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Napier man Patrick Cooper advised others on how to import ivory illegally

2015-11-17 - Napier, New Zealand.

A Napier man who imported illegal ivory was instructing suppliers on how to evade detection by Customs. Patrick Cooper, 62, a natural therapist, appeared in Napier District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to five charges of trading in endangered species. In June 2012 quarantine inspectors carrying out a routine inspection of mail arriving in New Zealand found a box addressed to Cooper containing a large, carved tusk from an African Elephant.


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Auckland-bound elephant Anjalee is on her way

2015-03-13 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo is delighted to announce that an eight-year-old Asian elephant na​med Anjalee has begun her journey to join the Zoo´s 32-year-old female elephant Burma. ​Anjalee is the first of two elephants that will be coming to Auckland Zoo from Sri Lanka´s Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage; at 7 o´clock (NZT) she boarded an Emirates freighter plane in Colombo. Following a 12-hour flight to Auckland Airport, she will continue the second leg of her journey on a Ne...


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TRAGIC END: Keeper Helen Schofield was crushed to death by Mila the elephant.

Mila the elephant US bound

2013-10-29 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Mila was with her former trainer, Hamilton man Tony Ratcliffe, for 31 years before being taken to Franklin Zoo by vet Schofield in 2009. At the time of Schofield´s death, Tony Ratcliffe´s brother Robin told the Waikato Times the family had warned officials something would happen if the transition was not handled correctly.


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Auckland zoo still working on Niue elephant deal

2013-09-15 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo says the new elephants it wants to bring to New Zealand will definitely spend three months in quarantine on Niue first. The zoo’s head of marketing Ben Hutton says work is continuing to import two elephants from an orphanage in Sri Lanka and if the deal is successful the earliest they will arrive by plane on Niue is late November.


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Video: The life of Mila. "Elephant expert" Erin Ivory suggests that an elephant can Squeeze a person to death with the trunk by accident...?

2013-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Erin Ivory, (refered to as one of the worlds leading experts on zoo elephants?) suggests that Mila "picked up" Helen Schofield and "squeezzed her a little bit harder because she was upset and tensed" which can result in the incidence" suggesting that Helen Schofield was not purposely killed by the elephant Mila last year?


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Dr Piers Locke rides an elephant in Nepal.

NZ to host international elephant conference

2013-05-07 - Canterbury, New Zealand.

An international conference on conflict between elephants and humans is set to be held in New Zealand for the first time in May. The University of Canterbury (UC) is hosting this year´s south and southeast Asian elephant symposium, the first of its kind here, on May 7-8.


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Auckland Zoo happiest home for this elephant

2013-05-06 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Councillor Cathy Casey has put a case for getting rid of Burma, the one remaining elephant at Auckland Zoo. While her intent is likely to be honourable, such an attempt to "help" Burma could work very much against her, and paradoxically, as recent research shows, it could also work against conservation efforts.


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The Tuakau zookeeper who was crushed to death by a former circus elephant broke her own rules about entering the animal"s enclosure, a coroner says.

2013-04-20 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland coroner Sarn Herdson on Thursday delivered her findings into the death of Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary´s Helen Schofield at the Tuakau zoo, south of Auckland, in April last year. Dr Schofield, 42, the zoo´s operator, director, vet and elephant programme manager, was killed by 3.7-tonne African elephant Mila when she tried to comfort the ex-circus animal. Witnesses said Mila probably got a shock from an electric fence and Dr Schofield had gone in to try to calm it down...


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Logan Mennie, 9, gets up close and personal with Burma the elephant at the Auckland Zoo, as part of Blind Week.

Fun day at Auckland Zoo for special guests

2012-10-21 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Some special guests at Auckland Zoo got closer to the action than most people are ever allowed. To help celebrate Blind Week, which starts tomorrow, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind treated eight blind children to a fun day out at the zoo where they got to touch the animals, including resident elephant Burma.


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Franklin Zoo closes after seven years

2012-07-13 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The south Auckland zoo where a keeper was crushed to death by a former circus elephant is shutting its gates after seven years. Staff at Franklin Zoo say they can no longer run the sanctuary without veterinarian Helen Schofield who was accidentally killed by African elephant, Mila, three months ago.


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TRAGIC: Helen Schofield was killed by Mila at Franklin Zoo when the elephant picked her up with her trunk.

