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Ya Tao, the last captive elephant in Gia Lai province in Vietnam, has died.

2020-12-05 - Pleiku, Vietnam.

Ms. Ploanh, the owner of the elephant, said yesterday (December 3), the elephant Ya Tao was taken to the bank of Ia Tul river to drink water. After drinking, the elephant was lying on the bank of the stream, a while later she died.. Ya Tao was bought by Mr. Ksor Cham in an elephant-trading market in Dak Lak province (the province that has the biggest elephant populations in Vietnam) in 1990. After Mr. Cham passed away, Siu Kiem, Mr. Cham’s son-in-law had taken charge of taking care of Ya Tao. ...


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

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

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


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

Elephant gives birth on farm

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

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


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Herd of endangered elephants found in Quang Nam Province

2020-04-10 - Quang Nam, Vietnam.

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


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

Dutch vet seeks to save near-extinct elephants in Vietnam

2017-01-26 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

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


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

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

2017-01-12 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

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


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

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

2016-12-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

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


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The forest and elephants are disappearing

The last domesticated elephant of the northern Highland in Vietnam

2016-12-17 - Gia Lai, Vietnam.

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


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

Declining forested land triggers elephant conflict

2016-12-17 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

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


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Female elephant H’Tuk receives an ultrasound scan from experts

Vietnam uses ultrasound to determine virility of domestic elephants

2016-12-06 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

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


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Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

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


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Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference

2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

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


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

Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks

2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

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


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Vietnam Seizes Nearly One Ton African-Elephant Ivory

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

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


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Mozambique: Mozambican Ivory Seized in Vietnam

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

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


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

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

2016-05-19 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

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


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Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport

2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

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


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

Elephant herd rejects baby rescued in central Vietnam

2016-04-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

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


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

Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam

2016-03-29 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

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


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

2016-01-08 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

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


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One of the five elephants that have died in Dak Lak this year. Photo provided by Elephant Conservation Center of Dak Lak province.

Fifth elephant dies in Dak Lak in four months

2015-04-20 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The authorities are still conducting investigations to clarify the cause of death of an elephant named H´Lun (38 years old), under the management of Mr. Y Nhuan Hmok, 69, of EaWer commune, Buon Don district, Dak Lak province, famous for elephants in Vietnam. It is reported that the elephant was stabbed on its left thigh by someone on March 30. The Elephant Conservation Center of Dak Lak Province brought the elephant to the Ranger Station No. 1 of Yok Don National Park for treatment.


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Elephant-minders at Yok Don National Park work to preserve remaining herd

2015-04-09 - Yok Don, Vietnam.

According to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, the number of wild and domesticated elephants in the locality is declining in the area. A report shows there were more than 550 wild elephants in 1980, but the figure has dropped to 70-80. Seventeen elephants have been killed since 2009. There were 502 domesticated elephants in 1980, but now there are only 48.


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The elephant tusks and ivory artifacts that were seized by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on June 22, 2014

Vietnam confiscates 90kg of elephant tusks, ivory artifacts allegedly smuggled from Africa

2014-06-25 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam’s customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport discovered Sunday 39 African elephant tusks and about 100 ivory handicrafts worth over US$188,000 hidden in a package allegedly shipped from Africa. Customs officers have seized all the tusks and ivory artifacts, worth VND4 billion ($188,271), for investigation.


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Customs officials in the northern city of Hai Phong on Saturday seized more than one ton of ivory smuggled into Vietnam.

Vietnam seizes over 1 ton of elephant tusks smuggled from Hong Kong

2014-05-25 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

The tusks were concealed in a 40-foot container. The customs declaration for the container claimed it held 15 tons of charcoal. Local customs officers inspected the container and found that the haul of elephant tusks, each of which was cut into many pieces and hidden in charcoal bags. The shipment was smuggled into Vietnam from Hong Kong by sea before being exported to China, they said.


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Elephant Ka Crushes Zookeeper at Dai Nam Open Zoo in Vietnam

2013-12-23 - Dai Nam, Vietnam.

A Vietnamese zookeeper died Monday after being crushed by a two ton elephant. Doan Huu Tai, 27, was attacked by the Elephant who grabbed him with his trunk and slammed him into a water tank. According to Vietnamnet the man attempted to slip into the cage to paint a fence. The Dai Nam tourist area, where the incident occurred is located in the Binh Dong province.


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A house at Hamlet 20 in Cu Jut District’s Dak Drong Commune was ravaged by three wild elephants.

Wild elephants destroy houses, crops in central Vietnam

2013-12-03 - Dak Drong, Vietnam.

Three wild elephants ravaged crops and damaged dozens of houses in a hamlet in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong last week, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. Initial statistics by Dak Drong Commune showed 47 households had their houses and crops damaged by the elephants.


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4 suspects in the murder of a wild elephant in the southern province of Dong Nai in 2011

Vietnam police arrest suspects in elephant murder

2013-10-25 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Police in the southern province of Dong Nai have arrested five people on suspicion of killing a wild elephant in 2011 with military weapons, and for illegally trading and keeping the rare animals. According to police, they suspected the poachers of murdering a wild elephant in Tan Phu Forest, Dinh Quan District, nearly two years ago. The elephant was found dead on December 23, 2011, with one of its tusks missing.


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2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks seized

2013-10-22 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Authorities in Vietnam have seized 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks illegally imported from Malaysia in the second large seizure this month. Customs official Truong Cong Thanh in the northern port city of Hai Phong says the tusks were found in a container on Monday. The cargo had been declared as sea shells. Thanh said Tuesday that the case was under investigation.


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Customs seize illegal elephant tusks at HCMC Port

2013-08-23 - Ho Chi Min city, Vietnam.

Customs officers at ICD Phuoc Long Port in Thu Duc District said they had seized 158 elephant tusks hidden in a container coming in from Mozambique.The case has now been transferred to the Investigation Police. On August 22, Le Van Tu, Deputy Director of Thai Minh Company and an accomplice were caught illegally transporting a container with the elephant tusks through the port into Vietnam.


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Mr. Son and his son with the fossilized ivory.  Having four pieces of fossilized ivory dating back nearly 20,000 years, Mr. Son said many people offered to buy them at the price of $4 million but Son did not sell because he wanted to join scientists to s

The owner of the fossilized ivory of 20,000 years

2013-08-18 - Pleiku, Vietnam.

Mr. Nguyen Truong Son, 49, a resident in Phu Hoi Ward, Pleiku City, Gia Lai Province is very cautious seeing strange guests because he owns four pieces of ivory fossils which is a 1.26 m long tusk when they are joined together. According to Son, about 40 years ago his father – a photographer, often worked in Chu A Thai in Thien Phu District, Gia Lai Province. He usually lived with and helped indigenous ethnic minorities there. The village chief once presented the beloved artist four pieces of ...


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Nguyen Van Hai, a farmer in hamlet No. 3 complained that he expected the profit of VND15 million this corn crop. However, the corn field has been destroyed by the elephants, bringing him a loss of VND30 million.

Dak Lak province: people lose sleep over wild elephants

2013-08-06 - Ea Sup, Vietnam.

The herd of 30 wild elephants usually appears on the fields of people in J’Loi commune of Ea Sup district. Ea Sup is not the only district which suffers from elephants. A report of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, since 2011, the wild elephants have damaged 185 hectares of crops in Ea Sup, Ea H’leo and Don Village.


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The injured elephant (C) retrieved from Yok Don National Park in Vietnam

Wild elephant rescued after week-long search

2013-05-17 - Yok Don national park, Vietnam.

A week after first sighting a wild elephant ensnared by two traps – one on its foot and another on its trunk – rescuers were able to retrieve the animal on May 14 from a protected forest in Dak Lak Province. They used tamed elephants to rope the young injured male elephant around its neck and tow to it to station in Yok Don National Park.


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Vietnam’s elephants succumb to overwork, poaching

2013-04-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A group of students from the Ho Chi Minh City College of Culture and Arts recently had a frightening experience in Dak Lak Province when a tamed elephant at a tourist spot suddenly rushed at them. The pachyderm, Y Mol, only backed off after its mahout, Y Suong, jabbed it repeatedly on the head with a spur. But Suong said the big animal was not attacking the students.


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The carcass presumably belonging to a female elephant that was found dead with its head, legs and skin removed in a local forest in the north-central province of Quang Binh.

Elephant found beheaded in Vietnam forest

2013-04-04 - Quang Binh, Vietnam.

An elephant believed to be the last one in the wilds of the north-central province of Quang Binh has been found dead with its head, legs and skin removed in a local forest. It quoted local people as saying that the forest had been home to two adult elephants – one male and one female. But, two years ago the male animal was poached for it tusks, so it was suspected that the newly-discovered carcass belonged to the female.


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A dead baby elephant found in the Yok Don National Park in Dak Lak last December.

Dak Lak: Dead wild elephant found on the lakeside

2013-03-25 - Ea Sup, Vietnam.

