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Animal rights group urges court to recognize Bronx Zoo elephant as person

2020-11-19 - Bronx, United States.

Happy the elephant was the center of attention in court Thursday when five state appellate judges debated whether the beloved Bronx Zoo mammal should be recognized as a person. However, the judges were skeptical in granting “personhood” to the 49-year-old female Asian elephant.


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Peshawar Zoo authorities move court seeking permission to import elephants

2020-11-16 - Peshawar, Pakistan.

The authorities of the Peshawar Zoo have approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to import a pair of elephants from Zimbabwe. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, has issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the hearing for two weeks.


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Juno the Elephant will undergo surgery to remove tumor no longer responding to chemo

2020-11-13 - El Paso, United States.

One of the El Paso Zoo’s Asian elephants, Juno, will undergo her seventh cancer treatment this week. In October 2016, Juno was diagnosed with a malignant mass in her right mammary gland, commonly known as breast cancer. This is the only currently known case of breast cancer in an elephant; elephants are generally not diagnosed with cancer.


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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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The elephant, named Nga-Sun, was found collapsed on a palm plantation by villagers in Rayong province last month

Elephant shot fifteen times dies in agony after succumbing to its wounds in Thailand

2020-11-12 - Rayong, Thailand.

The elephant, named Nga-Sun, was found collapsed on a palm plantation by villagers in Rayong province last month. Vets from the local wildlife team identified gunshot wounds across the animal's buttocks, tail, and front leg. The wounds had punctured major internal organs such as its lungs, heart, spleen, and intestines.


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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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Cambodia Ministry says Asian elephants face threat

2020-11-10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Soth Koemsoeun

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the Asian elephant is being severely threatened in world sanctuaries. Airavata Elephant Foundation president Chenda Clais said on November 10 that wild elephants face trapping, a lack of proper shelter and daily food in the dry season. Population growth has also fuelled the human demand for land.


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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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Nepalese Mahout killed in elephant attack

2020-11-08 - Nawalapur, Nepal.

A mahout has died when an elephant attacked him while grazing it inside the Chitwan National Park. The deceased is 36-year-old Hansaraj Kunmar Dhami of Chandranigahapur, Rautahat. He had been currently residing in Ratnanagar municipality-6 in Chitwan. A four and half years old male elephant named Rajagaja had attacked the mahout.


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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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NBC 7’s Dagmar Midcap traveled to Kenya to document efforts being made to save and protect elephants

2020-11-06 - Sereolipi, Kenya.

Nestled in the foothills of Samburu County in northern Kenya is Africa’s first community-owned elephant orphanage. This magical place of healing and hope is named Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Reteti rescues and releases orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, while at the same time creating much-needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them. It’s a community partnership that is reshaping conservation methods and healing centuries of human-wildlife conflict.


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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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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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Corruption of some wildlife officers and undue political and other interference are major challenges to overcome the illegal capture and domestic trade of wild elephants in Sri Lanka, a recent study has highlighted.

Report on illegal capture, trade of wild elephants in Sri Lanka

2020-11-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The research team observed that the last elephant birth in captivity was recorded in 1994. “However, the report submitted to the Magistrate’s Court by the Wildlife Conservation Department (DWC) Director Gen­eral on July 9, 2015 stated that 37 applications had been submitted for registration of elephant calves born in captivity during the period of 2000 to 2015. This raises a serious suspicion about the origin of these 37 elephant calves,” the report said.


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New $84 million elephant sanctuary to be developed at Victorias Werribee Zoo

2020-11-04 - Werribee, Australia.

Victoria’s Werribee Open Range Zoo is set to receive $84 million funding to develop a new elephant sanctuary. Announced yesterday by Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, the $84 million for the project will be part of the state’s 2020/21 budget. The investment will include a new elephant sanctuary, with six Asian elephants to be moved to Werribee Zoo’s 22 hectares from the two hectares at Melbourne Zoo.


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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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Botswana’s elephant population have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers.

Botswana Wants Angola’s Exiled Elephants to Return Home

2020-11-04 - Gaborone, Botswana. Mbongeni Mguni

Botswana’s tourism industry, which accounts for a fifth of the economy, is heavily reliant on the world’s biggest elephant population, but the animals have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers. Now, elephants are beginning to migrate into neighboring Angola and the governments of both countries are helping them do so by removing land mines left over from Angola’s civil war and tearing down fences.


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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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Tulsa Zoo welcomes new Asian elephant, giraffe and white rhino

2020-11-03 - Tulsa, United States. Cory Smith, KTUL staff

48-year-old female Asian elephant Booper was relocated to Tulsa zoo from Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, a private animal facility that is discontinuing its elephant program.


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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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Elephant calf inadvertently killed by herd in Zurich zoo

2020-11-02 - Zurich, Switzerland.

On August 19, 2020, an elephant cow named Omysha gave birth to her first calf. It was subsequently kicked to death by the herd, prompting an internal investigation. An assessment of the video recordings, with the help of external zoologists and elephant experts from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), concluded that calf barely moved after birth.


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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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Ueno Zoo Celebrates 1st Birth of Elephant

2020-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

Ueno Zoo has seen the first birth of a baby elephant since it opened in 1882. Authai, a female Asian elephant at the zoo in Tokyo, gave birth to a male cub at 5:44 a.m. Saturday (8:44 p.m. Friday GMT), the zoo has said. The baby elephant measures 1 meter in height to its back and weighs 120.5 kilograms. The mother and the baby are both in good condition, according to the zoo.


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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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Yangon Zoo celebrates Momo’s birthday, away from crowds

2020-10-27 - Yangoon, Myanmar.

The Yangon Zoo’s most celebrated resident, Momo the elephant celebrated her 67th birthday at a party organised by zoo staff. Now approaching 70, Momo is one of the oldest Asian elephants in the world. Momo first arrived at Yangon Zoo at the age of 7, and has since entertained visitors with her talents for spraying water and kicking footballs.


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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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Baby Opal born at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens Pattaya

2020-10-26 - Pattaya, Thailand. Patcharapol Panrak

At 09.09 on October 26, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya president Kamphol Tansajja held a religious ceremony to welcome a new born female elephant. The baby jumbo was born on October 19 to parents father Ning Nong, 25, and mother Pailin, 19, and was given the name Opal. Pailin had given birth to three babies before, Tubtim, 9, Mukda, 6, and Paetai, 2 and a half.


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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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On this date in Maine history: Oct. 25, 1836

2020-10-25 - Penobscot Bay, United States.

The passenger steamship Royal Tar, heading from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Portland, burns and sinks in Penobscot Bay while carrying a variety of circus animals, as well as 72 passengers and 21 crew members. Eventually, Mogul the elephant, standing on deck throughout the fire, crashes through the ship’s rail and falls to the water, taking some unfortunate passengers with him. Of all the fatalities, 31 people drown and one is burned to death.


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Cameroon arrests ivory smugglers, seizes nearly 120 elephant tusks

2020-10-24 - Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Cameroon authorities arrested four ivory smugglers attempting to transport nearly 120 elephant tusks through the country’s south, officials said Friday. The group had trafficked nearly 675 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of the illicit cargo from neighboring Gabon, which is home to more than half of Africa’s remaining forest elephants.


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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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Jack the elephant bull (27) has moved from Basel Zoo and returned home to Sosto Zoo in Hungary.

2020-10-22 - Sosto, Hungary.

Jack moved into the new, recently opened Tembea elephant enclosure in May 2017. He spent three and a half years at Basel Zoo. Last Tuesday, he returned to Hungary as agreed. There were no offspring born during his stay – even though he had some encounters with Basel Zoo’s females, none of them became pregnant.


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Ranch provides un-herd of experience in east Bradenton

2020-10-21 - Myakka, United States. Liz Ramos

When going to the Myakka Elephant Ranch, be sure not to have anything sweet in your pocket because Lou, an African savanna elephant, will be able to sniff it out. Public can visit Myakka City nonprofit and its three elephants starting in November.


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Central Highlands province mulls ban on elephant rides on safety, welfare concerns

2020-10-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Tran Hoa, Nguyen Quy

Authorities in Dak Lak Province are considering calling a halt to the famous elephant-back tours following accidents and animal protection concerns. Nguyen Thuy Phuong Hieu, deputy director of the Central Highlands province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said at a recent tourism conference that the tours, which activists describe as "exploitation" of elephants, would stop.


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Kester Vickery and Emma Fearnhead of Conservation Solutions administer some necessary drugs to ensure the Tusker is safely transported to its new home.

‘Majestic giants’ introduced into community owned reserves to strengthen elephant gene poole

2020-10-21 - Mkuze, South Africa.

in a joint operation between WILDLANDS – a programme of the WILDTRUST, the Aspinall Foundation (in partnership with Albus Environmental), Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Conservation Solutions, a 20-year-old Tusker was successfully translocated from Tembe Elephant Park, owned by the Tembe Traditional Authority to Somkhanda Game Reserve, owned and managed by the Emvokweni Community Trust. Tembe Elephant Park was established in 1983 to protect the last remaining herds of free-roaming elephants in Sout...


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Caught out in a virus world: Elephant camps across Thailand are attempting to reinvent their image as they shift their focus to domestic tourism in a bid to survive

2020-10-21 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Focusing on animal welfare, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working with the Department of Livestock Development, veterinarians and elephant experts to seek a solution in enhancing the standards of elephant camps and mahouts around the country.


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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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A herd of elephants crosses a rural road in Xishuangbanna on April 7.

Human-elephant conflict escalates in China"s Xishuangbanna

2020-10-20 - Xishuangbanna, China.

According to the local forest authority, human deaths and injuries from wild elephant attacks in Xishuangbanna have soared since 2016. In 2019 alone, 12 people were killed by wild elephants in the prefecture, compared with 33 over the two decades through 2010. So far in 2020, seven people have died in clashes with wild elephants.


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The year four top-flight circuses came to Cedar Rapids

2020-10-20 - Cedar Rapids, United States. Joe Coffey, The History Center

The Van Amburgh circus that came to Cedar Rapids was run by his longtime manager, Hyatt Frost. It boasted its three tents held “300 men and horses,” the “largest elephant in captivity” and a “double company of star performers.”


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Why We Should Be Alarmed By This Wild Elephant Getting Its Foot Badly Hurt By A Hunter’s Trap In Kelantan

2020-10-20 - Kelantan, Malaysia. AKMAL HAKIM

Wildlife authorities managed to rescue an endangered female Asian elephant that sustained injuries to its right foot after being ensnared in a trap near Kampung Renyuk in Jeli. Fortunately, authorities were able to safely remove the snare from the elephant’s foot and provided it with food and medical attention.


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Baby elephant rescued from pond in southwest China

2020-10-20 - Pu'er City, China.

A baby Asian elephant was rescued on October 17 after it got trapped in a pond in Pu'er City, Yunnan Province. Forest service center staff members discovered the elephant at around 22:30. After freeing the baby, they treated its bruises and returned it to its mother.


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Kelantan Perhilitan personnel leading Awang Uban, Rambai and Abot away.

Wild jumbo relocated to Taman Negara

2020-10-19 - Kuala Krai, Malaysia.

A wild elephant named Awang Uban which encroached into Kampung Tok Uban, Lata Rek, has been relocated by the Kelantan Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) to Taman Negara. Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) operations chief Mohamad Khairul Adha Mat Amin said the wild elephant entered the village from the nearby Lata Rek Forest Reserve in search of food.


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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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Cover Story: Death Follows as People Push Into Elephant Enclave

2020-10-19 - Xishuangbanna, China.

Xishuangbanna, the southern-most prefecture in China's Yunnan province, is known as a safe haven for wild Asian elephants where hundreds of the giant animals live in the sprawling tropical rainforests. But balancing modern human activities with protection of wildlife has never been easy. For some people in Xishuangbanna, coexistence with the wild elephants is becoming more and more challenging, or even fatal.


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Big tuskers arrive in Eastern Cape

2020-10-19 - Makhanda, South Africa. GUY ROGERS

Two elephants from Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal have arrived at Buffalo Kloof near Makhanda as part of a project to secure their big tusker genetics.


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Two female pachyderms, 25 rangers help to relocate Kuala Krai wild elephant

2020-10-18 - Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

A 2.5-tonne wild male elephant, caught yesterday after it entered a village presumably in search of food, has been relocated to the Kelantan National Park in Kuala Koh. 25 rangers were involved in the operation, and two tame female elephants, named Rambai and Abot, were used to persuade and lure the wild elephant into relocating.


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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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Zoo Miami elephant Ongard treated after injuring tusk

2020-10-16 - Miami, United States.

The 10-year-old pachyderm “volunteered” to have his injury checked out and was very cooperative during the procedure, doctors said. Ongard will undergo treatment as soon as his results are back. Zoo Miami gave the elephant a home back in 2018 from a zoo in Melbourne, Australia. He is the first Asian elephant born in Australia and the first to ever leave the country.


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Deaths signal the return of tuberculosis among captive elephants in Chitwan

2020-10-16 - Kathmandu, Nepal. Chandan Kumar Mandal

Captive elephants of Chitwan National Park have once again started dying from tuberculosis, bringing back the memories of deaths among elephants due to TB at a worrying rate. Three domestic elephants belonging to the national park have died so far this fiscal year. The park has confirmed TB as the reason behind the death of two elephants while the cause of the third death has yet to be ascertained. The latest casualty is also linked to TB as the elephant had been sick for a long time and was onc...


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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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TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The new website, named ETIS Online, was produced following a request made at the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in 2017. The site aims to bolster the collection of data on seizures involving elephant specimens and access to such data by submitting Parties. The new functionalities will facilitate enriching data available for analysis to inform international policy relating to preventing and addressing illegal ivory trade.


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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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Jai Dee was only three years old

Taronga Zoo’s Beloved Baby Elephant Jai Dee Has Sadly Passed Away

2020-10-14 - Sydney, Australia. Krisinda Merhi

Jai Dee started to show signs of abdominal pain Monday morning and was quickly treated. By midday, Jai Dee was displaying normal behaviour and was monitored closely by keepers and veterinarians, but unfortunately, his condition deteriorated rapidly yesterday morning and despite a full emergency response he devastatingly passed away later that day.


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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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This is where she was born, where she grew up, and what she is used to accept as her home.

Happy Birthday! Pregolja in Kaliningrad Zoo is 50 years old. An older elephant with a mixed life.

2020-10-12 - Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.

We dont know if she will get any presents. Lets just hope, that there is a dedicated elephant keeper there, who will try to make her happier today, than usually. Lets also hope that this keeper actually try to do do a descent work every day, and the fact that Pregolja is still living, and getting 50 years old, is an indication that she is taken good care of.


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41st Annual Conference Will be Virtual and Free to All EMA Members

2020-10-12 - Houston, United States. Elephant Managers Association

For the first time, EMA will host our annual conference virtually, free to all members! EMA will host the EMA virtual conference the same week as previously scheduled via Zoom


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The Circus Was Born in Putnam County

2020-10-10 - New York, United States.

The Putnam County Historian’s Office, in partnership with Southeast Museum, recently created a virtual exhibit called Historic Putnam County & the Birth of the American Circus from the early days of Old Bet, an elephant rented out by Nathan Howes of Southeast, to the development of menageries, and Seth B. Howes’ addition of acrobats and clowns that eventually all performed in a ring under a big top.


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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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UM paleontologists discover fossil of extinct elephant in Gopeng cave

2020-10-09 - PETALING JAYA, Malaysia.

Paleontologists from Universiti Malaya (UM) have discovered the fossil of a stegodon, an extinct elephant, in a limestone cave in Gopeng, Perak. It is the first stegodon fossil to have been discovered in Malaysia, with a rough geological age of between 30,000 and 80,000 years.


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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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Elephant keepers at Sauraha used to earn Rs 100,000 per month before the Covid-19 pandemic upended their business

Sauraha elephant keepers hope cooperative model to revive pandemic-hit safari business

2020-10-08 - Sauraha, Nepal.

For months, elephant owners in Sauraha have been struggling to feed their elephants as there are no tourists visiting the place these days. No tourists mean no business. Under a revenue-sharing cooperative mode, the elephant keepers in Sauraha have agreed to look after the elephants together and share the safari income in the coming days.


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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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Sophi, a 52-year-old African elephant, has died at the Indianapolis Zoo

2020-10-08 - Indianapolis, United States. Lawrence Andrea, Indianapolis Star

Zoo officials said they made "the difficult decision" to euthanize Sophi after her condition declined over the last few days. At 52 years old, Sophi "was among the oldest African elephants in human care in North America."


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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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Elephant camp visists to learn their husbandry, habits and friendships were highlights for Tiger Tops guests in Chitwan. Photo: Lisa Choegyal

MUST READ ARTICLE: The elephant dilemma. By following the sound science, Nepal could lead Asia in tourism best practice

2020-10-04 - Kathmandu, Nepal. Lisa Choegyal

According to science, neither is there any moral high ground to be gained by not riding elephants. Studies show that rides are not necessarily a problem provided they are done the right way, in the right terrain and with the right professional care. Elephant treatment must be based on science and experience, not on emotion and sentiment.


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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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A staff member feeds milk to Ayeyar Sein in Wingabaw Elephant Camp, Bago, Myanmar, September 27, 2019

Baby elephant nursed back to health at Myanmar sanctuary

2020-10-02 - Bago, Myanmar.

Baby elephant Ayeyar Sein trumpets impatiently as a vet prepares her milk bottle and walks cautiously, her front left leg in a splint made of bamboo and cloth bandages. The four-month-old calf was rescued from a hunter's snare trap in the forest of Myanmar's southwest Ayeyarwaddy region last month and is now being looked after by staff at the Wingabaw elepant sanctuary, an hour's drive northeast of Yangon.


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HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT SOARS IN SRI LANKA; GREEN ACTIVISTS BLAME HABITAT LOSS

2020-10-02 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Siddharthya Roy and Judy Isacoff

The rate of human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka has increased exponentially in recent years. The highest number of human-elephant conflicts since 1948 was recorded in 2019, with 405 elephants and 121 humans reported dead, ,” said Sajeewa Chamikara, a member of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, a nongovernment organization.


