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Increase in elephant poaching a concern for Kruger Park management

2015-11-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

While nowhere near the same level as rhino poaching, a marked increase in the number of elephants killed by poachers could well signal the start of another onslaught on wildlife in the Kruger National Park.


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Shock as SANParks discovers first poached elephant in ten years

2014-05-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has today announced the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. According to SANParks Rangers Corp Officer Commanding, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste, forensic evidence suggests that this elephant bull was purposefully shot for its tusks, which were hacked off and carried away by suspected poachers.


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Elephant put down after Kruger Park attack

2013-12-31 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

An elephant bull has been put down after it attacked a couple in the Kruger National Park on Monday, trampling their blue Volkswagen car. Apparently the South African couple were following the elephant bull to videotape it and suddenly the animal turned on them and pushed their car into the bush for about 400m. According to eyewitnesses the animal was extremely aggressive and our rangers were alerted of the incident by the tourists,” Phaahla said.


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Elephant Culling In Kruger National Park: The Story Behind The Controversy

2013-03-22 - Kruger national park, South Africa. Ron Thomson

The truth of the matter is that we have been trying to carry too many elephants for far too long in practically every national park in Africa - for the purpose of satisfying the needs of tourism; and for satisfying the emotional and irrational needs of urban people world-wide. For this we have the animal rights brigade to thank! The reality of the matter is that wildlife management authorities throughout Africa have been criminally guilty of neglecting our wildlife management priorities for more...


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Planned parenthood for elephants. Can innovative contraception ideas solve South Africa"s elephant problem?

2009-02-25 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Jeffrey Barbee

A new form of contraception may help to solve the problem of an overpopulation of elephants in South Africa's national parks. Here, Smelly, a 27-year-old female, stands with her 18-month-old son, Stinky, at Makalali, a private game reserve. Smelly had for several years been on an innovative vaccination which prevented her from becoming pregnant. Then the process was reversed and she successfully conceived and gave birth to Stinky.


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An elephant bull tries to lift his deceased friend, a bull named Alexander. (Schalk van Schalkwyk, Beeld)

Elephant"s sad farewell to friend Alexander in KNP

2009-02-10 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Schalk van Schalkwyk

Tourists watched in tears as an elephant bull bade farewell to its "friend", the deceased bull Alexander. The bull tried to chase vultures and hyenas away from Alexander's carcass and even tried to pick Alexander up. Alexander, one of the Kruger National Park's largest elephants and a familiar sight in the area around the Mopani Rest Camp, died on Saturday, presumably of a heart attack. Tourists parked near the carcass watched as an elephant bull arrived there and tried to lift up its friend. Th...


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S. Africa May Cull Elephants in 2009 for First Time Since 1994

2008-11-14 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Alex Morales

South Africa may start its first elephant culls since 1994 next year to protect other species harmed by their destruction of habitats. South Africa's elephant population has swelled to 17,000 from 200 in 1900 when hunting had slashed their numbers, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, South Africa's environment minister, said Nov. 12 in an interview in London. That's leading to overgrazing that threatens animal species including rhinos and antelopes, he said.


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Kruger National Park Elephants Numbers up by Five Percent

2008-03-11 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

This year the elephant and buffalo census team, under the leadership of Dr Ian Whyte, who is conducting his 24th census, counted 13 050 elephants in the Kruger National Park (KNP). Although Ian retired earlier this year, he was contracted to conduct the census. The count indicates 623 individuals or five percent more than the 12 427 counted last year. Ian says in his report that only 338 calves were recorded which is considerably less than the 725 counted in 2006.


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The Big Question: Why is South Africa proposing to cull thousands of elephants in Kruger National Park? Why are we asking this now?

2008-02-27 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The South African government has decided to lift its moratorium on the culling of elephants in the country's national parks because populations in the country have risen from about 8,000 elephants to nearly 20,000 over the past decade or so. South Africa says, for instance, that there are some 5,000 more elephants living in the Kruger National Park, where numbers have almost doubled to 12,500, than can be sustained by the park's enclosed habitat. What are the arguments for culling elephants?


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Game rangers bag poachers

2007-12-16 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Eleanor Momberg

Four of the 12 juvenile elephants captured in Hwange in November 2006 by Shearwater Adventures for its elephant-back safari operations have died in captivity. One escaped, and the ZCTF is investigating reports of cruelty towards the pachyderms.


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Do Elephants Affect Frogs

2007-12-08 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Michele Hofmeyer

Elephants are hefty herbivores and are well known for their destructive feeding behaviour, which has been shown in areas around Africa to change the look of the landscape. But how does this affect the smaller creatures further along the food chain? This is a question that is being tackled by an ambitious research programme being led by the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS) who are currently working in the Kruger National Park (KNP).


