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

Ramat Gan safari’s 25-year-old elephant La Petite, already a grandmother, has another girl of her own

2013-10-05 - Ramat Gan, Israel.

Safari workers have yet to decide on the calf’s name, but have said it will start with the letter “L” — like her mother’s 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 Belle’s 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. Jonathan Lis

Jerusalem's 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 zoo's 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 zoo's veterinary staff called Dr. Thomas Bernd Hildebrandt from the Institute for Zoo Biology and Wildlife Research, Berlin, and another expert o...


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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 resc...


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Elephants without borders

2008-03-13 - Tel Aviv, Israel. Ofri Ilani

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 can't 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. Benny Ziffer

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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Videofilm: Yossi kills Atari in Ramat-Gan Safari

2007-04-09 - Ramat-Gan, Israel.

A videofilm showing the african bull Yossi killing the female "matriarch" Atari 3rd of April in Ramat-Gan safari in Israel. It sure looks like he influenced by musth hormones.


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Atari was crushed to death within minutes

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

2007-04-04 - Ramat-Gan, Israel. Reuben Weiss

Around 2 pm, toward closing time, Yossi, the 33-year-old male African elephant attacked 46-year-old Atari, brutally slamming her against the yards wall. The blow caused her to fall to the ground, and left her groaning for a few moments before dying. The elephant keepers quickly arrived at the scene and removed Yossi, making way for the safaris veterinarian Yigal Horowitz to approach Atari, only to pronounce her dead. It was a death in the family, elephant-keeper Izik Franko was quoted by Israels...


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Elephants for the Negev park will come from the Far East.

Negev to get elephant park

2006-11-01 - Negev, Israel. Zohar Blumenkrantz

Kibbutz Nahal Oz and the Tourism Ministry are planning a NIS 6 million elephant park in the agricultural areas near the kibbutz. Between 20 to 30 female Asian elephants will roam the park freely. Females are considered more friendly to people than males. Visitors will also be able to ride the elephants. Details of the wildlife park, which hopes to open in 2008 to 400,000 annual visitors were revealed for the first time yesterday during a tour of the southern region by Tourism Ministry director g...


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Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoological Gardens trumpets birth of elephant

2005-12-10 - Jerusalem, Israel. YAAKOV KATZ

A two year pregnancy and a 10-hour birth process made Israeli history on Saturday when a baby elephant was born at the Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoological Gardens after being conceived through artificial insemination. The male baby - who has yet to be named - was born to Tamar a Thai elephant brought to Israel ten years ago as a gift from the Thai government to then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Saturday's birth was one of 10 births around the world of an elephant conceived through artificial inse...


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Sociopathic elephant exiled to Israeli barn after murderous past

2005-10-31 - Ramat-Gan, Israel.

Ostracized by her herd, La Petite is looking to pack her trunk and move to a new home. The 19-year-old elephant with a checkered past -- she killed her first baby and is suspected of killing a handler -- failed to fit in at a British zoo, and now is having trouble at an Israeli safari park. Until she can be moved, the former circus performer is isolated from the park's other elephants, and animal rights activists are up in arms.


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German Specialists Make Ultrasound Examination of Pregnant Elephant at Jerusalem"s Biblical Zoo

2004-08-02 - Jerusalem, Israel. GCM/CRB

A German team from the IZW, The Institute of Zoo Wildlife Research in Berlin, make an ultrasound examination of Tamar, a pregnant elephant, at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo July 31, 2004.


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16 Headlines about Elephants from Israel2013-10-05 - Ramat Gan, Israel - Ramat Gan safari’s 25-year-old elephant La Petite, already a grandmother, has another girl of her own 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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Photo taken on Oct. 20, 2021 shows a newborn Asian elephant calf and his mother Yaming in Kunming Zoo, southwest China

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

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

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


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

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

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


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

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


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

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

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

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


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

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

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

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


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Gange attracted elephants during khedda operations. Credit: DH File Photo

Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Ishini Wickremesinghe is the daughter of Shan Wickramasinghe, the brother of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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