Cost of moving elephant could reach $500k

2012-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The cost of moving an Auckland elephant which crushed its keeper to death to a Californian sanctuary could reach half a million dollars but is the best option, the SPCA says. Helen Schofield was killed by Mila at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, south of Auckland, last Wednesday when the elephant picked her up with its trunk before bringing her down and crushing her. Schofield, 42, will be farewelled in Tuakau on Thursday.


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Owner and director at Franklin Zoo, Helen Schofield killed by elephant

2012-04-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A female veterinarian has been crushed by an elephant at Franklin Zoo. Reports say the elephant was trying to protect the vet after it got a fright and wrapped its trunk around her, before going down, killing her. The 39-year-old African elephant is a former circus animal named Jumbo, that was taken in by the Franklin Zoo, in Tuakau south of Auckland, and renamed Mila. It has been at the zoo for about three years.


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A carved tusk and statue seized at the Auckland Mail Centre that have been tested and confirmed to be ivory from African elephants.

Global ivory ring busted in Auckland

2011-11-01 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Luxury items made of elephant ivory and turtle shell have been seized in Auckland as part of an international-sting on smugglers. Wildlife enforcement officers confiscated 25 wildlife items from an Auckland address on Monday night. Forensic tests will be carried out to confirm the pieces including three carved tusks, six statues and a fan - were made from endangered elephant tusk and turtle shell


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Burma has been the only elephant at Auckland Zoo for nearly two years, but is about to get some new company.

New elephants for Auckland zoo approved

2011-05-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo´s beloved elephant Burma is set to get new companions after the council approved a proposal to import two young elephants from Sri Lanka. Two female elephants will be brought over from Sri Lanka at a cost of $3.2 million, but Auckland Council´s strategy and finance chair Penny Webster said there would be zero cost to ratepayers.


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BY THE PANTS OF THE SEAT: Museum of Wellington City and Sea marketing manager Kim Young with a pair of underpants found stuffed as padding in Kamala the elephant

Museum finds a jumbo"s trunks

2011-04-04 - Wellington, New Zealand.

Generations of Wellingtonians who took ride on Kamala the elephant at the zoo probably didn´t know they were sitting on a saddle stuffed with old undies and a 1940s Avondale racebook. Rides on Indian elephant Kamala were a favourite attraction at the zoo from 1953 till 1983. Now those child riders can take a sentimental journey to the Museum of City and Sea on the waterfront to see the fully restored saddle.


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Burma at Auckland Zoo.

Auckland City puts up $13m for elephants in the bush

2010-10-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The Auckland City Council´s arts, culture and recreation committee has approved a $13 million proposal to bring in a herd of up to 10 Asian elephants, and make the elephant enclosure six times its present size. The zoo´s life science manager, Kevin Buley, said moving any elephant was a big undertaking, but the zoo needed to provide companionship for its only remaining elephant Burma after the death of Kashin last year.


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Burma at Auckland Zoo. Photo / Herald on Sunday

Elephant expansion at Auckland Zoo

2010-08-12 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A $13 million extension to Auckland Zoo has been given the thumbs up - which could bring the only elephant herd in Australasia to New Zealand. Auckland City Council´s arts, culture and recreation committee has endorsed a proposal to enlarge the zoo´s existing enclosure to six times its size, which would incorporate two areas of Auckland´s Western Springs Park. The proposed areas, which run adjacent to the zoo´s current elephant enclosure, will include an exercise area, a ...


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The Wellington Zoo elephant house you"ll never forget

2010-07-27 - Wellington, New Zealand.

Elephant lovers who remember taking a ride on Kamala the elephant have until Sunday to make a sentimental journey to the Elephant House at Wellington Zoo´s. Although 1983 was the last year the zoo housed a living elephant, the demolition of its historic Elephant House will create mixed feelings in many who came to view the building as iconic.


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37-year-old Jumbo gets back to her elephant ways with a roll in her sandpit at Franklin Zoo in Pukekohe. She will soon have an indoor sandpit to play in during winter.

Jumbos out of the circus and living the good life

2010-05-17 - Pukekohe, New Zealand.

Kapiti animal rights campaigners say their battle to save Jumbo the elephant has proved worthwhile, with news the former circus performer is making big strides in her rehabilitation. The 37-year-old African elephant caused a stir in Paraparaumu when she appeared in the Loritz Circus in 2008, with a group of local protestors unhappy with her treatment.


