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A herd of elephants crosses a rural road in Xishuangbanna on April 7.

Human-elephant conflict escalates in China"s Xishuangbanna

2020-10-20 - Xishuangbanna, China.

According to the local forest authority, human deaths and injuries from wild elephant attacks in Xishuangbanna have soared since 2016. In 2019 alone, 12 people were killed by wild elephants in the prefecture, compared with 33 over the two decades through 2010. So far in 2020, seven people have died in clashes with wild elephants.


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Baby elephant rescued from pond in southwest China

2020-10-20 - Pu'er City, China.

A baby Asian elephant was rescued on October 17 after it got trapped in a pond in Pu'er City, Yunnan Province. Forest service center staff members discovered the elephant at around 22:30. After freeing the baby, they treated its bruises and returned it to its mother.


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Cover Story: Death Follows as People Push Into Elephant Enclave

2020-10-19 - Xishuangbanna, China.

Xishuangbanna, the southern-most prefecture in China's Yunnan province, is known as a safe haven for wild Asian elephants where hundreds of the giant animals live in the sprawling tropical rainforests. But balancing modern human activities with protection of wildlife has never been easy. For some people in Xishuangbanna, coexistence with the wild elephants is becoming more and more challenging, or even fatal.


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An elephant walks through the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. China on Friday said it would shut down domestic trade in ivory by the end of 2017, a move intended to curb the slaughter of the African elephants

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017

2017-01-01 - Bejing, China.

China says it will ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, closing down the world’s biggest ivory market in a move wildlife conservationists believe will help curb elephant poaching in Africa. The announcement deals a blow to a global ivory industry sustained in large part by Chinese demand, and comes after years of international and domestic pressure on Beijing to interdict a trade that has threatened the extinction of wild African elephants.


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China to set date to close ivory factories

2016-12-13 - Beijing, China.

China is set to announce when it will close its legal ivory carving factories, 18 months after pledging to act. Last year, the world’s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory said it would shut down commercial sales within the country. But did not set a timeline. At the time, conservationists described the announcement as the “single greatest measure” in the fight to save elephants from poaching. Wildlife advocates have since urged Beijing to get on with the job.


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Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail

2016-11-01 - Beijing, China.

A man was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 40,000 yuan ($5,903) on Tuesday for smuggling ivory, a Beijing court announced. Beijing No 4 Intermediate People´s Court sentenced the man, surnamed Liu, on Tuesday morning, saying that he was found smuggling 52 products made of ivory in his suitcase at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in June 2014. The value of the ivory was more than 423,800 yuan, the court said.


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A police officer stands guard outside an ivory shop during a protest in Hong Kong. Amid growing pressure after China announced on September 25 that it will ban the ivory trade, Hong Kong said it is now “open-minded” to a ban on its legal ivory trade

With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile?

2015-11-12 - Bejing, China.

After years of defending and supporting a legal domestic trade in ivory, China made a big announcement in September: It’s shutting down the trade. The United States is, too. Together, the presidents of both countries have made an unprecedented public pledge to put a stop to all ivory trading—legal and illegal.


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The discovery of the six-million-year old elephant skull in Shuitangba, Zhaotong City in China pushed back the species’ history by one million years. The fossil suggests that the species originated somewhere in Yunnan Province.

6 Million-Year-Old Skull Of Elephant Found In China

2015-11-09 - Zhaotong, China.

An Sinomastodon praeintermedius skull fossil, dating back to six million years, was discovered in Shuitangba in Zhaotong City in China. The recent discovery suggests the species originated somewhere in the Yunnan province or in nearby areas.


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Hong Kong begins destroying 131,000 pounds of elephant ivory

2014-05-17 - Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong has begun destroying its 29.6-metric-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory. On Thursday authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city crushed and incinerated a ton of seized ivory in an action they hope will send a message to poachers and traffickers. Conservationists welcomed the move but said more must be done to address the demand side of the issue.


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In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven

2014-05-04 - Xishuangbanna, China.

At a time when tens of thousands of elephants across Africa are being slaughtered to feed the Chinese appetite for ivory, it turns out the best place to be a wild elephant may be here in the tropical forests of southwest China. Over the past two decades, the number of Asiatic elephants in Yunnan Province in China has roughly doubled, to nearly 300, thanks to government-financed feeding programs, wildlife education efforts and a strict elephant protection law unmatched anywhere else in the world....


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Staff members of the zoo of Kunming look over the elephant enclosure on Feb 19, 2014 after a zookeeper died in it on Wednesday afternoon.

Chinese zookeeper dies in elephant enclosure

2014-02-20 - Kunming, China.

A zookeeper died in an elephant enclosure on Wednesday afternoon in southwest China´s Yunnan province, a source at the zoo said. The man, 46, was found dead at about 4:30 p.m. He had injuries to his head, according to the zoo of Kunming, the provincial capital. It is not yet known whether the man had been attacked by an elephant. The cause of the accident is being investigated.


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2 injured in elephants attack in China

2014-02-09 - Xishuangbanna, China.

Two tourists were injured by a group of wild elephants at a scenic spot in China´s southwestern Yunnan Province, local officials said today. The incident took place at the Wild Elephant Valley in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna yesterday when the elephants trying to cross a river attacked a family of five.


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A Kenya Wildlife Services ranger shows elephant tusks intercepted from poachers

Biggest Ivory Consumer China to Criminalise Elephant Poaching

2013-12-05 - Beijing, China.

Despite being the largest market for illegal ivory, China has agreed to label the trade of elephant ivory as a serious crime along with 30 other countries at a summit in Botswana. The deal is proposing a cooperative, multi-national effort to prevent the killing of thousands of elephants, caused by the lucrative ivory trade, in which China buys 70% of the world´s illegal ivory.


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Elephant tusks confiscated in October by Hong Kong authorities join the country’s enormous cache of seizures, which some want destroyed.

