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Engineers surprised by the power of an elephant’s trunk

2021-06-23 - Atlanta, United States.

A 34-year-old African elephant at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia has just taught engineers a thing or two about how to move water. For one thing, she showed that her trunk doesn’t operate as a simple straw. To suck up water, she dilates that trunk — expands it. This cuts how many snorts she’ll need to pull in drinking water or the moisture she uses to hose herself down.


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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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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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Queenie, an Asian elephant, and Liz Dane water-ski at a park in Florida in 1958. Dane’s parents once owned the elephant, who was euthanized Monday at age 58.

Water-skiing Asian elephant dies in Georgia at 58

2011-06-03 - Atlanta, United States. David Beasley

Queenie, a water-skiing Asian elephant who delighted fans in the 1950s, has been euthanized at the Georgia wildlife park where she lived her final years in retirement. "She had a declining quality of life and declining health," said Micha Hogan, public relations director of the Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park in Valdosta, where Queenie had lived out of the spotlight since 2003.


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Elephants know when they need a helping trunk in a cooperative task.

2011-03-09 - Atlanta, United States. Plotnik JM, Lair R, Suphachoksahakun W, de Waal FB.

This paradigm explores the cognition underlying coordination toward a shared goal. What do animals know or learn about the benefits of cooperation? Can they learn critical elements of a partner´s role in cooperation? Whereas observations in nature suggest such understanding in nonhuman primates, experimental results have been mixed, and little evidence exists with regards to nonprimates. Here, we show that elephants can learn to coordinate with a partner in a task requiring two individuals...


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Zoo Atlanta: Elephant Lead Keeper

2010-07-06 - Atlanta, United States.

This is a salaried position that is responsible for implementing departmental activities and staff training of the Elephant Area of the Mammal Department. Staff in the Elephant Area cares for African elephants and warthogs. Zoo Atlanta’s elephants are managed in protected contact. This position reports to the department’s Assistant Curator and Curator. This position also works closely with the Zoo’s Elephant Manager.


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Large Mammal Keeper III - Elephants

2009-04-15 - Atlanta, United States.

The Keeper III is responsible for animal husbandry and maintenance of exhibit, holding and public areas of the assigned department. This person will report to the area Lead Keeper or Assistant Curator or Curator as appropriate.


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Zoo caretakers should guard against MRSA

2009-03-05 - Atlanta, United States.

An outbreak of community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus occurred among caretakers of an elephant calf, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, released Thursday, warns that people working with animals in zoo settings should perform proper hand hygiene before and after animal contact and use personal protective equipment -- gowns, gloves, and masks -- when working with ill or infected animals.


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Dottie the elephant.

Pregnant Elephant Who Died At Zoo Atlanta Had Pneumonia

2008-11-05 - Atlanta, United States.

Officials at Zoo Atlanta say a pregnant African elephant that died suddenly last month had pneumonia. Officials announced the finding Wednesday after receiving preliminary necropsy results for 26-year-old Dottie. Still, zoo officials have not yet said whether the disease is what killed the elephant Oct. 28. “We are saddened by the sudden loss of Dottie. I know our veterinary and animal management team worked diligently to ensure she received the best care and treatment possible. This is especi...


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Zoo Atlanta"s Pregnant Elephant Dies

2008-10-28 - Atlanta, United States. LEON STAFFORD, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The elephant, which had recently gone into the third trimester of her 24-month pregnancy, was 26. Zoo Atlanta’s veterinary team, along with the Department of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, will perform a necropsy. “We are saddened by the sudden loss of Dottie,” Zoo Atlanta President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Kelly said in a prepared statement. “I know our veterinary and animal management team worked diligently to ensure she received...


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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church while campaigning for his wife US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Atlanta, Georgia, January 21, 2008.

Life in the Jungle: The Candidates Have a Lot to Learn

2008-01-28 - Atlanta, United States. Suzanne Fields

Not so long ago, our parents and teachers were forever admonishing us not to act like animals. Now our candidates for president are showing us how they think they can profit by imitating animals, especially the brainy ones. Like the elephants, for example. Hillary can take heart. "Among elephants, it is the females who are the born politicians," writes Natalie Angier, a science writer, in The New York Times. An elephant typically cultivates robust and lifelong social ties with at least 100 other...


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Zoo Atlanta Expecting Baby Elephant In 2009

2007-11-20 - Atlanta, United States.

Zoo Atlanta may soon hear the stomping of little feet. One of the zoo's three elephants, Dottie, is pregnant. If all goes as expected, the zoo's first newborn Loxodonata african should arrive in April 2009. The baby could weigh up to 300 pounds and measure 3 feet tall at birth. A team of specialists from Berlin artificially inseminated the 25-year-old Dottie in June after plans to mate her with a male elephant at the North Carolina Zoo fell through.


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Zoo Atlanta: Lead Keeper of Elephants

2007-05-04 - Atlanta, United States.

