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The list of elephant people is growing!

2021-11-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The latest addition to the Elephant Database, presenteation of elephant people is growing, now over 300 names of legandary Circus trainers, Asian Mahouts, and head elephant keepers in Zoos.


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of characters tell you how much is to read from each article. The articles are also interlinked with elephant individual records and locations, and a good start point to search for more info on each Subject.


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundreds of comments on the zoos Facebook has put the attention to Mala. People upload pictures with candles, pray for her recover etc, as if she was a human relative or a person they had a close social connection to.


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Cambodian Ministry urges protection for Asian elephants

Some of the 38 wild Elephants recently spotted in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province.

2021-04-05 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Ministry of Environment has called on residents of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province to not disturb the wild elephants there as well as participate in their protection. The call came after a herd of 38 wild elephants was spotted and photographed by residents at the sanctuary on March 31.


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Accommodating elephants and tourists in Siem Reap

Cambodia Hotel Association’s Siem Reap president David-Jaya Piot with an elephant. Supplied

2021-03-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia. Peter Olszewski

In 2003, David’s parents tried to launch an elephant sanctuary and retirement camp at Kbal Spean, but the project was shelved. Then, during David’s one-year sabbatical in Cambodia, the idea was reborn, and, as David says: “The Angkor elephant rides had no place in the future, and so it was a good time to change.” The project was initiated in October 2017 and the sanctuary opened three years later in December 2019, after the arrival by truck of the two eldest elephants – Chi Tan and Sam...


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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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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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Elephant death leads to extinction concerns

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

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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Elephant BakMai dies in Ratanakiri sanctuary

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

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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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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The foundation aiming to preserve the Kingdom’s elephant heritage

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.

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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Killer Elephant Finds Home at Foundation

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.

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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Freedom short-lived as elephant again escapes

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

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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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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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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Sambo’s return to Phnom Penh city nixed

A man climbs atop Sambo the elephant at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace in 2000 after a woman with a hose gave Sambo a shower.

2014-06-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Sambo the elephant will not be allowed to return to work in Phnom Penh, because both City Hall and the Forestry Administration oppose the idea, the FA’s director-general said yesterday. The 54-year-old Sambo left the city in 2012 after decades of entertaining and giving rides to tourists at Wat Phnom, a job that left her painfully lame and in need of serious rehabilitation.


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Angkor still has secrets to reveal

A photo taken in 2012 shows a hidden Image of two elephants at Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat. Through a digital enhancement technique called decorrelation stretch analysis, Noel Hidalgo Tan was able to reveal the images on temple walls.

2014-05-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Every day, hundreds of pilgrimages to Angkor Wat come to an end without a single glimpse of a centuries-old secret, one that long ago faded into the ancient temple walls. By using digital photography and computer analysis, researchers recently discovered elaborate depictions and murals of elephants, trees, boats and Buddha that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye, erased from plain sight by years of weathering.


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Short-lived retirement for Phnom Penh elephant Sambo?

Sambo the elephant gets hosed down by one of her caretakers yesterday on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sambo retired two years ago after spending more than 20 years as a tourist attraction at Phnom Penh’s Wat Phnom

2014-05-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Two years after she was walked out of the city in the middle of the night to a quiet life of retirement on the outskirts of the capital, Sambo, Phnom Penh’s iconic and much-beloved elephant, might soon be back at work entertaining tourists. With funding for her recently concluded rehabilitation program now gone, her owner is insisting he has little choice but to begin showcasing her once more at Wat Phnom, a decision contested by the elephant rescue organisation that bankrolled her two-year sa...


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The elephant database had half a million visits in one year!

2013-12-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

From 26 November 2012 to 27 November 2013 elephant.se had almost 500 000 visitors, and totally since 23 Nov 2009 over 1,500,000 visits. Thank you for supporting the website, and promoting it during its 13 years on Internet.


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Mondulkiri elephant row continues. Elephant Valley Project (EVP) will remain open for daytime visits only for the time being.

Buffet, one of the elephants living on the Elephant Valley Project grounds, walks through a forested area of the ecotourism initiative’s compound in Mondulkiri province.