Hong Kong’s ivory cache poses risk

2013-12-03 - Hongkong, China.

When Hong Kong intercepted yet another huge shipment of illegal African ivory in early October, it added to a growing headache for authorities: What exactly do you do with one of the world’s biggest stockpiles of elephant tusks?


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Chinese ivory traders receive sentences of up to 15 years

2013-12-02 - Beijing, China.

The CITES office in China has released details of a number of cases involving ivory importing and trading. In the most recent case 8 people accused of illegal ivory trading received prison sentences of between 3 and 15 years. The recent case involved the import of 3.6 tonnes of ivory between 2010 and 2012.


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China"s ivory-regulation loopholes are as big as elephants

2013-11-13 - Beijing, China.

Meng Xianlin, deputy director of China´s Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office said that China, which has been making prestigious products from elephant ivory for almost 5,000 years, has taken most stringent regulatory measures on ivory trade. China does not ban domestic ivory trade, but it sets a ceiling for the amount of legal market consumption at five tonnes each year.


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Celebration of Auspiciousness is just one of Chu Chung-shing

Master carver uses mammoth tusks to keep 3,500-year-old art alive

2013-11-07 - Hongkong, China. Samuel Chan

Hongkongers have the chance to see more than 200 pieces of mammoth tusk carved by ivory master carver Chu Chung-shing and his 100-strong team at a free show at the Convention and Exhibition Centre today and tomorrow. Chu has been using the tusks of the prehistoric creature, which became extinct more than 10,000 years ago, as a substitute for African elephant ivory ever since a transnational ban on the ivory trade was imposed in 1989 to protect the African elephant.


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 Ivory tusks are displayed after being confiscated by Customs in Hong Kong Friday. Customs officials said Friday they had made Hong Kong

(Is this header correct? BABY ELEPHANTS?) Hong Kong seizes more than 1,000 BABY elephant tusks in major ivory haul

2013-07-19 - Hong Kong, China.

More than 1,000 ivory tusks, mainly from baby elephants, were seized by Hong Kong customs in their biggest haul in three years, officials said on Friday. The tusks, which weigh over two tons and are worth more than 2 million dollars, were discovered at the city´s main port in a cargo container from the African country of Togo.


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Two men caught attempting to smuggle 5 million yuan worth of ivory and rhino horn products into China

2013-03-25 - Shanghai, China.

On Wednesday, customs officials said two airline passengers were arrested at Pudong International airport for attempting to smuggle rhinoceros horn and ivory items worth over 5 million yuan ($805,000) into Shanghai, according to the Shanghai Daily. A press release from Shanghai Customs said that the two passengers were carrying 11 rhinoceros horn products and over 30 items made of ivory, Global Times reports.


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They sent us the photos below of the surviving elephant at Taiyuan Zoo.

Update on elephants exported to China

2013-01-13 - Beijing, China.

They say that the 4 elephants arrived at the end of November 2012. Two went to Taiyuan Zoo, one of which has subsequently died. The other two reportedly went to Xinjiang Tianshan Safari Park. There are apparently still another 14 elephants waiting to be exported and we have to try and stop this from happening


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Customs officers display some of the seized ivory.

Hong Kong customs make record ivory seizure

2012-10-21 - Hong Kong, China.

Customs officers have made a record seizure of smuggled ivory - with the discovery of more than 1,200 elephant tusks and a batch of ivory ornaments worth more than HK$26 million - during a joint operation with Guangdong authorities. The consignments, weighing more than 3,800 kilogrammes, were found in two containers shipped to Hong Kong from Tanzania and Kenya.


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Man faces 5 years" jail for bringing in ivory

2012-03-08 - Hangzhou, China.

A MAN who bought more than 10 kilograms of ivory and six scales of pangolins worth more than 220,000 yuan (US$34,826) during a trip to Angola may face more than five years in prison on charges of wildlife smuggling. The construction company employer surnamed Tan argued he purchased African ivory, listed as a legal commodity in Angola, as gift for his friends rather than for resale, according to the trial at the Intermediate People´s court in Hangzhou, capital of east China´s Zhejiang...


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The price for raw elephant tusks in China has tripled in the past year because of growing demand, according to Grace Gabriel, the Asia regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Looking For Elephant Ivory? Try China

2012-03-03 - Beijing, China.

Armed with tips from animal welfare activists, I recently went on an ivory hunt with my Chinese assistant, Yang, in an antiques market in Beijing. Activists say China´s growing purchasing power is driving global demand for products from vulnerable animals, everything from elephant ivory to rhino horn.


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China Seizes 93 Suspected Ivory Products

2012-01-05 - Jinghong, China.

Police have seized 93 suspected ivory products in southwest China´s Yunnan province after a raid on stores located near the region´s wild elephant habitat, local officials said Thursday. Police searched 293 stores in the city of Jinghong on Dec. 28 and found the suspected products in four stores, the officials said. The raid was part of a crackdown on illegal ivory trading, which has flourished in recent years in some of China´s border regions, the officials said. China banned ...


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Hong Kong Customs officials display the rhino horns and elephant ivory products they seized November 14, 2011

Hong Kong Customs Seizes Rhino Horns, Ivory Worth Millions

2011-11-16 - Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong Customs officials Monday smashed a smuggling case and seized 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets with a total value of about US$17.4 million. The contraband ivory and rhino horns were hidden inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from South Africa. Acting on a risk assessment, Customs officers selected a container for inspection that was declared to contain 63 packages of "scrap plastic" from a vessel arriving from Cape Town, South Africa.


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Wild Asian elephant kills villager in SW China

2011-11-06 - Xishuangbanna Dai, China.

Local police confirmed the death of Cao Xiaoer, a resident of Xinshan village in the prefecture, was caused by a wild elephant, said a statement issued by the prefecture government´s information office. Since 1991, wild elephants in Xishuangbanna have attacked more than 140 people and destroyed 50,000 tonnes of grain, local forestry authorities said one year ago.


