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DNA proves mammoths mated beyond species boundaries

2016-04-23 - Hamilton, Canada.

Several species of mammoth are thought to have roamed across the North American continent. A new study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, provides DNA evidence to show that these mammoths, which should only mate within their species boundaries, were in fact likely to be interbreeding.


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Limba, beloved by her trainers at the Bowmanville Zoo, was euthanized humanely early Tuesday because of an illness.

Bowmanville Zoo: will they replace Limba?

2013-12-04 - Bowmanville, Canada.

On Tuesday, as zoo staff mourned, Hackenberger told the Star he couldn’t say whether Limba would be replaced. “At this point I’m dealing exclusively with Limba, so I don’t know. Anyone anywhere in the world, as long as you comply with the laws, can get an elephant. It’s not just Bowmanville Zoo. A private person who has the necessary land can own an elephant.”


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Limba, the only elephant at the Bowmanville Zoo, died on Dec. 3, 2013.

Elephant Limba dies at Bowmanville Zoo

2013-12-03 - Bowmanville, Canada.

Limba, a beloved elephant at the Bowmanville Zoo, has died. The zoo confirmed that she was euthanized at 12:34 a.m. on Tuesday. Limba was walking through the zoo and on the flood plain on Monday, the zoo said, but became very ill in the evening. “We have always been very clear that Limba would not suffer. Our decision was made to honor that commitment,” the zoo said in a statement.


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Mammoths: The Misunderstood Giants. (Even by this article author, who think trees were bad food for mammoths....)

2013-11-13 - Ontario, Canada. Oliver Knevitt

As someone who works on Silurian age fossils, I can´t help but be jealous every time a new mammoth "fossil" is found in permafrost. These mammoth corpses can barely be considered to be fossils. My most recent pang of jealousy occurred on finding out that Yuka, one of the more famed frozen mammoth corpses is to have her brain scanned.


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Robert Crawford, the elephant manager and trainer at the Bowmanville Zoo, posed for pictures with Limba the elephant in the Animatheatre at the zoo. Limba has been invited to participate in the Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade November 16.

Bowmanville elephant might be too sick to be in Santa Parade. Beloved Limba from the Bowmanville Zoo may have cancer

2013-11-13 - Bowmanville, Canada.

Limba, the beloved Bowmanville elephant, has been invited to walk in the Bowmanville Santa Claus parade but she may be too ill to attend. The zoo is about to announce she may have cancer. “Our number-one commitment has always been Limba’s health and welfare,” said Michael Hackenberger, Bowmanville Zoo director.


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ARAs Facebook event made Elephant Limba excluded from Bowmanville parade

2013-11-05 - Bowmanville, Canada.

A Facebook event shows that a group was planning to form a human blockade to stop the elephant from being part of the procession, and the parade’s organizing committee was concerned about what could happen if protesters got involved, said Terryl Tikas, the committee’s chairperson.


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Thika, youngest of the three, explores the confined area just outside the African elephant barn at PAWS.

Toronto elephant handlers speak out about trip to California, their too-brief time at PAWS and losing the animals they loved.

2013-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

Bob Barker may have called the Toronto elephant keepers �miserable� on Monday � in fact, he declared they should all be fired, but to those who participated in or observed the elephants being unloaded from their crates at PAWS, it was clear the zoo handlers played a key role in their safe delivery.


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Thika, one of the Toronto Zoo

Elephants from Toronto Zoo arrive at new home in California

2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada.

Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived at their new home at a California sanctuary after a three-day road trip. A truck carrying Toka and Iringa arrived at the Performing Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) Sanctuary near Sacramento around 8:30 p.m. EDT. A separate truck carrying the youngest elephant, Thika, was travelling in another truck and arrived about an hour later.


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Asian elephant bull Nicholas in the freezing cold enclosure in the winter.

The Toronto Zoo Elephant Saga � The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada.

Lies reg TB at PAWS, lies and propaganda from animal rights activists, politicians, and media who failed to cover the story objectively. Harrasment of staff wo pere pressed not to tell the truth. And the victims, a group of healthy african elephants, exploited by ZooCheck, PAWS and others.


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Hauler criticizes Toronto Zoo elephant trip

2013-10-18 - Toronto, Canada.

A longtime elephant hauler is unhappy with the way Toronto Zoo elephants are travelling to a California sanctuary. Stephen Fritz said he has transported more than 70 elephants in 27 years and he would not have chosen to transport Thika, Toka and Iringa by truck in the fall, he said Friday from Arizona.


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Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will begin their journey to the PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary near Sacramento, Calif. Thursday morning.

Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved Thursday morning: Union

2013-10-17 - Toronto, Canada.

Vice-president of CUPE Local 1600, which represents Toronto Zoo workers, Matt Berridge says they spoke with Active Environments, the company in charge of the move, and they have agreed allow keepers to come along as far as the U.S. border. However should staff wish to travel any further, Berridger says they would need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.


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Toronto Council hands zoo over to animal rights extremists

2013-10-12 - Toronto, Canada.

As you can see council has approved the allowance of 4 anti zoo animal rights groups to make decisions about the future of the Toronto Zoo. These organizations are 100% against zoos, they will begin systematically removing animals and exhibits and move them to their affiliated facilities as was the case with our elephants.They will start with all large iconic mammals, polar bears, bears, big cats and primates.


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The Arrival of a New Elephant at the Granby Zoo Creates Excitement in Quebec

2013-06-26 - Granby, Canada.

The Granby Zoo is very happy to welcome Tutume (pronounced Tootoomay), a 14 year-old African elephant from the Osnabrück Zoo in Germany; this Zoo has relocated its African elephants to start up a new reproduction program involving Asian elephants. The young male, who possesses excellent genetic qualities, is destined for reproduction within the guidelines of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Program.


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Defence Department says it can"t help move 3 Toronto elephants until fall

2013-05-25 - Toronto, Canada.

The Department of National Defence says it´s still in talks to help move the Toronto Zoo´s three resident elephants to California, but says the animals will have to stay put until the fall. Animal welfare activists had previously said the zoo was in talks to borrow a Canadian Forces plane to transport the pachyderms to an elephant sanctuary in California.


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The Calgary Zoo is closing down its elephant exhibit and shipping the animals out of the country.

Zoo’s plan to relocate elephants will stress animals, ex-veterinarian says

2013-05-03 - Calgary, Canada.

More than 30 years ago in a Sri Lankan jungle, then-Calgary Zoo veterinarian Darrel Florence fashioned a homemade device from a 7Up container and a garden hose, then used it to feed formula milk to three 200-pound infants.Florence, a zoo vet from 1975-1980, says to relocate the aged animals now to a new place is too stressful and not in the elephants’ best interest.


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Media Release: Field Reports Indicate Slaughter of Elephants, Conservation Staff Evacuated

2013-04-26 - Toronto, Canada.

WWF and WCS have received alarming reports from their field operations that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic (CAR), where new powers in place struggle to gain control over the situation. The conservation organizations are issuing today a joint call for immediate action.


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Swarna, Maharani and Kamala will soon have a new home outside Canada as the Calgary Zoo has decided it doesn’t have enough room for its Asian elephants. The zoo also wants to relocate its male pachyderm, Spike

Calgary Zoo preparing to bid adieu to elephants. Officials checking possible new homes for pachyderms

2013-04-17 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoo is close to finding a new home for its three female elephants. After reviewing nine possible locations, the zoo said it is now completing on-site visits for about half of the facilities and will make the decision public in four to six weeks. “We are identifying the best possible place for them with the best possible timeline, keeping in mind the elephants’ needs,” said general curator Jamie Dorgan, who declined to divulge the locations of the facilities except to say they a...


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Councillor vows to fight transfer of Toronto Zoo’s African elephants

2012-12-19 - Toronto, Canada.

A Toronto city councillor is vowing to do everything she can to stop the transfer of three aging African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a California sanctuary, fearing their safety could be jeopardized and the zoo could lose standing with a national organization. “It’s never over till it’s over,” councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby told The Globe and Mail Wednesday. “My heart and soul is in this and I believe in doing the right thing for our animals.”


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Left: Lucy the elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Right: One of the elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

It’s none of their business’: Edmonton mayor irate over ‘ridiculous’ Toronto motion telling Alberta capital what to do with its elephant

2012-12-09 - Toronto, Canada.

Hours after Toronto city council attempted to lecture Edmonton on proper elephant care, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel angrily told the Ontario capital to mind its own affairs. “It’s none of their business to butt into our business. I don’t appreciate it at all,” he said in a noticeably agitated preamble to a Wednesday night council meeting.

On Tuesday, Toronto city councillors agreed to ship its zoo’s three elephants south and approved a resolution...


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California sanctuary ‘not suitable’ for Toronto’s elephants, zoo’s CEO says

2012-11-22 - Toronto, Canada.

The California sanctuary slated as the next home for the Toronto Zoo’s three remaining elephants “isn’t suitable” because it has a problem with tuberculosis, says the zoo’s CEO in a report set to go before city council next week. The report from John Tracogna says that a due diligence review of PAWS by the zoo resulted in the sanctuary not providing all the medical records the zoo has asked for. The zoo also has concerns about steps PAWS has taken to contain tube...


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Toronto ground zero for battle over future of elephants in zoos

2012-11-09 - Toronto, Canada.

For the past year and a half, a fierce battle has raged over whether three African elephants should stay in their decades-old home at the Toronto Zoo. But it’s a battle that some experts say is now at the centre of a larger North American debate about the future of elephants in zoos. Since the facility opened in 1974, the Toronto Zoo has always had elephants.


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An elephant photographed at the Toronto Zoo in May 2012.

Time to clean up Toronto elephant mess

2012-11-08 - Toronto, Canada.

Toronto council has been debating for over a year whether to move three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California. In the process, it has managed to lose our zoo’s international accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). We always thought the people best-equipped to decide the fate of these elephants were the experts the zoo hires to look after them. But apparently not, since last October a majority of councillors chose to ignore their recomm...


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African elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

Executive Committee votes to let zoo staff decide where elephants should go

2012-11-06 - Toronto, Canada.

The Executive Committee has voted to have Toronto Zoo staff decide where their three remaining elephants should be relocated. They said that elephants should be moved as soon as possible. The meeting was held late Monday evening after the committee spent most of the day hearing from the public on the possibility of bringing a casino to Toronto.


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New director of conservation at the Calgary Zoo Dr. Jake Veasey by the Gorilla enclosure on Friday November 19 2010 in Calgary.  Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Veasey+best+elephant+breeds+again/7478288/story.html#ixzz2Ay8llUI9

Veasey: Its best if the zoos elephant breeds again

2012-11-01 - Calgary, Canada.

As the Calgary Zoos director of animal care, an animal welfare scientist and a captive elephant specialist, I’d like to respond to Jennifer O’Connor’s letter by respectfully encouraging her to consider the evidence relating to the psychological and physical impacts of denying elephants the opportunity to reproduce, before claiming it is “indefensible” and “self-serving” to allow Rani to breed again.


