, India.

The Athagarh Wildlife Division on Sunday sealed Hardev Steel Factory, a sponge iron plant in the area, after a pregnant elephant was electrocuted on its premises. About 40-year-old female elephant strayed from its herd and walked into the steel unit late on Saturday and came in contact with a live electricity line used by the plant officials. After receiving electric shock, the jumbo meandered off about 100 metres and collapsed. It was found dead by the locals in the morning.


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Elephant electrocuted in farm

2013-04-15 - Udhagamandalam, India.

An eight-year-old male elephant was today electrocuted after it came into contact with an electric fence in a farm in Allurvayal, about 80 kms from here. Two people, including the farm owner, have been arrested in this connection, forest department sources said. They said the post-mortem report revealed that the elephant was electrocuted inside the farm and that its carcass was dragged outside and dumped near the fence.


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Elephant beheaded, tusks stolen

2013-04-09 - Jalpaiguri, India.

An elephant was beheaded and its tusks were stolen by suspected poachers from neighbouring Assam at Buxa reserve forest in Jalpaiguri district, officials said today. "The carcass of the elephant without its tusks was found on Saturday at Dakshin Raidak area in the forest and it is the handiwork of poachers coming from Assam," Chief Wildlife Warden Nabin Chandra Bahuguna told reporters here.


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The baby elephant that was rescued from a well within the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkadu, on Monday.

Baby elephant rescued from well

2013-04-09 - Thattekkadu, India.

Forest department officials rescued a baby elephant, less than a year-and-a-half-old, from a 15-foot open well into which it fell during a nightly raid by a herd of elephants on a homestead in the Urulanthanni division of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkadu, on Sunday night.


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Jumbo deaths in Amber worry owners

2013-04-08 - Jaipur, India.

In the past two years, nine elephants have died in the Amber region. This year, two elephants have died so far. Lack of financial aid from the government, elephant owners alleged, is one of the main reasons for the deaths. Most of these elephants are used in riding, a major attraction among tourists.


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Elephant festival to rev up Holi spirits

2013-03-26 - Jaipur, India.

The popular elephant festival this year will be celebrated with traditional gaiety at Rambagh Polo Ground on March 26 from 4 pm to 7 pm. The event is being organized by the Rajasthan tourism, district administration, Jaipur Municipal Corporation and Elephants Owners Development Society.


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Kerala court releases elephant Ramachandran on bail

2013-03-14 - Thrissur, India.

Ramachandran, which stands 3.17m tall and fondly called Raman, was released by the Perumbavoor first class judicial magistrate court last week in a case related to the death of three women after he ran amok at a temple festival in Perumbavoor on January 27.


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Deserted elephant calf sent to Jhargram mini zoo

2013-01-13 - Jhargram, India.

An elephant calf which was spotted at areas adjacent to Hatiatara forest near Jhargram was brought to the mini zoo here by forest officials. Divisional forest officer A P Singh said it was probably left behind by a herd which was seen in the area recently. Officials of Kalaikunda, Hijri and Belda under Kharagpur forest division brought the 2-year-old elephant calf to Jhargram mini zoo last evening, he said.


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To save elephants from trains, an electronic tag

2013-01-13 - , India.

Elephants in areas with high rail traffic will be tagged electronically under a pilot project to protect them from trains, Minister for Environment & Forests Jayanti Natarajan has said. A tag would help forest officials keep track of an elephant’s movements and give them time to alert railway officials. A speeding driver usually has little time to react after he realises an elephant is on the tracks ahead.


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34 elephants from various temples and mutts from the state and one from Tirunallaru temple in Puducherry participated in the camp.

Elephants start return journey after 48-day rejuvenation camp

2013-01-13 - Coimbatore, India.

After completing their 48-day rejuvenation camp, 35 elephants from different temples and Mutts started their return journey today from Thekkampatti near Mettupalayam in the district. The elephant camp was organized by the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department.


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Foresters trim tusk of rogue elephant

2013-01-09 - ROURKELA, India.

Wildlife experts on Monday tranquilized the rogue tusker, which had wrecked havoc in the region and killed at least six persons in the last 12 days, in Sundargarh district. The tusker has been tied to a tree in the forest. Its tusks have been trimmed, as a preventive measure.


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Plan to limit train speed in elephant corridors

2013-01-07 - New Delhi, India.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is planning to tell the Railway Board to ensure that trains slow down sufficiently in elephant corridors. This comes in the wake of Coromondel Express mowing down five elephants and a calf at Ganjam district on December 30 night. The train was running at 110 kmph when the accident happened.


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Wildlife officials say they warned train bosses a herd of elephants was in the area.

Train Kills 5 Elephants In East India

2013-01-01 - Bhubaneshwar, India.

A passenger train has ploughed into and killed five elephants of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India. RN Mohapatra, a railways spokesman, said the train struck the animals early on Sunday, in the Rambha forest area, about 110 miles south of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the state of Orissa.


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Rameswaram temple elephant dies at rejuvenation camp

2012-11-27 - Mettupalayam, India.

A 52-year-old female elephant died before the opening of the annual rejuvenation camp for temple elephants at Nellithurai near Mettuppalayam in Coimbatore district. The elephant, Bhavani, belonged to the Ramanathaswamy temple at Rameswaram. She died around 8pm on Sunday when she was taken to the Bhavani river for a bath, said sources in the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department.


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Elephants being taken from Palayamkottai on Saturday in the lorries on Saturday for the annual rejuvenation camp to be held at Mettupalayam.

Elephants take off for rejuvenation camp

2012-11-25 - Mettupalayam, India.

Loaded in lorries, nine elephants with their mahouts from Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts on Saturday left for the 48-day annual rejuvenation camp to start at Mettupalayam from November 26 onwards. After being flagged off by Minister for Khadi and Village Industries P. Senthurpandian at the Bypass Road Flyover near KTC Nagar, the elephants’ journey for Mettupalayam began around 4 p.m.


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In this photograph taken May 1, the body of a rare Sumatran elephant is carried along a road of a palm oil plantation in Aceh Jaya in Aceh province after it was found dead on the road on April 30. Three Sumatran elephants were found dead near Riau’s Tess

Three Sumatran Elephants Found Dead on Riau Plantation

2012-11-13 - Riau, India.

Three elephants were found dead on a plantation in the Riau district of Pelalawan on Monday, allegedly killed as a result of having been poisoned. The remains were already decaying when discovered not far from Kilometer 89 of Jalan Koridor Baserah, with the rare animals’ deaths judged to have taken place a week earlier.


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Tusker kills Mahout in Odisha sanctuary

2012-11-09 - Bhubaneswar, India.

An elephant undergoing training at Chandaka Sanctuary here today crushed its Mahout to death, forest officials said. Dilip Rabha (52), who was training 20-year-old elephant Shankar for the past two years, was pulled down from the animal´s back and trampled to death while it was being taken for a bath. After killing the Mahout, Shankar sat near the body and prevented anyone to come near him. A team from Nandankanan Zoo reached the spot and tranquilized the elephant.


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2012-11-01 - New Delhi, India.

India´s Odisha state lost at least 296 elephants in the past five years, several victims of electrocution, officials said. State authorities and wildlife activists said the elephants died after coming in contact with hanging, live electricity wires, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Wildlife activist Biswajit Mohanty said the casualty rate has been about 10 per year.


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Elephants wreck havoc in 3 districts in Indian state Orissa

2012-10-30 - Western Orissa, India.

About 17 elephants in three herds damaged ripening paddy and vegetable crops in several villages including Podagada, Jhatipadar, N Barpalli, Raghunathpur, Balibagada and Palur under Ganjam block. Notably, some elephant herds had created much trouble for the farmers during planting of the paddy saplings in these areas and now when the harvesting time has come, the pachyderms have resurfaced and are creating colossal damages.


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Survey shows Kerala"s wildlife is safe and thriving, says survey

2012-10-30 - Peechiind, India.

A wildlife survey carried out in the state in 2011, after a gap of nine years, has come out with some reassuring findings. Kerala´s wildlife population has largely stabilised while certain animal populations are even showing signs of growth. The 2011 census data submitted to the Forest Department by the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi, estimates the elephant population of the state to be 7,490 while it was 6,939 in 2002.


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Dubare Elephant camp Jumbo festival all set to enthral audiences

2012-10-30 - Mysore, India.

The Forest department is all set to organise a Jumbo Festival at the Dubare Elephant camp near Nanjarayapatna tourist centre in Kodagu district. The elephants will take part in various games, which are scheduled to begin at 9.30 am. A total of 20 elephants will take part in various activities. The training of the elephants is being undertaken under the guidance of taskmaster J K Dobi, informed Deputy Conservator of Forests of Madikeri Division, Dhananjay.


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Baby elephant in trouble is guarded by mother, others

2012-10-29 - Chennai, India.

A newborn premature elephant calf is battling for survival in Tamil Nadu´s Mudumalai jungle area. Forest officials say the mother elephant probably delivered the calf while crossing a road and since early Monday morning the new born has not had milk. Authorities say the calf is unable to stand and the mother is helpless. A herd of elephants stand guard around the mother and her calf.


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Temple Elephant Kills Worshipper

2012-10-29 - Thiruvidaimaruthur, India.

An Indian school teacher who bowed down in front of a temple elephant to pray for good luck from the Gods died when the animal stamped on him with both feet and then picked him up and smashed him headfirst against a wall. Eyewitnesses said that Sekarv Aadil, 55, had only arrived at the Sri Mahalingaswamy temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur minutes before – and as he walked through the door he had spotted the elephant being led to its stable by one of the temple monks.


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Female elephant killed by tusker

2012-10-29 - Coonoor, India.

An 18-year-old female elephant was today found dead near a private tea estate in Coonoor-Barliar area, about 25 kms from here, forest department sources said. Injuries on the elephant indicated that it had a fight with a male elephant which had gored it to death, sources said. Meanwhile, traffic was paralysed for over one hour on Masanagudi-Theppakkadu Road under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, as a herd of elephants stood guard, protecting a female elephant, who was delivering a calf.


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Jumbo revenues to come under tax net

2012-10-21 - New Delhi, India.

Owners - individuals, companies, temples and temple administration bodies like Devaswoms - will have to pay 12.36 per cent service tax on the earnings their elephants make for them per day. Service tax on earning made by elephants will come into force in April next. However, the elephants of the Department of Forests have been exempted from this. The Government has started collecting information on captive elephants as part of the introduction of service tax on earnings made from use of elephan...


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Arjuna passed the test and it will lead this year

Arjuna to carry golden howdah this year. The 52-year-old elephant from Balle camp replaces veteran Balarama

2012-10-20 - Mysore, India.

The successor for Balarama, a 54-year-old tusker that carried the 750-kg golden howdah 12 times in a row since 1999 during the Jamboo Savari, the grand Dasara finale here, has been found. The tall and relatively stronger 52-year-old elephant Arjuna will take over the mantle from the master tusker to don the role of a show-stopper this year.


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On its part, the Centre is considering hiking compensation for voluntary resettlement of residents to increase habitat available to elephants and reduce human-elephant conflict.

Compensation for people shifting from elephant corridors may go up

2012-10-18 - New Delhi, India.

India’s top bureaucrats managing forests and elephants, and the wildlife conservation NGO community on Wednesday showcased public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives that promise to connect more of the 88 identified elephant corridors with forests, potentially reducing the stress on the species. On its part, the Centre is considering hiking compensation for voluntary resettlement of residents to increase habitat available to elephants and reduce human-elephant conflict.


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Part of the Dussehra procession since 1994, Balarama started carrying the howdah in 1999, the year after Drona, the elephant who had been carrying the howdah for 18 years, died.

In Mysore, an elephantine worry

2012-10-16 - Mysore, India.

Balarama is a veteran of the stables behind the Mysore Palace, and a bit of a celebrity. The elephant’s fame hasn’t come easy. This star of Mysore has carried the golden howdah that weighs 750kg in the yearly Dussehra procession for 13 years. Known for his gentle temperament and patience, Balarama has an active fan following in Mysore, a Wikipedia entry and even a book on him, titled Balarama: A Royal Elephant, which is written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin.


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Mysore Dasara 2012

2012-10-16 - Mysore, India.

The city of Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival and the festivities there are an elaborate affair, attracting a large audience including foreigners. The Dasara festival completed 400th anniversary in year 2010


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Elephant blessing woman in temple, Brihadishwara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

India"s overweight temple elephants to go on diet

2012-09-17 - New Delhi, India.

All temple elephants in Tamil Nadu state, in the far south of India, have been found to be obese with some more than 80 stone overweight, according to the BBC´s Tamil Service. Their condition is blamed partly on the lack of exercise caused by their captivity – many of them are chained close to the temple´s gates – and overfeeding by pilgrims who believe it will bring them blessings.


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Dasara elephant Kavita is dead

2012-09-17 - Mysore, India.

An ailing 73-year-old female elephant, which had taken part in the famous Dasara festival celebrations on eight occasions, died near here, a top Wildlife official said today. The elephant Kavita died yesterday at the K Gudi Camp in Biligiri Ranganatittu Wildlife Sanctuary, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wild Life Warden Dipal Sarmah told PTI. The elephant was not keeping well and was undergoing treatment for the past few months, he added.


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Balle camp in Karnataka turns into jumbo kindergarten

2012-09-09 - Nagarahole, India.

The Balle camp in Nagarhole National Park has turned into an elephant nursery with four calves being born to Dasara elephants Mary, Varalakshmi, Gange and Sarala. Though these four elephants will miss the Jumboo Savari this year, the camp is bustling with activity and wears a festive look. The mahouts, kavadis and forest officials at the camp are taking special care of the mothers and babies, putting them on a special diet.