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China, Laos Will Expand Nature Reserve To Protect Asian Elephant

2011-10-31 - Kunming, China.

China and Laos have signed an agreement to jointly build another cross-border nature reserve in order to better protect the endangered Asian elephant, reports Xinhua news agency quoting local authorities as saying. The second reserve will cover 20,000 hectares of forest in China and stretch across 35,000 hectares in Laos, according to the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve Administration.


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Elephants carved from illegal Ivory on display at an

Chinese Demand Revives Ivory Trade

2011-09-19 - Hong Kong, China.

A long-dormant threat to Africa´s elephant population is back with a vengeance, thanks to rising demand for ivory from newly affluent Chinese consumers.Reflecting this demand, ivory prices in China have soared to as high as US$7,000 a kilogram in 2011 from US$157 a kilo in 2008, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nongovernmental organization based in London. Estimates from other researchers and NGOs put ivory prices in China as low as US$300 to US$750 a kilo, which neve...


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China"s ivory demand skyrockets

2011-02-10 - Beijing, China.

CHINA is driving demand for smuggled ivory from Africa, leading to a surge in the killing of endangered elephants. An international ivory trafficking operation saw a Beijing-based smuggler offering undercover reporters three pairs of recently-arrived tusks with a price tag of $64,000. Asked if he could supply more, he replied, "Don´t worry about that. If we can do a deal today, then next time I have some good ivory, I´ll call you." He said his uncle works in West Africa and uses cont...


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In this photo taken on December 11, 2009, an elephant was performing in a wild animal park in Xishuangbanna, the southernmost prefecture of Yunnan Province

Zoos to Ban Animal Performances

2010-10-27 - Bejing, China.

Zoos and parks across China will be banned from putting up shows of animal performances for extra profits, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said in a notice Tuesday. The notice explains while China´s zoo industry has experienced rapid development, a few profit-driven zoos were found improperly caring for the animals or even involved in gross neglect in some cases.


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Elephant fossils discovered in Hubei

2010-09-21 - Hubei, China. Zhang Qian

Fossils of large teeth were found at Li Jiahe Village, Xuan´en County of Hubei Province, according to Hubei Daily. After primary certification, researchers believe the fossil belonged to an elephant that lived about 50,000 years ago. The fossils are being stored at Xuan´en Museum at present. The local culture station, which first received this news, found that the fossil was white color. The fragments of the fossils were noticeably lighter than the surrounding rocks when they were pi...


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2008 in Windhoek, during the first legal auction of elephant tusks in nearly a decade--exclusively for Chinese and Japanese buyers.

Hong Kong’s Largest Ivory Seizure in a Decade

2010-09-14 - Hong Kong, China. Sonya Bryskine

More than 1.55 tonnes of elephant ivory tusks were seized in Hong Kong last week, worth $HK10.85 million ($US1.4 million), making it the largest shipment in a decade. Hong Kong customs intercepted the load containing 384 tusks, which were packed in two containers declared as dried anchovies. The ivory is believed to have entered Hong Kong via Malaysia, the Citizen reported.


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Many villagers came to watch the excavation of the ancient ivory fossil at Zhang Changying Village, Mengcheng County of Anhui Province on the afternoon of Sept 8.

3-meter-long ancient ivory fossil discovered in Anhui

2010-09-10 - Anhui, China.

A 3.34-meter-long ancient ivory fossil were found at Zhang Changying Village, Mengcheng County of Anhui Province on the afternoon of Sept 8. After primary certification, researchers believe the ivory fossil belonged to an ancient elephant that lived about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The fossil was buried 5 meters under the ground, and the thickest part of it reaches 22 centimeters. And judging from the ivory, it could be an adult elephant.


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Hong Kong seizes 1.5 tonnes of smuggled ivory

2010-09-10 - Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong customs officers had seized over one and a half tonnes of smuggled elephant ivory worth $HK10.9 million ($A1.41 million) shipped from Tanzania, they said Friday. The 384 ivory tusks, weighing a total of 1.55 tonnes, were found Thursday inside two containers labelled as "dried anchovies" at the Tsing Yi container terminal, the Ports and Maritime Command said in a statement.


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Extinct mammoth tusks fill elephant ivory ban gap

2010-08-13 - Hong Kong, China.

Stumped by a ban designed to save elephants from extinction, Hong Kong´s master carvers turned to a long dead species that left thousands of tonnes of frozen ivory in Siberian mass graves.Mammoth tusks, intricately carved to depict anything from devotional Buddhist scenes and teeming wildlife to bizarre erotic fantasies, now make up most of the ivory for sale in the city.


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China, Laos agree on nature reserve

2009-12-13 - Shanghai, China.

CHINA and Laos have signed an agreement to jointly build a cross-border nature reserve to better protect Asian elephants and other rare animals, an official said yesterday. Tang Zhongming, deputy director of the state-level Xishuangbanna Natural Reserve Administration, said the reserve covers 31,300 hectares of forests in China and another 23,400 hectares in Laos.


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The recent discovery of a giant mastodon fossil site in northeastern Yunnan may provide science with a better understanding of the evolution of modern mammals, and possibly insight into the origin of humans.

Mastodon fossil found in Yunnan may shed light on the evolution of mammals

2009-11-05 - Zhaotong, China.

A team of more than 10 Chinese and foreign archeologists have been examining the mastodon fossil site in Zhaotong prefecture, which consists of at least three complete skeletons, according to a Dushi Shibao report. One of the fossilized tusks found at the site is 2.6 meters long and weighs more than 150 kilograms. The fossil was discovered by local farmers who were digging up brown coal.


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The raiser looks at the new tooth of the wild Asian elephant "Yongyong" at the Xishuangbanna Asian elephant breeding base in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, southwest China

Asian elephants raised in breeding base, NW China

2009-08-25 - Xishuangbanna, China.

