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Anti-poaching patrols protect wildlife in Garamba National Park in the DRC.

Armed groups threaten elephants in DRC’s Garamba Nat Park

2016-03-01 - , Congo.

Elephants in the vast Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face a precarious future following reports that armed gangs of poachers are wreaking havoc in the game reserve, threatening both the animals and rangers. According to reports, last year, about 114 elephants were killed in the Garamba National Park, located in the north-eastern part of the DRC.


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Can GPS Collars Protect Elephants At Virunga National Park?

2015-11-10 - Ituri, Congo. Dana Sanchez

The only way to save the fast-disappearing elephant population in DRC’s Virunga National Park is for rangers to be with them around the clock, says park director Emmanuel de Merode in an MSN video. The park has lost 95 percent of its elephants. With just 195 elephants left, rangers are turning to a solution they say may be the easiest: satellite collars on the elephants.


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Militarised: Gunmen have turned a world heritage site the United Nations defines as

Armed poachers targeting elephants in Congo national park kill more than 200 in a year as rangers struggle to protect animals

2015-11-10 - Garamba National Park, Congo.

More than 200 elephants have been poached in Garamba since a census in April 2014 counted 1,780 elephants - down from more than 11,000 two decades ago. The shootout last month, in which three rangers and a Congolese army colonel were killed, highlights the challenge of protecting parks in a part of Africa plagued for decades by insurgencies, civil war, refugee flows and weak governments. It shows how some conservation efforts resemble a kind of guerrilla warfare in which rangers and soldiers sta...


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Elephant poaching overlord NABBED!

2015-11-09 - Garamba National Park, Congo.

Ivory trade is so lucrative that gangs have been formed for the killing of thousands of elephants. The don of these gangs, Boniface Matthew Mariango, has been caught and arrested by Tanzanian officials according to John R. Platt, who writes for Scientific American as well as other publications.


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Elephant Poachers Are Becoming Park Rangers in the Congo

2013-11-01 - Odzala National Park, Congo.

In its first push, 56 former poachers applied to become park rangers, but the park only had the ability to train 28 of them. Thursday, the parks, along with the Richardson Center—a nonprofit group set up by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson—announced plans to make the program permanent. They’ll be building a training facility sometime within the next six months and plan to sign up more poachers in early 2014.


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Barbaric: In a scene too graphic to show in full, the carcasses of some of the 22 massacred elephants lay strewn across Garamba National Park in the Congo after being gunned down by helicopter-borne poachers  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar

Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals.

2012-04-25 - Garamba National Park, Congo.

In a scene of inconceivable horror, these slaughtered elephant carcasses show the barbaric lengths poachers will go to in their hunt for nature´s grim booty. The bodies were among a herd of 22 animals massacred in a helicopter-borne attack by professionals who swooped over their quarry. The scene beneath the rotor blades would have been chilling - panicked mothers shielding their young, hair-raising screeches and a mad scramble through the blood-stained bush as bullets rained down from the...


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Bloodhounds have begun working with rangers at Virunga National Park to track down poachers

DR Congo employs dogs to tackle elephant poaching

2012-03-06 - Virunga park, Congo.

Rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo´s Virunga park have a new weapon in their fight against poachers. National Park authorities have trained five bloodhound dogs to track elephant poachers after a spate of incidents. The first investigation using the dogs was carried out last week and led to the discovery of illegal weapons.


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500 elephants killed in DR Congo"s national park

2012-02-13 - Kinshasa, Congo.

Over 500 elephants have been killed by poachers at DR Congo´s Virunga national park since 2010, a senior government official has revealed. An official of the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) decried the incidents of poaching at the Virunga national park which is considered as a World Heritage site by Unesco, Xinhua reported Thursday.


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500 elephants killed in DR Congo"s national park

2012-02-09 - KINSHASA, Congo.

Over 500 elephants have been killed by poachers at DR Congo´s Virunga national park since 2010, a senior government official has revealed. An official of the Congolese Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) decried the incidents of poaching at the Virunga national park which is considered as a World Heritage site by Unesco, Xinhua reported Thursday.


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Maps showing dramatic decreases in elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 50-per-cent decline in elephants in eastern Congo due to human conflict: UBC research

2011-11-10 - Kinshasa, Congo.

In some of the best-documented cases to date, the study shows the elephant population in the Okapi Faunal Reserve – one of the last strongholds of forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – saw a 50 per cent decline in the last decade due to civil war and ivory poaching, from 6,439 to 3,288. In other parks in eastern DRC, the decimation was even greater.


