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Botswana allows hunting of 287 elephants

2021-04-06 - Gabarone, Botswana.

Botswana's authorities have issued 287 elephant-hunting licences as the hunting season resumed after it was suspended last year due to the pandemic. Hunters may shoot 287 elephants this season, Director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Kabelo Senyatso said in an interview. The hunting season runs from April 6 to September 21.


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World’s Biggest Elephant Herd Opened for Hunters to Kill 287

2021-03-24 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana is offering rights to shoot 287 elephants as the southern African country, which has the world’s biggest population of the animals, tries to breathe life into a hunting industry stalled by the Covid-19 outbreak. Botswana’s neighbors including South Africa and Zimbabwe allow elephant hunting. The hunting season will begin April 6.


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Botswana Wants Angola’s Exiled Elephants to Return Home

Botswana’s elephant population have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers.

2020-11-04 - Gaborone, Botswana. Mbongeni Mguni

Botswana’s tourism industry, which accounts for a fifth of the economy, is heavily reliant on the world’s biggest elephant population, but the animals have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers. Now, elephants are beginning to migrate into neighboring Angola and the governments of both countries are helping them do so by removing land mines left over from Angola’s civil war and tearing down fences.


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Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

About 350 elephants in the Okavanko delta died between May and June. Photograph: Handout

2020-09-22 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off. The mysterious death of 350 elephants in the Okavango delta between May and June baffled conservationists, with leading theories suggesting they were killed by a rodent virus known as EMC (encephalomyocarditis) or toxins from algal blooms.


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Botswana registers no new elephant deaths since June

2020-09-04 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana has recorded no new elephant deaths since June this year, Oduetse Koboto, the permanent secretary in Botswana's ministry of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism, has said. The southern African country recorded 281 elephant deaths, due to unknown causes, between March and May.
"The number of elephant carcasses found in the northern part of the country remains at 281. No more new elephant deaths have been recorded as of June," Koboto told Xinhua in a telephone i...


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Botswana elephant sanctuary owner Doug Groves dies after being trampled in the wild

Doug Groves with assistants and elephant Jabu, ahead of his stem cell treatment in 2019. Groves died on Monday.

2020-09-01 - Maun, Botswana. Nica Richards

A Botswana-based elephant conservationist who dedicated his life to working with and studying elephants has died. Elephant whisperer Douglas Groves passed away after being trampled by a wild elephant, his wife Sandi confirmed on Monday.
She said Groves was out in the bush when the incident took place.


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research

Smartwatch implants help track elephant sleep patterns

2017-03-03 - , Botswana.

Professor Paul Manger from Wits University and his colleagues are using a tracker called an Actiwatch to study elephant sleep patterns in Botswana. They removed the watches´ bands, insulated them with electrical tape and biologically inert wax, then attached them to the elephants´ trunks. The trunk is the most mobile appendage, Manger said, and if it´s still for more than five minutes it´s reasonable to assume the animal is asleep.


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Botswana bans elephant-back rides

2016-12-15 - , Botswana.

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris. The first commercial elephant rides in Africa began in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s and soon spread throughout Southern Africa. In the region there are now 39 commercial elephant venues, holding around 215 captive elephants. At least 25 of these offer elephant rides. Seven of them...


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birth

Abu Camp Celebrating the Birth of a New Baby Elephant

2013-12-16 - Maun, Botswana.

Earlier this month Kiti, an elephant from the Abu Camp’s herd, gave birth to a new calf named Naledia – Setswana for star. She earned her name being born on a completely clear and cloudless night. It is a rare experience to be able to experience a baby elephant first hand, and Mirus Journeys are urging customers to book now will the calf is still young.


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Microsoft Co-Founder Allen to Fund African Elephant Survey

Estimates of the African elephant population vary between 410,000 and 650,000 and in some countries there haven’t been surveys for many years, Elephants Without Borders said.

2013-12-05 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp (MSFT:US). with Bill Gates, will fund a survey of the number of elephants in Africa to help combat poaching that is claiming the life of one of the pachyderms every 15 minutes. The family trust of Allen, who’s worth $15.7 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, will fund an $8 million count of the animals in 13 countries using three fixed-wing airplanes and two helicopters, Botswana-based Elephants Without Borders said today in an e-mail...