The breeding base, mainly aiming at protecting, rescuing and multiplying the wild Asian elephants, successfully protects the species diversity and promotes harmonious development between human and animals.


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Forensics May Prevent Elephant Poaching

2009-06-24 - Hong Kong, China.

Law enforcement officials investigating the source of confiscated ivory (605 elephant tusks) in Hong Kong had no clue where the stash originated before leaving Douala, a port city in Cameroon. DNA technology, however, was able to verify that many of the tusks once belonged to forest elephants that lived in southern Gabon, near the Republic of Congo border. Extracting elephant DNA from confiscated ivory could be an important tool to take wildlife investigations a step farther and to stop poaching...


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Zoo Celebrates 18-year-old Elephant"s Birthday

2009-04-12 - Hunan, China.

It looked like a normal birthday party with a cake and pink balloons -- but the birthday boy was an endangered Asian elephant. Pamai celebrated his 18th year in style Saturday at Changsha Zoo, in the capital of Hunan Province. His super-sized cake contained more than 100 kilograms of fodder and 30 kilograms of fruit and vegetables. The celebration was also used to highlight the plight of wild Asian elephants. More than 30 college students came to the party to show their dedication to protect wil...


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Elephant, 18, Seeks 10 Friends Who Love Fruits

2009-04-11 - Hunan, China.

Elephant lovers are being sought by the Changsha Zoo in Hunan province to help celebrate the 18th birthday of Pa Ke, an Asian elephant. In addition to a large birthday cake made of apples, watermelons and other fruits, Pa Ke will wear a red outfit at the party. The zoo hopes to find 10 people who are 18 years old to help at the party. Pa Ke, who has lived in Changsha for seven years, has grown to 3.3 meters from 2.8 meters. It weighs more than four tons, a ton more since he moved to the zoo seve...


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China"s threatened elephants turn into killers. Local people believe the animals are getting angry as the country"s runaway development destroys ever more of their habitat

2008-10-26 - Beijing, China. Dinah Gardner

There are fewer than 300 wild elephants left in China, so when Jeremy McGill, an American tourist, stumbled across a group of adults earlier this year in a nature reserve in Yunnan province, near the border with Laos, he whipped out his camera and started taking pictures. It almost cost him his life.´"I was alone when I came across the four elephants," he said. "One scooped me up into his mouth and bit me. My body was folded in half, my head between my knees, and then the elephant spat me out a...


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Asian elephant unfit for wild after heroin addiction rehab

2008-10-19 - Kunming, China.

An Asian elephant who was cured of heroin addiction in southwest China has been declared unfit for the wild, local zoo keepers said on Sunday. Four-year-old male Xiguang and five other elephants became the targets of illegal traders at the China-Myanmar border in March 2005. Among the beasts, Xiguang, was fed with bananas smeared with heroin by the smugglers who intended to snare the animal. The elephants were captured by police two months later. Four of them, including Xiguang, were later sent ...


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Elephant passes giant stool after falling sick

2008-10-17 - Hunan, China. Sharon Lee

An elephant with a blocked intestinal tract was rescued and relieved after more than seven hours of treatment at Changsha Zoo in Hunan province on Sunday. After honey helped reduce swelling in the Asian elephant's stomach, the 3.2-m-tall specimen finally passed a stool weighing 7 kg with a length of 40 cm and a diameter of 20 cm. The 17-year-old elephant, Pa Mai, had fallen to the ground in pain several times on Sunday afternoon before 20 zoo staff moved it indoors for treatment. Changsha Zoo im...


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"Addicted" elephant heads back to Kunming after heroin detox cure

2008-09-04 - Kunming, China. Sun Yunlong

An Asian elephant who became addicted to drugs after eating a banana smeared with heroin is headed back to Kunming after a three-year detoxification program in China's southernmost Hainan Province. The 4-year-old male elephant, Xiguang, became addicted in March2005. He was among six elephants lured by animal smugglers along the Sino-Myanmar border. They used the bananas as bait for the animals, which were being brought into China's Dehong Autonomous Prefecture of Dai and Jingpo nationalities. Po...


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A Kenya Wildlife Service official holds two pieces of ivory that were confiscated from passengers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

UN approval of China as legal ivory buyer may fan world’s black market

2008-08-18 - Beijing, China. Dominique Patton

In a cosy workshop filled with the smell of fresh wood chip, neatly arranged tables and well-worn carving tools, Fang Fu Zhai reminisces about his days working with ivory. “Only the best people were picked to carve ivory. If you were chosen, you had to move out of the main workshop to an area where they kept an eye on the piece. They were afraid of it being stolen.” Mr Fang seldom gets his carver’s hands on ivory nowadays. Since the ban on the global ivory trade almost 20 year...


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China defends its ivory policy after UN grants permission for disputed African imports

2008-07-17 - BEIJING, China.

China defended its ivory policy on Thursday after conservationists criticized a U.N. panel's decision to allow the country to import elephant ivory from African government stockpiles. The vote this week by the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, qualifies China for a one-time auction because it has dramatically improved its enforcement of ivory rules. But some environmental groups disagreed, saying that China had over a dozen years lost track of 121 tons of iv...


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Elephant paintings enhance sino-Thailand friendship

2008-06-05 - Beijing, China.

Paintings by elephants? Yes! And the huge mammals with their powerful trunks and floppy ears have even had a showing of their own, in Beijing. The elephant's trunks are applied as distinctive brushes. It takes a long time to train an elephant in the refinements of high art. Many pachyderms sought inspiration for their works from the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The show is organized by the Thailand-China Friendship Association. The elephant is to Thailand, what the panda is to China, a...


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Forest police of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region captured over 790 kilograms ivory worth 36 million yuan, March 19, 2008

Guangxi unearths a large ivory smuggling case

2008-03-21 - Guangxi, China.