2013-11-12 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia. Sean Teehan and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

A long-running animosity exists between local tour guides – some of whom include elephant rides in their tours – and EVP, which brands itself as an ethical alternative to traditional tours in the area, said Phearakech Than, a tour guide in Sen Monorom, who signed one of the letters of complaint and attended Friday’s meeting.Chear Chantorn, who owns a local guesthouse and attended the meeting, added that local restaurant and guesthouse proprietors lose tourists through rumours posted on EVP...


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3 Elephants in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province likely shot: NGO

The remains of three wild Asian elephants were found inside the protected area of Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province on Monday

2013-10-31 - Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia. Phak Seangly and Amelia Woodside

A group of endangered Asian elephants found dead in Mondulkiri province on Sunday were likely slaughtered, investigators from conservation group WWF-Cambodia have found. The organisation said in a statement yesterday an investigation into the deaths in protected Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary suggested the elephants were “slaughtered by well-organised poachers”.


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Why doesnt PAWS tell what happened to Pat Derbys elephant Neena?

1976 elephant caretaker Ray Ryan. Elephant News have tried to reach Mr Ryan to ask what happened to Neena?

2013-05-08 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Some sources state that Pat Derbus first elephant died in a barn fire. Other Sources state Neena was in a truck and it was freezing cold and they lit a fire underneath the trailer to warm her up and the trailer caught on fire. On the link below you can ask on PAWS Facebook what happened?


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Pat Derbys forgotten elephant Neena, that died in a barnfire 1982.

Pat Derby’s Famous Wild Animals – Leggett, CA

2013-05-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

I found an interesting link on Circus Fans Association of America where you can read, among other things regarding Animal Rights Activists and PAWS: "Derby rarely mentions how in her days as a trainer and operator of a roadside zoo in Buellton , CA, an elephant in her care died in a barn fire." The last line, about Neena surprised me, because for sure, it seems really like Mrs Derby doesnt want to speak about this elephant Neena. Searching through PAWS documents, and googling, it was like Neena...


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Pat Derby (1942-2013) cofounder of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

2013-05-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

I have documents (download here) stating Pat Derbys poor competence as animal trainer, critizising her total lack of welfare for animals in her posession, as well as privately taking money away from shared bank accounts with other persons os companies.


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Intense Three-Day Operation Results in Successful Wild Elephant Rescue

2012-08-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

On August 27th, the crate was lifted on to a truck and the team set off for Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, which is to be Sakor’s new home. He joins 5 other rescued Asian elephants who reside there, including Chhouk, the elephant with a prosthetic foot, whose previous rescue enclosure Sakor has now moved into.


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Funds needed for trucks of sand to elephants in Cambodia

2012-08-27 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Not long to go now!! Kiri and Seila’s new enclosure is near completion. We need funds to buy trucks of earth and sand so they can have earth between their toes and sand and mud to throw all over themselves - like real elephants should! Each truck of sand is USD 50 - a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. Please donate today.


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Sombo in Phnom Penh is retired

Sambo on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at her new home

2012-01-31 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

On Monday 30th January 2012, Louise Rogerson from EARS, Mr Sin Sorn’s son and their mahout, walked Sombo throughout the night when the roads were quiet to her new home in Sen Sok district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. This was her walk to freedom… her last journey for a long time… she will now live a peaceful life receiving daily medical treatment whilst her feet begin to heal.


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Campaign to save Sombo the elephant from her agony

2012-01-12 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Poor Sombo has been forced to pound the pavements for 30 years. Her feet are so deformed and infected after performing for tourists she can barely support her 5,000lb weight. And yet four days a week the 51-year-old elephant limps four kilometres through the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. And that’s BEFORE she gets to the temple where she gives rides to tourists for nine hours a day.


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Can Sambo and other elephants transmit tuberculosis to people?

Sambo being hand fed from a tourist, who probably have minor knowledge about Tuberculosis

2012-01-06 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Does Sambo have Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis is a medical problem which is a sleeping bomb in regards to captive elephants in Asia. TB is airborne and spreads through tiny droplets in the air. Besides people and elephants, tuberculosis also affects primates, cattle, horses and other animals.


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What’s Sambo’s future?

Sambos feet and joints are destroyed from standing on stones and asphalt 9 hrs/day/7 days a week since 1992.

2012-01-06 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Ou Mom

Sambo’s health has become a matter of controversy which has brought her owner into negotiations with the Forestry Administration of Cambodia and wildlife NGO Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation (EARS) to find a solution to the suffering elephant’s medical problems.