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Only one female elephant , Vijaya, took part in the Gajapayana, as the remaining four are nursing their new born calves.

Gajapayana begins amid fanfare

2012-09-09 - Mysore, India.

Gajapayana, the beginning of the journey of elephants for Dasara festivities in Mysore, started at Nagapura on Friday afternoon amid much fanfare. S A Ramdas, the minister in-charge of Mysore district, offered pooja to four decorated elephants bound for the State’s cultural capital.


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Joint Indo-Nepal task force to curb movement of elephants

2012-09-09 - Darjeeling, India.

A joint Indo-Nepal task force is likely to be formed to curb the movement of Indian elephants into Nepal, stop smuggling and prevent human trafficking, official sources said here today. A meeting on this issue was held yesterday in Siliguri which was attended by police and forest officials of Darjeeling district and Jhapa, Illam and Panchothori districts of Nepal.


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Piling waste poses threat to Punnathurkotta elephants

2012-09-06 - Thrissur, India.

The sanitary conditions in the famous elephant sanctuary at Punnathurkotta are in an abysmal state. The 63 elephants owned by the Guruvayur Devaswom Board housed in the compound face a serious health hazard owing to non-removal of waste, which includes elephant excreta, palm leaves and grass. Seven tonnes of waste is generated here daily. Although the devaswom has given tender to remove the waste on a daily basis, the compound has not been cleaned for the past several days.


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Ranjan (4) and Shivagange (11).

Security: GPS fitted on two elephants in Kodagu

2012-09-03 - Madikeri, India. Shrikanth Kallammanavara

In an unique attempt, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices have been installed on the collars of two tamed elephants at Dubare elephant camp in Kushalnagar. It is for the first time that GPS has been installed on elephants. Two elephants that have got the privilege of GPS are Ranjan (4) and Shivagange (11). With the installation of GPS on Saturday, the path on which the elephants walk could be traced through the internet enabled system.


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Tusker was part of herd run over by train

2012-08-29 - Coimbatore, India.

Four elephants were killed when a train, travelling at a speed in the excess of 135 Kmph, rammed the six-member herd near Walayar at around 1.30am. Three elephants including a pregnant female, and a calf were killed on the spot. The impact was so powerful that four bogies of the train derailed.


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Flowers offered by villagers lie near the trunk of wild Asiatic male elephant which was killed after being hit by a train in Kurkuria village about 31 miles east of Gauhati, India on Aug. 2.

Elephant killed by train receives proper burial

2012-08-03 - Gauhati, India.

A female elephant died on Wednesday after it was hit by a passenger train while crossing a railway track searching for food, forest officials said. Local Indian villagers buried the Asiatic pachyderm near the Panbari railway station in Assam.


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50 jumbo attack cases a day in Karnataka; trench, solar fencing planned

2012-08-02 - Bangalore, India.

The state forest department on an average receives 50 complaints per day of elephant attacks on farm lands and villages adjacent to forests. In the previous year 17,979 cases of such attacks have been registered and in the year 2010-11 it
was 29,87, forest minister CP Yogeshwar has said.


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Elephant rescued after six-year ordeal

2012-07-08 - Madurai, India.

The ordeal of a couple over the loss of a pet elephant for almost six years came to an end as the elephant was rescued from its trainers by the city police on Friday. It was one among the interesting cases handled by the police department.


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Jumbo dies of anthrax?

2012-05-29 - Erode, India.

A 17-year-old cow elephant was found dead allegedly due to anthrax in Kurangupallam, Vadavalli in Kuthialathur reserve forest, Sathy, on Sunday. Locals informed the forest officials that a carcass of a elephant was found in the Kuthialathur reserve forest area. The conservator of forest D Arun and Sathy Divisional Forest Officer D Sathish visited the spot with forest veterinarian Dr Manoharan. In the autopsy, the officials found that the animal died due to anthrax.


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People flee for life at Thrissur Pooram

2012-05-03 - Thrissur, India.

At least 62 people including women and children were injured on Wednesday when an elephant participating in the Thrissur Pooram ran amok. It was at around 12.15 pm that the elephant, Unnippilly Kalidasan of Paramekkavu temple, who appeared during the elephant parade by noon on Wednesday turned hostile.


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Caparisoned elephants lined up for the "Pakalpooram" part of the Thrissur Pooram on Tuesday.

Lakhs witness Thrissur Pooram

2012-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

Revellers packed the city streets on Tuesday to soak in every bit of the Thrissur Pooram — the elephant parades, ensembles, religious ceremonies and the pyrotechnics. Elephant lovers got to see 38 majestic tuskers, 30 of them at the main parade. People devoted to temples and their customs admired the festival´s celebration of age-old rituals, especially the processions carrying the deities of the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples to the Sree Vadakkannathan temple in the heart of the c...


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Veterinary doctors examine elephants participating in Thrissur festival

2012-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

"Every year, we check the elephants. If the elephants are having musth (a period when elephants display highly aggressive behaviour), then we remove the elephant from the list, because it is a very important fair. We also check the heath as well as the microchip number that is inside the elephant´s body, so we can identify the animal very easily. We carry out this process every year for the betterment of the function of Pooram," said Giridas, a veterinary doctor.


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Elephant gores worker to death

2012-05-01 - Coimbatore, India.

A 25-year-old estate worker was today gored to death by a Kumki (tamed elephant), when he attempted to save his colleague from its attack at Kolikamudi Settlement area coming under Anamalai Tiger Reserve in the district, forest department sources said. Vadivelu noticed the elephant coming near his colleague and tried to prevent it from advancing.However, the elephant attacked him and gored him to death, sources said. Sources said there was a camp for taming elephants and the tamed elephant used ...


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A file photo of an elephant electrocuted in a coffee plantation in Kodagu early this month.

28 elephants electrocuted in the last two years. Most of the deaths reported in Kodagu and Mysore districts

2012-04-30 - , India.

The news that 28 elephants have died in the State in the last two years due to electrocution comes as a shocker. Most of these incidents have been reported in Kodagu, Chamrajanagar and Mysore areas where the number of elephants is good and the animals are frequently on the move. The recent electrocution occurred at the BBTC plantations near Polibetta in Kodagu on April 12.


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Elephant park at BBP soon

2012-04-25 - Bangalore, India.

The 14 elephants at Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) will no longer be shackled or put as display items in their enclosures. They will be left free inside the safari with no interference from human beings. In accordance with guidelines laid down by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the new concept called ‘Elephant Park’ is being implemented at the BBP. The CZA sent a circular to all the state governments, banning chaining and displaying of elephants in public.


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Three elephants die on a single day in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR)

2012-04-06 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Three elephants, including a one-year old male, were founded dead today at various places coming under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district. A 25-year old female elephant, which was caught in a slush during search of water and was rescued last night by forest department officials, died this morning without responding to treatment, Forest Department sources said.


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Tiger kills elephant calves

2012-04-05 - Gundlupet, India.

An incident of a wild Tiger killing five elephant calves in Bandipur National Forest has come to light recently. About four elephant calves aged between one and two years were found injured following Tiger attack in Hediyala, Bandipura and Gudre forest areas. Forest officials had brought one of the calves and treated it, but to no avail. One more calf, which was injured in recent days, was found dead following the attack by the big cat.


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Mahout electrocuted while riding on elephant

2012-04-05 - Pathanamthitta, India.

A 40-year-old mahout was electrocuted while riding atop a temple elephant at Vallikkod near here, police said. Santhosh Kumar, a mahout of Travancore Devaswom Board, died after he suffered shock while trying to remove a palm leaf on their way with which a live wire was tangled yesterday, police said. The mahout fell off the elephant due to the impact of the shock. Though local people rushed him to a nearby hospital, he was declared dead.

The tusker Parthan, being taken to Vallikko...


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Assam’s elephant population increasing

2012-03-31 - Guwahati, India.

Assam has recorded a remarkable growth in its elephant population, according to the recently concluded elephant census in the state.The elephant census this year recorded a total of 5,620 elephants in Assam compared to 5,246 elephants in the 2009 census year, state Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said and added that an increase of 374 in the jumbo population was a good indication.


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Tusker gores mahout to death in Thrissur

2012-03-29 - Thrissur, India.

A tusker belonging to the Koodalmanikyam Temple in Irinjalakuda gored its first mahout to death inside the temple compound on Wednesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Devadas, hailing from Palakkad, police told. The temple authorities informed that the elephant “Megharjunan” was in musth and was showing signs of aggression.


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Army vets treat injured wild elephant

2012-03-15 - New Delhi, India.

Army veterinary doctors in Assam recently performed the difficult task of successfully treating an adult wild elephant after it pierced its foot with a six-inch long glass shrapnel. The Advance Field Veterinary Hospital (AFVH) in Misamari regularly helps the ailing animals brought there by forest officials and villagers. Recently the veterinary doctors there successfully treated a wild elephant with a glass piece embedded in its foot, Army officials said here.


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Task Force visits Maldare

2012-03-08 - Madikeri, India.

Coffee Growers said that the elephants have started consuming coffee berries. If this is not checked, then coffee growers will be in distress. The growers aired their grievances before the Elephant Task Force constituted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest on the direction of the High Court, to study the elephant menace, during their visit to Maldare on Wednesday.


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Why relocating badly behaved wild elephants doesn’t work

2012-03-04 - Mysore, India. Janaki Lenin

About 25 wild elephants are slated to be transplanted from around Kattepura and Dodbetta Reserve Forests, Hassan District in Karnataka, to other as-yet-undetermined locations. This is punishment for a long string of complaints against them. Since 2007, 14 people have been killed and many more injured by these giants. Besides loss of life and limb, cereal and tree crops are destroyed. In some cases, the entire year’s yield is lost in a single night.


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Mela shikar makes a comeback after two decades

2012-02-29 - KOLKATA, India.

If all goes well, the state will witness this traditional method of capturing wild elephants next August. Permission for this was sought way back in 2000. But the ministry of environment and forests sanctioned it only on February 16 to capture four sub-adult elephants from Dalma herd for captive use.


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Mahouts on a strike at the Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu pressing for their demands on Friday.

Dubare mahouts strike work

2012-02-18 - Mysore, India.

Mahouts in the Dubare Elephant Camp near Kushalnagar in Kodagu, rallying under the banner of Budakattu Krishikara Sangha, a tribal organisation, staged a protest on Friday to draw the attention of the State Government to confirm their services. They let the 21 captive elephants at the camp, including three calves, into the forests for grazing at 7 a.m. as a measure of protest and refused to bring them back in the afternoon. The elephants, barring a few used in safaris, are let into forests after...


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Karnataka HC appoints expert committee to study man-elephant conflict

2012-02-15 - Bangalore, India.

In the wake of increasing incidents of wild elephants entering human settlements following their shrinking habitat, the Karnataka High Court has recently appointed an elephant experts´ Action Committee to study the man-wild conflict. According to sources, environment scientist Raman Sukumar has been appointed as the committee´s chairman with experts from various fields -- Ajaikumar Desai, Sharashchandra Leele, C Basappanavar, S S Bhat, N Ravindranath Kamath, B R Deepak, M K Madhusuda...


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THIRD TIME LUCKY: It took three attempts to successfully sedate the elephant.

Conflict elephant rescued from death sentence. Authorities ordered tusker be put to sleep

2012-02-14 - Rajaji National Park, India.

An adult tusker has been relocated to a new area of India´s Rajaji National Park after allegations of human/elephant conflict - rescuing it from an official death sentence. The successful, if complicated, move from Narendranagar Forest Division to the Chilla Range of the park was a joint operation between the Uttarakhand Forest Department, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and is the result of two months of careful planning.


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Captive elephants of Kerala: It is loveless lives indeed

2012-02-14 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Captive elephants in the state are a sad and lonely lot. Of the 702 captives in the state, only 118 are females, less than 17 per cent of the total captive population. And of the 118, more than 60 per cent have crossed the reproductive age. The jumbos lead such a loveless existence that there is no record of a pregnancy as a result of a union between two captive elephants in the state. In the last four years two female elephants delivered, one in Kollam and another in Kottayam, but both had conc...


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A herd of captive elephants with their calves seen wandering the Bandipur Elephant camp

State to hand over 11 captive elephants to Madhya Pradesh

2012-02-13 - Madhya Pradesh, India.

The Union Government has given permission to Karnataka to hand over 11 captive elephants to Madhya Pradesh, mostly for use in safaris. According to sources, the permission was granted in November last following a request from the State Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Wildlife Warden. The State Forest Department had identified 29 elephants in various camps from which forest officials from Madhya Pradesh could choose, Ajay Mishra, Field Director, Project Elephant, told The Hindu.


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Injured elephant given mercy killing in Jaipur

2012-02-13 - Jaipur, India.

The nation may not have legalised euthanasia (mercy killing) for humans but in a first of its kind incident in the state, an elephant was given mercy killing in Jaipur. The female elephant Sita was down after she broke one of her legs and seeing her pathetic condition the wild life department granted permission for a euthanasia request on Saturday. According to officials, Sita had fractured her leg for the last two and half months.


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In a Rage: Temple elephant Narayanankutty goes on the rampage during an annual ceremony of the Puthenkavumala Mahadevar Temple at Nellad, near Vallamkulam, in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala on Sunday afternoon. The tusker uprooted a few trees, crushed

Elephants strike terror in Pathanamthitta, Palakkad

2012-02-13 - Palakkad, India.