Forest police in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region intercepted over 790 kilograms ivory worth 36 million yuan from a truck headed toward Nanning on Wednesday. It was the largest amount of smuggled ivory ever confiscated in the region, China News Service reported. Police found more than ten crates of ivory covered with crumbs, for a total of over 270 sections from 139 complete tusks, one of which is 1.83 meters long. Chang Min, team leader of the forest police, said the force sent police out to pa...


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Protecting China"s last elephant herd

2008-02-15 - Yunnan, China.

In addition to sharing a border – and the Mekong River – with Laos, Yunnan province also shares Chinas last herd of Asian elephants, which in recent years has dwindled to only 400 elephants. The herd lives in nature reserves near the border between China and Laos. This week the Yunnan Provincial Forestry Department met with their counterparts from Laos in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture to discuss ways to protect the endangered Asian elephant, which falls under China's grade-one prot...


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China and Laos work together protecting Asian elephants

2008-02-14 - Yunnan, China.

China and Laos reached an agreement to protect wild endangered Asian Elephants that live along the border between the two countries, during their annual meeting, held currently in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Xinhua reported yesterday. According to the Yunnan Provincial Forestry Department, the two countries agreed on four items -- to promulgate animal protection knowledge to villagers; to tighten controls over hunting guns and their activity; to plan an agenda for c...


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Elephant kills man in China nature park

2008-02-09 - Chuncheng , China.

An elephant has killed a man in a Chinese nature reserve where an American tourist was earlier severely injured, the state news agency Xinhua said. The animal attacked Zeng Shaoping on Wednesday as he returned home after celebrating the Lunar New Year with friends, the agency said, quoting the local Chuncheng Evening News. Two of his friends raced to the scene when they heard trumpeting noises, and found him lying on the roadside. An American living in China was severely injured by an elephant i...


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Yunnan Province once boasted an elephant population of more than 100,000, but human intrusion over the centuries and the environmental impact have seen that number dwindle to the 200-odd who now live in Wild Elephant Valley Park.

Spectacular Yunnan"s just the cup of tea for tourists

2008-02-03 - Kunming, China. Yao Minji

Yunnan Province is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty where rolling mountains covered in large colorful tropical flowers provide a picturesque backdrop for tourists keen to discover the area's unique history and culture. But visitors should not expect to be awestruck on first arriving in Yunnan's provincial capital of Kunming. A typical medium-sized Chinese city going through rapid economic development, Kunming's characteristic historic architecture has been knocked down to make way fo...


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Wild Elephant Attacks American Tourist at Chinese Nature Reserve

2008-01-28 - Beijing, China.

A wild elephant in southern China attacked an American tourist by tossing him with its trunk, causing the man to suffer from fractured ribs and stomach injuries, an official said Monday. Jeremy Allen McGill, who teaches English in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was found unconscious by a security guard around dusk Thursday at the "Wild Elephant Valley" nature reserve in the Xishuangbanna region of Yunnan province.


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Wild elephants attack in SW China, injure American tourist

2008-01-27 - Kunming, China.

An American tourist was seriously injured after he was apparently attacked by wild Asian elephants roaming in a nature reserve in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, officials confirmed on Sunday. Jeremy Allen McGill, who teaches English at Huazhong Agricultural University in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and arrived in Xishuangbanna for sightseeing on Wednesday, was under intensive care at the central hospital in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, the foreign affairs...


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Mammoth skull fossil discovered in NE China

2007-12-20 - Changchun, China.

At the beginning of this year, Mr. Ren, a citizen of Changchun City in northeast China's Jilin Province, found an extraordinary stone while working in a sandpit near Dong'antun. His workmates thought that it was just an ordinary stone and suggested throwing it away. However, Ren was convinced that it was a fossilized bone. The stone is about the size of a man's palm and it was cracked in two places. "At first, when I saw the lower part of the stone, I thought that there should be an upper part j...


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Largest bone carving in China - Dragon Boat

2007-11-29 - Guangdong, China. Liu Fang

Ivory carving is a time-honored craft for centuries in south China's Guangdong province. The craft reached its acme during the Ming and Qing dynasties. For many years the ivory trade was brisk. Then in the late 1980's that trade came to an end as an international ban was imposed on trading ivory. Then, local craftsmen began seeking a new medium for their artistic creations. Zhang Minhui in Guangzhou, chose ox bones.


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Taste for exotic posing a danger to rare wildlife

2007-11-19 - Hong Kong, China. Nishika Patel

Growing consumer spending power in south China has been fueling the illegal trade of endangered Southeast Asian pangolins and African ivory, making Hong Kong a crucial strategic hub. Statistics obtained by The Standard from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department show that the amount of imported ivory seized in Hong Kong rocketed from 26.8 kilograms to 4,027.9kg between 2004 and last year, while pangolin seizures jumped from 1,005.5kg, or 939 carcass heads, to 2,037kg, or 6,478 ca...


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ASEAN-WEN is an intergovernmental initiative bringing ASEAN governments together to combat wildlife crime

Traffic news: China hosts ASEAN to close net on wildlife crime

2007-09-14 - Guanzhou, China.

China has wrapped up an historic five-day exchange with law enforcement officers from five ASEAN countries to address one of the region’s major crime issues jointly. The China-ASEAN Wildlife Law Enforcement Co-operation exchange in Guangzhou and Shenzhen aimed to strengthen regional co-operation in the fight against wildlife crime. Eight officials representing police, Customs and environmental agencies from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines joined Chinese counterpart...


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Experts have verified it as an Asian elephant tooth, the first one of its kind to be excavated from southern Anhui Province.

Prehistoric Cave Found in South Anhui

2007-09-07 - Xuancheng, China. He Shan

Sealed away from the outside world for millions of years, a mountain cave located in Xintian Town, Xuancheng City, southern Anhui Province has recently been excavated and classified by archeologists as a prehistoric cave. It harbors a trove of animal fossil bones and vessels. A huge crescent fossil bone weighing two kilograms was unearthed during the discovery. Experts have verified it as an Asian elephant tooth, the first one of its kind to be excavated from southern Anhui Province.