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Records from the elephants dabase during 2011

2011-12-31 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

During 2011 submissions in the elephant database: There was 66 elephants born 2011 in the database, 32 males, 20 females. 49 were born in captivity, 22 males, 17 females. 64 records of elephants deaths in the database during 2011. 105 transfers of elephants during 2011 in the database. In The Elephants News, 359 headlines about Elephants was recorded during 2011.


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Return to Elephant Valley Project in Cambodia

2011-12-29 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Upon my return to Cambodia in December, I met Jack Highwood, again, and he invited me to Mondulkiri to spend christmas there, and see the Elephant Valley Project again. It once again strucked me, what a nice place Jack has found for the elephants within the project, and for himself and the project volunteers and guests.


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Elephant Valley Project in Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri province, Cambodia. (March 2011)

2011-12-28 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia.

A couple of years ago I came in contact with Jack Highwood through the Internet, and finally visited him in Cambodia in March 2011. In 2007, Jack Highwood founded the Elephant Valley Project 20 minutes from the Mondulkiri capitol Sen Monorum, which is 5-7 hours bus trip from Phnom Penh.


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Elephants in Cambodia

2011-12-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

There is between 400 and 600 wild elephants in Cambodia. There is today around 120 captive elephants in Cambodia. Most of Cambodias captive elephants are privately owned by tribal peoples in eastern Cambodia.


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What can be done for the elephant Sambo in Phnom Penh?

2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Of course noone wants Sambo to suffer anymore, including her owner, Sin Sorn in Phnom Penh. What can be done for Sambo? I want to stress, that she can not be viewed only as an elephant, shes a vicitm of so many pathological issues, that shes in need of intensive medical care. And her feet are in such a bad condition, that they have to be priority over general management issues.


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Visit to Sambo in Phnom Penh 14 December 2011

2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Went to the area opposite the Australian Embassy and met Sin Sorn and Sambo, it looks almost idyllic. When you get close, the picture changes. Numerous abcesses, and she keep the worst foot lifted all the time. Her nails had really been shortened, but the laength of the nails is now a secondary problem, as can be seen here and on close-ups.


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Sambo veterinarian examination in October

2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dr Paolo Martelli, Chief Veterinarian, Ocean Park, Hong Kong: His Conclusion states that she is painfully lame as a result of pododermatitis, osteitis, ostoelysis, deep sepsis and other lesions. Furthermore, if the lameness is not improved drastically it will lead to degeneration of all joints in all limbs.


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Sambo at temple Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2011-12-16 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

I had already from Internet collected information about the female asian elephant Sambo, which were used daily for tourist rides around the temple Wat Phnom, by her owner, Sin Sorn since 1993. Sin Sorn also claims a romantic story, about him finding her again, after being separated from her during the years of Khmer Rogue.Now I should see her myself.


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Two albinistic elephants born in 2011, heres a short summary of white elephants I know.

2011-12-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

An albino elephant has been born by the wild elephant Jemima around the 10th of December 2011, in Amboseli National Park. A rare sight, and probably the first albino elephant born in Amboseli. In 27th of October 2011 a captive white elephant was born in Naypyidaw Zoo (Nay Pyi Taw Zoo) in Burma, most probably the first captive bred one documented.


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Angkor Wats elephants (Compagnie des Eléphants d’Angkor)

2011-12-15 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Around Angor Wat and Angkor Thom you can ride elephants on the roads. During the day, elephants await customers near Bayon or at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. In the evenings, elephants are stationed at the base of Phnom Bakheng, ready to transport riders up the hill for sunset.


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Wounded elephant walks again, thanks to jumbo-sized false foot

A baby elephant gets a new leg: Conservationists didn

2011-11-05 - PHNOM TAMAO, Cambodia.

"I really thought he would never make it," said Nick Marx, stroking Chhouk´s trunk with a sense of pride and affection. "He was seriously injured. He was extremely young, emaciated and very, very sick." Chhouk, a bull elephant now 5 years old, was found in the Cambodian jungle in 2007, alone and close to death, his left front foot mangled by a poacher´s trap.


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Last of the elephant riders. In Cambodia, amidst exotic wildlife and temple ruins, hill tribes still tame and work with elephants. But for how long?

A mahout pauses for a smoke. Once used for heavy lifting in the jungle, now most elephants haul tourists.