Two elephants ran amok in Palakkad district and another in Pathanamthitta during temple festivals on Sunday. Four persons were injured in Palakkad, while in Pathanamthitta, the elephant damaged two vehicles and uprooted trees. The pachyderm, Narayanankutty, ran amok at the annual ‘parackezhunnellippu´ ceremony of the Puthenkavumala Mahadevar temple, at Nellad, near Vallamkulam, in Pathanamthitta at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday. It was tranquillised and tethered after three hours by an Elephant Sq...


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Save Asian elephant, urges Sukumar

2012-02-12 - Bangalore, India.

Legend has it that King Alexander did not dare cross the Ganges as there were about 6,000 elephants stationed there. And seated on an elephant, he defeated Porous in the Battle of Jhelum. And Alexander had one Indian elephant in his army! Sharing such nuggets of elephant lore, Prof. Raman Sukumar of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc at the release of his book ´The Story of Asia´s Elephants -- An ecological and cultural history of the Asian elephant´, at Strand book stall...


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‘Chandramukhi" to make Kottur her home

2012-02-11 - Alappuzha, India.

The people passing by the Forest Office here on Saturday morning stopped for a moment to watch the little baby elephant inside. The one-and-a-half-month old baby elephant, fondly called ‘Chandramukhi’ has just stopped to take some rest before starting on its journey to Kottur Elephant Rehabilitation Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.


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Kerala Elephants to have name plates

2012-02-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

According to the fresh guidelines on safekeeping of elephants, issued by Kerala forests department, all domestic elephants should wear a name plate. It also says that elephants should be covered under third party insurance scheme. According to an official release, the safekeeping of elephants would be monitored by a committee comprising district collectors, police superintendents, divisional forest officer, devaswom board member and a representative of the Kerala elephant owners´ associati...


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Tusker kills pregnant elephant

2012-02-01 - Jalpaiguri, India.

A pregnant elephant was gored to death by a tusker at the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) forest on Monday night, apparently when it refused to respond to the male´s mating call. The carcass was found on Tuesday morning.From the signs found at the spot, it is thought that the tusker suddenly approached the female elephant from behind. But being pregnant, she could not run and join its herd that had moved ahead by then.


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Forest officials with the elephant tusks at Mango range office in Jamshedpur on Tuesday.

Tusk haul from Dalma sanctuary with help of sniffer dog. 32kg Ivory worth Rs 40 lakh

2012-02-01 - Jamshedpur, India.

A pair of elephant tusks, weighing approximately 32kg, were recovered late last night from Dalma sanctuary with the help of a sniffer dog and forest officials believe they have scuttled an attempt to smuggle out the ivory valued at Rs 40 lakh in the open market. Ranchi divisional forest officer (wildlife) Kamlesh Pandey said a massive search operation was launched after they heard about the dead elephant.


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A jumbo graduation

2012-01-31 - Theppakadu, India.

A 48-day rejuvenation camp for temple elephants in Tamil Nadu concluded on Monday, at Theppakadu in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris. The camp was held as per recommendations made by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department followed by a government order. About 37 elephants from various temples in the state, all female except for one, participated in the camp which began on December 13.


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Ailing elephant "Raja" sent back home

2012-01-29 - Mhow, India.

After spending more than three weeks at the clinic of College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry Mhow, ailing elephant Raja was bid adieu when it was sent back to its home town of Chhatarpur in Rajasthan. As Raja was unable to stand, a crane was used to put him in the truck which is carrying him back home. Raja had arrived in Mhow in the back of a truck on January 3.


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Time to hang up his trunks: Rajan, the last seafaring elephant has been replaced as a sea taxi by motorised boats.

The elephant who never forgets to pack his trunks: Rajan the retired sea taxi enjoys a paddle in the Indian Ocean

2012-01-29 - Andaman islands, India.

After thirty years of service, some workers may never want to work see their employer again, but Rajan the elephant who is retiring at 60 years old, doesn´t want to leave his boss behind. Replaced by motorised boats, the five tonne Asian elephant no longer needs to swim miles as a sea taxi around the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. So now he swims alongside his human keeper, known as a ´mahout´, who has used him as a ferrying service for over 30 years.


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Experts suggest translocation of elephants

2012-01-23 - Bangalore, India.

After a daylong workshop on Saturday organised by the Forest Department, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara said, that the experts have suggested that the area which holds small population of elephants is not viable for conservation. They have also suggested their translocation to a distant place. “We will catch those 25 jumbos and translocate them to a distant place on an experimental basis. If they return, we will capture them and keep them in captivity,” he said.


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Jumbos" Day Out At Topslip

2012-01-22 - COIMBATORE, India.

Nearly 1,000 people gathered to witness Yanai (elephant) Pongal celebrations at Topslip, nearly 85 km from the city, on Saturday. Fourteen elephants were brought from the permanent camp. "Only 14 of the 21 elephants could make the trip. Four more are in a state of ´musth´. And three are ill or aged," said forest ranger Saravanan.


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One of the zoo elephants that will patrol the forests

Zoo jumbos on tiger duty

2012-01-21 - Ranchi, India. A.S.R.P. MUKESH

Samrat and Lakhi will soon be taking jumbo strides in Palamau, helping forest officials patrol the tiger reserve and protect big cats. Their compatriot, Ramu, however, will be entertaining guests at Dalma. Birsa Munda Biological Park in Ormanjhi in Ranchi will soon bid adieu to the three elephants in keeping with Central Zoo Authority guidelines that no longer allow jumbos to be kept in captivity.


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MP to have 11 more trained elephants

2012-01-19 - Indore, India.

State’s five national parks will soon have 11 more trained elephants to attract tourists and organize jungle safaris. A team of experts from Bandhavgarh national park left for Karnataka on Wednesday to assess quality of elephants the state government has offered to provide. Karnataka has surplus elephants and we are in dire need of trained ones. So, we accepted the offer,” chief wildlife warden Dr HS Pabla said.


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A matter of life and death in Coimbatore-Erode belt

2012-01-18 - Coimbatore, India.

the number of elephants that died in the 11 years between 1999 and 2010 is 298. As many as 23 elephants died in 2011 alone. Of the 23 elephants that died in 2011, one was due to poaching, two died of anthrax disease, three were electrocuted, 11 died of worms, one of starvation, three of gastroenteritis, one of old age, and a two-year-old male elephant lost his life in a tiger attack.

The Coimbatore-Erode belt is the largest haven for Asiatic elephants. Thus, there is cause for con...


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star attraction:Pongal being offered to an elephant at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve on Saturday.

Temple elephants get festival feast

2012-01-18 - Udhagamandalam, India. D. Radhakrisnan

A significant increase in the inflow of tourists owing to the extended weekend marked the Pongal celebrations in this holiday destination on Saturday. At the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here hundreds of tourists, including many foreigners, celebrated Pongal with the camp elephants. After being given a special scrub in the river, the elephants were brought in a procession to the camp at Theppakadu.


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Jumbo trouble: Farmers ready to sell their lands

2012-01-11 - Bengaluru, India.

Farmers living on the fringes of the Western Ghats in Hassan district, where elephant movement is rampant, have offered to sell their farm land to the government. About 416 farmers and land owners have agreed to sell their land to make way for elephants if the government purchase’s the land at the rate of Rs 15 lakh per acre.


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Luckiest of India"s overworked elephants given spa holiday

2012-01-09 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Forty-three stressed-out elephants are frolicking and taking it easy at a spa. They are there to soothe their bodies and minds. These elephants - hired out to Hindu temples to lend majesty to religious ceremonies - are at Mudmalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. They have been sent there by the government to relax for six sybaritic weeks because of their gruelling jobs.


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Elephant runs amok in Kerala

2012-01-09 - TRIPUNITHURA, India.

Tension prevailed as an elephant, brought for a festival, ran amok across the town for around one-and-a-half hours, in the Sunday afternoon. Thottakkaattu Ramachandran, brought to Kannankulangara as a standby for the festival, ran from Kannankulangara to the crowded Statue Junction, before running towards Tripunithura Junction. “The tusker got frightened as the crowd followed him and some vehicles began to sound horn,” said the mahout after bringing the tusker under control. No causalities w...


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People running for safety when one of the elephants from the herd that strayed into a eucalyptus grove in Mantapa village near Bannerghatta on Friday charged towards them.

Elephant kills amateur lensman in India

2012-01-08 - Bangalore, India.

“Just as we were trying to get people to stay behind the perimeter, one man (Mr. Ramesh) broke the cordon and approached the elephants with his camera,” said a forest official. He was too slow to react to a charge by one of the elephants and was trampled. The crowd intervened and their howling and screaming made the animal retreat. But it was too late, said Police Circle Inspector H.S. Venkatesh.


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Help pours in from all quarters for ailing ‘Raja’

2012-01-08 - Indore, India.

Elephant lovers are doing everything possible to see that the ailing jumbo at Mhow Veterinary College does not suffer from lack of medicine or diet. Elephant lovers from as far as Bhopal and other places are extending help to see the ailing tusker gets best possible treatment. The tusker was brought to Mhow from Kota in Rajasthan for treatment of congenital disease.


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MISHAP: The male baby elephant which fell accidentally into an irrigation well near Hosur on Friday

Elephant calf falls to death

2012-01-01 - Hosur, India.

A 2-year-old calf, which came in a herd of 60 elephants, fell accidentally into irrigation well and died near Hosur on Friday. Forest officials said that the male calf along with 60 other elephants strayed into a field in a village near Hosur. It accidentally fell into the 20-feet well, which had no water. Though it had not suffered any serious injury on its body, it died of asphyxiation. Senior forest officials rushed to the spot and after retrieving the carcass conducted a post-mortem and buri...


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Jumbo rampage in Steel City checked after baby births

2011-12-30 - JAMSHEDPUR, India.

The birth of two baby elephants has come as a boon for the villagers of Chandil block in Seraikela as it has stopped a marauding herd from wreaking further damage to crop and property in the area. On Wednesday, the wandering elephants razed about a dozen houses and destroyed crops in Kodidhar village.


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What ails captive elephants in Kerala

2011-12-29 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Elephants in India may be considered an embodiment of Lord Ganesh, but the status of captive jumbos in Kerala is anything but divine. Experts say the lack of proper medical care as well as money-minded owners pose a serious threat to the magnificent beasts. According to 70-year-old veterinarian Jacob Cheeran, of the 14,000 elephants in captivity in the world, around 26 percent are in India.


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Odisha: Mahout Left Pet Elephant in Village

2011-12-28 - Jaipur, India. Akshya Rout

On Sunday , Nanda Lal a Mahot from Uttar Pradesh left the village Trijanga after chained a 50 year old male elephant on the tree . The elephant roared in hunger and due to absence of its Mahot . After knowing this incident, we rushed to the village with veterinary doctors and six forest guards to provide proper food and medicine to the jumbo. A Mahout of a pet elephant left the chained jumbo in village Trijanga under Danagadi block of Jajpur district for two days for which thepanicked villagers ...


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A Police person warning the Mahout against using the Panchderm for begging for alms in Srirangam in Tiruchi on Thursday

Elephant used for begging chased away at Srirangam

2011-12-16 - Tiruchi, India.

An elephant, visibly weak and with some injury above it´s hind right leg , which was used for begging alms, was chased away by police personnel at Srirangam on Thursday. Even as the mahout was directing the elephant to stand before each and every shop near the ‘Rajagopuram´, a large number of Iyappa devotees, after worship with folded hands, offered money.


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PIL against rejuvenation camp

2011-12-15 - Madurai, India.

V Sundararaj, an advocate and environmentalist is seeking to restrain the state government from conducting the elephant rejuvenation camp at Mudumalai, a public interest litigation was filed on Tuesday in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court. The petitioner said that the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve has the highest density of tigers in the country.


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Elephants from temples head to Theppakadu reserve for rejuvenation

Tamil Nadu government organises vacation for temple elephants

2011-12-15 - Chennai, India.

Beginning from Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu government is organising a 48-day-long vacation for temple elephants in the wilderness. As many as 35 pachyderms are heading to a rejuvenation camp in Theppakadu reserve forest along the Moyar river in the Mudumalai hills. From a herbal diet to health screening and treatment for infections, the elephants will get to enjoy a stress-free life in the jungle environs.


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Elephants demolish houses in Giridih district

2011-12-03 - Giridih, India.

A herd of elephants destroyed at least 35 houses in adjoining villages in Giridih district, rendering the dwellers homeless, the police said today. The animals raided villages under Kudko panchayat last night, trampled a few cattle to death and ate away grains, the sources said, adding angry villagers put up road blockade at Pirtand demanding compensation. The blockade was removed after Deputy Commissioner D P Lakra and DFO Asmita Pankaj went to the spot and announced compensations. The DC assur...


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The elephant calf that was shifted to the forest office in Erode.

Orphaned Anthiyur elephant calf may be shifted to Vandalur Zoo in Chennai

2011-11-30 - Coimbatore, India.

The orphaned elephant calf which was rescued from jungles on Sunday is finding its transit home, the Erode forest office, quite comfortable and responding well to treatment. The two-month-old male calf strayed from its herd and was found stranded near a pond in Chennampatti village in Anthiyur block on Sunday morning. Forest officials tried to reunite the calf with its mother. The officials took it to the forests and left him to the care of a herd. But the calf returned to the pond as the herd r...


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Don"t mistreat elephants

2011-11-29 - ALAPPUZHA, India.

District collector Saurabh Jain on Monday issued stringent guidelines under the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules 2003 to prevent cruelty against elephants in the wake of the commencement of the festival season. If rules are flouted, action would be taken against the officers concerned, temple authorities, elephant owners and mahouts, he warned.


