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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 40-day engagement.


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The Circus Was Born in Putnam County

2020-10-10 - New York, United States.

The Putnam County Historian’s Office, in partnership with Southeast Museum, recently created a virtual exhibit called Historic Putnam County & the Birth of the American Circus from the early days of Old Bet, an elephant rented out by Nathan Howes of Southeast, to the development of menageries, and Seth B. Howes’ addition of acrobats and clowns that eventually all performed in a ring under a big top.


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American Mastodon Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Multiple Lineages

2020-09-01 - New York, United States.

An international team of researchers has conducted a phylogeographic study of the extinct American mastodon (Mammut americanum) based on 35 complete mitochondrial genomes, finding that there were multiple lineages that existed within the species, including two distinct clades from eastern Beringia. In a study published on Tuesday in Nature Communications, the researchers further noted that their data showed these clades arose at different times, suggesting a pattern of repeated northern expansio...


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Behavioral changes in female Asian elephants when given access to an outdoor yard overnight.

2016-04-29 - New York, United States. Powell DM, Vitale C.

A study was conducted at the Bronx Zoo to determine whether providing elephants with access to an outdoor corral at night had any significant effects on behavior, use of space, and use of a sand corral. Activity budgets for three female Asian elephants were compared when the subjects were housed indoors overnight and when they were given access to an outdoor yard overnight. Observations were recorded via infrared video cameras between the hours of 1900 and 0700 during the months of July-Septembe...


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Prince Williams NGO, Tusk, Discusses Terrorism and Ivory at Screening of Warlords of Ivory Documentary

2015-11-20 - New York, United States.

Prince William recently stated that he was initially drawn to Tusk by its innovative and holistic approach and its unwavering certainty that conservation is as much about people and community programmes as it is about wildlife protection. The imperative of balancing the conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever growing needs of the human race is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today."


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Elephant handlers use a tool called a bullhook that guides the animals. The tool has been ruled safe and acceptable, according to Janice Aria, head of animal stewardship with Ringling Bros.

Elephant "bullhook" guide is safe and widely accepted, says Ringling Bros. director of animal stewardship

2014-02-21 - New York, United States.

Our animals are inspected by animal welfare officials and routinely inspected and are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Despite this heavy regulatory scrutiny, many animal-rights groups criticize our animal care and the use of approved and widely accepted elephant tools, like the guide (often referred to by animal extremists as a “bullhook”). Groups like the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Elephant Managers Association and other professional organizations recognize ...


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Assembly En. Con. chair asks DEC to ban sale of ivory in New York

2014-02-04 - New York, United States.

After receiving information that African elephants are headed for extinction and elephant ivory poaching is funding terrorism, Assemblyman Bob Sweeney wrote a letter imploring the Department of Conservation to prohibit the sale of ivory in New York.


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PC game: Zoo Tycoon Review (XBO)

2013-12-06 - New York, United States.

In Zoo Tycoon you can hose down a baby elephant and pull faces at a chimpanzee. The premise is fairly simple: you must build a popular, profitable zoo and care for all of the animals and visitors inside your gates. You can buy the PC game at the link to the right >>>


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"This is an exciting discovery because it tells us the problem isn

Breeding captive elephants depends on better semen

2013-12-04 - New York, United States.

So the team removed the sperm to examine the seminal plasma, the nutritive brew that helps fuel and protect sperm in the female reproductive tract. Good samples had higher volumes of plasma. They also found that a particular protein showed up in almost all of the good samples and almost none of the bad ones.


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Antiques Dealer Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Smuggling Conspiracy

2013-08-24 - New York, United States.

Qiang Wang, a.k.a. Jeffrey Wang, 34, a New York antiques dealer, pled guilty on August 7 in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to smuggle Asian artifacts made from rhinoceros horns and ivory and to violate wildlife trafficking laws. Wang was arrested in February 2013 as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide crackdown in the illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns, for his role in smuggling libation cups carved from rhinoceros horns from New York to Hong Kong and China.


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Topsy: New book tells how Thomas Edison electrocuted an innocent elephant at Coney Island

2013-07-01 - New York, United States. Michael Daly

In a tale that interweaves the electrocution of a gentle giant with the electrification of America and the rise of the big top circus, �Topsy,� by Michael Daly, reports that the elephant of the title was not the serial man-killer portrayed by those seeking to justify her wrongful execution.


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2 NY business owners charged over elephant items

2013-04-11 - New York, United States. pseudocode

Authorities say the two owners of a Hudson Valley auction house have been charged with breaking state law by trying to sell stools made from elephant feet. The owners, 60-year-old Mary Jo Garlo and 70-year-old Peter Francese, were charged with illegal commercialization of wildlife.