2011-09-26 - Banlung, Cambodia.

It´s early in the morning and my motorbike guide is driving me two hours northeast from Ban Lung, the capital of Ratanakiri, toward the Vietnamese border. My quest is to find the last of Cambodia´s elephant riders.These indigenous highlanders have captured, tamed and worked with wild elephants for 2,000 years, but their traditional ways and the elephants at the heart of their culture are quickly disappearing. From an estimated wild population of around 500 elephants in this area in ...


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The zoo of horrors

2011-03-28 - Kampot, Cambodia.

Kampot province’s Teuk Chhou zoo is a place where no one seems to care about how animals are treated, a place where animals are kept in cramped, roofless shelters and rely largely on food from tourists to survive. The state of the zoo’s two elephants is heartbreaking, as their emaciated necks stretch through the thick bars of their enclosure in an attempt to eat blades of grass, seemingly one of their few sources of nourishment. The skeletal bodies of the two animals are hard to ignore and t...


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Curtain falls on Sambo

2011-02-16 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Sambo, the aggressive bull elephant that rampaged through a Kampong Speu village in December, tragically died on Monday during a routine veterinary procedure at Phnom Tamao Zoo in Takeo province, said forestry officials and NGO representatives. “I’m absolutely devastated by this loss … I was directly involved in all of it,” Nick Marx, wildlife rescue director at Wildlife Alliance, said today. “The Forestry Administration wanted to sedate him so that the chains around his legs could be...


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Elephant stomps owner to death

2010-12-07 - Kampong Speu, Cambodia.

An elephant named Sambo stomped its 54-year-old owner to death and fled into the jungle in Kampong Speu province’s Mon village, prompting the owner’s family to intervene with authorties to catch the angry beast and remove it to a zoo. Se Phoeun was killed on Friday when his elephant went on a rampage, trampling him to death and destroying neighbours’ crops


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Cambodian man killed by angry elephant

2010-08-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A Cambodian man was killed by an angry elephant when he was trying to approach the animal with an improper manner, a police office said Saturday. Khut Sophal, a district police chief said the man who was killed by an elephant was identified as Yang Mark, 52, living in Taing Krasaing Village, Samraung Tong district in Kompong Speu province.


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South Korea requests elephants

2010-02-10 - , Cambodia. Khouth Sophakchakrya

CAMBODIA is considering donating an elephant to a South Korean zoo that is short of fertile females, officials confirmed Monday. But conservationists are also alarmed at the prospect of sending a member of an already endangered species out of the country. South Korean authorities have requested that Cambodia donate fertile females between the ages of 5 and 7 for breeding purposes, said Ty Sokhun, director of forestry and wildlife with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. But Ty S...


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Cambodia villagers save elephants

Elephants are losing their natural habitats, becoming a tourist attraction

2009-10-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Guy DeLauney

Conservationists in Cambodia have brokered an agreement which should see elephants living more peacefully alongside their human neighbours. Villagers living near elephant habitats have promised not to harm the animals - or disturb their environment.


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An elephants tale

Chhouk the baby elephant

2009-08-20 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Nigel Wild

The story behind how Chhouk the baby elephant gained his artificial foot is one of hope and salvation following the desperate years of his troubled homeland. It is also a story of how Cambodian medical students found themselves using techniques developed to create prosthetic limbs for mine victims to help a wild animal. Cambodia is now politically stable and tourism a major growth industry, but the legacy of war, genocide and political upheaval has left the country as one of the poorest of the d...


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Tigers, Elephants Returning to War-Torn Cambodia Forest

2008-05-27 - Mereuch, Cambodia. Stefan Lovgren

For years wildlife poacher Lean Kha had prowled the war-ravaged forests of Mondulkiri Province in eastern Cambodia looking for meat. A former teenage soldier for the Khmer Rouge political party, he estimates that he killed a thousand animals, including ten tigers, after the fall of the brutal Pol Pot regime in 1979. Now, with Cambodia finally at peace, small but growing populations of animals—including Indochinese tigers, Asian elephants, and critically endangered species such as the giant ibi...


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Phnom Penh"s totem elephant – Sambo – The speckle-eared pachyderm escaped machetes and famine, and now rests as Phnom Penh"s totem of good things.