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33 Headlines about Elephants from Congo2016-03-01 - , Congo - Armed groups threaten elephants in DRC’s Garamba Nat Park 2015-11-10 - Ituri, Congo - Can GPS Collars Protect Elephants At Virunga National Park? 2015-11-10 - Garamba National Park, Congo - Armed poachers targeting elephants in Congo national park kill more than 200 in a year as rangers struggle to protect animals 2015-11-09 - Garamba National Park, Congo - Elephant poaching overlord NABBED! 2013-11-01 - Odzala National Park, Congo - Elephant Poachers Are Becoming Park Rangers in the Congo 2012-04-25 - Garamba National Park, Congo - Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals. 2012-03-06 - Virunga park, Congo - DR Congo employs dogs to tackle elephant poaching 2012-02-13 - Kinshasa, Congo - 500 elephants killed in DR Congo"s national park 2012-02-09 - KINSHASA, Congo - 500 elephants killed in DR Congo"s national park 2011-11-10 - Kinshasa, Congo - More than 50-per-cent decline in elephants in eastern Congo due to human conflict: UBC research 2010-09-07 - Kinshasa, Congo - Congo police arrest 3 men carrying 6 suitcases full of elephant ivory 2010-08-27 - Kinshasa, Congo - 116 elephant tusks seized in Congo after crash 2010-07-19 - Kinshasa, Congo - DR Congo intensifies fight against Ivory trafficking 2010-03-14 - Goma, Congo - For Elephants in Congo the War Goes On 2009-02-28 - Kinshasa, Congo - From Elephant Poacher to Conservation Hero 2008-08-26 - Virunga, Congo - Elephants in central Africa "are being threatened by poachers" 2008-08-25 - Kinshasa, Congo - Congo Elephants Poached by Rebels for Ivory Sales to China 2008-08-24 - Kinshasa, Congo - Two elephants killed by Hutu militia in Virunga 2008-08-22 - Kinshasa, Congo - Ivory poachers decimate Congo elephant population 2008-08-22 - Kinshasa, Congo - Ivory poachers decimate Congo elephant population 2008-03-09 - Kinshasa, Congo - A Geographic look at bushmeat hunting in DRCongo. 2007-08-24 - Brazzaville, Congo - Congo villagers threatened by elephant herds 2007-04-03 - Brazzaville, Congo - Forest Elephant Crisis in the Congo Basin. 2007-03-07 - BRAZZAVILLE, Congo - Chillies could tame Congo elephants 2007-01-21 - Vitshumbi, Congo - Disaster on the Shores of Lake Edward 2006-12-08 - Mouadje Bai, Congo - Invented for the military, used to defend wildlife 2006-10-19 - Virunga, Congo - The tragic slaughter of hippos in the Congo 2006-06-20 - Virunga, Congo - Elephants Recover in Virunga National Park, Congo 2005-09-30 - Kinshasa, Congo - Otti"s LRA Eat Congo Jumbos 2005-02-05 - BRAZZAVILLE, Congo - 7 African Leaders Sign Forest Treaty 2005-01-21 - Kinshasa, Congo - Officers accused of poaching elephants in Republic of Congo 2005-01-20 - Kinshasa, Congo - Report: Congo Police, Army Involved in Elephant Ivory Poaching 2004-12-19 - MBOMO, Congo - Illicit ivory poaching relieves unemployment in Congo national park

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Mysuru Dasara

2020-10-26 - Mysore, India.

Mysuru Dasara is the “Nadahabba” or the State-Festival of Karnataka. With fairs, cultural events, dance performances and musical concerts, the ten-day festival is celebrated with pomp and pageantr...


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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 freein...


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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...


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Big tuskers arrive in Eastern Cape

2020-10-19 - Makhanda, South Africa. GUY ROGERS

Two elephants from Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal have arrived at Buffalo Kloof near Makhanda as part of a project to secure their big tusker genetics.


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Two female pachyderms, 25 rangers help to relocate Kuala Krai wild elephant

2020-10-18 - Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

A 2.5-tonne wild male elephant, caught yesterday after it entered a village presumably in search of food, has been relocated to the Kelantan National Park in Kuala Koh. 25 rangers were involved in the...


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Elephant Lakshmi dies in Mukoodal

2020-10-18 - Tirunveli, India.