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Botswana: A missed opportunity on elephants

2013-11-24 - Gaborone, Botswana.

When word started getting around that Botswana is to host an emergency African Elephant Summit on December 2-4, 2013, residents of Chobe and Ngamiland naturally started rekindling hope that finally the elephant problem is being addressed. It, therefore, comes as a shock that the Botswana government has missed this rare opportunity to include the concern of over-population into the agenda of the forthcoming emergency elephant summit.


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Walking With Elephants

Since adopting Jabu, Doug has formed a strong bond with the African elephant bull.

2013-04-27 - Maun, Botswana.

Walking in the footsteps of African elephant bull Jabu made us feel more closely connected to elephants than ever before. Working together with Sanctuary Retreats, Living With Elephants gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with a trio of orphaned elephants in the Okavango Delta. Despite their large size, elephants walk through the Botswanan bush with a soft tread, intelligent animals that are both strong and gentle.


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Couple who walk with elephants

The giant Morula, lies down in the Botswana bush after asked to do so by Sandi to allow for the group of tourists to touch the undersides of her feet.

2013-04-27 - Maun, Botswana.

Sandi, 45, with her American-born husband Doug, 58, has dedicated her life to raising three orphaned elephants, Jabu, Thembi and Morula, who now live deep in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. When the couple married in the late 1990s, they chose not to have children, because not only do they believe there are enough in the world, but because they committed themselves to the three pachyderms whose families were slaughtered in culling operations in the Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe.


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Elephant rescues baby from hyenas

Leaving them for dust ... hyenas are stormed by the elephant

2012-03-29 - Linyanti, Botswana.

During the bloody encounter with up to 18 hyenas the vulnerable baby - who had been momentarily separated from the herd - had its tail BITTEN OFF. A startled safari group – alerted to the sound of shrieking elephants - witnessed the furious mum stampede the snarling pack, repeatedly kicking out her feet and swinging her trunk to disperse them.


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Living With Elephants looking for elephant keeper

2011-12-22 - Maun, Botswana. Doug and Sandi Groves

We are looking for a dedicated and experienced person to help with the handling and husbandry of our little herd. If you are interested and qualified please send resume and reference letters. Living With Elephants is dedicated to relieving conflict and competition between the African Elephant and human populations in Botswana.


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research

Older elephants know the best anti-lion moves

2011-03-16 - Chobe, Botswana.

Even a single male can overpower a young elephant. Between 1994 and 1997, Dereck Joubert found that the lions of Botswana’s Chobe National Park were getting better and better at hunting elephants. He wrote: “In one notable case, a single male lion ran at nearly full speed into the side of a 6-year-old male calf with sufficient force to collapse the elephant on its side.”


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people

Elephant in fatal attack on Australian

2010-10-23 - Maun, Botswana. Sarah Whyte

AUSTRALIAN elephant expert Nathan Jamieson´s conservation work with the animals he devoted his life to has ended in tragedy in Africa. The 32-year-old, who had been working in Botswana since resigning from the Taronga and Dubbo zoos in March, was killed when an elephant he was tending struck him suddenly with its trunk.


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Saving the elephants of Botswana

Dr Kate Evans at work

2010-09-26 - Okavango, Botswana. Leah Hyslop

Dr Kate Evans, founder of the charity Elephants in Africa, has been living in a tent in Botswana’s Okavango delta since 2002. She tells Telegraph Expat why she can’t imagine doing anything else. After studying zoology at Swansea University, and gaining experience volunteering on various projects throughout southern Africa, she ended up in Botswana’s Okavango delta.


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Elephant Necrophilia documented, but romantic viewers of the film think its greeving and resuscitate behaviour...

2010-09-16 - Okovango, Botswana.

At the end of the film you can easily see the erected penis.


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Zims charged with unlawful possession of tusk

2009-08-19 - Francistown, Botswana. NDINGILILO GAOSWEDIWE and THATO MARAPO

Two unemployed Zimbabweans yesterday appeared before the Magistrates Court here on a single count of unlawful possession of an elephant tusk. Two accused persons, Fortunate Mwanza (29) and Prince Sakurita (26) seemed befuddled by the proceedings, agreeing with everything put to them by both the prosecutor and the magistrate. At one stage, Principal Magistrate Peggy Madandume had to intervene to clarify certain phrases before the accused made their pleas. Prosecutor Osefile Mmitseng of the Diamon...