Tourists and children line up to take rides on Sambo (below) at the Wat Phnom temple in Phnom Penh.

2008-04-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Suzy Khimm

Once plentiful in the Cambodian countryside, elephants like Sambo were historically fixtures at the royal palace. While the animals still evoke the nation's ancient legacy of kings and warriors, Sambo also represents a more recent piece of Cambodian history. Having survived the machetes of the Khmer Rouge she has become one of the capital city's most visible cultural icons – a magnet for tourists, children, and those who venerate her as a sacred beast. For Sin Son, a fourth-generation elephan...


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Suspects in Elephant"s Death Arrested

2008-03-26 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Two Cambodian men have been arrested for allegedly poisoning an elephant and sawing off its tusks to sell on the black market, officials said Wednesday. The male elephant, which was chained to a tree by its owner in Rattanakiri province, about 200 miles northeast of the capital Phnom Penh, was found dead in March 2007. Police at the time said the alleged killers had doused jack fruit, a tropical fruit eaten by elephants, with rat poison. The tusks of the 62-year-old elephant, measuring almost 3 ...


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Small skirmishes mark Asia battle to save elephants

A member of a village guard group lights an anti-elephant flare to protect crops from wild elephants as he patrols Prey Proseth village, in southwest Cambodia, January 8, 2008. Loud, explosive flares which scare elephants away are a key defence against a

2008-03-16 - Kompong Speu, Cambodia. Gillian Murdoch

From nightfall until 3 a.m. the villagers of Trang Troyeung commune, in Cambodia's southwest Kompong Speu province, battled to protect their banana grove from attacks by elephants. Camped in a field that backs onto Kirirom National Park, where some of Cambodia's last 250 wild elephants roam, they repelled the animals' by banging pots and patrolling frontlines. But not for long.


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Give ELIE a chance

2008-02-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Andy Brouwer

The domestic elephant population of Mondulkiri province is facing an array of threats ranging from habitat destruction, physical abuses, and a widespread lack of facilities providing proper medical supervision and treatment, so an Englishman by the name of Jack Highworth has stepped in to fill the void. He has formed an environmental NGO called ELIE (Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment), with the primary aim of improving the medical and welfare condition of domesticated elephants, most of...


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Cambodian thieves poison elephant

2007-03-27 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia.

Thieves in Cambodia poisoned a 62-year-old domesticated elephant and sawed off its tusks to sell on the black market, officials said Tuesday. The male elephant was found dead Saturday, where its owner had left the animal chained to a tree near his home in Rattanakiri province, said Lee Sam Ol, a district police chief.


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Tourism official proposes elephant ban at Angkor

2006-09-20 - Angkor, Cambodia.

A tourism official proposed to prohibit elephants from entering Cambodia's Angkor Park, right after the government enforced a ban of dog at the heritage last week to ensure its peace and cleanness, local media said on Wednesday. Moeung Sonn, managing director of Eurasie Travel and president of the National Association of Tourism Enterprises, was quoted by the Cambodia Daily as saying that the pachyderms carrying visitors to the temples might be a hazard to the daily 2,000 to 3,000 walking touris...


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Magic Elephant Believed To Cure The Sick In Cambodia

2006-08-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In rural Cambodia where doctors and hospitals are scarce, poor villagers are turning to a magic elephant which is believed to cure illnesses ranging from typhoid to high blood pressure. A few times a month, Yey Proheu, a 70-year-old female elephant goes around to villages to offer relief to the sick with mahout, Pang Hy, and his assistants.


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Cambodia"s most wanted tiger and elephant hunter is jailed

2005-09-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sebastien Berger

Cambodia's most wanted tiger hunter has been sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for the killing of hundreds of endangered animals. Yor Ngun had taken 19 tigers, 40 leopards, 30 elephants, 40 sun bears and 500 gaur (wild cattle), according to the conservation group WildAid. Snaring and trapping them in the jungles, he sold them into the Chinese wildlife trade, where body parts fetch high prices for use in traditional medicines.


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Elephant tramples South Korean tourist in Cambodia

2004-07-03 - Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

An enraged elephant in remote northeastern Cambodia has trampled a South Korean tourist who tried to take its photograph. The Cambodia Daily reports 29-year-old Chong Huisit, suffered broken ribs and other injuries when the beast turned on him, just before it was supposed to take him for a ride in jungle-clad Ratanakiri province. The victim was airlifted to Phnom Penh for treatment.