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An undated photo of Daniel Andreas San Diego, used by the F.B.I. on their Most Wanted poster.

F.B.I. Calls Animal Rights Activist ‘Terrorist’

2013-03-25 - New York, United States.

Animal rights and environmental extremism pose a significant domestic terror threat. To date, extremists have been responsible for more than 1,800 criminal acts and more than $110 million in damages. Currently, we are investigating approximately 170 such extremist incidents across the country.


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film

Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

2012-10-30 - New York, United States.

Chandanis great-great-grandfather was a mahout, an elephant trainer. The skills are usually passed down to the sons, but Chandani has no brothers and she wants the job. In this documentary film that feels like fiction, Chandani breaks with tradition and challenges everyone’s beliefs that a girl cannot train an elephant. Her father brings her a baby elephant and she eagerly takes up the challenge of getting him, and herself, ready to ride in the Perahera, a noisy festival where decorated e...


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US circuses against proposed "no exotic wildlife" law

2011-11-13 - New York, United States.

The bill, introduced this month in the House of Representatives by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, aims directly at travelling circuses by seeking to outlaw exotic or wild animals from performances if they have been traveling within the previous 15 days.


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An elephant trainer gives this elephant a soaking at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

New regulations could end all elephant rides

2011-08-24 - New York, United States. Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

New rules recently adopted by the nation´s animal facility oversight agency may mean the end of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom´s popular elephant encounter attraction. The new policy, approved Monday, prohibits "free contact" handling of elephants in favor of the so-called "protected-contact" elephant management method, according to information from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) website.


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Rare Video of Wild Cambodian Elephant Released by Wildlife Conservation Society

2011-01-02 - New York, United States. Matthew McDermott

There are only an estimated 116 wild Asian elephants in Cambodia´s Seima Protection Area, and until now most of the photographic evidence of them has be taken by camera traps. New footage released by the Wildlife Conservation Society changes that. The short video, a screengrab of which is above (here´s the original footage), taken back in August by Allan Michaud shows a male elephant feeding on grass.


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abstract

New Phylogenetic Analysis of the Family Elephantidae Based on Cranial-Dental Morphology.

2009-11-26 - New York, United States. Todd NE. Department of Biology, Manhattanville College

A new, descriptive character dataset was generated from studies of modern elephants for use with fossil species. Parallel evolution in cranial and dental characters in all three lineages of elephants creates homoplastic noise in cladistic analysis, but new inferences about evolutionary relationships are possible. In this analysis, early Loxodonta and early African Mammuthus are virtually indistinguishable in dental morphology.


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fossil

Mastodon Tusk May Be Largest Ever Uncovered In NYS

2009-10-23 - New York, United States.

Research under way at the New York State Museum indicates that a huge mastodon tusk, recently excavated by Museum scientists in Orange County, may be the largest tusk ever found in New York State. The nearly complete but fragmented tusk, measuring more than 9 feet long, was one of two excavated this past summer in the Black Dirt area of Orange County at the confluence of Tunkamoose Creek and the Wallkill River, on the property of Lester Lain of Westtown


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book

An Interview With Victoria Cristiani Rossi

2009-08-15 - New York, United States. Simon Barrett in Book Reviews

Victoria Cristiani Rossi has just released a memoir Spangles, Elephants, Violets And Me. It takes us behind the scenes of the traveling circus, a staple of the first half of the 20th century. Victoria was born in 1940 and although she herself was not a part of the daring horseback act she was a performer in her own right, she appeared in the Elephant act. The Cristiani family are one of the best known multi generational circus families, their skills on horseback were legendary, and over the year...


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research
An Asian elephant in a zoo in Europe

Critical Report on Health of Zoo Elephants Is Debated

2008-12-11 - New York, United States. CORNELIA DEAN

Living in a zoo drastically shortens the lives of Asian and African elephants, possibly because of the effects of stress and obesity, researchers are reporting. But their work provoked a sharp response from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Paul Boyle, the senior vice president for conservation and education at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, based in Silver Spring, Md., called the work “terribly flawed” and said it reflected an antizoo agenda. He said he could not recall “the ...


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A polo player from Italy (right) sits on an elephant while battling for the ball with a player from the US

Fumble in the jungle: New Yorkers bid for elephant polo glory

2008-11-26 - New York, United States.

They are the world's unlikeliest contenders heading to Nepal for the world's unlikeliest sport. Meet the New York Blue, America's elephant polo team.
Now elephants are hard to come by in New York. Large motor vehicles are not.
So before flying this week to the World Elephant Polo tournament, the New York Blue's seven adventurers practiced swinging at small white balls from the roofs of two SUVs in an empty beachside car park.