The dead body of a wild elephant in a state of decay and stinking, was detected on the bank of the Ea Sup Thuong Lake in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, which is known as the land of elephants in Vietnam, on March 18. Mr. Huynh Trung Lan - Director of the Dak Lak Center for Elephant Conservation – said on March 20 that the Center coordinated with the authorities of Ea Sup District to destroy the body of the elephant, which is about 3 months old. The dead elephant was discovered on M...


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The governments of South Africa and Viet Nam have signed an MoU to improve co-operation on tackling illegal wildlife trafficking, such as illegal trade in rhino horns

New agreement between South Africa and Viet Nam - A turning point in tackling rhino poaching crisis, say WWF, TRAFFIC

2012-12-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A pivotal moment in efforts to tackle the current rhino poaching crisis took place today as the governments of South Africa and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve co-operation between the two states on biodiversity conservation and protection including tackling illegal wildlife trafficking.


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Elephants need forests to reproduce, not money

2012-12-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Instead of giving us money, please give us forests. We will help elephants reproduce,” said an elephant breeder in Dak Lak. The elephant breeders in Dak Lak would receive 414 million dong in financial support from the state for every elephant who gives birth. However, they wish they can receive forests rather than money, because the forests, not money, would help elephants live their normal lives and reproduce.


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Vietnam"s Elephants Face Threats from Near and Far

2012-12-13 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

At the end of the war in 1975, as many as 2,000 wild elephants roamed the lowland forests of Vietnam. Today, there are as few as 50. Poaching and habitat destruction have brought the animals to the brink of extinction, and conservationists say the only herd with a long-term chance of survival is located along the border separating Yok Don National Park and Cambodia. ​​According to park director Tran Van Thanh, the already limited forests are shrinking as local communities cut tre...


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Elephant herd tramples Vietnamese police officer

2012-10-30 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A herd of elephants has trampled to death a police officer in a central Vietnamese jungle. The victim and two other men went into the jungle Saturday to look for apricot trees. The director of the elephant conservation center in Daklak province said more than 20 wild elephants attacked the men as they returned home that night. Huynh Trung Luan said two of the men escaped unhurt. The 42-year-old policeman was found dead Sunday morning.


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No one can save Vietnam’s elephants?

2012-10-12 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The serious poaching which has not been eased over the last many years has led to the sharp fall of the number of elephant individuals in Vietnam, from 1500-2000 in 1990s to tens of elephants now. Three years ago, FFI, an international flora and fauna conservation organization, gave the warning that the then 150 elephant individuals were in the danger of becoming extinct. Though the poachers still cannot make elephants disappear absolutely from Vietnam, extinction is a foreseeable thing, if Viet...


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Yok Don’s elephants killed for tusks

2012-08-28 - Yok Don, Vietnam.

The pair of elephants in Yok Don National Park was killed for tusks, according to a report by the Elephant Conservation Center of Dak Lak Province sent to the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on August 27. According to the report, the elephants were killed in Ea Bung commune, Ea Sup district of Dak Lak province. They are between 22 to 25 years old. The male elephant is 3.7 meters long, 2.5 meters tall. Its head was cut off to take its tusks and skull. Its trunk was also seve...


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Two elephants killed in Yok Don National Park

2012-08-27 - Yok Don, Vietnam.

The dead bodies of a male and female elephant were founded in the core zone of the Yok Don National Park, in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Police are investigating the case. On August 26, Dak Lak police searched the site where the elephants were found. The elephants were also examined to serve the investigation. Earlier, at noon of August 25, forest rangers detected the dead bodies of two elephants that were only 5 meters from each other. The bodies were being decomposed.


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Huge haul of tusks worth $5mln seized in HCMC

2012-08-02 - Saigon, Vietnam.

Customs officials at Ho Chi Minh City-based ICD Phuoc Long 3 Port on Tuesday found 150 elephant tusks inside a tractor trailer truck. The illegally smuggled haul weighs 2.4 tons and is worth approximately US$4.9 million at the market price, they said. In the customs declaration the Thai Minh Company, who imported the goods, declared that their consignment only contained salted cowhides from Mozambique worth VND1.2 billion (US$57,500).


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Botanical garden restores bronze elephant statue

2012-06-25 - Ho Chi Min city, Vietnam.

The Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden last weekend finished the restoration of the bronze elephant statue which Thai King Paramindr Maha Prajadhipok had presented to the zoo during his visit to the city in 1930.


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Tourists ride elephants to visit Hue royal citadel

2012-04-15 - Hue, Vietnam.

Two elephants have been used to serve visitors to the Hue royal citadel at Hue Festival 2012, besides tramcars. Tourists can also touch and take photo with these elephants. The Center for Preservation of Hue Relics bought the elephants two years ago. They have been trained since then to perform circus. They will be used to serve tourists during the Hue Festival only.


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Three wild elephants die in one week in Vietnam.

2012-04-09 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre on Thursday requested an official probe into the deaths of three wild elephants in the Central Highlands district of Ea Sup during the final week of March. A 2-tonne male elephant was found dead on March 31 with many parts of its body missing in Ea Bung Commune. The body of a 4-year-old elephant, weighing some 500kg, was discovered on the same day in Cu M’lanh while five days later a 5-month-old animal was found dead in the same area.


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Passion for elephants

2012-03-20 - Buôn Ma Thuột, Vietnam.

Dang Nang Long is now director of the Lak Lake Travel Co., an affiliate of the Tourism Company of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. He owns eight elephants, the largest number of tamed elephants throughout the country. Long told Tien Phong newspaper that in the early 20th century, his grandfather moved from the central coastal region to the highlands. He tamed dozens of elephants and supplied some for King Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam. Long’s father, Dang Nang Nhay, followed t...


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In 2011, the Dak Lak provincial people’s committee approved the elephant conservation project worth 61 billion dong, and the Artemisia conservation project worth 50 billion dong, in an effort to rescue and develop the last elephant and yew individuals in

Local authorities still busy themselves with plans to protect elephants and yew

2012-03-11 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Dr Bao Huy from the Tay Nguyen University has warned that the slow implementation of the conservation projects would be a big disadvantage to the province, since a lot of foreign and domestic organizations now show their big interests in the conservation work. The organizations will only provide capital, equipment and techniques to fund the projects if they can see with their eyes, the feasibility of the conservation projects. Meanwhile, Vietnam has to spend too much time on complicated procedur...


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Elephant conservation projects remain on… paper

2012-03-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An action plan to conserve elephants in Nghe An, Dak Lak and Dong Nai was approved by the Prime Minister six years ago, in 2006. However, no considerable progress has been made so far. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said that the elephant conservation plan has been going slowly, because localities have not have money to implement the plan. Therefore, the ministry has asked the Prime Minister to extend the elephant conservation plan until 2020 with the name: “Emergency...


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Scientists say elephants seriously endangered

2012-03-05 - Saigon, Vietnam.

Vietnam has been well known as a country with many elephants that can be found throughout the country. However, big international conservation organizations have repeatedly given warnings that elephants are in danger of extinction.
Dr Bao Huy from the Tay Nguyen University has pointed out that the elephant breeding for tourism purpose has degraded their fertility. “If we don’t take actions right now, Dak Lak elephants would get extinct in 20 more years,” he warned.


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An elephant seen destroying cassava crops in Dong Nai Province.

Solar fence to safeguard humans and elephants

2012-02-23 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

A 30km solar electric fencing system will be installed in southern Dong Nai Province´s forest this year to minimize conflict between elephants from the Natural and Cultural Reserve and nearby villagers. Tran Van Mui, reserve director, told the Viet Nam News that the fencing, the first of its kind in the country, is expected to protect the living environment of both the people and dwindling elephants.


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Wild elephants trample crops in Dong Nai

2012-02-23 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Late night of February 21, a two hectare sugarcane plot belonging to five households in Phu Ly Commune of Vinh Cuu District in Dong Nai Province was completed trampled and devastated by a herd of ten wild elephants, foraging for food. Tran Van Mui, the Zone’s Director, said the herd included female and male elephants along with few baby elephants.


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Elephant rescued from well in Dong Nai

2012-02-12 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Forest rangers in the Dong Nai Natural and Cultural Conversation Zone in Dong Nai Province yesterday saved a 100-kg elephant that had fallen into a well. With the help of local residents, the rangers managed to take the elephant out of the 2-m deep well in Subzone 59, Phu Ly Commune, Vinh Cuu District, said Tran Van Mui, the zone’s director.


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Vietnam circus elephant relocated to saigon Zoo

2012-01-09 - Saigon, Vietnam. Dan Koehl

Ni stayed on Saigon Circus in Vietnam as a single elephant, most of the time kept on an extremely short chain, which restricted her movements to a minimum. She arrived yesterday in Saigon Zoo. And since I am now in Saigon, I will go to see her tomorrow.


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Efforts to help save elephants end in failure

2011-12-29 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Half of the wild elephants in Dong Nai Province have been wiped out in recent years, despite steps taken by the Prime Minister to save them. A project that he initiated five years ago to provide them with sanctuary in three "elephant" provinces by the year 2010 failed to get underway in the province.