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UP TO HER OLD TRICKS: Burma has recovered better than expected after the loss of her best friend Kashin, says keeper Laurel Sandy.

Burma gets back to normal

2010-04-08 - Auckland, New Zealand. JOCELYN REIN

She may be alone, but life is far from lonely for Burma. After the death of her only companion, Kashin, last August, there were fears the "fun, sparky", Asian elephant would never recover and wouldnt be able to work with keepers any more. Seven months later, Auckland Zoo elephant keeper Laurel Sandy says she is back to having the same quality of life she did before Kashins death, enjoying elephant "scrubs" and walks around the zoo, building her confidence every day.


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Jumbo-Sized New Citizen For Franklin

2009-12-16 - Franklin, New Zealand.

Franklin District Council has officially welcomed a jumbo-sized citizen to the district. Jumbo the elephant was 'sworn in' as a Franklin citizen by Franklin District Mayor Mark Ball at a special citizenship ceremony today at her new home at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary. Jumbo (also known as Mila) has recently been gifted to Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary on her retirement from the circus. The sanctuary provides a home and rehabilitation for at-risk exotic and native species.


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Jumbos first day out in her new encosure

New Zealands last circus Elephant Jumbo to Franklin Zoo

2009-12-04 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

Jumbo, New Zealand's only African elephant, has retired from the circus and is starting a new life at Franklin Zoo in Tuakau. She has settled into to her new facility which has given her space to explore, toys to play with and wallows so she can enjoy being an elephant.


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Jumbo the elephant has packed her trunk and is saying goodbye to the circus.

2009-11-28 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

The 36-year-old pachyderm will become the only African elephant at a zoo in New Zealand on her arrival at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tuakau from Helensville this weekend. The facility is closed to the public until Monday as staff and contractors put the finishing touches to Jumbo's training, entertainment and living enclosure and get her used to her new environment.


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Jumbo the elephant finally free

2009-11-24 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

The retirement of circus elephant Jumbo is being hailed as a victory by animal rights group Save Animals From Exploitation (Safe). Jumbo, New Zealand's only African elephant, spent 28 years with the Weber Bros Circus before a decision last week to put her into retirement. Weber Bros owner Harry Weber told The Dominion Post newspaper a group of specialists met in Auckland last week to discuss 36-year-old Jumbo's future.


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ARE YOU BEING SERVED? Circus elephant Jumbo, along with "soul-mate" Tony Ratcliffe, strolled through the Hamilton suburb of Frankton.

An elephant at my table

2009-10-16 - Frankton, New Zealand.

Circus elephant Jumbo, along with "soul-mate" Tony Ratcliffe, strolled through the Hamilton suburb of Frankton yesterday as part of her continuing retirement preparations. The 35-year-old African elephant perused the menu at Smo's Cafe, where she encountered Christian Curtis, left, during her walk-about, which lasted about an hour and which will be repeated over coming days.


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Leigh Cornwell, 4, puts flowers with other tributes saddened Aucklanders have left outside the zoo in memory of Kashin.

Red tape means new elephant years away

2009-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Any replacement for Auckland Zoo favourite Kashin will come from established Asian elephant breeding programmes under way in Europe. But a new addition to the zoo's elephant colony - which since Kashin's death on Monday stands at one - is likely to be at least two years away.


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Press Conference About Kashin

2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A press conference about Auckland Zoo elephant Kashin will be held at the zoo's Old Elephant House today at 1pm. As part of the conference, the zoo will be letting people know how they can honour Kashin by contributing to a Kashin memorial fund, which will be dedicated to helping the conservation of elephants in the wild. The zoo is also intending to have a public memorial for Kashin. Details are still be worked through, and we will advise as soon as possible. The zoo has been overwhelmed by the...


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Kashin was a favourite with zoo staff such as senior elephant keeper Andrew Coers and with generations of visitors.

Auckland Zoo closed today, Kashin"s health issues too much to bear

2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand. Vaimoana Tapaleao

Auckland Zoo will be closed today as staff grieve the loss of 40-year-old Kashin the Elephant, who died yesterday. The female Asian elephant, who had chronic arthritis and foot abscesses, was euthanised after her health deteriorated.