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Elephant Herd Attacks Ranger In South African Game Park

2007-03-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

A game ranger was seriously injured when a herd of elephants attacked his vehicle in South Africa's Kruger National Park, park officials said Tuesday. The ranger, named as Thomas Mathosi, and his group happened upon a breeding herd of elephants when they returned from a staff function in the north of the park, park spokesman Raymond Travers was quoted as saying by South Africa's SAPA news agency.


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Elephants And Ethics Explored

2006-09-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Melissa Wray

What does the management of elephants have to do with abortion, cloning, HIV/Aids, stem cell research and the distribution of medicine during disease outbreaks? All of these issues are of ethical concern to South Africans and were all on the agenda at the Ethics Society of South Africa’s third annual conference held from September 11-13, 2006.


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Elephant Birth at Ulusaba in South Africa

2006-09-03 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Deborah and Jonathan Smith

We filmed this whilst on honeymoon at Ulusaba private game reserve in South Africa. Its very rare to see an elephant birth in the wild. We were very lucky. Elephants are in the womb for 22 months and can walk within an hour of being born.


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As the Elephants Multiply, So Do Kruger Game Park"s Woes - South African Proposal to Cull Animals Sparks National Debate

2006-08-08 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa. Craig Timberg

The baobabs, which can live for thousands of years, are victims of Kruger National Park's burgeoning population of elephants, whose growing destructiveness has sparked an emotional national debate over whether to return to the controversial practice of culling. That would mean shooting entire families and butchering them for their meat, practices that animal rights activists denounce as barbaric and unnecessary.


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WWF: Managing elephants in southern Africa - A numbers game

2006-07-18 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Mark Schulman

Unlike many populations in Africa which remain endangered as a result of years of poaching and habitat loss, elephants in Kruger National Park are growing at a rapid rate. Since the park stopped culling elephants about a decade ago as a result of international pressure, numbers have gone from 7,000 to over 12,000. According to local officials, the park’s habitat can only sustain about 7,000 over a long period. Any more and it will add pressure to an already fragile and carefully managed enviro...


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Culling won"t win SA any friends

2005-09-25 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

To say the issue of culling elephants in the Kruger National Park is emotive is a desperate understatement. The issue is so fraught that the government has sidestepped it for the past 10 years, putting a moratorium on culls that has seen the elephant population soar. The truth of the matter is that the image of the apartheid government was so odious that culls could be carried out to maintain the elephant population at the level of about 7 000 because the Nationalist government had no reputation...


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Seven more elephants escape from Kruger Park

2005-09-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Seven more elephants have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) and are roaming through the Matsulu location near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. This follows the escape of six elephants that were put down in Limpopo Province last week, because they could not be safely herded back into the park. Louw Stein of the Mpumalanga Parks Board says the reason why elephants are escaping from the park, is the shortage of edible vegetation. He says this is due to a large bush fire that swept through the par...


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D-Day looms for jumbos in Kruger

2005-09-11 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Mike Cadman

D-Day is fast approaching for thousands of elephants in the Kruger National Park. A long-awaited report by South African National Parks (SANP) that proposes ways to manage the rapidly growing elephant population of Kruger Park will be presented to Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the environmental affairs and tourism minister, on September 20. The report will address the controversial option of culling.


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African sun puts albino jumbo at risk

2005-01-12 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Melanie-Ann Feris

The little one kept on rolling in the mud, as if trying to disguise its strange colour with the dirt.

The baby elephant, spotted among a herd in the southern part of the Kruger National Park, could be an albino or white elephant.

The baby is believed to be about a month old, and an older sibling and its mother seemed very protective of it.


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Rampaging elephants a headache in South Africa

2004-12-22 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Stuff Nwes

There are no easy answers when it comes to keeping the world's largest land mammal in check.

A century ago, southern Africa's elephants were driven close to extinction by indiscriminate ivory hunting. Now there are so many of them that experts say they are threatening the environment.

South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) says it may have no choice but to resume culling in the Kruger National Park, which is home to most of the country's roughly 17,000 elephants.


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Scientists create elephant contraceptive drug

2004-11-30 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. KELLY PROCTOR, Red and Black

A helicopter hovers low over the African savanna. Richard Fayrer-Hosken
loads his gun and takes careful aim at his prey.

A dart -- filled with a specially-developed contraceptive -- slams into the
grey hide of a six-ton African elephant.

Fayrer-Hosken, a professor and researcher of large animal medicine in the
University's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a contraceptive to
control the elephant population in South Africa's Kruger...