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The body of the elephant that was killed in Dong Nai Province on December 23

Bullet tips found in dead elephant

2011-12-28 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Police in Dong Nai Province said they had found 2 bullet tips in the body of the wild elephant that was killed 5 days ago. One of the tips was buried in the head of the elephant and the other in its right leg, the police said. Six holes similar to bullet-holes were found on the head and hip and two cuts, about 50 cm long each, were also found on the back.


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Elephant found dead in Vietnam forest

2011-12-27 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Forest rangers on Friday found the carcass of an elephant in a protected forest in the southern province of Dong Nai, the online newspaper Dan Tri reported.
The decaying elephant, which weighed around three tons, was found in the 14,000-hectare Tan Phu Forest in Dinh Quan District.


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Some of the ivory seized in Vietnam

Tonne of African ivory seized on Vietnam-Chinese border. More than 200 pieces hidden in cloth

2011-11-10 - Mong Cai, Vietnam.

Weighing more than a tonne and hidden inside bundles of cloth, more than a tonne of ivory has been confiscated from a river boat near the city of Mong Cai, close to the country´s border with China. Vietnamese officials say that scientific analysis confirms that all 211 items seized during the raid last month were, as suspected, African elephant ivory.


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elephant Elephants in central highlands are believed to suffer harsh treatment and abuse.

Circus elephant dies of exhaustion

2011-10-24 - Quang Nam, Vietnam.

A 70-year-old elephant died last Tuesday due to hunger and cold weather while it was on the way to perform circus in the central province of Quang Nam. The body of the 4-ton elephant has been destroyed and the place where it died has been sterilized, said Nguyen Van Ngu, chairman of People’s Committee of Thang Binh District. The elephant, named Ho Nun, came from the Don village in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak and was hired by the animal circus troupe Hoang Nam.


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Vietnam confiscates 1 ton of elephant tusks

2011-10-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities say they have uncovered more than a ton of elephant tusks that smugglers were attempting to illegally take to China. Customs official Ly Tran Tuan says the 221 pieces of tusks were discovered Sunday hidden in rolls of fabric that were being transported on a boat on the Ka Long river bordering the two countries.


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Tourists enjoy an elaphant ride in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. In an attempt to protect elephants, a centre has been set up tasked with increasing the number of tame elephants through artificial insemination.

Vietnam Nation"s elephants under threat

2011-10-04 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

With the death of a large number of tame elephants recently concerns have risen regarding the threat of extinction in the absence of measures to safeguard the animals. Dan Nang Long, an elephant keeper from Central Highland Dak Lak Province, had one of his elephants killed and three others injured in a poaching attack. Long said that while he had reported the incident to local police, very little existed in terms of concrete evidence in confirming the crime.


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Officers stand guard next to seized ivory tusks

Smuggled ivory seized in Vietnam: media

2011-10-01 - Ha Noi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese police have seized more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of ivory believed smuggled from abroad, state-controlled media reported on Friday. Officers arrested three Vietnamese transporting the banned cargo on Thursday in a van through the north-central province of Nghe An, the reports said. Pictures of the haul showed more than two dozen tusks.


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Le Van Thao poses with an elephant on his trip to the Central Highlands to photograph the last tamed ones.

Postcards in fight to save elephants

2011-09-30 - Ha Noi, Vietnam.

A recently released postcard book titled Nhung Nguoi Ban Lon (The Giant Friends) features 51 elephants that work with families living in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dac Lac. A photograph, biography and the characteristics of each elephant cover a double page colour spread, along with the slogan: "Don´t let elephants become a memory".


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Ny the Saigon circus elephant

2011-08-24 - Saigon, Vietnam. Annie Eagleton

Shortly after returning from Dak Lak to Da Nang, I was alerted to a campaign to retire a circus elephant in Sai Gon. This elephant cow, Ny, had been captured from the wild at age three and was gifted to Sai Gon Circus in District 1, by the City of Ho Chi Minh. (I was recently informed that she was originally a gift from Sony Korea, along with another elephant, in gratitude for licence in Viet Nam. The government, at a loss what to do with them, gave them to the circus.)


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Dead elephant found in Dak Lak

2011-06-06 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Dak Lak Province authorities have incinerated the body of a baby elephant found in Yok Don National Park last Wednesday. Nguyen Con, Yok Don park ranger, said they found the decomposed elephant, weighing around 100 kilograms, at the section No. 290. He said it was a newborn elephant but they couldn’t identify the cause of the death.


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Lam Dong: Three charged with selling dead elephant’s ivories

2011-05-11 - Lam Dong , Vietnam.

The Lam Dong Province People’s Procuracy has charged Phan Thi Hoa, director of the Nam Qua Eco-Tourism Co., Ltd., and two other with selling ivories of a dead elephant. Hoa, 52, from Lam Dong is now banned from leaving her residence, while Phan Dac Mau Dai, 33, also from Lam Dong and Nguyen Ngoc Thuan, 36, from Dong Nai Province, will be detained for 2 months for investigation.


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Smuggled African elephant tusks seized in Vietnam

2011-05-06 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Vietnamese customs discovered nearly 600 kilograms of African elephant tusks hidden in a shipping container of rubber from Tanzania, authorities said Friday. The authorities made the haul on Thursday after receiving a tip. "Smuggled elephant tusks were hidden in a very sophisticated way," Vu Hoang Duong, head of customs at the port of Hai Phong, told the German Press Agency dpa. "They cut open tanks for holding rubber, filled them with elephant tusks and soldered them shut again."


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Elephant savagely killed in central Vietnam

2011-04-25 - Dalat, Vietnam.

An elephant was found brutally killed in the central highlands resort town of Da Lat Sunday. The 38-year-old male elephant was found tied to a tree, and the tendons of its hind legs were slashed. Its tusks and tail hair, meanwhile, were still in place. According to initial information, the elephant belonging to Tuyen Lam Lake Tourism Complex went missing Saturday night when it was left to graze on a hillside. The elephant´s caretaker was absent from work that day.


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Adult elephants line up before starting their race, held for the first time in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak this month

2011-04-03 - Don Village, Vietnam.

An old elephant waits, incomplete, in the shade of a big tamarind tree outside Yok Don National Park. The giant beast’s two tusks have been cut off by its owner to dissuade poachers from killing it. But that didn’t stop them from cutting off the hairy tip of its tail—a single strand can sell for between US$10-15 at tourist shops throughout Dak Lak Province.


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Archaeologists found a fossil elephant tooth in early March in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, Vietnam.

2011-03-25 - Thai Nguyen, Vietnam.

The fossil tooth is believed to be the tooth of an Asian elephant, with an age of 30,000-50,000 years. “This is the first time a fossil tooth of this species of elephant has been discovered in Thai Nguyen,” said Dr. Trinh Nang Chung, who led the archaeological survey. The tooth was founded in Than Sa River in Vo Nhai district, the section running through the Da Nguom, a famous archaeological site in Thai Nguyen. The tooth was unearthed at the depth of 3m, in a hole dug by gold miners. Gold m...


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Elephant race at Vietnam coffee festival

2011-03-11 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

an elephant race and dug-out canoe race were organized by the Dak Lak Tourism JS Company, with the participation of 20 elephants and 20 dug-out canoes. In the qualifying round, four teams, each comprising 5 elephants aged 23 to 45, raced each other and the first five qualified for the final. Each elephant was ridden by two handlers who prodded the animals to run as fast as they could.


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Tame elephants are used to give rides in Lak District, Central Highland Province of Dak Lak. The province wants funding to conserve the elephants which face high mortality and low fertility

Tame elephants in Vietnam face extinction

2011-02-11 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Central Highland Dak Lak Province´s famed tame elephants may become extinct in the next 20-25 years unless conservation project receive Goverment funding, experts said. The population of existing tame elephants is being overexploited for tourism and is under threat from poachers. Elephants are also not being encouraged to breed, according to a study on tamed elephants in the province by Central Highlands University, which showed that the number of tamed elephants in the province had declin...


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Tamed elephants are exhausted serving tourists, the living space for wild elephants is shrinking while the elephant preservation project is still on papers only.

Vietnam: Don Village’s elephants in danger

2011-02-03 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The number of elephants in Don Village, Dak Lak province, famous for hunting and taming wild elephants, is going down. According to research, only 0.6 percent of tamed elephants have been reproductive in the last 30 years. Recently, the rate is nearly zero percent because male and female elephants don’t have favorable environment to meet and copulate since they are managed by different people. Moreover, they are overexploited for tourism purposes.


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Tame elephant dies after stabbing

2011-01-08 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A tame elephant that was stabbed dozens of times by poachers two months ago has died, Le Thi Thanh Ha, director of the Ban Don Eco-tourism Company, said on Thursday. Poachers inflicted 217 cuts to the Pak Cu elephant´s hind legs and tail. Ha said the male elephant had long and valuable tusks. The eco-tourism company spent VND50 million (US$2,500) trying to treat the elephant´s injuries.


