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Giants roam near Yangon

2021-01-04 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Khaing Khin Sein lives at the Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp, which is located between Taik Kyi and Okekan township in the Yangon Region. More than 30 elephants reside at the Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp, which became a tourist attraction whilst the city’s lockdown orders came into force.


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Animal adoption at Yangon Zoo

2020-09-19 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Yangon Zoo is noted for having Mo Mo, the oldest resident in the zoo, who turns 67 this October. The animal adoption program includes three other female elephants – Myo Myo, Ma Hla Chaw and Ma Chaw Lay. They are fed on 10 pounds of wheat, jaggery, salt and 300 pounds of grass twice a day. The cost of adopting one of these pachyderms is K500,000 for one month. Momo was born in Loikaw in 1953, and arrived in Yangon at the age of seven. Mo Mo is a female elephant, and has never mated with any of ...


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FIRST ELEPHANT MUSEUM TO OPEN IN YANGON ZOO

2018-08-16 - Yangon, Myanmar. Thi Thi Min

THE first elephant museum in Myanmar will be opened in the museum of natural history in Yangon’s Zoological Gardens at the end of this year, said U Thein Toe, Director of Yangon Region Forestry Department.


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At least 34 wild elephants poached in Myanmar last year

2014-06-01 - Yangon, Myanmar.

"We arrested poachers in 34 cases of elephant slayings last year but we believe there were a lot more deaths," said Aye Myint Maung,deputy minister of environmental conservation and forestry. "There are some areas we can’t reach because of fighting between the government and ethnic rebels," he told dpa. There are 2,500 to 3,000 wild elephants left in Myanmar’s jungles, down from 6,000 in 1960-1970, and 4,639 recorded in a 1991 census, the deputy minister said, citing government estimates.


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Illegal ivory trade increasing in Myanmar

2014-02-05 - Yangon, Myanmar.

“Simply speaking, smuggling ivory out of the country is increasing. Surveys also show that. As a result, the Forest Department is trying to control it in collaboration with international wildlife preservation organisations,” said the researcher, requesting anonymity. An official from the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) called for systematic measures, stating that the increasing illegal ivory trade is a danger to the nation.


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Elephants seen at Pho Kyar Elephant Camp

Myanmar keeps over 40 percent of captive Asian elephants

2013-11-15 - Yangon, Myanmar.

“There are only around 50,000 Asian elephants in the world,” said elephant expert Khine Oo Maw. “More than 14,000 elephants have been held captive and 40 percent of them are in Myanmar. Besides Asian elephants, there are also white-coloured elephants. These elephants are regarded as white elephants in Buddhist countries.”


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A rare white elephant is put in chains in a compound of Upatasanti Pagoda in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. An albino elephant, deemed an auspicious creature in Myanmar, killed his mahout who happened to bear the same name as the current president

Myanmar: White elephant kills mahout

2013-11-03 - Yangon, Myanmar.

The mahout was killed by tusker Yaza Gaha Thiri Pissaya Gaza Yaza, 19, who was the first white elephant captured under the junta that ruled Myanmar between 1988 to 2010. Thein Sein, 56, died en route to hospital after being gored accidentally by one of the three white elephants kept at the Royal White Elephant Garden on the outskirts of Yangon, said a garden official. The pachyderm was reportedly moving his massive head up and down when he caught the mahout in the left chest.


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Oozies control the three-ton giants using their feet, vocal commands and sometimes a stick

Myanmar"s timber elephants and their handlers have survived wars and dictatorships, but will they survive democracy?

2013-10-27 - Yangon, Myanmar. Nirmal Ghosh

The Ministry for Environmental Conservation and Forestry has pledged to reduce its logging by more than 80,000 tonnes this fiscal year. Myanmar will ban raw teak and timber exports by April 1, 2014, allowing only export of high-end finished timber products. MTE says that the private elephant owners contracted by the government will be the first on the chopping block. Saw Moo, a second generation private elephant owner, sees a bleak future for his stable of 20 elephants. He fears the family busin...


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National Geographic Channel focuses on Myanmar elephants

2009-11-19 - Yangon, Myanmar.

The National Geographic Channel is due in Myanmar this month to shoot a documentary on the country's hard-working elephants, sources close to the project said Thursday. They will come here this month to document the state of Myanmar's domesticated elephants - how to catch wild elephants, how to tame and train them, said an official from the politically well-connected Htoo Trading Company, which will facilitate the production.


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Wildlife keepers warn against elephants tendency to move sanctuary

2008-09-26 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Wildlife keepers in Myanmar have warned against tendency of move of sanctuary of wild elephants from deep mountain range in western Rakhine state to agricultural field as elephant feed is running short there this year, the local Biweekly Eleven News reported Friday. Such wild elephants are being found shifting from the May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh to agricultural farms with crop plantations of local farmers and destroying the plantations for the sake of feed, the report said, calli...


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Mangrove elephants facing extinction

2006-04-04 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Elephants that once roamed the mangrove swamps of Myanmar's vast Ayeyarwaddy Delta are headed for extinction, with only two of its kind still alive, a local newspaper said Monday. The two survivors live in the delta's Meinmahla island wildlife sanctuary about 130km south-west of Yangon, the Flower News weekly newspaper said.


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Keepers at the zoo coax one of the elephants into its container for the trip to Cologne.

Yangon elephants head for Germany

2005-10-03 - Yangon, Myanmar. Khin Hninn Phyu

TWO elephants left Myanmar for Germany aboard a special chartered flight on September 27 under an exchange program between the Yangon and Cologne zoos. The two female elephants, Shu Thuzar and Aye Chan May, both about 12 years old, are being exchanged for a breeding pair of white rhinoceroses as well as a male and two female lions.


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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Madhya Pradesh: Elephant held captive in chains after killing its mahout at Panna Tiger Reserve

2022-07-10 - Panna, India.

A 55-year-old elephant is held captive in chains and shackels in the Panna Tiger Reserve after the elephant brutally killed its mahout Budhram Rotiya on Monday, said an official. Ever since its arriva...


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Dasara elephants may be finalised by July 30

2022-07-08 - Mysore, India.

The Forest Department will initiate the process of identifying elephants for Mysuru Dasara-2022 from July 15 onwards and the jumbos for the finale is likely to be finalised by July 30, ahead of the Da...


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Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life.

2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan. Jackson White

During a remarkable scientific experiment, cells from a woolly mammoth that died over 28,000 years ago began displaying “signs of life.” The cells from the 28,000-year-old specimen began to displa...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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