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An elephant knocks over a tree in Kruger National Park.

Elephants may be contributing to deforestation

2012-08-08 - Pretoria, South Africa.

Previous field studies gave us important clues that elephants are a key driver of tree losses, but our airborne 3-D mapping approach was the only way to fully understand the impacts of elephants across a wide range of environmental conditions found in savannas," lead author Greg Asner of Carnegie´s Department of Global Ecology said in a press release.


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National Parks Board officials carry an elephant tusk in the storeroom at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

Global trust fund boosts six elephant projects

2011-12-29 - Pretoria, South Africa.

SIX AFRICAN elephant conservation projects across the continent are the first to benefit from a new international trust fund set up last year to help protect the giant pachyderms. The selected projects, which have collectively been granted $150 000 (R1.2 million), include investigating regional illegal ivory markets, mitigating local human-elephant conflicts, providing equipment to rangers and strengthening the management of key protected areas.


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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: Baby Elephant Born !

2011-03-28 - Pretoria, South Africa.

On Monday 21st March 2011 we became parents to a baby girl. Lerata is her name and she is only seven days old. She is managed by Carol Thobela and Graeme Ogilvie and she doing well. Here she is being fed her hourly bottle of milk which she devours. Sadly she was too short and could not reach her mums teat, so could not feed - thus the desperate decision to pull her only 24 hours after her birth. But the vets are happy and so is the herd, mum is fine and seems to be content with the plans t...


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Man gored by elephant sues game lodge

2010-10-22 - Pretoria, South Africa.

A man gored by an elephant is suing a North West game lodge for R300 000, according to court papers. In papers lodged in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this week, Andrew Falcon is demanding R300 000 from Three Cities Management Ltd, Madikwe River Lodge (Pty) Ltd and Madikwe River Lodge Management Ltd. He alleged that the lodge´s emergency medical procedures were so poor that he had to wait almost five hours before he could be evacuated for medical attention.


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Plan to kill elephants stirs outrage

2010-03-08 - Pretoria, South Africa.

Animal Rights Africa and the DA have lambasted a top official in the department of environmental affairs for suggesting that culling some of the countrys elephants was "inevitable". Fundisile Mketeni, the departments deputy director-general for biodiversity and conservation, told parliaments portfolio committee on environmental affairs last week that the growing elephant population was a threat to national parks.


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Elephant poaching on the rise

2009-10-02 - Pretoria, South Africa.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare says it has noticed an alarming increase in elephant poaching since the sale of about 100 tons of stockpiled ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species sanctioned the once-off sale in October last year but IFAW says it opened the flood gates for poachers. The stockpiled ivory from four African countries, including South Africa, was sold for R114 million.


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Distressed elephant"s life to be spared

2009-10-01 - Pretoria, South Africa.

The distressed elephant cow that provoked an outcry from an animal rights group when it was spotted on an Mpumalanga game reserve's live webcam last week has been granted a temporary reprieve. "She is now keeping up with the herd and will not be euthanised unless she falls behind," Djuma Private Game Reserve owner Jurie Moolman told Sapa by phone this morning.


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Tons of ivory sold abroad

2008-10-17 - Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa will sell 51 tons of stockpiled ivory on November 6 in a once-off sale to China and Japan, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Wednesday. Chief executive of South African National Parks (SANParks) David Mabunda said the stockpile consisted of ivory that was verified by the secretariat of the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) as being of legal origin with data to back the origins. “The ivory emanates from SANParks, Mpumalanga ...


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South Africa: INTL Conservation Group Agrees to Once-Off Sale of Ivory

2008-07-17 - Pretoria, South Africa. Michael Appel

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee on Wednesday authorised a decision taken last year for a once-off sale of ivory. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has welcomed the decision. Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are now authorised to make a once off sale of a total of 108 tons of government-owned ivory, the department said in a statement on Wednesday. The following quantities of raw ivory have been approved for sale:...


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Elephant culling unnecessary

2008-06-12 - Pretoria, South Africa.

Elephant culling at the Kruger National Park is unnecessary and not a last option, the Earth organisation said on Wednesday. Founder of the group, Lawrence Anthony, said the assertion that culling was only a last option was a method cleverly designed to try to sell the slaughter to an unwilling public. "The decision to cull is based on emotion. Credible science demonstrates that the cull is unnecessary. "The public is being asked to accept an unpopular decision which has no support among respect...


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Praise for environment minister

2008-03-03 - Pretoria, United States.

The Elephant Tourism Association (ETA) has welcomed the environmental affairs and tourism minister's terms of the norms and standards of elephant management, it said on Friday. "The ETA applauds the minister and his department on the exhaustive public process they recently completed leading to the issuing of the norms and standards for elephant management in South Africa," the association said in a statement.


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Should elephants be culled?

2008-03-03 - Pretoria, South Africa.

The Government of South Africa says it will think about allowing some elephants to be killed as it says there are too many of the big beasts in the country. The plan to kill or 'cull' elephants has divided opinion in South Africa. African elephants have been protected since 1995, but the ban on hunting them will be lifted on 1 May. Press Packers Quintin and Erin both live in South Africa, but have different opinions on the matter.


