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First million-year-old DNA extracted from Siberian mammoth teeth

2021-02-17 - Stockholm, Sweden.

For the first time, preserved DNA has been recovered from animal remains over a million years old. The DNA belonged to two mammoths that lived around 1.2 million years ago. “Instead of there being one species [or lineage] of mammoth up in Siberia around 1-2 million years ago, it now looks like there are two,” says Love Dalén at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, Sweden. The genetic sequences change our understanding of mammoth evolution. They reveal that, at that time, Siberia was ...


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evolution
By drilling into mammoth tusks and other remains, researchers now have the the extinct creatures

Mammoth genome sequence completed

2015-04-23 - Stockholm, Sweden. Pallab Ghosh

A US team is already attempting to study the animals´ characteristics by inserting mammoth genes into elephant stem cells. The new genome study has been published in the Journal Current Biology, Dr Love Dalén at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm told BBC


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taxonomy
Albertus Seba made enough money as owner of a pharmacy to indulge his true passion. Among Seba’s final acquisitions was the elephant fetus, which was either sold or given to him by the Dutch West India Company.

Linnaeus"s Asian elephant was wrong species

2013-11-04 - Stockholm, Sweden. Ewen Callaway

Linnaeus dubbed the species Elephas maximus, which is now commonly known as the Asian elephant. He recognized just one species of elephant in the world, and this would be its archetype. In some ways, the specimen looked more like an African elephant, two curators later suggested in unpublished notes and at academic meetings.


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evolution
Researchers analyzed tissues from 88 bone, tooth, and tusk samples to add to the existing genetic data set of woolly mammoths.

New Woolly Mammoth Lineage Discovered

2013-09-11 - Stockholm, Sweden. Laura Poppick

A previously unknown European lineage of woolly mammoths once plodded Earth, suggest new DNA analyses, which also provide new evidence for the role of climate change in the animal´s ultimate extinction. a team of researchers based at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm has analyzed a suite of 88 new DNA samples from woolly mammoth museum specimens ranging from Europe to North America.


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research

Despite Mammoth Blood Discovery, Cloning Still Unlikely

2013-06-02 - Stockholm, Sweden.

Despite the recent discovery of a stunningly preserved mammoth, the odds of scientists using it to clone a real-life mammoth anytime soon are still low, experts say. "To clone a mammoth by finding intact cells — and, more importantly, an intact genome — is going to be exceptionally difficult, likely impossible," said Love Dalén, a paleogeneticist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. "Finding this mammoth makes it slightly less impossible."


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misc

137, 278 people visit Elephant News every year

2012-11-26 - Stockholm, Sweden.

137, 278 people visited the Elephant www.elephant-news.com during 25 nov 2011-25 nov 2012, according to Cluster map, which is about 376 visitors per day.


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1200 people visit elephant.se every day

2012-11-26 - Stockholm, Sweden.

438, 244 people visited the elephant database at elephant.se during 25 nov 2011-25 nov 2012, according to Cluster map, which is about 1200 visitors per day. Apr 500 from USA, 180 from UK, 95 from Canada, followed by India, Australia, Germany, Sri Lanka and Netherlands. Other countries represented less than 25 visitors/day.


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misc

Over 2500 elephant news articles!

2007-07-24 - Stockholm, Sweden. Dan Koehl

The Elephant News archive has now over 2 500 articles in the database (Some of the original articles already deleted at the origial website) which you can search through from the searchfield in the upper left corner. You can even search the database from YOUR website, placing a searchbox there. Make use of the resource!


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research

Largest online elephant database now includes more than 3000 elephants spanning 1200 years.

2007-07-17 - Stockholm, Sweden. Dan Koehl

Started in 1995, the elephant database had a slow start, but after intensive work this spring and summer it now contains over 3000 elephants from more than 800 location facilities from over 75 countries all over the world, ranging from Charlemagnes elephant Abul-Abbas in 802, to the latest births and deaths. Theres also graphical statistics and generation pedigree-tables.


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misc

Swedes in Stockholm dumbstruck by elephants

2006-05-10 - Stockholm, Sweden.

Motorists approaching the Swedish capital on Tuesday were met with the unlikely sight of three elephants grazing by the freeway. Swedish radio reported on Wednesday that the elephants had escaped from a circus van, towed by a lorry which had overturned on a sharp bend just north of the capital. The animals had dispersed across the field, reported the radio.


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circus

Circus Mustang´s Elephants Trample Homeowner"s Yard in Sweden

2004-10-14 - Stockholm, Sweden. Mattias Karen, Associated Press

A homeowner in southern Sweden filed a police complaint after four circus elephants broke loose from their trainers and ran into his back yard, trampling the hedge and the lawn, a police spokesman said Thursday.


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people

Attendant On Hunger Strike In Zoo, Demands Better Conditions For Animals

1991-11-15 - Stockholm, Sweden.

A fired zoo attendant has refused to leave the elephant quarters and started a hunger strike to protest the animals´ living conditions, news reports said. ´´I will not leave (the elephants) Nike and Shiva voluntarily. The police will have to carry me away,´´ Dan Kohl told the national news agency TT on Thursday. If someone wanted to separate you from your kids, how would you react?,´´ he said.


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12 Headlines about Elephants from Stockholm2021-02-17 - Stockholm, Sweden - First million-year-old DNA extracted from Siberian mammoth teeth 2015-04-23 - Stockholm, Sweden - Mammoth genome sequence completed 2013-11-04 - Stockholm, Sweden - Linnaeus"s Asian elephant was wrong species 2013-09-11 - Stockholm, Sweden - New Woolly Mammoth Lineage Discovered 2013-06-02 - Stockholm, Sweden - Despite Mammoth Blood Discovery, Cloning Still Unlikely 2012-11-26 - Stockholm, Sweden - 137, 278 people visit Elephant News every year 2012-11-26 - Stockholm, Sweden - 1200 people visit elephant.se every day 2007-07-24 - Stockholm, Sweden - Over 2500 elephant news articles! 2007-07-17 - Stockholm, Sweden - Largest online elephant database now includes more than 3000 elephants spanning 1200 years. 2006-05-10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Swedes in Stockholm dumbstruck by elephants 2004-10-14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Circus Mustang´s Elephants Trample Homeowner"s Yard in Sweden 1991-11-15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Attendant On Hunger Strike In Zoo, Demands Better Conditions For Animals

20 years on Internet!

ELEPHANT NEWS was created on 2001 in Munich, and relaunched in Phnom Penh in 2020, with almost 8 000 links to news articles about elephants on the Internet

A number of articles now also have a cross reference to the elephant database, either for individuals elephants and/or to an article about the location holding

In the right column, you can also see if an elephant has birthday today, and follow the link to more facts!

death

Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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conference

3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


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Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


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film

Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


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death

Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


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misc

No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


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Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


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UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


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medical

Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


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conservation

Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


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film

Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


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More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


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conflict

elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


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relocation

Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


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conflict

Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


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Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


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Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


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conservation

Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


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film

A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


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