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trade

Yielding to Conservationists, eBay Will Ban Ivory Sales

2008-10-21 - New York, United States. FELICITY BARRINGER, New York Times

In response to growing pressure from international law enforcement agencies and conservation groups, eBay, the online auction giant, announced Monday that it would ban all commerce in ivory, including most heirlooms, to avoid providing a market that will encourage the slaughter of endangered elephants. EBay says it will no longer allow advertisements like this one, for elephant tusks. The ban also extends to most heirlooms. The announcement, made to the company’s merchants and customers, came ...


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Hunting World on track to save wild elephants

2008-09-01 - New York, United States. Melody Ng, ©The Moodie Report

US. Leathergoods specialist Hunting World is introducing a new bag made from organic material to help save wild elephants in Borneo. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the Borneo Bag will go to support the Trust's campaign to unify fragmented forests of Borneo and to help connect important elephant migration routes. Hunting World wants to raise awareness of what is happening to these animals in Borneo and to help save them for future generations.


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IVORY FOR SALE: Animal activists want eBay to eliminate (rather than restrict) the sale of ivory on its hugely popular online marketplace.

Is EBay Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Ivory Sales on Its Site? Activists find a "disturbing" increase of illegal ivory items for sale a year after the online site vowed a crackdown

2008-06-05 - New York, United States. Larry Greenemeier

An animal welfare group charges that eBay sales of ivory are brisker than ever a year after the online marketplace promised to restrict the sale of products made from animal teeth and tusks—many of which come from endangered species. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), based in Washington, D.C., is urging eBay to ban—not simply restrict—all such sales on its Web market.


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film
Echo and her elephant family stampede onto DVD in this spectacular two-disc set! Echo is extremely wise an experienced mother and commanding matriarch of her family. Shes also an African elephant and arguably one of the most famous elephants in the world

DVD Review: Echo and Other Elephants

2008-04-25 - New York, United States.

Are elephants your thing? Do you know Echo? Echo is perhaps the most famous elephant in the world. The story of her life, as well as those of her family members (herd) are recorded in the historic three documentaries presented in this fascinating set from BBC. In addition there are five other elephant specials, making this an elephant information source of gigantic proportions. Researcher Cynthia Moss has followed Echo the matriarch of a herd of African elephants and her family for over 30 y...


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evolution
Moeritherium: An ancient amphibious relative of modern elephants

Elephant had aquatic ancestor

2008-04-15 - New York, United States. Helen Briggs

Moeritherium, an ancient ancestor of the elephant from 37 million years ago lived in water and had a similar lifestyle to a hippo, a fossil study has suggested. The animal was said to be similar to a tapir, a hoofed mammal which looks like a cross between a horse and a rhino.


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Elephants walk through the the streets of Manhattan on their way to Madison Square Garden.

Elephants parade into Manhattan for Ringling Bros. circus

2008-03-19 - New York, United States.

The elephants and horses of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have invaded Manhattan. The pack of seven pachyderms and about 15 horses paraded through the Queens Midtown Tunnel early Wednesday morning on their way to Madison Square Garden on 34th Street, where they will appear in the "Over The Top" show. The lead elephant wore a "I love New York" blanket as some onlookers along the route watched the nearly 30-year tradition of marching the circus animals through the tunnel.


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Photograph of last year

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Walk 2008 is Tuesday March 18!

2008-03-18 - New York, United States.

If it's March, it must be time for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to come to town. And it must mean it's time for the annual Elephant Walk, too! This year's Elephant Walk will take place will be on Tuesday, March 18 into Wednesday March 19th, at midnight. The circus reaches New York City by way of train, stopping in Queens and head into Manhattan through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel for its stand at Madison Square Garden, so anywhere along 34th Street, between the tunnel and Manhatta...


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A Deadly Embrace. A new book by Palani Mohan captures Asia"s choking ties to its beloved elephants.

2008-03-15 - New York, United States. Vibhuti Patel

Mohan's collection of black-and-white images, shot over six "very long" years, is now a handsome big-format book, "Vanishing Giants: Elephants of Asia" ( Editions Didier Millet), with a foreword by British environmentalist David Bellamy. In the cover image, a hand reaches out to hold an elephant's extended trunk, embodying the idea of relationship. Inside, most photos similarly focus on the tangled connection between man and beast. Some are loving: one memorable shot depicts an elephant "kissing...


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Between the covers by John J. Miller: John Kistler on War Elephants

2008-01-18 - New York, United States.