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Elephant recovers from heroin addiction

2007-08-31 - Yunnan, China.

The China Daily is reporting that a bull elephant from Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan has recovered from a serious heroin addiction it picked up as a victim of illegal elephant trading. The elephant, nicknamed "Big Brother", was fed heroin-laced bananas in order to make it easier to control him and his herd, which they led westward to Dehong, near China's border with Myanmar.


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Heroin-addict elephant to rejoin herd after rehab

2007-08-30 - Beijing, China.

A once drug-addled elephant fed heroin-laced bananas by illegal traders will soon return to the wild after being weaned off his addiction through methadone and round-the-clock care. Big Brother, a bull elephant that once lived peacefully with his herd near the China-Myanmar border in Yunnan province, was caugh by traders in 2005, the China Daily said on Thursday. To control it so that it could lead the herd to where they wanted, the traders kept feeding it bananas laced with drugs, the paper sai...


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Beijing Zoo holds birthday party for baby elephant from Sri Lanka

2007-06-24 - Beijing, China.

Baby elephant Migara, a gift of friendship from Sri Lanka to China in February this year, celebrated his sixth birthday at the Beijing Zoo Saturday. With a red ribbon on head, the male elephant received birthday wishes from both Chinese and Sri Lanka children, as well as delicious bananas from its raiser. Migara was presented as gift by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to the Chinese people on Feb. 26 to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties of the two countries...


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Shanghai Elephant May Day

2007-05-02 - Shanghai, China.

A woman performs with an elephant during a show as part of the week-long May Day Holiday activities at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park in Shanghai May 2, 2007.


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Foreigner on trial for smuggling 60 kgs of ivory into China

2007-04-10 - Guangzhou, China.

Hussein Yahya Al-Asri from Yemen went on trial in the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court in south China's Guangdong Province on Monday on charges of smuggling ivory. Al-Asri, an 27-year-old businessman, was charged after customs discovered 60.73 kilograms valued at 3.5 million yuan (0.45 million U.S. dollars) in his luggage at the Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou on June 7, 2006.


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Frustrated elephant retaliates against taunting tourists in China Wuhan zoo

2007-02-27 - Wuhan, China. Donald

A young girl was injured at Wuhan Zoo in central China on Sunday when an African elephant, in retaliation to abuse from a group of tourists, hurled a stone towards the mob, striking the girl in the face. The 13-year-old elephant, named Ahai, was being subjected to taunts from tourists and was being pelted with stones, mud and plastic bottles, according to an unnamed spokesman with Wuhan Zoo. Ahai, who has lived in the zoo with his friend A'nan for seven years, curled up a stone in his trunk and ...


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Sri Lanka President begins visit to China. Presenting China with Pinnawela elephant Migara.

2007-02-26 - Beijing, China.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa landed in China this morning for a six-day state visit that coincides with the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The President presented a five-year-old Sri Lankan elephant, Migara, to the Chinese government as a gift to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The baby elephant is finding a new home at the Beijing Zoo.


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Migara trumpets ties between Sri Lanka and China

2007-02-25 - Beijing, China.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who left for China last night, will hand over a Pinnawela baby Elephant to China at a ceremony today to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and China. Here the baby elephant, named Migara, which is already at the China Zoo is seen attending a rehearsal yesterday prior to today’s ceremony.


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Beijing customs officers seize around 70 kg of ivory products

2007-02-16 - Beijing, China. Xinhua

A total of 67.45 kilograms of ivory products was seized from the luggage of a female passenger from the Democratic Republic of Congo at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday. The female passenger, flying from Addis Abba to Beijing, chose to go through the nothing-to-declare lane of the customs upon her arrival in Beijing. She was found to be carrying half-finished mahjong sets, bracelets, necklaces and other ornaments made of ivory when customs officers examined her luggage. Anti-smug...


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Bachelor Elephant Finds Long-distance Love

2007-02-12 - Nanning, China.

A male elephant in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, traveled thousands of miles to marry a female elephant in Sichuan Province recently. Xing Xing, a 10-year-old male elephant at Nanning Zoo, was old enough to marry, but did not have a mate. The zoo posted advertisements looking for one on the websites of other zoos and finally received a response from the Bifengxia Zoo in Ya'an, Sichuan Province, which had an adult female elephant in need of a spouse.


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Yakun (left) stands next to his mate Liya at Jinan Zoo in Shandong Province

Mateless Zoo Animals Starting to Get Cranky

2007-01-19 - Jinan, China.

"Altogether, seven endangered animals now have difficulties in finding a mate, and most of them are male," zoo manager Wu Kongju said. They include rhinoceros, black ape, musk deer, elephant, golden monkey and zebra. "If an elephant wants to go on a journey to mate, it is impossible to find a cage and truck big enough to transport it," Wu said as an example. Liya was brought from Beijing Zoo to mate with Yakun in May 2006. The two finally fell in love in September. According to Wu, the major rea...


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A herd of seven wild elephants are seen at the Wild Elephant Ravine in a forest park in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China

Wild elephants seen in S.W. China

2007-01-18 - Yunnan, China.

A herd of seven wild elephants are seen at the Wild Elephant Ravine in a forest park in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province January 17, 2006. Wild elephants are seen at the Wild Elephant Ravine in a forest park in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province January 17, 2006.


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"Goddess of Chang Jiang": The Chinese river dolphin declared extinct

2006-12-14 - Yangzi, China.

The fate of the baiji reminds me of the recent book by Mark Elvin, The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China. For millennia, elephants roamed as far north as Beijing and throughout the Chinese heartland and in fact could still be found in regions south of the Yangzi basin as recently as the 14th century. Elvin argues that the 'retreat' of the elephants, "from northeast to southwest, was the reversed image in space and time of that of the economic development and environment...