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KASHIN THE ELEPHANT:

Much loved Zoo elephant dies

2009-08-24 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Elephant Kashin, one of Auckland Zoo's oldest and most recognisable residents, has died age 40. A message on Auckland Zoo's website says "much-loved female elephant Kashin, a part of the zoo family for over 36 years, was put to sleep at 5pm this evening after losing her battle with chronic health conditions". Auckland Zoo Board Chair, Councillor Graeme Mulholland said staff were devastated, "grieving the loss of their incredibly spirited and gentle matriarch". "Kashin touched the lives, not just...


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Future uncertain for Jumbo the elephant

2009-08-16 - Wellington, New Zealand.

The future of the New Zealand's only circus elephant is in dispute as animal activists are calling for Jumbo to be retired claiming she is poorly treated. However, the circus says there is nowhere for her to go. Jumbo has entertained Kiwi children for over 30 years but now the African elephant is looking for a new home as her owner attempts to retire her.


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Contractors Pooh-Pooh Elephant Deal

2009-04-14 - , New Zealand. Sudesh Kissun

The Auckland City Council has come under fire for its decision to spend more than $13 million in acquiring five elephants for the Auckland Zoo. It has agreed in principle to pay for five elephants by 2015 and build an enclosure six times the size of the existing facility at the zoo. The zoo currently has two female elephants, Kashin (40) and Burma (26). Kashin’s health is deteriorating and may live up for another five years. Burma, her mate, cannot be left alone and hence the council wants to ...


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Jumbo the elephant, in Christchurch with the Loritz Circus, is at the centre of an animal rights row.

Circus elephant in the middle of jumbo row

2009-01-12 - Auckland, New Zealand. IAN STEWARD

A jumbo-sized dispute has broken out over the living conditions of New Zealand's only circus elephant. Animal rights campaigner Save Animals from Exploitation (Safe) says Jumbo, an African elephant with the Loritz Circus which is currently in Christchurch, is being kept in conditions that break welfare codes for circus elephants. The circus has dismissed the campaigner's claims as "hysterical". Safe campaign officer Sacha Dowell said Jumbo was being kept tethered inside her trailer and was not b...


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Council"s big plan leaves no room for elephants

2008-11-19 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo elephants Kashin and Burma could become the last elephants in a New Zealand zoo as a result of Auckland City Council budget cuts. The zoo wants to build a herd of elephants as part of a succession plan for Kashin, who turned 40 on Sunday. But the council has not set aside the $5 million cost in its 10-year budget. The future of the popular female elephants was raised at a council meeting yesterday, where Mayor John Banks and his Citizens & Ratepayers allies were looking to cut hundr...


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Kashin the elephant turns 40

2008-11-02 - Auckland, New Zealand.

KASHIN THE elephant's snot is clear and gritty. "Blow into her trunk," instructs the zookeeper. "She wants to smell your breath." Looking up an elephant's nose is like peering into twin surgical wounds. Pink and glistening tunnels, 1.6m long, containing more than 40,000 muscles, useful for pushing over logs, snuffling in the dirt and getting to know human visitors.


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SPCA at odds with animal rights activists over circus elephant

2008-10-15 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A travelling circus has come under fire from animal rights campaigners for continuing to use an elephant in its performances. 'Jumbo' is the only circus elephant left in the country, and protesters are comparing her living conditions to solitary confinement. But circus operators and the SPCA say the circus is the best place for her. "We don't believe that circuses are a place for any animals, let alone large exotic animals like this elephant, because most of their days are spent in solitary conf...


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THE race.

A blast from the past

2008-09-17 - Eltham, New Zealand.

AN ELEPHANT Race on Bridge Street, Eltham, April 28, 1965, was held in aid of funds for the Eventide Home. The elephants were borrowed from the Coles Circus. This event took place for several years, starting first in 1965 through to about 1971, when the circus was in town. One of the jockeys is Fred Taylor, mayor of Eltham at the time, who the others are would be an interest to know. Paul Connell and his trustee camera was there to record the event. He and later, his wife Shelia, have left behin...


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Auckland Zoo"s big decision. Question mark over elephant"s future

2008-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand. HEATHER McCRACKEN

Officials are facing the prospect of Auckland Zoo without elephants. Plans are being developed for the future of young Asian elephant Burma, who couldn’t remain on her own if Kashin died. There are no immediate concerns about the older elephant, who turns 40 this year. But zoo director Jonathan Wilcken says decisions need to be made in advance on whether to bring more elephants to New Zealand or send Burma away. "Kashin’s approaching 40 and for some time now she’s been treat...