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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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Stephanie of Monaco, 55, spoke out against animal rights activists and France

Princess Stephanie of Monaco claims circus animals are "well-treated and spoiled’ and likens France’s recent decision to forbid travelling shows with wild animals to "banning farming"

2020-10-02 - Roc Agel, Monaco. CLAIRE TOUREILLE

Princess Stephanie of Monaco has spoken out against a ban on wild animals in circuses in France, claiming the creatures are treated like 'family' by their handlers. The Monaco royal, 55, who is the patron of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, told local paper Monaco Matin that circus animals are 'loved and spoiled', saying: 'We've come a long way since the stool and the whip.'


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The Ringling Brothers Circus elephants passing the San Antonio Mantel Company back in 1898. The tall building in background is the Wright Building (northwest corner of Houston and Navarro Streets). (Photos courtesy UTSA Libraries Special Collections)

When the Circus came to town

2020-10-02 - San Antonio, United States. SBG

The streets of San Antonio would be lined with people as elephants, performers and clowns would parade down the street to let everybody know that the circus was in town. Ringling Brothers made its first visit to San Antonio back in 1894 when they still used the seven-pole big top tent.


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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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Wild Elephants Spotted Foraging for Food in Trash Dump Encroaching on Their Land in Sri Lanka

2020-10-01 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Benjamin VanHoose

Photographer Tharmaplan Tilaxan of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, captured a series of snapshots that document the large wild animals sifting through an open-area landfill located next to a nearby jungle.


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IMO to develop guidelines for the prevention and suppression of wildlife trafficking

2020-09-30 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have approved a proposal by the Kenya government for the development of guidelines for the prevention and suppression of wildlife smuggling using international shipping. The decision was taken at the 44th meeting of the FAL Convention on facilitation of international maritime traffic.


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Overpopulation at Pinnawala discussed in Sri Lankas Parliament-

2020-09-30 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

At the Parliament session held today (25), Minister of Tourism, Prasanna Ranatunga has said that the elephant population at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has exceeded its capacity and its revenue has also dropped significantly in the recent past


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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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DNA research supports captive breeding programmes in zoos

2020-09-29 - Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dr. M (Mirte) Bosse

Researchers from the Animal Breeding and Genomics group at Wageningen University & Research now join forces with studbook keepers from Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) by performing DNA research to facilitate proper management of captive populations. In a recent kickoff meeting both institutions laid the foundation for future collaborative research.


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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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Peggy left, and Booper, the sanctuarys last living elephant.

Peggy at Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary has died

2020-09-29 - Greenbrier, United States.

Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary announced on their Facebook the death of † Peggy, one of the oldest elephants in North America. Peggy peacefully passed away from natural causes.


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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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Elephant mahout killed in tiger attack in Chitwan National Park

2020-09-28 - CHITWAN, Nepal. TILAKRAM RIMAL

The deceased has been identified as Babana Chaudhary (55) of Ratnanagar Municipality-6 in Chitwan district.
According to information officer and assistant conservation officer at CNP, Ashok Ram, Chaudhary was attacked by a tiger while he had gone to graze a domestic elephant into Kumroj Intermediate Community Forest, Chaudhary was cutting grass and collecting foliage when suddenly, the big cat pounced on him.


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A Thai elephant could be in your next Zoom call. (Photo: Anantara Hotels)

For US$75, you can Zoom with elephants in Thailand and help fund their care

2020-09-28 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Pioneering elephant welfare charity, The Human Elephant Learning Programs Foundation (H-ELP), is partnering with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) to launch a global service that stars elephants in Zoom video calls live from their natural habitat in Northern Thailand’s ancient jungle.


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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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Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo

ZimParks Lament Elephant Overpopulation

2020-09-27 - Harare, Zimbabwe.

We are battling an over population of this species, against an ecological carrying capacity of around 15 000 we are talking of between 45 000 and 53 000 between Hwange-Matesti block. For years this has been the problem and the threat now is vegetation which is their food and habitat loss for these and other animals in the park,


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Mahaveli is a success. But ….

2020-09-27 - Mahaveli, Sri Lanka. Chanaka Bandarage

Mahaveli Development Program is a national development program of Sri Lanka with irrigation development of about 365,000 hectares of land and development of hydro power. Thanks to the accelerated Mahaveli Program, the human – elephant conflict took an adverse upturn. It is estimated that over 256,000 hectares of virgin forest lands became Mahaveli land.


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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage runs risk of being blacklisted: Minister

2020-09-26 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was facing a risk of being blacklisted for tourists due to various reasons including the overcrowding of the orphanage, and Bottle feeding was stopped as it was not good to give the baby elephants artificial milk. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunge said.


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Asian elephant Bambi arrived to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil (ESB) from Ribeirão Zoo

2020-09-26 - Chapada dos Guimaraes, Brazil. Elephant Sanctuary Brazil Blog

Bambi is home at the sanctuary! The crate is being unloaded now. The Facebook Live feed of her arrival is in progress.


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The elephant house in Tierpark Berlin is now empty, first time since 1955

2020-09-25 - Berlin, Germany. Dan Koehl

The last elephants left East Berlin Tierpark to Leipzig today, leaving the elephant house empty for the first time since 1955. After renovation, which will take two years, only African elephants will be kept in the renovated house in Berlin Tierpark.


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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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Elephants will be released in 2,500-acre habitat in northeastern Florida

White Oak Welcomes the Largest Asian Elephant Herd in the Western Hemisphere

2020-09-23 - Yulee, United States. Melissa Harris

White Oak Conservation has started construction on a new 2,500-acre home for Asian elephants. Most of these elephants previously traveled throughout the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® until they were retired in 2016. Thirty elephants will be released in the northeastern Florida refuge, owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter, as soon as it is ready. The first arrivals are expected in 2021.


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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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Dulal Chandra Roy, a farmer from Lalmonirhat’s Panchagram union, has sold his lands to buy his wife an elephant to fulfil her dream

Farmer buys elephant to fulfil wife’s dream

2020-09-22 - Lalmonirhat , Bangladesh. United News of Bangladesh

Dulal Chandra Roy, a farmer from Lalmonirhat’s Panchagram union, sold his lands to buy an elephant for his wife. His wife Tulsi Rani Dasi said that she had received a divine instruction in her dreams about a year ago to buy an elephant and take care of it. It was not the first time she bought animals after dreaming of them. A few years ago Tulsi bought a horse, a swan and a goat.


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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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About 350 elephants in the Okavanko delta died between May and June. Photograph: Handout

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

2020-09-22 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off. The mysterious death of 350 elephants in the Okavango delta between May and June baffled conservationists, with leading theories suggesting they were killed by a rodent virus known as EMC (encephalomyocarditis) or toxins from algal blooms.


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EMA Virtual 5K for Elephant Appreciation Day

2020-09-22 - Houston, United States. Elephant Managers Association (EMA)

Join the herd! Walk, bike, swim, or hike in honor of elephants around the world on Elephant Appreciation Day, September 22, 2020. By signing up for this virtual 5K event, proceeds will go to the EMA to aid in our mission: enhancing the welfare and survival of the world's elephants through improving communication, husbandry, research, education, and conservation.


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Seneca Park Zoo celebrating Elephant Week

2020-09-21 - Rochester, United States.

Content and projects will be available on the zoo’s social media accounts, and donations will be collected to support African elephant conservation with the International Elephant Foundation. Zookeepers will compete against Genny C., Lilac and Moki in a watermelon eating contest and guests at the zoo are encouraged to wear grey over the weekend of Sept. 25.


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Old Male Elephants Are Still Important, Scientists Say

2020-09-21 - London, United Kingdom. Sara Tabin

Old male elephants might have an important role to play in helping younger males learn to navigate their environment, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who watched groups of male African savannah elephants traveling together at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana.


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Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga (fourth right) receives key replica of Nissan 10-tonne truck from representatives of Tan Chong Motor

Anonymous donor gives 10-tonne truck to Sabah Wildlife Dept for elephant rescue

2020-09-21 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Avila Geraldine

The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) received a surprise asset boost when an anonymous individual donated a 10-tonne truck, to help in its efforts to save the Bornean elephants. The Nissan truck, fully-equipped with an 8-ton crane, was handed over to the department director Augustine Tuuga by representatives of Tan Chong Motors at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, near here.


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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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Govt undecided about two bears, lone elephant in Islamabad’s zoo

2020-09-21 - Islamabad, Pakistan.

“The expert committee formed to assist the government to shift the zoo animals, following Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders, has some reservations.“One of the experts in the committee advises against shifting the elephant to Cambodia. “He fears that Kaavan might not survive the journey, and even if it does, it will be isolated in the new home.” The government is also considering the suggestion of improving the existing living conditions for Kaavan to international standards, expanding th...


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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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Photo: The movie tells the inspiring story of a real circus gorilla (courtesy of IMDb)

The One and Only Ivan is one of a kind

2020-09-20 - Silver Spring, United States. Isabel Corvington

The film is based on the best selling novel by Katherine Applegate. The film portrays the captivity of circus animals as not black and white, but more nuanced, something that is not often seen in movies surrounding animal captivity. The animals aren’t always upset about performing in the circus, and have a mostly positive outlook on their lives. Additionally, there is no clear villain in the film. Even the somewhat greedy circus’ ringleader Mack (Brian Cranston), who holds the animals captiv...


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Animal adoption at Yangon Zoo

2020-09-19 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Yangon Zoo is noted for having Mo Mo, the oldest resident in the zoo, who turns 67 this October. The animal adoption program includes three other female elephants – Myo Myo, Ma Hla Chaw and Ma Chaw Lay. They are fed on 10 pounds of wheat, jaggery, salt and 300 pounds of grass twice a day. The cost of adopting one of these pachyderms is K500,000 for one month. Momo was born in Loikaw in 1953, and arrived in Yangon at the age of seven. Mo Mo is a female elephant, and has never mated with any of ...


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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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Uda Walawe’s iconic elephant Rambo to be translocated

2020-09-17 - Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka. Srilal Mithapala

There is reliable information coming through that the iconic elephant of Uda Walawe, Rambo, may be captured and translocated to a holding ground by the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). (political and biased article)


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Online misinformation follows rare sighting of baby elephant twins in Sri Lanka

2020-09-16 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

After the rare sighting of twin elephant calves in Sri Lanka in July 2020, misleading claims and old photographs have circulated on Facebook. Some posts falsely claim the Sri Lankan pair were the first twin baby elephants born in South Asia. Other posts share images of elephants in South Africa, misrepresenting them as recent photos of the new baby elephants.


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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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How do giraffes and elephants alter the African Savanna landscape?

2020-09-14 - Nanyuki, Kenya. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

As they roam around the African savanna in search for food, giraffes and elephants alter the diversity and richness of its vegetation. By studying the foraging patterns of these megaherbivores across different terrains in a savanna in Kenya, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and collaborating institutions discovered that these large mammals prefer to eat their meals on flat ground, potentially impacting the growth and survival of plant species on even savanna lan...


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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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Tembe, a northern KZN elephant, stood head and shoulders above his new friends in Addo.

Much-loved elephant bull Tembe dies in Addo Elephant Park

2020-09-13 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Conservative staff didn’t pick up on his collar’s signal earlier this week and and subsequently went in search of him. It would appear as if this magnificent tusker had an awkward fall, from which he was not able recover.


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Photo: T.K. Broyles, Clinchfield Railroad employee

Today in Elephant History: Sept. 13

2020-09-13 - Erin, United States. Dan Koehl

Mary was a 5 ton heavy female asian elephant hanged in Erwin, Tennessee, after killing the elephant groom Walter "Red" Eldridge, in Kingsport, in 12th of September 1916. Charlie and Addie Sparks decided that the elephant must be killed. One option was to take her to nearby Erwin, where there was large cranes at the railway station, where she could be killed by hanging. Still, today, Erwin is known as the town that hanged the elephant.


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Baby elephant takes a nap

2020-09-13 - Sabi Sands, South Africa.

The video of a baby elephant taking a nap in Sabi Sands, South Africa has won the hearts of thousands of netizens.


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Young injured elephant in Maasai Mara treated by vet

2020-09-12 - Maasai Mara, Kenya.

On Thursday's "Great Wildebeest Migration" live broadcast, a young elephant was spotted limping in the bush alone in Kenya's Maasai Mara. Its right foreleg was broken and the vet had to check it.


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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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Photos of the two elephants which crossed over from the Ziama Man and Biosphere Reserve in Guinea seen in Nimba County, Liberia – FDA rangers seen in photo (right) providing protection

Rare Sighting Of Forest Elephants From Guinea Brings Renewed Hope For Elephant Conservation In Liberia

2020-09-11 - Monrovia, Burundi.


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A wild elephant is prepared to be transported as part of operations carried out by authorities to catch and relocate wild elephants who have upset farming communities, in Guitry, Ivory Coast Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. An elephant who was named Hamed by the residents in the southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and moved to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits a transfer to an appropriate park, in an effort to save the dwindling population.

Ivory Coast relocates elephants to save dwindling population

2020-09-11 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Hilaire Zon

An elephant named Hamed by residents in a southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and relocated to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits transfer to a park where authorities hope he will have non-human company instead.


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2020-09-10 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan police arrest poacher with 14 kg elephant tusksSecurity officers in the northwestern Kenya town of Kitale on Thursday arrested a poacher in possession of 14 kilograms of elephant tusks with a market value of 1.4 million shillings (about 14,000 U.S dollars).


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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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Elephant News website is repaired and working!

2020-09-10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Good News! The Elephant News website is working again, so far just the latest news from this year, but over 7 000 old news are stored and searchable. You can also click on the links for country, location, category, or specific year to list archived news.


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Fritha and Richard Chiger. Photo © Jeff Joyce

Asian elephant Fritha in Dawn Animal Agency has died, 49 years old

2020-09-10 - Westtown, N.Y., United States. The-Sanctuary-For-Animals Facebook

Fritha died 49 years old, September 5th, 2020 at Dawn Animal Agency. Fritha was born in Viet Nam in 1971. She was rescued, after being hit with napalm during the war when she was a month or two, and sent to The Sanctuary for animals in the USA.


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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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Milwaukee County Zoo shows off recently-expanded African elephant herd

2020-09-09 - Milwaukee, United States. CBS 58 Newsroom

The Milwaukee County Zoo showed its recently-expanded African elephant herd Wednesday, Sept. 9. A new elephant, "Belle," arrived last November. She's been getting used to her new neighbors, Brittany and Ruth.


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Giraffe, rhino fossils discovered in Turkey"s Kayseri

2020-09-09 - Istanbul, Turkey. DAILY SABAH

Atrove of fossils found by the excavation team on the banks of Yamula Dam in the central province of Kayseri points to the fact that this commerce hub in the Anatolian heartland was once home to giraffes, rhinoceros and elephants.


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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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Mapenzi uses her trunk to gnaw on plants at Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, on Aug. 25, 2020.

Tucson"s playful baby elephant now weighs 600 pounds and is glued to sister Nandi

2020-09-09 - Tucson, United States. Gloria Knott

For the first time since Tucson’s 5-month-old elephant Mapenzi was born, Reid Park Zoo has reopened to the public. Mapenzi — Penzi for short — was born to African elephant Semba on April 6. She joined sister Nandi, dad Mabu, aunt Lungile, and brother Sundzu.


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North America’s oldest elephant dies after dramatic decline in health

2020-09-08 - Memphis, United States. NBC News

Zoo officials say Tyranza, or Ty as she was affectionately called, died Friday after a dramatic decline in her health. At 56, Tyranza was the oldest African elephant in North America. She set the record for longest-lived African elephant in north America as well.


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EXPERIENCED ELEPHANT KEEPER

2020-09-07 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

With its new multi-million-pound elephant facility ‘Project Elephant Basecamp’ opened in 2018 award winning Blackpool Zoo is currently looking to fill a keeper position within its Elephant Section. The successful candidate will be working in a protected contact keeping system and will be assisting in all aspects of the section’s work, including the delivery of the zoos current Elephant care program to our existing 1 male and 5 female Asian Elephants.


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Responding to decision to move Dep. of Zoological Gardens under Ministry of Tourism

2020-09-07 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Naveed Rozais

Under the formation of the new Government in 2020, it has been announced that the Department of Zoological Gardens will now fall under the Ministry of Tourism, causing concern among animal rights activists across the country with regard to the welfare of the 100 elephants and many other zoo animals in the care of the Department.


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Abot (left) and Rambai escorting a stray elephant to safety.

After 30 years, elephants continue to be saved by Perhilitan"s National Elephant Conservation Centre Kuala Gandah

2020-09-07 - Ipoh, Malaysia. SYLVIA LOOI

The Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia Department (Perhilitan) through its National Elephant Conservation Centre Kuala Gandah (PKGK) in Lanchang, Pahang deals with distressed elephants. Centre head Mohamad Khairul Adha Mat Amin said since the setting up of PKGK in 1989, it has either rescued or relocated some 900 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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wildlife officials have rescued a baby elephant that had fallen into a muddy swamp

2020-09-06 - Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa wildlife officials have rescued a baby elephant that had fallen into a muddy swamp at Divulana Villuwa, Polonnaruwa. The victim was a one-year-old male about 4 feet tall.After a five hour operation, wildlife officials have released the baby elephant to the herd.


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Pakistan"s Lone Elephant Prepared for Move To Cambodia

2020-09-06 - Islamabad, Pakistan.

A team of veterinary experts from different parts of the world has conducted a medical examination on Pakistan's only Asian elephant, a procedure before moving the animal to its new home in Cambodia. Kaavan, the 34-year-old overweight bull elephant, has attracted global attention to the poor conditions of the animals at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan.


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Bacteria behind mass elephant deaths

2020-09-04 - Harare, Zimbabwe. Freddy Mambara

The mass deaths of elephants in Botswana and Zimbabwe could be the result of a bacteria linked to overpopulation, preliminary investigations show. Botswana has recorded over 400 unexplained elephant deaths over the past month while the figure for Zimbabwe is 22. In both cases, poaching has been ruled out since the carcasses were found with their tusks intact. Poisoning has also been discounted in what has become a multinational investigation that involves researchers from the two affected states...