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Muslim elephant riders in Hindu celebrations in Jaipur (Video)

2011-11-28 - Jaipur, India.

One of its many popular tourist spots is the Amer fort that was constructed in the 16thcentury by Rajput King Man Singh. Located nearby is the village of Amer after which the Amer fort is named. But another thing, which makes the village special today are the number of elephants it houses. About 110 elephants are taken care of here by the mahouts or elephant riders of the village.


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Pregnant elephant shot dead in Nagarahole

2011-11-27 - Hunsur, India.

A 25-year-old elephant was found dead with a bullet injury on its back near the Nagapura Tribal Rehabilitation Centre’s VI block on the fringes of Nagarahole National Park on Saturday. The pachyderm was pregnant. This is the 75th jumbo death in the Hunsur sub-division in the last one-and-half-year, according to Doddahejjur Gram Panchayat former


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Elephant herd prowls Mayurbhanj villages

2011-11-14 - BARIPADA, India.

A huge herd of elephants sneaked into Khuntapal village in Mayurbhanj´s Rasgovindpur block at about 8 pm on Saturday, triggering panic among people. Before entering into Khuntapal, the herd prowled through Bhuraidihi and Kukudajodi villages of the block, giving forest officers sleepless nights.


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Minister for Forest and Sports KB Ganesh Kumar inaugurating the 4th State Conference of Kerala Elephant Owners Federation at Town Hall yesterday.

Jumbo Associations merge amidst row

2011-11-13 - Thrissur , India.

He was inaugurating the 4th State Conference of Kerala Elephant Owners Federation at Town Hall yesterday. Ganesh Kumar also announced the merger of Kerala Elephant Owners Association with Kerala Elephant Owners Federation.


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Elephant relocation begins in Hassan

2011-11-13 - Bangalore, India.

The forest department is all set to capture and relocate at least 30 elephants in December in Hassan district. While they await the central government´s permission for it, the forest department has begun preparations for one of the massive elephant captures of the country.


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Elephant Falls Into Ditch At Tea Plantation In India, Rescued By Excavator And Locals (VIDEO)

2011-11-13 - New Delhi, India.

This elephant tumbled into a hole while walking in a tea plantation in India, according to the video. The animal struggles to get off its back to no avail, as a crowd gathers and attempts to help. In what appears to be a last-ditch effort, some locals bring in an excavator to dig out the elephant and give it a few friendly pushes.


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65-year-old inured in attack by wild elephant

2011-11-13 - KOZHIKODE, India.

A 65-year-old man was injured when a wild elephant ran amok at a retreat centre at Kulathuvayal, near Chakkittapara in the district on Saturday morning. The tusker came from Mukkavala forest region and entered the centre by destructing the compound wall.


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Mumbai Pooram hopes to recreate Kerala temple fest

2011-11-11 - Mumbai, India.

Kerala’s famous Thrissur Pooram festival will be replicated in the city from November 11 to 13 at the KDMC stadium in Dombivili. Complete with gold caparisoned elephants, colour, dance and fireworks, the festival will aim to increase cultural exchange between the two states.


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The elephant after it was calmed in Burdwan.

Elephant tramples child after fun ride. Attack when boy placed money on trunk

2011-11-08 - Burdwan, India.

An elephant twice flung a seven-year-old boy to the ground and trampled him to death in front of his parents, shortly after the child had a fun ride on its back here this afternoon. Vivek Sahani had just placed a ten-rupee note in the hollow of 30-year-old Anarkali’s trunk when the unexplained attack came.


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3 elephants found dead in Similipal

2011-11-05 - BHUBANESWAR, India.

In a chilling reminder of last year’s elephant poaching spree in Similipal, three elephants were found dead in Ektalia forests under Karanjia forest division on Friday. Besides a male and a female, carcass of a calf was found. The tusk of the male elephant was missing fuelling fears of poisoning, as is suspected by the wildlife officials too. “A forensic officer will proceed to the spot on Saturday morning to collect evidence,” said Field Director Anup Kumar Nayak.


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A herd of wild elephants at the Vallakadavu forest range, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady. File photo: H. Vibhu

Wild elephant population stable in Kerala: census

2011-11-04 - Trivandrum, India.

The wild elephant population in the Kerala forests has remained stable and healthy between 2007 and 2010, according the 2010 wild elephant census results received by the Forest Department this week. The 2010 census, according to what is called ‘block count method’ of enumeration, puts the number of wild elephants in the State’s wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas at 3,520. The same method of enumeration in the previous census conducted in 2007 had put the number at 3002.


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Jumbos get ready to put on a show

2011-10-31 - Mysore, India.

If you missed the elephants´s procession during Dasara celebrations in Mysore, here´s another chance. The festival of elephants is being organized on Monday at Dubare elephant camp in Kodagu district where elephants and their masters will amuse the public.


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Rescued baby elephant brought to Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP)

2011-10-28 - Bangalore, India.

A three-month-old baby elephant, rescued from Kollegal Forest Division was brought to Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) on Thursday. The baby elephant is very weak, tender and suffering from malnutrition. It has been put into intensive care and is being closely monitored. With an addition of one more elephant, the total number of elephants in the BBP has gone up to 14, said R Raju, Executive Director, BBP.


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Forest Veterinarian N.S. Manoharan taking the measurement of an elephant’s tusk during the second phase of the annual morphometric measurement of the camp elephants at Sethumadai near Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday. Field Director of ATR P. Va

Four camp elephants undergo morphometric test

2011-09-29 - Coimbatore, India. V. S. Palaniappan

The officials of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday conducted the second phase of morphometric measurement exercise for four of the 20 camp elephants. The ATR has an elephant camp at Kozhikamudhi near Top Slip. Camp elephants are subjected to morphometric measurement exercise every year to assess their health condition and to gauge the efficacy of the camp elephant management strategies.


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Jumbos kill 2 in Golaghat and Karimganj districts

2011-09-29 - Jorhat, India.

A person from the Lakhmijan area near Bokakhat forest beat office in Golaghat district was killed in an elephant attack on Wednesday while a herd of wild elephants killed a man on Tuesday night at Bubrighat Tea Estate under Patharkandi block in Karimganj district. Locals said a herd of wild elephant came out from the nearby Karbi Hills damaged the house of Kanchan Sinha, the deceased person and attacked him. However, the other members of his family managed to escape.


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Elephant terror back to haunt Chhattisgarh tribal people

2011-09-27 - Raipur, India.

After giving sleepless nights for a week to the tribal people in forests of Surguja district, Chhattisgarh, a herd of wild elephants returned on Monday to the same pocket, forcing dozens of families to migrate to safe areas. A group of seven wild elephants entered two forest villages, Bakna and Bakdiha, in the wee hours.


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Three jumbos killed in separate incidents

2011-09-26 - Keonjhar, India.

Forest department employees on Saturday found the body of two adult elephants, one male and one female, from a remote forest in Ghungi village in Banspal block, about 30-km from here. Another elephant was run over by a train in Dhenkanal district. The 20-year-old male elephant was about 10-foot-tall and the 25-year-old female one close to 9 feet. Officials suspected the death of the elephants was caused by electrocution, as there were burn injuries on the bodies of both. There was no confirmed r...


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Elephant death raises Anthrax fear

2011-09-26 - Kochi, India.

The unnatural death of an elephant, suspected of Anthrax, at the Periyar Tiger Reserve a couple of days ago has raised fears of an epidemic outbreak. With Forest Veterinary officials suspecting symptoms of Anthrax in the animal, samples have been sent for detailed tests. A final confirmation will be made only after the results of the tests are out. It was last week that a female elephant was found dead at Vallakkadavu range, opposite to Nellikkampetti in the Thekkady range. The forest officials ...


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10 crore to check elephant electrocution

2011-09-21 - Keonjhar, India.

In the wake of increasing cases of elephant deaths due to electrocution, the state government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore from the State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (state-CAMPA) fund for upgrading and insulating electric cables in Telkoi forest range of Keonjhar forest division.


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Balarama successor will be ready in four years

2011-09-19 - Mysore, India.

A new ‘ambari’ elephant is in the making. The 53-year-old Balarama, which carried golden howdah for 12 consecutive years, is likely to do the job for another three to fours years only. Tusker Gopi, who was brought from Dubare elephant camp this year to participate in the famed jumbo savari, is responding well to the training and has been chosen as Balarama’s successor.


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Mahout faints while riding elephant, 108 emergency officials get him off

2011-09-17 - Memnagar, India.

In a bizarre incident, a man sitting on an elephant was stoned by some children in Memnagar for no known reason. The man fainted on the elephant itself. What, however, followed was a scene that resembled a comedy Bollywood flick. The officials of 108 emergency service had to use two ambulances to get the man off the elephant.


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Jumbo calf hit by bus

2011-09-17 - Jorhat, India.

An elephant calf was injured in the Deusur area of Kaziranga National Park after being hit by a bus on NH-37 early on Friday. Forest department officials said the incident took place when a herd of jumbos was crossing the highway. "Although the other jumbos in the herd crossed the road safely, the calf got hit by the bus and was injured," said Burapahar forest range officer I Majid.


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Sick elephant put to sleep

2011-09-16 - Chhindwara, India.

An aged elephant was put to sleep by poisoning here today as the animal, suffering from paralysis and other ailments, was very ill, forest department sources said. The elephant had been abandoned by a circus company after it suffered a stroke about two-and-half months ago, sources said.
Since then it was in the care of Forest Officials in the Puama Depot.
But its condition deteriorated, so the official decided to put it out of misery, sources said.


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Tusker found dead in Corbett Tiger Reserve

2011-09-16 - Dehra Dun, India.

A tusker was found dead today in Corbett Tiger Reserve here, an official said. The carcass of the adult elephant with its back portion eaten by a tiger was noticed by forest guards in Sarpduli range during patrolling, CTR deputy director C K Kavidayal said. A postmortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of its death, he said. Another 11-year-old tusker was found dead in a paddy field at Halduchaur area in Nainital district yesterday.


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An elephant chases a car in Wayanad.

The conflict between elephants and humans has no winners

2011-09-13 - Kochi, India. Jose Kurian

Just two days ago wild elephants went on a rampage after they strayed into human inhabitations in the hamlets adjoining the jungles of Palakkad district. Man-animal conflict is a continuing story in the State’s jungle zones. For thousands of families living either within the jungles or contiguous to them, life has become dangerous. The elephants, for their part, bear the brunt of man’s commercial greed that has blocked their natural corridors.


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Elephant polo cancelled after protest

2011-08-18 - Jaipur, India.

A global campaign by animal right activists has led to cancellation of the day-long prestigious elephant polo tournament scheduled on Sunday and slated to be witnessed by who´s who of the corporate world at the Rajasthan Polo Ground here. The main sponsor of the event - Carlsberg India Pvt. Ltd. - withdrew on Tuesday in view of the growing opposition to the event as animal right activists from across the world had launched a campaign against it.


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A motorbike was also on the receiving end of an elephant

Mysore: Man Crushed To Death In Elephant Rampage

2011-06-08 - Mysore, India.

Two wild elephants have trampled a man to death and killed two cows in a rampage through an Indian city. The animals entered a suburb in Mysore, in the southern Karnataka state, from a nearby forest and soon caused widespread panic and havoc. A 55-year-old man was killed after coming out of his house to see what the commotion was all about.


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Tusker succumbs to injuries caused by Mahouts

2011-06-07 - Kochi, India.

A 42yearold elephant, which was suffering from serious injuries, died at Choondi near Muvattupuzha on Monday. The Forest Department has started looking into the circumstances that led to the death of the animal. Officials said the elephant died near Pariyaram Mahavishnu Temple where it was camped for the past few days. The mahout of the elephant Viswanathan also stayed near the temple. According to forest officials, tusker Nayarambalam Ramankutty, owned by the Nayarambalam NSS Trust, died on Mon...


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7 year old elephant gives birth to still born

2011-05-10 - Bangalore, India.

A seven year old elephant gave birth to a stillborn born baby elephant on Sunday night in Bannerghatta National Park. Nisarga (the mother elephant) went into labour at around 9.30 pm and give birth to premature 10 month old still born baby elephant. "The normal gestation period for elephants is in between 18 to 22 months, while in this case even the mother was only seven year old, as usually in elephants the right breeding age is from 14 years," Dr R Raju, Executive Director, Bannerghatta Biolog...


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COFFEE PLANTER ADOPTS ELEPHANT CALVES, HOSTS BUFFET FOR MAHOUTS AT DUBARE CAMP

2011-05-06 - Kushalnagar, India.

It was a day for picnic at the Dubare elephant camp on Wednesday, which is gaining popularity as a major tourist attraction of Kodagu district. The elephants and their care-takers were treated to a feast by philanthropist D. Vinod Shivappa, a well-known coffee planter from Suntikoppa village near here. He also adopted two elephant calves that are star attractions for the visitors at Dubare.


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PMO says no to national body to save elephants

2011-05-06 - New Delhi, India.

The Prime Minister´s Office has shot down a proposal to set up a National Elephant Conservation Authority along the lines of one existing for tigers. The environment ministry had recommended an amendment to the Wildlife Protection Act creating a powerful autonomous authority for the pachyderm. The authority was intended to create a network of elephant reserves which could be kept free of mining and other harmful industrial activities.


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4-year old elephant electrocuted

2011-04-19 - Coimbatore, India.

A four-year old elephant was found electrocuted in a village near here today. The elephant was found entangled in a snapped electric wire by villagers of Thalimalai near Periyanaickenpalayam, about 25 km from here. On being informed, forest department officials rushed to the spot, recovered the body of the pachyderm and conducted a postmortem, police sources said.