John M. Kistler is the author of War Elephants. That’s right, war elephants. Kistler tells John J. Miller, “I’ve always loved elephants, but I also love ancient history. And when I found out that elephants were used for thousands of years in armies around the world, I couldn’t help but wonder why no one had written a book about it. So I did.”


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medical

Chembio Granted USDA License For ItsElephantTB STAT-PAK. Rapid Serological Screening for TB in Elephants

2008-01-07 - New York, United States.

Chembio Diagnostic, Inc. (OTC BB:CEMI.OB – News) announces that it has been issued an United States Department ofAgriculture (USDA) license for its ElephantTB STAT-PAK Assay designed to rapidly (<20 minutes) detect tuberculosis (TB) in both Asian and African elephants. Chembio’sother rapid serological TB assay – PrimaTB STAT-PAK received USDA licensure earlierthis year. Both products belong to a larger family of rapid immunochromatographicassays currently under development at Chembio for t...


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Trunk Line

2007-12-04 - New York, United States. C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Q. How keen is an elephant’s sense of smell, and where in the trunk is it handled?
A. The sense of smell is very keen indeed, said Pat Thomas, general curator of the Bronx Zoo. “In fact it has been reported that elephants can smell water several miles away,” he said.


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Chembio Granted USDA License For Its ElephantTB STAT-PAK Assay - Rapid Serological Screening for TB in Elephants

2007-11-29 - New York, United States. Les C. Stutzman

Chembio Diagnostic, Inc. (OTC BB: CEMI.OB – News) announces that it has been issued an United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license for its ElephantTB STAT-PAK Assay designed to rapidly (< 20 minutes) detect tuberculosis (TB) in both Asian and African elephants. Chembio’s other rapid serological TB assay – PrimaTB STAT-PAK received USDA licensure earlier this year. Both products belong to a larger family of rapid immunochromatographic assays currently under development at Chembio...


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misc

Paris Sets The Record Straight On Drunk Elephants

2007-11-28 - New York, United States.

Paris Hilton was on "Ellen" today, and Ellen asked her about the rumors circulating a few weeks ago that Paris was embarking on a "Global Elephant Campaign" to save drunk elephants in India. The AP originally published the story, but then they killed it, leaving us very confused. Now, Paris sets the record straight:


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Animal Lovers Corner: Elephant Art

2007-09-27 - New York, United States.

The artwork above, you're not going to believe this, was painted by elephants. Thats right: The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project, a nonprofit organization, gives elephants paintbrushes, paper, paint, and an easel, and let's them do their thing. Most of the artwork is abstract, but some of the paintings are unbelievable! The AECP is based out of New York City, and its purpose is to raise money and awareness about the plight of the elephants of Southeast Asia.


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US judge rejects bid to block trial in Ringling Bros. elephant cruelty case

2007-08-23 - New York, United States.

After seven years of legal fighting, a U.S. judge rejected efforts Thursday by the United States foremost circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, to derail a lawsuit alleging cruel treatment of its elephants. Its a fantastic result, said attorney Jon Lovvorn of the Humane Society of the United States, one of several animal welfare groups which have pursued the lawsuit. He estimated a trial date would be set for early next year.


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Ringling Elephant Case Heads for Trial

2007-08-23 - New York, United States. DAVID CRARY

After seven years of legal wrangling, a federal judge rejected efforts Thursday by Americas foremost circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, to derail a lawsuit alleging cruel treatment of its elephants. Its a fantastic result, said attorney Jon Lovvorn of the Humane Society of the United States, one of several animal welfare groups which have pressed the suit. He estimated a trial date would be set for early next year. Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District Court in Washington issued a serie...


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This miniature Calvary scene has the force of a lifesize sculpture. See more photos of pieces from the Met

Tusk, Tusk: What Artists Did With Ivory

2007-08-07 - New York, United States. WILLARD SPIEGELMAN

Good things come in small packages, especially when they are made of ivory. "Incisive Images: Ivory and Boxwood Carvings, 1450-1800" (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until Nov. 25) gathers about 100 exquisite postmedieval pieces from the museum's holdings, and displays them to advantage in beautifully lighted vitrines. Some of them, like the luxurious ivory, fruitwood and cane chair à la Chippendale, which belonged to Warren Hastings, India's first governor general (c. 1780), or the mid-17th-...


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welfare
A sculpture of a circus elephant by Harry Bliss that will be displayed in Union Square park through Aug. 20

A Fiberglass Elephant in Chains

2007-08-06 - New York, United States. Sewell Chan

A sculpture depicting a tearful elephant in chains that was designed in New York and became the center of a federal lawsuit in Washington was put on display in Union Square Park today, with the blessing of New York City officials. The fiberglass sculpture, Ella PhantzPeril, shows a circus elephant with its front left leg in shackles. In 2002, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the animal welfare group, tried to place the sculpture on view as part of the Party Animals exhibition, a summ...