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Toronto Zoo Issued Notice of Potential Legal Action from TB-infected PAWS Facility. In 2002, PAWS spent $67,000 in legal fees using Animal Rights Activists money, how much over the last ten years?

2012-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

The Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo has received a letter from the Performing Animal Welfare Society´s (PAWS) American attorneys threatening legal action against the Toronto Zoo and certain individuals arising from a Status Report update in September. On September 25, 2012, the Zoo´s CEO and Senior Veterinarian issued an Elephant Transfer Status Report to the Board of Management to update the Board on the progress of the transfer and to explain the outstanding issues regarding...


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Rani. Calgary Zoo 03/2009. Photo: © Brent Van Hooft

Premature, stillborn calf of Maharani in Calgary

2012-10-24 - Calgary, Canada.

Zoo officials are deeply saddened to advise the community that Asian elephant Maharani delivered a premature, stillborn calf in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The calf was due in February/March 2013.


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Elephant in the snow at PAWS

Elephant researcher Joyce Poole defending sending healthy Toronto elephants to TB infected PAWS "Santuary"

2012-10-12 - Toronto, Canada.

On ElephantVoice Facebook page, elephant researcher Joyce Poole is defending the document she signed as scientist, supporting Toronto to send their elephants to a Tuberculosis infected "sanctuary" where several elephants have died, being positive for TB, the latest elephant 29 year old Sabu, survived 1,5 years.


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The Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo elephants still here almost a year after council ordered their departure. The animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure. Some zoo officials are quietly holding out hope the elephants could be moved to the National Elephant Center in Florida, an as yet unbuilt sanctuary-like setting where breeding will take place.

2012-09-25 - Toronto, Canada.

It’s been nearly a year since Toronto City Council voted to send the zoo’s three remaining elephants to a California sanctuary, but a departure date still hasn’t been set. With Toronto Zoo officials expected to hold a news conference Tuesday updating the situation on its trio of aging female pachyderms, the animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure.


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An elephant at the Toronto Zoo.

It Is Too Hot For African Elephants… In Canada

2012-07-23 - Toronto, Canada.

Three female African elephants named Iringa, Toka, and Thika live at the Toronto Zoo. Last summer, the Zoo’s board decided the trio would be moved to greener pastures, settling on the Performing Animal Welfare Society‘s 80-acre sanctuary in California. The 42, 41, and 30 year old elephants were set to move at the end of next week, but plans were postponed at the last minute. According to the CBC, Canada in the summer is just too hot for these African elephants, whose natural range consists o...


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Zoo’s demand to sanctuary could be an elephant-sized deal-breaker

2012-05-04 - Toronto, Canada.

Toronto zoo is insisting on what appears to be a deal-breaker: TB status reports on all wildlife, including deer and stray cats, found on the 2,300-acre site. There’s no time limit specified. “That’s not going to happen,” PAWS co-director Ed Stewart said Wednesday. “No request like that has ever been made of us — or anyone else. It’s above and beyond ridiculous, and it’s totally insulting.”


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Toronto elephants’ transfer at ‘impasse’ over PAWS medical records, zoo says

2012-04-30 - Toronto, Canada.

Reacting to a Saturday story in the Star that suggested the zoo is stalling or trying to block the transfer of three aging female elephants to the PAWS sanctuary, the zoo issued a release Monday evening accusing the sanctuary of refusing to hand over medical records for the eight elephants it has at its site. “Without this information zoo management is unable to fulfill its due diligence,” the release says.


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The menagerie manages: Circus animals unhurt after road accident

2012-04-30 - Quebec, Canada.

Vehicle transporting circus animals is all but completely destroyed in blaze north of Quebec City


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Toronto Zoo loses international accreditation. Decision could have impact on future loans of animals from other zoos

2012-04-18 - Toronto, Canada.

The decision by Toronto city council to send three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California has apparently cost the Toronto facility its international accreditation with the Aquarium and Zoos Association (AZA). There was never any question of the Toronto Zoo´s animal care, governance was the key issue, ohn Tracogna, CEO of Toronto Zoo said.


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CUPE Local 1600 compelled to respond to Zoocheck"s public statements regarding quarantine procedures at PAWS

2012-02-15 - Toronto, Canada.

Examination of Zoocheck´s statements reveals that PAWS appears to be no different than the standard in place at the majority of accredited zoological institutions in North America. CUPE Local 1600 queries Zoocheck´s assertion, and would welcome verification, with specifics. In addition, Zoocheck makes the claim that the Toronto Zoo´s African elephants are not at risk of contracting disease at the PAWS sanctuary," Ankenman continues. "With all due respect, no one can make this c...


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Animal lover fears Toronto’s elephants risk infection at their new home

2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada.

While many activists are applauding the decision by Toronto City Council to move the Toronto Zoo’s elephants to a California sanctuary, one animal lover warns it might not be in the best interest of the pachyderms. Michael Hackenberger, the Director of the Bowmanville Zoo alleges the PAWS sanctuary where they’re being moved to is home to elephants with tuberculosis and herpes.


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The Toronto Zoo Elephants are in trouble. (TB elephant dead at PAWS)

2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada. Peter Dickinson

Were the councillors kept in the dark over the TB question? How open has this sanctuary been with its medical records? If it were an AZA approved collection (which it isn´t) then these records would be available. It is to an approved AZA collection that the Toronto Zoo staff wanted to send the animals they loved and cared about. Now they have another nightmare of worry.


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Africa elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

Toronto Zoo’s accreditation could be in jeopardy

2011-11-25 - Toronto, Canada.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) are threatening to pull Toronto Zoo’s accreditation over the city´s decision to transfer three of its elephants to a sanctuary in California. Toronto city council voted 31-4 on Oct. 25 to transfer the elephants from the zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in San Andreas. The climate at the new location would be much more suitable for these large land mammals. AZA and CAZA...


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Let Toronto Zoo Experts Decide the Best New Home For Their Elephants. Sign petition

2011-11-07 - Toronto, Canada.

Back on May 12th a decision was made by the Toronto Zoo Board of Management to send the zoo´s three Elephants to another accredited facility. On Oct 25th this decision was overturned in a surprise last minute motion by a Toronto City Councilor. Please sign this petition to help us urge Toronto City Council to change this motion to allow the elephant experts at the Toronto Zoo to research and decide which facility is best for these elephants taking all of their physical and psychological ne...


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CUPE 1600 questions proposed Toronto elephant transfer

2011-11-02 - Toronto, Canada.

CUPE 1600, representing workers at the Toronto Zoo, can no longer remain silent on the issue of transferring the zoo’s three aged elephants to a private sanctuary in California. “What the council did was an ‘end run’ around the duly constituted Toronto Zoo Board of Management, who, to their credit, were doing due diligence to find the best possible place for our beloved animals,” said Grant Ankenman, president of CUPE local 1600.


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Toronto City Hall ‘not qualified to make the decision’ on elephants’ futures: Toronto Zoo staff

2011-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

A senior elephant keeper at the Toronto Zoo is “begging” city council to reconsider its decision to send its three aging pachyderms to an 80-acre sanctuary in California. In an unexpected, and unusual move, city council voted late Tuesday to seize control of the fate of Toka, Thika and Iringa away from the Zoo board, which had decided earlier this year to place the animals in a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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Toronto Zoo’s elephants will be sent to sanctuary

2011-10-26 - , Canada.

The Toronto Zoo’s three aging elephants should be moved to a California sanctuary, city council decided late Tuesday. The elephants would be able to live out their days there, said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, whose motion to move the elephants was approved in a 31-4 vote. Berardinetti said councillors could be assured the elephants would not be moved again but would stay in the spacious facility, which includes an elephant sized whirlpool to treat arthritis.


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The Jumbo statue in St. Thomas has been given a thorough restoration. But it never hurts to look for any spots the painters might have missed.

Jumbo the elephant leaves a big legend in southern Ontario. Circus hero died here, but the details are up for debate

2010-09-08 - St. Thomas, Canada.

Jumbo is much bigger and stronger than the 46 plow horses competing at the International Plowing Match here next week, but he’s ineligible. That’s because Jumbo is an African elephant—a dead African elephant. He died here 125 years ago on Sept. 15. Still, Jumbo will be a star at the 98th annual plowing match, which takes place Sept. 21-25 and attracts competitors from England, the United States and across Canada.


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The last of the woolly mammoths originated in North America.

DNA Shows That Last Woolly Mammoths Had North American Roots

2010-09-07 - Hamilton, Canada.

In a surprising reversal of conventional wisdom, a DNA-based study has revealed that the last of the woolly mammoths—which lived between 40,000 and 4,000 years ago—had roots that were exclusively North American. The research, which appears in the September issue of Current Biology, is expected to cause some controversy within the paleontological community.


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Calgary elephant gets 21 kg steel tusk caps

2010-08-07 - Calgary, Canada.

It took several hours of work by a team of eight experts backed by a machinist and a welder — plus a 10-tonne hoist just in case — but the Calgary zoo´s largest elephant has a new set of stainless steel tusk caps. Ganesha — or Spike, as he is nicknamed — was fitted with the 21-kilogram dental caps on Wednesday to replace the ones he has worn since 2002, according to zoo officials.


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First Artificially Inseminated Elephant Born in Canada

2010-07-15 - Cambridge, Canada.

Officials at African Lion Safari announced Thursday the birth of ´Jake´, a healthy male Asian elephant. ´Jake´ is the result of artificial insemination, the first ever in Canada. African Lion Safari has been involved in this ongoing research programme in cooperation with the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Biology, Berlin.


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Mammoth blood protein resurrected by scientists

2010-05-04 - Winnipeg, Canada. Paul Rincon

Scientists have discovered genetic mutations that allowed woolly mammoths to survive freezing temperatures. Nature Genetics reports that scientists "resurrected" a mammoth blood protein to come to their finding.
This protein, known as haemoglobin, is found in red blood cells, where it binds to and carries oxygen. The team found that mammoths possessed a genetic adaptation allowing their haemoglobin to release oxygen into the body even at low temperatures. The ability of haemoglobin to rel...


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A mammoth discovery

2010-05-01 - Elk Valley, Canada. REBECCA EDWARDS AND MARY GIULIANO

Elk Valley resident Popeye Fontana thought nothing of the fossil he found out on a hunting trip in the Corbin area of the Flathead Valley – but, years later, a scholar has confirmed it is a mammoth tooth over 16,000 years old. Lower Elk Valley Road resident Fontana, 83, noticed the unusual fossil while out hunting three years ago, but it wasn’tuntil earlier this year that its significance was recognized.


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Zoos Asian elephant Maharani may be pregnant for third time

2010-04-23 - Calgary, Canada.