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Channel 5 viewers were left in

Mighty Minnie! Viewers left "in tears of joy" as baby elephant who contracted a deadly disease is nursed back to health by her devoted carer who hid medicine in her fruit at Thai animal hospital

2020-09-04 - Lampang, Thailand. CLAIRE TOUREILLE

Channel 5 viewers were left in 'tears of joy' after following the fate of a baby elephant at a Thai elephant hospital last night. Two-year-old Minnie was being treated for the Elephant Herpes Virus, which can kill the animals, at the Lampang's Elephant Hospital where the show was filmed.


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Packy, at Oregon Zoo, in Portland, gets his morning bath. He was euthanized in February 2017 after he developed a drug-resistant strain of TB.

Captive elephants can spread tuberculosis to humans—"an issue that’s been ignored"

2020-09-04 - Portland, United States. RACHEL FOBAR

Today, an estimated 5 to 6 percent of the nearly 400 elephants in U.S. zoos, sanctuaries, and circuses are infected with TB. In the mid-1990s, after the deaths of several high-profile captive elephants in the United States, veterinarians became aware that the animals had the human strain of tuberculosis (TB). Since then, more than 60 captive elephants—some of which have since died—have been confirmed with the disease


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Botswana registers no new elephant deaths since June

2020-09-04 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana has recorded no new elephant deaths since June this year, Oduetse Koboto, the permanent secretary in Botswana's ministry of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism, has said. The southern African country recorded 281 elephant deaths, due to unknown causes, between March and May.
"The number of elephant carcasses found in the northern part of the country remains at 281. No more new elephant deaths have been recorded as of June," Koboto told Xinhua in a telephone i...


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Mexico City’s new airport site becomes ‘mammoth central’

2020-09-04 - Mexico City, Mexico.

The bones of some 200 mammoths have been found at the Santa Lucía Air Force Base site in México state, and more skeletons of the extinct mammal have been found there than anywhere else in the world.


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Importance of old bulls: leaders and followers in collective movements of all-male groups in African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)

2020-09-03 - Exeter, United Kingdom. Connie R. B. Allen, Lauren J. N. Brent, Thatayaone Motsentwa, Michael N. Weiss & Darren P. Croft

By analysing leadership patterns of all-male African savannah elephant traveling groups along elephant pathways in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana, we found that the oldest males were more likely to lead collective movements. Our results challenge the assumption that older male elephants are redundant in the population and raise concerns over the biased removal of old bulls that currently occurs in both legal trophy hunting and illegal poaching.


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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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In this 2016 photo provided by researcher Connie Allen, a young adolescent African elephant stands next to an older bull in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana. (Connie Allen via AP)

Once seen as loners, male elephants shown to follow elders

2020-09-03 - Washington, United States. Christina Larson, The Associated Press Staff

A new study shows that teenage males aren't anti-social after all. Younger male elephants were seen tagging along behind older males as they travel from place to place. It's more evidence in an emerging body of research that shows older males -- like their female counterparts -- play an important role in elephants' complex society.


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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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An electric fence separates elephants from fields in Dong Nai Province.

Elephant gives birth on farm

2020-09-02 - Thanh Son, Vietnam. Phuoc Tuan

A pregnant elephant entered local farmland in southern Dong Nai Province to give birth Tuesday, leaving behind her placenta. Residents of Thanh Son Commune, Dinh Quan District on Monday evening saw a herd of elephants entering a cashew farm 20 meters from the jungle.


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Eleven more elephant carcasses have been found on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pandamasue Forest, Zimbabwe. Pictured, a dead elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, on August 29

Number of elephants found mysteriously killed in Zimbabwe doubles to 22 as scientists continue to try to discover why they are dying

2020-09-02 - Harare, Zimbabwe. KATE DENNETT

The number of elephant carcasses mysteriously found near a major game park in Zimbabwe has doubled to 22. It is believed that the elephants were killed by a bacterial infection after 11 carcasses were initially discovered on Friday in Pandamasue Forest, between wildlife sanctuary Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.


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Doug Groves with assistants and elephant Jabu, ahead of his stem cell treatment in 2019. Groves died on Monday.

Botswana elephant sanctuary owner Doug Groves dies after being trampled in the wild

2020-09-01 - Maun, Botswana. Nica Richards

A Botswana-based elephant conservationist who dedicated his life to working with and studying elephants has died. Elephant whisperer Douglas Groves passed away after being trampled by a wild elephant, his wife Sandi confirmed on Monday.
She said Groves was out in the bush when the incident took place.


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American Mastodon Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Multiple Lineages

2020-09-01 - New York, United States.

An international team of researchers has conducted a phylogeographic study of the extinct American mastodon (Mammut americanum) based on 35 complete mitochondrial genomes, finding that there were multiple lineages that existed within the species, including two distinct clades from eastern Beringia. In a study published on Tuesday in Nature Communications, the researchers further noted that their data showed these clades arose at different times, suggesting a pattern of repeated northern expansio...


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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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Nepal: Newly issued 1,000-rupee banknotes include depiction of twin Asian elephants

2020-08-26 - Katmandu, Nepal.

the committee decided a depiction of Ram and Lakshman, twin Asian elephants born on the 7th November 2008, in Chitwan National Park, should replace the previous and incorrect image.


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Warsaw zoo will give elephants marijuana to measure stress levels

2020-08-26 - Warsaw, Poland.

The Warsaw zoo said Wednesday it will start giving its elephants medical marijuana as part of a ground-breaking pilot project to test how it reduces their stress levels. Medical cannabis has been used worldwide to treat dogs and horses but "this is probably the first initiative of its kind for elephants," Agnieszka Czujkowska, the veterinarian in charge of the project, told AFP.


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Athi an Asian elephant bull, at Ueno Zoo is dead

2020-08-25 - Tokyo, Japan.

Athi, (also known as Ache, Artit, Artid) who killed his keeper in 2005, died 24th August 2020, 23 years old, in Ueno Zoo, Japan. He could not stand up on the morning of the 23rd and was confirmed dead on the 24th. He was found to be infected with tuberculosis in late July.


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Adorable video of 1-day-old baby elephant following his mother goes viral. Internet is in love

2020-08-24 - Tsavo, Kenya.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, an organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and releases orphaned baby elephants, is here to make your day with a delightful clip of a newborn elephant following its mother. The official Twitter account of the trust recently shared a video of their newest baby elephant, Lapa, from when he was less than a day old, waddling around the area with his mother Lenana.


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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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Rene Casselly has become known as "elephant boy" with his TikTok stunts

TikTok fame: From Elephant Boy"s circus tricks to a Chinese teacher

2020-08-23 - Budapest, Hungary. Zhang Nini

Rene Casselly, a seventh generation animal trainer in Hungary, has risen to fame for his amazing stunts that have earned him the nickname Elephant Boy. He now has more than 1.5million followers.


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Saint Louis Zoo elephants Rani with her newborn baby Avi on July 6. Avi died on Aug. 2 due to complications from birth defects

Birth defects contributed to death of Saint Louis Zoo"s baby elephant Avi

2020-08-22 - St. Louis, United States. The St. Louis American


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Elephant camps have been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 crisis as tourism grinds to a halt; an elephant family in an elephant camp in northern Thailand pictured

Ingrid Suter: Time to rethink elephant tourism

2020-08-21 - Brisbane, Australia. S Puvaneswary

With global tourism remaining at a standstill, now’s an opportune time for tour operators who play an important role in shaping the future and vision of elephant tourism in South-east Asia, to rethink their approach to the industry, according to the founder of an elephant camp audit company.


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Sun sets over the Gorongosa National Park

2020-08-20 - Beira, Mozambique. Jacob Dykes

Three elephants, two buffalo, seven hippos and a few hundred antelope – that’s all that could be spotted in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique in 1997, when a violent civil war spanning two decades had swept through the nation, imperilling humans and wildlife alike. Left denuded and depleted of wildlife following a decades-long civil war, the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has reinvigorated its biodiversity through a trophic rewilding programme.


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Countess Heine and Heine Bulder, 1907

15 vintage photographs of the old Washington Park Zoo

2020-08-17 - Washington, United States. Bobby Tanzilo

These images, shared with us by the Milwaukee County Zoo, include some really interesting shots, including one of Robert Raasch, first superintendent of West Park, and his family feeding the deer at the park, and of the elephant Countess Heine. She arrived in Milwaukee in 1907 and was named for Henry "Heine" Bulder, a Milwaukee alderman who raised the funds to purchase her and who can be seen seated atop her in one of the images. Another shot shows the Countess with zoo director Ed Bean.


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 Zoom, the baby elephant whose birth was live-streamed, is seen in the Africam Safari park in Puebla, Mexico on August 14, 2020

Mexican zoo live-streams birth of elephant named "Zoom"

2020-08-15 - Mexico City, Mexico.

A baby African elephant whose birth was live-streamed by a safari park in Mexico has been named Zoom after the video chat app made popular by the coronavirus pandemic


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Tal Manor, Project Manager for Amboseli Trust for Elephants

2020-08-15 - Amboseli, Kenya.

Tal was raised in Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa and worked with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for ten years. Tal's expertise centre on GIS(Geographic Information Systems), database management and film work, and now work as Project Manager for Amboseli Trust for Elephants.


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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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The owners of Arna the elephant (centre) say they would never had retired the animal to a zoo after she killed her handler had they known the outcome of that decision

Killer elephant owners regret zoo transfer

2020-08-14 - Dubbo, Australia. Hannah Moore NCA NewsWire

The owners of circus elephant Arna, who crushed her handler to death in December 2007, have told a parliamentary inquiry they regret retiring her to a zoo after the incident. Arna crushed her handler Ray Williams, 57, to death at Yamba on the state’s north coast on December 27, 2007. Stardust Circus, the last remaining exotic animal circus in Australia, made the “heartbreaking” decision to retire both her and their other elephant Gigi to Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo the next day.


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A mother elephant and her calf head for a nearby marsh at Kenya

Some Good News: An "Elephant Baby Boom" In One Kenyan National Park

2020-08-14 - Nairobi, Kenya. GABRIELA SALDIVIA

Amboseli National Park in Kenya is experiencing something of an elephant baby boom. The park, which sits at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, has reported the birth of more than 170 calves this year and counting. What's more, two sets of twins were born this year, and number of poached elephants from January to today has been seven


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Kenny, an African Bush elephant at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens has died.

2020-08-11 - Nagoya, Japan.

47 years old Kenny in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Japan died 10th of August 2020. Kenny was born wild 1973 in Kenya, arrived in Higashiyama Zoo in 1975.


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A 53-year-old male elephant named Kham Khen died on Sunday from chronic abscess disease on his back. Mondulkiri Information Department

Elephant death leads to extinction concerns

2020-07-22 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia. Khouth Sophak Chakrya

A local Elephant conservation organisation in Mondulkiri province has expressed concern about the declining domestic elephant population after a 53-year-old male pachyderm named Kham Khen died on Sunday from chronic abscess disease on his back.


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Rare Baby Elephant Twins Spotted in Sri Lankan National Park

2020-07-09 - Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Erika P.

On Wednesday, July 8, a pair of baby elephants were spotted in the Sri Lankan national park, and officials speculate that they are a rare set of twins. They estimate that the young tuskers are three to four weeks old, feeding from the same mother which led experts to believe that they are twins.


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Lakuna a Amalee. Photo: Petr Hamerník, Prague Zoo

NAMES FOR PRINCESSES

2020-06-27 - Prague, Czech Republic. Miroslav Bobek

On Sunday we named both our baby elephants. The daughters of Tamara and Janita, our Prague elephant princesses. I’d like to remind you that the first was born on March 27th, when the zoo had been closed for a fortnight, and the second on May 9th, when it had been reopened, but many restrictions still applied. Of course, right after the baby elephants were born, we were inundated not only with questions about what they will be called, but also with suggestions for their names.


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An elephant gets an orange from a visitor at a zoo in Morioka, northeastern Japan, on June 21, 2020.

Elephant at Japan zoo goes on diet with help of visitors

2020-06-22 - Morioka, Japan. KYODO NEWS

Visitors to a Japanese zoo are playing their part in helping an overweight female African elephant make progress on a diet-and-exercise regime to prepare it for a groundbreaking attempt at artificial insemination. Mao, 18, gained some 500 kilograms when put on a special feeding program following the death of her mate in November 2018, and zoo officials have been trying to get her to shed weight to increase the chances of success of what will be the nation's first attempt to artificially breed an...


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Mara the elephant found sanctuary after 50 years in circuses and zoos

2020-06-21 - CHAPADA DOS GUIMARAES, Brazil. David Martosko and Richard Miniter

After a border crossing from Argentina that was nearly scrubbed over coronavirus fears, she has the run of an animal sanctuary in Brazil’s midwestern Mato Grosso state. The May road trip to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil was four days long, and almost a waste of diesel: At the border crossing from Argentina, a COVID-19 health order had shut down all traffic for nearly a month. It took days for both countries to issue special permission to proceed.


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Infectious Diseases Management in Asian Elephant : TB and EEHV-HD Abstract

2020-06-08 - Utrecht, Netherlands. Angkawanish, Taweepoke, Utrecht University

Our study, three reacted positive in a serological test (TB STAT Pak, Chembio). In serum of one of these, antibodies were found retrospectively, 23 months prior to bacterial culture from trunk wash samples. Sequence analysis of M. tuberculosis isolates from the four animals classified them as ancient strains (n=1) based on presence of a M. tuberculosis specific deletion (TbD1) and modern strains (n=3) identical to M. tuberculosis ATCC 2794.


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The elephant Bak Maï before the death. Airavata Elephant Foundation. Photo: Dan Koehl

Elephant BakMai dies in Ratanakiri sanctuary

2020-05-25 - Banlung, Cambodia.

Bak Maï, a 32-year-old male domesticated elephant in Ratanakiri province, died on Thursday due to severe diarrhoea, said Airavata Elephant Foundation, the guardians of the elephant sanctuary, in a statement on Friday. An autopsy will be conducted by Airavata Elephant Foundation and local authorities to determine the cause of death since it happened very suddenly.


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A herd of elephants walks along a dirt road last week during a nearly 100-mile journey from Mae Wang to Ban Huay in northern Thailand.

Out of work from coronavirus, these elephants pack their trunks and head home

2020-05-06 - Bngkok, Thailand.

The millions thrown out of work in Thailand by the coronavirus include elephants dependent on tourist money to feed their voracious appetites. With scant numbers of foreign visitors, commercial elephant camps and sanctuaries lack funds for the animals’ upkeep and have sent more than 100 of them trudging up to nearly 100 miles back to their homes.


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Herd of endangered elephants found in Quang Nam Province

2020-04-10 - Quang Nam, Vietnam.

A herd of eight Asian elephants – an endangered species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – has been found living in an elephant conservation area in Nong Son District, Quang Nam Province.


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Orphaned albino elephant recovers from poacher’s snare

2020-02-15 - Hoedspruit, South Africa. JEROME DELAY- ASSOCIATED PRESS

Khanysia did not see the trap set by a poacher in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. She cut her mouth, face and underneath her ear and chin. It was days before the 4-month-old albino elephant was found badly dehydrated but alive, and taken to the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development center, three hours away.
Khanyisa gets her name from her unique appearance as an albino, meaning "Light" or "Sunshine" in the local Shona language.


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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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Everyone agrees that the 50 elephant photo above was enhanced by Roland Butler when in fact the closest they came in those days was 47 in 1941 but unfortunately the show only returned to Sarasota with 36 due to the tragic elephant poisoning in Atlanta.

The Way We Were: Circus came to Augusta and brought mystery with it

2019-11-17 - Augusta, United States. Bill Kirby

In February, officials investigating the elephant deaths determined the animals had probably eaten vegetation sprayed with herbicides during the Atlanta stop, gotten sick and died.The circus train left Augusta for Charleston, S.C., and en route lost its 11th elephant, “Peggy,” who succumbed in a railcar. No one found evidence that large amounts of arsenic had been purchased along the circus route.


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Mr. Satake touching Fujiko for the first time in 4 months = Higashi Park Zoo in Kakemachi, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

Retirement of a veteran keeper who says goodbye to Fuziko

2019-11-16 - Okazaki City, Japan. Takashi Ogawa

This year, a staff member who took care of elephants for 35 years left the scene at Shito Higashi Koen Zoo in Okazaki City, Fujiko came from a zoo in Fukuyama City , Hiroshima Prefecture in 1982, before the park opened . Shinpei Satake (69), a zookeeper who retired this spring, was in charge at about the same time as he came to the park.


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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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70-Year-Old Frail Elephant In Sri Lanka Whose Photos Sparked Outrage Dies

2019-09-25 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

An emaciated 70-year-old elephant that caused a social media outcry after being forced to take part in an annual Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka has died, officials said Wednesday. The government has ordered an autopsy for Tikiri, a domesticated Asian elephant that died Tuesday night in Kegalle, 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of the capital Colombo, a wildlife department official said.


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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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Elephant rides to stop at Cambodia’s biggest attraction

2019-06-08 - Siem Reap, Cambodia. Lucy Middleton

The overworked group of 14 elephants will no longer be forced to work at Angkor Wat, where over 2.5 million international tourists visit each year. They will be transferred to a conservation and breeding centre by early 2020, the The Angkor Elephant Group Committee confirmed.


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Named after the white elephant ridden by the God Indra in Hindu mythology, the Airavata Khmer Elephant Foundation offers eco-tourism activities such as carefully supervised elephant rides in the animal’s natural habitat, the forest.

The foundation aiming to preserve the Kingdom’s elephant heritage

2019-05-21 - Banlung, Cambodia. Pann Rethea

Airavata Khmer Elephant Foundation was created four years ago to protect the very last surviving tame domestic elephant population in Ratanakkiri province, as well as the traditions of their mahouts (elephant trainers).