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film

Tennenbaum options Water for Elephants, Bourne producer picks up Sara Gruens novel

2007-07-08 - New York, United States. MICHAEL FLEMING

Film rights to Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s Depression-era circus novel that has climbed atop the paperback bestseller lists, have been optioned by Andrew R. Tennenbaum, a producer of The Bourne Ultimatum. While Water for Elephants sold respectably in hardcover, the novel has become a word of mouth success in paperback, climbing to the top of the New York Times bestseller list the past two weeks.


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conservation

Wildlife Survived Sudan"s Civil War, Can It Survive the Peace?

2007-06-18 - New York, United States.

This could represent the biggest migration of large mammals on Earth, said conservationist J. Michael Fay in amazement while flying over Southern Sudan earlier this year. The scientists report seeing an estimated 8,000 elephants, mainly in the Sudd, the largest freshwater wetland in Africa. They found evidence of even larger numbers of elephants in Boma and in the Jonglei landscape. According to IUCN-World Conservation Union's African elephant database, there were no reliable records of elephant...


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fossil
Mike Peter Smith giving an elephant at the American Museum of Natural History a yearly dusting. Keeping it still is the easy part.

The Dust Is Thick: It’s Time to Vacuum the Elephants

2007-06-14 - New York, United States. ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD

The hydraulic lift lurched up, bringing the back of an African elephant into full view. To Mike Peter Smith, who was cleaning the elephant yesterday, its spine took the form of a gently sloping mountain range with peaks behind the head and near the rear legs. That stuffed elephant and seven others at the American Museum of Natural History were getting their annual cleaning, a ritual that is repeated at least once a year for every bird, dinosaur, mammal and fish that is not behind glass in the mu...


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misc

An Elephant or The Moon - Dumbest Quiz Show Contestant Hoax

2007-04-20 - New York, United States. www.hoax-slayer.com

The story claims that, when she appeared on the quiz show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", Kathy Evans of Idaho "set a new standard for stupidity" when she could not answer a question that asked her to identify the largest item from a list comprising an elephant, the moon and a peanut. However, the incident described never happened. The article originates from BSNews.org, a satirical website that features fake news items on a variety of subjects.


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A circus elephant recently performed in Boston before heading to New York City.

Circus Elephants March Through Midtown Tunnel

2007-03-28 - New York, United States.

It was a circus in the streets of New York City early Wednesday morning: Elephants from Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus marched through the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Madison Square Garden. The elephants were taken on their cross-city walk for the circus, which begins performances this weekend.


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fossil

Natural history auction fetches $1.55M

2007-03-25 - NEW YORK, United States. MARCUS FRANKLIN

The skull of a large carnivorous dinosaur and the tusk of a shaggy-coated mammoth from the Ice Age sold for a combined $372,000 at a natural history auction Sunday, auction officials said. The 10-foot tusk of a woolly mammoth found on the Siberian tundra was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for $96,000, the most such an item has commanded at auction, Pitt said. The auction, which also featured a meteorite and other items, brought in a total of $1.55 million.


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fossil

Museum of the Earth Getaway

2007-02-02 - New York, United States. Mike O'Brian

There's been a discovery in Ithaca, New York, a place where people are discovering the history of the earth. The Museum of the Earth has a big attraction here is the Hyde Park Mastodon. Found in someone's back yard, it is one of the most complete skeletons ever found! The 40 foot Right Whale skeleton suspended in the lobby is also a favorite.


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relocation

The True Meaning of ‘Au Naturel"

2007-01-09 - New York, United States. BRENDAN BERNHARD

Last comes the relationship between a black man, Solomon James, and an Asian elephant, Shirley, in a Louisiana zoo. Shirley, 52, hasn't seen a member of her tribe in a quarter century, as the zoo can't accommodate a second elephant. But now she's being moved to a wildlife preserve where she'll rejoin an elephant she knew in her youth: They were in a circus together.


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people
This is not the very ceramic elephant used, but still maybe useful for such a purpose

Man hit with elephant, fatally stabbed, police say

2006-11-12 - New York, United States. HERBERT LOWE AND SOPHIA CHANG

A Manhattan woman fatally stabbed her husband during a domestic dispute in which she also struck him with a nearly foot-tall ceramic elephant in their apartment bedroom early Saturday, police said. Police sources said Kevin Cobb had been trying to leave the fifth-floor apartment after being stabbed. Police said they found the elephant intact inside the apartment -- and also found a small knife.


