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La Petite and her newborn calf at the Ramat Gan Safari, Wednesday

2013-10-05 - Ramat Gan, Israel

Safari workers have yet to decide on the calfs name, but have said it will start with the letter ´L´ - like her mothers name. The birth, which happened 22 months after the mother was caught on camera mating with the happy father Motek, was particularly welcomed by workers at the safari since the Asian elephant is considered an endangered species



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Negev Elephant Park a No Go Due to Bureaucratic Snafu

2013-08-25 - Negev, Israel

A project that organizers hoped would bring masses of tourists to the western Negev - an elephant park - apparently won´t be getting off the ground, despite the fact that Kibbutz Nahal Oz and other investors have sunk over a million shekels into it. But despite international laws against transporting elephants, organizers are still helpful they will be able to make a go of the project.



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7 yr-old Asiatic elephant La Belle gives birth to a female calf. The breed is an endangered one. (Ramat Gan inbreeding again, calf sired by mothers father Motek)

2013-08-06 - Ramat Gan, Israel

La Belle, a seven-year-old Asiatic elephant, gave birth to female calf, handlers at the Safari Park discovered Friday morning. The father is Motek, a 53 year old Asiatic elephant. The maternal grandmother, 25 year old La Petite, is behaving in a pushy manner since the birth and has tried to suckle the calf. Handlers explained that since this is La Belles first birth, her mother may be trying to teach her how to care for the calf.



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Staple diet: Up to 60 per cent of the meat consumed by our Homo erectus ancestors was elephant, say the researchers

Early man Homo erectus, lived on elephant meat, so much so we wiped them out in the Middle East 400,000 years ago

2011-12-15 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Findings from the University of Tel Aviv reveal how important the huge animals were to the diet of early humans - researchers that elephants provided 60 per cent of the meat eaten by Homo erectus. Elephants also had the perfect fat-to-protein ratio for early humans and provided a year-round source of food.



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Gabi the elephant

Israel sends elephant to Turkey

2010-10-04 - Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem´s Biblical Zoo made last preparations over the weekend to ship Gabi the elephant on a long journey to his new home in Turkey. Accompanied by his caretaker, 5-year-old Gabi will be placed inside a large crate and will then be shipped by sea to Turkey´s Gaziantep Zoo. Ammar Abidat, head of the Biblical Zoo´s elephant department, said Gabi was a handful as a young elephant, but has since been trained and is now well-behaved.



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Biblical Zoo"s elephant Abigail loses tug-of-war with death

2009-08-01 - Jersualem, Israel

Jerusalems Biblical Zoo last week lost two elephants, an unborn calf and its mother, who died from complications of pregnancy. Abigail, 32, died on Friday evening at the zoos intensive care veterinary ward despite an international effort to deliver the dead calf she was carrying in her womb. After Abigail went into labor but could not give birth, the zoos veterinary staff called Dr. Thomas Bernd Hildebrandt from the Institute for Zoo Biology and Wildlife Research, Berlin, and another expert on e...



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Elephant hurts girl who snuck into zoo

2008-08-01 - JERUSALEM, Israel

Israeli officials say a 17-year-old girl who sneaked into a zoo near Tel Aviv with a friend was attacked by an elephant and hospitalized. An employee of Safari nature park says the couple entered the park before dawn Friday by climbing over a wall and then entering the elephants enclosure. Mori Hertzenstein told Army Radio the girl then approached the pen of 1 of the male elephants, who grabbed her with his trunk. Hertzenstein said "the elephant, which is a giant animal, hurt her." Israeli rescu...



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Elephants without borders

2008-03-13 - Tel Aviv, Israel

A few months ago, when he was traveling in the border region between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Prof. Jeheskel Shoshani found the corpse of a large elephant that had been shot by hunters. "It was a large male, and the poachers wanted its ivory, so they sawed off its head," he says. "When I saw that, I thought about the last moments in the life of this elephant. Elephants have language - they talk to one another with sounds that we cant hear. I asked myself what sound he made a moment before he died. ...



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At Jerusalem zoo, kids ask: Can he eat me in one bite?