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Pondering the herd mentality. Elephants grieve.

2008-03-03 - Pretoria, South Africa. Kathleen Costello

Scientists discovered this trait after studying the mammals mourning dead relatives in their natural environment. They also know that elephants are highly intelligent, demonstrate empathy and live within complex social structures. (Young elephants need to be taught elaborate social behaviors by adults in order to survive.) These are just a few of the reasons why killing a herd of elephants is more humane than killing a few individuals, experts say. This theory will be tested in South Africa, sta...


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The Elephant Culling Debate

2008-03-02 - Pretoria, South Africa. Chris Barron

After a 14-year moratorium, the government has approved elephant culling to protect the environment. Chris Barron asked Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Q: Is there enough scientific evidence that elephants are threatening biodiversity? A: The science is evolving all the time, but I believe the scientific evidence we have now is adequate to defend the decision.


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The HSUS / HSI Applauds New Regulations on Elephant Management in South Africa, Warns Against Culling

2008-02-28 - Pretoria, South Africa.

The Humane Society of the United States and its international arm, Humane Society International, today applauded new regulations on elephant management announced by the South African government on Monday. The new regulations will ban the capture of elephants for commercial exhibition facilities such as elephant back safari industries or circuses, prohibit the import and export of captive elephants and prevent intensive breeding of captive elephants, other than natural birth, beginning May 1, 200...


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Born free foundation stunned by south african decision to lift cull ban!

2008-02-26 - Pretoria, South Africa. The Born Free Foundation

Leading animal protection and conservation organization, The Born Free Foundation, expressed utter disappointment today after Environmental Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk announced that government-sanctioned elephant culling will become official policy on Friday 29 February, 2008. This would end the culling ban introduced in 1994, the year that free elections in the RAINBOW Nation ended apartheid for good.


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Ban on elephant culling lifted – but only as a last resort

2008-02-26 - Pretoria, South Africa. Guy Rogers

A NEW policy for managing South Africa‘s elephants lifts the 17-year-old moratorium on culling jumbos – but emphasises that this measure will be approved only as a “last resort”. Announcing the final norms and standards for elephant management at a briefing in Pretoria yesterday, Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department recognised the need to maintain culling as a management option. “But we have taken steps to ensure this will be the option of last r...


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Policy announcement by Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, on the occasion of the publication of the final Norms and Standards for Elephant Management

2008-02-25 - Pretoria, South Africa. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Elephant management in South Africa At approximately this time a year ago, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) published the Draft Norms and Standards for Elephant Management for public comment. Intense public interest was generated and we are now ready to publish a final version that has benefited significantly from the public commentary and consultative processes. It was to be expected that strong emotions would be part of this debate. There are few other creatures on earth ...


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SA ivory sale waits on provinces

2007-08-14 - Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa has received the go-ahead to sell its stockpiled elephant ivory stocks to Japan, but has not done so because it is waiting for provinces to tell government how much they have for sale. “We are writing to the provinces to verify how much ivory... is in their possession, and come up with a total,” environmental affairs biodiversity and heritage chief director Leseho Sello told MPs on Tuesday.


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A method for determining the extent of thermal burns in elephants.

2006-11-24 - Pretoria, South Africa. Shakespeare A, Strydom S., Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

A practical method was developed to assess the extent of burns suffered by elephants caught in bush fires. In developing this method, the surface areas of the different body parts of juvenile, subadult and adult elephants were first determined using standard equations, and then expressed as a percentage of the total body surface area. When viewed from a distance, the burnt proportion of all body segments is estimated, converted to percentages of total body surface area, and then summed to determ...


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Two elephant calves die of lung damage after veld fire

2005-10-18 - Pretoria, South Africa. Hanti Otto

Two elephant calves rescued from the Pilanesberg National Park after a horrendous veld fire in September have died of lung damage from inhaling smoke. A third elephant also has respiratory problems and is being monitored. This elephant has burns over 90% of its body. The two calves, aged 14 and 16 months, died within three days of each other.


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Park needs thorough research

2005-10-02 - Pretoria, South Africa.

I have been following the deliberations and statements on elephant culling with considerable interest. The minister of environmental affairs is quite right to consider options with caution. I was initially relieved when SanParks consulted scientists from outside in dealing with the problem of whether elephants reduce biodiversity within the Kruger National Park and, if so, whether to cull them. I gather from colleagues who attended these earlier meetings that there is not a shred of evidence in ...


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South Africa Wants To Cull Elephant Population

2005-09-20 - Pretoria, South Africa. Sky News

South Africa has said it wants to carry out culls to contain its elephant population.Officials said a final decision would be made early next year after public consultations.Such a move is sure to provoke a global outcry from animal welfare groups who view the practice, which involves the rounding up and shooting of entire family groups, as cruel.


