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TN forest dept may release more camp elephants depending on success of Rivaldo"s rehabilitation

2021-08-03 - Chennai, India.

In a 10-hour operation, the iconic tusker Rivaldo, which was captured and put inside a kraal for nearly three months, was successfully released in Chikala in Theppakadu forest range of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve on Monday. It was for the first time such a role reversal from kraal to wild was done in the country. Fitted with a radio collar, Rivaldo's movement is being monitored on an hourly basis. The last live location shows Rivaldo was moving towards Bandipur National Park in Karnataka


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Chinnathambi now a case study for TN forest department

2021-07-10 - Chennai, India.

Two years ago, Chinnathambi, the famous lonely tusker of the Coimbatore forest circle was captured and converted into a captive elephant. Now the gentle jumbo is a case study for the young TN foresters and is one of the disciplined captive elephants maintained by the forest department for foresters to study about the animal conflicts and their rescue operations.


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‘Operation Baahubali’ pushed as elephant eludes forest officials

2021-07-02 - Chennai, India.

‘Operation Baahubali’, the mission to fit a radio collar to a wild elephant, has been postponed by another 10 days as the animal continues to remain elusive to forest officials. The adult male elephant Baahubali (nicknamed by locals after a Telegu movie character) was found in Mettupalayam, in the foothills of the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district a year back.


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

Rejuvenation Camp Begins Today

2013-12-19 - Chennai, India.

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


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Dr Raman Sukumar, IUCN/AESPG

Jumbos safe in South India

2013-10-27 - Chennai, India.

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


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Baby elephant in trouble is guarded by mother, others

2012-10-29 - Chennai, India.

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


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Elephants from temples head to Theppakadu reserve for rejuvenation

Tamil Nadu government organises vacation for temple elephants

2011-12-15 - Chennai, India.

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


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

Rejuvenation therapy for ailing elephants in TN

2010-08-06 - Chennai, India.

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


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Tamil Nadu may ban "blessings" by temple elephants

2010-08-03 - Chennai, India.

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


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Not calf love this, say vet doctors

2010-07-15 - Chennai, India.

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


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Elephant dies in suspected attack of herpes virus at Vandalur zoo

2009-11-22 - Chennai, India.

A four-year-old sub adult cow elephant died at Vandalur zoo, on Friday due to a suspected attack of herpes virus. The zoo authorities said the elephant, Chellamma, was rescued from the Andhiyur forests in Erode district and brought to the zoo in 2005. Since Friday morning, the animal refused food. Its head started swelling and administration of prophylactic medicines also did not help.


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Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

2009-08-23 - Chennai, India. Barnabas Tiburtius

Today is the festival of Ganesh Chathurthi. A day to worship the God who removes all obstacles. Though Ganesha considered as son of Shiva and Parvati, the Matsya Purana, Shiva Purana, and Skanda Purana ascribe the birth of Ganesha to Parvati only, without any form of participation of Shiva in Ganesha's birth.


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Jayaram

Elephantine love

2008-10-23 - Chennai, India.

An elephant owned by actor Jayaram recently received the coveted Gajarajapattam award in Kerala. The elephant, known as Thiruvanikkavu Kannan, is no ordinary elephant. He is very soft-natured and is like a member of my family,” says a proud Jayaram. An ardent elephant lover, Jayaram says that he has been crazy about elephants since his childhood and recalls that he used to go to all temple festivals just to have a glimpse of the gorgeous creatures. Jayaram bought Kannan when his son Kalidas wa...


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See wildlife from battery-run cars

2008-09-01 - Chennai, India.

Forests minister N Selvaraj said on Sunday that the first installment of Rs 125 crore of a total of the Rs 256 crore was released for setting up night safaris in Vandalur zoo. The state government also plans to set up a zoo in Tiruchi, he added. At the Vandalur zoo, 60 deer can be seen during the safari, while for the jumbo rides, the services of two elephants from Pollachi will be used to thrill visitors. The jumbo rides would be offered between 9.30 am and 11.30 am, and 4 pm to 5.30 pm, except...


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No more jumbo rides at Vandalur

2008-07-30 - Chennai, United States. D Madhavan

Started barely a fortnight ago with much fanfare, the jumbo safari at the Arignar Anna Zoological park, Vandalur, has come to a halt. The two elephants used for the rides were injured in the foot a few days ago. Compounding the problem, 24-year-old Ashwini and 26-year-old Pari who were brought from the Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary are suffering from diarrhoea. Zoo director Ananthaswamy told The Times of India that the over-growth of nails on the toes and infection between them that was aggravate...