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A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata

2010-10-25 - Tây Nguyên, Vietnam.

It’s 1975, and Y’Tin Eban, a thirteen year old Rhade boy living in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, is the youngest elephant keeper ever in his village. He plans someday to open the first elephant-training school in Vietnam. He has promised his elephant, Lady, that he will care for her all her life and mash up bananas for her when she’s old and has lost her teeth. Y’Tin has lots of ideas, lots of plans.


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Elephant survives second poacher attack

2010-10-25 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A tamed elephant with beautiful tusks found last week with hundreds of cuts on his body has been in critical condition, Buon Don District officials said. The tusker was found in a forest near the Ban Don Eco-tourism Company´s office in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Thieves attacked the three-tonne elephant, named Pac Ku, with the intention of killing him and removing his 70cm tusks, local people say.


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The tomb of the king of elephant hunting, N’Thu Knul, in Buon Don Village in Daklak

Elephant hunter cemetery in Dak Lak

2010-10-13 - Daklak, Vietnam.

For a taste of central highlands history, tourists to Daklak Province should visit the tomb of the king of elephant hunters in Buon Don Village. There are 40 elephant hunters buried in the unique graveyard that has about 40 tombs. The hunters entombed there killed at least 25 to 30 elephants each. To be buried in the cemetery was a tribute to their huntsmanship. The oldest tomb belongs to N’Thu Knul, who was a powerful tribal chief born in 1828. He is worshipped as founder of the art of hunti...


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Vietnam charges four with cutting off elephant tails, tusks

2010-10-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Four men in Vietnam´s Central Highlands have been charged with cutting off the tusks and tails of captive elephants at tourist sites, a police official said Tuesday. The men allegedly shocked the elephants unconscious with a car battery, then sawed off their tusks and tails to sell for ornamental and medicinal purposes.


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2010-10-01 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Five people have been arrested on charges they ran the largest rare animal-parts trafficking ring ever uncovered in Hanoi, a police official said Wednesday.
The suspects allegedly bought and processed rare animal remains, including tiger and elephant bones, for use in traditional medicine. Police arrested the five suspects on Tuesday, said Colonel Nguyen Van Nong, Head of Hanoi Police´s department for economic crime investigation.


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Elephants endangered: a shop owner displays carved ivory items at his antique shop in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ivory trade could make Vietnam"s elephants extinct within a decade. Country"s wild Asian elephant population further endangered as rich get a taste for home-produced ivory

2010-09-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Huong´s dank shop provides some brief respite from the waves of horn-blaring luxury SUVs bullying pedestrians on the pavements of Hanoi. But more crucially, it offers a final resting place, of sorts, for some of Vietnam´s wild elephants. Huong is the beaming owner of Artcen Company, an "import-export" outfit specialising in crafted ivory products.


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Two more elephants lose tails in human seeking for luck

2010-09-01 - Dalat, Vietnam.

Rascals cut tails of two elephants, which are serving at the Prenn Waterfall Tourist Area in the Highland city of Dalat on August 31. Hunting elephants for tail hair has boomed in Daklak Province, which is famous for elephant taming, because people believe that luck will come to those who wear elephant-tail-hair-made jewelry.


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Famous elephant calf dies in captivity in Hanoi

2010-08-13 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A juvenile elephant that won renown after appearing in a documentary died in Hanoi Wednesday of an infection it had been carrying for years. Kham Bun, a six-year-old male Asiatic elephant belonging to the Vietnam Circus Federation, suffered a foreleg injury four years ago and veterinarians were unable to cure it. The infection got into his bone and proved fatal, according to the federation.


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Preservation project comes too late for Vietnamese elephants

2010-06-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An "emergency action plan" to protect elephants announced in 2006 has yet to get off the ground, a Vietnamese provincial forest official said Wednesday.
In the meantime, seven of the 15 elephants in his province of Dong Nai have died, he said. "I don´t understand why they are responding with the project so late," said Le Viet Dung, deputy director of the Dong Nai forest management department. "If they don´t do it quick, there will be no elephants to preserve." Le Viet Dung sai...


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A baby elephant found dead in the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday. An expert said it was probably poisoned to death

Baby elephant likely poisoned to death in Dong Nai: expert

2010-05-31 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

A baby elephant found dead in the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday was very likely poisoned, a forensic expert said Friday. The male elephant, weighing one ton, was found dead with its tongue sticking out, and tests found bleeding in its heart and liver.


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Elephant found dead near Dong Nai game reserve

2010-05-29 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

A three-year-old elephant was found dead on Thursday in a local residents mango orchard 100m from the edge of the Vinh Cuu Natural Reserve in southern Dong Nai Province. Rangers said that the 800-kilogramme animals carcass had been sent for an autopsy and the remains of some jackfruits, cassava, and mangoes had been found in its stomach.


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Men caught smuggling elephant tusks to northern Vietnam

2010-05-28 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Vietnamese police have detained two people who were caught smuggling 82 kilograms of elephant tusks from the central province of Nghe An to Hai Phong, a port city near China. Nguyen Huu Hong, 40 and Ngo Thanh Ly, 38, from Nghe An are being investigated for illegally transporting elephant tusks,Thai Binh Province police said.


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Elephant found dead in Central Highlands

2010-04-09 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A mature elephant was found dead Wednesday near a lake and a stream in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Local residents found the elephant when catching fish in the stream in Ea Sup District. The body was stinking and its bones were broken into pieces, they said. Officials surmised that the elephant had been trampled on and killed by others in the herd, making it hard to identify the animals gender.


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File photo of an elephant at the Tsavo West National Park in southern Kenya. There is a booming black market in African ivory linked to Asian crime syndicates.

Nearly 100 kgs ivory seized in Vietnam: report

2010-03-21 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnamese police have seized about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of ivory near the border with China, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Traffic police made the discovery after stopping a car early Friday morning, said Tuoi Tre newspaper, which did not say if any arrests were made. The police declined to comment when contacted by AFP.


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Vietnam to create elephant hospital

2009-12-16 - Hanoi , Vietnam.

Vietnam plans to build an elephant hospital as part of a new reservation for the animals in the country's central highlands, a government official said Wednesday. Y Rit Buon Ya, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the province of Dak Lak, said the project would be developed between 2010-14.


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The  Buon Ma Thuot-Dak Lak tourism and culture week aims to honor elephants, the most important animal to the Highlands people.

Highlands tourism week celebrates elephants

2009-12-16 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Cong Hoan – Translated by Kim Khanh

A tourism and culture week themed “Legend of the Central Highlands Elephant” will be held in Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak from December 16-20. Activities will also be held in the city’s districts of Krong and Buon Don (Don Village).


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80 wild elephants left in Vietnam

2009-11-27 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

There are only 80 elephants left in the wild in Vietnam, and they are in danger due to illegal hunting and deforestation, state media reported Friday. The state-run newspaper Lao Dong quoted experts at a Vietnam Forest Management Agency workshop on elephant preservation as saying the population was dropping fast.


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Seminar seeks ways to conserve elephants

2009-11-26 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

The Dong Nai provincial Forest Ranger Department in coordination with national parks in the southern region is seeking ways to raise public awareness of elephant conservation and expand the living environment for the animal.
At a seminar on November 26, local and foreign scientists agreed that it is necessary to quickly implement the project on elephant preservation, approved by the Prime Minister in 2006.


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Forest rangers investigate the carcass of an elephant found in Nam Cat Tien forest in July

Another elephant found dead in Dong Nai

2009-09-10 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

An elephant was found dead on Tuesday night in Dong Nai, the sixth such case in the last four months in the southern Vietnamese province, underlining the authorities’ failure to protect its elephant population.


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Two tons of ivory found in container

2009-08-25 - Haiphong, Vietnam.

VIETNAMESE customs inspectors have discovered more than two tons of elephant tusks hidden in a shipping container full of snail shells from Kenya.
Bui Hoang Duong, head of the customs inspection department at the northern port of Haiphong, said inspectors opened the container on Friday as part of enhanced scrutiny of shipping from Tanzania. The purge follows several recent cases of ivory smuggling.


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Vietnam cops seize 100kg ivory

2009-08-22 - Thanh Hoa, Vietnam.

Vietnamese police have seized almost 100 kilograms of ivory, the second seizure of its kind in recent weeks, state media reported on Saturday. Police found the 17 pieces of ivory weighing 94 kilograms (207 pounds) after they stopped a car travelling in the wrong lane on a highway in northern Thanh Hoa province, the Vietnam News said, citing traffic police.


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Vietnam police seize elephant tusks

2009-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam. Sahil Nagpal

Police in Vietnam have seized nearly 100 kilograms of elephant tusks concealed in a car headed for Hanoi, state media reported Friday. The state-run newspaper Lao Dong reported police in the central province of Thanh Hoa stopped a car Thursday for driving in the wrong lane. The police found sixteen elephant tusks weighing 94 kilograms hidden in the boot and under the chassis. Police arrested the driver on suspicion of smuggling, and seized the car and the tusks as evidence.


