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A whopping 1,500 African elephant tusks were seized this week in a $20 million shipment destined for China’s ivory market. On Monday, Malaysian customs officials discovered 24 tons of unprocessed tusks originating from Togo in West Africa hidden in sec

24 Tons Of Elephant Tusks from Togo Seized in Kuala Lumpur

2012-12-15 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A whopping 1,500 African elephant tusks were seized this week in a $20 million shipment destined for China’s ivory market. On Monday, Malaysian customs officials discovered 24 tons of unprocessed tusks originating from Togo in West Africa hidden in secret compartments in two cargo containers. Making this the biggest seizure ever, shocked conservationists say 2012 will now go down as the worst year in over two decades, warning that 2013 could be even worse. Read on to learn more about the ...


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Dr S. Vellayan conducting a check-up on a White-eared marmoset at Sunway Lagoon Resort’s Wildlife Park.  Read more: SPOTLIGHT: Vet

SPOTLIGHT: Vet"s love affair with animals

2012-10-04 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. unice Au

Having been acknowledged as the longest serving zoo veterinarian from Oct 1, 1981 to June 1, 2008 by the Malaysia Book of Records, Dr S. Vellayan is still very much in the thick of animal care after a three-decade long career. Once a familiar face at the national zoo, he now provides zoo consultancy for Farm in the City at Seri Kembangan, Langkawi Elephant Adventures, Langkawi Wildlife Park and Sunway Lagoon Resort Wildlife Park.


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Elephant Tusks From South Africa Worth RM2.4 Million Seized

2012-01-09 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Selangor Customs have foiled an attempt to smuggle in elephant tusks weighing 492.4kg valued at RM2.4 million at West Port here. Its director, Datuk Azis Yacub said the ivory, which were shipped from Cape Town, South Africa, were found in a container as it went through a scanning machine on Friday.


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Part of the largest ever seizure of ivory of 15 tonnes.

Possibly the largest haul of ivory ever found, 15 tonnes, seized in Malaysia

2011-12-15 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysian authorities have seized a staggering 15 tonnes of elephant ivory in Port Klang, just west of Kuala Lumpur; the sixth and by far the largest major seizure involving Malaysia in recent months, quite possibly the largest ever. If we estimate the tusks of an African elephant weigh 30 kilos each, this haul represents the death of 250 elephants! This ivory seizure is the largest to date in a year that has seen an overwhelming number of seizures.


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What news of seized ivory?

2011-11-13 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

IT HAS been more than two months since the Royal Malaysian Customs announced there had been three massive seizures of African elephant tusks or ivory at the ports of Pasir Gudang, Penang and Port Klang. In total, 1764 tusks were seized. Has the ivory been auctioned as suggested by some parties, and if it is to be, where is the public announcement?


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Paloh in the National Elephant Conservation Centre, Malaysia

Chained elephant Paloh is freed from Malaysian hell zoo thanks to Mirror readers

2011-09-13 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Greig Box-Turnbull

BABY elephant Paloh – who was cruelly chained up in a filthy zoo – was freed yesterday thanks to campaigning Mirror readers. Shocking photographs of two-year-old orphan Paloh shackled and roped in a dirty back yard in a Malaysian zoo sparked outrage. But now Paloh has been taken to a loving sanctuary where she can forage happily for hours every day.


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This file illustration photo shows an African elephant at a national park in southern Kenya. Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 700 elephant tusks bound for China, an official said, the latest in a series of hauls indicating Malaysia had become a k

Malaysia seizes nearly 700 elephant tusks

2011-09-06 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 700 elephant tusks bound for China, an official said, the latest in a series of hauls indicating Malaysia had become a key ivory transit hub. Inspectors discovered the 695 African elephant tusks, worth three million ringgit ($1 million), on Friday in Klang, Malaysia´s biggest port, customs official Zainul Abidin Taib told AFP on Tuesday.


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26 elephants to be relocated in Hulu Perak

2010-07-14 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) is planning to relocate 26 elephants in Hulu Perak during a five-year period starting this year, said Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas Natural Resources and Environment Minister. In a written reply to Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN - Lenggong) question on the ministry’s plan to overcome problems of wild elephants in Lenggong and Hulu Perak, the minister said that three wild elephants have been captured and relocated this year.


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An elephant keeper prepares to be splashed as he baths a elephant

2009-09-21 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An elephant keeper prepares to be splashed as he baths a elephant in a river at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Center, 100 kilometers west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. The center was set up in 1974 to help with locating, subduing and translocating elephant from areas where their habits have been encroached by human development.


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In Little Elephant, the gentle pachiderm faces an uncertain future.