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Massive elephant culling in Kruger Park on the cards

2004-10-25 - Pretoria, South Africa. Leon Marshall, Pretoria News

Massive elephant culling is on the cards for southern Africa to reduce the vast over-population that is causing havoc in many of the sub-continent's nature reserves. Proposals to this end were made this week at a major conference convened by South African National Parks to come up with solutions for the critical problem. It included parks managers, game rangers, conservationists, academics, community representatives and animal-rights groups.


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Elephant Management Plan Proposed

2004-10-22 - Pretoria, South Africa. Dirk Nel, BuaNews

The drafting of a national elephant strategy was one of several important
proposals tabled at South Africa's Great Elephant Indaba, which ended in the
Kruger National Park yesterday.

In addition, several short- and long-term objectives for elephant management
were suggested, for submission to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and
Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.


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Kruger Elephants culling Debate Heats Up

2004-10-20 - Pretoria, South Africa. Dirk Nel, BuaNews

The great elephant debate here today took an emotive turn, when animal
rights groups passionately pleaded for the elimination of culling as a
possible option to manage the country's oversized elephant population.


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Elephant Debate Not a Ploy to Reintroduce Culling, Says Mabunda

2004-10-14 - Pretoria, South Africa. Sharon Hammond BuaNews

The upcoming Great Elephant Debate is not a ploy to reintroduce elephant
culling, insisted chief executive of South African National Parks David
Mabunda today.

He said the event, scheduled for 19 to 21 October, simply aimed to open
debate and identify ways in which to manage elephant populations.


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Elephant handler Wayne Stockigt says elephant abuse is not cruel

2003-02-04 - PRETORIA, South Africa.

Student elephant handler Wayne Stockigt told a court on Monday that he did not think it was cruel to hit an elephant, whether it be with a stick or a fist.

He admitted to a televised video showing him beating an elephant with a broken broomstick, but said he had been taught to do so by expert Indonesian handlers to discipline elephants.

Stockigt was testifying in the Pretoria Regional Court where he is standing trial for allegedly maltreating 30 Tuli elephants bro...


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Nature: Isotope fingerprints in elephant bone and ivory

1990-08-23 - Pretoria, South Africa. J. C. Vogel, B. Eglington & J. M. Auret, Nature 346, 747 - 749

In theory, we have a way of pinpointing the origin of elephant ivory, which may be of value in conservation. Here we report that by analysing the isotope ratios of these elements, a clear distinction between several different populations of the African elephant can be made.


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29 Headlines about Elephants from Pretoria2012-08-08 - Pretoria, South Africa - Elephants may be contributing to deforestation 2011-12-29 - Pretoria, South Africa - Global trust fund boosts six elephant projects 2011-03-28 - Pretoria, South Africa - National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: Baby Elephant Born ! 2010-10-22 - Pretoria, South Africa - Man gored by elephant sues game lodge 2010-03-08 - Pretoria, South Africa - Plan to kill elephants stirs outrage 2009-10-02 - Pretoria, South Africa - Elephant poaching on the rise 2009-10-01 - Pretoria, South Africa - Distressed elephant"s life to be spared 2008-10-17 - Pretoria, South Africa - Tons of ivory sold abroad 2008-07-17 - Pretoria, South Africa - South Africa: INTL Conservation Group Agrees to Once-Off Sale of Ivory 2008-06-12 - Pretoria, South Africa - Elephant culling unnecessary 2008-03-03 - Pretoria, United States - Praise for environment minister 2008-03-03 - Pretoria, South Africa - Should elephants be culled? 2008-03-03 - Pretoria, South Africa - Pondering the herd mentality. Elephants grieve. 2008-03-02 - Pretoria, South Africa - The Elephant Culling Debate 2008-02-28 - Pretoria, South Africa - The HSUS / HSI Applauds New Regulations on Elephant Management in South Africa, Warns Against Culling 2008-02-26 - Pretoria, South Africa - Born free foundation stunned by south african decision to lift cull ban! 2008-02-26 - Pretoria, South Africa - Ban on elephant culling lifted – but only as a last resort 2008-02-25 - Pretoria, South Africa - Policy announcement by Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, on the occasion of the publication of the final Norms and Standards for Elephant Management 2007-08-14 - Pretoria, South Africa - SA ivory sale waits on provinces 2006-11-24 - Pretoria, South Africa - A method for determining the extent of thermal burns in elephants. 2005-10-18 - Pretoria, South Africa - Two elephant calves die of lung damage after veld fire 2005-10-02 - Pretoria, South Africa - Park needs thorough research 2005-09-20 - Pretoria, South Africa - South Africa Wants To Cull Elephant Population 2004-10-25 - Pretoria, South Africa - Massive elephant culling in Kruger Park on the cards 2004-10-22 - Pretoria, South Africa - Elephant Management Plan Proposed 2004-10-20 - Pretoria, South Africa - Kruger Elephants culling Debate Heats Up 2004-10-14 - Pretoria, South Africa - Elephant Debate Not a Ploy to Reintroduce Culling, Says Mabunda 2003-02-04 - PRETORIA, South Africa - Elephant handler Wayne Stockigt says elephant abuse is not cruel 1990-08-23 - Pretoria, South Africa - Nature: Isotope fingerprints in elephant bone and ivory

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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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