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Newborn elephant at Vienna Zoo

2013-09-05 - Vienna, Austria. Harald Schwammer, Vienna Zoo

This is the first calf which was sired through artificial insemination with frozen sperm and its father is a wild elephant bull at Phinda Reserve in Africa. Through a novel technique which was developed by a team from Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research the sperm gained in the bush was frozen and successfully thawed.


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How the elephant gets its infrasound. Blowing air through a pachyderm’s larynx offers hints to low-frequency communication

African elephants (shown here in Amboseli National Park) can send long-distance, low-frequency messages that depend on vocal mechanisms that are more like people singing than like cats purring.

2012-08-03 - Vienna, Austria.

Elephants don’t purr so much as sing when they unleash low-frequency rumblings at friends and foes kilometers away. Too low for humans to hear, the infrasonic components of elephants’ calls have at times been attributed to a process similar to a cat’s contented thrum. But new measurements made by blowing air through the voice box, or larynx, of a deceased zoo elephant suggest that the mechanism is actually a (much bigger) analog to a person speaking or singing.


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Schönbrunn Christmas tree provides new year menu for the zoo

2012-01-11 - Vienna, Austria.

The 16.5 metre high Christmas tree which has stood proudly in front of Schloß Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria, over the Christmas period, is to be taken down today (Tues) and turned into animal feed. "The tree serves as not only food for the elephants but also as a toy," said Zoo director, Harald Schwanner, who has watched the animals play with the shredded tree in previous years.


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Elephant-Keeper meeting and Protected Contact Training Workshop

2011-12-01 - Vienna, Austria.

This course is organized as a workshop and will be basically in English language but main parts of the presentations and live performances will be provided in English and German. The Workshop is turned specifically to elephant keepers but also veterinarians and curators. The program includes theory - and a lot of practical parts and deals with various topics related to advanced protected contact methods. Beneath preparation for birth, foot care and enrichment there is a special part of the works...


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Vienna Zoo elephant calf to be named Tuluba

Photo © Jutta Kirchner

2010-08-16 - Vienna, Austria.

The Vienna Zoo’s new male elephant calf born on 6 August will be named Tuluba, the zoo announced today. Some 61.4 per cent of the 10,000 voters on the internet chose the name, which means "big ears." Zoo Director Dagmar Schratter said: "Tuluba was my favourite since it is a very melodic name.


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African elephant Numbi and her newborn son (6.8.2010) from Tiergarten Schönbrunn Vienna

2010-08-11 - Vienna, Austria. Jutta Kirchner

Photographer Jutta Kirchner has portrayed the first day of public display of the new born african elephant in the oldest Zoo in the world, Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna.


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Tusker Packs Trunk

2010-08-09 - Vienna, Austria.

This tinky tusker has caused big trouble for zoo bosses in Austria - where his five year old big brother has been forced to pack his trunk to make way for him. The five week old male African elephant - as yet unnamed by keepers - was expected to be a girl and join the herd at Vienna´s Schoenbrunn Zoo. But because he´s a boy, his big brother Kibo - born to the same mum Numbi five years ago - has to be sent to another zoo to avoid causing conflict in the colony.


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African elephant baby born in Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna

2010-08-06 - Vienna, Austria.

The as yet unnamed baby elephant was born this morning at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria and weigh in at 112 kilos. The mother Numbi already had a baby 5 years ago, Kibo, who lives also in Schönnbrunn and will be a play mate for the new baby, said Zoo director Dagmar Schratter.


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Elephants at Austrian zoo get to play with used Christmas trees

2010-01-14 - Vienna, Austria.

Elephants at Vienna's city zoo got a rare treat Monday: a Christmas tree. The 65-foot-tall spruce Christmas tree in front of Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace was given to the zoo animals. The tree was taken down that morning and will be used as feed and toys for the elephants. This isn't the only creative way the Austrians are recycling their Christmas trees. Last week, Vienna city officials announced that the 88-foot-tall Christmas tree on the square in front of Vienna's city hall would be made into...


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Elephant bull Pambo has been moved from Venna Zoo to spanish safaripark Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno

Photo: Jutta Kirchner, Vienna, Austria

2009-10-27 - Vienna, Austria.

The 17 year old bull Pambo, born in Basel Zoo in Switzerland, has been transfered from Vienna Zoo to spanish safaripark Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, as breeder for the group of females there. Next spring Vienna will recieve a female with calf from Wuppertal Zoo in Germany


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Articular cartilage in the knee joint of the African elephant, Loxodonta africana, Blumenbach 1797.