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Vietnamese officials inspect illegal elephant tusks found in a shipment from Tanzania.

Vietnam finds 200kg of illegal elephant tusks

2009-07-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese customs officials have uncovered 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of elephant ivory tusks illegally imported from Kenya, official media reported on Wednesday. The tusks were found hidden in timber inside a container at the northern Hai Phong port, said Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper. Authorities are seeking the owner of the container, who did not turn up to receive the goods when they arrived in April, the newspaper said. It did not say who was listed as the receiver or giv...


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A house in the southern province of Dong Nai was destroyed by elephants. A herd, which left the Cat Tien National Park searching for food, is worrying residents. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Hien

Rogue elephants terrorise Dong Nai. Wild pachyderms wander off national parklands to forage for crops.

2009-04-25 - Dong nai, Vietnam.

A herd of wild elephants recently gone astray is becoming increasingly bolder, encroaching on inhabited land in southern Dong Nai Province’s Vinh Cuu District, according to officials. The 13 elephants, which are being kept unfenced in Cat Tien National Park in Central Highland province of Lam Dong, left the park in search of food, Tran Van Mui, the park director, has said.


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Don Village Festival to feature various activities

2009-03-22 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The Don Festival, called Buon Don in Vietnamese, is expected to take place from March 22-26 in the Buon Don District, said director of York Don Park, one of official members to join the festival. He said the festival would feature folk games such as buffalo stabbing, food and drink, and an elephant race.


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Vietnam customs officials have uncovered up to five tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Tanzania

Tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled into Vietnam: reports

2009-03-07 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnam customs officials have uncovered up to five tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled in from Tanzania, state media said Saturday. The tusks were found Friday hidden in around 114 boxes of plastic waste after being transported from Africa through Malaysia to Vietnam's northern Hai Phong port, said the Tuoi Tre newspaper. The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Dang Tat The, a national wild animal expert, as saying the tusks were from African elephants. It was not yet clear if the tusks were for selling ...


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Elephants in Don Village.

Dak Lak: Hey elephants, where are you?

2009-02-26 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

“Elephant culture” are the words the Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Dak Lak Province, Truong Bi, used to talk about the benefits that Dak Lak gain from elephants. According to Truong Bi, Don village currently has four old elephants which can’t participate in the upcoming elephant festival. Two others have been shot dead by wood thieves. He said that in five years, Don village would not have any elephant left. Elephants give Dak Lak a distinct cultural c...


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Vietnam"s illegal ivory prices could be world"s highest: report

2009-02-22 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Soaring demand for ivory from local and foreign consumers and a restriction of supply sent the prices of illegal ivory skyrocketing in Vietnam last year, an international survey released Monday said. The survey, An assessment of the illegal ivory trade in Vietnam, conducted by the wildlife trade monitoring organization TRAFFIC, said illegal ivory prices in Vietnam could be the world's highest with tusks reportedly selling for up to US$1,500 per kilogram and small, cut pieces selling for up to $1...


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Rings made of elephant hair flood central highland souvenir shops

2008-08-31 - Dac Lac, Vietnam. Thu Huong

To ethnic minority groups living in the central highland province of Dac Lac, a ring made of hair taken from an elephant’s tail is far more than an ordinary ornament. Because most people consider it to be an amulet that is expected to bring them luck in love, local couples often use elephant hair as a pawn in the game of love. Although no one has ever been able to prove the reliability of such a rumor, rings plaited with elephant hairs are now appearing in many souvenir shops. But the con...


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Central farmers lose crops to elephants

2008-08-04 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Seven members of Y Ngo’s family in the central province of Dak Lak depend on one hectare of farmland. But their farm is all but destroyed, damaged by severe drought and wild elephants. “The area they trample destroys 10 times more than what they eat and there is no way rice can survive being stepped on by elephants,” said Ngo, a farmer in Ba Na Village of Ia J’loi Commune in the province’s Ea Sup District.


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Wild elephants destroy crops

2008-07-30 - Dac Lac, Vietnam.

A herd of 40 elephants over the past few days destroyed over 30 hectares of crops in Ea R’loi and Ea Lop Village in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac. According to Ea R’Loi’s People’s Committee, the animals have been showing up in the area since 2005. They usually roam around, destroying crops in the process, for a few days before leaving. No casualities were reported.


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A tame elephant in Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province

Dak Lak: Tame elephants dying

2008-06-12 - Dak Lak , Vietnam.

The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is the sole location in Vietnam where there remains the tradition of maintaining herds of tame elephants in its districts of Buon Don, Lac, Ea Sup, and Krong Nang. However, the population of tame elephants is sharply falling. In the past nearly two decades, many tame elephants have died of old age while there is no source of replacement. This fact has threatened the existence of the tame elephant herd in Dak Lak.


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Famous Dak Lak elephant dies

2008-05-30 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

An elephant regarded as the biggest in the Central Highlands’ Dak Lak Province, the land of elephants in Viet Nam, suffered a sudden death on Tuesday evening after reportedly eating grass from a field that had been sprayed with insecticide. The 68-year-old elephant, Y Trut, had won many prizes at local races and strength competitions. Y Trut, 7.4 tonnes in weight and 3.4m in height, was buried according to the customs of Tay Nguyen highlanders.


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Illegal elephant bone distillation thwarted in Dak Lak

2008-02-28 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. T.N.Quyen

Police of Buon Me Thuot Town in the central highlands province of Dak Lak uncovered an illegal distillation of elephant bones by a local Wednesday. The offender, Vu Thanh Thiem, who was caught in the process of admixing the bones to create a type of medicinal glue, said the 231 kilograms of bones came from his younger brother Vu Thanh Tue who had purchased a dead circus elephant. Thiem, however, failed to present appropriate legal documents for the bones as requested.


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A residential house destroyed by wild elephants in the central province of Binh Thuan. Since 1999, the elephants appeared on more than 100 occasions, killing 10 people and destroying 20 houses and 200ha of vegetables.

Elephant gang terrorises Ha Tinh Province

2008-01-12 - VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam.

Three wild elephants that escaped from Vu Quang national park have been causing concern among hundreds of households in the two communes of Huong Dien and Huong Quang in the central province of Ha Tinh. A residential house destroyed by wild elephants in the central province of Binh Thuan. Since 1999, the elephants appeared on more than 100 occasions, killing 10 people and destroying 20 houses and 200ha of vegetables. The elephants have crushed motorbikes in their path and stormed into residentia...


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A residential house destroyed by wild elephants in the central province of Binh Thuan. Since 1999, the elephants appeared on more than 100 occasions, killing 10 people and destroying 20 houses and 200ha of vegetables.

Elephant gang terrorises Ha Tinh Province

2008-01-11 - Ha Thin, Vietnam.

Three wild elephants that escaped from Vu Quang national park have been causing concern among hundreds of households in the two communes of Huong Dien and Huong Quang in the central province of Ha Tinh. The elephants have crushed motorbikes in their path and stormed into residential houses, according to local authorities. Villager Nguyen Thi Phuong from Kieu hamlet of Huong Dien Commune said two elephants rushed towards her in the evening. My husband was out and I just managed to take the childr...


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Ama Kong (R) and his youngest daughter, H’Bup Eban

From elephant tamer to herbal healer

2007-12-25 - Central Highlands, Vietnam. Tran Ngoc Quyen

Amidst century-old tamarind trees in the quiet village of Jang Lanh in the Central Highlands, 95-year-old Ama Kong is as busy as ever. He is truly a living legend thanks to a 40 year career as Vietnam's most famous elephant tamer.


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A troupe of elephants parade in the Gong Cultural Festival in the Central Highlands last month.

Enjoying the holiday season in the Central Highlands

2007-12-18 - VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam.

The Central Highlands are very beautiful in spring, with white pansies blooming along the streams, rivers and forests. The villages in this region are already preparing for the holiday season in the spring that will last until the dry season. For the ethnic people, this is a relaxing time of year, with many leisurely activities to enjoy during the days and nights. The sounds of the gong and the drum invite everyone to join. Tourists from all over the country will be attracted to the numerous fes...


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A troupe of elephants parade in the Gong Cultural Festival in the Central Highlands last month

Enjoying the holiday season in the Central Highlands

2007-12-17 - Saigon, Vietnam. Ngoc Minh

The Central Highlands is the land of elephants, with troupes of both tamed and wild elephants, and tourists can witness exciting elephant races every year on March 26 organized by the M’nong people, who are famous for their ability to tame wild elephants.


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Vietnam officials seek permission to shoot killer elephant

2007-10-24 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Authorities in a northern Vietnamese province are seeking government permission to shoot a domesticated elephant that has killed two handlers this year, an official said Wednesday. The Forestry Department of Thanh Hoa province sent a request to the Ministry of Agriculture last week asking for the go-ahead to kill the rare Asian elephant, which is more than 30 years old, according to Le Quoc Viet with the department. The elephant is very angry now and it may kill anyone getting close to it, Viet ...


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Preservation zones on Sao La deer and elephants

2007-10-23 - Nhan Dan, Vietnam.