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Noah"s Ark Zoo FarmFull-time permanent Animal Keeper; Elephant Section

2019-02-22 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

We are looking to recruit an experienced animal keeper on our Elephant Section which is acting as Europe’s premier African Elephant Bull facility. This is a full-time position working a 40-hour week on a flexible rota (including weekends and bank holidays).


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An elephant was spotted wandering in Westtown, which is located about four miles northeast of the New York-New Jersey border

Troopers escort lost elephant back to NY animal sanctuary

2018-11-13 - Westtown, N.Y., United States. WHAM/Associated Press

An elephant was spotted wandering in Westtown, which is located about four miles northeast of the New York-New Jersey border. The 46-year-old Asian elephant named Fritha had wandered away from the Sanctuary For Animals on William Lain Road. It had been burned by napalm during the Vietnam War and was living at the sanctuary.


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FIRST ELEPHANT MUSEUM TO OPEN IN YANGON ZOO

2018-08-16 - Yangon, Myanmar. Thi Thi Min

THE first elephant museum in Myanmar will be opened in the museum of natural history in Yangon’s Zoological Gardens at the end of this year, said U Thein Toe, Director of Yangon Region Forestry Department.


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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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38th Annual Elephant Managers Association Conference And Workshop

2017-10-02 - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, United States.

The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as their 38th Annual Conference Host during the 2016 EMA Conference closing ceremonies last October. Since then staff at the Columbus Zoo and the EMA Board of Directors have begun preliminary planning to produce a premier gathering of leaders among the elephant management community to be held October 2-6th.


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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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Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV)

2017-05-15 - London, United Kingdom.

The next Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus workshop will be hosted by the Zoological Society of London. Lectures will take place at ZSL London Zoo, and the practical aspect of the workshop will be carried out by studying the elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


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Calf is mother Dina’s third baby born at Dublin Zoo in the last three years

It’s a girl! Elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo on Monday

2017-03-16 - Dublin, Ireland.

A female elephant calf was born at Dublin Zoo on Monday night weighing 80kg.
The mother elephant, named Dina, is the Dublin Zoo herd’s matriarch and gave birth to the healthy calf after a 22-month gestation period.
The new arrival is Dina’s third calf and the fifth elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in three years.


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Royal elephant at Swedish zoo has deadly herpes virus

2017-03-16 - Kolmarden, Sweden.

Namsai, a three-year-old Asian elephant calf at the Kolmården zoo in central Sweden has contracted the EEHV elephant herpes virus and is seriously ill, the park announced on Tuesday. "There is no cure for EEHV, however treatment can suppress an outbreak and the elephant can survive if the disease is caught early and treatment begins quickly. Among the elephants that have been treated a few have survived," the park said on its website.


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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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Testing of elephant collars involves moving the collars around and seeing if the information we are sent in GPS signals are accurate.

Testing satellite collars for elephant orphans

2017-03-15 - Kafue National Park, Zambia.

To ensure the proper operation of the satellite collars that will be fitted on a couple of the rehabilitated elephants of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP), we have been running trials in advance of a planned collaring later this month. This information can be obtained by satellite collars, which relay GPS signals of movements over time via the internet and can be downloaded into maps


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Tony Ratcliffe said going swimming at the beach with Jumbo was one of his fondest memories

Beloved former circus elephant Jumbo dies at San Diego Zoo

2017-03-15 - San Diego, United States.

Jumbo the beloved African elephant who toured New Zealand with the travelling circus has died at San Diego Zoo. Former keeper and retired owner of the Whirling Bros circus Tony Ratcliffe said he received a call this morning from the zoo to tell him the news. "They contacted me this morning and told me she passed away in the early hours of the morning," he said. Its not yet clear why Jumbo, also known as Mila, died, and there will be an autopsy.


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The viral photo of an elephant chained on all fours at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) on Langkawi island.

Langkawi park elephant in good shape, says Natural Resources and Environment Ministry

2017-03-14 - PETALING JAYA, Malaysia.

The viral photo of an elephant chained on all fours at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) on Langkawi island is in "good shape and healthy", said the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. Photos of a chained Asian elephant named Lasah have been circulated widely since July 2016, with claims from non-governmental organisation Friends of the Orangutans saying that Lasah was living in "deplorable conditions" and was being exploited at LEA.


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Elephants at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant departure; 14 questions answered

2017-03-14 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Bosses at Twycross Zoo have responded to questions posed by visitors over the departure of the attraction´s Asian elephant herd. A further statement by the zoo said: "Thank you for your feedback regarding our decision to find a new home for our all-female herd of Asian elephants. The statement then went on to provide answers to 14 frequently asked questions.


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A historical reenactment of King Naresuan’s elephant battle for Thai Elephant Day in Surin province.

THAILANDS ALL ABOUT ITS ELEPHANTS TODAY

2017-03-14 - Surin, Thailand.

Hundreds of performers and more than 50 elephants staged shows and historical re-enactments to show the importance of elephants to Surin’s history. More than 100 elephants feasted on watermelons, pineapples, bananas and jicama on tables stretching 100 meters.


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Asian elephant kills trainer with its trunk at zoo in central Japan

2017-03-14 - SHIRAHAMA, Japan.

Madee Wichai, a Thai national, was washing the animal with a colleague at Adventure World here when the animal hurled him against the metal bars of the cage. Wichai, 37, had worked at the zoo since 2015. He hit the bars with such force that he suffered severe trauma to his head and died from a brain contusion about an hour after he was admitted to a hospital.


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Former Orphan Elephant Gives Birth to a Wild Baby

2017-03-13 - Tsavo, Kenya.

This baby elephant was born on March 3, 2017, to Ndara, an ex-orphan elephant from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nairobi Nursery. Shortly after giving birth, Ndara brought her new baby to see her former caretakers! The pair made a huge impression, the baby still wobbly on his little legs and following his mother like a shadow!


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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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Laithongrien Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, has called off his elephant demonstration planned for Bangkok on Monday.

Elephant protest in Bangkok cancelled

2017-03-11 - AYUTTHAYA, Thailand.

Laithongrien Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, said he and other elephant keepers in other provinces would not rally at Government House on Monday, which is also National Elephant Day. Government authorities earlier asked them not to rally in Bangkok as it would cause traffic chaos, he said on Saturday.


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Carved ivory tusk stockpile

Thailand Seized Elephant Tusks Worth US$ Half a Million

2017-03-08 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 422 pieces of ivory elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian national suspected of smuggling the illegal wildlife product worth some 17 million baht (US$ 482,406) The 300 kilograms of tusks were seized at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport late last week after customs found suspicious shipments from Malawi through Ethiopian Airlines listed as unprocessed gemstones, according to Associated Press.


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An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park on October 7, 2013. A Tanzanian court sentenced Boniface Matthew Maliango to 12 years in prison for trafficking illegal ivory

Notorious Tanzanian ivory trafficker jailed

2017-03-05 - MWANZA, Tanzania.

The most notorious Tanzanian poacher, Boniface Mathew Maliango nicknamed ‘The Devil’ has been sent to twelve years imprisonment for running an ivory trafficking network across the East and Central African countries. The 47-years old poacher was convicted at the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital court after being arrested in September 2015 following a year-long manhunt from Tanzanian security organs.


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The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo

Most expensive Black Ivory Coffee made from elephant dung

2017-03-05 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo!Black Ivory Coffee, produced in Thailand’s Golden Triangle, a region better known for its export of opium, is made by having elephants eat the coffee beans which are mixed into a fruit mash.


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An elephant being hauled on or off a boat in San Francisco.

Remembering The Elephants Of San Francisco

2017-03-05 - San Francisco, United States.

William Walter Power’s elephants originally appeared in the Walter L. Main Circus and transitioned into a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. The pachyderms, all female Asian elephants, worked the Hippodrome Theatre in New York City, and some sources claim the show was the first American elephant act on an indoor stage. “Lena,” “Jennie,” “Ada,” and “Lou” played baseball, bowled, and danced to whatever was in fashion, from the waltz to the Cha...


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Perth Zoo denies "elephant yoga class" abuse claims

2017-03-05 - Perth, Australia.

A zoo in Australia has denied claims that it mistreats its elephants by involving them in a yoga class with paying visitors. For $125 (£78) people can do Perth Zoos Exercise for Elephants programme - a 45-minute workout with a personal trainer that includes 15 minutes of interacting with the elephants. The zoo has released footage of the daily activities of the elephants to try to refute allegations that the exercise programme is abusive.


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A male elephant grazes during an exercise to fit them with advanced satellite radio tracking collar to monitor their movement and control human-wildlife conflict near Mt. Kilimanjaro at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya on November 2, 2016.

Snooze news: elephants may sleep less than any other mammal

2017-03-05 - , United States.

Scientists on Wednesday said a first-of-its-kind study tracking the sleep behavior of wild elephants found the world´s largest land mammal sleeps two hours per day on average, and some days not at all, and does so mostly standing up. This represented the shortest-known sleep time of any mammal. Previous research showed captive elephants got four to six hours daily.


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Twycross Zoo to find new home for its herd of Asian elephants

2017-03-05 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Twycross Zoo has confirmed its herd of Asian elephants will be found a new home. The tourist attraction, which is Derby´s nearest zoo, says the decision to move the all-female herd will give them the opportunity to breed and help to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered species. The zoo, in Atherstone, is working in conjunction with European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP) to arrange the transfer. Its destination and the timescales will be announced as the plans pr...


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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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El Paso Zoo’s Juno the Elephant will Receive Cancer Treatment

2017-03-04 - El Paso, United States.

The El Paso Zoo has chosen a treatment protocol for Juno, the 49-year-old Asian elephant diagnosed with a malignant mass in her right mammary gland in January. The zoo team discussed her case with elephant experts and veterinary specialists around the United States to determine the best course of action. Cancer is rare in elephants, and this type of tumor has never been previously reported.


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Smartwatch implants help track elephant sleep patterns

2017-03-03 - , Botswana.

Professor Paul Manger from Wits University and his colleagues are using a tracker called an Actiwatch to study elephant sleep patterns in Botswana. They removed the watches´ bands, insulated them with electrical tape and biologically inert wax, then attached them to the elephants´ trunks. The trunk is the most mobile appendage, Manger said, and if it´s still for more than five minutes it´s reasonable to assume the animal is asleep.


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Reviving extinct animals like the woolly mammoth could divert funds away from protecting living species, some scientists say.

Reviving Extinct Species: Is It Worth the Cost?

2017-02-27 - , United States.

A new study of de-extinction — the potential to use genetic techniques to recreate lost animals and plants — finds that given limited conservation dollars, the benefits of bringing back one lost species would probably cost the extinction of more species that are currently on the brink. For example


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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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The elephant Trompita/Bombi enjoys birthday cake made of vegetables and fruit in Guatemala.

Elephant Blows Out 56 Candles On Birthday Cake

2017-02-20 - Guatemala city, Guatemala.

With a cake made of watermelon, papaya, bananas, carrots and corncobs, Guatemala��´s elephant Trompita celebrated her 56th birthday on Sunday. The pachyderm, whose original name is Bombi, is an Asian elephant rescued by the La Aurora zoo from a circus in 2008 and subsequently adopted as a special member of the family, Efe news agency reported. Trompita��´s handler and "lifelong friend," Romeo Lopez -- better known in the circus world as "Tarzan Lopez" -- said...


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film

Never piss off an elephant

2017-02-13 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Elephant things are all over my desk at work. I have elephant clothes and elephant kitchen tools. I was also planning on getting an elephant bamboo tattoo while I was in Thailand, which I definitely didn´t do after this experience. I went from loving elephants, to now being terrified of them.


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death

Beloved Oregon Zoo elephant Packy dies after TB battle

2017-02-10 - Portland, United States.

Beloved Oregon Zoo elephant Packy was euthanized after a long battle with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, zoo officials announced Thursday. At nearly 55 years old, Packy was the oldest male Asian elephant in North America. We’d run out of options for treating him,” said the zoo´s lead veterinarian Dr. Tim Storms.


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Dr Kindi said, “The team spent nine days in the Aidam area in south Dhofar and a day in Taqah. We visited Ttinetti and Marbush in Aidam. We discovered teeth and tusks of elephants at other sites in Aidam.” He said that the new sites are spread over 1

35 million year old fossils found at four new sites in Dhofar

2017-02-02 - Muscat, Oman.

A team of geologists has discovered four new fossil sites in Dhofar. Remains of elephants, monkeys and primitive giraffes dating back 35 million years have been found at these sites. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Mohammed Hilal al Kindi, head of the team, said, “Our team comprised Yousef al Sinani, Dr Martin Pickford, Dr Alan Hayward, Dr Ibrahim Ismaili, Axel Hartman and Sohail Hardan.”


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A zoo in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don welcomes new arrival – a calf of an endangered Asian elephant.

Calf of endangered Asian elephant born in Russian zoo

2017-02-01 - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation.

A zoo in Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don welcomed a new-born elephant female calf born on Wednesday (January 18) from two 11-year-old Asian elephants Sinta and Yuma. “An elephant calf stood up immediately (after the birth) and started eating. In about an hour it started eating. You can see now it is sleepy. This particular calf sleeps while standing up. Sitara used to sleep while laying down. It seems to be an individual feature,” a zoo keeper Alexei Titov told journalists on ...


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Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.

Alice, Wildlife Safari"s Oldest Elephant, Dies

2017-02-01 - Winston, United States.

Alice, the oldest elephant at southern Oregon’s Wildlife Safari in Winston, died at age 44 this week. According to a post on the wildlife sanctuary’s Facebook page, Alice died from natural causes on Tuesday afternoon. Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.
Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.

Photo courtesy of Wildlife Safari
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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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birth

Incredible night time footage shows the moment a rare Asian elephant is born at a British zoo

2017-02-01 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Incredible night cam footage has captured the moment a rare Asian elephant was born following a short 20-minute labour. Following a 22-month gestation the male calf was born to 20-year-old mother Sithami Hi Way at Chester Zoo. Zoo keepers stayed up to monitor the birth via live CCTV and watched in awe as the baby dropped onto soft sand and scrambled to his feet in minutes.


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James Farlow, left, professor emeritus of geology at IPFW, talks with Daniel Fisher, professor of paleontology and director of the Museum of Paleontology at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, talk Monday before they box up a mastodon skeleton owned by

Expert hopes study of IPFW"s mastodon skeleton yields clues about what caused death of the species

2017-01-31 - Michigan, United States.

Paleontologist Daniel Fisher hopes a mastodon skeleton kept at IPFW since the university´s early days may offer clues to solving a question that has baffled researchers for more than 200 years — what caused mastodons to die off at the end of the Ice Age? Fisher and a research assistant arrived Monday at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to borrow the skeleton for study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where Fisher is a professor of paleontology and director ...


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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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abstract

Rapid screening for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical elephant trunk wash samples.

2017-01-28 - , United States. Magnuson RJ1, Linke LM2, Isaza R3, Salman MD2.

Ninety-nine clinical trunk wash samples obtained from 33 elephants were utilized to validate three molecular extraction techniques followed by a polymerase chain reaction for detection of M. tuberculosis. Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were estimated compared to culture. Kappa coefficients were determined between molecular results and various culture categories and serological test results.


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medical

49-year-old elephant Juno in El Paso Zoo diagnosed with malignant mass

2017-01-28 - El Paso, United States.

The animal care staff at the El Paso Zoo have received a biopsy report indicating a mass in 49-year-old Asian elephant Juno’s right mammary gland appears malignant, meaning the cells in the mass are exhibiting cancerous characteristics. These results come after several months of close observation and multiple diagnostic procedures. Since receiving the biopsy results, the Zoo veterinarians have been actively researching safe treatment options and consulting with national elephant health ex...


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Better hope for the future of this juvenile elephant in the wild - See more at: http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/ministry-calls-urgent-action-reverse-decline-wild-elephant-population#sthash.jV8CKxdk.dpuf

Burma: Ministry calls for urgent action to reverse decline in wild elephant population through the Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan (MECAP)

2017-01-27 - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) has called for urgent action to reverse the decline in the wild elephant population of Myanmar, which is being killed at an increasing rate, while securing the future of the country’s former timber-trade elephants, state media reported on 27 January.


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Dutch veterinarian Dr. Willem Schaftenarr is pictured with his colleagues taking care of the herd at the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center.

Dutch vet seeks to save near-extinct elephants in Vietnam

2017-01-26 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

A seasoned veterinarian from the Netherlands has been a lifelong ally of the shrinking herd of elephants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
Dr. Willem Schaftenarr, 63, has been a household name among elephant conservationists, mahouts, and the pachyderms themselves in Ban Don (Don Village), which is nestled in the namesake district in Dak Lak Province.


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abstract

Hereditary Factor VII Deficiency in the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Caused by a F7 Missense Mutation.

2017-01-24 - Pennsylvania, United States. Lynch M1, McGrath K2, Raj K3, McLaren P4, Payne K5, McCoy R4, Giger U3.

A wild-caught, 41-yr-old male Asian elephant ( Elephas maximus ) without an apparent increased bleeding tendency was consistently found to have prolonged prothrombin times (PTs, mean = 55±35 s) compared to 17 other elephants (PT=10±2 s). This elephant´s partial thromboplastin times (PTT) fell within the normal range of the other elephants (12-30 s). A prolonged PT in the presence of a normal PTT suggests disruption of the extrinsic pathway via deficiency of coagulation factor VII (FV...


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Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, "doing well" despite slowing down

2017-01-24 - Perth, Australia.

A large crowd of families on school holidays were at the zoo to watch as Tricia enjoyed its birthday cake made from fruit and bran. Perth Zoo senior elephant keeper Kirsty Kerry said Tricia was doing well for its age, despite slowing down a little. "Tricia is showing her age these days, slowing down, getting a little bit stiff," Ms Kerry said. "But we are managing those by giving her a massage every day and walks around the zoo.


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An Asian elephant gently picks up some parsley with its trunk from a visitors hand at a Hamburg zoo in Germany.  Read more at http://www.star2.com/living/science-technology/2017/01/24/elephant-inspired-robotic-gripper-in-the-works/#KYpLTDYRWTFvQJue.99

Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot

2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States.