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59 Headlines about Elephants from Cambodia2021-11-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The list of elephant people is growing! 2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia - Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated! 2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages? 2021-04-05 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodian Ministry urges protection for Asian elephants 2021-03-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia - Accommodating elephants and tourists in Siem Reap 2020-11-10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodia Ministry says Asian elephants face threat 2020-09-10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Elephant News website is repaired and working! 2020-07-22 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia - Elephant death leads to extinction concerns 2020-05-25 - Banlung, Cambodia - Elephant BakMai dies in Ratanakiri sanctuary 2019-06-08 - Siem Reap, Cambodia - Elephant rides to stop at Cambodia’s biggest attraction 2019-05-21 - Banlung, Cambodia - The foundation aiming to preserve the Kingdom’s elephant heritage 2016-12-01 - Banlung, Cambodia - Killer Elephant Finds Home at Foundation 2016-11-30 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia - Freedom short-lived as elephant again escapes 2016-09-21 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia - Elephant that killed owner gets company 2016-03-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sangduen "Lek" Chailert and Elephant Nature Park (ENP), Chiang Mai, Thailand 2014-06-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sambo’s return to Phnom Penh city nixed 2014-05-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Angkor still has secrets to reveal 2014-05-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Short-lived retirement for Phnom Penh elephant Sambo? 2013-12-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The elephant database had half a million visits in one year! 2013-11-12 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia - Mondulkiri elephant row continues. Elephant Valley Project (EVP) will remain open for daytime visits only for the time being. 2013-10-31 - Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia - 3 Elephants in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province likely shot: NGO 2013-05-08 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Why doesnt PAWS tell what happened to Pat Derbys elephant Neena? 2013-05-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Pat Derbys forgotten elephant Neena, that died in a barnfire 1982. 2013-05-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Pat Derby (1942-2013) cofounder of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 2012-08-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Intense Three-Day Operation Results in Successful Wild Elephant Rescue 2012-08-27 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Funds needed for trucks of sand to elephants in Cambodia 2012-01-31 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sombo in Phnom Penh is retired 2012-01-12 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Campaign to save Sombo the elephant from her agony 2012-01-06 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Can Sambo and other elephants transmit tuberculosis to people? 2012-01-06 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - What’s Sambo’s future? 2011-12-31 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Records from the elephants dabase during 2011 2011-12-29 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia - Return to Elephant Valley Project in Cambodia 2011-12-28 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia - Elephant Valley Project in Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri province, Cambodia. (March 2011) 2011-12-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Elephants in Cambodia 2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - What can be done for the elephant Sambo in Phnom Penh? 2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Visit to Sambo in Phnom Penh 14 December 2011 2011-12-17 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sambo veterinarian examination in October 2011-12-16 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sambo at temple Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2011-12-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Two albinistic elephants born in 2011, heres a short summary of white elephants I know. 2011-12-15 - Siem Reap, Cambodia - Angkor Wats elephants (Compagnie des Eléphants d’Angkor) 2011-11-05 - PHNOM TAMAO, Cambodia - Wounded elephant walks again, thanks to jumbo-sized false foot 2011-09-26 - Banlung, Cambodia - Last of the elephant riders. In Cambodia, amidst exotic wildlife and temple ruins, hill tribes still tame and work with elephants. But for how long? 2011-03-28 - Kampot, Cambodia - The zoo of horrors 2011-02-16 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Curtain falls on Sambo 2010-12-07 - Kampong Speu, Cambodia - Elephant stomps owner to death 2010-08-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodian man killed by angry elephant 2010-02-10 - , Cambodia - South Korea requests elephants 2009-10-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodia villagers save elephants 2009-08-20 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - An elephants tale 2008-05-27 - Mereuch, Cambodia - Tigers, Elephants Returning to War-Torn Cambodia Forest 2008-04-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Phnom Penh"s totem elephant – Sambo – The speckle-eared pachyderm escaped machetes and famine, and now rests as Phnom Penh"s totem of good things. 2008-03-26 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Suspects in Elephant"s Death Arrested 2008-03-16 - Kompong Speu, Cambodia - Small skirmishes mark Asia battle to save elephants 2008-02-07 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Give ELIE a chance 2007-03-27 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodian thieves poison elephant 2006-09-20 - Angkor, Cambodia - Tourism official proposes elephant ban at Angkor 2006-08-01 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Magic Elephant Believed To Cure The Sick In Cambodia 2005-09-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodia"s most wanted tiger and elephant hunter is jailed 2004-07-03 - Ratanakiri, Cambodia - Elephant tramples South Korean tourist in Cambodia

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welfare

Vets suggest shifting of elephants from Karachi Zoo to Safari Park.