Zoo Atlanta is currently seeking an individual who is highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized to fill the open Lead Keeper of Elephants position within the Large Mammal department. This full-time salaried position requires an applicant with the knowledge and experience of an advanced Animal Keeper including the interest and ability to handle additional team leader and supervisor responsibilities. A degree in a Life Science or related field is required in conjunction with a minimum of five ...


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Zoo Atlanta: Elephant keeper / Carnivore

2007-04-13 - Atlanta, United States. EAZA

Zoo Atlanta is currently looking for an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who will compliment the current Elephant keeper staff. Keeper responsibilities include providing comprehensive animal care, animal training, enrichment, monitoring animal health, facilities and exhibit maintenance. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, formal and informal public presentations, special event programming, and assisting with behavioral research or conservation initiative...


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The remains of the day. Fragrant and fertile, elephant dung gets new life as compost

2007-04-11 - Atlanta, United States. MARK DAVIS

No one knows that better than the people who greet each morning, shovel in hand, as they scoop up ...Call them the poop patrol, those bold souls who trail behind the three elephants at Zoo Atlanta, scraping up those smelly mounds that invariably trail a pachyderm's path. Three or more times daily, they shovel hundreds of pounds of elephant dung — nearly a ton a day, about 600 pounds per beast, an Everest of excrement. It winds up as compost, courtesy of a Carroll County businessman who recycle...


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Trumpet the news: Elephants are staying at Zoo Atlanta.

2006-11-13 - Atlanta, United States. MARK DAVIS

Victoria, Zambezi and Starlet, don't pack those trunks just yet. You're not leaving as originally planned to mate up with some handsome bull. Instead, you'll be treated Tuesday to a pachyderm pile of produce to celebrate two decades' worth of heavyweight entertainment at Zoo Atlanta. Tuesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the day that Victoria and Zoo Atlanta's other African elephants, Zambezi and Starlet, came together.


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mirror self-recognition (MSR) in an Asian elephant.

2006-10-30 - Atlanta, United States. Plotnik JM, de Waal FB, Reiss D., Emory University

We exposed three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) to a large mirror to investigate their responses. Here, we report a successful MSR elephant study and report striking parallels in the progression of responses to mirrors among apes, dolphins, and elephants. These parallels suggest convergent cognitive evolution most likely related to complex sociality and cooperation.


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First Evidence to Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves in the Mirror. New finding suggests convergent evolution with humans

2006-10-30 - ATLANTA, United States.

Elephants have joined a small, elite group of species, including humans, great apes and dolphins, that have the ability to recognize themselves in the mirror, according to a new finding by researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York.


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Three female elephants leaving Zoo Atlanta to breed in N.C.

2006-01-10 - ATLANTA, United States.

Starlet, Victoria and Zambezi, female elephants at Zoo Atlanta, will be leaving the zoo for good next winter to breed at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The three, all in their early 20s, are not expected to return to Atlanta and will be replaced by two older female elephants from Disney's Animal Kingdom: Robin, 34, and Petunia, 32. Because Zoo Atlanta has neither male elephants nor adequate space to breed the animals and raise the calves, the trio in prime breeding age must go elsewhere.


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19 Headlines about Elephants from ATLANTA2021-06-23 - Atlanta, United States - Engineers surprised by the power of an elephant’s trunk 2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States - Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot 2016-04-30 - Atlanta, United States - Diver finds mastodon jaw in area river 2011-06-03 - Atlanta, United States - Water-skiing Asian elephant dies in Georgia at 58 2011-03-09 - Atlanta, United States - Elephants know when they need a helping trunk in a cooperative task. 2010-07-06 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Elephant Lead Keeper 2009-04-15 - Atlanta, United States - Large Mammal Keeper III - Elephants 2009-03-05 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo caretakers should guard against MRSA 2008-11-05 - Atlanta, United States - Pregnant Elephant Who Died At Zoo Atlanta Had Pneumonia 2008-10-28 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta"s Pregnant Elephant Dies 2008-01-28 - Atlanta, United States - Life in the Jungle: The Candidates Have a Lot to Learn 2007-11-20 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta Expecting Baby Elephant In 2009 2007-05-04 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Lead Keeper of Elephants 2007-04-13 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Elephant keeper / Carnivore 2007-04-11 - Atlanta, United States - The remains of the day. Fragrant and fertile, elephant dung gets new life as compost 2006-11-13 - Atlanta, United States - Trumpet the news: Elephants are staying at Zoo Atlanta. 2006-10-30 - Atlanta, United States - mirror self-recognition (MSR) in an Asian elephant. 2006-10-30 - ATLANTA, United States - First Evidence to Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves in the Mirror. New finding suggests convergent evolution with humans 2006-01-10 - ATLANTA, United States - Three female elephants leaving Zoo Atlanta to breed in N.C.

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Blackpool Zoo confirms 2 elephants are expecting babies

2024-04-26 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

The latest round of pregnancy tests at Blackpool Zoo has revealed that two of its elephants are expecting babies. Mother and daughter Noorjahan and Esha are both pregnant and due to give birth in late...