Its a burning question for Calgary Zoo veterinary staff , who suspect that Maharani, a 20-year-old Asian elephant, is pregnant again. If blood tests confirm the pachyderm is indeed expecting a third calf, theres a heartbreaking possibility the newborn will fall ill to the same disease that killed Maharanis last offspring, Malti, in 2008.


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Elephant walk in Bowmanville

2010-03-28 - Bowmanville, Canada.

Limba the elephant took a walk down Bowmanville streets today for a good cause, publicizing the upcoming MS Walk on April 18. The Asiatic elephant, who calls Bowmanville Zoo home, walked down Highway 2 to Liberty Street from the zoo, than made the trip back home. The pachyderms trip proved to be an effective way to bring attention to the 2010 Bowmanville MS Walk, to be held on Sunday April 18, beginning at 9:40 am at the Bowmanville High School.


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Tara the elephant died at the Toronto Zoo in November of 2009. She was the zoos fourth elephant to die in the past four years. A Scarborough councillor and zoo board member is proposing the live elephant exhibit be replaced with an interactive one

Councillor proposes Toronto zoo replace real elephants with interactive displays. Fourth elephant death in four years prompts concerns

2010-03-04 - Toronto, Canada.

The Toronto Zoo should replace its live elephant habitat with an interactive display that has everything to satisfy a visitors curiosity about elephants - except the elephants themselves, according to zoo board member Glenn De Baeremaeker.


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University of Alberta professor Duane Froese next to a woolly mammoth tusk on display at the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences building at in Edmonton.

Mammoth discovery hidden inside frozen dirt

2009-12-15 - Edmonton, Canada. Elise Stolte

Woolly mammoths and ancient horses disappeared from North America thousands of years later than originally thought, casting doubt on common theories of a sudden mass extinction, says a researcher from the University of Alberta. Duane Froese and a team of international researchers have been studying the dramatic changes in climate conditions at the end of the Pleistocene era about 13,000 years ago using evidence gathered at a dig on the Yukon River in northern Alaska.


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Lucy the elephant shows is seen at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in this undated file photo.

Lucy the Elephant drops pounds

2009-12-10 - Edmonton, Canada.

Lucy the Elephant has dropped 400 pounds after just one month of being placed on a new fitness regime. Valley Zoo officials said her weight loss is equivalent to the size of an adult black bear. But she isn't done yet. Zookeepers are hoping Lucy can shed a 1,000 pounds overall to help improve her health and ease her symptoms of arthritis. The zoo is also adding more sand and rubber mats to make it easier for the elephant to walk around the sanctuary.


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Toronto Elephant´s death still a mystery

2009-12-04 - Toronto, Canada.

What killed the matriarch of the Toronto Zoos dwindling elephant herd? Toronto Zoo officials said yesterday even after the post-mortem on Tara the elephant, they still dont know what killed the 41-year-old pachyderm. Eric Cole, animal care supervisor of the zoos African savannah pavilion, said the post-mortem didnt find anything obvious to indicate cause of death. They did find some gallstones but those are to be expected at Taras age, he said.


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Tara the elephant.

Tara the elephant dies at Toronto Zoo

2009-11-30 - Toronto, Canada.

An elephant at the Toronto Zoo died this morning after zoo staff found her lying down, unable to stand up. Tara, the 41-year-old "matriarch" of the elephant herd, had not exhibited any recent health concerns, Eric Cole, supervisor of the zoo's African Savanna, said. She was found by animal care staff shortly before 8 a.m. Monday morning, who tried in vain to lift the 8,500-pound animal back onto her feet. They were unable to hoist her back up, and she died at 11 a.m.


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Zoo defends Asian-inspired elephant statue

2009-09-25 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoo says the statue of an elephant that's the focus of criticism by a religious group is meant to symbolize the widely revered culture behind the Asian elephant exhibit. Spokesman Graham Newton tells the Morning News on QR77 says the statue will not come down. "The connection is with the Asian culture," Newton said. "Much like the bald eagle stands for the American culture."
He says the attraction has been the source of a handful of complaints but most people love it.


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Lucy the Asian elephant gets cleaned by Jackie Buck, right, elephant manager, and Maureen Anderson, elephant trainer, in her enclosure at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton.

Prominent lawyer takes up Lucy"s cause

2009-09-18 - Edmonton, Canada. Paula Simons and Gordon Kent

Clayton Ruby is famous for getting the wrongfully convicted out of jail. Now, the high-profile criminal lawyer will work to free a different kind of jailbird Lucy the elephant from a different kind of cage: Edmonton's Valley Zoo. "I have been retained to look into the Lucy problem and find a solution," Ruby confirmed yesterday. Ruby's involvement in the case was revealed at a news conference in Edmonton yesterday where former TV game-show host Bob Barker called for Lucy to be sent to a Californi...


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Lucy the elephant could die if moved: Independent vet

2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada.

An independant veterinarian has told the city that moving Lucy the elephant from the Valley Zoo could killer her. Her current respiratory problems preclude any thought of moving her and in fact it would (be) life threatening for her to be placed under that kind of stress, Dr. James Oosterhuis said in a letter to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, sent after an examination of Lucy. It is my opinion that it would be unethical for any veterinarian to recommend moving her and in fact would be malpractice to s...


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Lucy the elephant has been a Valley Zoo attraction for most of her 33 years.

Edmonton Valley Zoo to report on Lucy’s health

2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is holding a news conference Monday to provide an update on the health of Lucy, the elephant. The update will include the results of a recent examination of Lucy and the opinions of a third-party specialist. Community Services General Manager Linda Cochrane and Valley Zoo veterinarian Dr. Milton Ness will be there. Actor William Shatner recently added his voice to the many calls for Lucy to be retired to a sanctuary.


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Lucy the elephant shows is seen at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in this undated file photo.

Debate rages over Lucy the elephant at Edmonton zoo

2009-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada.

In a hilly field filled with shrubs and trees in an undeveloped part of the zoo, a massive creature plays hide-and-seek with her keepers. Slowly walking around a pathway the animal remembers well, she soaks up the sun and breeze while cavorting with its human friends. "She loves grazing on the grass up here," says head zookeeper Wade Krasnow, who has been caring for the animal for almost two decades. "She" is Lucy, a beloved Asian elephant who has been a fixture at Edmonton's Valley Zoo for the ...


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ROYAL DOULTON ELEPHANT TRAINER FACE MUG - $325

2009-08-24 - Chestermere, Canada.

not for sale stamped on the bottom,thats what makes it an awesome COLLECTIBLE
RARE and in Excellent condition one of a Kind dimentions 7x6x4 will ship world wide 325.00


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death

Gentlest elephant dies at Toronto Zoo

2009-06-14 - Toronto, Canada. Katherine Laidlaw

An African elephant living at the Toronto Zoo died Saturday after another elephant knocked her over as the herd scrambled for its hay at feeding time. Tessa, the 40-year-old elephant who lived at the zoo since its opening in 1974, lived with four other elephants in the five-acre enclosure. On Saturday afternoon, the elephants were outside being fed when Tessa fell to the ground and couldn’t stand up again.


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course

5th International Workshop on Ultrasound & Assisted Reproduction in Elephants, Rhinoceroses and Giraffes

2009-01-22 - Cambridge, Canada. African Lion Safari & Game Farm Ltd

The fifth international workshop hosted by the African Lion Safari in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Zoo- and Wildlife Research with the unique opportunity to learn first hand about reproductive biology, management, pathology and assisted reproduction technologies in the 3 Megavertebrae species; elephant, rhinoceros and giraffe.


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medical
Malti died over the weekend from elephant herpes virus

Baby elephant died of heart failure

2008-11-03 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoo is learning more about the death of Malti the baby elephant. The little pachyderm died this weekend, less than a week after being diagnosed with elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV). The disease kills by attacking the cells that line an elephant's blood vessels in the heart, liver and other organs. The virus hits suddenly and causes internal bleeding and heart failure, killing the animal within a few days. The virus seems to lie dormant in adult elephants and is spread t...


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death

Baby elephant Malti dies

2008-11-01 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoo's baby elephant has died, despite round-the-clock efforts to save her. Malti was diagnosed with a rare, but deadly disease called elephant herpesvirus on Friday. The disease attacks the lining of the blood vessels. It's suspected she got it from one of the adult elephants which can carry the virus without ever becoming ill themselves. The Elephant Crossing area of the zoo was closed to the public Saturday. All of the elephants were kept outside while staff worked feverishly to ke...


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medical
Wearing a warm blanket, one-month-old elephant Malti wanders out to meet the public for the first time at the Calgary Zoo on Sept. 10, 2007

Baby elephant at Calgary Zoo gravely ill in herpes virus

2008-11-01 - Calgary, Canada. DAWN WALTON

The baby elephant that has been drawing huge crowds at the Calgary Zoo is gravely ill with a virus that is almost always fatal and has been responsible for killing dozens of pachyderms in captivity and in the wild. Officials said Friday afternoon that blood tests have confirmed that Malti, an almost 15-month-old female Asian elephant, has elephant herpes virus, a condition that attacks the circulatory system. Zoo veterinarians are working around the clock and administer anti-viral medication to ...


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welfare
The Valley Zoo’s Asian elephant, Lucy, with her friend and caretaker of 19 years, Maureen Anderson.

Lucys vet defends zoo

2008-10-23 - Edmonton, Canada. VICTORIA HANDYSIDES

Lucy the elephant is healthy, but too sick to survive a move, staff at the Valley Zoo insist, responding to calls for her be sent to a sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. “Aside from her tooth problem and her arthritis, she’s a very healthy elephant,” said the zoo’s veterinarian, Milton Ness. “Under stress, we’re worried her capacity to breathe could be diminished.”


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job
The elephant Limba at Bowmanville Zoo

Bowmanville Zoo: elephant manager

2008-09-29 - Bowmanville, Canada.

The Bowmanville Zoo is seeking a candidate to fill an elephant manager position in the Elephant Department. Individuals must have extensive knowledge in elephant training and husbandry. Duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning animal enclosures, preparing diets, performing daily animal presentations, presenting on site and off site programs, training husbandry and show behaviors, and providing enrichment for the collection. Candidates must be capable of managing both onsite activities as...


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death

Those who knew her will never forget Tequila the elephant. Pretty female joined Toronto Zoo when it opened in 1974

2008-09-06 - Toronto, Canada. Anthony Reinhart, Eric Cole, Toronto Zoo

Sure as the sun rose each morning, Tequila the African elephant could be found lumbering about her enclosure, eager to fortify her imposing bulk with a bale of hay for breakfast. Such had been her routine since the summer of 1974, when the young orphan from Mozambique took up residence with the rest of the elephants at the newly opened Toronto Zoo. When the zoo's elephant keepers reported for work on Tuesday, they expected no different. But there was nothing routine about what they found in the ...