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ELEPHANT MAN: Tony Ratcliffe says he and Jumbo needed to get back into the circus business.

Elephant man finds solution to a Jumbo problem

2008-05-11 - Warkworth, New Zealand. TIM HUME

The observation that pets often resemble their owners is perhaps an unkind way to begin a story about an elephant keeper. But for Tony Ratcliffe and his beloved African elephant Jumbo, inseparable for 30 years, the comparison seems unavoidable.


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Circus Loritz was right to chain a four-tonne elephant to its trailor before the evening shows, says the SPCA.

Jumbo the African elephant at Circus Loritz not abused, says SPCA

2008-03-28 - Papakura, New Zealand. Elizabeth Binning

The show will go on after two SPCA inspectors have ruled that Jumbo the elephant is in a good condition and being cared for by Circus Loritz. The 35-year-old African elephant is one of the new additions to the circus which has just started its new two-year show "Out of Africa". Before the big opening at Papakura's Bruce Pullman Park on Thursday night an angry member of the public started complaining after seeing Jumbo chained to a trailer. Circus general manager Marie Gribben said the man - who ...


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SPCA says circus elephant is fine

2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The SPCA is satisfied the living conditions of an elephant at a South Auckland circus meets its standards. The animal welfare group received a complaint about the treatment of Jumbo at the Story Book Circus. SPCA investigator Sue Baudet visited the circus today and says living conditions are within the minimum standards required by the SPCA. She says the SPCA will always try to monitor the welfare of animals involved in the circus.


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Complaint elephant"s being mistreated at circus

2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The SPCA is investigating allegations an elephant is being mistreated at a South Auckland circus. SPCA Auckland director Bob Kerridge says the call centre received a complaint from a member of the public about the treatment of an elephant at Circus Africa, which is stationed at the Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura. He says when an inspector visited the circus yesterday, she was verbally assaulted by circus staff and told to leave. Mr Kerridge says the inspector will return to the circus today, with...


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2008-03-02 - Auckland, New Zealand. Mark, ZooBeat Forums


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Liam Finn at the Auckland Zoo yesterday.

Liam Finn expands his audience with zoo concert

2008-01-17 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Like any good rockstar, Liam Finn travels with an entourage. But when he made two new friends at Auckland Zoo yesterday, it was decided they might be a tad too unwieldy to join his posse. Finn, who is signed up to play a ZooMusic concert next month, got to meet some of the zoo's residents up close and personal yesterday, including Burma and Kashin the elephants. Finn spoke to nzherald.co.nz about the experience and shared some tips for tomorrow's Big Day Out.


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Auckland Zoo pleads for fresh elephant fooder

2007-12-23 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo is calling on gardeners to help supply fresh vegetation for its two elephants, Kashin and Burma, because feed supplies are running low. Zookeeper Andrew Coers says the two female elephants chew their way through about 100 kilograms of food a day. He says if anyone is cutting down un-sprayed bamboo, sugar cane, banana palm and willow plants during the summer, the zoo would appreciate the extra supplies. However, he says the plants need to be delivered to the zoo on the same day they ...


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Tony Ratcliffe and Jumbo

Elephant packs her trunk

2007-11-22 - Auckland, New Zealand. Alanah May Eriksen

After almost 40 years in the circus, Tony Ratcliffe is hanging up his clown shoes and sending his beloved elephant Jumbo to Australia. The Whirling Bros Circus owner is retiring and giving the star of his show, a 35-year-old, 8ft, four-tonne African elephant to the Western Plains Zoo near Dubbo, New South Wales. Mr Ratcliffe, 62, and his wife Vicki will take the animal across the Tasman by ship and stay in Australia "as long as it takes" for her to settle in.


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40-year-old Jumbo the elephant has a grassy snack while carloads of mums, dads and kids stopped to take photographs

Jumbo traffic stopper

2007-08-23 - Waikato, New Zealand. DENISE IRVINE

Its not often you see an African elephant grazing on the side of Hamiltons Rifle Range Rd. But yesterday lunchtime, 40-year-old Jumbo was having a grassy snack under the watchful eye of owner Tony Ratcliffe while carloads of mums, dads and kids stopped to take photographs. Jumbo was oblivious to the fuss she was causing, with one driver doing a u-turn in front of oncoming traffic in the rush to see the big beast.


