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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 actually try to do do a descent work every day, and the fact that Pregolja is still living, and getting 50 years old, is an indication that she is taken good care of.


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A zoo in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don welcomes new arrival – a calf of an endangered Asian elephant.

Calf of endangered Asian elephant born in Russian zoo

2017-02-01 - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation.

A zoo in Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don welcomed a new-born elephant female calf born on Wednesday (January 18) from two 11-year-old Asian elephants Sinta and Yuma. “An elephant calf stood up immediately (after the birth) and started eating. In about an hour it started eating. You can see now it is sleepy. This particular calf sleeps while standing up. Sitara used to sleep while laying down. It seems to be an individual feature,” a zoo keeper Alexei Titov told journalists on ...


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The brain of Yuka was very well preserved, and we could compare it to the brain of an African elephant

The extinct woolly mammoth was as smart as African elephant, says pioneering new brain analysis

2015-11-12 - Yakutia, Russian Federation.

Elephants are famed for their intelligence, and now it seems likely that the long-gone woolly mammoths were just as clever. Scientists from Russia and South Africa combined to undertake the first-ever comparison between the brains of the two creatures, using remains of adolescent Yuka, found five years ago close to the Laptev Sea in the Ust-Yansky district of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia.


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Report Of Liquid Woolly Mammoth Blood Prompts Clone Talk

2013-06-02 - Yakutsk, Russian Federation.

Scientists in Siberia say they´ve extracted blood samples from the carcass of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth, reviving speculation that a clone of the extinct animal might someday walk the earth, if scientists are able to find living cells. But researchers say the find, which also included well-preserved muscle tissue, must be studied further to know its potential.


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Living Mammoth Cells Found In Eastern Russia

2012-09-12 - Yakutia, Russian Federation.

Researchers leading an expedition in the far northeastern Russian republic of Yakutia has discovered what they are calling the living cells of a mammoth Researchers leading an expedition in the far northeastern Russian republic of In a unique area at the depth of about 100 meters we discovered some rich material for reasearch – soft and adipose tissues, fur and bone marrow of a mammoth,” Semyon Grigoryev, chief of the Yana-2012 expedition, told a meeting at a university in the regio...


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Perfectly Preserved Woolly Mammoth Baby Found in Russia"s Permafrost

2011-08-19 - Moscow, Russian Federation. Michael Santo

Another, new, near perfectly preserved baby woolly mammoth has been discovered in Russia´s permafrost by a reindeer herder, authorities said on Friday. Local officials said that the carcass of the baby woolly mammoth was as perfectly preserved as Lyuba, a 40,000 year old mammoth calf discovered in the same region four yearse ago. The new, still be be "named" calf was discovered sticking out of the permafrost. Although unconfirmed by authorities, they have sent an expedition to the region, ...


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Female elephant born at Rostov Zoo

2010-12-27 - Rostov-na-Donu, Russian Federation.

Is the present new-year than miracle newly born elephant calf - Sint´s cow-elephant presented in the outgoing year to zoo. On the night on December 22 was born [samochka]. First-born Sints (so they call cow-elephant- mom) saw zoologists early in the morning. This remarkable event the specialists of zoo " hid” several days from the curious eyes for superstitious reasons. [Malyshka] was born by weight about 70 kg. now it [okrepla], she grew prettier. Like all little-ones, it is active and ...


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Zoo Sued in Elephant Death

2010-09-14 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

A Moscow woman is suing the Moscow Zoo for 4 million rubles ($130,000) after her adult daughter was stomped to death by a rampaging elephant in 2007, Interfax reported Monday. The daughter, Olga Grishina, 43, a single mother of three, worked in animal transportation at the zoo. Her mother, Tatyana Novikova, 70, said the zoo refused to compensate her for the death, claiming that it could not be held responsible for the actions of an animal. She accused the zoo of repeatedly violating wild animal ...


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Kholmogory Bone Carving

2009-10-13 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

Since long ago dwellers of the Russian North procured seal bones and walrus tusks in the polar seas and gathered fossil mammoth bones on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. The bone carvings from Kholmogory were notable for excellent craftsmanship and perfected technique. The best carving masters from Kholmogory were invited to work in the Kremlin's Armoury, which performed orders for the tsar’s court. The unique art of Kholmogory bone carving has existed for more than 400 years. The first archive...


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Scientists perform an autopsy and DNA analysis on Lyuba, a wooly mammoth.

Mammoth remains from the Russian permafrost offer up rich bounty

2009-10-11 - Yamal Peninsula, Russian Federation. Luke Harding

It was 15 years ago when Vasily Ivanovich spotted something curious poking out of the side of a lake. Scrambling down a reed-lined bank, the reindeer hunter gently coaxed the object from the mud. "It was a mammoth tusk," Ivanovich said. "It wasn't very big," his wife, Valentina, pointed out. "There are lots of them," she added.