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Elephants unlikely relocated from Kamla Nehru Zoological Park

2011-03-21 - Hyderabad, India.

The five elephants in Nehru Zoological Park may not be relocated to a sanctuary. Highly-placed sources said that Nehru Zoological Park was one among the zoos, which had written to Central Zoo Authority (CZA) requesting an inspection before the relocation is carried out. Awaiting an inspection, the authorities are confident that it is offering an appropriate environment for this largest mammal.


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Rent an elephant for Rs.75,000 a day this season

2011-03-20 - Kochi, India.

Elephant owners in the state have increased the daily rentals of their elephants as temples in the state have ushered into this year’s festival season. They, however, justify the hike in rentals citing a variety of factors including the steep rise in the price of essential commodities and decreasing number of captive elephants.


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Elephant Festival 2011 in Jaipur

2011-03-19 - Jaipur, India.

The unique annual Elephant Festival in Jaipur is all set to return in 2011. Celebrated along with Holi in Jaipur, Elephant Festival is one of the most popular festival in Rajasthan. As the name suggets the prime attraction of the festival are Elephants. The festival takes place at the Chaugan ground in Jaipur where Elephants participate in varieties of events to entertain the crowd.


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Elephant Ashok"s grieving mate attracts crowds to Kamla Nehru Zoo

2011-03-17 - AHMEDABAD, India.

Ashok and Roopa were one of the main attractions in the city zoo and after Ashoks sudden death on Monday, Roopa, the 22-year-old elephant who had spent 20 years of her life with him, stands alone today, calm and silent.


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Bandipur elephant census

2011-03-12 - Bangalore, India.

The Bandipur National Park landscape harbours one of the highest densities of elephants in Asia and as per the latest census reports, there are not less than 6,000 to 10,000 elephants that roam free in these jungles.


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Jumbo joy: Veda, a 12-year-old elephant, gave birth to the calf around  5.30 pm in the forest outside the park limits.

Tiger cub, elephant calf born at National Park

2011-02-23 - Bangalore, India.

A tiger cub and a baby elephant were born at Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) yesterday. Veda, a 12-year-old elephant, gave birth to the calf around 5.30 pm in the forest outside the park limits. The forest guards informed the BBP officers, who are expected to bring back the mother and calf to the BBP today.


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Poachers strike in Andhiyur, kill jumbo for tusks

2011-02-11 - Coimbatore, India.

After the killing of Veerappan, who is said have gunned down at least 100 elephants, there was a brief lull in poaching activities in the jungles that stretch from Sathyamangalam to Erode. That changed in 2007 when two tuskers were shot dead in Sathyamangalam forests. Since then, poachers have killed seven elephants.


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Karnataka female calf in exchange for Tirunallar temple elephant

2011-02-10 - Karaikal, India.

The famous Lord Saneeswara temple at Tirunallar in Karaikal district has got a female elephant calf from Karnataka in exchange for its fierce male elephant.The male elephant ´Ganesan´,gifted as a calf by a Tiruchi-based textiles baron in 2003, started behaving abnormally a few months back and remained restless, temple officials said.


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Ensure safety of Indian elephants in German Zoo

2011-02-09 - New Delhi, India.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the central government and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to ensure ´conducive´ atmosphere for a pair of elephants to be sent to Germany from Karnataka, as part of an exchange programme in which two pairs of cheetahs would be brought to India. ´Ensure that the elephants live in a conducive atmosphere in Germany,´ said a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.


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2 trampled to death by elephants in Chittoor

2011-02-09 - Chittoor, India.

Two persons were trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants on Andhra-Karnataka border on Tuesday. Forty others suffered injuries in the attack by the rampaging tuskers.


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Forest rangers capture wild elephant calf in Jalpaiguri

2011-01-02 - Jalpaiguri, India.

Forest Rangers of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary captured a two-year-old male elephant calf from the vicinity of Madarihat village in West Bengal´s Jalpaiguri District. The elephant calf was residing in and around the village located near the sanctuary for the last 13 days. The elephant calf had got detached from its herd few days back and later the herd probably refused its re-entry.


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Epidemic alert sounded as bacterial disease fells 6 elephants in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

2010-12-27 - Bangalore, India.

Death of six elephants in 15 days due to bacterial disease haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) or Pasturellosis, has shocked forest officials and experts as they fear it may become an epidemic affecting about 5,630 elephants residing in a 9,751-sq km area.


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Life after death for this elephant

2010-12-26 - Sanjay Gandhi National Park, India.

After drowning in Gadchiroli in 2007, Vimala has become the first pachyderm to be resurrected by taxidermists at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. On Saturday, Dr Santosh Gaikwad, placed a pair of eyes on a model of Vimala, an 80 year-old elephant, who died in a drowning accident in Gadchiroli in 2007. This making the country´s first taxidermy model of an elephant.


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Despite ban, elephants still tradable cattle in Haryana

2010-12-25 - Haryana, India.

Despite a ban on elephant trading, jumbos can be bought and sold in Haryana thanks to loopholes in the state´s Village Cattle Fair Act (1970). The act, amended twice, continues to have elephants on its list of tradable animals at rural cattle fairs. The state act violates the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) that puts elephants in the protected category and bars their domestication.


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The elephant calf with its mother.

Elephant calf reunited with mother after ditch rescue

2010-12-24 - Assam, India.

The thirty-hour ordeal of an Asian elephant calf trapped in a trench on a tea estate in eastern Assam ended on a happy note as rescuers successfully reunited it with its mother. Two captive elephants were deployed to keep the mother away from the rescue site as Assam Forest Department officials and an IFAW-WTI team helped the calf out of the trench.


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Killer elephant tramples one more in Bangalore

2010-12-11 - Bangalore, India.

A rogue tusker, which had killed six people in the last six months, was finally captured on Thursday in Tiptur, near Honavalli in Tumkur. The tusker on Thursday morning trampled 28-year-old Yogesh to death in Honavalli near KR Katte. According to the deputy conservator of forests, Tumkur wildlife division, UP Singh, the elephant came from Arsikere about five months back and was camping here. Yogesh had gone to attend nature’s call, when he was trampled by the tusker.


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Elephants killed six in Chhattisgarh in 2010

2010-12-08 - Raipur, India.

Wild elephants trampled six people to death in Chhattisgarh´s Surguja district this year, Forest Minister Vikram Usendi said Wednesday. ´As many as six people were killed and 527 houses destroyed by elephants this year,´ the minister said in a written reply to Congress legislator Premsai Singh Tekam. Usendi said the government paid Rs.1 million as compensation to each family which lost a member in the elephant attacks. Over Rs.5 million was paid to people whose houses were brou...


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The tusker is gently guided by kumkis (trained elephants used for tamingwild elephants) after it was tranquillised; The frightened tusker engages in a duel with a kumki; Thetusker is guided into a lorry that later released it into the forest.

Jumbo solidarity

2010-12-06 - Bhavani Sagar, India.

Sunday 2.45 a.m. at Bhavani Sagar, the captured tusker got off the truck and headed straight for its habitat, bringing joy to Forest Department officials, who had toiled for 72 hours. The jumbo had caused considerable tension when it entered a human habitat, and remained there for three days. The release of the over 25-year-old marked the end of a 20-hour-operation, perhaps Tamil Nadu´s first.


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Terror unleashed: The elephant runs amok in Thrissur.

Elephants on the edge

2010-12-06 - Thrissur, India.

In 2003, the Kerala Government introduced the Captive Elephant (Management & Maintenance) Rule, known as Rule 2003, whereby microchips and registration for captive elephants were made compulsory. To a large extent it resulted in reducing their illegal transportation. According to the 2009 census, there are about 695 elephants in Kerala, of which 196 are in Thrissur, a place known for elephant craze where caparisoned elephants are paraded in every function.


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An elephant"s beauty treatment

2010-12-03 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Five-year-old Kannan, the resident elephant at a Hindu temple near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala has been looking a bit long in the tooth. With its tusks too long to be able to eat, it is time for a visit from Vinayan, the elephant beautician. Vinayan was an elephant driver by profession but took to cutting and shaping elephants tusks that earned him the nickname of the "elephant beautician"


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Elephant undergoes rare dental surgery in Kerela

2010-11-27 - Thrissur, India.

Twenty-seven-year-old Devidasan had been enduring acute pain from a deep cavity in his tusk for the past five years. With the aim to alleviate the pain and repair and restore the beauty of Devidasan’s tusk, his owner, Forest Veterinary Officer Dr. V. Sunil Kumar, got in touch with Dr. C. V. Pradeep, conservative dentist and endodontist of Kannur.


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Setting up of National Elephant Conservation Authority

2010-11-22 - New Delhi, India. Press Information Bureau Government of India

The Ministry is considering for setting up of the National Elephant Conservation Authority. The details are yet to be finalized. The population of wild elephants in the country as per the census done in the year 2007-08 is in the range of 27,669 to 27,719 as compared to a 26,413 estimated in previous census done in the year 2002. The population of elephant in the country is increasing not declining. This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent char...


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Bhola gets new home at Agra rescue centre

2010-11-07 - Agra, India.

A 38-year-old elephant that was “lodged” at Loni police station here since last week was transferred to a rescue centre in Agra, where it will have a natural environment and also a companion. Last month, the mahout of the elephant, Bhola, reportedly tried to walk the elephant into Uttar Pradesh, without proper documents.


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Wild elephant tramples 3 to death in Haridwar

2010-11-06 - Haridwar, India.

In Haridwar, a woman and her two grandchildren were trampled to death by a wild elephant last night on National Highway at Moteechur near Rajaji National Park. According to Director of Rajaji National Park S S Rasaily the incident took place outside Motichur range of the national park last evening when five members of a family were attacked by the wild elephant. He told our Dehradun correspondent that a man and his one daughter managed to run away from the spot whereas three members of his famil...


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Countdown:An elephant and its calf in Bandipur National Park near Mysore.

Will they number more than 5,000?

2010-11-06 - Bangalore, India.

The Karnataka State Forest Department is gearing up for a two-day elephant census that will be conducted across most of the State´s national parks and sanctuaries on May 15 and 16. The census will be simultaneously carried out in the three other southern States — Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


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Orissa: Elephant Shankar"s home return! villagers under fear

2010-11-05 - Angul, India. Sangram Ranjan Nath

When Shankar arrived at Tikarpada Sakakosia wildlife forest, the villagers protested him. Shankar is now a well discussed elephant not only at Angul but also in Keonjhar area. Shankar a pet elephant who was enged for drive away the other wild elephant, and eco truism project at Telkoi Keonjhar district.


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Elephant smuggling gang busted in India

2010-11-03 - Guwahati, India.

Police in northeast India said Wednesday they had busted an elephant smuggling racket which is suspected of selling nearly 100 animals across the country and to Nepal. Two elephants, a mother and a calf, were seized when a police team swooped on a truck travelling across the state border from Assam to West Bengal at the weekend.


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Baby elephant killed with spears, sticks on camera

2010-10-27 - Jagiroad, India.

A day after the elephant was officially declared a Heritage Animal, entitling it to the same sort of protection as the tiger, a video has captured villagers in Assam beating a baby elephant to death. The three-year-old calf had was injured and had been abandoned by his herd. Villagers are seen in the video riding on the injured calf, while policemen watch.


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Rogue tusker to get commando training

2010-10-26 - Bhubaneswar, India.

After serving a term in confinement, tusker Nandan has a public service on hand. The forest department plans to use the 24-year-old tusker as a kumki (trained commando elephant) to tame wild elephants so that they do not destroy lives and property. On Monday, Nandan was transported to the elephant-training centre at the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary, 60 km from Bhubaneswar, from Nandankanan Zoo, on the outskirts of the Orissa capital, where he spent ten years in chains after unintentionally killin...


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Ivory trader trapped by Maneka

2010-10-26 - New Delhi, India.

Rajbhar Harmohinder Singh will forever rue the moment when he agreed to meet a ´foreign lady´ to try and sell her an ivory necklace. His dreams of the Rs 8.05 lakh illegal sale were horribly shattered when the man found out that his customer was none other than former environment minister, Maneka Gandhi. He was immediately put behind bars, sources said.


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Elephant declared national heritage animal

2010-10-22 - New Delhi, India.

The environment ministry on Friday declared the elephant a national heritage animal in order to step up measures for its protection. The ministry Friday issued a notification in this regard after the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) approved the proposal in its meeting held on Oct 13. The Elephant Task Force Aug 31 in its report had recommended the special status to elephants, saying the move will help in protecting the jumbos.


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Ailing jumbo Jaimala may return to Lucknow city zoo

2010-10-21 - Lucknow, India.

Jaimala could be on its way back to Lucknow zoo. Reason: the elephant has perhaps not been able to acclimatise to the wild environs of Katarniaghat. Its inability to survive in the wild and learn performing the tasks meant for jumbos has led Katarniaghat officials to consider sending Jaimala back to its old habitat, Lucknow zoo.


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Elephant Corridor at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary to Enlarge with Addition of Khanakpur Forest Area

2010-10-19 - , India.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary which is a popular elephant corridor will further be enlarged with the addition of Khanakpur Forest to its area.
Currently Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, a popular elephant reserve is spread over Belgaum, Karwar, Dharwad and Haveri districts of Karnataka. The addition of Khanakpur Forest adds further 64,643 hectares of forest area which consist of about 161 villages.


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Saluting tradition:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa making a floral offering to the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari carried by elephant Balarama during the Vijayadashami procession in Mysore on Sunday.

Grand end to 400th Mysore Dasara

2010-10-18 - Mysore, India.