A 54-year-old female elephant, Lakshmi, died at Mukoodal in the district on Sunday. The elephant was owned by one Dawood Meeran (50) of Ravanasamudram, near Ambasamudram, for the last five years. On S...


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Nandankanan Zoological Park finds adoption therapy

2020-10-18 - Bhubaneswar, India. Sudarsan Maharana

Elephant at Rs 2.5 lakh is the costliest species for adoption for a year. A State PSU like Odisha Mining Corporation has adopted 17 animals at a cost of Rs 16 lakh which include two Indian elephants a...


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Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.

Lift ban on elephant catching to curb man-jumbo conflict- Wildlife experts

2020-10-17 - Lucknow, India.

The rapidly rising graph of man-animal conflicts and consequent fatalities have not only left UP’s wildlife experts but also lone elephant catcher Kamaal Sheikh, worried. Expressing concern over the...


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Zoo Miami elephant Ongard treated after injuring tusk

2020-10-16 - Miami, United States.

The 10-year-old pachyderm “volunteered” to have his injury checked out and was very cooperative during the procedure, doctors said. Ongard will undergo treatment as soon as his results are back. Z...


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Deaths signal the return of tuberculosis among captive elephants in Chitwan

2020-10-16 - Kathmandu, Nepal. Chandan Kumar Mandal

Captive elephants of Chitwan National Park have once again started dying from tuberculosis, bringing back the memories of deaths among elephants due to TB at a worrying rate. Three domestic elephants ...


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A 35-year-old elephant being radio-collared in Haridwar forest division in Uttarakhand

First elephant radio-collared in Uttarakhand with eye on Maha Kumbh 2021

2020-10-15 - Dehradun, India.

Population has increased in the state and so have man-elephant conflicts. In June, according to the elephant census conducted earlier this year, the numbers of the elephants in the state had reached 2...


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TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The new website, named ETIS Online, was produced following a request made at the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in 2017. The site aims to bolster the collection of data on seizures invol...


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Tamed elephant Rajendra dies after being attacked by wild elephant in Kodagu"s Mathigodu Elephant Camp

2020-10-15 - Gonikoppa, India. Naina J A

The tamed elephants were left to graze in the forest on Tuesday night. The mahouts and kavaids spotted a severely injured Rajendra the next morning when they left for the forest to get the elephants b...


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Ivory Coast without ivory? Elephant populations are declining rapidly in Côte d"Ivoire

2020-10-14 - , Ivory Coast.

Recent years have witnessed a widespread and catastrophic decline in the number of forest elephants in protected areas in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a study published October 14 in the open-access j...


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Jai Dee was only three years old

Taronga Zoo’s Beloved Baby Elephant Jai Dee Has Sadly Passed Away

2020-10-14 - Sydney, Australia. Krisinda Merhi

Jai Dee started to show signs of abdominal pain Monday morning and was quickly treated. By midday, Jai Dee was displaying normal behaviour and was monitored closely by keepers and veterinarians, but u...


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Baba Ramdev falls off elephant while doing Yoga, escapes unhurt

2020-10-13 - New Delhi, India. Mukesh Ranjan

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday fell on the ground while performing Yoga asanas. Yoga Guru was sitting atop a well-decorate elephant and performing Yoga asanas at the Guru Shardananda Ashram. But, as...


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This is where she was born, where she grew up, and what she is used to accept as her home.

Happy Birthday! Pregolja in Kaliningrad Zoo is 50 years old. An older elephant with a mixed life.

2020-10-12 - Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.

We dont know if she will get any presents. Lets just hope, that there is a dedicated elephant keeper there, who will try to make her happier today, than usually. Lets also hope that this keeper actua...


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41st Annual Conference Will be Virtual and Free to All EMA Members

2020-10-12 - Houston, United States. Elephant Managers Association

For the first time, EMA will host our annual conference virtually, free to all members! EMA will host the EMA virtual conference the same week as previously scheduled via Zoom


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The Circus Was Born in Putnam County

2020-10-10 - New York, United States.

The Putnam County Historian’s Office, in partnership with Southeast Museum, recently created a virtual exhibit called Historic Putnam County & the Birth of the American Circus from the early days of...


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Vikram finishes weight test in 20 minutes

2020-10-10 - Mysore, India.

Dasara elephant Vikrama continued to train for the arduous task of carrying 750-kg golden howdah at Mysuru Palace for the second day on Friday. On Thursday, a sand-bag weighing 350 kg was tied to Vikr...


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