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Humans, elephants, trees, bacteria share similar metabolic rates

2008-10-14 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Metabolic rate and body mass do not have any consistent relationship, according to a new study. Anastassia Makarieva, a researcher from Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, says that most groups of organismsbe it a tiny bacterium, a growing tree, or a gigantic mammalfavour the same optimum metabolic rate. While it has been found in past studies that smaller species within many groups of organisms generally produce more energy within each cell than their larger counterp...


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Archidiskodon meridionalis

Ancient Bones in Guinness Record Book

2008-06-07 - Stavropol, Russian Federation.

Russian archeologists want to submit unique bones of mammoth’s ancestor to Guinness Record Book as “most credible exhibit in the world”. Last autumn employees of Stavropol state local history museum found a skeleton of a fossil mammoth’s ancestor (“southern elephant”) Archidiskodon meridionalis Nesti, which lived about 1-1.8 million years ago. Lucky researchers found about 80% of animal’s body in well state of preservation. To that moment world museums boasted only 4 skeletons of s...


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Siberia"s tusk hunters risk all in search of mammoth payoff

2008-05-13 - YAKUTSK, Russian Federation. Alex Rodriguez

Every spring, Nikolai Petrov leads a squadron of motorboats along the banks of remote channels and rivers in northern Siberia, waiting for the split second when chunks of thawing tundra plunge into the water. If luck is on Petrov's side, he will see shards of mammoth fossils protruding from the bank. He doesn't want the femurs, pelvises or shoulder blades, just the tusks. Here in the Siberian province of Yakutia, mammoth tusks are big business—a trove thousands of years old meant not for the w...


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The carcass of the 4-month-old mammoth, known to researchers as Lyuba, is seen on an examining table in a Russian laboratory in an undated photo. Russian scientists say they have obtained the most detailed pictures so far of the insides of a prehistoric

Lyuba gives scientists glimpse of mammoth insides

2008-04-10 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

Russian scientists say they have obtained the most detailed pictures so far of the insides of a prehistoric animal, with the help of a baby mammoth called Lyuba found immaculately preserved in the Russian Arctic. The mammoth is named after the wife of the hunter who found her last year. The body was shipped back to Russia in February from Japan, where it was studied using computer tomography in a process similar to one doctors use to scan patients.


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Elephant kills handler in Moscow zoo

Elephant kills handler in Moscow zoo

2007-10-10 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

A nervous female elephant at Moscow zoo killed its handler on Wednesday with a hit of its leg while being moved onto a truck. Elephant handlers at Moscow city zoo had been trying to load three African elephants onto a specially designed truck to transfer them to a zoo in Spain when the elephant killed the 40-year-old woman. It was a most unfortunate death of a dedicated zoo keeper who had worked with these animals for many years, a spokeswoman for the zoo said.


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The elephant at the exhibition

Rarest Southern Elephant Discovered

2007-09-24 - Stavropolsky, Russian Federation.

Skeleton of a southern elephant, who lived millions of years ago, was discovered in Stavropolsky region by workers in an open pit. To date scientists know only four such skeletons. One of said skeletons was discovered in the same region in 1960 and is now exhibited in regional museum, Three more elephants found home in Paris, Saint Peterburg and Tbilisi.


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Big Beasts To Roam in New City Zoo

2007-09-18 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Irina Titova

At least five elephants, a herd of zebras and thousands more animals from St. Petersburg’s zoo will find a new spacious home near the Yuntolovsky reserve by 2011. A decision on the construction of the new zoo in the Primorsky district was announced by Governor Valentina Matviyenko last week at a meeting of City Hall. It should be done in such a way that the animals will be living not in ‘communal apartments’ [cramped multi-family residences common in downtown St. Petersburg] but in luxurio...


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Russian zoo insists elephant will stay despite global petition

2007-08-10 - Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.

Russian authorities rejected an international petition for an elephant being held in cramped conditions in Kaliningrad Zoo to be moved to the U.S., insisting the animal was in good health. The elephant was born at the Kaliningrad Zoo, in Russia's exclave on the Baltic, in 1970, and has lived there ever since. A spokesman for the local mayor's office said Friday: "Pregolja is the only Ceylon elephant in Russia, and this is one of the reasons why she will stay in the zoo," she said.


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The mammoth

Baby mammoth discovery unveiled

2007-07-10 - Siberia, Russian Federation. Paul Rincon

A baby mammoth unearthed in the permafrost of north-west Siberia could be the best preserved specimen of its type, scientists have said. The six-month-old female calf was discovered on the Yamal peninsula of Russia and is thought to have died 10,000 years ago. The frozen carcass is to be sent to Japan for detailed study.