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book
An image from Thomas Edisons film, Electrocuting an Elephant, 1903

Gold Rules, Pachyderms Die in Lively Stories of Money and Power

2006-11-09 - New York, United States. James Pressley

The day Thomas Edisons men electrocuted an elephant. Edison sent his men to Coney Island in 1903 to use AC to execute Topsy, a rogue elephant that had killed handlers. Bombarded with 6,000 volts, Topsy crashed to the ground, dead in 10 seconds. A new Edison invention, the movie camera, captured the moment for posterity. Both episodes are recorded in crisp detail in "The Money Men" and "AC/DC," lively new accounts of brawls that shaped two keystones of American enterprise: the dollar and electric...


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conflict

Driving elephants to a breaking point Habitat loss and cruelty are provoking violent responses.

2006-10-13 - New York, United States.

Does "violent retaliation" sound like anthropocentric overstatement? How, then, to describe an elephant's goring of a tourist or farmer who had done nothing, personally, to annoy? Or a herd's selective trampling of crops and huts on the edge of its shrinking reserve? Or routine blocking of roads, and charging of vehicles that come too close?


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misc

New Yorkers stunned to spot "mammoth" manatee

2006-08-08 - NEW YORK, United States.

In the summerheat, tourists head north to cooler climes. This year, a manatee has joined the crowd, cruising past the nightclubs of Manhattan and continuing north, spotted in the Hudson River at least three times in the last week, first off the Chelsea and Harlem sections of Manhattan, then north. ''When we saw it surface, its back was just mammoth", said Randy Shull, Last month, trackers saw the manatee as it swam north, first near Delaware, then Maryland, then New Jersey. By Saturday, it was s...


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abstract

Tuberculosis in Elephants: Antibody Responses to Defined Antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Potential for Early Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Treatment.

2006-07-12 - New York, United States. Lyashchenko KP, Greenwald R, Esfandiari J, Olsen JH, Ball R, Dumonceaux G, Dunker F, Buckley C, Richard M, Murray S, Payeur JB, Andersen P, Pollock JM, Mikota S, Miller M, Sofranko D, Waters WR.

Tuberculosis (TB) in elephants is a re-emerging zoonotic disease caused primarily by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Current diagnosis relies on trunk wash culture, the only officially recognized test, which has serious limitations. To characterize the humoral responses in elephant TB, we tested 143 serum samples collected from 15 elephants over time. In addition to MAPIA, serum samples were evaluated with a recently developed rapid test (RT) based on lateral flow technology (ElephantTB STAT-PAK). S...


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zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo insists elephant breeding program will continue

2006-06-17 - New York, United States. Megan Driscoll

Zoo officials said we will see more of the elephant breeding program for some time to come. Despite recent hardships, zoo representatives said the program will go on. "I think it kind of started out as a little bit of a rumor that the elephant program was suspended at the zoo for a year, which is completely inaccurate. The program is still strong as ever," said zoo spokesperson Sarah Fedele.


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welfare

Mendez cracks whip on use of wild animals in circuses

2006-06-14 - New York, United States. David Spett

With support from animal-rights organizations, Councilmember Rosie Mendez introduced a bill Tuesday to ban wild animal acts from the circus, a move Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said would force them to stop all of their New York City performances. If passed, the law would ban all wild and exotic animals — including elephants, chimpanzees, tigers and lions — from circuses, carnivals and other live performances in New York City. The law would not affect domesticated animals like cats...


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Ringling Bros. Battles to Keep Elephants - Elephants future at stake as Ringling Bros. battles its critics.

2006-06-03 - NEW YORK, United States. DAVID CRARY

With their colorful headgear and repertoire of tricks, they're top-billed stars of The Greatest Show on Earth. But away from the arena, the Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that's dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial. It's a heavyweight bout, pitting America's biggest circus against some of the most influential animal-welfare groups. Ringling insists...


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welfare

Ringling Bros. elephants" future in question - Stars of the big top under fire from animal-welfare groups

2006-06-03 - NEW YORK, United States.

The Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that's dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial, America's biggest circus against some of the most influential animal-welfare groups. Ringling insists that its elephants receive state-of-the-art treatment and it's determined to keep them in its cast.


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Ask an…Elephant Trainer. In March, Troy Metzler of Ringling Bros. will lead a procession of elephants through the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Madison Square Garden

2006-03-01 - New York, United States.

Why do you have to walk through the Midtown Tunnel? Our circus train is too long and we are allowed to take up only so many feet of commuter train track. We would take up so many of the tracks that it just wouldn’t work out.
How long is the trek?