Quang Nam Central Province’s People’s Committee has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to approve a plan on the establishment of two new elephant and Sao La deer (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) preservation zones. Accordingly, the elephant preservation zone is to be located in a lowland area with an area of 18,765 hectares in Que Phuoc and Que Lam communes of Que Son district. This zone contains wild elephants, five special kinds of birds (only existing in this zone) and turtl...


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Over VND8.5bil poured into preserving elephant herd

2007-10-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The People’s Committee of Central Highlands Dak Lak province has decided to spend more than VND 8.5 billion (531,250 USD) from now until 2010 on preserving and developing its tame elephant population. Under the project, an elephant keepers’ club and a tame elephant herd preservation and development centre will be set up in the province. Measures to use elephants for tourism purposes, ensure a sustainable environment and prevent diseases for elephants as well as to reproduce elephants will al...


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Quang Nam to set up endangered animal reserves

2007-10-15 - Lao dong, Vietnam.

The central province of Quang Nam has submitted a project to establish two endangered animal reserves to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for approval, the provincial People’s Committee said last Friday. The elephant reserve, covering an area of 18,765 ha in Que Son District, will be a habitat for elephants, five species of endangered birds, and endangered turtles and gray-shanked doucs.


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Highland province to preserve domesticated elephants

2007-10-08 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Hoang Thien Nga

The People’s Committee of Dak Lak Province in the central highlands has approved a VND8.5 billion (US$528,500) project to preserve domesticated elephants in the region. Under the project, the province will establish reserve areas and found an association for elephant tamers and breeders, along with other agencies concerned with preserving the animal.


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Around 7-8 years ago, domestic and foreign visitors still rode on elephants in Nhon Hoa.

Home of elephants disappearing

2007-09-16 - Nhon Hoa, Vietnam. Tien Phong

When I was young, Nhon Hoa had hundreds of elephants. Every village had elephants, from several to dozens of elephants. In 1993, Nhon Hoa had 16 elephants but now the number is zero, said Mr. Nay Tor, a village patriarch in Nhon Hoa. Nguyen Tan Thanh, Director of the Gia Lai Tourism Service Company, is one of the builders of the famous brand “Nhon Hoa elephant village”, which is widely known by local and international visitors who come to the Central Highlands.


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Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam village

2007-09-11 - Daklak, Vietnam. Tuoi Tre, Tuong Nhi

A herd of over 20 elephants has been destroying large tracts of paddy and corn fields in Daklak province in Vietnam’s central highlands with authorities unable to find a way to chase the animals away. Since last week more than 20 hectares belonging to some 25 families had been destroyed, officials in La Lop commune said. Several structures put up as guardhouses too have been destroyed. Vi Van Binh, one of the officials, said the herd was different from the ones that had wreaked havoc in previo...


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Central province moves to protect wild elephants

2007-09-07 - Nghe An, Vietnam.

The central province of Nghe An has taken measures to protect wild elephants and ensure safety for local people and their properties that are threatened by the big animals. According to local rangers, two herds of wild elephants with around nine heads in the province in recent years have attacked residential areas and destroyed crops in Anh Son, Thanh Chuong, Con Cuong, Tuong Duong and Que Phong districts.


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Tourists kick up the dust on Buon Don’s elephant trails

2007-09-03 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

The Central Highlands village of Buon Don is renowned throughout the country for importing the ancient Lao practice of elephant taming to the area centuries ago. Located nearly 50 km northwest from the city of Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak province and between the two branches of the Serepok River, Buon Don is home to the M’Nong, J’rai, Ede, Lao and Thai ethnic minority groups and for the last two centuries has been the centre of all elephant hunting and taming in Viet Nam.


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Elephants could join dodos in Vietnam central highlands

2007-05-22 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Thien Truc

Deforestation and owners’ callousness have taken a toll on elephant populations both in the wild and in captivity in Vietnam’s central highlands, sending the giant animals to the brink of extinction. There are only a few hundred elephants left in the area compared with thousands a century ago, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources reports. Dak Lak province, once a pachyderm haven, now has just 50 elephants, mostly in captivity.


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Three elephants walk around, 17 May 2003, Yok Don National Park near Buon Don in the central highland province of Dak Lak. An elephant in northern Vietnam has killed two handlers who had worked with the animal for almost 20 years, a local official said M

Vietnam elephant kills two handlers

2007-05-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

An elephant in northern Vietnam has killed two handlers who had worked with the animal for almost 20 years, a local official said Monday. Ha Van Hoang, 46, was killed on the spot and 42-year-old Le Van Lanh died in hospital after the elephant gored both of them with his tusks Saturday, said Ngan Van Thiep, chairman of the Son Ha commune in Thanh Hoa province.


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Stories about Vietnamese circus

2007-04-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

50 years after its birth, Vietnamese circus seems to have come to a cul-de-sac. Old items, which used to be popular but are now unable to keep audiences awake are still being performed. The animal stock of the biggest circus troupe in the south isn’t very impressive either. There are only an old elephant, 4 skinny and tiny monkeys, and 5 or 6 dogs. It is yet an impossible dream to own such animals as tigers, lions or crocodiles.


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Elephant kills owner in Vietnam mountains

2007-03-02 - Daklak, Vietnam. Tran Ngoc Quyen

A tame elephant killed its master Thursday in Daklak province in Vietnams central highlands by scooping him up with its trunk and hurling him down. Y BHiu Mlo, 58, a resident of the remote Ea Wel commune in Buon Don district, was feeding the male elephant in a nearby forest when it suddenly broke free of its chains and began to chase after him.


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Ceremonial elephant dies from water pipe lodged in throat

2007-01-31 - Hue, Vietnam. Bui Ngoc Long and Minh Phat

A 25-year-old elephant, a beast that has taken part in ritual processions in Hue ancient capital died last Saturday with a water pipe lodged in its gullet, said local authorities Wednesday. Nguyen Van Hung, head of Hue province’s animal health department, said the 4-ton animal had somehow gulped down two synthetic rubber pipes that then lodged in its esophagus.


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Dac Lac: Pet elephant tramples tourists.

2007-01-23 - HANOI, Vietnam.

Two young men drove motorbikes to the Lac Lake tourism area from Lam Dong Province on the morning of January 23. The guides there showed them how to ride elephants and instructed them on how to behave around the elephants. However, forgetting the instructions, one of the tourists, Tri, 22, ran toward an elephant after he had finished taking a picture and handed the camera to his friend who was sitting on the back of the elephant. At that moment, the elephant threw Tri to the ground and trampled ...


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Ancient elephant skeleton discovered in Nghe An

2007-01-11 - Nghe An, Vietnam. Ngọc Binh- Hoang Sang, VietNamNet Bridge

A huge elephant skeleton estimated to date back thousands of years has just been discovered in Khe Dinh River by a local farmer, Pham Van Dong, in Hamlet 4, Hong Son village, Do Luong district, Nghe An Province. Dong said that on December 14, 2006 while going to his rice paddy at around 1 o’clock, he saw what he thought was an upright iron wood log sticking out of the river. Finding it unusual, he dug around the place, and to his amazement, amongst layers of mud were more huge animal bones.


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Wild elephants cause havoc in central Vietnam

2006-12-18 - Nghe An, Vietnam. Khanh Hoan – translated by Minh Phat

Four wild elephants have been on a rampage in Vietnam’s central Nghe An province for the last 10 days, seriously injuring a man and destroying dozens of hectares of crops. Over 100 households in Bai Lim village in Anh Son district are threatened by the giant animals that seem to be slowly losing their fear of man.


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Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam, again

2006-11-22 - Quang Nam, Vietnam. Vu Hoang (translated by Hoang Bao)

Four elephants Wednesday morning destroyed over 15 ha of rice and crops in central Vietnams Quang Nam province, local authorities said. The Tra Doc commune government said three adults and one baby elephant also destroyed dozens of sentry boxes guarding the fields in the commune. Early this month, the elephants demolished one house, but its seven occupants luckily escaped unharmed. A sentry squad has been formed to keep guard against the rouge animals. Quang Nam has been plagued by similar eleph...


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Rampaging Elephants Destroy Crops In Central Vietnam

2006-10-28 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A rampaging herd of rare wild elephants is terrorizing two villages in central Vietnam, destroying crops and ignoring villagers' efforts to ward them off, local media reported Friday. No one has been hurt but the elephants have trampled and destroyed 50 hectares of cashew, rice and corn in the villages. It was the second incidence of crop-destroying elephants in Vietnam this year.


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Wild elephant rampage destroys crops

2006-10-12 - Quang Nam, Vietnam.

A stampede of four wild elephants have destroyed more than 10ha of crops and hundreds of ha of forest in the central province of Quang Nam’s Tra Doc Village over the past few days. No casualties have been reported. The elephants arrived in the area early last month and are still roaming the forests and mountains of Tra Doc Village.


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Wild elephants terrorize Vietnam farmers

2006-10-11 - Quang Nam, Vietnam.