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Tourist injured in elephant attack

2006-11-29 - Yunnan, China. Chuncheng, Evening News China Daily

A female tourist from Yunnan Province was badly injured when four elephants attacked her on a road neighbouring a nature reserve in Xishuangbanna over the weekend. The woman was resting with her tour group at the side of the road when the four elephants attacked. Experts said such attacks were rarely reported and that the elephants may have been frightened by someone else nearby.


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Chinese officials hope to lure hungry wild elephants away from farmland by offering "dinner halls" with banana and sugar

2006-07-01 - BEIJING, China.

Twenty years ago, Xishuangbanna had only 80 wild elephants compared to some 300 today. Last year three villagers were killed by elephants around nature reserves in Xishuangbanna in the southwest province of Yunnan. Crops belonging to 12,000 families were also destroyed. Wildlife officials are planning "dinner halls" of banana plantations and sugarcane planted several kilometres from villages to entice the animals away, So far, 70 ha (170 acres) have been set aside.


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Elephant kills its keeper in Shanghai safari park

2006-06-09 - Shanghai, China.

A 46-year-old animal keeper was killed accidentally by an elephant in a safari park in Shanghai, east China, on Thursday, sources with the safari park confirmed on Friday. Li Guohua, the animal keeper, was suddenly thrown away by an Asian elephant using its trunk when he was helping veterinarians to treat this ill elephant at about 8:00 p.m. Thursday.


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Hong Kong seizes smuggled elephant tusks

2006-05-10 - Hong Kong, China.

Elephant tusks smuggled in a shipping container have been seized by customs officials in Hong Kong. The 3.9 tonnes of tusks from Cameroon, worth about 8 million Hong Kong dollars (about €805,500), were the largest such seizure “in recent years,” Hong Kong Customs said in a statement. Officials couldn’t say when the last big seizure was. Officers found the tusks in a concealed compartment in a shipping container that was declared to be carrying timber from the West African nation of Camer...


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Chinese wealth spells elephants" doom

2005-12-13 - Beijing, China. Meera Selva

Across China, new shops are opening for hundreds of thousands to buy items that only a generation ago were beyond their reach. Ivory is one of them. "On a recent visit to China, I found twice as many shops selling ivory products than I saw only a few years ago," said Esmond Martin, a conservationist who has tracked the global ivory trade. Chinese companies are making their mark, building roads in Ethiopia, buying up the Sudan's oil and relaunching Sierra Leone's tourism industry.


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Professionals trained to monitor Asian elephants

2005-10-14 - Xinhua, China.

Wildlife observers are being trained in southwest China's Yunnan Province to monitor and protect the critically-endangered Asian elephants that roam virgin forests in the western and southern parts of the province. The training program, scheduled for Oct. 10-15, is sponsored by MIKE (Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants), an international environmental protection system that protects elephants from ivory poachers.


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Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poaching

2005-07-20 - BEIJING, China.

A recent study predicts that more male Asian elephants in China will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool. Research by Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology with the college of life sciences at Beijing Normal University, discovered that the gene for tusklessness is spreading among the endangered species in its habitat in Yunnan Province of southwest China, said China Daily.


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volutionary pressure may lead to more Asian elephants in China born with a gene that leaves them tuskless, and so less desirable for poachers

Elephants with tuskless gene beat poachers

2005-07-18 - Beijing, China.

More male Asian elephants will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool, Chinese researchers say. The tusk-free gene, which is found in between 2 and 5% percent of male Asian elephants, has increased to between 5 and 10% in elephants in China, says zoology researcher Associate Professor Zhang Li, from Beijing Normal University.


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China makes remarkable achievements in Asian Elephant protection

2005-03-16 - Beijing, China. People's Daily Online

A delegation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently completed a visit to China, during which they investigated the protection of Asian Elephants and trade of ivory in China. The delegation came to the conclusion that China had made great efforts at protecting Asian Elephant population and habitats, standardizing the management of ivory processing and trade, severely cracking down on illegal smuggling and trade of ivory etc. and had...


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China protects wild Asian elephants, habitats

2005-03-07 - BEIJING, China. Xinhuanet

China has taken measures to protect Asian, or Indian, Elephants and their wild habitats in thepast years, which helped stabilize the number of the species in the country.

China now has 150 to 250 wild Asian Elephants living in Yunnan Province, the southwest of the country, according to the State Administration of Forestry.


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Ivory "smuggler" guilty

2005-01-07 - Shanghai, China.

A 53-year-old Shanghai resident thought he was rescuing cultural relics when he bought two Chinese ivory carvings at a Paris auction and brought them back home.

But rather than thank him, the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court yesterday sentenced Zheng Songqing to two years in prison with a probation of two years and fined him 15,000 yuan (US$1,807) for violating the country's laws on ivory trading.


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China Leads the World in Importing Illegal Ivory

2004-11-01 - Beijing, China. Zhang Guanghua, Voice of America

Chinese officials have been unable to curb its flourishing illegal ivory
trade, despite signing the International Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora in 1980, which bans killing
elephants for trade purposes.

Since 1990, China has held the dubious title of the world’s largest importer
of illegal ivory. Their inability to stop importation coincides with a
flawed record in domestic wildlife protection.


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China mulls Asian elephant protection corridor along its border with Laos.

2004-10-14 - BEIJING, China. Xinhuanet

The Asian elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal in Asia. Although many thousands of domesticated Asian elephants are found in Southeast Asia, this magnificent animal is facing extinction in the wild.

China is trying to alleviate the situation by establishing an Asian elephant protection corridor in the south of the country, along its border with Laos.


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China Plans to Build Asian Elephant Breeding Base

2002-07-19 - Yunnan, China.