2008-01-01 - Vienna, Austria. Egger GF, Witter K, Weissengruber G, Forstenpointner G. University of Veterinary Medicine

Knee joints of one adult and three juvenile African elephants were dissected. The specific features of the articular cartilage with particular reference to matrix components were studied by light and electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry. The elephant knee joint cartilage contains an unusually low concentration of proteoglycans resulting in rather eosinophilic staining properties of the matrix. The very thick collagen fibers of the cartilage possibly represent collagen I.


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2007 Annual meeting for International Committee for museums and collections of natural history

Natural History Museum in Vienna

2007-08-20 - Vienna, Austria. Brigitta Schmid

Bernd Lötsch, the director general, and my team are looking forward to welcoming you at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. You will get the first Newsletter from ICOM-Austria in autumn. However, we succeeded in making some special arrangements for the members of ICOM-NATHIST, therefore an early information may be useful in advance.


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8th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment

International Conference on Environmental Enrichment

2007-08-05 - Vienna, Austria.

The ICEE is a meeting for the exchange of ideas about both theoretical and applied research on enrichment for animals under human care. The conference is held every two years in internationally diverse locations. Deadline for the receipt of abstracts for paper, poster and video submissions is March 1, 2007. Authors will be notified of the results of the review process by April 1, 2007.


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Loxodonta africana - African elephant

2007-06-18 - Vienna, Austria. Nicole Weissenböck

Thermogram of the front surface of the right pinna, 30 days after the injury. A regular medical evidence of the ear. The wound is healed.


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Call repertoire of infant African elephants: first insights into the early vocal ontogeny.

2007-06-01 - Vienna, Austria. AS Stoeger-Horwath, S Stoeger, HM Schwammer, and H Kratochvil

African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana) have a complex acoustic communication system, but very little is known about their vocal ontogeny. A first approach in ontogenetic studies is to define the call repertoire of specific age groups. Twelve hundred calls of 11 infant elephants from neonatal to 18 months of age recorded at the Vienna Zoo in Austria and at the Daphne Sheldrick's orphanage at the Nairobi National Park, Kenya were analyzed. Six call types were structurally distinguished: t...


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Renaut bodies in nerves of the trunk of the African elephant, Loxodonta africana.

2007-03-27 - Vienna, Austria. Witter K, Egger GF, Boeck P. University of Veterinary Medicine

Samples of the trunk wall of an adult African elephant (Loxodonta africana) were examined histologically using conventional staining methods, immunohistochemistry, and lectin histochemistry. Architecture of nerve plexuses and occurrence of Renaut bodies in the elephant trunk were compared with those in tissues surrounding the nasal vestibule of the pig. Prominent nerve plexuses were found in all layers of the elephant trunk.


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The structure of the cushions in the feet of African elephants (Loxodonta africana).

2006-12-20 - Vienna, Austria. Weissengruber GE, Egger GF, Hutchinson JR, Groenewald HB, Elsässer L, Famini D, Forstenpointner G. Veterinary University of Vienna

The cushions in the feet of African elephants were examined by means of standard anatomical and histological techniques, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The micromorphology of elephant feet cushions resembles that of digital cushions in cattle or of the foot pads in humans but not that of digital cushions in horses. Besides their important mechanical properties, foot cushions in elephants seem to be very sensitive structures.


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The structure of the cushions in the feet of African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

2006-11-23 - Vienna, Austria. Weissengruber GE, Egger GF, Hutchinson JR, Groenewald HB, Elsasser L, Famini D, Forstenpointner G.Department of Pathobiology, Veterinary University of Vienna

The uniquely designed limbs of the African elephant, Loxodonta africana, support the weight of the largest terrestrial animal. The micromorphology of elephant feet cushions resembles that of digital cushions in cattle or of the foot pads in humans but not that of digital cushions in horses. Besides their important mechanical properties, foot cushions in elephants seem to be very sensitive structures.


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Stone Age Neanderthals Twins Discovered Buried Under Mammoths Shoulder Blade

two bodies that might be twins were buried together in red pigment.

2006-11-15 - Vienna, Austria. JR Minkel

Researchers have unearthed the graves of three Stone Age infants that may ultimately bear on the question of whether humans interbred with Neandertals. The rare find, from a 27,000-year-old site in Austria, includes two bodies that might be twins sheltered under a mammoth's shoulder blade. The twins had been protected from the elements by the mammoth bone and were very well preserved, says team member Christine Neugebauer-Maresch of the Prehistoric Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences ...