Scientists hope to one day develop a robotic gripper modelled on the dexterous trunks of elephants. The boneless appendage can easily pick up objects as small as a peanut or as heavy as a log. But how do elephants regulate the force they apply with their trunk? Researchers who worked with an elephant at Zoo Atlanta in the United States say the secret is the ability to form a joint in the trunk at a location of the animal’s choice.


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Opal had lived at Hope Elephants between 2012 and 2014, before being returned to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Oklahoma.

Hope Elephants" Opal dies in Oklahoma

2017-01-23 - Hugo, United States.

Opal, one of two elephants who lived at the Hope Elephants sanctuary founded by Jim Laurita in 2012, died in Hugo, Okla. on Jan. 10, following a serious injury to her front left leg. Opal and her elephant companion at the Hope facility, Rosie, had been living at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo since Sept. 2014. Opal was 48 years old.


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The elephant

Two Phuket Livestock officials injured as elephant bolts

2017-01-23 - Phuket, Thailand.

The injuries occurred when one elephant, believed to have been spooked by another, bolted during official’s inspection of the Safari elephant camp in Saiyuan, Rawai. At 11:30am on Saturday, Capt Somkiet Sarasit of the Chalong Police was informed of an incident where an elephant had bolted at the Safari elephant camp Rawai leaving two persons injured.


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Dr. Joshua Schiffman, left, and Schiffman Labs team member Lauren Donovan, lab specialist, look at human cancer cells reacting elephant p53 (EP53) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City Friday January 6, 2017. Team members have spent the past

Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher

2017-01-17 - Salt Lake City, United States.

Josh Schiffman likes to think of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 as a superhero in a bright red cape. It swoops in whenever there is DNA damage and fixes or eliminates the problem in an attempt to keep the body healthy. Most mammals, from humans to elephants, have some p53. But elephants — which rarely get cancer — have many more copies, Schiffman said, and they´re stronger.


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About 50% of Indian elephant news articles, shows pic of an african elephant, now also in Vietnamese news sites... :(

Elephants in Dak Lak become more aggressive as loss of habitat continues

2017-01-12 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

According to the Dak Lak provincial Elephant Conservation Center, there are five groups of elephants living in the province, with 60-70 in each group.
In Ea Sup district alone, there is one group of 30-34, while in Buon Don district, there are four groups with 30-36 elephants each. A survey conducted by the center found that the number of elephant groups in Dak Lak has decreased.


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Elephant bones linked to wildlife trafficking

2017-01-04 - HUA HIN, Thailand.

A task force on wildlife trafficking has unearthed the bones of five elephants which they suspect are linked to the merging of wild animals into domestic populations. The Phaya Sua task force excavated a site in Moo Baan Chang (elephant village) after it received a tip-off that dead elephants had been buried there without the knowledge of concerned authorities.


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conflict

Wild elephants cause menace in Bardiya

2017-01-03 - Bardia, Nepal.

Since this is a nepalese/Indian news organ, they put a tame elephant (with a bell) to the article which concearning wild elephants. In 50% of cases, Indian news sites put images of African elephants to articles about Asian elephants. We just have to survive this...


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people

Elephant trainer Cecil Jackson Senior, face of the Cincinnati zoo for decades, dies

2017-01-03 - Cincinnati, United States.

Cecil Jackson Senior retired from the zoo in 1998, two months shy of being there for 50 years. People could find him and any animal at local parades and he also worked with Marge Schott and the Reds. He appeared on National Geographic twice for the zoo and was on hand to see the first gorilla born in captivity.His son, Cecil Junior, is now the head elephant trainer.


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Bryan Ignasiak, Nicole Ignasiak and Megan Bonus display the mastodon bones they found near Mayville in 2011. The bones have since been donated to the University of Michigan.

Mastodon bones discovered by Macomb Township residents

2017-01-03 - Macomb Township, United States.

In June 2011, the Ignasiak siblings, along with their cousin Megan Bonus made the find, although they weren’t sure at the exactly what they had come across.“We had no idea what we were doing, we didn’t plan on finding mastodon bones,” said Nicole Ignasiak, 19, who was 14 at the time of the pair’s discovery.


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relocation

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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An elephant walks through the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. China on Friday said it would shut down domestic trade in ivory by the end of 2017, a move intended to curb the slaughter of the African elephants

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017

2017-01-01 - Bejing, China.

China says it will ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, closing down the world’s biggest ivory market in a move wildlife conservationists believe will help curb elephant poaching in Africa. The announcement deals a blow to a global ivory industry sustained in large part by Chinese demand, and comes after years of international and domestic pressure on Beijing to interdict a trade that has threatened the extinction of wild African elephants.


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medical

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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Chitwan Elephant Festival to be held in Sauraha from Dec 26

2016-12-26 - Sauraha, Nepal.

Chitwan Elephant Festival is going to be held at Sauraha in Chitwan district from December 26 to 30. The International Elephant Polo will remain the highlight of the Festival which is being held after a gap of 7 years, according to International Elephant Polo Competition Coordinator Shankar Sainju.


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One-year-old male elephant "Gold" playing inside the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) where he is being cared for in the central Vietnamese highland province of Dak Lak.

Survival of the unfittest: Vietnam’s disappearing elephants battle to stay alive

2016-12-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Now there are fewer than 100 elephants left in the wild in Vietnam and just 80 or so in captivity, mostly used to ferry tourists around the leafy forests of Vietnam’s central highlands. Experts say the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre could be the last hope for Vietnam’s disappearing pachyderms.


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The new calf, quickly named Phlai Prapphayak, nuzzles his mother,30-year-old Phang Dok Sano, at the Wang Chang Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal   Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1163288/new

New calf born at Ayutthaya elephant kraal

2016-12-19 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The Wang Chang Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal in tambon Suan Phrik has a new arrival - a male calf born at 4.40am on Monday. Romthongsai Meephan, the owner of the kraal, said 30-year-old Phang Dok Sano gave birth to a calf weighing about 70 kilogrammes. The youngster was healthy and strong, with all the dominant features of a male Thai elephant.


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Rare Asian elephant born at Chester Zoo

2016-12-17 - Chester, United Kingdom.

The unnamed female calf was born to 12-year-old mother Sundara overnight after a 22-month gestation. Keepers at the zoo said both mother and daughter are doing well and visitors will be able to see the new arrival from Saturday.



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The forest and elephants are disappearing

The last domesticated elephant of the northern Highland in Vietnam

2016-12-17 - Gia Lai, Vietnam.

Ya Tao, the elephant of local Ksor Cham in Gia Lai Province, is now the only living domesticated elephant in the northern Highland region, a place once famous for its elephant residents. Ksor Cham said many people had wanted to buy his elephant but he had refused them all. Ya Tao has become an important family member after living with them for over 50 years.


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The continual erosion of forested land by local people has narrowed the living space for elephants in Dong Nai Province, leading to more conflict

Declining forested land triggers elephant conflict

2016-12-17 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Between 2009 and 2011, up to nine elephants died in the southern province of Dong Nai, which were initially suspected of being killed by people. Recently, the only elephant in Tan Phu protective forest was also killed.
According to the forest management board, for many years, the elephants have destroyed sugarcane and crops grown by people. Conservationists warned that if more elephants continue to be killed, the species faces extinction in Dong Nai.


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medical
Asian elephant Packy, at 54 the oldest male of his species in North America, enjoys a swim at the Oregon Zoo earlier this fall.

Packy keeps going as he battles tuberculosis

2016-12-15 - Portland, United States.

Packy’s human family at the Oregon Zoo is concerned for the health of the legendary Asian elephant, the oldest living of his kind in North America. The 54-year-old Packy has shown a recurrence of tuberculosis, and treatment has stopped working and it’s been suspended. Zoo officials are consulting with experts about what to do. Not to alarm anybody, but it’s an unknown situation.


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Property worth Rs 1 lakh destroyed in Morang elephant attack

2016-12-15 - MORANG, Nepal.

Property worth around Rs 100,000 was destroyed after two wild elephants entered a human settlement in Kamalpur, Letang Bhogteni Municipality-7 of Morang district on Wednesday night. The tuskers from a nearby forest had fully destroyed a hut of local Sherman Limbu.


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Botswana bans elephant-back rides

2016-12-15 - , Botswana.

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris. The first commercial elephant rides in Africa began in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s and soon spread throughout Southern Africa. In the region there are now 39 commercial elephant venues, holding around 215 captive elephants. At least 25 of these offer elephant rides. Seven of them...


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Elephant Safari launched in western Chitwan

2016-12-14 - Chitwan, Nepal.

Four community forests located in Chitwan´s western part have introduced elephant safari with an aim to boost tourism. The elephant safari has been started from Devnagar Post, Chitwan National Park (CNP) Chief Conservation Officer, Ram Chandra Kandel said.


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welfare

Perth Zoo hits back at petition to stop elephant painting

2016-12-14 - Perth, Australia.

PERTH Zoo is disappointed an online petition questions their elephant care and training methods, saying staff are 100 per cent dedicated to the welfare of the animals. The change.org petition calls for an end to elephant art, prompted by social media adverts offering Perth Zoo elephant paintings as a unique Christmas gift.


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trade

China to set date to close ivory factories

2016-12-13 - Beijing, China.

China is set to announce when it will close its legal ivory carving factories, 18 months after pledging to act. Last year, the world’s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory said it would shut down commercial sales within the country. But did not set a timeline. At the time, conservationists described the announcement as the “single greatest measure” in the fight to save elephants from poaching. Wildlife advocates have since urged Beijing to get on with the job.


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Swimcam captures Taronga Zoo elephants under water

2016-12-12 - Sydney, Australia.

To capture Tukta underwater, photographer Toby Zerna attached his camera to a five metre long pool scoop. “Tukta was interested in the camera, coming up to take a look but then she went off to continue swimming,” Zerna said.


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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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smuggle

Chinese nabbed with elephant tusks

2016-12-09 - Windhoek, Namibia.

Two Chinese nationals were detained yesterday after they allegedly attempted to smuggle elephant tusks that were cut into small pieces and stuffed into instant coffee tins. The two suspects were on their way to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA). HKIA was recently in the news after another Chinese national was caught with 18 rhino horns worth almost N$7 million by the Hawks in South Africa after he was let through though the airport scanners in Namibia had detected the illegal exports.


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Infamous SA circus owner fights laws that protect elephants

2016-12-09 - Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Circus owner Brian Boswell is challenging the legality of elephant protection laws after his attempt to sell African elephants to a zoo in the United Arab Emirates was blocked by wildlife authorities. Boswell has refused to accept the denial of a permit application to send five circus trained elephants to a Dubai zoo at the selling price of R3 million each


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conflict

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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welfare

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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misc

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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medical
Female elephant H’Tuk receives an ultrasound scan from experts

Vietnam uses ultrasound to determine virility of domestic elephants

2016-12-06 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

Domesticated elephants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are receiving ultrasound scans by international experts to check their fitness for mating.
In the heat of the afternoon inside Ban Don Village in Dak Lak Province, a group of vets from Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center (DECC) waited alongside Dutch elephant expert Dr. Willem Schaftenaar for H’Tuk, a female elephant who lives at a local ecotourism resort.


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death
Village women pray by the carcass of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon in Assam.

Train hit kills 3 elephants, including 2 pregnant females, in Assam

2016-12-05 - Guwahati, United States.

Three wild elephants, including two pregnant females, were killed by a speeding train in Assam early on Monday, officials said. A herd of elephants were crossing the railway track at Hojai in Nagaon district when they were hit by the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express around 12:30am, nearly 137 kilometres from Guwahati. “One of the elephants was a 4-year-old female, while 2 others were pregnant. One of them aborted a 2-month-old fetus after the accident and we found a 4-month-old fetus in...


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conflict

The shocking moment Elephant throws buffalo several feet in the air

2016-12-04 - Nairobi, Kenya.

An arrogant buffalo was tossed several feet into the air after it decided to battle with a mother elephant. The buffalo, weighing more than 500kg did not survive the battle. These pictures were taken by a photographer who visited Kenya on vacation.


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Tonzi, an elephant at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant Tonzi who suffered with severe arthritis is put down

2016-12-04 - Nuneaton, United Kingdom.

A Twycross Zoo elephant who was suffering with crippling arthritis has been put down. A zoo spokesman said every effort was made to treat her health problems. The 32-year-old Tonzi was euthanised after attempts to treat her health problems were exhausted.


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relocation

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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conflict

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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fossil

Found: Ancient Elephant Fossils Hidden Beneath L.A."s New Subway

2016-12-01 - Los Angeles, United States.

Los Angeles was built in a place pockmarked with tar pits, and one of the sites on the extension of the Purple Line is at Wilshire and La Brea, not far from the famous La Brea Tar Pits, which daily yields new finds. Late in November, construction crews found another one, the Los Angeles Times reports. The first piece of an ancient animal that they discovered was a shattered tusk, three feet long, followed by a mastodon tooth. This week, a specialist who monitors the site for fossil finds located...


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Airavata Elephant Foundation agreed to buy the elephant, named Bak Mai, for $17,000 early last month from 15 families, he said, though the full amount is yet to be paid.

Killer Elephant Finds Home at Foundation

2016-12-01 - Banlung, Cambodia.

An elephant that killed its owner in September in Mondolkiri province has been sold to a foundation in neighboring Ratanakkiri province, the organization said on Wednesday. “Nobody wanted a killer elephant. They said the killer elephant would kill again,” said Pierre-Yves Clais, the vice president of Airavata Elephant Foundation.


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An elephant stands in a section of mondulkiri forest on sunday after it killed its handler and escaping.

Freedom short-lived as elephant again escapes

2016-11-30 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia. Khouth Sophak Chakrya

An elephant that killed its owner in Mondulkiri province in September was recaptured yesterday afternoon after having escaped into the jungle for three days, according to the conservation NGO Airavata, which bought the bull after its old owner’s death.

Seng Pich, the group’s spokesperson, said Mai the elephant enjoyed a short-lived escape into the jungle in Pech Chreada district’s Sre Ampoum commune after being taken out of shackles put in place by the grievin...


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Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a tonne of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City´s deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and Tuesday was hidden inside timber in two containers that arrived at Cat Lai port and was en route to neighboring Cambodia.


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relocation

Two Florida elephants pack their trunks, move to Columbus Zoo

2016-11-29 - Columbus, United States.

Asian elephant sisters Rudy, 14, and Sunny, 8, are moving to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Any offspring born of Rudy or Sunny would belong the zoo, and would be used as a part of the American Zoological Association´s Species Survival Plan.


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Can drone technology save the Sumatran elephant?

2016-11-29 - , Indonesia.

Fauna & Flora International has acquired two quadcopter drones to help reduce incidents of conflict between humans and wild elephants in Sumatra, Indonesia. The acquisition of two quadcopter drones is helping Fauna & Flora International´s (FFI) Aceh team to monitor the location of Sumatran elephants in Aceh, Indonesia, and respond quickly when elephants are approaching community farms to minimise potential conflicts.


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medical

Vets rescue elephant caught in poachers snare

2016-11-29 - Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

A team of veterinarians saved a juvenile bull elephant caught in a poacher´s wire snare with surgery in the field, in Zimbabwe, on November 21. The young animal, named Little Nyakasanga, is seen standing up after undergoing surgery in Mana Pools. The operation was performed by veterinarians from Aware Trust Zimbabwe, a conservation trust.


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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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Elephant and Obelisk by Gianlorenzo Bernini

The Pope"s Elephant

2016-11-28 - Rome, Italy.

In 1514, King Manuel I of Portugal gave Pope Leo X a white Indian Elephant named Hanno. When Hanno arrived in the Vatican—after sailing from Cochin, on India´s southwest coast, to Lisbon and from Lisbon to Rome, he was an enormous sensation.


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No arrangements for Kaavan during winter

2016-11-28 - Islamabad, Pakistan.

Now that winter has set in, the management of the Marghazar Zoo is worried about the fate of Kaavan, the lone elephant, who requires special arrangements during the winter months. Kaavan belongs to Sri Lanka, where the temperature does not drop below zero degrees Celsius.


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death
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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relocation

Jumbo Leap Over Courts To Swindle Baby Elephants

2016-11-27 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Many have expressed concern over the government’s move to return the baby elephants to individuals who allegedly had illegal permits or none at all. Several environmental lawyers claimed the move to return the elephants to the suspects was at fault since the court is yet to arrive at a final decision on the matter and it still remains a pending case.


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Belle Lordan with elephant calf which she named Sabai. It means happy in Thai.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo: First Asian elephant calf named ‘Sabai’ after competition held for public to find best name

2016-11-26 - Dubbo, Australia.

Belle, a self-proclaimed animal enthusiast, said she saw how much happiness the bub brought Dubbo and that was her inspiration. It’s only fitting she suggested ‘Sabai’ which means happy in Thai language. Her pitch was the overwhelming favourite. “I have a passion for animals and I really like them. I thought it was cool to name a new baby animal that’s going to be at the zoo for a long time,” Belle said.


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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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Chasing away elephants by scare tactics causes more damage as the herd splits into smaller groups and runs in various directions

South Bengal’s jumbo problem

2016-11-25 - New Delhi, Bangladesh.

The number of elephants crossing over to rice-growing districts South Bengal have increased over the years, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction Numbers tell the state of human-elephant conflict in Bengal: 108 people dead (out of which 71 were in south Bengal) and 14 elephants electrocuted last year. Since April this year, the conflict has left 18 people dead; two elephants have been electrocuted and two shot dead after they were declared rogue by the forest department.


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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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Fight to save three Argentine elephants

2016-11-25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lawyer Andres Gil Dominguez may have had bigger cases, but he´s never had bigger clients. He´s been authorised to represent three elephants in captivity at a former zoo in Argentina´s capital. Dominguez is demanding that Mara, Kuki and Pupi be transferred to a reserve abroad where they can have a better quality of life. All three elephants live in a small treeless site in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires near busy avenues and buildings.