Little Elephant

2007-05-31 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Little Elephant (June 2) is set before the Pacific War. Japan’s first baby elephant is born in the Tokyo zoo. Caring for the calf is Shota Tanabe. As the war intensifies, the War Minister orders all the zoo animals to be put down, to ensure that none of them escape and terrorise the citizens of Tokyo. As each of the animals is killed, Shota desperately searches for an avenue to save the little elephant. Starring Tetsuya Takeda, Kurara Haruka, Midori Hagio and Toshiyuki Nagashima.


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Malaysias warning to highway drivers: Dont honk at elephants

2007-03-25 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Elephants are straying onto one of Malaysias main highways, prompting the government to warn drivers not to trigger a possible rampage by honking at the animals, a news report said Sunday. The warning came after a motorist claimed to have been chased for about 50 meters (160 feet) earlier this month by a herd of elephants that had been blocking part of the East-West Highway. No injuries were reported in the incident.


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Chwen (left) and Rizal with the framed images of Embun@Siput and her footprint.

Hotel Boosting awareness in elephant sanctuary

2006-10-26 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“The framed image of Embun@Siput is placed at the reception at Legend Hotel Hotel by Awareness and Preservation of Elephants (APES) spokesman Chwen Zeng and Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary assistant wildlife officer Mohammad Rizal Paimin to create awareness and let people know about the project. It is a high traffic area so tourists can see it while checking in and this will help spark interest in the project,” said Chwen.


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Wild elephants stampede through northern Malaysian plantation

2006-10-14 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia.

Malaysia Wild elephants rampaged through a Malaysian plantation district, trampling more than 1,000 banana and rubber trees, a news report said Saturday.
At least four elephants believed to be foraging for food ventured out of a jungle Friday and tore through a rural plantation in the northern state of Kedah, shocking villagers whose livelihood depends on the crops, The Star newspaper reported.


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Elephant survey - Following the elephant dung in Taman Negara National Park

2006-08-09 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. Elizabeth John

Biologists and wildlife rangers are using a new method to estimate the number of elephants, a national elephant survey that began in June in one of the country’s largest protected areas, Taman Negara National Park. Using a rather unlikely and unsightly indicator, elephant dung, the experts can accurately estimate herd size and the distribution of elephants within the park.


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Wildlife Dept To Improve Procedures For Catching and Moving Elephants

2006-07-14 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department will improve procedures involving the catching and moving of elephants following the death of a calf elephant and the injury of another under its care recently. Since it was established in 1974, the department's unit to catch and relocate elephants had caught and relocated 342 elephants including 20 calf elephants that got separated from the herd.


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Future for Asian elephants looks bleak: With the highest population density in the world, the habitat for elephants in Asia is shrinking rapidly

2006-02-16 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cooped up in just 5% of its former living space, the future of Asia's elephants is looking increasingly bleak. Latest estimates suggest that with the wild population down to fewer than 50 000 animals, the Asian species is now outnumbered 10 to one by its distantly related African cousins. However, at a recent meeting in Malaysia, elephant custodians from 13 Asian elephant range states came together for the first time to discuss similar problems and to prepare long-term plans to protect a species...


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Nations back elephant action plan

2006-01-27 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All nations with wild populations of Asian elephants have met as a group for the first time to discuss the species' future survival. The aim of the meeting in Kuala Lumpur was to reach a consensus on the best way to tackle threats facing the continent's largest mammal. Delegates agreed that transboundary cooperation was necessary to protect the creatures' dwindling habitat.


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Circus trainer killed by elephant

2003-10-27 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An animal trainer was fatally struck by an elephant just a week after getting the job with a circus in Malaysia, a news report said today.


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

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


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

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

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

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


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

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

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

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


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Gange attracted elephants during khedda operations. Credit: DH File Photo

Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Ishini Wickremesinghe is the daughter of Shan Wickramasinghe, the brother of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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Ishini Wickremesinghe resigns as National Zoo DG
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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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Wild elephant tests positive for herpes virus in Odisha forest

2021-08-11 - Bhubaneswar, India.

In 2019, five elephants had died within 33 days in Odisha after testing positive for herpes


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Apparently proving the saying that old habits die hard, Rivaldo, an elephant recently released into the wild in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district returned to Mavanallah near his old habitat.

Elephant Rivaldo released into Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, returns to village

2021-08-06 - Udhagamandalam, India.

The villagers reportedly noticed Rivaldo moving around their area in the wee hours of Wednesday, about 40 kms from the camp and alerted the forest department officials.Though the elephant was radio-co...


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Maggie the elephant, longtime former resident of the Alaska Zoo, has died

2021-08-05 - Anchorage, United States.

Maggie, an African elephant that lived at the Alaska Zoo for 24 years, has died at a wildlife sanctuary in California. She was 41 years old. Maggie died at the Performing Animal Welfare Society wildli...


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