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Pink elephant is caught on camera

The little pink calf was spotted in amongst an 80-strong elephant herd

2009-03-20 - Okavango, Botswana. Rebecca Morelle

A pink baby elephant has been caught on camera in Botswana. A wildlife cameraman took pictures of the calf when he spotted it among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta. Experts believe it is probably an albino, which is an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. They are unsure of its chances of long-term survival - the blazing African sunlight may cause blindness and skin problems for the calf. Mike Holding, who spotted the baby while filming for a BBC wildlife programme,...


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Trust auctions 14 elephants

2008-08-25 - Mmadinare, Botswana. Jeremiah Sejabosigo

Mmadinare Development Trust sold its quota of 14 elephants from the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism at the main kgotla of the village last week, where all the elephants were bought by the highest bidders. Mr Graeme Phillips of Auctioneers Botswana conducted the sale on behalf of the trust. Hunting of the auctioned elephants will be done in the CT27 hunting area, which falls in the range between Letsibogo, Mmadinare and Mathathane areas.


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Mafunyane welcomes me home

2008-05-01 - Maun, Botswana. Kate Evans,

Once in camp I caught up with all the news from Peter (my research assistant) over a cup of tea and then on our way to drop of things at my tent we saw the elephant Mafunyane. Mafunyane was the first elephant to be released from Elephant Back Safaris (EBS) in February 2002 and signifies the start of this long-term research project. He seems to know when I am coming back as he makes an appearance in camp, and it is wonderful welcome. It is always lovely to see him. He is 19 years old now and grow...


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Botswana: Elephant Attack Victim Missing Body Parts, the bull Shaka is killed.

2008-04-22 - Francistown, Botswana. Francinah Baaitse

Last Tuesday, we reported the tragic deaths of two Sri Lankan handlers, Chandana Alahakoon and Piyal Pedige, killed in the line of duty by either one or all the four elephants they took care of at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. This week, it was reported that one male elephant, Shaka, had been killed. A press release from the Serendib elephant project and Mokolodi Nature Reserve stated that they killed Shaka at the instruction of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and that there is no hope ...


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Mokolodi elephants kill two

2008-04-10 - , Botswana. THATO CHWAANE

Two Sri Lankans were killed by elephants at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve on Tuesday. The two were elephant handlers working for the Mokolodi/Serendib Elephant Project. The project's spokesman Jeroen van Wilgen said it is not known how the Sri Lankans died. He said they are investigating the deaths and a specialist is coming from Maun to look into the matter. He added that the deceased were trained elephant handlers. He gave their names as Chandan Alahakoon (38) and Piyal Pedige (35). He said they...


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Botswana Gets Green-Light to Sell Ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has given Botswana the go-ahead to sell 43.6 tonnes of ivory by the end of this year.

2008-04-07 - Gaborone, Botswana.

This is in line with what was agreed last year at The Hague. Information from the Botswana Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism shows that the CITES secretariat in Gaborone gave the country the go-ahead after verifying the government ivory stock earmarked for sale. "Among other things, they looked at the paper trail, data base and the physical ivory to establish its match," reads a statement from the ministry.


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On this safari, elephants do the work, but they benefit, too

Two elephant trainers, called mahouts, posed with Cathy, the matriarch of the heard at Elephant Back Safaris

2008-03-16 - Abu Camp, Botswana. Tracey Teo

In the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta, home to Elephant Back Safaris' Abu Camp, a group of Americans joke and laugh nervously as the elephants they are riding approach a hippo-filled lagoon. Hippopotamuses are notoriously unpredictable, and the riders wonder how the animals will respond to having their turf invaded by a long train of elephants bearing humans on their backs.


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birth

New Baby "Love" at Abu Camp in Botswana"s Okavango Delta

2008-03-14 - Okavango, Botswana.

Joyous celebrations among the elephants and staff at Abu Camp in Botswanas Okavango Delta at the birth to Kitimetse of a healthy and lively baby named Lorato love in Setswana. Little Lorato is the fourth baby elephant to be born at Abu Camp where Randall Moore pioneered Africas first elephant back safari operation 18 years ago. She was born at 3.30 pm on February 11, weighed 70 kilograms and measured 90 centimetres at the shoulder. She was quickly feeding and sleeping and within a few days was j...