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Sri Lanka bans use of young elephants for work

2016-11-24 - , Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka unveiled tougher laws Wednesday, including a ban on using young elephants for logging and other physical work, as part of a crackdown on cruelty to domesticated wild animals. Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said the cabinet approved new regulations imposing tough conditions on owners of elephants, which are considered sacred by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The animals are also legally protected but are often subjected to cruel treatment by some owners.


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Some of the ivory

Two police officers, businessman jailed for wildlife crime, Malawi sets history

2016-11-24 - , Malawi.

Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.


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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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Mammoth Discovery: Uncovering Channel Islands history. Rare fossil found on Santa Rosa Island

2016-11-23 - SANTA BARBARA, United States.

A piece of the Channel Islands history is being uncovered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The museum recently received a giant box brought in by Mammoth Movers. “We are not sure if it is a small full size Columbian mammoth, the species that got out to the island originally, or whether it is a large variety of the Pygmy mammoth,” said National Park Service archaeologist Don Morris.


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Killing jumbo a step backwards

2016-11-23 - Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia.

WWF-Malaysia has frowned on the State Wildlife Department´s killing of a bull elephant in Tawau in a Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) as it impacts the shrinking population of Sabah´s pachyderms. The Department confirmed that the culled bull was in musth, a period where male elephants are known to exhibit aggressive behaviour and, consequently, are susceptible to provocation.


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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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Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference

2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnam has destroyed seized ivory and rhino horn, wildlife products derived from species threatened with extinction. The public display of destruction comes ahead of a global conference to combat the illicit trade.


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15th International rhino and elephant conservation and research symposium

2016-11-14 - Singapore, Singapore.

The fourth joint International Elephant and Rhino Conservation and Research Symposium is a forum for elephant and rhino conservationists and researchers from around the world to present conservation projects and research outcomes, new technologies in field conservation and conflict mitigation, studies in disease, reproduction and behavior, and other issues that impact the long term survival of elephants and rhinos.


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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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The Swedish King greets the three months old elephant baby Namsai. To the right is Namsai’s mother Bua and to the left Saonoi.

Royal elephants expecting a baby

2016-11-09 - Kolmorden, Sweden.

Kolmården in Sweden, the largest zoo in the Nordics, has (on 14 October 2016) announced with great pleasure that King Karl XVI Gustaf’s Bua elephant cow is pregnant. The father of the prospective calf is none other than Danish Queen Margrethe‘s elephant bull Tonsak.


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Thailand: Nong Nooch Garden Welcomes New Baby Elephant

2016-11-08 - PATTAYA, Thailand.

The Nong Nooch Pattaya Garden and Resort welcomed a new baby girl elephant into its family Tuesday, during which the garden also organised a blessing ceremony for the adorable animal, Thai News Agency (TNA) reports. Phang Took Jai was born to 19-year-old mother ´Phang Nong Porn´, an elephant performer, and 15-year-old father. ´Plai Mai Muang´, through natural mating.


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The top portion of a mastodon skull, with five molars. It was found Oct. 15 by a team of volunteers led by paleontologists at the University of Michigan near the town of Mayville.

How a Mastodon’s Teeth Found in Michigan May Tell Us How It Died

2016-11-08 - Ann Arbor, United States.

Seth Colling, who teaches children with developmental disabilities at an outdoor learning center in Michigan, was walking along a creek looking for fish with his students in 2014 when they saw something odd sticking out from the water. “It looked really strange,” Mr. Colling said. “I said to my student, ‘Hey what is that?’”


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Former elephant trainer William "Billy" Morris, his wife Tina and their son, August, are pictured in an undated photo. Morris

What separated jet skier, 3-year-old son who answered dead dad’s phone still a mystery

2016-11-03 - Gibsonton, United States.

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Florida man whose 3-year-old son answered his phone Monday afternoon after they failed to return from a ride on a nearby river. The body of 38-year-old William “Billy” Morris was found Tuesday morning along the south shoreline of the Alafia River in Gibsonton, Florida, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.


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Baby elephant found tied to a tree in Hambegamuwa

2016-11-03 - Hambegamuwa, Sri Lanka.

Residents and wildlife officials have released a baby elephant that was tied to a tree in Hambegamuwa area. Residents who saw this elephant has informed the wildlife officials in the area.


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An Australian man living in Singapore was injured by an elephant in Phuket. Elephants are a big part of Thailand

Singapore-based Australian injured by elephant in Phuket

2016-11-01 - Phuket, Thailand.

An Australian man who is a resident of Singapore was injured by an elephant in Thailand´s Phuket island on Monday, say local officials. The incident happened on Mai Khao beach on the northern end of the island. The injured man, who is warded at Bangkok Hospital on the resort island, is currently in a stable condition, Mr Sarawut Sisakukam, chief of Mai Khao sub-district administrative organisation, told The Straits Times on Tuesday night. Officials did not name the man.


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A lead researcher in the recent Great Elephant Census across Africa, wildlife ecologists Curtice Griffin at UMass Amherst also evaluated counting methods. He says though one would think that an animal the size of an elephant would be easy to spot from a

Aerial surveys of elephants, other mammals may underestimate numbers

2016-11-01 - Amherst, United States. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

In a paper this month in PLOS ONE, authors suggest that the two main census methods now in use may be undercounting elephants and that population estimates from both are biased low.


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Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail

2016-11-01 - Beijing, China.

A man was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 40,000 yuan ($5,903) on Tuesday for smuggling ivory, a Beijing court announced. Beijing No 4 Intermediate People´s Court sentenced the man, surnamed Liu, on Tuesday morning, saying that he was found smuggling 52 products made of ivory in his suitcase at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in June 2014. The value of the ivory was more than 423,800 yuan, the court said.


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A leaflet calling for donations to build a statue of Hanako

Donations sought for Hanako

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

People who miss Hanako, the popular elephant who died in May at a Tokyo zoo, can chip in via the internet to help build a statue in her memory. Hanako reached the age of 69 and was the nation’s oldest elephant. An executive committee comprising the Musashino city government, a local chamber of commerce and other groups, has begun soliciting donations to erect a statue of the Asian elephant.


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Authi

Asian elephant at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has miscarriage

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

An elephant at Ueno Zoological Gardens has had a miscarriage, about four months after it was confirmed as the first Asian elephant to get pregnant at the Tokyo zoo since it opened in 1882, the zoo said on Tuesday (Nov 1). Authi, 18, had been expected to give birth around June or July next year but had a miscarriage on Monday, possibly due to a blocked blood flow caused by a twisted umbilical cord.


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In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankan police officers march with a ceremonially dressed elephant calf during a Victory Day parade in Matara, about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The use of baby elephants in parades is proof

Sri Lanka cracks down on owners of elephants taken from wild

2016-11-01 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Capturing wild elephants has been banned for decades here. Registration records indicate there should be only 127 elephants in captivity, most of them older. Yet they are a staple of the South Asian island nation´s 400 or so yearly processions — traditional ceremonies honoring a marriage, calling for peace or praying for rain — and in each there are always a few young elephants clumsily cantering to keep up.


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How elephants beat cancer

2016-10-31 - New Haven, United States. Gaughran SJ, Pless E, Stearns SC. Yale University

Elephants have significantly reduced their risk of cancer by duplicating an important gene called TP53.


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Tanzanian president tells security forces to pursue wildlife poachers

2016-10-31 - Dodoma, Tanzania.

Tanzania´s president on Saturday ordered security forces to go after top criminals financing organised networks behind elephant poaching, saying no one was "untouchable". The East African nation, home to the Serengeti Plains packed with wildlife and Africa´s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, relies on revenues from tourism and safaris but has been blighted by poachers chasing ivory to sell mostly in Asia.


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Smuggled elephant tusks are confiscated at Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks

2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), during the 2010-15 period, customs officers uncovered a total of 116 cases of animal smuggling and trading, confiscating over 22 tonnes of ivory and 457 ivory bracelets.


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Zimbabwe prepares to push for ivory trade revival

2016-10-29 - Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s battle against the ban on ivory trade is not yet over. It might go ahead and sell its ivory in January next year. The country has 90 days to enter a reservation against the decision made under Cites – the international treaty drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife from exploitation – to ban both international and domestic trade in ivory.

Zimbabwe has about 96,000 tonnes of ivory, valued at about $10 billion (Dh36.7bn). It is in desperate need of money...


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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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Vietnam Seizes Nearly One Ton African-Elephant Ivory

2016-10-29 - Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese customs seized an illegal cargo of ivory weighing nearly one ton in Ho Chi Minh city, making it the fourth ivory smuggling case this month, according to media reports on Thursday. The shipment, on its way to Cambodia from Kenya, was discovered Wednesday in two containers in the city’s Cat Lai Port, according to the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department, the Nhan Dan newspaper reported.


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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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Namibia: School Principal Charged With Elephant Poaching

2016-10-27 - Windhoek , Namibia.

The recent arrest of the 52-year-old school principal of Simataa Senior Secondary School in Linyanti Constituency in the Zambezi Region, who was among a group of suspecs accused of running a syndicate that poaches elephants for their coveted ivory, has set tongues wagging at the school where the principal was regarded as a respected elder and a man of high moral values and ethics.


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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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Thai Baby Elephant Gets a Second Chance at Life After Being Rescued From Hunters

2016-10-23 - Chanthaburi, Thailand.

Tribal villagers have rescued a baby elephant from capture by Chanthaburi animal hunters in the jungle of Khaeng Hang Maew in Thailand on Wednesday night. The calf, found with an injured leg, is now under the care of local forestry officials, according to the Bangkok Post. The rescuers have named the baby Jam and are now searching for an adoptive mother since its own mom is still missing.


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medical

Elephant undergoes four-hour operation

2016-10-22 - BENGALURU, United States.

Veterinary doctors and experts on Friday treated and operated on Sidda - the injured and partially blind elephant who has been living in the backwaters of Manchanbele Dam, 30 km from Bengaluru, for 45 days. It was found that Sidda had sustained a fracture in his right forelimb.


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Skull of mastodon recovered Oct. 15 by a University of Michigan-led paleontological team near the town of Mayville, in Michigan’s Thumb region  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-team-recovers-michigan-mastodon-skeleton.html#jCp

Team recovers most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton in many decades from Thumb site

2016-10-18 - Mayville, United States.

The most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s was recovered this month from the state´s Thumb region by a University of Michigan-led team that included Tuscola County teachers who volunteered for the dig.More than 75 complete or nearly complete bones, accounting for 60-70 percent of the extinct mammal´s skeletal mass, were recovered during the four-day dig at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning near Mayville, in Michigan´s Thumb region. The di...


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An adult female Asian elephant asserts dominance over another by putting her trunk over her.

Asian elephant herds lack clear matriarchs, strict hierarchies: new study

2016-10-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Unlike African elephants that are characterized by strong matriarch-led, unified families, Asian elephant families appear to be less cohesive and seem to lack clear matriarch-leadership, the study found. The researchers found that Asian elephants showed such little dominance behavior that it was almost impossible to construct linear hierarchies among individuals.


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Mozambique: Mozambican Ivory Seized in Vietnam

2016-10-10 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese customs in the port of Ho Chi Minh City have seized about two tonnes of ivory hidden in a shipment of timber from Mozambique. Although the ivory trade is banned in Vietnam, the country is still an important market for worked ivory, and a transit point for elephant tusks smuggled from Africa to various other Asian destinations


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More captive elephants to be released into the wild in Lampang

2016-10-10 - Lampang, Thailand.

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will release captive elephants into the wild on the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 84th birthday anniversary, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) said today.


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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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death
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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medical

Galkiriyagama wildlife officers treat wounded tusker

2016-10-09 - , Sri Lanka.

Poaching and loss of habitat have caused tuskers to become an increasingly rare sight in Sri Lanka’s jungles. Wildlife officers on Sunday had to treat a tusker with a unique condition

The Galgamuwa tusker has earned the name “Dalapoottuwa” because of the entanglement of its tusks.The tusker which usually roams around the jungles of Galgamuwa, makes an annual migration to the Kala Wewa via Kekirawa.

Last year, wildlife officers had to treat the tus...


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Elephants in Thailand to have DNA registered

2016-10-07 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thailand has just announced a new law for all elephant owners which required them to adopt a DNA Registration System to keep track of all captive elephants. This comes in response to a number of investigations carried out by NGO Elephant Family and mounting pressure from the conservation sector.This important step will ensure that captive-bred elephants can be easily distinguished from their wild counterparts.


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Other southern African states didn

Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites

2016-10-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Attempts to give the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants have foundered at a key species conference in Johannesburg. A proposal put forward by Kenya was strongly supported but failed to gain the two-thirds majority required. The opposition of the EU, which voted as a block, was pivotal in the defeat.


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medical

Baby Elephant Achara Recovering From Herpes Strain

2016-10-03 - Oklahoma City, United States.

The Oklahoma City Zoo´s baby elephant Achara is recovering from a case of herpes. She took her final dose of medicine Saturday after about 10 days of elevated virus levels, which are now on the decline.
Achara has the same strain of elephant herpes that killed her sister Malee last year, EEHV 1A. This is the second strain she has been exposed to, as she previously contracted EEHV 1B.


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A police officer inspects the crash scene in which an elephant was killed after being hit by this inter-provincial bus in Hang Chat district, Lampang on Friday night

Broken tusk missing after elephant killed in bus crash

2016-10-03 - Lampang, Thailand.

One tusk of a pet bull elephant killed in a crash with an inter-provincial bus in Hang Chat district is missing, a senior police officer said on Sunday. The left tusk, about 70cm long and weighing 2kg, broke off after Plai Udom, 8, was killed when the bus rammed into it on late Friday night. Since the crash, the broken tusk has not been found, Pol Lt Col Somboon Yaya, deputy investigation chief at...




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Some countries have destroyed their ivory stocks but some still hold onto them in the hope of future markets

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

2016-10-02 - Johannesburg, United States.

Delegates at a UN wildlife conference have endorsed calls for the closure of all domestic ivory markets. The non-binding proposal was approved at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa. Conservationists hailed it as a significant step towards ending the current elephant poaching crisis.


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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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A male elephant, 8, is killed after being hit by an interprovincial bus in Hang Chat district, Lampang province, on late Friday night. The bus driver was badly hurt while other passengers were unhurt.

Elephant killed, driver badly hurt in bus crash

2016-10-01 - Lampang, Thailand.

A male elephant was killed and a man badly hurt when an inter provincial bus rammed into it in Hang Chat district late Friday night. All passengers on board the bus were unhurt.


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BRAZIL TO OPEN LATIN AMERICA’S FIRST ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

2016-09-28 - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Brazil is ready to open the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America. The facility is located on a 1,100-hectare farm (2,700 acres) in the midwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The area will host up to 50 elephants – and the first elephants to call the sanctuary home will be three females who retired from the circus. The sanctuary, entirely financed by international NGOs, will not be opened to visitation.


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Jessie the elephant is transported across Sydney Harbour in 1916 on a barge to the new Taronga Park Zoo.

Taronga Zoo to recreate "Operation Noah"s Ark" to celebrate 100th birthday

2016-09-24 - Sydney, Australia.

At 5.30am on a Sunday exactly 100 years ago, Jessie, a four-tonne elephant, sauntered through Sydney´s CBD. Starting at the old zoo in Moore Park, she strolled down Macquarie Street to the spot where the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House would eventually be built. As the sun rose, she boarded an open-top barge to make the journey across Sydney Harbour to her new home at Taronga Zoo in Mosman.


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Elephant that killed owner gets company

2016-09-21 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia.

A rogue male elephant that killed his owner in Mondulkiri on Monday was joined in the forest by two female elephants yesterday after they were released in an unsuccessful attempt to coax the bull home. The bull elephant, Mai, killed his owner, Mob Sreng, 45, by reportedly goring him with his tusks. Yesterday, the victim’s family freed two female elephants from their pens to attract Mai to leave the forest.


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taxonomy

Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree

2016-09-16 - Boston, United States. Ewen Callaway

Love Dalén, a palaeogeneticist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, says that the study will force a reshuffle of the elephant family tree. “Basically Loxodonta is not valid as a genus name,” he says. He thinks that taxonomists may need to come up with new names for the different species, to better represent the relationship between savannah, forest and straight-tusked elephants.


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Welsh sniffer dogs make their first bust after helping seize elephant tusks in Tanzania

2016-08-30 - Dodoma, Tanzania.

Two Welsh sniffer dogs who were flown out to Tanzania to help catch smugglers have made their first bust after helping authorities seize a haul of elephant tusks. Jenny, a Belgian Malinois, and Dexter, an English springer spaniel, are being used to help detect ivory, weapons, ammunition and animal products including elephant and buffalo meat in the east African country.


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death

San Diego Zoo euthanizes elderly elephant

2016-08-23 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoo lost one of its elder statesmen Tuesday. Ranchipur, the zoo’s 50-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized after his health suddenly took a turn for the worse. The elderly mammal, who was the fourth-oldest male elephant in the Western Hemisphere, had been under veterinary care for several years due to various geriatric ailments.


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Asian Elephants in Culture & Nature

2016-08-20 - Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. University of Kelaniya

The conference is meant to cover every aspect of Asian Elephants and aims for a compendium of research papers to be published along with the conference. We welcome research papers on following themes and any other aspect related to Asian Elephants.


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death

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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Perhilitan captures elephant causing trouble to village residents

2016-08-02 - Jeli, Malaysia.

The Kelantan Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has managed to capture a wild elephant believed to be destroying villagers´ crops together with a herd of about five elephants at Kampung Lawar, Batu Melintang, here.

Its director Mohamad Khairi Ahmad said the male elephant, weighing 2.5 tonnes, was captured last Friday and would be relocated to a more suitable habitat with the assistance of the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang.


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conservation

Assam team to visit Bangladesh for bringing back elephant

2016-08-02 - Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A team of Assam forest department will reach Bangladesh on Wednesday, to study how to bring back an elephant stranded in the neighbouring country after being washed away by the strong currents of the Brahmaputra river. On June 27, the wild female elephant was separated from her herd in Assam and floated along with the currents of the Brahmaputra river from Dhubri district into the neighbouring Bangladesh.