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RIP 2 year old “Chi Pich”

2024-04-02 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia.

There was sad news from Mondulkiri Province, with the death of 2 year old elephant “Chi Pich” being announced. Sources from the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment Organization (ELIE) said ...


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Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan dies

2024-03-26 - Kochi, India.

Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan, 55, 55, died at Mangalamkunnu in Palakkad on Monday. The elephant owned by M A Haridasan had been under treatment for the past few months.


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Pinnawala Orphanage sees birth of 76th calf

2024-03-23 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

The 76th elephant calf was born at the Rambukkana Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on March 20.This baby elephant was born to 32-year-old she-elephant Shanthi and 19-year-old Pandu at the Pinnawala Elepha...


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SANParks partners with neighbouring nations to benefit communities

2024-03-23 - Pretoria, South Africa.

In the ongoing efforts to curb poaching and snaring of animals within the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders, South African National Parks (SANParks) is working to create more partnerships with neighbour...


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Toledo Zoo Shares the Name of Precious New Baby Elephant

2024-03-15 - , United States.

After weeks of voting and thousands of submissions, the Toledo Zoo has officially chosen the name of their precious baby elephant and we're personally thrilled about the news! Ladies and gentleman, Ki...


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Reid Park Zoo welcomes new baby elephant

2024-03-09 - Tucson, United States.

A baby elephant was born at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo said Semba, the facility’s African elephant matriarch, gave birth to a 265-pound calf around 3:31 a.m. Friday, March 8. Reid Park Zoo said the calf...


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Baby elephant in Copenhagen named after Thai river

2024-03-04 - Copenhagen, Denmark.

A female baby elephant in Copenhagen Zoo has been named Chin after the Tha Chin river in central Thailand. The elephant was born last week in the Danish zoo. The zookeepers, who take care of the young...


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This elephant misses his mahout, authorities seek police help

2024-02-29 - Alappuzha, India.

Evoor Kannan, the elephant known for his murderous rage and with a history of killing two mahouts is in a bad mood these days. He had been gentle under the care of his former Mahout Sharath Parippally...


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Third elephant calf born in Beekse Bergen

2024-02-20 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands.

African elephant Punda has become the mother of a healthy elephant calf after a 22-month pregnancy. This is the third calf born in the Safari Park Beekse Bergen k in four months. Never before have thr...


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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium’s elephant calf dies at age 2

2024-02-15 - Pittsburgh, United States.

The zoo said Tsuni died Thursday after a sudden, brief battle with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Her EEHV was detected through routine blood testing on Feb. 8, even though she presente...


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Farewell to Seoul"s oldest elephant passing at age of 59

2024-02-15 - Seoul, South Korea.

The oldest female elephant in South Korea passed away Tuesday at a zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, at the age of 59, zoo officials said Thursday. The female elephant, named Sakura, had suffered fr...


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A star is born: Baby elephant debuts

2024-01-30 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is brimming with excitement as it welcomes a delightful new addition—a baby boy elephant calf. This adorable arrival brings the elephant count in the Bannerghatta zo...


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Guruvayur Kannan, nine-time winner of elephant race, dies at 62

2024-01-27 - Guruvayur, India.

Elephant Kannan, of the Guruvayur Devaswom Elephant Camp, a nine-time winner of the festival-related elephant race, has passed away. His demise was around 5:30 pm on Saturday. The tusker's age at the ...


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A baby elephant is found dead

2024-01-27 - Koh Nhek, Cambodia.

Villagers found a baby elephant dead in Koh Nhek district, Mondulkiri province in the middle of the forest​ on January 26, 2024, suspected of being shot. Mondulkiri Provincial department of environm...


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Discoveries: The Evolutionary Edge of Elephant Trunks and Ancient Giants

2024-01-13 - Beijing, China.

A recent study published in the journal eLife has uncovered new findings on the development of dextrous trunks by indigenous elephants. According to Dr. Shi-Qi Wang, a senior author of the research, t...


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Alleged poaching kills 46-year-old Sumatran elephant in Riau park

2024-01-13 - Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

The Tesso Nilo National Park in Pelalawan District, Riau Province, again lost one of its Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) after a poacher allegedly killed it for its tusks. The 46-year...


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Celebration of Elephants: A Must-see New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

2024-01-11 - New York, United States.

In a narrow but sprawling curatorial space at the uptown museum, The Secret World of Elephants, now opened, tells the story of elephant species and their relatives through life-size models, videos, gr...


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Workshop On Handling Human-Wildlife Conflicts

2024-01-11 - Mysore, India.

In response to the escalating threat posed by leopards, elephants and other wild animals in the Mysuru region, specialised task forces have been established to address the situation. A dedicated Leopa...


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Los Angeles Zoo mourns loss of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi

2024-01-04 - Los Angeles, United States.

The Los Angeles Zoo is grieving the death of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi. Zoo staff observed that Shaunzi was unable to stand up in her exhibit at around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, according t...


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