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death

Toronto Zoo, and its elephants, mourn Tequila

2008-09-03 - Toronto, Canada. Danielle Wong

The surprise death of a Toronto Zoo elephant yesterday offered a fresh challenge for veterinarian staff who have learned that elephants, like humans, mourn the death of their loved ones. When Thika found her mother, a 38-year-old African elephant named Tequila, dead early at the zoo’s outdoor elephant exhibit, she stayed beside the body for four hours. Thika even started digging at the ground and throwing dirt on her mother’s body, as if hoping to get any response at all. It wasn’t until T...


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people

Peter Beard, Uncensored: A Rollicking Interview with the Photography King

2008-07-17 - Toronto, Canada. Ben Kaplan

This year the Pirelli Calendar has 52 pages of what you might call the elephant metaphor. The entire ecology of the elephant is more similar to us [and our fate] than any other animal – adapting to the damage we both cause eating sand cookies, while elephants eat wood. It seems we are next. This feeling is portrayed in Africa, in the Okavanga Swamp area, with African elephants of circus background and dangerous-looking humorous sittings, with lots of beauty thanks to the outstanding top ten mo...


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circus

Owner thanks community for aiding circus animals

2008-06-19 - Daniel's Harbour, Canada.

The owner of three circus animals stranded in Daniel's Harbour, Nfld., when the truck carrying them overturned wants to say thanks to the community for its help. Mike Hackenberger has donated $4,000 toward the cost of a new playground in the name of Limba, the elephant. The huge pachyderm was in the back of the truck along with two camels when the vehicle overturned on Sunday morning. There were no serious injuries and the animals were put up in an abandoned garage equipped with wood shavings an...


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fossil

10,000-year-old mastadon tusk donated to museum

2008-06-16 - Ontario, Canada.

A small reminder of the huge animals that roamed the earth 10,000 years ago has surfaced near Barrie. An ivory tusk from either a mastodon or mammoth has been donated to the Simcoe County museum after it was discovered in Springwater Township last month. There have been approximately 120 known mastodon and mammoth remains found in Ontario. But Kevin Seymour, assistant curator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, says this tusk is particularly rare because most mastodon or mammoth remains in O...


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accident

Circus animals OK after truck transporting them crashes near N.L. village

2008-06-16 - DANIELS HARBOUR, Canada.

Two camels and an elephant made an unexpected stop in a village on Newfoundland's northern peninsula on Sunday morning. Local firefighters had to use the jaws of life to extricate the animals after the truck they were travelling in crashed near Daniels Harbour, N.L. The animals were touring the province as part of a travelling circus. A veterinarian and provincial wildlife officials were called to the scene to treat the animals, who received only minor injuries. The driver was treated for non-li...


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PETA and the Calgary Zoo

2008-05-20 - Calgary, Canada.

The injury of an animal keeper at the Calgary Zoo on Sunday, gave known animal activists PETA, a chance to attack their elephant management techniques. But Graham Newton, the Director of Corporate Services at the zoo tells 660News, PETA's accusations are unfounded. He says their information is filled with inaccuracies and shoddy research, because they already do use protected contact method with one of their elephants, and for others the free contact method is what they're used to, and is a safe...


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Elephant injures zookeeper at Calgary Zoo

2008-05-18 - Calgary, Canada.

Senior elephant keeper Brent Vanhooft, 48, was taken to hospital Sunday afternoon after an incident in the Tropical Eurasia building at the Calgary Zoo. Around 1:30 p.m., a crowd of people in the Elephant Crossing facility looked on in disbelief as one of the animals; a 33-year old elephant named Swarna, became agitated, and knocked the zoo keeper down. Swarna was in a pen with two other elephants, a mother, Maharani, and her 9-month old calf, Malti. Maharani is Swarna's sister. Zoo officials be...


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conflict

Reducing elephant – human conflict: Saving lives and incomes of the rural poor - WWF unveils best ways to reduce conflict with wildlife

2008-05-14 - Vancouver, Canada.

Governments could save human lives and millions of dollars in crop and income losses for the rural poor through better consideration of the needs of wildlife, according to a new WWF study of conflict between humans and wild elephants in Africa and Asia. The new study, Common Ground, found that the most serious conflict and harm to both human communities and elephants resulted from unplanned and unregulated development. In Namibia, elephant related conflict costs communal farmers around $US 1 mi...


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people

Pick your battles and stick with them

2008-04-04 - Edmonton, Canada. Scott McKeen, The Edmonton Journal

There came a day when I couldn't care less. The moment came after I wrote a column about meeting the Valley Zoo's elephant, Lucy, and painting a picture with her. A few people e-mailed me to express their moral outrage. Lucy, they argued, deserves to be transferred to a southern U.S. sanctuary where she can roam in relative freedom with other elephants. These people were particularly angry with me because, in their eyes, I'd willingly participated in the exploitation and isolation of Lucy.


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Animal rights group hopes cookies will sweeten city on plea to move Alta elephant

2008-03-27 - Esmonton, Canada.

An animal rights group is giving Edmonton city councillors something to chew on. A few members of Edmonton-based Voice for Animals dropped off packages of “elephant dung cookies” at city hall Wednesday. The protesters were raising a stink in the hopes it would help convince the city to move Lucy the elephant to a warmer climate. Lucy has been the sole elephant at the city’s Valley Zoo since the zoo sent its only other elephant, Samantha, to a U.S. zoo on a breeding loan in September. Tove ...


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misc
Snowball: An elephant uses his trunk to compact the snow

Meet the elephants who just love to make jumbo snowballs

2008-03-20 - Hamilton, Canada.

They are more used to a balmy climate, but as these amazing pictures show, elephants love to play in the snow too. Two of the massive mammals played together in the cold safari park in Ontario, Canada and even made a gigantic snowball together. The elephants at the African Lion Safari in Hamilton, used their trunks to gather the snow and pile it high to create the massive ball of ice. They worked hard to compact the snow and the structure was so stable that one of the safari park workers could s...


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film

Could a Mammoth Be Cloned? Discovery Channel Explores the Possibility in Baby Mammoth, Premiering March 23

2008-03-17 - Qualicum Beach, Canada.

Could a forensic investigation into the life and death of a newly discovered baby woolly mammoth literally take us “back to the future”? Baby Mammoth, a new one-hour Discovery Channel special, premiering Sun., March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT explores the explosive question: Could a mammoth be cloned?


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facility

Zoo looks to change its mandate. Conservation rather than entertainment may be in Toronto Zoo"s future

2008-03-11 - Toronto, Canada. DAVID NICKLE

More room for the elephants, a new education learning centre and funding for research into the lives and possible longevity of polar bears are some of the things that $250 million could buy the Toronto Zoo. The money will go to several projects within and outside the zoo. The largest sum, $107.8 million, will go to redeveloping the north zoo site, the animal health centre and increasing the size of the elephant paddock. The zoo wants to spend $21.5 million on an education learning centre and $24...


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At six months old, 242-kg elephant baby gaining ground -- and plenty of pounds in spite of early rejection by mom

2008-02-18 - Calgary, Canada. MICHAEL PLATT

There are parents in Calgary with more mouths to feed, but at 25 litres of milk a day, there's no baby with an appetite like this 242-kg toddler. Such greedy guzzling has Malti the elephant gaining up to a kilogram of mass a day and half of that milk now comes directly from the baby's mom. Its a breast-feeding victory that's made Family Day all the more significant for keepers at the Calgary Zoo, who've been hand-raising Malti since her birth on August 9. "Each day we have another success and ea...


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people
Baby elephant Malti will be featured in the Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo boss plots a bright future for people, wildlife

2008-01-22 - Calgary, Canada. David Parker, Calgary Herald

The zoo's annual budget is $26 million and, of that, Harper's group brings in approximately $17 million -- $10 million of which is from admissions. This year, he is expecting a big boost to the visitor count as well as memberships, thanks to a couple of big attractions: Malti, a baby elephant, and a new stingray tank. Malti is a joy to watch as she kicks ball, throws around cardboard or takes her snack from the keeper's bottle. Directly across from the interior elephant enclosure, a big tank is ...


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workshop

4th International Workshop on Ultrasound & Assisted Reproduction in Elephants,Rhinoceroses and Giraffes: 17. - 20.01.2008

2008-01-17 - Ontario, Canada. African Lion Safari & Game Farm Ltd., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

The "4th International Workshop" hosted by the African Lion Safari in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Zoo- and Wildlife Research holds the unique opportunity to learn first hand about reproductive biology, management, pathology and assisted reproduction technologies in the 3 Megavertebrate species; elephant, rhinoceros and giraffe:


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abstract

Structure of ivory.

2007-12-21 - Ontario, Canada. Locke M. University of Western Ontario

Profiles with all orientations have been used to visualize the 3D structure of ivory from tusks of elephant, mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, pig (bush, boar, and warthog), sperm whale, killer whale, and narwhal. Polished, forming, fractured, aged, and stained surfaces were prepared for microscopy using epi-illumination. Tusks have a minor peripheral component, the cementum, a soft derivative of the enamel layer, and a main core of dentine = ivory. The dentine is composed of a matrix of particles ...


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medical

Elephants semen stirs controversy for zoo. Is Toronto"s big Rex to blame for demise of Hansa in Seattle?

2007-12-07 - Toronto, Canada. Randy Boswell

A Canadian zoo is at the centre of a bizarre cross-border controversy after animal-rights advocates in Washington state urged American wildlife officials to halt a planned U.S.-bound shipment of semen from a Canadian elephant suspected of having bad seed. Biologists at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle are seeking sperm from 39-year-old Rex, an Asian elephant at the African Lion Safari west of Toronto to impregnate 29-year-old Chai, who recently lost her six-year-old daughter Hansa to a newly discove...


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Rex, an Asian elephant, lives at the African Lion Safari west of Toronto.

Elephant sperm donor suspected of having bad seed

2007-12-06 - Rockton, Canada. Randy Boswell

A Canadian zoo is at the centre of a bizarre cross-border controversy after animal-rights advocates in Washington state urged American wildlife officials to halt a planned U.S.-bound shipment of semen from a Canadian elephant suspected of having bad seed. Biologists at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle are seeking sperm from 39-year-old Rex - an Asian elephant at the African Lion Safari west of Toronto - to impregnate 29-year-old Chai, who recently lost her six-year-old daughter Hansa to a newly disc...


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smuggle

Environment Canada investigation into illegal importation of 30,000 pieces of African elephant ivory leads to prosecution

2007-10-12 - Richmond, Canada.

British Columbia received a $9,000.00 fine yesterday after pleading guilty in
Richmond Provincial Court to illegally importing over 30,000 pieces of African
elephant ivory. Mr. Ho was also ordered to pay a further $9,000.00 to TRAFFIC,
(a division of the World Wildlife Fund,) to support programs for the
conservation of the African elephant, and to forfeit all of the ivory seized
during the investigation which wildlife officers have estimated to be worth
...


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relocation
The Valley Zoo has been Samantha

Elephant leaves Edmonton zoo for breeding program

2007-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada.