The 400th year of Mysore Dasara celebrations drew to a close with the famous Jumboo Savari and Torchlight Parade witnessed by a large crowd here on Sunday. Showcasing the cultural diversity of the State, the grand Vijayadashami procession marked the culmination of 10 days of festivities. With 132 cultural troupes from across the State, including 32 thematic tableaux, participating, the procession was the lengthiest in recent years. It covered a distance of about 4 km before terminating at Bannim...


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Elephants die again in park

2010-10-11 - Guwahati, India.

The carcasses of two female elephants were recovered from two separate places near Kaziranga today, barely five days after two elephants calves died of suspected poisoning at Diffloo tea estate near Kaziranga National Park. Preliminary investigations suggest that both the elephants, one of them pregnant, died of suspected poisoning.


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Elephant runs amok, flungs substitute mahout

2010-10-11 - Madurai, India.

A substitute mahout was injured after he was flung by a domesticated elephant which ran amok on a road in the city today, causing panic. Kannan, assigned to take care of the 26-year old elephant in place of its mahout Ashok Kumar, had attempted to feed it when it lifted him with its trunk and flung him, police said adding he suffered a fracture and has been hospitalised. The female elephant, brought here for a private function, then turned violent, broke free from its chains and started running ...


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Chhattisgarh villagers migrate as elephants run amok

2010-10-08 - Raipur, India.

Dozens of families have migrated from a forested village in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja district after a herd of wild elephants ran amok, killing a child and destroying several houses, officials said Friday. “Some 25 families of Panekatel village have moved to safer areas for a brief period after wild jumbos sneaked into their village Thursday night and trampled a three-year-old girl, Manisha, to death and demolished several houses,” an official at the forest headquarters here told IANS. Paneka...


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Most of the elephants participating in procession are over 50 years old. Time to develop second line of jumbos for Dasara

2010-10-02 - Mysore, India.

Akin to politics, most of the elephants used in the Dasara procession are well above 50 years, considered an ideal age for retirement, according to veterinarians. The forest department, however, does not seem to be serious about preparing the second line of elephants to take over the mantle. Instead, what they have been doing is getting elephants to attend Dasara festival, for the last 10 years, devoid of any change and much thought.


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Second batch of elephants arrives in city of palaces

2010-10-02 - Mysore, India.

Six jumbos-Srirama, Kanthi, Vikrama, Kavitha, Mary and Harsha were given a ceremonial welcome by the forest officials on their arrival. These elephants would be part of the first batch of jumbos led by howdah elephant Balarama to take part in the Vijayadashami procession, to be held as the grand finale of the nine-day Dasara festivities. In all, the 12 elephants would camp in Palace premises for the next 20 days till the Dasara celebrations come to an end.


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Man & Animal Conflict In Northeast India: Thread Barrier Keep Elephants Away

2010-09-25 - Nagaon , India. Shib Shankar Chatterjee

What does it take to stop a herd of hungry jumbos each (around) 03-metres tall and middling over 04- tons in weight off paddy fields? Apparently, it´s a thread as thick as a fishing line and not nearly as strong. Villagers of Chapanala village area under Nagaon district of Eastern Indian State, Assam are finding out that their economy is literally hanging by a thread woven around their paddy fields to keep elephants away.


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Five elephants killed as train hits them

2010-09-23 - Jalpaiguri, India.

At least five elephants were killed and three others were injured on Wednesday when a speeding goods train hit the animals when they were crossing railway tracks near Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.


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Hungry elephant attacks mahout, kills him

2010-09-23 - Coimbatore, India.

A furious circus elephant flung down her 55-year-old mahout, killing him on the spot at Krishnapuram near Udumalpet in Tirupur district late Tuesday night. Immediately, the police was called and Ghani was rushed to the Udumalpet Government hospital around 1.30pm. "He was declared brought dead´ by the hospital," said Madathukulam inspector K Kanagaraj.


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Elephant smuggling

2010-09-22 - Dibrujan, India.

Two elephants which were being smuggled to Myanmar were recovered from Jairampur town in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday night. One of the elephant which belonged to Jerela Moran was stolen on Saturday night from Dibrujan forest under Pengeri PS of Tinsukia district. The two thieves (both mahouts) were also caught by the villagers.


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`Chathapuram Babu,

Tusker tamed by owner

2010-09-21 - Chathapuram, India.

Tension prevailed for more than three hours in the Chathapuram-Kalpathy-Shekaripuram areas of the town on Tuesday as the elephant `Chathapuram Babu´ ran amok. The Tusker that was taken by its two Mahouts to collect palm leafs became wild and tried to attack them and ran amok. The elephant ran through the streets of Chathapuram, Kalpathy and Sekharapuram in the town creating scare among the people in the area.


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elephant calf named in Pilikula Nisargadhama Zoo

2010-09-20 - Vamanjoor, India. Stanley Pinto

The elephant calf born to `Durga´ at Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park at Pilikula Nisargadhama here has been christened as `Radha´. The calf has been adopted by K G Shenoy, proprietor of Oasis Pharmacy, Dubai.


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Wild elephants damage crops in Kerala

2010-09-20 - Thrissur, India.

A herd of wild elephants destroyed plantain and rubber crop at nearby Marottichal under the Pattikad forest range. Pattikad forest range officer, K Jayapraksh told PTI here today that the damage was yet to be assessed. It was suspected that wild elephants from Palappilly, Chimmini and Peechi forest areas might have entered the fields yesterday and destroyed the crops, he said. The locals, who saw the wild elephants destroying the crops, said that there were more than 10 elephants in the herd.


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Grand reception: The elephants at the Mysore palace.

From forest to Mysore city

2010-09-13 - Mysore, India. R.KRISHNA KUMAR

This is that time of the year when elephants are in the limelight in Mysore. Elephants have been brought from the jungle camps to Mysore, to participate in the Dasara festivities to be held from October 8 to 17. Leading them is the elephant Balarama who will carry the 750 kg golden howdah on the day of the Vijayadashmi procession which is also called Jamboo Savari.


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Elephant "arrested" for murder

2010-09-12 - Dhamtari, India.

In Chhattisgarh, the police of Dhamtari district have arrested an elephant for killing a man. The elephant had been brought from Allahabad to a park for joyrides. Locals at the park started teasing the elephant and climbed on to its trunk. In spite of repeated warnings given by the elephant´s handler, the locals did not stop. Finally, in a rage the elephant flung a man in the air with his trunk.


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2 Tuskers leave for Mysore Dasara show.

2010-09-10 - Madikeri, India.

Two elephants from Kodagu Dubare elephant training centre, Harsha and Vikrama, are included in the team of elephants going to Mysore for the Heritage (Banni Mantapa) procession on Vijaya dashami next. They would leave soon to be in Mysore, the Range Forest officer Chinnappa informed. The two tuskers have already taken part in the Jumbo procession on Dasara Day in the last 15 years.


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Elephant calf found dead, foresters suspect poisoning

2010-09-07 - Siliguri, India.

Foresters of the Kurseong division on Friday recovered the carcass of a four-year-old male elephant calf from Simulbari Tea Estate near Sukna, near Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Officials suspect the elephant died on Thursday night due to poisoning. The carcass was found on a spot where Guatemala grass had been planted to make the land suitable for tea plantation. Primary investigation suggested that the garden authorities had sprinkled pesticide on the grass, which the elephant might have consu...


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Orissa Forest Officials seize dead body of elephant

2010-09-06 - Cuttack, India.

The Forest Officials have seized dead body of an elephant near Arati Steel Plant of Athgarh on Monday. The reason of death not known. As per the information the local peoples found a dead body of elephant near Arati Steel Plant. They informed the forest officials. The forest officials seized the dead body of the elephant and sent for postmortem.


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Orissa lost 20 pc of its elephant population in 25 yrs: WSO

2010-09-06 - Bhubaneswar, India.

Orissa, famous since the times of King Ashoka for its magnificent elephant population, will soon lose that exalted status in view of large-scale killing by the poachers and increasing death of pachyderms from electrocution.
According to official figures, during the last 19 years 231 elephants were killed by poachers, 166 died due to accidents and 173 died of natural causes.


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Injured Elephant tranquilised, being treated

2010-09-04 - Udhagamandalam, India.

After being thwarted for three days by two tuskers in their efforts to treat an injured jumbo, forest officials today succeeded in tranquilising the animal which was moving around Mudumalai Tiger Reserve area. The 20-year old elephant, with serious injuries to the leg, was roaming in Sigur range in MTR, under protection of the two tuskers, for the last three days and the veterinarian and medical team could not go near it, forest officials said. However, the veterinarian managed to shoot the tran...


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Elephant gives birth to calf in Gorumara National Park in West Bengal

2010-09-04 - Jalpaiguri, India. Tarak Sarkar

An elephant under the care of the Gorumara National Park near West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district gave birth to a female calf. The calf was born on Friday under the supervision of the sanctuary’s veterinarian. The forest rangers and game wardens at the Gorumara National Park are delighted to watch the gentle mother Amon and the tiny cute calf. Range (South) Officer of the Gorumara National Park Bimal Debnath said both the mother and its offspring are healthy.


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Teen tuskar shot dead

2010-09-03 - Bangalore, India.

A 13-year-old tusker was killed on Friday following crop raids by a herd of elephants. The tusker was shot at by villagers in Periyapattan range. "Villagers killed the elephant in a rage after the herd raided the crops. We are compensating all crop raid cases. Yet there is so much anger among people," principal chief conservator of forests, B K Singh said.


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Elephant found dead at Assam tea estate

2010-09-03 - Nagaon, India.

A male elephant has been found dead at the courtyard of a house inside Kalidan tea estate near Nagaon in Assam. It´s unusual for an elephant to die in such circumstances unless electrocuted. Workers at the tea estate insist the elephant died of natural causes. 255 elephants have died in Assam as a result of conflicts with humans between 1990 and 2003. Most of them were poisoned or electrocuted.


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Elephant to be declared national heritage animal: Jairam

2010-08-31 - New Delhi, India.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Tuesday said the elephant would soon be declared a national heritage animal in order to step up measures for its protection. We will soon declare elephant as a national heritage animal as they have been part of our heritage since ages. We need to give same degree of importance to elephant as is given to tiger in order to protect the big animal, said Ramesh.


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Elephant found dead in Darjeeling

2010-08-27 - Siliguri, India.

A four-year-old tusker was found dead in a tea garden in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district Friday, forest officials said. The elephant’s body was found in Simulbari tea garden in Siliguri sub division. Preliminary investigation revealed that the elephant died of poisoning after possibly having eaten plants treated with fertlisers. However, a final conclusion could be drawn only after the viscera report arrived, said a forest official.


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File picture of broad gauge tracks passing through Mahananda wildlife sanctuary

Elephant holds up rail traffic.- Train engine damaged

2010-08-19 - Siliguri, India.

An adult elephant blocked railway tracks passing through Mahananda wildlife sanctuary two times today and damaged a train engine. The drama unfolded between Sevoke and Gulma stations around 9.45am when the driver of a passenger train that was on way to New Jalpaiguri from Alipurduar noticed the adult makna (male without tusks) standing on the tracks.


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The fully-grown wild elephant goes for a stroll along the highway

Wild elephant causes traffic jam

2010-08-19 - Khulna, India.

Traffic along the National Highway-31.C (NH-31.C) in India´s eastern state of West Bengal came to a standstill for nearly an hour. A fully-grown wild elephant, probably from Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, had strayed onto the highway and almost lorded over the road not letting any vehicle move an inch ahead. The vehicles on the highway had no other option – they were forced to wait until the pachyderm moved away leisurely at its own will.


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Lucky Prasad, the elephant, had appeared in movies like Asoka and Mangal Pandey

Buy 1, get 1 free offer on elephant backfires, Animal dealer trades his lucky elephant for a pregnant one, only to be told three years later that the latter is dead

2010-08-17 - Mumbai, India.

It took three years for Sarish Pandey, a dealer who supplies animals to films, to realise that he was undone by his greed. In June 2007, Pandey signed a gift deed with a Kerala-based animal dealer to trade his elephant for a pregnant one, hoping that he will get two in exchange of one. But little did Pandey know that giving away Lucky Prasad, who he had nurtured for 28 years since his birth, would rid him of all his luck.


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Elephants from Theppakadu elephant camp. Photo © Jackie Chiger

Elephant with ""musth"" missing from camp

2010-08-16 - Udhgamandalam, India.

A 35-year-old elephant in ´musth´ is missing from Theppakkadu Elephant Camp, about 60 Km from here, since yesterday afternoon. The elephant, Waseem, was under chain and lock for the last couple of days and kept in an isolated place near Mayar river, in the camp, forest department sources said. The Elephant´s disappearance was noticed only in the night, sources said. Forest officials, including those from veterinary department, are searching the entire Mudumalai range for the an...


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Elephants at a conservation camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu.

Rejuvenation therapy for ailing elephants in TN

2010-08-06 - Chennai, India.

With more than 50 per cent of the 300 temple elephants in Tamil Nadu suffering from diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, authorities have drawn up a food and exercise regimen for the jumbos and directed the mahouts to strictly follow it. An official of the Tamil Nadu government’s Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department said the plan had been drawn up to ensure proper care of the elephants.


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Parvathi receiving a bath under the new shower installed on Wednesday

Temple elephant basking in special shower

2010-08-05 - Madurai, India.

Parvathi, the 15-year-old female elephant of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here, is basking under a new shower system installed exclusively for its use. Put into operation on Wednesday, the shower will use 5,000 litres of water a day for the elephant, which will be cleaned once in the morning and evening. The shower was installed at a cost of Rs. 20,000. The move follows a meeting of the temple authorities and individuals owning elephants convened on July 2 by the Chief Conservator of Fores...