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Now, jumbo trips at Vandalur Zoo

2008-04-19 - Chennai, India. D Madhavan

Visitors can get rides on elephants this summer at Vandalur zoo. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur zoo, is planning to start elephant safari rides from May 1. Two elephants from Mudumalai sanctuary and two from Top Slip near Pollachi will be brought to the zoo by the end of the week. Staff at Vandalur zoo are setting up enclosures for the elephants and the route for the rides has been finalised, though the rates are yet to be fixed. Visitors will be able to spot birds...


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Urban Tamil Nadu minds its forests

2008-04-13 - Chennai, India.

The southern state of Tamil Nadu holds two important heritage biospheres, although it is the most urban state in India. The man-elephant conflict seems to be reducing, with just 56 elephants dying in 2007 from a high of 81 in 2003. Three elephants were killed by poachers in 2003, 24 were electrocuted in the last five years, about eight have been run over by trains in this decade. In an exhaustive study on the man-wildlife conflict, as part of a book, Chief Conservator of Forests V.N. Singh and s...


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Jumbos to get exclusive corridors in TN

2008-04-09 - Chennai, India.

Elephants will have their way in Tamil Nadu — quite literally, with the government planning Elephant Corridors in different parts of the State to give them a safe transit route and prevent the pachyderm from straying into human habitat. Forest Minister N Selvaraj told the State Assembly in Chennai on Wednesday that 315 acres of land was being acquired for this purpose, the funds for which had been allotted last year.


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Dr Raman Sukumar

Death of elephants shocks wildlife enthusiasts

2008-02-06 - Chennai, India. P. Oppilli

The death of four elephants in Coimbatore on Monday has shocked wildlife enthusiasts and Forest Department officials. Raman Sukumar, professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said the Centre had already set up a committee to look into train accidents in which elephants were killed. The committee would visit all the places where elephants got killed while trying to cross the track.


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At the elephant training camp on Havelock Island.

Paradise discovered. A tourist boom is on in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands thanks to a government drive to showcase them.

2007-12-03 - Chennai, India. T.S. SUBRAMANIAN & DESIKAN KRISHNAN

STANDING on the beach, Yevgeniya watches wide-eyed as Vijayakumari, a seven-year-old elephant, hauls logs of wood up a slope and on to a platform from where they are rolled down. The young Ukranian had come on a tour of the island archipelago with her husband Indranil Chaudhury from Kolkata. And the deserted beachfront of Havelock Island, where young elephants are being trained by mahouts in logging operations, provides just the right kind of entertainment.


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Thrissur Pooram in Chennai with tech-elephants

2007-09-23 - Chennai, India.

Giving details of the world famous Thrissur Pooram, organised for the first time in the city, at a press conference here, Association President M Nanda Govind said the city police had firmly denied permission to bring elephants from Kerala. Some of them would be mechanised elephants, operated remotely. They will raise their trunks and even bless the visitors, he said, addding the caparisoned life-like elephants would be displayed with full decorations, including silk umbrellas, peacock fans and ...


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Tamil Nadu to have elephant corridor by year-end

2007-03-07 - Chennai, India.

The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday said it would acquire 398 acres of private land and create an elephant corridor through Coimbatore and Nilgiri districts. Speaking at the Biodiversity Conservation conference organised by the forest department, State Forest Minister N. Selvaraj said the corridor would be created this year. Expressing concern over the increasing human-animal conflict, the minister said: "Death of human beings and injury to humans due to wild animal attacks is a source of major ...


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Temple elephant injures heckler on the road

2007-02-10 - Chennai, India.

Irked by a two wheeler rider constantly sounding the horn of his vehicle, a temple elephant lifted the man and flung him to the ground, seriously injuring him, at Marthandam near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, police said. Reports from Nagercoil said the youth was riding the motorcycle behind the elephant which was taking part in a procession as part of the Mariamman temple festival in Marthandam town. He sounded his horn continuously, in a bid to get past the elephant and the crowd. Irritat...


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Rescued Baby elephant arrives at Chennai Zoo

2006-07-18 - Chennai, India.

Left to the mercy of fate after the untimely death of his mother, a six-month-old baby elephant is now the much-loved inmate of a zoo in Chennai. The calf was recently rescued from the dense forests of the Tamil Nadu's Hosur division by villagers and handed over to the state Forest Department.


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Orphaned baby elephant sent to Chennai zoo in Tamil Nadu

2006-07-15 - Chennai, India. Jai Kumar

An orphaned baby elephant found in Tamil Nadus Hosur region, has found a new home at the Vandalur Aringna Anna zoo in Chennai. The baby elephant, which recently lost its mother to an unknown infectious disease was found by villagers who handed it over to local forest rangers. The calf is being fed grass for the time being, Ananth Samy, the director of the zoo, said.