The Valley Zoo said goodbye to Samantha the elephant as she left to be a mom in her new home in North Carolina. The 19-year-old elephant will be part of the breeding program at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, which recently expanded its elephant enclosure to include seven acres in a naturalized habitat. The Valley Zoo has been Samantha's home since 1988. Staff stroked and petted Samantha before she boarded the moving truck Tuesday night. Zoo operations manager Dean Treichel said they're sad ...


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Public debut

2007-09-11 - Calgary, Canada.

Elephant-keeper David Percival walks one-month-old Malti to meet the public for the first time yesterday at the Calgary Zoo.


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Clad in a fall coat, baby elephant Malti makes public debut at Calgary zoo

2007-09-11 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoos newest all-star attraction made her public debut Monday in front of several hundred adoring fans. Just one month old and wearing a down coat to keep away the autumn morning chills, baby Asian elephant Malti sauntered up and down the paddock with zookeepers on either side like a movie star with her security guards. Head elephant keeper Bob Kam says while Malti is starting to gain more than a kilogram daily, the zoo is still concerned about her bonding with mom, Maharani.


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Elephants best friend gets nursery visit, Calgary teen who tried to save dying calf in 2004 given privilege of naming newborn

2007-08-26 - Calgary, Canada.

Nearly three years ago, when the Calgary Zoos baby elephant Keemaya was sick and dying, Nora Libin tried to help save the pachyderm's life. The 13-year-old took $5,000 raised at her bat mitzvah, combined that with money from her philanthropic grandfather, Alvin Libin, and presented Calgary Zoo officials with $25,000. But it was too late to save the elephant. A combination of infection and rejection by her mother Mahrani took her life at three weeks old.


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Baby elephant named Malti

2007-08-24 - Calgary, Canada. KATIE SCHNEIDER

The Calgary Zoos latest 308-pound bundle of joy now has her own name. A two-week old Asian elephant calf, born at 3:23 a.m. on Aug. 9, has been named Malti. Zoo donor Nora Libin gave the little one its Hindi name, which means moonlight, to be brilliant, or small fragrant flower, said zoo spokeswoman Laurie Herron. Libin chose the name from a list of Sri Lankan and Hindi names the zookeepers gathered before the baby was born, and Herron said it fits the calf perfectly because she was born during ...


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Mother elephant gets help

2007-08-18 - Calgary, Canada. Suzanne Goldman

A nervous new mom is getting around-the-clock support from a team of dedicated zookeepers anxious to see Calgary's latest baby elephant form a tight bond with her hulking mama. Working in shifts, the group of eight charged with the calf's care have set up cots and air mattresses in order to stay in close contact with the animals. We're getting very tired," laughed elephant keeper Scott Russell. "It's a lot of work, absolutely.


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birth

Baby Elephant Still Thriving At Calgary Zoo

2007-08-17 - Calgary, Canada.

Only a week old, and the Calgary Zoos latest edition is proved she will be a force to be reckoned with. The female baby elephant is healthy, fun and cute for being over three-hundred pounds. Head elephant keeper Bob Kam says all is well with both mother and child. He says the yet-to-be named pachyderm is fine when she has a full stomach. Kam says it will still be a while before Calgarians get to see the baby elephant, as she still needs to get a little closer to her mom. The last baby elephant b...


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birth

High hopes for newborn elephant in Calgary Zoo

2007-08-10 - Calgary, Canada. BILL KAUFMANN, SUN MEDIA

Zoo officials hope an elephant calf delivered yesterday wont meet the sad fate of an earlier newborn. Its hoped 17-year-old Maharani will bond with her 308-lb. daughter, nearly three years after the Asian elephant mom rejected infant Keeyama, which was suffering a digestive infection and died in December 2004. Mom and daughter are in isolation and the zoo's new Elephant Crossing complex is closed to the public, said Kevin Strange, manager of conservation and education. We're all holding our brea...


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birth

Calgary Zoo Celebrates Elephant Calf Arrival

2007-08-09 - Calgary, Canada. Laurie Herron, Media Relations, Calgary Zoo

Following a 22-month pregnancy, the Calgary Zoo’s 17-year-old Asian elephant Maharani delivered a female calf early this morning at 3:20 a.m. The newest member of the herd weighs 308 pounds, and sired by the bull Spike. Our elephant team has long-awaited the arrival of this baby, says Bob Kam, lead elephant keeper at the Calgary Zoo. Every Asian elephant born is significant in the conservation efforts to save these wonderful animals from extinction. Today we are very proud to be part of that g...


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circus

Cops Round Up 3 Escaped Elephants In Newmarket

2007-07-12 - Newmarket, Canada. Tamsyn Burgmann

They say an elephant never forgets. And it's likely York Regional Police and some startled early risers won't be able to forget what they saw in a Newmarket neighbourhood early Friday morning, three elephants wandering loose around the area. Cops responded to Yonge and Eagle Sts. around 2:30am, when some night owl residents spotted what appeared to be several pachyderms wandering around outside their doors.


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More elephun at Calgary zoo

2007-06-23 - Calgary, Canada. SHANNON WOODWARD, SUN MEDIA

The Calgary Zoo's most prominent and largest residents were introduced to their new enclosure yesterday. Ganesha, Kamala, Swarna and Maharani, the zoo's four Asian elephants, stepped out of the great doors and into the sand-filled outdoor space that will become their playground for years to come. Elephant Crossing, part of the $35-million Project Discovery plan to rejuvenate the zoo, has expanded the elephants' outdoor living space by more than three times and more than doubled their indoor spac...


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Media Invitation - Official Opening - Elephant Crossing at Calgary Zoo. Media are invited to attend

2007-06-19 - Calgary, Canada. Laurie Herron, Media Relations, the Calgary

The official opening of the much-anticipated Elephant Crossing will take place on Friday, June 22, 2007. Elephant Crossing is the exciting new home for the Calgary Zoo's elephant family and will present state-of-the-art technology and learning opportunities that will enhance the zoo visitors' experience. The new indoor and outdoor amphitheatres will showcase interpretive programs and provide animal encounters that will inspire people to protect this fascinating endangered species.The exhibit hal...


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relocation

African elephant Samantha leaves Edmonton for breeding program in North Carolina

2007-06-11 - Edmonton, Canada.

Samantha, the Valley Zoos African elephant, is leaving Edmonton.
Zoo officials today said the 19-year-old elephant is headed to the North Carolina Zoo sometime this summer on a breeding loan. Shes expected to be joined by a growing herd that by the end of the year may include two males and five females. Samantha is of prime breeding age and is in excellent health, so we’re pleased to have found an accredited facility that has an approved breeding program, said Dean Treichel, Valley Zoo...


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smuggle

Environment Canada investigation into alleged illegal importation of African Elephant ivory leads to charges

2007-04-12 - VANCOUVER, Canada.

Environment Canada has laid 4 charges against Yuk Ming Ho of Richmond, British Columbia for alleged violations of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). It is alleged that in March 2005, Mr. Ho unlawfully imported into Canada African Elephant ivory which had been exported from Hong Kong without a permit, an alleged importation violation in contravention of WAPPRITTA. Mr. Ho also faces a charge of possession of African Eleph...


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Hooked on the Show

2007-03-15 - Toronto, Canada. JACK BOLAND

Whether its fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, flying wet dogs or elephant rides, going to the Toronto Sportmens Show has always been a Meinzinger family's annual tradition. Wearing the family's backpack, Howie Meinzinger, 52, took a break yesterday between scouting out a fishing trip for his curling buddies and checking out new fishing gear to watch his teenage daughter and son take a ride on Limba, a 44-year -old female elephant from the Bowmanville Zoo.


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facility

Calgary tourist attraction upgrades

2007-03-07 - Calgary, Canada.

The City of Calgary has voted $30 million and the Province of Alberta $34 million toward the expansion of the elephant exhibit, upgrading of the conservatory and establishment of Arctic Shores. The zoo already received $3 million from the city for a feasibility study and preliminary design and was expecting the balance in June.


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people
Wayne Hronek pores over a book to identify fossils, including 300-million-year-old arthropleura footprints, that he found on his Pictou County property

Wayne Hronek find remains of ancient days. Fossil buff’s finds include footprints from 300 million years ago

2007-02-21 - HODSON, Canada. MONICA GRAHAM

"I’m going to find a mastodon if it kills me," he said. "They found that one in Stewiacke — there’s got to be more. One of these days, I’m going to see a tusk sticking out of a bend in a river." Nova Scotia’s ancient past has a lot more to reveal through its fossils and other artifacts, Mr. Wayne Hronek said. Once upon a time, long before the first dinosaur, a giant sow bug crawled through some swampy muck in a place that some day in the far-off future would become the Pictou County ha...


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welfare
Michael K Hackenberger, director of Bowmanville Zoo, and the asian elephant bull Vance

ZooCheck again slams Bowmanville Zoo. Says Canada is "no place for elephants"

2007-02-08 - BOWMANVILLE, Canada. Jennifer Stone

Mr. Hackenberger suggested ZooCheck, which has made previous allegations about both him and the zoo, releases these reports simply as a money-making venture. They have an anti-zoo agenda and have yet to prove an allegation against him, he said. "There's a process for ethics violations," said Mr. Hackenberger. "If these people think I'm doing something wrong, they have the opportunity to charge me with an ethics violation. They've tried before and lost. Our largest point of immigration today on a...


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Valley Zoo denies facility bad for elephants

2007-02-08 - Edmonton, Canada. MICHELLE MARK, SUN MEDIA

Valley Zoo officials are slamming a report that says their elephant enclosures are the worst in Canada. Valley Zoo spokesman Jan Archbold said the elephants are perfectly fine right where they are. She also said the Valley Zoo is accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). "When they were here recently, they found the enclosures were well within the needs of having two elephants and that the care and handling of the elephants was outstanding," she said, adding she doesn'...


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welfare
An African elephant at the Toronto Zoo in this 2001 file photo

Cold, lack of space cause health and mental problems in zoo elephants: report

2007-02-08 - EDMONTON, Canada. Lisa Arrowsmith, Canadian Press

Canada's cold climate and small zoo enclosures are making elephants sick, stressed and bored, according to a report released Wednesday by the animal rights group Zoocheck Canada. But people responsible for the animals quickly dismissed the group's calls to stop captive breeding programs and relocate elephants to sanctuaries in warmer parts of the United States.


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birth
The bull elephant Spike in Calgary Zoo

Maharani, the Calgary Zoo elephant that shunned baby is pregnant again

2007-02-06 - Calgary, Canada. Gwendolyn Richards, Calgary Herald

An elephant that rejected her first baby immediately after giving birth two years ago is pregnant again. Maharani is about 16 months pregnant and expected to deliver this summer, Calgary Zoo veterinarian Sandie Black confirmed Monday. Vets have been unable to get a good ultrasound picture of the fetus because of its position, but Black said they expect to begin monitoring the level of pregnancy hormones in the next couple of weeks, as they will drop in advance of the birth.