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relocation

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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death

Nestled with mother, vets and keepers, "little fighter" Willow loses her battle

2016-08-02 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo´s elephant calf Willow had endured a lot of pain and had gained a reputation as a fighter in her short life, but it was only on Monday that her keepers realised the "sweet, adorable little thing" was not going to make it.


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Girl, 7, dies after being hit by rock thrown by elephant in Morocco zoo

2016-07-28 - Rabat, Morocco.

A seven-year-old girl has died after being struck by a rock thrown by an elephant at a zoo in Morocco. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Rabat zoo. The girl’s father is thought to have lifted her on to his shoulders to give her a better view of the animals. One of the elephants picked up a stone – nearly the size of half a brick – with its trunk and threw it. The stone struck the girl on the back of the head, knocking her unconscious.


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fossil

Ice Age mystery unravels: 40,000-year-old carved mammoth tusk thought to be a musical instrument was used to make ROPE

2016-07-25 - Tübingen, Germany.

Archaeologists have discovered an eight inch long piece of mammoth ivory at a famous prehistoric site in Germany. The intricately carved tusk (pictured) was thought to be part of a musical instrument but new research has found that it may have actually be used to make rope


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Delegates tour on domesticated elephants at Buon Don Tourist Site in Dak Lak Province on June 8, 2016.

Diplomats explore culture of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

2016-06-09 - Buon Don, United States.

Over 20 diplomatic and business delegates enjoyed touring Dak Lak Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on Wednesday afternoon, getting a close-up look at local culture.The delegates observed domesticated elephants, visited traditional stilt houses, crossed a wooden suspension bridge, and enjoyed traditional performances by local Rade ethnics.


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The elephants that have threatened many residents in Dak Lak Province since last week.

Wild elephants forage for food in inhabited areas in Vietnam Central Highlands, scare locals

2016-05-19 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A herd of 20 wild elephants foraging for food and water near residential areas in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is threatening the safety of local residents. Huynh Trung Luan, director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, said the elephants have destroyed crops and irrigation systems in several villages in Ea Sup District. “They are apparently moving from the Yok Don National Park to the Ea Sup Thuong Reservoir for water.”


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Handlers escort three of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Asian elephants as they arrive at their new home in Polk City, Florida

US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida

2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States.

The circus held a final performance in Rhode Island, folded the elephant tent for good and shipped the performers to their permanent retirement in Central Florida, where they arrived Thursday. The era of the elephant in "the greatest show on earth" is over.


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welfare

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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President Uhuru will today lead the world to set fire on the largest cache of ivory ever destroyed at a go by any country. But the irony is that his family has been linked with the illegal trade of ivory!

Kenyatta family was linked to illegal ivory trade which was earning them and other close relatives $10 million” President Uhuru Striped For Fake Public Gesture Of Setting Ivory Ablaze

2016-04-30 - Nairobi, Kenya. Martin Oduor

Immediately after the 1974 elections, the Kenyatta family was linked to illegal ivory trade, which was earning the Kenyatta family and other close relatives $10 million (equivalent to about Sh100 million today) per year, as the country’s 120,000 elephants were killed at an annual rate of 20,000! – Source Charles Hornsby in his book, Kenya: A History Since Independence (1963-2011)


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Diver Bill Eberlein said he first thought he found an old log, but realized it was more when he felt the teeth embedded in the fossil at the bottom of an area river.

Diver finds mastodon jaw in area river

2016-04-30 - Atlanta, United States.

Shark-tooth diver Bill Eberlein experienced a first in his lifetime when he found a mastodon jaw embedded in the mud of a river bed. "I have been diving in coastal Georgia rivers for over 15 years for prehistoric shark teeth, but this is the first time I have discovered a mastodon jaw," Eberlein said.


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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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Elephants face slaughter in Save Valley

2016-04-30 - Chiredzi, Zimbabwe.

ABOUT 300 elephants and some lions could be culled — reduced in population through selective slaughter — in the Save Valley Conservancy amid reports that the large number of animals at the conservancy in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe is destroying the area’s biodiversity in the wake of the El Nino-induced drought that has hit the country.


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abstract

Behavioral changes in female Asian elephants when given access to an outdoor yard overnight.

2016-04-29 - New York, United States. Powell DM, Vitale C.

A study was conducted at the Bronx Zoo to determine whether providing elephants with access to an outdoor corral at night had any significant effects on behavior, use of space, and use of a sand corral. Activity budgets for three female Asian elephants were compared when the subjects were housed indoors overnight and when they were given access to an outdoor yard overnight. Observations were recorded via infrared video cameras between the hours of 1900 and 0700 during the months of July-Septembe...


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Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture executive director, talks about mammoth remains found near Sequim Bay.

Officials work to stabilize fossilized mammoth skull found near Sequim Bay

2016-04-29 - Sequim, United States.

The partial remains of a Columbian mammoth skull discovered in the bluffs near Sequim Bay in early January are undergoing a stabilization process at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. Once stabilized, the fossil likely will be loaned to the Sequim Museum for display.


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Support Kenya: Watch The Ivory Burn Live on April 30

2016-04-27 - Nairobi, Kenya.

On Saturday, April 30, Kenya Wildlife Service will host the largest ivory burn in history — a bold statement against elephant poaching, and one we hope will mark the beginning of the end for the global ivory trade, which kills an estimated 33,000 elephants every year. WildAid will be bringing these historic events to a worldwide audience through social media, and we invite you to watch it live.


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A case against two circus owners and an employee from the well-known Brian Boswell Circus was taken off the court roll due to a lack of evidence

Charges against Boswell Circus three withdrawn

2016-04-26 - Port Elizabeth , South Africa.

Charges against two circus owners and an employee from the well known Brian Boswell Circus have been withdrawn in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court. Jane Boswell, her daughter Georgina, and elephant handler David Marais were facing a string of charges for allegedly beating, chaining, confining and not providing sufficient water and shade to elephants between December 2012 and January 2013.


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evolution

DNA proves mammoths mated beyond species boundaries

2016-04-23 - Hamilton, Canada.

Several species of mammoth are thought to have roamed across the North American continent. A new study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, provides DNA evidence to show that these mammoths, which should only mate within their species boundaries, were in fact likely to be interbreeding.


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Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport

2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

More than 100 pieces of tusks were seized as customs officers checked a suspicious cargo in Noi Bai International Airport on Friday. The shipment was held on suspicion of being elephant tusks upon its arrival to the Hanoi airport from the Turkish Airline flight TK 6562 on April 6, according to the airport customs.


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Circus elephants retiring after Providence shows

2016-04-23 - Providence, United States.

The Greatest Show on Earth is headed to Providence next week and it will be the last time elephants are ever a part of the show. For the first time in its 146-year history, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is saying goodbye to its legendary elephants.


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medical

Elephant surgery at Birmingham Zoo scheduled for May

2016-04-21 - Birmingham, United States.

The Birmingham Zoo’s beloved African elephant, Bulwagi, is set to receive potentially life-saving surgery in May to remove his infected tusk. The surgery is a very involved process requiring intense preparation, so the Birmingham Zoo is bringing in experts from the Colyer Institute and extra veterinary assistance from across the country to help with the multiple hour operation.


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Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet

2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

Druk, the oldest of the zoos elephants, found herself on the ground after a tussle with other members of the herd, the zoo said in a statement. Seeing that the elderly elephant didnt have the energy to stand up by herself, zookeepers called on Zurich city fire service to help.


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Cameroon destroys 2000kg of elephant tusks

2016-04-20 - Yaounde, Cameroon.

Cameroon will incinerate 2000 kg of elephant tusks and more than 1753 art objects made of ivory seized from traffickers over the years, at the request of the Head of State, His Excellency, President Paul Biya on April 19, 2016.


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Zoo Miami welcomes 2 new elephants to exhibit

2016-04-20 - Miami, United States.

Zoo Miami welcomed two new African elephants to its exhibit Tuesday, who were brought to Miami from the Virginia Zoo. The elephants, Cita and Lisa, are moving to Zoo Miami as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommendation. Cita and Lisa will be presented to the public at Zoo Miami on May 20 following the quarantine period.


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The baby elephant that was pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province on March 28, 2016

Elephant herd rejects baby rescued in central Vietnam

2016-04-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Conservationists in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are continuing to try and reintroduce a baby elephant they rescued from a well back to its herd despite several failed attempts. Pham Van Lang, deputy director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, told Zing News that the two-month old calf remains at the center as they were seeking more advice from experts and higher authorities.


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Pak Boon and previous baby Tukta. Taronga Zoo 2011

Taronga Zoo is expecting a baby elephant

2016-04-15 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney´s Taronga Zoo will hear the thump thump of little feet when expectant mother Pak Boon delivers her baby elephant after a 22-month pregnancy. The new calf, expected this time next year, will be the fourth born as part of the zoo´s conservation breeding program for Asian elephants.


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Thailand Seizes 87 African Ivory Tusks Worth $800,000

2016-04-07 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Officials in Thailand say they seized 315 kilograms (695 pounds) of African elephant tusks worth an estimated $800,000 at Bangkok´s international airport. Kulit Sombatsiri, director-general of the Thai Customs Department, said Tuesday that the haul of 87 ivory tusks was found March 27 in a dozen barrels sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at Suvarnabhumi International Airport detected the contraband.


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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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Thirty eight illegally caught elephants in Wildlife custody - AG

2016-03-31 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Attorney General yesterday informed Court that 38 illegally caught wild elephant were taken into the Wildlife Department custody following the CID investigation into a massive racket where illegally caught wild elephant calves being sold to third parties.


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 Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam By Ngoc Quyen, Thanh Nien News  DAK LAK - Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:03Email Print  A baby elephant pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province March 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Dak Lak

Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam

2016-03-29 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Animal rescue officers in Dak Lak Province on Monday saved a baby elephant that fell into a five-meter deep well, possibly while looking for water.
Members from the Central Highlands province’s Elephant Conservation Center and forest rangers spent one hour pulling the elephant up, after tying a rope around its belly. Local officials believed the elephant belongs of a herd of more than ten elephants which were traveling to a nearby lake for water.


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medical

Elephants Will Get New Artificial Legs Soon

2016-03-25 - Lampang, Thailand.

The prosthetic leg factory, just for elephants, will soon be operating at Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Thailand. This is a unique and wonderful facility that can make and repair custom-fit artificial limbs for elephants who need them.


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Elephants cool off March 13 at Chiang Mai Zoo.

Elephant Kills Longtime Mahout at Chiang Mai Zoo

2016-03-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A mahout was killed by an elephant yesterday at Chiang Mai Zoo. Somsak Panna was herding bull elephant Billy back to his corral to feed him breakfast Tuesday morning when the 25-year-old pachyderm gored the keeper with his tusk. “Another worker attempted to stop the elephant, but it was too late,” according to a statement from the zoo published Tuesday evening.


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Chinese nationals Xu Fujie and Huang Gin (right) are escorted to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court cell after they were sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay Sh100.7 billion fine after being found guilty of possessing 707 pieces of ivory worth

Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

2016-03-19 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Two Chinese poachers were yesterday sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay a record Sh108.7 billion fine in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade. The Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court found Xu Fujie, 31, and Huang Gin, 51, guilty of illegally possessing 706 pieces of elephants tusks.. They were each ordered to pay Sh 54.3 billion in fine each or face the lengthy sentence of a whole three decades behind bars.


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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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Sangduen "Lek" Chailert and Elephant Nature Park (ENP), Chiang Mai, Thailand

2016-03-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Its time to step forward and give a balancing report of one of the largest scams I have witnessed in Asia, in no way, a paradise for elephants or the staff, although it has according to sources, an estimated annual income between $US 3. 650. 000 and $US 5. 475. 000 dollars.


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According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.

Burmese Mahout Dies After Elephant Mee Sook Tramples Him at Elephant Nature Park

2016-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

On March 11, rescue teams and local police in Mae Taeng were called to Elephant Nature Park after a Burmese mahout who had recently visited the center in search for work and to meet with his brother, was trampled in the veterinary enclosure where a rescue elephant known as Mee Sook, was being kept. According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.


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relocation

Omaha zoo"s elephants loaded onto plane in Swaziland, should arrive in Omaha within 48 hours

2016-03-09 - Mbabane , Swaziland.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and its partner zoos sent an airplane to Swaziland, sedated 18 elephants and loaded them up Tuesday, forcing a judge to make an emergency decision to allow the transport. All signs point to elephants arriving in the U.S. late Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the travel itinerary. After temporarily freezing the import while he deliberated, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates decided to allow the import for fear that sedating the elephants an additional time ...


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Anti-poaching patrols protect wildlife in Garamba National Park in the DRC.

Armed groups threaten elephants in DRC’s Garamba Nat Park

2016-03-01 - , Congo.

Elephants in the vast Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face a precarious future following reports that armed gangs of poachers are wreaking havoc in the game reserve, threatening both the animals and rangers. According to reports, last year, about 114 elephants were killed in the Garamba National Park, located in the north-eastern part of the DRC.


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Some of the rescued elephant calves.

Sabah Wildlife concerned over rising number of orphaned baby elephants

2016-02-27 - KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia.

The increasing number of orphaned baby Bornean elephants being rescued from plantations near forest reserves is worrying the Sabah Wildlife Department.
The fact that the baby elephants were found wandering alone was an indication that the adult animals including their mothers had been killed.


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evolution

Alarm over elephant inbreeding in Sabah

2016-02-26 - Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia.

Experts believe that the state’s 2,500 Bornean elephants were at risk of inbreeding in fragmented areas of its jungles as they are unable to meet elephants from other parts to mate and strengthen their gene pool.


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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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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

2016-02-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a "shoot-to-kill" policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants. Khamis Kagasheki´s proposal for perpetrators of the illicit ivory trade to be executed "on the spot" divided opinion, with some conservationists backing it as a necessary deterrent but others warning that it would lead to an escalation of violence.


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death

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike

2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States.

On Monday morning, January 25th, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® lost its youngest elephant to the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Two-year old “Mike”, who was born at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, passed away despite the heroic efforts of our veterinary and animal care staff to save him. While final necropsy results are still pending, preliminary results, as well as blood tests sent to Smithsonian Insti...


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culling

Kill the elephants, now! Mpumalanga villagers feast on Kruger escapees

2016-01-25 - Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Villagers wielding pangas, grinders and knives slaughtered three elephants that were shot dead in Mpumalanga after escaping from the Kruger National Park. An African Eye News Service reporter witnessed armed rangers from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) trying to calm residents of Matsulu outside Mbombela last week. The impatient residents, who had arrived on the scene with empty buckets, wanted the rangers to kill the elephants immediately.


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relocation

Young male elephant is coming to the Kansas City Zoo

2016-01-25 - Kansas City, United States.

The Kansas City Zoo will acquire a bull African elephant sometime in October, making possible a future breeding program, zoo officials announced Wednesday. Tamani, who will soon be 10 years old, now resides at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama with three other males, including his father. In Kansas City, Tamani will join six female African elephants who are past their reproductive years. But Kansas City Zoo officials hope to acquire younger females in the future.


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conservation

Three U.S. zoos team up to save rare Borneo elephants

2016-01-22 - Washington, United States.

Three U.S. zoos announced a new agreement Jan. 21, 2016, with Borneo-based wildlife organizations to protect the endangered Borneo pygmy elephant. The first partnership of its kind, the effort will provide support for solutions to the frequent and sometimes deadly conflicts between people and elephants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.


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trade

Feds approve elephant import to Sedgwick County Zoo

2016-01-22 - Falls Church, United States.

Eighteen elephants from southern Africa soon will be on a 747 headed to the United States. A federal agency has officially approved the permits to import the elephants from Swaziland to zoos in Wichita, Dallas and Omaha. The Sedgwick County Zoo, the Dallas Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will each get six elephants under an agreement announced last fall.


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Stephen Payne: Ringling Bros. animals are well cared for, despite columnists unsupported claims

2016-01-19 - Venice, United States.

A contributing columnist to the Times Leader felt it was appropriate to attack Ringling Bros. animal care. Not only did he spread animal rights propaganda about the circus, he also insulted the dedicated men and women with Ringling Bros. who spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, caring for our animals.


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Elephants march in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Washington, D.C., in 2015. This year, the last of the circus

Ringling Will Retire Circus Elephants Two Years Earlier Than Planned

2016-01-13 - Venice, United States.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced Monday that early in May, 11 female elephants that together have spent decades on the road for circuses will step off train cars and super-semi trucks for the last time into retirement in central Florida. Most will be returning to family and friends.


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conservation
Researchers count elephants in Botswana as part of the Great Elephant Census, the largest aerial survey of African wildlife ever undertaken.

Largest Wildlife Census in History Makes Waves in Conservation

2016-01-10 - Arusha, Tanzania.

Early findings from the largest ever aerial survey of African wildlife—the Great Elephant Census (GEC)—are proving that big data can make a big difference when it comes to saving the world’s largest land mammal. Funded by Microsoft billionaire Paul G. Allen and staffed by 90 researchers, the initiative surveyed elephant populations in a combined distance of 285,000 miles throughout Africa.


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conflict

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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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey donated $10,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Huntsville Hospital.

Circus donates to Huntsville Hospital

2016-01-10 - Huntsville, United States.

Elephants have a low incidence of cancer, and scientists are examining why elephants are cancer resistant but humans lack this capability. Ringling Bros. dedicated a performance at the Von Braun Center to Huntsville’s oncology unit. That evening raised awareness to national cancer research by Dr. Joshua Schiffman, who has connected DNA from Ringling Bros. elephants to DNA from patients with cancer.


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medical
Elephant keepers Bob Lee, Phil Prewett, and veterinarian tech. Margot Monti use an ultrasound machine to tell how much sperm Tusko has at the Oregon Zoo.

Oregon Zoo staff infected by tuberculosis after exposure to infected elephants

2016-01-10 - Portland, United States.