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Kashin is shedding the kilos.

Kashin weight watcher of the year after a mammoth loss

2007-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo elephant Kashin may well be New Zealand's biggest loser. The 38-year-old Asian elephant weighed in at 3251kg yesterday, having dropped a whopping 170kg in a year. Her stablemate Burma, 24, tipped the scales at a relatively svelte 3080kg, but had packed on 134kg since April last year and was expected to get bigger.The elephants' weights are in the healthy range.


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Elephants usually produce only one baby at a time. Embryos show evidence of elephant ancestors living in the sea.

Film gives first look at elephant in womb

2006-11-24 - Auckland, New Zealand. nzherald.co.nz

In Animals in the Womb, to be shown on the National Geographic Channel in the US next month and on Channel 4 in the UK next year, programme makers portray the extraordinary journey into life of an elephant, a dolphin and a dog - from a single cell to a baby mammal. The elephant shows signs its ancestors may not have lived on land, but in the sea. Images of a four-month old elephant embryo show how the baby develops kidney ducts most commonly found in freshwater fish and frogs. They are thought t...


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Elephant art aims to achieve jumbo effort for conservation

2006-11-23 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland City Council

An exhibition of paintings by Auckland Zoo elephants Kashin and Burma to raise funds to support conservation projects in the wild, is about to go on display at Auckland's Reef Gallery.All profits from the exhibition will go to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, which supports a range of overseas and local conservation projects.


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Elephant birthday party called off in Auckland Zoo

2006-11-18 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Party to mark birthdays of Auckland's 2 elephants called off because of poor weather. Auckland Zoo has postponed a birthday party for its two elephants today because of poor weather. Burma and Kashin were due to be painted in traditional Thai style to mark the occasion. An elephant sized cake was baked, but it has been put back in the pantry until tomorrow. Kashin is celebrating her 38th birthday and Burma is 24.


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Come to Auckland Zoo for an elephant-sized birthday party Saturday 19 November 2006

2006-11-06 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is putting on one of its biggest ever birthday parties for two very special girls, elephants Burma and Kashin, and all zoo visitors are invited. Animal Planet Elephants Birthday will celebrate Burma and Kashins combined birthdays, and to mark the occasion the elephants will be painted up in traditional Thai style, but its also an opportunity to highlight to our visitors the issues facing elephants in the wild, and how we can help.


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Animal Planet Sponsors Auckland Zoo Elephants

2006-05-17 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Leading television network Animal Planet, in conjunction with SKY TV, today announced the sponsorship of the Animal Planet Elephant Clearing at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand. Home to Asian elephants Kashin and Burma, two of the zoos most popular residents, Animal Planet will support the internationally recognised elephant management program at New Zealand�s largest zoo as part of the networks ongoing commitment to assist ethical zoos across Australia and New Zealand.


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Unusual breakfast companions for elephants

2006-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where people can have breakfast with elephants. Several Aucklanders were given the opportunity to breakfast in the enclosure of Auckland Zoo's Asian elephants Kashin and Burma at the weekend. The proceeds from the event will go towards helping senior zookeeper Andrew Coers attend a conference in America, where he will talk about the Auckland elephant programme. Mr Coers says the free-contact programme run at Auckland Zoo is unique. He says at ...


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Veteran ringmaster ready to call it a day

2006-02-06 - Masterton, New Zealand. NATHAN CROMBIE

Circus for sale – one iconic New Zealand travelling extravaganza with lions and clowns, monkeys and poodles, horses, acrobats and the only working African elephant this side of the equator - $1m or near offer. Wairarapa will see the last of the Whirling Bros Circus with owner and founder Tony Ratcliffe cracking the whip, following their final Masterton show at Queen Elizabeth Park tomorrow night.


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Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry

2005-12-22 - Auckland, New Zealand.

OHSU, New Zealand study says exact molecular mixture in male-emitted pheromone during musth period dictates other elephants' interest. The exact chemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephant's interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave, a new study has found.


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Auckland Zoo elephants’ Christmas wish

2004-12-24 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland Zoo

What do Auckland Zoo’s elephants Kashin and Burma want to make their festive season complete?

They want bamboo, and lots of it.

Kashin and Burma chew through a trailer-load of bamboo every couple of days as part of their regular diet, and it is a challenge for zoo staff to keep up with demand.