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fossil
John Hoganson, paleontologist for the North Dakota Geological Survey, takes measurements Wednesday of the skull of the Highgate Mastodon in the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck. Hoganson was checking whether mastodon teeth recently found in Canada

Tooth sleuth says none of the teeth found in Ontario belong to N.D. mastodon

2007-02-02 - BISMARCK, Canada. ELOISE OGDEN

None of three mastodon teeth found in an attic in London, Ontario, belong to the Highgate mastodon which stands in the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. John Hoganson, paleontologist for the North Dakota Geological Survey in Bismarck, told The Minot Daily News in an interview in November 2006 that he thought it was very likely at least one of the teeth found about a year ago in Ontario belonged to one of the elephant-like animals in the Heritage Center.


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workshop

Third annual workshop in Ultrasound and Assisted reproduction in elephants and rhinoceroses

2007-01-18 - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Place: African Lion Safari. Instructors: Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt, Dr. Frank Goeritz, Dr. Robert Hermes, Dr. Peter Rich, Charlie Gray. Main topics of the workshop are the application of different Ultrasound Technologies (2D, 3D, Color-flow-Doppler etc), the methods of semen collection, and artificial insemination techniques.


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facility

Wild market increases costs of Zoos expansion plans

2006-12-02 - Calgary, Canada. SHAWN LOGAN, CALGARY SUN

Calgary zoo's massive Project Discovery expansion, which will include a new elephant enclosure and Arctic Shores exhibit, was originally given a price tag some 18 months ago. But Calgary's booming construction market has forced the zoo to rethink its plans, looking to shave costs by breaking the expansion into smaller phases and determine a more accurate price for the project, said Grahame Newton, the zoo's director of corporate affairs.


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evolution
Mastodon

Mastodon tusks tell of brutal hormonally charged battles at certain times of the year

2006-10-27 - Ontario, Canada. Jennifer Viegas

Battle scars on male mastodon tusks reveal they fought in brutal combat each year during seasonal phases of heightened sexual activity and aggression. The discovery, announced at a recent Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Ontario, counters the view that now-extinct mastodons were peaceful, passive creatures that rarely engaged in battles. It also strengthens the link between mastodon and modern elephant behaviour, since male bull elephants also fight seasonal, hormonally-charged batt...


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pictures
Elephants at the Metro Toronto zoo

Elephants at the Metro Toronto Zoo

2006-10-20 - Toronto, Canada. Loops666

Elephants at the Toronto zoo! This was a behind-the-scenes tour for employees, as part of our Bush Camp I don't know if it works the same way for the public.


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medical

Edmonton Zoo elephant Samantha gets back to normal life

2006-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada.

Life is returning to normal with mud baths and sugar cane snacks for injured zoo elephant Samantha. On Aug. 27, the 16-year-old African elephant lost 20 cm off the end of her trunk while exploring a gate latch. She panicked when her trunk got stuck. It tore when she instinctively yanked it back. Now, earlier than expected, she is back wooing the public from her zoo enclosure.


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Elephant Samantha hurt in Edmonton Zoo

2006-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada. MAX MAUDIE

After 20 centimetres of an elephant's trunk was torn off in a "freak accident" at the Valley Zoo, a national animal watchdog is calling for an end to elephant captivity in Edmonton. About 8:30 a.m. Sunday, before the zoo opened to the public, Samantha, a 16-year-old African elephant, reached with her trunk through a gate to a gate handle. "Her trunk got stuck and I think she panicked and pulled,"said Dean Treichel, the zoo's operations manager. "It's a freak accident.&qu...


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Toronto Zoo elephants need new home, Current facilities cause stress and disease, says Barbara Gowdy, author of "The white bone"

2006-08-24 - Toronto, Canada. Barbara Gowdy

Remember Patsy? She's the African elephant matriarch who was euthanized a month ago at the Toronto Zoo. As described by the media, hers was a touching and inevitable death. She was 40, after all, and according to zoo CEO, Calvin White, "40 is fairly old for an elephant." Which makes you wonder: Considering that zoos tend to be poacher-free, drought-free zones, why don't zoo elephants live longer?


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Burying the elephant Patsy

2006-07-29 - Toronto, Canada. CURTIS RUSH

Patsy, the 40-year-old African elephant who had arthritis so bad it was tough for her to walk, was put to sleep Monday night, and buried in an unmarked grave Tuesday at a remote location at the Toronto Zoo. The last time an elephant died at the Toronto Zoo, the bones ended up at the Royal Ontario Museum. With no room left at the ROM for Patsy, her grave will be left undisturbed.


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Patsy, matriarch of Toronto Zoos elephant herd, dies with arthritis at 40

2006-07-25 - Toronto, Canada. Anne Winstanley

Patsy the elephant has died at the age of 40. The matriarch of the Toronto Zoo's elephant herd for 33 years, CEO Cal White says she was euthanized after a period of failing health due to long term degenerative arthritis.


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A mammoth or mastodon discovery from Cowichan River?

2006-07-15 - Vancouver Island, Canada. Aaron Bichard

It was the lure of lures that had local Terry Hill snorkeling in the Stoltz Pool waters last month during his holidays. But it was finding a piece of a 22,000-year-old elephant that registered as his catch of the day. Hill took the tusk to the Royal B.C. Museum where curator of archaeology Grant Keddie verified that it was from an elephant, but couldn't say whether it was a mammoth or a mastodon.


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Jumbo myth turned inside out. Andrew Hunter goes on a weird safari to fathom the circus elephant Jumbo

2006-07-02 - London, Canada. JAMES REANEY

Jumbos myth looms large these days at Museum London. Still, the truth about the big, dead elephant is so elusive that any hunter in pursuit of the pachyderm risks being captured by the game. That is no problem for wily Dundas artist and curator Andrew T. Hunter, who is presenting Jumbos Remains at the museum.


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Bowmanville Zoo in court after Toronto puts out unwelcome mat for elephants

2006-05-17 - Toronto, Canada.

Michael Hackenberger, director and part owner of the Bowmanville Zoo were acquitted Wednesday on a charge of breaking a Toronto bylaw by having two elephants appear at a fundraiser in October. Had he been convicted of having prohibited animals within city boundaries, Hackenberger could have faced a fine of $10,000 per elephant or six months in jail. "We're just delighted with the decision," said Hackenberger, just after Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan ruled for their acquittal at the Toronto ...


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Big-hearted Angus dies a month before returning to South African home

2006-01-10 - Toronto, Canada. ERIC REGULY

Angus, the world's biggest captive elephant, has died only a month before he was to be flown from Canada to South Africa, his homeland, and set free in a game reserve. The 27-year-old elephant, who weighed more than seven tonnes, or as much as six small cars, was found dead on the floor of his heated barn on Sunday evening by his trainer and owner, Michael Hackenberger. Angus was the star attraction of the Bowmanville Zoo, just east of Toronto, where he had lived for 20 years and given rides to ...


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Return from the ice age? Using ancient DNA, scientists are mapping the genes of a woolly mammoth, raising the possibility of cloning

2005-12-26 - Toronto, Canada.

Scientists have sequenced part of the genome of a woolly mammoth that died 28,000 years ago, a discovery that raises the possibility of bringing the extinct ice age mammals back from the dead. Hendrik Poinar, a molecular evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says ancient DNA obtained from the jawbone of a long-dead Siberian woolly mammoth could be used to create a modern version.


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African Lion Safari announces birth of 242 pound Asian elephant calf

2005-12-23 - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

African Lion Safari announced the birth of a healthy 242 pound, female Asian elephant on November 4, 2005. The calf was born to 11-year-old elephant Natasha after a 21 month pregnancy. The newborn is the first calf for both Natasha and father Rex. The calf has been lovingly named "Opal" - as she is considered a jewel among the park's herd of eleven elephants. The herd of ten other elephants are thrilled to welcome the new addition.


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Elephants can"t fly but they sure can paint!

2005-02-21 - Calgary, Canada. Judi McLeod

Kamala, one of the Calgary Zoo’s four elephants, really DOES paint. And according to Canada Free Press business manager Brian Thompson who visited the Calgary Zoo, Kamala’s art is more Van Gogh than kindergarten.
In the wild, elephants have been observed picking up sticks or rocks to draw in the sand or soil, proving that doodling is not just a human pastime.

Those in the know say that giving an opportunity to paint provides Kamala with an interesting activity that stim...


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The elephant and the jumbo jet, When you"re 11 feet tall and weigh 7 tonnes, going home isn"t easy

2005-02-12 - Ontario, Canada. ERIC REGULY

Zookeeper Michael Hackenberger has a problem, a really big problem: how to get all seven tonnes of Angus the elephant from Bowmanville Zoo, Ontario, to Kwandwe game reserve in South Africa.

Angus, the world's largest elephant in captivity, is due to be returned to the wild after 24 years, but no one has quite figured out the logistics of moving the beast, who weighs as much as six Ford Focuses.


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Baby Asian elephant dies at Calgary Zoo

2004-12-08 - Calgary, Canada. CTV.ca News Staff

The three-week-old baby elephant rejected by its mother at the Calgary Zoo has died. The Asian elephant, who had yet to be named, had been fighting an infection and slipped into a coma Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a tough time for us here at the Calgary Zoo," zoo president Alex Graham told a news conference Wednesday.

"In a very short time, we became very fond of a very special little girl. And yesterday, we said good-bye," Graham said, tearing up.

Late W...


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Calgary Zoos baby elephant at risk after mother"s rejection

2004-11-25 - Calgary, Canada.

The life of a nine-day-old Asian elephant at the Calgary Zoo is at risk after she was rejected by her mother. Born to first-time mother Maharani, the calf is being kept inside and out of sight for the next few days, until zookeepers determine whether her mother might change her mind.

Maharani's nine-day-old baby Head elephant keeper Bob Kam says it's uncommon, but not unheard of, for first-time mothers to avoid their babies.


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Asian elephant calf born at Calgary Zoo

2004-11-17 - Calgary, Canada.

The Calgary Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of a 110 kg. (242 lb.) female Asian elephant calf born to parents Maharani (14 years) and Spike (23 years) at 11:42 pm on November 16, 2004, following a 21 month gestation period. Grandma Kamala (29 years) and Auntie Swarna (29 years) looked on when the baby emerged onto a soft bedding of wheat bran.


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TUBERCULOSIS THREAT POSED BY CIRCUS ELEPHANTS: PETA ALERTS CANADA AG MINISTER

2004-10-20 - Ottawa, Canada. PETA

With the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus scheduled to tour Ontario next month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent an urgent letter to Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Andrew Mitchell, urging him to prohibit elephants belonging to U.S. circuses from entering Canada because of concerns about tuberculosis (TB). PETA points out that a human strain of TB has been infecting and killing captive elephants in the United States since as early as 1981.