2007-08-10 - Jerusalem zoo, Israel

It was a veritable human jungle at the Biblical zoo. Here was a plus-size American woman in a pink suit licking a diet popsicle and declaring aloud, "This is delicious." And in front of the elephant cage, a family of French Jews points to the elephantine turds floating on the water. The French word is the same in Hebrew, only the emphasis is on a different syllable.



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Try this on for size

2007-07-05 - Jerusalem, Israel

While taking a pet for a walk might be a pleasant stroll for some, it takes on a whole different scale for elephant keeper Amar Obaidat and his charges at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Every morning the herd of elephants are taken for a walk around the zoo to get their circulation going for the day ahead. The elephants, Tamar, Suzanne, Michaela, Avigail, Teddy and baby Gabby, are walked in two groups to keep their numbers manageable. First to go are usually two of the smaller females and Gabby.



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16 Headlines about Elephants from Israel2013-10-05 - Ramat gan, Israel - 2013-08-25 - Negev, Israel - Negev Elephant Park a No Go Due to Bureaucratic Snafu 2013-08-06 - Ramat gan, Israel - 7 yr-old Asiatic elephant La Belle gives birth to a female calf. The breed is an endangered one. (Ramat Gan inbreeding again, calf sired by mothers father Motek) 2011-12-15 - Tel aviv, Israel - Early man Homo erectus, lived on elephant meat, so much so we wiped them out in the Middle East 400,000 years ago 2010-10-04 - Jerusalem, Israel - Israel sends elephant to Turkey 2009-08-01 - Jersualem, Israel - Biblical Zoo"s elephant Abigail loses tug-of-war with death 2008-08-01 - Jerusalem, Israel - Elephant hurts girl who snuck into zoo 2008-03-13 - Tel aviv, Israel - Elephants without borders 2007-08-10 - Jerusalem zoo, Israel - At Jerusalem zoo, kids ask: Can he eat me in one bite? 2007-07-05 - Jerusalem, Israel - Try this on for size 2007-04-09 - Ramat-gan, Israel - Videofilm: Yossi kills Atari in Ramat-Gan Safari 2007-04-04 - Ramat-gan, Israel - Murder in the Ramat Gan elephant yard. Worlds largest captive elephant, living in an Israeli zoo, attacks and kills herd"s female leader, leaving staff shocked by his behavior 2006-11-01 - Negev, Israel - Negev to get elephant park 2005-12-10 - Jerusalem, Israel - Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoological Gardens trumpets birth of elephant 2005-10-31 - Ramat-gan, Israel - Sociopathic elephant exiled to Israeli barn after murderous past 2004-08-02 - Jerusalem, Israel - German Specialists Make Ultrasound Examination of Pregnant Elephant at Jerusalem"s Biblical Zoo


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2013-10-05-Ramat gan
2013-08-25-Negev
Negev Elephant Park a No Go Due to Bureaucratic Snafu
2013-08-06-Ramat gan
7 yr-old Asiatic elephant La Belle gives birth to a female calf. The breed is an endangered one. (Ramat Gan inbreeding again, calf sired by mothers father Motek)
2011-12-15-Tel aviv
Early man Homo erectus, lived on elephant meat, so much so we wiped them out in the Middle East 400,000 years ago
2010-10-04-Jerusalem
Israel sends elephant to Turkey
2009-08-01-Jersualem
Biblical Zoo"s elephant Abigail loses tug-of-war with death
2008-08-01-Jerusalem
Elephant hurts girl who snuck into zoo
2008-03-13-Tel aviv
Elephants without borders
2007-08-10-Jerusalem zoo
At Jerusalem zoo, kids ask: Can he eat me in one bite?
2007-07-05-Jerusalem
Try this on for size
2007-04-09-Ramat-gan
Videofilm: Yossi kills Atari in Ramat-Gan Safari
2007-04-04-Ramat-gan
Murder in the Ramat Gan elephant yard. Worlds largest captive elephant, living in an Israeli zoo, attacks and kills herd"s female leader, leaving staff shocked by his behavior
2006-11-01-Negev
Negev to get elephant park
2005-12-10-Jerusalem
Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoological Gardens trumpets birth of elephant
2005-10-31-Ramat-gan
Sociopathic elephant exiled to Israeli barn after murderous past