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poaching

2008-03-05 - Kasane, Botswana.

A Kasane Magistrate Court last week fined two Chinese men P4 000 each or three months imprisonment for unlawful possession of elephant tusk and entering Botswana through an ungazetted point. Mr Mohutsiwa said the men were arrested after a tip off from Zimbabwean police that they cut tusk from a dead elephant. We confronted the men at Lesoma and we found the tusks, said Mr Mohutsiwa. The two men are Jian Hua Guo and Bian Hua Zahang of Shandong in BOPA


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Plant pepper to chase elephants VP

2008-02-06 - Maun, Botswana.

Komana residents have been advised to try other means of chasing away elephants from their village and farms. Addressing residents at the village Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama said one other option of chasing elephants away was to plough pepper in their fields. That measure, he said was reported to be working in places where it was practiced. General Khama was in Komana to greet residents after holding a kgotla meeting in Nxaraga. The residents complained about elephants which threaten ...


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Botswana: Problem Elephants

2007-12-11 - Francistown, Botswana.

Many government officials believe there are too many elephants in Botswana and they would like to be able to make a bit of cash from regular sales of ivory and other cull by-products. It stands to reason then that they wouldn't be too upset if the proposed sugar plantation in Kasane were to create a need to shoot 'problem' elephants that tried to break through the fence to feast on the sweet plants.


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Botswana: Sugar Cane Versus Forest Reserve And Tourism

2007-12-11 - Francistown, Botswana. Martha Makwates

Our government wisely wishes to diversify the economy. A carrot is dangled by underscoring job opportunities - more than 3000 jobs at a minimum wage of P600 per month - by cultivating 10,000 hectares of sugar cane and harnessing the water of the Zambesi River. But count the cost -10,000 hectares of Kasane forest reserve replaced by sugar cane! In a country with a land surface consisting largely of Kalahari Desert, every tree is precious.


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Mozambique: Export of Animal Trophies

2007-11-13 - Maputo, Botswana. Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique

Mozambique earns more than 17.6 million meticais (about 700,000 US dollars) a year in the export of wild animal trophies, particularly elephants and leopards. According to the National Director for Conservation Areas, Bartolomeu Soto, hunters are allowed to kill 80 elephants a year and, as from this year, also 120 leopards, and then export the trophies.


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Elephants kill woman

2007-09-20 - Gumare, Botswana.

A 75-year-old woman of Beetsha has been killed by elephants. Gumare-based Senior Game Warden, Mr Phepa Babopi, said the woman was killed last week while cutting trees in her field to prepare for the ploughing season. He said the woman was accompanied by her daughter who ran away. Mr Babopi said the elephants were incensed by dogs that barked at them earlier during the day. The woman was buried over the weekend in Beetsha.


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Botswana Councillor survives after hitting jumbo

2007-09-11 - SELEBI-PHIKWE, Botswana. ONALENNA MODIKWA

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor for Motlhabaneng ward in Bobirwa constituency escaped with minor injuries after hitting an elephant last Saturday evening. Councillor Joseph Madome was travelling from Lentswe le Moriti to Motlhabaneng village when the accident happened, damaging his vehicle beyond repair. Madome said he was travelling along the gravel road when suddenly the elephant run in front of his car, giving him no time to stop.


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Wildlife dept prepares for CITES meet

2007-05-04 - Maun, Botswana.

In preparation for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference slated for The Hague in June, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks held a national consultative meeting in Maun, last week. The one-day meeting was to lobby for support for the countrys proposals to The Hague CITES conference and to solicit ideas.


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death

Stray Jumbos Killed

2007-04-02 - Mahalapye, Botswana. MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE

Three elephants whose tracks were spotted in the Tswapong and Mahalapye areas last week may have followed their ancient route to their former habitat, according to the Central District Council (CDC) senior wildlife biologist, Balisana Marotsi. Consequently, two of the three jumbos were killed by game scouts of the Department of Wildlife on March 22, some 10 kilometres south of Mahalapye.


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Elephants cause havoc in Botswana

2007-02-22 - FRANCISTOWN, Botswana. BOPA

Elephants are reported to be causing havoc in the northern part of Botswana, by destroying field crops and farm properties. Farmers are therefore calling upon government to act swiftly and protect their field crops and properties from the destructive elephants. The issue has caused heated debate in many of the kgotla meetings addressed by MPs and ministers in the northern parts of the country.