The Chinese government will spend 50 million yuan (6.02 million US dollars) on building an Asian elephant breeding center in southwest China's Yunnan Province, to better protect the wild creatures from extinction. China began breeding Asian elephants in 1994 in the zoo at Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. Six Asian elephants have been born there so far.


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Macau police nab elephant tusks

2001-05-11 - MACAU, China. CNN

Macau marine police have seized nearly 92 kg of ivory, including tusks believed to have come from a baby African elephant.

Five full tusks and five pieces of tusk, weighing a total of 91.95 kg, were discovered in a wooden crate at Macau International Airport, a marine police spokesman said.


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Asian Elephant Fossils Found in Guangxi

2000-07-14 - Guangxi, China.

Chinese archaeologists have discovered well-preserved fossils of the Asian elephant dating back about 50,000 years to 100,000 years in a mountain cave in Pubei County of South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The archeologists believe that the fossils were those of Asian elephants that lived in the late period the Pleistocene.


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Elephant death devastates Chinese town Zhengzhou

1999-01-22 - Zhengzhou, China.

The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou is mourning the death of a much-loved elephant, called Luwen, at the local zoo.

The BBC's Carrie Gracie in Beijing: "Daily health bulletins made top news on local television" Thirty keepers and vets from across China struggled to save her, but the 25-year-old Burmese elephant died of stomach problems after lying on her side for a month.


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Local people believe the animals are getting angry as the country"s runaway development destroys ever more of their habitat 2008-10-19 - Kunming, China - Asian elephant unfit for wild after heroin addiction rehab 2008-10-17 - Hunan, China - Elephant passes giant stool after falling sick 2008-09-04 - Kunming, China - "Addicted" elephant heads back to Kunming after heroin detox cure 2008-08-18 - Beijing, China - UN approval of China as legal ivory buyer may fan world’s black market 2008-07-17 - BEIJING, China - China defends its ivory policy after UN grants permission for disputed African imports 2008-06-05 - Beijing, China - Elephant paintings enhance sino-Thailand friendship 2008-03-21 - Guangxi, China - Guangxi unearths a large ivory smuggling case 2008-02-15 - Yunnan, China - Protecting China"s last elephant herd 2008-02-14 - Yunnan, China - China and Laos work together protecting Asian elephants 2008-02-09 - Chuncheng , China - Elephant kills man in China nature park 2008-02-03 - Kunming, China - Spectacular Yunnan"s just the cup of tea for tourists 2008-01-28 - Beijing, China - Wild Elephant Attacks American Tourist at Chinese Nature Reserve 2008-01-27 - Kunming, China - Wild elephants attack in SW China, injure American tourist 2007-12-20 - Changchun, China - Mammoth skull fossil discovered in NE China 2007-11-29 - Guangdong, China - Largest bone carving in China - Dragon Boat 2007-11-19 - Hong Kong, China - Taste for exotic posing a danger to rare wildlife 2007-09-14 - Guanzhou, China - Traffic news: China hosts ASEAN to close net on wildlife crime 2007-09-07 - Xuancheng, China - Prehistoric Cave Found in South Anhui 2007-08-31 - Yunnan, China - Elephant recovers from heroin addiction 2007-08-30 - Beijing, China - Heroin-addict elephant to rejoin herd after rehab 2007-06-24 - Beijing, China - Beijing Zoo holds birthday party for baby elephant from Sri Lanka 2007-05-02 - Shanghai, China - Shanghai Elephant May Day 2007-04-10 - Guangzhou, China - Foreigner on trial for smuggling 60 kgs of ivory into China 2007-02-27 - Wuhan, China - Frustrated elephant retaliates against taunting tourists in China Wuhan zoo 2007-02-26 - Beijing, China - Sri Lanka President begins visit to China. Presenting China with Pinnawela elephant Migara. 2007-02-25 - Beijing, China - Migara trumpets ties between Sri Lanka and China 2007-02-16 - Beijing, China - Beijing customs officers seize around 70 kg of ivory products 2007-02-12 - Nanning, China - Bachelor Elephant Finds Long-distance Love 2007-01-19 - Jinan, China - Mateless Zoo Animals Starting to Get Cranky 2007-01-18 - Yunnan, China - Wild elephants seen in S.W. China 2006-12-14 - Yangzi, China - "Goddess of Chang Jiang": The Chinese river dolphin declared extinct 2006-11-29 - Yunnan, China - Tourist injured in elephant attack 2006-07-01 - BEIJING, China - Chinese officials hope to lure hungry wild elephants away from farmland by offering "dinner halls" with banana and sugar 2006-06-09 - Shanghai, China - Elephant kills its keeper in Shanghai safari park 2006-05-10 - Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong seizes smuggled elephant tusks 2005-12-13 - Beijing, China - Chinese wealth spells elephants" doom 2005-10-14 - Xinhua, China - Professionals trained to monitor Asian elephants 2005-07-20 - BEIJING, China - Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poaching 2005-07-18 - Beijing, China - Elephants with tuskless gene beat poachers 2005-03-16 - Beijing, China - China makes remarkable achievements in Asian Elephant protection 2005-03-07 - BEIJING, China - China protects wild Asian elephants, habitats 2005-01-07 - Shanghai, China - Ivory "smuggler" guilty 2004-11-01 - Beijing, China - China Leads the World in Importing Illegal Ivory 2004-10-14 - BEIJING, China - China mulls Asian elephant protection corridor along its border with Laos. 2002-07-19 - Yunnan, China - China Plans to Build Asian Elephant Breeding Base 2001-05-11 - MACAU, China - Macau police nab elephant tusks 2000-07-14 - Guangxi, China - Asian Elephant Fossils Found in Guangxi 1999-01-22 - Zhengzhou, China - Elephant death devastates Chinese town Zhengzhou

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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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The elephant, named Nga-Sun, was found collapsed on a palm plantation by villagers in Rayong province last month

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.
In ...


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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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