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GLOBAL ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ANIMALS: ISIS AND CGI TO BUILD A ONE OF A KIND GLOBAL SPECIMEN AND COLLECTION INFORMATION SYSTEM

2004-06-08 - Toronto, Canada.

The International Species Information System (ISIS), a global organization that serves the institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals of more than 600 zoos and aquariums from 70 countries around the world, has selected CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) to design, build and maintain a next generation data management system. This seven-year, multi-million dollar information technology (IT) contract will facilitate the real-time collection and tracking of...


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An elephant"s casual shrug almost killed zookeeper Katie Hrynewich.

2004-03-25 - Calgary, Canada. BILL KAUFMANN

As a group of Grade 3 students looked on, the pachyderm handler at the Calgary Zoo took a header from pregnant, 3,000 kg Asian elephant Maharani. "A flash went in front of my eyes and when I recovered my vision, I was lying at her feet -- I gave her two opportunities to finish me off," says Hrynewich, 41, of the March 25, 2004, incident. Moments before, Hrynewich had been rewarding Maharani with herbal cookies for a successful bath. "I had a really, really good rapport with that elephant and eve...


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4,400 elephant ivory jewelry pieces seized

2002-02-15 - Halifax, Canada. Randy Jones / Crime Reporter, Halifax Herald

An Ontario man has been charged in the seizure of almost 4,400 pieces of jewelry made from elephant ivory. The seizure on the Halifax waterfront is Canada's biggest ever involving ivory items. Mohamed Doost, a former German jeweler, is accused of failing to obtain proper permits for transporting from Germany items derived from an endangered species.


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Elephant Betty kills Leonardo Circus worker Shayne Gressett

1999-05-16 - Timmins, Canada. Zoo-Check, Canada

On May 14, 1999, Shayne Gressett, a 23 year old Leonardo Circus employee was fatally injured by Betty - a 35 year old female Asian elephant - in the area of the MacIntyre Arena in Timmins, Ontario. The incident occured in the rear parking lot at 5:40 pm. between shows. Gressett, a native of Texas, died from injuries sustained when Betty lifted her leg and kicked him in the head. The Timmins Police Service and the Ontario Ministry of Labour are now investigating.


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Beloved Limba from the Bowmanville Zoo may have cancer 2013-11-05 - Bowmanville, Canada - ARAs Facebook event made Elephant Limba excluded from Bowmanville parade 2013-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto elephant handlers speak out about trip to California, their too-brief time at PAWS and losing the animals they loved. 2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants from Toronto Zoo arrive at new home in California 2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada - The Toronto Zoo Elephant Saga � The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth 2013-10-18 - Toronto, Canada - Hauler criticizes Toronto Zoo elephant trip 2013-10-17 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved Thursday morning: Union 2013-10-12 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Council hands zoo over to animal rights extremists 2013-06-26 - Granby, Canada - The Arrival of a New Elephant at the Granby Zoo Creates Excitement in Quebec 2013-05-25 - Toronto, Canada - Defence Department says it can"t help move 3 Toronto elephants until fall 2013-05-03 - Calgary, Canada - Zoo’s plan to relocate elephants will stress animals, ex-veterinarian says 2013-04-26 - Toronto, Canada - Media Release: Field Reports Indicate Slaughter of Elephants, Conservation Staff Evacuated 2013-04-17 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary Zoo preparing to bid adieu to elephants. Officials checking possible new homes for pachyderms 2012-12-19 - Toronto, Canada - Councillor vows to fight transfer of Toronto Zoo’s African elephants 2012-12-09 - Toronto, Canada - It’s none of their business’: Edmonton mayor irate over ‘ridiculous’ Toronto motion telling Alberta capital what to do with its elephant 2012-11-22 - Toronto, Canada - California sanctuary ‘not suitable’ for Toronto’s elephants, zoo’s CEO says 2012-11-09 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto ground zero for battle over future of elephants in zoos 2012-11-08 - Toronto, Canada - Time to clean up Toronto elephant mess 2012-11-06 - Toronto, Canada - Executive Committee votes to let zoo staff decide where elephants should go 2012-11-01 - Calgary, Canada - Veasey: Its best if the zoos elephant breeds again 2012-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo Issued Notice of Potential Legal Action from TB-infected PAWS Facility. In 2002, PAWS spent $67,000 in legal fees using Animal Rights Activists money, how much over the last ten years? 2012-10-24 - Calgary, Canada - Premature, stillborn calf of Maharani in Calgary 2012-10-12 - Toronto, Canada - Elephant researcher Joyce Poole defending sending healthy Toronto elephants to TB infected PAWS "Santuary" 2012-09-25 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants still here almost a year after council ordered their departure. The animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure. Some zoo officials are quietly holding out hope the elephants could be moved to the National Elephant Center in Florida, an as yet unbuilt sanctuary-like setting where breeding will take place. 2012-07-23 - Toronto, Canada - It Is Too Hot For African Elephants… In Canada 2012-05-04 - Toronto, Canada - Zoo’s demand to sanctuary could be an elephant-sized deal-breaker 2012-04-30 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto elephants’ transfer at ‘impasse’ over PAWS medical records, zoo says 2012-04-30 - Quebec, Canada - The menagerie manages: Circus animals unhurt after road accident 2012-04-18 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo loses international accreditation. Decision could have impact on future loans of animals from other zoos 2012-02-15 - Toronto, Canada - CUPE Local 1600 compelled to respond to Zoocheck"s public statements regarding quarantine procedures at PAWS 2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada - Animal lover fears Toronto’s elephants risk infection at their new home 2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada - The Toronto Zoo Elephants are in trouble. (TB elephant dead at PAWS) 2011-11-25 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo’s accreditation could be in jeopardy 2011-11-07 - Toronto, Canada - Let Toronto Zoo Experts Decide the Best New Home For Their Elephants. Sign petition 2011-11-02 - Toronto, Canada - CUPE 1600 questions proposed Toronto elephant transfer 2011-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto City Hall ‘not qualified to make the decision’ on elephants’ futures: Toronto Zoo staff 2011-10-26 - , Canada - Toronto Zoo’s elephants will be sent to sanctuary 2010-09-08 - St. Thomas, Canada - Jumbo the elephant leaves a big legend in southern Ontario. Circus hero died here, but the details are up for debate 2010-09-07 - Hamilton, Canada - DNA Shows That Last Woolly Mammoths Had North American Roots 2010-08-07 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary elephant gets 21 kg steel tusk caps 2010-07-15 - Cambridge, Canada - First Artificially Inseminated Elephant Born in Canada 2010-05-04 - Winnipeg, Canada - Mammoth blood protein resurrected by scientists 2010-05-01 - Elk Valley, Canada - A mammoth discovery 2010-04-23 - Calgary, Canada - Zoos Asian elephant Maharani may be pregnant for third time 2010-03-28 - Bowmanville, Canada - Elephant walk in Bowmanville 2010-03-04 - Toronto, Canada - Councillor proposes Toronto zoo replace real elephants with interactive displays. Fourth elephant death in four years prompts concerns 2009-12-15 - Edmonton, Canada - Mammoth discovery hidden inside frozen dirt 2009-12-10 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucy the Elephant drops pounds 2009-12-04 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Elephant´s death still a mystery 2009-11-30 - Toronto, Canada - Tara the elephant dies at Toronto Zoo 2009-09-25 - Calgary, Canada - Zoo defends Asian-inspired elephant statue 2009-09-18 - Edmonton, Canada - Prominent lawyer takes up Lucy"s cause 2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucy the elephant could die if moved: Independent vet 2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada - Edmonton Valley Zoo to report on Lucy’s health 2009-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada - Debate rages over Lucy the elephant at Edmonton zoo 2009-08-24 - Chestermere, Canada - ROYAL DOULTON ELEPHANT TRAINER FACE MUG - $325 2009-06-14 - Toronto, Canada - Gentlest elephant dies at Toronto Zoo 2009-01-22 - Cambridge, Canada - 5th International Workshop on Ultrasound & Assisted Reproduction in Elephants, Rhinoceroses and Giraffes 2008-11-03 - Calgary, Canada - Baby elephant died of heart failure 2008-11-01 - Calgary, Canada - Baby elephant Malti dies 2008-11-01 - Calgary, Canada - Baby elephant at Calgary Zoo gravely ill in herpes virus 2008-10-23 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucys vet defends zoo 2008-09-29 - Bowmanville, Canada - Bowmanville Zoo: elephant manager 2008-09-06 - Toronto, Canada - Those who knew her will never forget Tequila the elephant. Pretty female joined Toronto Zoo when it opened in 1974 2008-09-03 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo, and its elephants, mourn Tequila 2008-07-17 - Toronto, Canada - Peter Beard, Uncensored: A Rollicking Interview with the Photography King 2008-06-19 - Daniel's Harbour, Canada - Owner thanks community for aiding circus animals 2008-06-16 - Ontario, Canada - 10,000-year-old mastadon tusk donated to museum 2008-06-16 - DANIELS HARBOUR, Canada - Circus animals OK after truck transporting them crashes near N.L. village 2008-05-20 - Calgary, Canada - PETA and the Calgary Zoo 2008-05-18 - Calgary, Canada - Elephant injures zookeeper at Calgary Zoo 2008-05-14 - Vancouver, Canada - Reducing elephant – human conflict: Saving lives and incomes of the rural poor - WWF unveils best ways to reduce conflict with wildlife 2008-04-04 - Edmonton, Canada - Pick your battles and stick with them 2008-03-27 - Esmonton, Canada - Animal rights group hopes cookies will sweeten city on plea to move Alta elephant 2008-03-20 - Hamilton, Canada - Meet the elephants who just love to make jumbo snowballs 2008-03-17 - Qualicum Beach, Canada - Could a Mammoth Be Cloned? Discovery Channel Explores the Possibility in Baby Mammoth, Premiering March 23 2008-03-11 - Toronto, Canada - Zoo looks to change its mandate. Conservation rather than entertainment may be in Toronto Zoo"s future 2008-02-18 - Calgary, Canada - At six months old, 242-kg elephant baby gaining ground -- and plenty of pounds in spite of early rejection by mom 2008-01-22 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary Zoo boss plots a bright future for people, wildlife 2008-01-17 - Ontario, Canada - 4th International Workshop on Ultrasound & Assisted Reproduction in Elephants,Rhinoceroses and Giraffes: 17. - 20.01.2008 2007-12-21 - Ontario, Canada - Structure of ivory. 2007-12-07 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants semen stirs controversy for zoo. Is Toronto"s big Rex to blame for demise of Hansa in Seattle? 2007-12-06 - Rockton, Canada - Elephant sperm donor suspected of having bad seed 2007-10-12 - Richmond, Canada - Environment Canada investigation into illegal importation of 30,000 pieces of African elephant ivory leads to prosecution 2007-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada - Elephant leaves Edmonton zoo for breeding program 2007-09-11 - Calgary, Canada - Public debut 2007-09-11 - Calgary, Canada - Clad in a fall coat, baby elephant Malti makes public debut at Calgary zoo 2007-08-26 - Calgary, Canada - Elephants best friend gets nursery visit, Calgary teen who tried to save dying calf in 2004 given privilege of naming newborn 2007-08-24 - Calgary, Canada - Baby elephant named Malti 2007-08-18 - Calgary, Canada - Mother elephant gets help 2007-08-17 - Calgary, Canada - Baby Elephant Still Thriving At Calgary Zoo 2007-08-10 - Calgary, Canada - High hopes for newborn elephant in Calgary Zoo 2007-08-09 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary Zoo Celebrates Elephant Calf Arrival 2007-07-12 - Newmarket, Canada - Cops Round Up 3 Escaped Elephants In Newmarket 2007-06-23 - Calgary, Canada - More elephun at Calgary zoo 2007-06-19 - Calgary, Canada - Media Invitation - Official Opening - Elephant Crossing at Calgary Zoo. Media are invited to attend 2007-06-11 - Edmonton, Canada - African elephant Samantha leaves Edmonton for breeding program in North Carolina 2007-04-12 - VANCOUVER, Canada - Environment Canada investigation into alleged illegal importation of African Elephant ivory leads to charges 2007-03-15 - Toronto, Canada - Hooked on the Show 2007-03-07 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary tourist attraction upgrades 2007-02-21 - HODSON, Canada - Wayne Hronek find remains of ancient days. Fossil buff’s finds include footprints from 300 million years ago 2007-02-08 - BOWMANVILLE, Canada - ZooCheck again slams Bowmanville Zoo. Says Canada is "no place for elephants" 2007-02-08 - Edmonton, Canada - Valley Zoo denies facility bad for elephants 2007-02-08 - EDMONTON, Canada - Cold, lack of space cause health and mental problems in zoo elephants: report 2007-02-06 - Calgary, Canada - Maharani, the Calgary Zoo elephant that shunned baby is pregnant again 2007-02-02 - BISMARCK, Canada - Tooth sleuth says none of the teeth found in Ontario belong to N.D. mastodon 2007-01-18 - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada - Third annual workshop in Ultrasound and Assisted reproduction in elephants and rhinoceroses 2006-12-02 - Calgary, Canada - Wild market increases costs of Zoos expansion plans 2006-10-27 - Ontario, Canada - Mastodon tusks tell of brutal hormonally charged battles at certain times of the year 2006-10-20 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants at the Metro Toronto Zoo 2006-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada - Edmonton Zoo elephant Samantha gets back to normal life 2006-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada - Elephant Samantha hurt in Edmonton Zoo 2006-08-24 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants need new home, Current facilities cause stress and disease, says Barbara Gowdy, author of "The white bone" 2006-07-29 - Toronto, Canada - Burying the elephant Patsy 2006-07-25 - Toronto, Canada - Patsy, matriarch of Toronto Zoos elephant herd, dies with arthritis at 40 2006-07-15 - Vancouver Island, Canada - A mammoth or mastodon discovery from Cowichan River? 2006-07-02 - London, Canada - Jumbo myth turned inside out. Andrew Hunter goes on a weird safari to fathom the circus elephant Jumbo 2006-05-17 - Toronto, Canada - Bowmanville Zoo in court after Toronto puts out unwelcome mat for elephants 2006-01-10 - Toronto, Canada - Big-hearted Angus dies a month before returning to South African home 2005-12-26 - Toronto, Canada - Return from the ice age? Using ancient DNA, scientists are mapping the genes of a woolly mammoth, raising the possibility of cloning 2005-12-23 - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada - African Lion Safari announces birth of 242 pound Asian elephant calf 2005-02-21 - Calgary, Canada - Elephants can"t fly but they sure can paint! 2005-02-12 - Ontario, Canada - The elephant and the jumbo jet, When you"re 11 feet tall and weigh 7 tonnes, going home isn"t easy 2004-12-08 - Calgary, Canada - Baby Asian elephant dies at Calgary Zoo 2004-11-25 - Calgary, Canada - Calgary Zoos baby elephant at risk after mother"s rejection 2004-11-17 - Calgary, Canada - Asian elephant calf born at Calgary Zoo 2004-10-20 - Ottawa, Canada - TUBERCULOSIS THREAT POSED BY CIRCUS ELEPHANTS: PETA ALERTS CANADA AG MINISTER 2004-06-08 - Toronto, Canada - GLOBAL ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ANIMALS: ISIS AND CGI TO BUILD A ONE OF A KIND GLOBAL SPECIMEN AND COLLECTION INFORMATION SYSTEM 2004-03-25 - Calgary, Canada - An elephant"s casual shrug almost killed zookeeper Katie Hrynewich. 2002-02-15 - Halifax, Canada - 4,400 elephant ivory jewelry pieces seized 1999-05-16 - Timmins, Canada - Elephant Betty kills Leonardo Circus worker Shayne Gressett