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Old man gets P2 000 fine for elephant tusk possession

2007-02-13 - FRANCISTOWN, Botswana. BOPA

Francistown Magistrate Court has fined 76-year-old Mbako Mongwa P2000 or three months imprisonment in default of payment for the unlawful possession of an elephant tusk. Mongwa who pleaded guilty was found in possession of an elephant tusk weighing 6.1 kg and valued at P2 300 on March 17, 2006 at his house in Area S in Francistown.


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Delays worry residents

2007-02-01 - GWETA, Botswana. Dikole di tlhoka motlakase, BOPA

In other kgotla meetings at Tsokatshaa and Zoroga, the residents said they were losing hope in farming because elephants always destroyed their crops. The Rresidents told MP Mfa that they tried to fence their fields but the elephants destroyed the fences as well. They said the wildlife officers had instructed them to shoot the elephants, but this was a vain effort because elephants continued to return to the fields. The residents asked government to erect an electric cordon fence to protect thei...


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Chilli pepper to scare elephants

2007-01-16 - BOBONONG, Botswana.

The departments of Wildlife and National Parks and Agricultural Research have resorted to the use of chilli pepper to prevent elephants from eating crops. A Senior Wildlife Ranger, Mr Israel Nato, told BOPA that the trials were already in place in the Okavango area while in Bobirwa the chilli that they have is only for demonstration purpose.


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Elephant Kills Another Bobirwa Resident

2006-11-27 - SELEBI-PHIKWE, Botswana. Onalenna Modikwa

The number of people killed by wild animals in Bobirwa this year has risen to three after an elephant trampled a 39-year-old man to death last week. Like the other two deaths, the man met his fate in the evening when coming from work from farms in the area. The incident took place at Pont's Drift in Mashatu Game Reserve along the South African border.


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trade

Botswana: Update On New Developments in Tourism

2006-11-21 - Francistown, Botswana. Moses Maruping, allafrica.com

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, is currently grading accommodation facilities such as hotels and lodges according to acceptable world standards. Commenting on the problem that Botswana is currently faced with due to the high number of elephants and ivory stockpile, Mokaila said that at the WTM, he met with the Head of CITES policy team for UK, Trevor Salmon and compared notes and shared experiences on how to lobby other countries to note that the revenue generated through the ...


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pictures

Elephant attack in Okavango Delta in Botswana

Bob Harris of Clairemont was in the Okavango Delta in Botswana when this young male elephant charged his safari vehicle.

2006-10-29 - Okavango, Botswana. Bob Harris

Bob Harris of Clairemont was in the Okavango Delta in Botswana when this young male elephant charged his safari vehicle. “Our guide spoke softly and calmly to him and he quieted down, thank goodness,” Harris recounted. “The entire trip was a wonderful experience.”


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conservation

Botswana:Cut back on Elephants�

2006-10-27 - SERONGA, Botswana.

The President of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Valli Moosa, says something needs to be done to reduce the Botswana elephant population. Botswana is still debating a workable elephant management plan while ecologists say the country is overstocked with the animals which cause �a serious ecological concern that needs to be addressed.�


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Lions in Northern Botswana have been filmed hunting elephants for the first time

2006-10-04 - Savute, Botswana. Damian Whitworth

Lions are among the animal kingdom’s most brutal and efficient predators but no one had heard of them hunting elephants before. These two big beasts of the savannah have plenty of mutual respect and normally give each other a wide berth. The BBC’s Natural History Unit decided to send a film crew to try to capture a hunt on film and invited The Times to join them.


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abstract

Elephant dung decomposition and coprophilous fungi in two habitats of semi-arid Botswana.

2006-09-23 - Maun, Botswana. Masunga GS, Department of Wildlife & National Parks, P.O. Box 11, Maun

In order to understand the impact of habitat changes on ecosystem processes caused by increased populations of elephants, elephant dung decomposition was studied in semi-arid Botswana. Dung decomposition rates were studied with and without the presence of arthropods, using pairs of exposed dung and dung enclosed in nylon-mesh bags, respectively.