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Engineers booked after elephants electrocuted in Orissa

2010-08-03 - Keonjhar, India.

Three engineers of a private power distribution company in Orissa have been booked for the deaths of three elephants by electrocution in Keonjhar district, an official said Tuesday. The engineers of the North Eastern Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd (NESCO) were booked under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, Divisional Forest Officer Sarat Chandra Mohanty told IANS.


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Tamil Nadu may ban "blessings" by temple elephants

2010-08-03 - Chennai, India.

Tamil Nadu government is likely to ban the age old practice of elephants ´blessing´ pilgrims in temples. Wildlife officials have asked temple authorities to put an end to the practice as trainers torture the elephants, compelling them to ´bless´ pilgrims, sometimes leaving them injured. Moreover, elephants like humans suffer from diseases like asthma and tuberculosis and it might spread to pilgrims, the authorities said.


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Simlipal: Staff burnt elephant carcasses to destroy evidence

2010-08-02 - Bhubaneswar, India. Debabrata Mohanty

Field staff of Simlipal Tiger Reserve, the fourth-largest tiger reserve in the country, burnt a large number of elephant carcasses to remove any evidences of poaching, a probe committee of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has found. After a number of elephant deaths were reported in April and May 2010, the NTCA constituted an independent assessment team comprising wildlife activists Belinda Wright and Biswajit Mohanty, who visited Simlipal between June 6 and 11. The team confirme...


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Three elephants electrocuted in Orissa

2010-08-01 - Bhubaneswar, India.

Three wild elephants were electrocuted in a forest area of Orissa´s Keonjhar district, an official Sunday said. The two male and a female elephant died near Durlabhapur village under Telkoi forest division, some 210 km from Bhubaneswar after coming in contact with a high-tension overhead wire, a district forest official told IANS. Wildlife and forest officials rushed to the spot and began investigation after local residents spotted the dead elephants early Sunday.


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Elephant dies after shift to Dudhwa national park

2010-07-31 - Dudhwa, India.

Once Lucknow Zoo’s priced possession, Sumit, a 55-year old male elephant, died at the Dudhwa National Park in the wee hours of Thursday. The pachyderm was shifted to the national park on May 2 last following directives of the Central Zoo Authority to shift all elephants to national parks. According to veterinary doctors attending to the ailing elephant, Sumit was suffering from various old-age related diseases and could not recover even after proper medical care.


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Nehru zoo elephant for Bonalu

2010-07-27 - Hyderabad, India.

The Environment, Forest, Science and Technology department has permitted the Andhra Pradesh Wild Life warden to provide an elephant from the Nehru Zoological Park for the Bonalu and Moharrum processions. However, the permission would be only for this year.


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Pachyderms kill couple, child

2010-07-27 - Sonitpur, India.

A couple and a child were trampled to death by wild elephants in the Biswanath Reserve Forest in northern Assam´s Sonitpur district late on Monday night. The incident occurred on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. From 2007 to 2009, Assam has recorded a total of 166 human deaths and 32 elephant deaths in incidents of man-elephant conflict. The figure shows an increasing trend, with 44 human deaths recorded in 2007, 52 in 2008 and 70 in 2009.


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Woman killed by elephant

2010-07-27 - Rishikesh, India.

A woman was today trampled to death by a wild elephant in Jim Corbett National Park, an official said here. The incident occurred in Jhirna range of Jim Corbett Reserve this morning when Tulsi Devi (45) along with other women went to the jungles to fetch fodder. She was suddenly attacked by the pachyderm, Warden of the Park Umesh Chandra Tiwari said.


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The mammoth tusk was found last week in a coffee estate in Chikmagalur during a raid by forest officials

Forest department officials seize 8.3-ft-tusk weighing 44 kg that might find mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

2010-07-26 - Chikmagalur, India.

Will the 8.3-feet-elephant tusk recently seized by the forest department in Chikmagalur find a mention in the Guinness Book of Records? "The tusk, which weighs an amazing 44 kg, found in Chikmagalur should easily make it to the Guinness Book of Records. The size and length of the tusk makes it a rare find," said a forest department official.


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Elephant tramples woman to death

2010-07-22 - Gumla, India.

A woman was trampled to death and another injured by an elephant in Gumla district of Jharkhand on Thursday. The 65-year-old woman and her neighbour were in a field at Gonmar village when the pachyderm attacked them, the police said. The elephant had strayed into the village earlier this week and efforts were on to drive it animal back to the forest.


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Elephant tramples farmers

2010-07-18 - Anekal, India.

Two farmers died following wild elephant attack near Tattekere-Chudahalli area in the Mahadeshwara forest range, in the Bannerghatta National Park limits on Sunday. The killed are identified as Motanna (60) of Chudahalli and Shivanegowda alias Huchchanna(68) of Tattekere. A small pathway of about 5 KM in the forest between Chudahalli and Tattekere makes the travel easy for the villagers.


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Not calf love this, say vet doctors

2010-07-15 - Chennai, India.

Separated from the herd when it was barely two weeks old and then rehabilitated at the Vandalur Zoo, a four-month-old male elephant calf still yearns for the love of its mother. Longing for maternal warmth and refusing to eat properly, Giri stands emaciated, causing concern to veterinarians, mahouts and other forest officials taking care of him.


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This is not the beginning of a beautiful friendship: Madhuri, an Indian elephant, swings a monitor lizard about by its tail at a park in India

Put... me... DOWN! The elephant who took a fancy to a very unfortunate lizard

2010-07-14 - Corbett National Park, India.

Swinging mid-air like a rag doll, this monitor lizard was in for a rough time when a playful elephant took a fancy to it.
The unlucky creature had been swept off the ground and was carried around for a number of days by Madhuri, an Indian elephant.
With tail firmly clamped in the animal´s trunk the lizard was swung around and occasionally put back on the floor.


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Rajasthan gets Indias first elephant village

2010-06-22 - Kunda, India.

Celebrations have marked the opening of India´s first "elephant village" in the northern state of Rajasthan. Fifty-one houses have been built in the village of Kunda to house the mahouts - keepers - and their elephants.


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Baby elephant rescued from water well

2010-06-04 - Palakkad, India.

A wild baby elephant fell into a well in Palakkad district of India´s southern Kerala state on Thursday night. The four-year-old elephant fell into the well when it entered the residential area of Vadakkethara along with its herd. The locals came to know about the incident early in the morning on Friday and informed the forest department immediately. A huge crowd of locals gathered near the well to help the officials in rescuing the elephant. The animal is unhurt and is swimming in the wel...


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Elephant killings rock Simlipal

2010-06-01 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A dozen elephants were found killed in Simlipal forest during a recent census, shocking officials and underscoring the threat to the animals from organised poaching gangs. The needle of suspicion also points towards some forest officials, who may be hand in glove with the poachers. Regional chief conservator of forests (RCCF) Ajit Bhartuar, who spoke to TOI from Baripada, admitted the deaths had taken place but did not agree with the number.


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Inquiry demand in jumbo deaths

2010-06-01 - Cuttack, India.

The Wildlife Society of Orissa (WSO) has demanded a CBI probe into the recent mass killings of elephants in Simlipal Tiger Reserve. WSO has put forward its request in a letter to Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh. A CBI investigation is required to know the role of field forest officers as to whether they connived with the poachers in at least four cases, there was an effort to destroy evidence by burning or burying the bones, WSO secretary Biswajit Mohanty said today.


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Jumbo population shrinks in state

2010-06-01 - Lucknow, India.

The elephant census, which recently concluded in Uttar Pradesh, has shown a decline in the population of pachyderms. While the number of elephants has dropped in Bijnor and Nazibabad reserves, there is a marginal increase in the elephant population in Shivalik forest division as compared to the 2007 census figure.


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Male elephant goes on killing spree

2010-06-01 - Thekkady, India.

A hunt is underway for a rogue bull elephant accused of killing at least 10 female elephants during a testosterone-induced sex rampage in Kerela. A task force has been formed consisting of 15 experts to track the killer elephant through the Periyar forest. Eight females were killed last year, before another two gored corpses were found last month.


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Jumbo counting begins in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

2010-05-31 - Dudhwa, India.

For the first time, elephant census has kicked off in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. As part of the project, the findings will be a part of Project Elephant. "As we did not have a sizeable elephant population here earlier, the census never took place. Now, due to the increase in the visibility of elephants, the Centre and the state governments decided to begin the census," said Sanjay Pathak, Deputy Director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.


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Fifty eight year old mahout Nasru sits on the tusks of his 60 year old elephant Rajan

Swimming elephant takes Andaman islands man for a dip

2010-05-24 - Radhanagar, India. Stephen Adams

Perched between the tusks, an Indian mahout or elephant driver is photographed on his steed in this arresting image. It was taken in the Andaman Islands, a remote archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, where Rajan, a 60-year-old elephant, lives. But in 2002 logging was banned in the islands and most of the 200 elephants were sent back to the Indian mainland.


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Elephant census at Dudhwa: 11 tuskers sighted

2010-05-24 - Lucknow, India.

The elephant census that took place last week in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve has recorded the presence of 11 tuskers in the area. While the figure is much less than the 37 elephant sightings reported a week ago by the forest department, authorities claim the reduced number could be owing to the elephants moving to Nepal.


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Jaipur elephant village awaits formal inauguration

2010-05-21 - Jaipur, India.

The much-awaited Indias first and the worlds third elephant village, after a delay of over two years, is now finally just awaiting a formal inauguration. The project that is envisaged to provide basic comforts for the pachyderms at Amber, might just bring some respite from the heat for the jumbos.


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57 elephants found in Kanyakumari district

2010-05-17 - Nagercoil, India.

Fifty-seven elephants, including 13 calves, were found in Kanyakumari district during a two-day elephant census conducted by the forest department, a senior official said today. This showed an increase of six elephants over the 2008 census figures, District Forest Officer Sundara Raju told reporters here.


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Training over, elephant census begins today

2010-05-15 - Bangalore, India. Bosky Khanna

Volunteers for the elephant census that will begin on Saturday were imparted training on Friday afternoon on how to identify an adult, sub adult and juvenile elephant based on the height, skin colour, and tusks in case of a bull elephant. They were also given directions on how to collate information in data sheets regarding the total number of elephants in a particular season, pachyderms in various age groups, members of each sex and tuskers in the adult and sub adult categories.


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Man trampled to death by elephant

2010-05-09 - DEHRA DUN, India.

A man was trampled to death by an elephant on Saturday, triggering a clash between villagers and forest guards at Bishanpur Kundi village in Haridwar district, the police said. The incident took place when the man was quarrying sand on the bank of the Ganga river and the elephant came rushing and trampled him. The man died on the spot. The forest guards who reached the spot were gheraoed by villagers who were upset over the incident.


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Hunt on for serial sex killing elephant in India

2010-04-28 - Periyar Tiger Reserve, India.

Wildlife experts in southern India are hunting a rogue bull elephant who is thought to have gored 12 female tuskers to death because they spurned his sexual advances. The Times of India said on Wednesday that a 15-member taskforce has been set up to catch the aggressive male, called Alpha, who has been on the run in the jungles of Kerala state for the last three years. Keralas chief wildlife warden, K.K. Srivastava, said eight female elephants were found dead in the vast Periyar reserve between ...


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Rescue centre for rogue elephants in West Bengal

2010-04-28 - Bankura, India.

Even as the shooting of a rogue elephant in West Bengals Paschim Medinipur district led to a controversy, Forest Department officials said that a rescue centre for “problem elephants” in the region is being contemplated. “A rescue centre for rogue elephants has been planned and the Divisional Forest Officer in Bankura has been given the task of identifying land for this purpose,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) S.B. Mondal.


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Elephant Census begins in Orissa

2010-04-23 - Bhubaneswar, India.

The much-awaited elephant census began in Orissa with the deployment of around 10,000 officials of the Orissa Wildlife Department. The latest census will determine the exact number of elephants in the state. The officials have been provided with necessary equipments and given due training to undertake their work. The counting of elephants will last for three days. It would be conducted in about 129,700 sq km of forest area in Orissa. According to a 2007 census, there were 1,862 elephants in the ...


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Task force on elephants to meet April 30

2010-04-23 - Thrissur, India.

A task force formed to protect elephants and their habitats across the country is to meet here April 30, an official said. The task force of Project Elephant, a government scheme, was formed in February and the meeting in Kochi would be its first sitting. Project Elephant, which is being implemented in 13 states, also addresses issues of man-animal conflict and welfare of domesticated elephants.


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Encouraging a new friend.

Mayapur Welcomes Newest Resident

2010-03-31 - Mayapur, India. Hari Sauri Dasa

At about 8.00 AM on March 30 2010 Mayapur received its newest resident– Vishnu-priya the baby elephant. After a tortuous 2 years of negotiation Hrmati Dasi performed the practically impossible task of bringing a new companion for Laxmi-priya from Assam to her new home in the holy dhama.


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conflict

Intruder must have provoked elephant: Vet

2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India.

Laxmi and Anarkali, the two female elephants at the Byculla zoo, have no past record of unruly behaviour, say zoo officials. However, Sundays incident, where Laxmi, the 55-year-old female pachyderm killed a man who entered the enclosure, goes to prove that wild animals can be unpredictable, if provoked, say experts.


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Mumbai zoo elephant kills intruder

2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India.