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56 Headlines about Elephants from New zealand2015-11-17 - Napier, New Zealand - Napier man Patrick Cooper advised others on how to import ivory illegally 2015-03-13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland-bound elephant Anjalee is on her way 2013-10-29 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mila the elephant US bound 2013-09-15 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland zoo still working on Niue elephant deal 2013-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Video: The life of Mila. "Elephant expert" Erin Ivory suggests that an elephant can Squeeze a person to death with the trunk by accident...? 2013-05-07 - Canterbury, New Zealand - NZ to host international elephant conference 2013-05-06 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo happiest home for this elephant 2013-04-20 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Tuakau zookeeper who was crushed to death by a former circus elephant broke her own rules about entering the animal"s enclosure, a coroner says. 2012-10-21 - Auckland, New Zealand - Fun day at Auckland Zoo for special guests 2012-07-13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Franklin Zoo closes after seven years 2012-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand - Cost of moving elephant could reach $500k 2012-04-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Owner and director at Franklin Zoo, Helen Schofield killed by elephant 2011-11-01 - Auckland, New Zealand - Global ivory ring busted in Auckland 2011-05-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - New elephants for Auckland zoo approved 2011-04-04 - Wellington, New Zealand - Museum finds a jumbo"s trunks 2010-10-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland City puts up $13m for elephants in the bush 2010-08-12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant expansion at Auckland Zoo 2010-07-27 - Wellington, New Zealand - The Wellington Zoo elephant house you"ll never forget 2010-05-17 - Pukekohe, New Zealand - Jumbos out of the circus and living the good life 2010-04-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Burma gets back to normal 2009-12-16 - Franklin, New Zealand - Jumbo-Sized New Citizen For Franklin 2009-12-04 - Tuakau, New Zealand - New Zealands last circus Elephant Jumbo to Franklin Zoo 2009-11-28 - Tuakau, New Zealand - Jumbo the elephant has packed her trunk and is saying goodbye to the circus. 2009-11-24 - Tuakau, New Zealand - Jumbo the elephant finally free 2009-10-16 - Frankton, New Zealand - An elephant at my table 2009-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand - Red tape means new elephant years away 2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Press Conference About Kashin 2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo closed today, Kashin"s health issues too much to bear 2009-08-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Much loved Zoo elephant dies 2009-08-16 - Wellington, New Zealand - Future uncertain for Jumbo the elephant 2009-04-14 - , New Zealand - Contractors Pooh-Pooh Elephant Deal 2009-01-12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Circus elephant in the middle of jumbo row 2008-11-19 - Auckland, New Zealand - Council"s big plan leaves no room for elephants 2008-11-02 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kashin the elephant turns 40 2008-10-15 - Auckland, New Zealand - SPCA at odds with animal rights activists over circus elephant 2008-09-17 - Eltham, New Zealand - A blast from the past 2008-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo"s big decision. Question mark over elephant"s future 2008-05-11 - Warkworth, New Zealand - Elephant man finds solution to a Jumbo problem 2008-03-28 - Papakura, New Zealand - Jumbo the African elephant at Circus Loritz not abused, says SPCA 2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand - SPCA says circus elephant is fine 2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand - Complaint elephant"s being mistreated at circus 2008-03-02 - Auckland, New Zealand - ZooBeat Forums picture: Asian elephant cows Auckland zoo 1999 2008-01-17 - Auckland, New Zealand - Liam Finn expands his audience with zoo concert 2007-12-23 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo pleads for fresh elephant fooder 2007-11-22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant packs her trunk 2007-08-23 - Waikato, New Zealand - Jumbo traffic stopper 2007-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kashin weight watcher of the year after a mammoth loss 2006-11-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Film gives first look at elephant in womb 2006-11-23 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant art aims to achieve jumbo effort for conservation 2006-11-18 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant birthday party called off in Auckland Zoo 2006-11-06 - Auckland, New Zealand - Come to Auckland Zoo for an elephant-sized birthday party Saturday 19 November 2006 2006-05-17 - Auckland, New Zealand - Animal Planet Sponsors Auckland Zoo Elephants 2006-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Unusual breakfast companions for elephants 2006-02-06 - Masterton, New Zealand - Veteran ringmaster ready to call it a day 2005-12-22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry 2004-12-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo elephants’ Christmas wish

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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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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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