It’s about two and a half to three miles. The elephants already walk three miles daily to keep in shape, so this is no problem. Our oldest elephant, Mysore, is 58 years old, so even though she gets her daily exercise, we’ll d...


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misc

Zoo fine proposal rejected

2006-02-09 - New York, United States.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be paying a $10,000 fine to the USDA after their plan to use the money for something else was rejected. The zoo was fined after the death of the four-day-old elephant baby Kedar, who died on August 4th, hours after he fell into a swimming pool in the zoo's elephant exhibit.


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Spicy peppers keep elephants out of farmers" fields - Wildlife Conservation Society Releas

2005-07-28 - New York, United States.

Key to Elephant Conservation is in The Sauce: Fiery chillies keep elephants out of crops and make a great sauce, say African entrepreneurs. What do hot sauce aficionados and African elephants have in common? They both feel the burn of chilli peppers, the key ingredient for resolving human-elephant conflicts in Africa while raising money for farmers and conservation.


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Conservationist says climate changes may make elephants, tigers extinct

2005-05-07 - NEW YORK, United States. Jack Myers

Well known paleontologist and conservationist Robert Leakey says climatic changes in the wake of global warming and decreasing forest cover could threaten the existence of animals like elephants, tigers and the rhinoceroses. It could be larger threat than poaching, he adds. Leakey, a former director of Kenya's wildlife service, who has convened an environment conference at Stony Brook University, urged the setting up of a new global fund to protect wildlife.


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Out of Africa, something shrew

2005-03-24 - New York, United States. Johns Hopkins University school of medicine

Afrotheria - the theory, based on molecular evidence, that a superorder of mammals from aardvarks to elephants had its origins in Africa - could be in trouble before most people have learned to spell it. One of the groups embraced within the Afrotheria concept is macroscelideans, or elephant shrews. There are 15 of these small mammals and they all live in Africa. But, Shawn Zack of Johns Hopkins University school of medicine and colleagues report in Nature today, they may not have evolved in Afr...


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In The Way That Elephants Do, Book by David L. Kilpatrick

2005-02-23 - New York, United States. Joan Hunt

Touching, thought-provoking, and beautifully told, the story of Noah, and that of mankind, is one that will linger in your heart and your mind for a very long time. In The Way That Elephants Do by David Kilpatrick is a deeply moving epic tale of one elephant's life. Although the story is told from the perspective of an inquisitive and nomadic pachyderm, you're drawn into his world with ease. Danger, love, history, the world, and the connection between humans and animals are deftly combined in th...


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Satellite Data to Track Wildlife: Elephants in Space

2005-01-12 - New York, United States. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York City

Threatened by habitat loss, poaching, pollution and other factors, wildlife species across the globe are declining in number at an alarming rate. Scientists from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York City have been monitoring endangered wildlife populations for more than 100 years.

For decades, traditional capture and tag methods have been a primary tool, but they are not the most efficient when dealing with large animals and animals in remote locati...


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Making elephants graceful at Big Apple Circus no big task for trainer Bill "Buckles" Woodcock

1995-11-28 - NEW YORK, United States. Sherry Dean (CNN)

Anna Mae, Ned and Amy are three giant performers who, with their nimble antics, regularly tug the mouths -- and hearts -- of spectators at Manhattan's Big Apple Circus. All it takes to make this elephant trio spry and graceful, say their trainers. While most children grow up with a family dog, Bill Woodcock was raised petting elephants, prompting him to follow in his father's footsteps and become an elephant trainer. Anna Mae was trained by the senior Woodcock almost 50 years ago, and she is sti...


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Battles to Keep Elephants - Elephants future at stake as Ringling Bros. battles its critics. 2006-06-03 - NEW YORK, United States - Ringling Bros. elephants" future in question - Stars of the big top under fire from animal-welfare groups 2006-03-01 - New York, United States - Ask an…Elephant Trainer. In March, Troy Metzler of Ringling Bros. will lead a procession of elephants through the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Madison Square Garden 2006-02-09 - New York, United States - Zoo fine proposal rejected 2005-07-28 - New York, United States - Spicy peppers keep elephants out of farmers" fields - Wildlife Conservation Society Releas 2005-05-07 - NEW YORK, United States - Conservationist says climate changes may make elephants, tigers extinct 2005-03-24 - New York, United States - Out of Africa, something shrew 2005-02-23 - New York, United States - In The Way That Elephants Do, Book by David L. 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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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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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New family of Critically Endangered forest elephants spotted, including three babies

2021-07-27 - Ziama Forest, Guinea.