A group of four wild elephants on Tuesday ravaged a mountainous village of farmers in Vietnam’s central province Quang Nam, reported local authorities. Luckily, no one has been injured or killed, but the elephants – including three mature and a young one – devastated over ten hectares of crops in the 5th village of Tra Doc commune in Bac Tra My district. The group appeared in the evening, apparently scavenging for food and vegetables, chasing locals around in the process.


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Wild elephants back in Dong Nai Province

2006-08-09 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

The Dong Nai forestry watch team has warned inhabitants not to stay late in forest areas as many wild elephants were sighted. A herd of eight to ten elephants was continuously sighted in Dinh Quan District, Dong Nai Province for over a week. The elephants often came in search of food in the mountain fields close to the forests or Gia Canh and Thanh Son communes.


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Keeping Viet Nam’s Asian elephants secure

2006-07-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities are establishing reserves for the country’s wild elephant population, which has been left without a stable source of food and shelter due to the destruction of their natural habitats. Nguyen Anh Tuan reports.


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Wild elephants trample crops in Vietnams Central Highlands

2006-07-12 - Chu Prong, Vietnam.

A herd of about 15 wild elephants, seen for the first time in Central Highlands Gia Lai province, have destroyed 24ha of crops in Ia Pior commune, Chu Prong district since June 30. From 1975 to the 1980s, Vietnam had 2,000 wild elephants; but by 2005, only 150 remained, mainly in the Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam-Cambodia border provinces. An urgent plan of action has been developed to preserve wild elephants, under which three special elephant sanctuaries will be set up, a state report said.


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Three men sentenced for smuggle in elephant tusk case

2006-07-01 - HA NOI, Vietnam.

Three men accused of involvement in a smuggling case involving 276 elephant tusks and 400kg of hawksbill turtle shells were sentenced in a Ha Noi Court yesterday. The smuggling ring was first uncovered by authorities in late 2004.


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Vietnam to protect wild elephants by electronic chips

2006-05-19 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

With bears now micro-chipped to protect them after release, elephants are being sized up for a similar program. The Prime Minister has approved a plan the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Forest Protection Department devised to micro-chip elephants as a measure to protect their dwindling numbers.


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Trumpeting the plight of elephants in Vietnam

2006-05-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Just 76 wild elephants roam in Vietnam now, and scientists warn that if harsh measures are not taken, Vietnamese forests will have none of the beasts within 30 years. From 1975-1980, Vietnam had an estimated herd of 1,500-2,000 wild elephants, living in various regions of the country. These majestic beasts contributed not only to human endeavours, but to the biodiversity of Vietnam’s natural environment. Since 1980, the number of wild elephants has fallen rapidly as thousands of hectares of fo...


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Land of elephants

2006-02-16 - Saigon, Vietnam.

Ban Don, a M’Nong village by the Srepok River, is well-known throughout Southeast Asia as the native land of elephant hunters and trainers. Since the 18th century, locals have caught and tamed elephants here. Now Ban Don, or Don Village, some 36 kilometers west of Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Daklak, is still famous for training elephants… so that tourists can ride on them! The elephants take visitors through villages, paddy fields and jungles, and visitors can lea...


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Efforts to save elephants from extinction

2005-12-09 - HCM City, Vietnam.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Forestry Department is building three elephant reservations in a bid to save the mammal from extinction. The move is amidst the fact that the number of elephants in Viet Nam, one of the 13 Asian countries, where elephants habitat, has fallen dramatically over two and a half decades.


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Vietnamese police uncovers big haul of smuggled elephant tusks

2004-12-11 - Hanoi, Vietnam. Channel News Asia

Vietnamese police have found some 730 kilogrammes of smuggled elephant
tusks, which is banned for trading in the country.

It was from a warehouse in Hanoi's Long Bien district that 276 elephant
tusks were recovered. They had been chopped up and packed into 40 sacks, alongside dried fish, for easy transport.

The haul is reportedly worth over 7.3 billion Vietnamese Dong, or about
US$463,000. Police say it's the largest amount of smuggled tusks to ...


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Vietnamese Elephant tusk smugglers prosecuted

2004-12-06 - Ha Noi, Vietnam. Vietnam News Agency

Ha Noi (VNA) - Director of the Duc Minh Import Export Joint Stock Company
Nguyen Duc Minh and his wife have been charged with the smuggling of 730 kg
of elephant tusks, trade in which is banned in Viet Nam.

Minh and his wife had fled right after the ivory was found at the company's
warehouse on Nguyen Van Cu street in the Long Bien District, Ha Noi, early
Dec. 4.


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Dac Lac Elephant Festival

2004-10-26 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Vietnam News Agency

Thirty tamed elephants and 60 mahouts will participate in the 2004 Elephant Festival scheduled in Buon Don district of central highlands Dac Lac province on Nov. 6-7. Participating elephants will come from well known areas for elephant taming like the Yok Don national park, and Ea Sup, Buon Don, Lac and Krong Bong districts.


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elephant tamer Ama Kong

Vietnam"s famed elephant tamer

2003-06-04 - Dak Lak, Vietnam. Nga Pham

Ama Kong is not an ordinary 88-year-old man. In a period of 40 years, he has captured and domesticated nearly 300 elephants - 298 to be precise. Descended from a Laotian tribal leader, who was believed to be the founder of the craft of elephant taming, Ama Kong reckons he has now captured and tamed more elephants than the Elephant King himself.


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More than 200 pieces hidden in cloth 2011-10-24 - Quang Nam, Vietnam - Circus elephant dies of exhaustion 2011-10-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam confiscates 1 ton of elephant tusks 2011-10-04 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam Nation"s elephants under threat 2011-10-01 - Ha Noi, Vietnam - Smuggled ivory seized in Vietnam: media 2011-09-30 - Ha Noi, Vietnam - Postcards in fight to save elephants 2011-08-24 - Saigon, Vietnam - Ny the Saigon circus elephant 2011-06-06 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Dead elephant found in Dak Lak 2011-05-11 - Lam Dong , Vietnam - Lam Dong: Three charged with selling dead elephant’s ivories 2011-05-06 - Hai Phong, Vietnam - Smuggled African elephant tusks seized in Vietnam 2011-04-25 - Dalat, Vietnam - Elephant savagely killed in central Vietnam 2011-04-03 - Don Village, Vietnam - 2011-03-25 - Thai Nguyen, Vietnam - Archaeologists found a fossil elephant tooth in early March in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. 2011-03-11 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephant race at Vietnam coffee festival 2011-02-11 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Tame elephants in Vietnam face extinction 2011-02-03 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Vietnam: Don Village’s elephants in danger 2011-01-08 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Tame elephant dies after stabbing 2010-10-25 - Tây Nguyên, Vietnam - A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata 2010-10-25 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephant survives second poacher attack 2010-10-13 - Daklak, Vietnam - Elephant hunter cemetery in Dak Lak 2010-10-06 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam charges four with cutting off elephant tails, tusks 2010-10-01 - Hanoi, Vietnam - 2010-09-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Ivory trade could make Vietnam"s elephants extinct within a decade. Country"s wild Asian elephant population further endangered as rich get a taste for home-produced ivory 2010-09-01 - Dalat, Vietnam - Two more elephants lose tails in human seeking for luck 2010-08-13 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Famous elephant calf dies in captivity in Hanoi 2010-06-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Preservation project comes too late for Vietnamese elephants 2010-05-31 - Dong Nai, Vietnam - Baby elephant likely poisoned to death in Dong Nai: expert 2010-05-29 - Dong Nai, Vietnam - Elephant found dead near Dong Nai game reserve 2010-05-28 - Hai Phong, Vietnam - Men caught smuggling elephant tusks to northern Vietnam 2010-04-09 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephant found dead in Central Highlands 2010-03-21 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Nearly 100 kgs ivory seized in Vietnam: report 2009-12-16 - Hanoi , Vietnam - Vietnam to create elephant hospital 2009-12-16 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Highlands tourism week celebrates elephants 2009-11-27 - Hanoi, Vietnam - 80 wild elephants left in Vietnam 2009-11-26 - Dong Nai, Vietnam - Seminar seeks ways to conserve elephants 2009-09-10 - Dong Nai, Vietnam - Another elephant found dead in Dong Nai 2009-08-25 - Haiphong, Vietnam - Two tons of ivory found in container 2009-08-22 - Thanh Hoa, Vietnam - Vietnam cops seize 100kg ivory 2009-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam police seize elephant tusks 2009-07-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam finds 200kg of illegal elephant tusks 2009-04-25 - Dong nai, Vietnam - Rogue elephants terrorise Dong Nai. Wild pachyderms wander off national parklands to forage for crops. 2009-03-22 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Don Village Festival to feature various activities 2009-03-07 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled into Vietnam: reports 2009-02-26 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Dak Lak: Hey elephants, where are you? 2009-02-22 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam"s illegal ivory prices could be world"s highest: report 2008-08-31 - Dac Lac, Vietnam - Rings made of elephant hair flood central highland souvenir shops 2008-08-04 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Central farmers lose crops to elephants 2008-07-30 - Dac Lac, Vietnam - Wild elephants destroy crops 2008-06-12 - Dak Lak , Vietnam - Dak Lak: Tame elephants dying 2008-05-30 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Famous Dak Lak elephant dies 2008-02-28 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Illegal elephant bone distillation thwarted in Dak Lak 2008-01-12 - VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam - Elephant gang terrorises Ha Tinh Province 2008-01-11 - Ha Thin, Vietnam - Elephant gang terrorises Ha Tinh Province 2007-12-25 - Central Highlands, Vietnam - From elephant tamer to herbal healer 2007-12-18 - VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam - Enjoying the holiday season in the Central Highlands 2007-12-17 - Saigon, Vietnam - Enjoying the holiday season in the Central Highlands 2007-10-24 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam officials seek permission to shoot killer elephant 2007-10-23 - Nhan Dan, Vietnam - Preservation zones on Sao La deer and elephants 2007-10-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Over VND8.5bil poured into preserving elephant herd 2007-10-15 - Lao dong, Vietnam - Quang Nam to set up endangered animal reserves 2007-10-08 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Highland province to preserve domesticated elephants 2007-09-16 - Nhon Hoa, Vietnam - Home of elephants disappearing 2007-09-11 - Daklak, Vietnam - Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam village 2007-09-07 - Nghe An, Vietnam - Central province moves to protect wild elephants 2007-09-03 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Tourists kick up the dust on Buon Don’s elephant trails 2007-05-22 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephants could join dodos in Vietnam central highlands 2007-05-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam elephant kills two handlers 2007-04-29 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Stories about Vietnamese circus 2007-03-02 - Daklak, Vietnam - Elephant kills owner in Vietnam mountains 2007-01-31 - Hue, Vietnam - Ceremonial elephant dies from water pipe lodged in throat 2007-01-23 - HANOI, Vietnam - Dac Lac: Pet elephant tramples tourists. 2007-01-11 - Nghe An, Vietnam - Ancient elephant skeleton discovered in Nghe An 2006-12-18 - Nghe An, Vietnam - Wild elephants cause havoc in central Vietnam 2006-11-22 - Quang Nam, Vietnam - Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam, again 2006-10-28 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Rampaging Elephants Destroy Crops In Central Vietnam 2006-10-12 - Quang Nam, Vietnam - Wild elephant rampage destroys crops 2006-10-11 - Quang Nam, Vietnam - Wild elephants terrorize Vietnam farmers 2006-08-09 - Dong Nai, Vietnam - Wild elephants back in Dong Nai Province 2006-07-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Keeping Viet Nam’s Asian elephants secure 2006-07-12 - Chu Prong, Vietnam - Wild elephants trample crops in Vietnams Central Highlands 2006-07-01 - HA NOI, Vietnam - Three men sentenced for smuggle in elephant tusk case 2006-05-19 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Vietnam to protect wild elephants by electronic chips 2006-05-02 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Trumpeting the plight of elephants in Vietnam 2006-02-16 - Saigon, Vietnam - Land of elephants 2005-12-09 - HCM City, Vietnam - Efforts to save elephants from extinction 2004-12-11 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese police uncovers big haul of smuggled elephant tusks 2004-12-06 - Ha Noi, Vietnam - Vietnamese Elephant tusk smugglers prosecuted 2004-10-26 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Dac Lac Elephant Festival 2003-06-04 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Vietnam"s famed elephant tamer