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conservation

Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) - New transfrontier game park to straddle SA, Zim and Botswana

2006-06-22 - Shashe River, Botswana. Richard Davies

A pact for a new transfrontier game park straddling the borders between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe was signed on Thursday. The environment ministers of the three countries endorsed the agreement in Botswana on the dry bed of the Shashe River. Once proclaimed, the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) will cover 4 872 square kilometres, almost a quarter the size of the Kruger National Park.


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accident

Botswana: Elephant Kills Man

2006-06-09 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Residents of Mmadinare village are still reeling in shock after an incident in which an elephant trampled to death, a 76 year old man on Wednesday in Sasau cattle posts. The deceased had gone to the cattle posts to round up his cattle for Foot and Mouth vaccination when he met his fate. The deceased is reported to have left his home last Tuesday with his children to assess the damage that the elephants had caused to his farm after having heard their noises when they invaded the farm the previous...


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Relocating Elephants Not Easy - Mokaila

2006-02-20 - Gaborone, Botswana.

The Elephant Management Plan has recommended that the Central District should be an elephant-free zone, Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism told Parliament on Friday. However, Mokaila told Parliament that removing the elephants was not easy. "Removing the elephants from this area is a mammoth task, which will require a lot of consultation with the international community because of sensitivities surrounding the killing of elephants," Mokaila observed.


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Elephants Sell Like Hotcakes

2005-07-21 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Citizen hunters have bought 10 elephants in the Mmadinare area after an offer by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). A public notice from the department said the elephants to be hunted in a controlled area CT 27 within a radius of 40km of Mmadinare village were sold for P8, 000 each.


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job

Elephant handler internship in Okavango

2005-07-02 - Okavango, Botswana. Sandi Groves, Grey Matters

Internship leading to the possibility of a Permanent Position in the wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Elephant handling of one male and two female African elephants, husbandry and interpretation of elephant biology and behavior for international guests, camp maintenance and daily operations.


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death

Elephants continue to die mysteriously in the Chobe National Park.

2005-06-29 - KASANE, Botswana.

According to wildlife biologist Frederick Dipotso, the cause of death is yet to be diagnosed. He said in the past two months they have identified 20 elephant carcasses of which five were in the Chobe River. "We managed to pull out two which were nearer to the river bank." He said the surveillance team found less than 10 buffalo carcasses.


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Botswana wants elephant cull

2005-03-09 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana's president is seeking support from neighbouring Zambia for a proposal that would allow it to cull elephants and sell their ivory, officials said on Tuesday.

President Festus Mogae is expected to ask visiting Zambian President Levi Mwanawasa for support to downgrade the status of elephants under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites, a foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said Botswana ha...


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wild

Where to now for Tuli elephants?

2004-12-07 - Tuli Block, Botswana. Vivien Horle, Cape Argus

While questions regarding their fate need answering, the pachyderms have major champions in game guide Bashi Patane and ecologist Jeanetta Selier. Jeanetta Selier laughs in embarrassment. "No, I'm not an elephant whisperer," she says. "But I do talk to them. I talk to them all the time." We're in a game-viewing vehicle in a dry river bed in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in eastern Botswana, and a group of about 15 elephants are going about their business just 20m away.


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trade

Botswana ministry sold 664 elephant hunting licenses

2004-12-06 - PARLIAMENT, Botswana. Botswana Daily News

The ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism in Botswana has sold 664
hunting licenses for elephants in the past five years and P10 358 000 has
been realised from the sales.

The minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Kitso Mokaila told
parliament on Thursday that export levies for elephant trophies over the
same period amounted P520 712.


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conservation

"Concentration of elephant herds dangerous to eco-system"

2004-11-22 - PARLIAMENT, Botswana. Botswana Daily News

Large concentration of elephant herds in the Ngamiland area has
become dangerous to the eco-system hence the need to develop strategies to
address the situation.

MP for Maun West, Ronald Ridge told Parliament on November 18 that elephants
in the area destroy trees that protect the Okavango Delta.


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trade

Botswana"s 20 tonnes ivory trade on hold

2004-10-18 - GABORONE, Botswana. BOPA , Daily News online

Botswana's sale of about 20 tonnes of ivory sanctioned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has been suspended because some countries have failed to meet one of the preconditions.

Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were granted permission for a one-off sale of 60 tonnes of ivory in 2002.