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Vienna: elephant bull Abu and mother Sabi to Halle Zoo in Germany

Abu and Sabi in Vienna Zoo 2006

2006-07-21 - Vienna, Austria. Vienna Zoo Press release

The 5-year old Abu, born with artificial insemination in Vienna Zoo, and his mother Sabi, owned by Munich Zoo but living in Vienna since 1992, arrived early morning the 20th in Halle Zoo in German Sachsen-Anhalt, after a nightly transport performed by the company Interzoo.


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Viennese elephant house in mourning after casualty

2005-02-21 - Vienna, Austria. Press-information, Vienna Zoo

Yesterday, on Sunday Feb. 20th, 2005 around 10.40 am the head keeper of the elephant house, 39 year old Gerd Kohl was attacked and deadly injured by the young elephant bull “Abu”. Gerd Kohl was considered one of the most experienced elephant keepers in Europe and therefore was also the one who took care of and trained the 4 year old Abu (born on April 25, 2001) in Schoenbrunn.

The accident occurred during the daily morning shower of the elephants. Unforeseeably, the 1.6-ton-e...


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Elephant bull Abu impales Zookeeper Gerd Kohl in Vienna Zoo

Elephant keeper Gerd Kohl and Abu

2005-02-20 - Vienna, Austria. AP

An elephant crushed a keeper to death Sunday at the Vienna Zoo, police said. Zookeeper Gerhard Kohl, 39, was killed after he had showered the elephant, Abu, as part of the morning routine, the Austria Press Agency said, citing veterinarian Thomas Voracek. The elephant, an almost 4-year-old bull, pinned Kohl to the wall and speared him with his tusks, APA reported.


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Elephant Jumbo in Vienna Zoo dead

2005-02-13 - Vienna, Austria. Tiergarten Schönbrunn

The female africant Jumbo in Vienna Zoo is dead. When the elephant keepers came for work in the morning, she was dead.

During the nights, the elephants are filmed on video, and the vido shows that the rest of the elephant herd tried without success, to push Jumbos 3.5 ton heavy body up, but she died in the early morning due to circulation problems and general weakness.


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23 Headlines about Elephants from Austria2013-09-05 - Vienna, Austria - Newborn elephant at Vienna Zoo 2012-08-03 - Vienna, Austria - How the elephant gets its infrasound. Blowing air through a pachyderm’s larynx offers hints to low-frequency communication 2012-01-11 - Vienna, Austria - Schönbrunn Christmas tree provides new year menu for the zoo 2011-12-01 - Vienna, Austria - Elephant-Keeper meeting and Protected Contact Training Workshop 2010-08-16 - Vienna, Austria - Vienna Zoo elephant calf to be named Tuluba 2010-08-11 - Vienna, Austria - African elephant Numbi and her newborn son (6.8.2010) from Tiergarten Schönbrunn Vienna 2010-08-09 - Vienna, Austria - Tusker Packs Trunk 2010-08-06 - Vienna, Austria - African elephant baby born in Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna 2010-01-14 - Vienna, Austria - Elephants at Austrian zoo get to play with used Christmas trees 2009-10-27 - Vienna, Austria - Elephant bull Pambo has been moved from Venna Zoo to spanish safaripark Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno 2008-01-01 - Vienna, Austria - Articular cartilage in the knee joint of the African elephant, Loxodonta africana, Blumenbach 1797. 2007-08-20 - Vienna, Austria - 2007 Annual meeting for International Committee for museums and collections of natural history 2007-08-05 - Vienna, Austria - 8th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment 2007-06-18 - Vienna, Austria - Loxodonta africana - African elephant 2007-06-01 - Vienna, Austria - Call repertoire of infant African elephants: first insights into the early vocal ontogeny. 2007-03-27 - Vienna, Austria - Renaut bodies in nerves of the trunk of the African elephant, Loxodonta africana. 2006-12-20 - Vienna, Austria - The structure of the cushions in the feet of African elephants (Loxodonta africana). 2006-11-23 - Vienna, Austria - The structure of the cushions in the feet of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) 2006-11-15 - Vienna, Austria - Stone Age Neanderthals Twins Discovered Buried Under Mammoths Shoulder Blade 2006-07-21 - Vienna, Austria - Vienna: elephant bull Abu and mother Sabi to Halle Zoo in Germany 2005-02-21 - Vienna, Austria - Viennese elephant house in mourning after casualty 2005-02-20 - Vienna, Austria - Elephant bull Abu impales Zookeeper Gerd Kohl in Vienna Zoo 2005-02-13 - Vienna, Austria - Elephant Jumbo in Vienna Zoo dead

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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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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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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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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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