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Baby elephant abandoned by herd, reared by humans

2005-07-09 - CHENNAI, India. P. Oppili

The month-old male calf elephant, rescued from Sathyamangalam Forest after it was abandoned by its mother, is not yet stable, P.C. Tyagi, Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), Vandalur, said here on Friday. Mr Tyagi said: "The animal is still bony but we have controlled the diarrhoea. It will take at least 15-20 days for its health to stabilise."


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Elephant calf dies at Vandalur zoo

2004-06-25 - CHENNAI, India. P. Oppili

A three-and-half-month-old elephant calf died at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, on Wednesday. The calf, Ramu, was rescued last month from the forest area in Amirthi near Vellore after his mother died.


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Dr. V. Krishnamurthy , an ardent conservationist and a pioneer in designing programmes for captive elephant care

2003-07-20 - Chennai, India.

Dr. V. Krishnamurthy was a forest veterinary officer who served the Government of Tamil Nadu for over three decades, primarily concentrating on the health care of both domestic and wild elephants. Dr. Krishmurthy or Doc K, as he was fondly called, resurrected captive elephant health care and management to levels that have not been seen in Asia for the most of the last century.


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29 Headlines about Elephants from Chennai2021-08-03 - Chennai, India - TN forest dept may release more camp elephants depending on success of Rivaldo"s rehabilitation 2021-07-10 - Chennai, India - Chinnathambi now a case study for TN forest department 2021-07-02 - Chennai, India - ‘Operation Baahubali’ pushed as elephant eludes forest officials 2020-09-10 - Chennai, India - [VIDEO] Elephant found with suspected gunshot wounds in Tamil Nadu 2013-12-19 - Chennai, India - Rejuvenation Camp Begins Today 2013-10-27 - Chennai, India - Jumbos safe in South India 2012-10-29 - Chennai, India - Baby elephant in trouble is guarded by mother, others 2011-12-15 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu government organises vacation for temple elephants 2010-08-06 - Chennai, India - Rejuvenation therapy for ailing elephants in TN 2010-08-03 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu may ban "blessings" by temple elephants 2010-07-15 - Chennai, India - Not calf love this, say vet doctors 2009-11-22 - Chennai, India - Elephant dies in suspected attack of herpes virus at Vandalur zoo 2009-08-23 - Chennai, India - Symbolism of Lord Ganesha 2008-10-23 - Chennai, India - Elephantine love 2008-09-01 - Chennai, India - See wildlife from battery-run cars 2008-07-30 - Chennai, United States - No more jumbo rides at Vandalur 2008-04-19 - Chennai, India - Now, jumbo trips at Vandalur Zoo 2008-04-13 - Chennai, India - Urban Tamil Nadu minds its forests 2008-04-09 - Chennai, India - Jumbos to get exclusive corridors in TN 2008-02-06 - Chennai, India - Death of elephants shocks wildlife enthusiasts 2007-12-03 - Chennai, India - Paradise discovered. A tourist boom is on in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands thanks to a government drive to showcase them. 2007-09-23 - Chennai, India - Thrissur Pooram in Chennai with tech-elephants 2007-03-07 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu to have elephant corridor by year-end 2007-02-10 - Chennai, India - Temple elephant injures heckler on the road 2006-07-18 - Chennai, India - Rescued Baby elephant arrives at Chennai Zoo 2006-07-15 - Chennai, India - Orphaned baby elephant sent to Chennai zoo in Tamil Nadu 2005-07-09 - CHENNAI, India - Baby elephant abandoned by herd, reared by humans 2004-06-25 - CHENNAI, India - Elephant calf dies at Vandalur zoo 2003-07-20 - Chennai, India - Dr. V. Krishnamurthy , an ardent conservationist and a pioneer in designing programmes for captive elephant care

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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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Madhya Pradesh: Elephant held captive in chains after killing its mahout at Panna Tiger Reserve

2022-07-10 - Panna, India.

A 55-year-old elephant is held captive in chains and shackels in the Panna Tiger Reserve after the elephant brutally killed its mahout Budhram Rotiya on Monday, said an official. Ever since its arriva...


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Dasara elephants may be finalised by July 30

2022-07-08 - Mysore, India.

The Forest Department will initiate the process of identifying elephants for Mysuru Dasara-2022 from July 15 onwards and the jumbos for the finale is likely to be finalised by July 30, ahead of the Da...


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Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life.

2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan. Jackson White

During a remarkable scientific experiment, cells from a woolly mammoth that died over 28,000 years ago began displaying “signs of life.” The cells from the 28,000-year-old specimen began to displa...


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Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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