A zoo visitor who had sneaked into an enclosure was killed by an elephant today, the first such incident in the 149-year history of the city zoo. Apparently alarmed by the presence of a stranger, Lakshmi, 70, kicked the man, who was in his forties, has not been identified and is suspected to have been on drugs. Another female elephant, Anarkali, 50, was in the enclosure with Lakshmi, but there were no mahouts or workers, all having gone for lunch.


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death

Adult cow elephant found dead in West Bengal forest

2010-03-27 - Cooch Behar, India.

Wildlife wardens have found the carcass of an adult cow elephant in the Chilpata Forest Range of West Bengals Cooch Behar District. Bania Range forest officials were patrolling the area, when they discovered the dead elephant. A divisional forest officer and veterinarians were called in to determine the exact cause of death.


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Best Places to See Elephants in Kerala

2010-03-21 - Trivandrum, India.

Who doesn’t love elephants? If you love them as much as I do and would like to see some on your trip to Kerala, here are the best places to find them.
If youd like to spot elephants in Kerala in the wild youll need to visit one of the national parks. Of course, sightings aren’t guaranteed, but if you do get lucky it will be an exciting experience.


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death

Prenatal complications kill elephant in Balasore

2010-03-21 - Balasore, India.

An elephant died of prenatal complications in Kuldiha sanctuary of Balasore district yesterday while giving birth to a stillborn calf. Sources said, the calf was in an upside-down position never seen by vets and Forest officials, which made the birth complicated. “We couldnt do a caesarean section on the elephant as we dont have any facility here,” said forest ranger Sarat Behera.


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In the thick Elephants at a festival in Thrissur

The Weight Of Tradition. The elephant, a cultural icon, is sadly acquiring killer status

2010-03-16 - Kerala, India. John Mary

As the drumbeats reach a crescendo in temples across Kerala, with the festive season coming into its own, tragic tales of elephants goring their mahouts to death are casting a shadow on the revelries. There have always been stray incidents of the odd tusker running amok, squashing roadside shops and overturning vehicles, but the pattern emerging now is far more disturbing: these intelligent, sensitive animals are turning serial killers.


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conservation
It’s a typical ‘catch-22’ situation for the State Forest Department. Although there is the menace of wild elephants in Hassan and Kodagu districts, the Department is not in a position to take any action. Non-availability of drugs to tranquillise rogue el

Sedatives in short supply

2010-03-16 - Karnataka, India. Shyam Sundar Vattam

Because the forest cover is shrinking, elephants have no other option but to raid villages in search of food. They turn rogue, and the government hasn’t been able to tame them, owing to a shortage of tranquillisers. The districts of Mysore, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar have a large population of jumbos. The number of elephants has increased manifold. According to an estimate, there were around 2,500 elephants till a few years back in the State and now the population has crossed the 5,000-...


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2010-03-16 - Khuti, India.

Two elephants were electrocuted Monday when they bumped into high tension wires in Jharkhands Khuti district, an official said Monday. The incident took place near Nimidin village, some 60 km from here. District forest officer Manel Tudu said elephants come regularly to the area in search of wheat crops. It seems one elephant hit an electric pole and snapped the high tension wires.


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medical
The elephant calf whose injured mother is not showing any signs of recovery

Euthanasia plea for jumbo. - No recovery, Assam mulls relief for train-hit elephant

2010-03-13 - Guwahati, India.

The Assam forest department is contemplating mercy killing of a 25-year-old female elephant that was seriously injured after being hit by a goods train at Deepor Beel on February 28. A senior official of the Guwahati wildlife division, which is looking after the elephant, said the animal was in pain and finding it difficult to even walk inside the Rani reserve forest, where it is being kept at present.


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poaching

Poachers kill young tusker in Orissa

2010-03-03 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A young tusker was killed by poachers in Kulunda forest of Orissa’s Angul district, a forest official said Wednesday. The wild elephant received bullets below its ears and on its head. Villagers reported the incident to forest officials, who tried to locate the elephant. But the animal succumbed to its injuries and its dead body was recovered deep in the forest about 200 km from here. “We tried to trace the elephant all through the day. But we could not find it. Before we could treat it, it ...


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8 held for smuggling ivory

2010-03-02 - Belgaum, India.

Chikkodi police on Sunday arrested eight persons for "allegedly" smuggling ivory and recovered two pieces of 3-foot-long ivories worth Rs 60 lakh from them. The accused have been identified as Arif Sangolli, Peeraji Raut, Saleem Pathan, Sadanand Masekar (all from Belgaum), Wilson Soza, Govind Sutar, Mahadev Ghatage and Yashwant Tanbolke (all from Khanapur).


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Wedding elephant goes on rampage

2010-03-02 - New Delhi, India.

An elephant hired for a Hindu wedding in India caused over £200,000 in damage after trying to reach an in-heat female. The turned-on mammal crushed 20 limos trying to get to the female in a nearby sugar cane field in the Indian capital New Delhi. He then mounted and attempted to mate with a truck, and smashed through a shopping mall in a 15-hour rampage, reports the Metro.


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Villagers look at the body of an elephant near a railway track in Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati in Assam.

Two elephants die in train accident, one gives birth

2010-03-02 - Guwahati, India.

The female elephant was one of two knocked down by a train. The other elephant which was pregnant was seriously injured. It gave birth after the accident. The baby was rescued by forest guards and sent to the Guwahati Zoo for treatment.


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Train hits five elephants, two dead

2010-02-28 - Guwahati, India.

A goods train knocked down a herd of five elephants crossing the track on the outskirts of the city, killing two of them and injuring three others, including a calf, today. Assam state zoo director Narayan Mahanta said the herd was crossing the track along the Deepor beel to drink water when they were hit by the train around 12.15 pm. Last year, one elephant had died at the same area.


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conservation

Proposed Nilgiris elephant corridor runs into resistance

2010-02-26 - Ootacamund, India.

Tension is simmering over a proposed elephant corridor in the Ooty foothills. While conservationists say this is essential to restore the man-nature balance, farmers and property owners are questioning the state government's decision to acquire 7,000 acres of fertile land for it.


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conflict

Abandoned elephant wreaks havoc in Meerut

2010-02-26 - Meerut, India.

An elephant wreaked havoc on the streets of Uttar Pradesh's Meerut city after being abandoned by his keeper. Named 'Happy', the elephant became unhappy when abandoned and ran amok for the next 18 hours along the city's main highway, trampling vehicles and neighbouring farmland.


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death

72-year-old temple elephant dies

2010-02-25 - Guruvayur, India.

A 72-year-old elephant of the Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple here died at the jumbo park in the temple town today. Ramachandran had been keeping indifferent health for the last few years, a temple official said. A favourite of elephant lovers, Ramachandran was donated to the temple by the royal house of Zamorins of Malabar in 1942. He was retired from temple duties 10 years ago, in-charge of the elephant park Kunnathur Kotta said.


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conflict

Elephants from Nepal kill 1, injure eight in Uttar Pradesh

2010-02-25 - Dudhwa, India.

One person was killed and several injured when a herd of elephants which had apparently strayed in from Nepal went on a rampage in a village in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Thursday. At least eight people were reported to be severely injured and crops worth thousands of rupees were damaged over the past two days, with the pachyderms trampling everything and anything that came in their path in the vicinity of the Katarniya Ghat Tiger Reserve, that falls under the extended pa...


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Jumbo calves in Jalpaiguri are specially trained for patrolling

2010-02-25 - Jalpaiguri, India.

Wildlife authorities here are imparting special patrolling training to rescued elephant calves at the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri District. Buddhadeb Mondal, a forest ranger at the sanctuary, said six calves, ranging from three to four days to a year, are being trained.


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2010-01-15 - New Delhi, India. Archana Jyoti

It's a new year gift to nearly 1,000 elephants and other wild species who can now wander freely without any human interference through the Kollegal corridor in Karnataka. This has been made possible by an NGO, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) supported by its partner ? the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) which has purchased nearly 25 acre-Kollegal (Edayarhalli?Doddasampige) elephant corridor from private ownership and transferred to the state government.


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conflict

Elephants kill 29 people in Chhattisgarh in 2009

2010-01-14 - Raipur, India.

At least 29 people were trampled to death by elephants last year in Chhattisgarh, one of the worst states hit by man-elephant conflict, the state assembly was told Thursday. Forest Minister Vikram Usendi told the house that the government was trying to find a permanent solution to the decades-old man-elephant conflict and is willing to set up “elephant villages” in state’s northern region, comprising Surguja, Jashpur, Koria, Korba and Raigarh districts.


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conflict

Tuskers attack three mahouts

2010-01-14 - Thrissur, India.

The mahouts of three elephants were injured in three separate incidents in Kottayam and Thrissur districts on Saturday and Sunday. Gopi of Chorimanthiyil House in Idukki - mahout of tusker Venattumattom Kithappilly Rajan - was seriously injured when the elephant attacked him after it ran amok at Mundakkayam on Sunday. The tusker which is being used for transporting timber has a history of masth, alleged the Elephant Lovers Association. Gopi is undergoing treatment at Kottayam Medical College.


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Four wild elephants mowed down by train

2010-01-02 - Guwahati, India.

Four wild Asiatic elephants, including two calves, were mowed down by a speeding goods train Saturday in Assam, officials said. A railway spokesperson said the incident occurred near Walingdisa railway station in Karbi Anglong district, about 270 km east of Assam’s main city Guwahati. The train was transporting petroleum products.


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conflict

Elephant runs amok at Lord Venkateswara shrine

2010-01-01 - Tirupati, India.

An elephant ran amok at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here today, creating panic for a while. The six-year old temple elephant Avanija panicked after a stray dog came close to her, temple sources said. Devotees, who had thronged the temple on New Year's Day, ran helter-skelter. In the melee, two persons received minor injuries, the sources said, adding they were treated as out-patients at a local hospital.


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Anti-poaching camps for Bannerghatta

2009-12-27 - Bangalore, India.

The recent poaching of two elephants in the Bannerghatta National Park has prompted the Forest Department to set up two anti-poaching camps in the national park near the inter-State border with Tamil Nadu. This is the first time that the anti-poaching camps are coming up in the area. Two tuskers were found shot dead in the Harohalli range of the Bannerghatta National Park near the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border on Saturday. While the tusks of one elephant were removed, those of the other were intac...


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No jumbo performance in Pune circus

2009-12-22 - Pune, India. Vivek Sabnis

Circus may soon phase out elephants after an order from Central Zoo Authority. The popular Rambo circus will probably not have its most famous elephant trick this season. And this is because the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) is contemplating to move all elephants from the zoo and circuses to wildlife parks and sanctuaries.


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Elephant charging jeep in kerala, india

2009-12-17 - Kochi, India. theanand


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No decision to free all captive elephants: Indian Government

2009-12-14 - New Delhi, India.

The government has not taken any decision to free all captive elephants to wild, the Rajya Sabha was told today. However, a decision to rehabilitate captive elephants only from zoos to the wild has been taken, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena, who is currently holding the charge of Environment Ministry, said in a written reply.


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conflict

Wild elephants damage tea garden in Siliguri

2009-12-13 - Siliguri, India.

A herd of 20 wild elephants damaged a tea garden in the Dooars region here on Saturday. The jumbos were first sighted by tealeaf pluckers on Saturday morning. The elephants came in from the nearby forest. They were roaming around in the tea garden and also uprooted plants. They were chased from the other side as they came in here, said Niranjan Roy, a resident.


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Lakshmi and Anarkali, both in their fifties, were brought to the zoo when they were just 15

Trunk-ating a bond

2009-12-09 - Mumbai, India. Lata Mishra and Mitali Parekh

After years of campaigning by animal rights organisations, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) passed an order last month making it mandatory for circuses and zoos across the country to free their elephants and relocate them in sanctuaries, camps and reserves. However, authorities at the Byculla zoo - which received a notice to this effect last week - are worried the shift will be too traumatic for their two elephants.


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Cops run for cover as wild jumbos enter police station

2009-12-07 - Raipur, India.

About a dozen cops on duty at a police station in Chhattisgarh ran for cover when they found a herd of wild jumbos roaming in the complex, authorities said Monday. We are always prepared for any Maoist attack but we never thought of facing jumbos. We ran for cover when eight wild elephants entered the police station premises late Saturday, Assistant sub-inspector Krishna Singh told IANS.


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Jaipur"s farmers face wrath of pachyderm power

2009-12-07 - Kendrapada, India.

The sighting of elephants in human habitats is not a new phenomenon, especially to people living in villages bordering the forests. But the problem comes when these tuskers descend in herds, rampaging through farmlands and destroying crops, thereby robbing the only sustenance of the peasants in these villages.


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32 humans and 23 elephants killed in Keonjhar in 3 years

2009-12-07 - Kendujhar, India.

It was no isolated incident, when an elephant attacked Pipilia village in Ghatagaon and killed a 30-year old youth on Friday. Kandarpa Mohanta, a small trader and resident of nearby Toranipokhari village, came face to face with an elephant while going to the market on his cycle. It was the fifth incident in the past six months in the area.


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A warning to elephant owners

2009-12-04 - Kottor, India. R. Ayyappan

There are plans to transfer a nine-year-old she elephant called Sreelakshmi from far north of the State in Neeleshwaram to the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre here in Kottur. If this happens, the Forest Department would make history. The elephant will be the first one to be seized by the Department from a private owner in the State.


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Little big story

2009-12-02 - Mumbai, India. Alaka Sahani

After impressing critics at the Mumbai Film Festival, director Aijaz Khan’s debut feature film White Elephant is being shown in the Indian Panorama section of the Goa Film Festival. How was it directing an elephant? Oh! it was difficult and it needed patience, but it was such an exhilarating, enriching and moving experience that I’ll never ever forget it.


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