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A sad message: The scientist and elephant researcher Ajay Desai passes away in Belagavi

2020-11-21 - , India.

Field biologist and wildlife conservation expert Ajay Adrushyappa Desai passed away in Belagavi on Thursday night. He was 62. Family sources said he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Mr. Desai is ...


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Animal rights group urges court to recognize Bronx Zoo elephant as person

2020-11-19 - Bronx, United States.

Happy the elephant was the center of attention in court Thursday when five state appellate judges debated whether the beloved Bronx Zoo mammal should be recognized as a person. However, the judges wer...


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Peshawar Zoo authorities move court seeking permission to import elephants

2020-11-16 - Peshawar, Pakistan.

The authorities of the Peshawar Zoo have approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to import a pair of elephants from Zimbabwe. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, has issued no...


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Juno the Elephant will undergo surgery to remove tumor no longer responding to chemo

2020-11-13 - El Paso, United States.

One of the El Paso Zoo’s Asian elephants, Juno, will undergo her seventh cancer treatment this week. In October 2016, Juno was diagnosed with a malignant mass in her right mammary gland, commonly kn...


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Elephant Sunder gets a treat at end of musth

2020-11-13 - Bangalore, India.

20-year-old male elephant Sunder was treated to seasonal enrichment to mark the completion of its four-month-long musth period at the Bannerghatta Biological Park here on Thursday. Vanashree Vipin Sin...


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Elephant shot fifteen times dies in agony after succumbing to its wounds in Thailand

2020-11-12 - Rayong, Thailand.

The elephant, named Nga-Sun, was found collapsed on a palm plantation by villagers in Rayong province last month. Vets from the local wildlife team identified gunshot wounds across the animal's buttoc...


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Lost elephant calf in Malbazar sent to rescue hub

2020-11-11 - Jalpaiguri, India.

An elephant calf was rescued from near the New Mal railway station in Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Soon, a team from the Malbazar wildlife squad arrived and intercepted the calf. The...


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Cambodia Ministry says Asian elephants face threat

2020-11-10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Soth Koemsoeun

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the Asian elephant is being severely threatened in world sanctuaries. Airavata Elephant Foundation president Chenda Clais said on November 10 that ...


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Sreekutty the elephant had a jumbo birthday bash, these adorable pictures are proof

2020-11-09 - Kottoor, India.

Sreekutty was brought to the Kappukadu elephant rehabilitation centre on November 8, 2019. Staying in the Kappukadu elephant rehabilitation center in Kerala, the calf turned a year old on November 8. ...


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Uttarakhand weighs denotifying elephant reserve

2020-11-09 - Dehradun, India.

The Uttarakhand government is considering denotifying the Shivalik Elephant Reserve. A senior forest department official told The Indian Express, “The state wildlife board will discuss this. That ar...


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Nepalese Mahout killed in elephant attack

2020-11-08 - Nawalapur, Nepal.

A mahout has died when an elephant attacked him while grazing it inside the Chitwan National Park. The deceased is 36-year-old Hansaraj Kunmar Dhami of Chandranigahapur, Rautahat. He had been currentl...


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Five men trying to sell elephant tusks caught on Food Street

2020-11-08 - Bengaluru, India.

HM Chaitanya Swamy, DHNS, Bengaluru, NOV 08 2020, 01:34 ISTUPDATED: NOV 08 2020, 01:56 IST Police have arrested a five-member gang from Tamil Nadu that allegedly tried to sell elephant tusks on Food S...


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849 wild elephants died in Kerala forests from 2009 to 2019. The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department.

2020-11-07 - Palakkad, India.

The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department. As per the 2018 census, the wild elephant population in the state is 5,706. The death rate is h...


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Electric fence on the Indo-Nepal border puts migrating elephants and humans at risk

2020-11-06 - Naxalbari, India. AVIJAN SAHA, SAHANA GHOSH

Elephants in north West Bengal, would earlier cross the Mechi river along the Indo-Nepal border, over to Nepal, along a regular route identified as the Mahananda-Kolabari elephant corridor.
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NBC 7’s Dagmar Midcap traveled to Kenya to document efforts being made to save and protect elephants

2020-11-06 - Sereolipi, Kenya.

Nestled in the foothills of Samburu County in northern Kenya is Africa’s first community-owned elephant orphanage. This magical place of healing and hope is named Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Reteti r...


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Kerala is all set to become home of world’s largest elephant care-and-cure facility

2020-11-06 - Kottoor, India.

With upgradation in progress, the centre will later on have around 50 elephants including the existing 16 elephants. The upgraded centre will have a veterinary hospital equipped with special facilitie...


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Tusker Vallabhan of Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy Temple

Vallabhan waiting for tusk trimming with 1.5 metre long tusks

2020-11-06 - Malayinkeezhu, India.

Tusker Vallabhan of Malayinkeezhu Sreekrishnaswamy Temple is struggling to hold his head high literally after the tusks grew longer and heavier. He is unable to take food due to the long tusks and is ...


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trade
Corruption of some wildlife officers and undue political and other interference are major challenges to overcome the illegal capture and domestic trade of wild elephants in Sri Lanka, a recent study has highlighted.

Report on illegal capture, trade of wild elephants in Sri Lanka

2020-11-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The research team observed that the last elephant birth in captivity was recorded in 1994. “However, the report submitted to the Magistrate’s Court by the Wildlife Conservation Department (DWC) Di...


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New $84 million elephant sanctuary to be developed at Victorias Werribee Zoo

2020-11-04 - Werribee, Australia.

Victoria’s Werribee Open Range Zoo is set to receive $84 million funding to develop a new elephant sanctuary. Announced yesterday by Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, the $84 million...


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Forest department officials examine the carcass of the elephant which died in Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Tuesday

Tusker dies while trying to cross over rail barricade

2020-11-04 - Bengaluru, India.

A tusker died while trying to return to the forest after raiding crops in Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR) on Tuesday morning. The incident came to light when a patrolling team saw the sight of the jumbo ...


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