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Elephant Calf Born in Budapest Zoo

2021-04-29 - Budapest, Hungary.

n elephant calf was born in the Budapest Zoo in the small hours of Wednesday, the zoo told MTI. The delivery went without complications and the calf weighing 80kg stood up and started feeding soon aft...


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Elephant meat distributed to farms

2021-04-28 - Windhoek, Namibia. Arlana Shikongo

THE meat of a 'problem' elephant that was trophy-hunted on Sunday has been distributed among farmers and farmworkers in the Otavi area. Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, ...


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Kusha wins freedom, to be released from Dubare camp

2021-04-28 - Coorg, India.

Wild tusker Kusha, who escapade from Dubare elephant camp into the jungles to find companions had the Forest Department on tenterhooks for months, has won his freedom. His release from the camp was or...


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Lucas the elephant has died at age 9

2021-04-14 - Toledo, United States.

The Toledo Zoo on Wednesday said 9-year-old Lucas the elephant has died from a rare viral infection. "After days of heroic care, we have lost our beloved elephant Lucas to a devastating viral disease ...


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India Needs Safe Highways To Protect Its National Heritage Animal - The Asian Elephant

2021-04-13 - New Delhi, India.

The elephant is regarded as India's National Heritage Animal. As per the 2017 census, the country housed a population of 27,312 elephants accounting for about 60% of the world's wild Asian elephant po...


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Farmers move to occupy a critical elephant corridor in Sri Lanka

2021-04-13 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. Malaka Rodrigo

Earlier this month, more than 300 people gathered near the borders of the Dahaiyagala Wildlife Sanctuary in Sri Lanka’s Uva province armed with axes, long knives, ropes and handheld hoes called mam...


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Probe launched into temple tusker’s death

2021-04-10 - , India.

A probe relating to the death of tusker Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan has begun. On Saturday, Manu P. Menon, Sub Inspector, Vigilance and Security, TDB visited the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple...


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Elephants relocated in Kenya to prevent conflict with humans

2021-04-09 - , Kenya.

Conservation charity Space for Giants’ Human-Elephant Coexistence team joined the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to coordinate an extraordinary ‘drive’ to move a large number of crop-raiding bull ...


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Thailand"s captive elephants face uncertain future

2021-04-09 - HUAY PAKKOT, Thailand. DENIS D. GRAY

In one of the largest known elephant migrations in memory, many of the country's estimated 3,800 captive elephants trudged out of tourist sites ranging from northeastern Surin Province to the beachsid...


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Baby elephant dies rejected by family at Swedish zoo

2021-04-09 - Borås, Sweden.

A two-week old elephant has died after being rejected by her family following the birth of another elephant calf, Sweden's Boras Zoo announced Friday. "Despite three days of intensive care with a vet ...


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Elephant count set to go up at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary

2021-04-08 - Jamshedpur, India. Jayesh Thaker

The elephant count at Dalma wildlife sanctuary is all set to pep up during the census as foresters have spotted around 20 calves inside the sprawling 192 sq km sanctuary, 30 km from Jamshedpur. There...


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CBI begins probe into death of elephants, poaching in forests of Tamil Nadu

2021-04-08 - Madurai, India.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a probe into alleged poaching and killing of elephants in the forests of Tamil Nadu, an issue raised by wildlife activists over the years. Severa...


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Injured Kerala elephant dies days after it was deemed ‘fit’ for temple fest

2021-04-08 - Ambalapuzha, India. Neethu Joseph

It was the efforts of a few kind-hearted people that helped rescue Ambalapuzha Vijayakrishnan, an injured captive elephant in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, from being paraded in a temple festival, so...


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Anne the elephant will not be retiring to France, say her keepers at Longleat

A decade after her rescue, ‘Britain’s loneliest elephant’ will not retire to France, despite campaign effort

2021-04-08 - Warminster, United Kingdom.

An elephant called Anne, who spent 55 years performing in the circus before she was rescued in 2011 and brought to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, will not retire to France, her keepers have said. ...


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Botswana allows hunting of 287 elephants

2021-04-06 - Gabarone, Botswana.

Botswana's authorities have issued 287 elephant-hunting licences as the hunting season resumed after it was suspended last year due to the pandemic. Hunters may shoot 287 elephants this season, Direct...


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relocation
Five unemployed elephants and their owners begin walking from Pattaya to their native province of Surin, in tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, on Tuesday.

Jobless Pattaya elephants begin 500km walk home

2021-04-06 - Pattaya, Thailand.

Napalai Mai-ngam, 26, said five years ago she had brought her relatives and their tamed elephants from Surin to work at an elephant resort in tambon Lam Huay Yai of Bang Lamung. After waiting in vain...


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

Cambodian Ministry urges protection for Asian elephants

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 ...


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Tusker Kusha Put Into Kraal At Dubare Camp

2021-04-04 - Coorg, India.

Kusha, the 27-year-old male elephant that went missing from Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu district, has been put in Kraal now. Kraal is a wooden log enclosure into which elephants are driven to be ta...


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circus

Armpits, the circus and more: A dozen historic photos taken on April Fool"s Day: 1963: RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS ELEPHANT

2021-04-01 - New York City, United States.

A Ringling Brothers Circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in the Bronx railroad yard in New York City, April 1, 1963. The circus opens in Madison Square Garden April 3 for a...


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circus

A Craven diary: When Buffalo Bill and performing elephants and lions came to town

2021-04-01 - Craven, United Kingdom. Lesley Tate

ROBERT Brothers Mammoth Zoo Circus was preparing to give Craven folk the time of their lives 75 years ago in 1946. Amongst the 20 ‘star acts’ were Buffalo Bill ‘ in person’ and Marharannne, an...


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