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medical

Botswana anthrax "subsiding"

2004-09-24 - Gaborone, Botswana.

The outbreak of anthrax in Botswana's Chobe National Park had claimed the lives of 265 animals, but was now subsiding, an assistant director in the Department of Wildlife said on Friday. Of the 265 animals found dead in Chobe, 248 were buffalo, and 12 were elephants. The carcasses had been disposed of.


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welfare

Vets suggest shifting of elephants from Karachi Zoo to Safari Park.

2021-11-30 - Karachi, Pakistan.

The experts are to submit a report before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday (today) recommending a number of steps necessary for the well-being of the elephants. Therefore it would be a good idea ...


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research

UI professor tackles the development of tusk-less elephants

2021-11-29 - Beira, Mozambique.

A tusk-less elephant phenomenon led a University of Idaho professor to research in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Ryan Long, an associate professor in wildlife sciences, along with researchers...


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death

What costs captive jumbos’ lives? Lack of income or dearth of exercise?

2021-11-28 - Palakkad, India.

An increase in the frequency of deaths of captive elephants has prompted jumbo lovers to ask two key questions. Without enough festivals in the last two years, have the elephants contracted diseases o...


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fossil

Ancient mammoth tusk recovered from bottom of the ocean

2021-11-24 - Monterey, United States.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI) have found and extracted mammoth tusks from a Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi), deep in the ocean. According to MBARI, their team discov...


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illegal wildlife trade

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Suspected poachers sit on the defendant’s benches during their trial hearing at a district court in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The court opened the trial against the group of men accused of poaching endangered elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation groups have hailed as a milestone. (AP Photo/Riska Munawarah)

2021-11-22 - Calang, Armenia.

An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have h...


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zoo

Hadi Shrine Circus puts animals at the forefront in their annual charitable performances

2021-11-22 - , United States.

Tim Frisco, an employee with Miller Equipment Company, leads a group of elephants down the ramp into Roberts Stadium while preparing for the 72nd annual Hadi Shrine Circus on Nov. 22, 2005


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death

Why a Farmer from Alfred Killed One of the First Circus Elephants

Hachaliah Bailey (1775-1845), Artist unknown, oil on canvas SHS75.8.1 The William & Nancy Bailey Collection

2021-11-22 - Alfred, York County, United States.

It's an interesting tale that starts with Hachaliah Bailey. Yup, that Bailey, as in the Barnum and Bailey circus. Bailey was a farmer in upstate New York when he bought an elephant for about $1,000. A...


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relocation

Elephant Nature Park Updates

2021-11-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Article about the relocation of Asian female elephant Kamu to ENP.


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medical

Baby elephant is forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia

To save the life of the baby elephant, wildlife officials today (pictured) had to amputate half of her trunk at the Elephant Training Centre in Aceh Besar, Indonesia

2021-11-16 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A baby elephant was forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia. She was rescued on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a village in the Aceh ...


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webinar

17th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

2021-11-15 - Azle, United States.

It is with great disappointment that due to the continuing ongoing pandemic we will not be able to meet in person for this year’s International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium. BUT we a...


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zoo

Three Asian elephants pregnant at Melbourne Zoo

2021-11-13 - Melbourne, Australia.

For the first time in Melbourne Zoo’s history, three Asian elephants have become pregnant naturally and will give birth next year. New mum Mali, who was also born at the zoo 11 years ago, is sharing...


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people

The list of elephant people is growing!

2021-11-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The latest addition to the Elephant Database, presenteation of elephant people is growing, now over 300 names of legandary Circus trainers, Asian Mahouts, and head elephant keepers in Zoos.


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death

Remembering Karma

2021-11-10 - Mathura, India.

On 10 November 2021, we bid farewell to our beloved Karma. A few days before she passed, Karma collapsed out of exhaustion. Our team would lift Karma up with the help of a crane, without which they f...


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conflict

Elephant attacks mahout in ATR

2021-11-03 - COIMBATORE, India.

A mahout was injured in the attack of a camp elephant at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Top Slip on Monday. A Forest Department official said the mahout, Jayachandra...


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birth

Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

Photo taken on Oct. 20, 2021 shows a newborn Asian elephant calf and his mother Yaming in Kunming Zoo, southwest China

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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website

Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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conservation

Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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welfare

"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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conflict

COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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blog

Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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