Seven staff at the Oregon Zoo were infected with tuberculosis following an outbreak starting in 2013 among three bull elephants – Packy, his son Rama and Tusko. The seven people who developed a latent form of the disease without symptoms had close contact with the elephants, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An eighth person, a volunteer, also developed a mysterious case of tuberculosis.


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SEIZED IVORY WORTH OVER $4 MILLION IN VIETNAM CAME FROM MOZAMBIQUE

2016-01-08 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

In November 2015, Vietnamese officials seized more than two tons of ivory that originated in Mozambique. The haul was valued at over $4 million (US). All Africa News reported that the ivory was found on board a container vessel that docked in Hai Phong.


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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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A zookeeper feeds an elephant with Christmas trees at the zoo Tierpark in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Every year discarded Christmas trees are offered to the animals as a snack.

Berlin elephants enjoy late festive snack: Christmas trees

2016-01-08 - Berlin, Germany.

Zoo elephants in Berlin have enjoyed a light festive snack: a late delivery of Christmas trees. The New Year feeding of unsold pine trees has become an annual event. Zookeeper Mario Hammerschmidt says the trees are certified as pesticide-free. Hammerschmidt said Thursday that the trees are "a good supplement to the food the elephants get during winter time."


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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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Berlin zoo elephant baby is actually a boy

2016-01-04 - Berlin, Germany.

Zoo workers in Berlin admitted on Monday that they had made a mistake about the sex of the newest member of their elephant herd. It´s easier than one might think with elephants, as pachyderms´ male member is discreetly hidden away in a pouch unless they are urinating or otherwise making use of it.


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PRESS RELEASE: Elephant population status in Tanzania

2015-12-12 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


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Rare elephant species seen for first time in South Sudan

2015-12-10 - Juba, Sudan.

Wildlife researchers have found forest elephants for the first time in South Sudan, along with dozens of other rare animal species in Western Equatoria state, a conservation organization said. Scientists from Bucknell University, South Sudan´s Wildlife Service, and Fauna and Flora International organization set up dozens of camera traps over 8000 square kilometers in Western Equatoria state in the last six months, taking 20,000 photographs.


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Camera trapping survey captures newest country

Remote cameras offer glimpse into the forgotten forests of South Sudan

2015-12-09 - Khartoum, Sudan.

Over six months, the camera traps captured more than 20,000 wildlife images, including the first pictures of forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) ever taken in South Sudan.The cameras also found a number of other species never before recorded in South Sudan (or in pre-independence records) including the African golden cat, water chevrotain, red river hog and giant pangolin.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-12-remote-cameras-glimpse-forgotten-forests.html#jCp


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An albino elephant on Kapama Game Reserve

2015-11-27 - , South Africa.

Our wild herd on Kapama originated from the Kruger National Park and found their new home on the Kapama Game Reserve between 1992 and 1997. This calf is now about 5 years of age, and as you can see on the picture he still has the pink eyes and lashes.


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Nellie Lockhart, The BIG Story

2015-11-24 - Tupelo, United States. Jim Clark

On Nov. 2, 1922, Nellie Lockhart arrived in Tupelo via the railroad. She had just given a performance in Booneville and after the Tupelo show was to be sold. Nellie was an elephant, part of the Gollmar Brothers Circus.


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Infrasound radar listens for elephant rumbles to warn villagers

2015-11-20 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Chamath Keppitiyagama of the University of Colombo is working on a radar system that listens out for the inaudible rumbles of elephants’ infrasound, something that was discovered in the 1980s. Infrasound is useful for locating and tracking elephants over long distances – the low frequency means the sounds travel a long way through the air.


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Bizarre photo of life size elephant and tiger statues on back of trailer

2015-11-20 - Sydney, Australia.

Eerily life-like statues of an elephant and sabre-tooth tiger on the back of a trailer driving along the West Gate Freeway have been revealed as nothing more than a publicity stunt! 3AW Mornings listener Ziggy captured the bizarre photo and sent it into Neil Mitchell. He momentarily thought the elephant was real.


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Prince Williams NGO, Tusk, Discusses Terrorism and Ivory at Screening of Warlords of Ivory Documentary

2015-11-20 - New York, United States.

Prince William recently stated that he was initially drawn to Tusk by its innovative and holistic approach and its unwavering certainty that conservation is as much about people and community programmes as it is about wildlife protection. The imperative of balancing the conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever growing needs of the human race is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today."


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Running Away With the Circus. On the road with Ringling Brothers at the end of an era.

2015-11-20 - Venice, United States.

Feld Entertainment was started by his father, Irvin; today, Kenneth, 66, runs it with his three daughters, Nicole, Alana and Juliette, all in their 30s. Earlier this year, they decided together that by 2018, Ringling Brothers would take its elephants off the road and retire them to the family’s vast preserve in Florida, where the Felds say the animals will breed and take part in research for everything from fertility to cancer.


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A mahout, taken by mahouts, was roaming the street in front of Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chon Buri in January 19 this year.

Mahouts welcome plan to take jumbos off city streets "Elephant Kingdom" project provides salaries, food in Surin

2015-11-18 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Many mahouts in Tha Tum and nearby areas on Wednesday were seen registering with the Khotcha-anajak or "Elephant Kingdom" programme at Pudin village in tambon Krapho. The project, operated by the Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand, has set aside 25 million baht to improve the living conditions of 200 elephants and their mahouts.


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Rare Sumatran elephant found dead in Aceh

2015-11-18 - Aceh, Indonesia.

A RARE Sumatran elephant has been found dead in Indonesias Aceh province after apparently eating fertiliser. THE body of the six-year-old male was found in a coffee plantation in Pidie district on Tuesday, said Genman Hasibuan, the head of the provincial Nature Conservancy Agency. "We suspect he died of accidental poisoning because we found splattered fertiliser urea nearby," left behind by a farmer in his hut, Hasibuan said.


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Bulwagi with repaired tusk after the procedure

Engineers Develop New Method to Repair Elephant Tusks

2015-11-17 - Birmingham, United States.

When Birmingham Zoo veterinarians approached researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering to help them stop a crack from growing in their oldest elephant’s tusk, the engineers saw an opportunity to use their expertise in materials science to improve the industry standard for the repair process.


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Rehabilitated elephants can be good moms!

2015-11-17 - Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka.

In August 2015, one of our frequently sighted females in Uda Walawe named Indika was seen suckling two calves of different ages on either sides of her. The younger male calf Indika was nursing was about three months old and merely skin and bones. He was obviously malnourished and weak. She already had a rounded and bulky belly suggesting another calf was on her way.


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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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The largest of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney

Tsavo arrives home at Disney from the National Elephant Center

2015-11-17 - Bay Lake, United States.

Tsavo has come back home. The 7-year-old elephant has arrived at Disney´s Animal Kingdom, where he was born, after spending two years at the National Elephant Center in Fellsmere. Tsavo and Thandi were two remaining elephants at the troubled center, which Disney helped found.


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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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Blood Compatibility Testing in Asian Elephants Using an Indirect Antiglobulin Technique to Improve Captive Breeding Success. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances

2015-11-17 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pakkanut Bansiddhi, Preeyanat Vongchan, Achiraya Satityuenyong, Khajohnpat Boonprasert, Sittidet Mahasawangkul, Ronnachit Roongsri, Janine L. Brown and Chatchote Thitaram

The aim of this study was to examine blood compatibility in Asian elephants using the indirect antiglobulin technique, for use as a breeding management tool to reduce the risk of elephant fetal loss. Forty-four blood samples collected from 22 female and 22 male elephants were subjected to standard tube cross-matching tests and examined for macroscopic and microscopic agglutination reactions.


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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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Napier man Patrick Cooper advised others on how to import ivory illegally

2015-11-17 - Napier, New Zealand.

A Napier man who imported illegal ivory was instructing suppliers on how to evade detection by Customs. Patrick Cooper, 62, a natural therapist, appeared in Napier District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to five charges of trading in endangered species. In June 2012 quarantine inspectors carrying out a routine inspection of mail arriving in New Zealand found a box addressed to Cooper containing a large, carved tusk from an African Elephant.


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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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Elephant Tova euthanized at Tulsa Zoo had bladder stone

2015-11-16 - Tulsa, United States.

Zoo veterinarians and other wildlife experts agreed that the use of humane euthanasia was the best course of action to end the animal’s suffering. The zoo released necropsy results that showed Tova had a 10 pound bladder stone blocking the flow of urine from the bladder.


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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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Seattle zoo transfers ownership of elephants to other zoos

2015-11-16 - Seattle, United States.

Seattle´s Woodland Park Zoo has transferred ownership of its Asian elephants to zoos in Oklahoma City and St. Louis, where the animals are now living.
Female elephants Bamboo and Chai were moved to Oklahoma City Zoo this past May when the zoo closed its elephant exhibit. Another female Asian elephant, Sri (SEE) has been living at the Saint Louis Zoo since 2002.


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Birmingham Zoo, UAB team treat elephants cracked tusk

2015-11-16 - Birmingham, United States.

Bulwagi, the Birmingham Zoo’s 35-year-old African bull elephant, underwent what could be a breakthrough procedure this month to help correct a long-term crack in his tusk.Because of the tusk’s slow growth rate, according to the Zoo, the team will not be able to assess the procedure’s success for several months.


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Tanzania launches satellite monitoring of elephants poaching

2015-11-16 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Tanzania has launched with UN financial support, a special program for monitoring of elephants by satellite. Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the program first concerns 30 elephants of Ruaha National Park, from now on equipped with radio transmitters, according to a statement by the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA).


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Kenya to destroy vast ivory stockpile from thousands of elephants

2015-11-16 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyas wildlife authority on Monday vowed to destroy the east African country´s vast ivory stockpile from several thousand elephants, nine times more than the largest pile torched so far. Kenyas stockpile, if illegally sold on the black market at current prices, could be worth some $270 million (over 251 million euros), but conservationists say sale of ivory only serves to fuel further poaching.


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Swaziland sells off 18 elephants to US

2015-11-15 - Mbabane, Swaziland.

The United States government is offering to pay $450, 000 to Swaziland’s Big Game Parks (BGP) in a deal to acquire 18 of 39 elephants blamed for destroying vegetation and causing negative impact on rhino conversation projects.”US government documents show that the elephants are fenced into a small portion of the reserves, denying them access to much larger areas of land and causing degradation,” the Conservation Action Trust said.


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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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Nine injured by startled elephant at Night Safari

2015-11-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A STARTLED elephant barrelled into a crowd of tourists at Chiang Mai Night Safari on Saturday, mowing down nine, who were offered lifetime passes and Bt30,000 as compensation. The 23-year-old pachyderm named Lamduan had participated in the animal parade for the first time. Four of the injured were in a serious condition and had to stay at the hospital. The other five were allowed to go home.


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Tulsa Zoos Tova the elephant dies Sunday morning after rapid decline in health

2015-11-15 - Tulsa, United States.

The Tulsa Zoo reports that one of the zoo´s newest Asian elephants, Tova, has died. Zoo staff says they observed initial signs that Tova was sick on November 9th. The zoo says colleagues from the Center for Elephant Conservation aided experts to ensure all treatments were explored.


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Trunk route … a previous Elephant Caravan troops through Laos. The animals won’t be ridden this year.

Elephant Caravan in Laos sparks conservation debate

2015-11-14 - Pak Lay, Laos.

In Laos, the elephant population has been decimated by logging. Now, a caravan of elephants and their mahouts is marching 400 miles to raise awareness of their plight. The caravan started in Pak Lay district on 27 October and will end, 391 miles later, in Luang Prabang on 9 December with 20 elephants parading through the streets.


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The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru

Tanzanias war on poaching pays off

2015-11-14 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Adelhelm Meru told journalists in Dar es Salaam that the government was conducting a special operation to fight poaching and trafficking of government trophies.


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Prints on full ivory tusk

Police fingerprint science first set to identify wildlife poachers

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

Police in Britain have helped mastermind a forensic breakthrough that is set to transform law enforcement investigations against poachers and smugglers around the world. Imaging and fingerprint experts from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have teamed up with scientists from King´s College London and University College London to validate the use of new techniques for retrieving fingerprints from elephant tusks – for the first time. Around 50,000 African elephants are thought to...


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Namibia: Police Seize Elephant Tusks, and Croc and Cheetah Skins

2015-11-13 - Windhoek, Namibia.

Members of the police in Kavango East Region have confiscated three crocodile skins, six elephant tusks, one cheetah skin and one skin of a honey badger from various suspects. On Tuesday, two Zambian nationals, a male and a female, were arrested by the police at Kangongo village in Mukwe in Kavango East Region for possession of controlled game products.


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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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UNLV geology students Marco Negovschi (left) and Joe Woodworth excavate the tusk.

UNLV paleontologists recover mammoth fossils northwest of Las Vegas

2015-11-13 - Las Vegas, United States.

A fossil mammoth tusk and molar recently excavated by UNLV paleontologists soon will give us a better idea of what Southern Nevada was like thousands of years ago when animals such as mammoths and camels roamed the valley. The fossils were excavated from a site adjacent to U.S. Highway 95 west of Indian Springs, about 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas.


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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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Ugandan elephants.

ELEPHANT CENSUS SHOWS A POPULATION INCREASE IN UGANDA

2015-11-13 - Entebbe, Uganda.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), working with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has completed an aerial survey, which shows that Ugandan elephant numbers have increased significantly since the 1980´s. The areas surveyed did not include all protected areas, such as the Maramagambo forest within Queen Elizabeth National Park.


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The European mammoth species, Mammuthus meridionalis, likely never made it to North America, a new study finds.

North American Mammoths Actually Evolved in Eurasia

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

The famous Columbian mammoth — an 11-ton creature known for traversing North America during the last ice age — might actually be the same species as the Eurasian steppe mammoth, said study co-researcher Adrian Lister, a research leader of paleontology at the Natural History Museum in London. The discovery suggests that the first mammoth to enter North America was the Eurasian steppe mammoth, and not its ancestor, a European creature called Mammuthus meridionalis.


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Rosie, left, and Sukari are together again at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, along with Hadari, who arrived in the sanctuary in September

Sanctuary welcomes elephants from the Nashville Zoo

2015-11-13 - Hohenwald, United States.

The Nashville Zoo has sent all three of the its female African elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary in Lewis County.After successful transports last week, Sukari, 31 years old, and Rosie, 44, have joined their zoo mate, Hadari, in the Sanctuary. Hadari, a 33-year-old African elephant, arrived at The Sanctuary from the Zoo in late September.


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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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Elephant dies as conflict with humans intensifies

2015-11-13 - Aceh, Indonesia.

Since last week, residents of Seumanah Jaya subdistrict in Ranto Peureulak district have been forced to stay away from their plantations after a herd of some 50 wild elephants took over the area. We no longer know what to do to get rid of the wild elephants, Sumanah Jaya subdistrict head Jamian told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.


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Wisconsin Photographer, Historian Explore Relationship Between Humans And Elephants In Captivity

2015-11-13 - Oregon, United States.

A new book, written and photographed by two Wisconsin residents, aims to capture the unique relationship between humans and elephants at the Oregon Zoo. They discuss some of the most powerful photos in the book, and talk about some of the big questions surrounding elephants in captivity.


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Increase in elephant poaching a concern for Kruger Park management

2015-11-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

While nowhere near the same level as rhino poaching, a marked increase in the number of elephants killed by poachers could well signal the start of another onslaught on wildlife in the Kruger National Park.


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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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Princess Anne will officially open an elephant centre at one of North Somerset’s most popular tourist attractions.

Princess Anne to officially open elephant enclosure

2015-11-12 - Wraxall, United Kingdom.

HRH Princess Royal will visit Noahs Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall on December 17 to open its Elephant Eden. The centre is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and is home to bull elephants Janu and M’Changa. Final details of Princess Anne’s visit have not yet been released but she will meet staff and look around the premises before taking part in an official opening ceremony.


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A police officer stands guard outside an ivory shop during a protest in Hong Kong. Amid growing pressure after China announced on September 25 that it will ban the ivory trade, Hong Kong said it is now “open-minded” to a ban on its legal ivory trade

With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile?

2015-11-12 - Bejing, China.

After years of defending and supporting a legal domestic trade in ivory, China made a big announcement in September: It’s shutting down the trade. The United States is, too. Together, the presidents of both countries have made an unprecedented public pledge to put a stop to all ivory trading—legal and illegal.


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Zimbabwe blames rangers, villagers for elephant poisoning

2015-11-12 - Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe´s environment minister on Thursday blamed the poisoning of at least 71 elephants in recent months on disgruntled game rangers and local communities who do not benefit from wildlife revenues. Last week, police arrested three journalists at a weekly newspaper over a story implicating parks rangers, police chiefs and an Asian businessman in the poisoning of the elephants.


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Zoo CEO and executive director Dennis Pate stands in front of the 29,000 square foot elephant family quarters, will open soon. The zoo is expected to receive six elephants from Swaziland in the coming months

Elephants could be at Henry Doorly Zoo at years end

2015-11-12 - Omaha, United States.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium filed a permit, along with its partner zoos in Wichita and Dallas, to bring a total of 18 elephants to the U.S. from Swaziland, six of which would head to Omaha. They filed the report in November 2014 and it opened for public comment earlier this month. Members of the public have until Nov. 23 to provide feedback to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before a decision is made on whether to allow the import.


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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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The brain of Yuka was very well preserved, and we could compare it to the brain of an African elephant

The extinct woolly mammoth was as smart as African elephant, says pioneering new brain analysis

2015-11-12 - Yakutia, Russian Federation.

Elephants are famed for their intelligence, and now it seems likely that the long-gone woolly mammoths were just as clever. Scientists from Russia and South Africa combined to undertake the first-ever comparison between the brains of the two creatures, using remains of adolescent Yuka, found five years ago close to the Laptev Sea in the Ust-Yansky district of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia.


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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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Troubled center that Disney helped found loses its last elephants

2015-11-11 - Fellsmere, United States.

Three of five elephants that went to the center since it opened in 2013 have died. Two had come from Disney and one came from the Nashville Zoo. The Nashville Zoo was going to send three more elephants to the center but instead has placed them in a sanctuary.