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South Africa weighs killing off excess elephants

2004-10-21 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters

South Africa is weighing the option of killing off its excess elephants, 10 years after the practice known as culling was banned amid pressure from animal rights activists.


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Great Elephant Indaba: Elephants face cull as numbers rise

2004-10-17 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Karen MacGregor, Times Online

For years conservationists have fought to protect South Africa’s elephants from poachers and hunters, but now it seems that they may have been too successful. Experts claim that there are too many elephants in the country’s parks and thousands must be killed to preserve valuable habitats for other species.


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World"s biggest elephant relocation begins

2001-10-03 - Kruger National Park, South Africa. Emma Young

The world's biggest elephant relocation programme begins on Thursday, with the movement of 40 animals from the Kruger National Park in South Africa to an area just over the border in Mozambique. The move is also part of a plan to create a borderless, 21,600 square kilometre, wildlife park. This will encompass the Kruger, a similar area in Mozambique, and Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou Park, in April 2002.


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25 Headlines about Elephants from Kruger National Park2015-11-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Increase in elephant poaching a concern for Kruger Park management 2014-05-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Shock as SANParks discovers first poached elephant in ten years 2013-12-31 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Elephant put down after Kruger Park attack 2013-03-22 - Kruger national park, South Africa - Elephant Culling In Kruger National Park: The Story Behind The Controversy 2009-02-25 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Planned parenthood for elephants. Can innovative contraception ideas solve South Africa"s elephant problem? 2009-02-10 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Elephant"s sad farewell to friend Alexander in KNP 2008-11-14 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - S. Africa May Cull Elephants in 2009 for First Time Since 1994 2008-03-11 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Kruger National Park Elephants Numbers up by Five Percent 2008-02-27 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - The Big Question: Why is South Africa proposing to cull thousands of elephants in Kruger National Park? Why are we asking this now? 2007-12-16 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Game rangers bag poachers 2007-12-08 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Do Elephants Affect Frogs 2007-03-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Elephant Herd Attacks Ranger In South African Game Park 2006-09-13 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Elephants And Ethics Explored 2006-09-03 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Elephant Birth at Ulusaba in South Africa 2006-08-08 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa - As the Elephants Multiply, So Do Kruger Game Park"s Woes - South African Proposal to Cull Animals Sparks National Debate 2006-07-18 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - WWF: Managing elephants in southern Africa - A numbers game 2005-09-25 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Culling won"t win SA any friends 2005-09-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Seven more elephants escape from Kruger Park 2005-09-11 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - D-Day looms for jumbos in Kruger 2005-01-12 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - African sun puts albino jumbo at risk 2004-12-22 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Rampaging elephants a headache in South Africa 2004-11-30 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Scientists create elephant contraceptive drug 2004-10-21 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - South Africa weighs killing off excess elephants 2004-10-17 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Great Elephant Indaba: Elephants face cull as numbers rise 2001-10-03 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - World"s biggest elephant relocation begins

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

2021-08-03 - Chennai, India.

In a 10-hour operation, the iconic tusker Rivaldo, which was captured and put inside a kraal for nearly three months, was successfully released in Chikala in Theppakadu forest range of Mudumalai Tiger...


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OKC ZOO’S YOUNG ASIAN ELEPHANT, KAIRAVI, TESTS POSITIVE FOR EEHV

2021-07-31 - Oklahoma City, United States.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s dedicated animal and veterinary care teams have begun to treat its youngest Asian elephant, female Kairavi (Kai), 2, for elephant endotheliotropic herpes...


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Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus by Les Standiford

2021-07-30 - Miami, United States.

In Battle for the Big Top, New York Times–bestselling author Les Standiford brings to life a remarkable era when three circus kings—James Bailey, P. T. Barnum, and John Ringling—all vied for con...


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Elephant of Guruvayur Anakotta suffers mysterious burn injuries on body

2021-07-28 - Thrissur, India.

The 28-year-old elephant Keerthi of Anakotta (elephant camp) in Guruvayur was found with burn injuries on his head and neck. Injuries on the upper parts of the body remains a mystery to the authoritie...


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African Elephant Born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s International Conservation Center

2021-07-28 - Pittsburgh, United States.

It’s a girl! An African elephant calf was born in the early morning hours of July 18th at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s International Conservation Center (ICC) in Somerset, PA. Both mother a...


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Elephant calf stuck inside septic tank rescued by forest department in Karnataka

2021-07-27 - MADIKERI, India.

The Mathigodu Camp elephant Kunthi was called in for the rescue mission. A rope was tied around the neck of the calf and it was pulled out by Kunthi. We are tracking the herd across Devarapura Sacred ...


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