2021-11-30 - Karachi, Pakistan.

The experts are to submit a report before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday (today) recommending a number of steps necessary for the well-being of the elephants. Therefore it would be a good idea ...


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research

UI professor tackles the development of tusk-less elephants

2021-11-29 - Beira, Mozambique.

A tusk-less elephant phenomenon led a University of Idaho professor to research in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Ryan Long, an associate professor in wildlife sciences, along with researchers...


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death

What costs captive jumbos’ lives? Lack of income or dearth of exercise?

2021-11-28 - Palakkad, India.

An increase in the frequency of deaths of captive elephants has prompted jumbo lovers to ask two key questions. Without enough festivals in the last two years, have the elephants contracted diseases o...


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fossil

Ancient mammoth tusk recovered from bottom of the ocean

2021-11-24 - Monterey, United States.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI) have found and extracted mammoth tusks from a Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi), deep in the ocean. According to MBARI, their team discov...


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illegal wildlife trade

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Suspected poachers sit on the defendant’s benches during their trial hearing at a district court in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The court opened the trial against the group of men accused of poaching endangered elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation groups have hailed as a milestone. (AP Photo/Riska Munawarah)

2021-11-22 - Calang, Armenia.

An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have h...


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zoo

Hadi Shrine Circus puts animals at the forefront in their annual charitable performances

2021-11-22 - , United States.

Tim Frisco, an employee with Miller Equipment Company, leads a group of elephants down the ramp into Roberts Stadium while preparing for the 72nd annual Hadi Shrine Circus on Nov. 22, 2005


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death

Why a Farmer from Alfred Killed One of the First Circus Elephants

Hachaliah Bailey (1775-1845), Artist unknown, oil on canvas SHS75.8.1 The William & Nancy Bailey Collection

2021-11-22 - Alfred, York County, United States.

It's an interesting tale that starts with Hachaliah Bailey. Yup, that Bailey, as in the Barnum and Bailey circus. Bailey was a farmer in upstate New York when he bought an elephant for about $1,000. A...


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relocation

Elephant Nature Park Updates

2021-11-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Article about the relocation of Asian female elephant Kamu to ENP.


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medical

Baby elephant is forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia

To save the life of the baby elephant, wildlife officials today (pictured) had to amputate half of her trunk at the Elephant Training Centre in Aceh Besar, Indonesia

2021-11-16 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A baby elephant was forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia. She was rescued on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a village in the Aceh ...


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webinar

17th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

2021-11-15 - Azle, United States.

It is with great disappointment that due to the continuing ongoing pandemic we will not be able to meet in person for this year’s International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium. BUT we a...


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zoo

Three Asian elephants pregnant at Melbourne Zoo

2021-11-13 - Melbourne, Australia.

For the first time in Melbourne Zoo’s history, three Asian elephants have become pregnant naturally and will give birth next year. New mum Mali, who was also born at the zoo 11 years ago, is sharing...


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people

The list of elephant people is growing!

2021-11-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The latest addition to the Elephant Database, presenteation of elephant people is growing, now over 300 names of legandary Circus trainers, Asian Mahouts, and head elephant keepers in Zoos.


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death

Remembering Karma

2021-11-10 - Mathura, India.

On 10 November 2021, we bid farewell to our beloved Karma. A few days before she passed, Karma collapsed out of exhaustion. Our team would lift Karma up with the help of a crane, without which they f...


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conflict

Elephant attacks mahout in ATR

2021-11-03 - COIMBATORE, India.

A mahout was injured in the attack of a camp elephant at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Top Slip on Monday. A Forest Department official said the mahout, Jayachandra...


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birth

Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

Photo taken on Oct. 20, 2021 shows a newborn Asian elephant calf and his mother Yaming in Kunming Zoo, southwest China

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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website

Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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conservation

Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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welfare

"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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conflict

COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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blog

Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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