A previously unknown family of eight African forest elephants were recently captured by camera traps in Guinea.


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He"s back! Hungry wild elephant smashes into the same kitchen in Thailand

2021-07-27 - Hua Hin, Thailand.

A hungry wild elephant in Thailand has smashed his way through the same kitchen wall a month after his first raid. The 40-year-old bull named Plai Bunchuay rammed his head through the concrete buildin...


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Chinnathambi now a case study for TN forest department

2021-07-10 - Chennai, India.

Two years ago, Chinnathambi, the famous lonely tusker of the Coimbatore forest circle was captured and converted into a captive elephant. Now the gentle jumbo is a case study for the young TN forester...


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Captured elephant dies in camp at MTR

2021-07-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

A male tusker that was recently captured in Gudalur died at the Abhayaranayam temporary elephant camp in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) on Friday evening. The animal, believed to be around 30-years...


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Four elephants died of electrocution in last 30 days

2021-07-09 - Bhubaneswar, India.

Since 2010, around 100 electrocution deaths of elephants have occurred in Odisha. The majority of the electrocution deaths are attributed to live wire poaching. An adult tusker died of electrocution i...


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Three-year-old Asian elephant calf, named Yishuang, uses the rain forest floor as a make shift

Frolicking three-year-old is the fifth calf to be born at the chinese park"s breeding centre

2021-07-08 - Xishuangbanna, China.

The young calf named Yishuang is the fifth elephant to be born at the park's breeding centre within the approximate 900acre valley that's home to hundreds of the giant mammals. A park spokesperson sai...


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Expert Comment: Rewilding African elephants from Howlett’s to Southern Kenya

2021-07-07 - Kent, United Kingdom. Olivia Miller

The Aspinall Foundation has announced that 13 African elephants are to be flown from Howlett’s Zoo (Kent) to Southern Kenya- Professor Keith Somerville of the School of Anthropology and Conservation...


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Legend has it that two elephants are buried beneath Fair Green in Diss

£46k project to tell story of Madame Abdella, elephant "buried in Diss"

2021-07-07 - Diss, United Kingdom.

Diss Corn Hall has received a £46,400 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop and produce a project about the legend of Madame Abdella. The 20-year-old Burmese elephant is believed to have...


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Baby elephants under treatment for Herpes in Kerala rehab centre stable?

2021-07-07 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Three baby elephants at the rehabilitation centre for pachyderms in Kottur here, who were showing symptoms of Herpes viral infection are stable now, the wildlife department said on Wednesday. The rema...


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Facts about EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
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Kenya questions Carrie Johnson charity’s plan to fly in zoo elephants

2021-07-07 - Nairobi, United Kingdom. Ben Webster

Plans by Carrie Johnson’s animal conservation charity to fly 13 elephants from a zoo in Kent to live in the wild in Kenya have been questioned by the country’s wildlife ministry, which said it was...


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Kerala: Second elephant calf dies inside per week as a consequence of Herpes virus at rehab centre

2021-07-06 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A six-year previous elephant calf died as a consequence of Herpes virus an infection on the rehabilitation centre for pachyderms at Kottur right here, making it the second such casualty there inside o...


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Facts about EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
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Mammoth journey ahead as elephants leave Kent zoo for the Kenyan savannah

2021-07-05 - Hythe, United Kingdom.

A herd of elephants born and raised in a Kent zoo are about to get on a plane to travel almost 4,500 miles (7,000km) to Kenya, in order to reintroduce them to the wild in a first-of-its kind operation...


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Madikeri: Three elephants including baby elephant die in two separate incidents

2021-07-05 - Madikeri, India.

Two adult elephants and a baby elephant died in two separate incidents in Coorg district, here. A male elephant and a baby elephant among them have died at Nagarahole National Park, near Nittur gram o...


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Tusker Vikram On Truck Brings Back Gajapayana Memories

2021-07-05 - Mysore, India.

Along with seasoned elephants like Arjuna, Abhimanyu and Harsha, Vikram too is an expert in wild elephant capture operations. As such, he was taken from Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu District to Ramp...


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Shankar shifted to temporary elephant camp in Nilgiris

2021-07-05 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

Elephant Shankar, which was undergoing training at a kraal in Abhayaranyam in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris for the last four-and-a-half months, was shifted to the nearby temporary ele...


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The forgotten zoo where a housing estate now stands that brought utter chaos to Halifax

2021-07-04 - Halifax, United Kingdom.

Most people in Halifax have never heard of the time the zoo came to town, but it remains one of the strangest sagas in its history. But the star attraction was an elephant who was often seen being tak...


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