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Russia to send frozen fossil of mammoth calf for studies

2007-07-07 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

A frozen mammoth found recently in Russia in unprecedented good condition is set to be sent to a Japanese university for examination, several experts said Friday. The mammoth, thought to be a 6-month-old female, was found in the best state of preservation among all frozen mammoths ever discovered, the experts said. The mammoth is expected to be sent to Naoki Suzuki, a professor at Tokyo's Jikei University, for CT scanning in December or later, according to the experts.


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Russian Villagers Plunder Unique Mammoth Skeleton in Siberia

2006-09-05 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

Two residents of a village in Russia’s Siberia found unique remnants of a mammoth, stole the tusk and threw the rest away. The dismantled skeleton, discovered several days later, proved to be a sensational find with well-preserved not only bones, but muscular tissue and sinew, as well as fragments of a brown-yellowish coat, RIA Novosti reported. After that they continued the digging, throwing what they found in a pile aside.


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Reproduction of cowpox virus strain EP-2 isolated from an elephant in primary fibroblast cultures and chorion-allantoic chick embryos

2006-03-30 - Moscow, Russian Federation. Vinogradov IV, Kochneva GV, Shchelkunov SN, Riabchikova EI.

Electron microscopy was used to study the reproduction of cowpox virus strain EP-2 from elephant in the cells of a primary fibroblast cultures (PFC) and chorion-allantoic membrane (CAM) of chick embryos (CE).


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Mammoth is the brother of the Asian elephant, and the African elephant is their grandfather

2006-02-17 - Moscow, Russian Federation.

Approximately 10,000 years after the last mammoths used to roam across the North American and Eurasian spaces, they still remain an exciting subject of inquiry for researchers. Mammoths and elephants belong to the most ancient group of mammals, therefore, when studying mammoths the researchers reveal secrets of evolutionary origin of contemporary species. Discussions continue about genetic kinship of mammoths and contemporary elephants.


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23 Headlines about Elephants from Russian federation2020-10-12 - Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - Happy Birthday! Pregolja in Kaliningrad Zoo is 50 years old. An older elephant with a mixed life. 2017-02-01 - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation - Calf of endangered Asian elephant born in Russian zoo 2015-11-12 - Yakutia, Russian Federation - The extinct woolly mammoth was as smart as African elephant, says pioneering new brain analysis 2013-06-02 - Yakutsk, Russian Federation - Report Of Liquid Woolly Mammoth Blood Prompts Clone Talk 2012-09-12 - Yakutia, Russian Federation - Living Mammoth Cells Found In Eastern Russia 2011-08-19 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Perfectly Preserved Woolly Mammoth Baby Found in Russia"s Permafrost 2010-12-27 - Rostov-na-Donu, Russian Federation - Female elephant born at Rostov Zoo 2010-09-14 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Zoo Sued in Elephant Death 2009-10-13 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Kholmogory Bone Carving 2009-10-11 - Yamal Peninsula, Russian Federation - Mammoth remains from the Russian permafrost offer up rich bounty 2008-10-14 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - Humans, elephants, trees, bacteria share similar metabolic rates 2008-06-07 - Stavropol, Russian Federation - Ancient Bones in Guinness Record Book 2008-05-13 - YAKUTSK, Russian Federation - Siberia"s tusk hunters risk all in search of mammoth payoff 2008-04-10 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Lyuba gives scientists glimpse of mammoth insides 2007-10-10 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Elephant kills handler in Moscow zoo 2007-09-24 - Stavropolsky, Russian Federation - Rarest Southern Elephant Discovered 2007-09-18 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - Big Beasts To Roam in New City Zoo 2007-08-10 - Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - Russian zoo insists elephant will stay despite global petition 2007-07-10 - Siberia, Russian Federation - Baby mammoth discovery unveiled 2007-07-07 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Russia to send frozen fossil of mammoth calf for studies 2006-09-05 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Russian Villagers Plunder Unique Mammoth Skeleton in Siberia 2006-03-30 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Reproduction of cowpox virus strain EP-2 isolated from an elephant in primary fibroblast cultures and chorion-allantoic chick embryos 2006-02-17 - Moscow, Russian Federation - Mammoth is the brother of the Asian elephant, and the African elephant is their grandfather

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Experienced elephant keeper

2021-03-01 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

With its new multi-million-pound elephant facility ‘Project Elephant Basecamp’ opened in 2018 award winning Blackpool Zoo is currently looking to fill a keeper position within its Elephant Section...


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Wendy the elephant lived at Bristol Zoo Gardens until 2002

Bristol Zoo to close

2021-02-28 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Earlier this week, Bristol Zoo announced plans to turn its car park into housing. This came after the Bristol Zoological Society announced at the end of November the closure of its Clifton site, with ...


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Thermal camera in operation at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

How 30,000 elephant "selfies" will help in conservation

2021-02-26 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers have compiled the world's largest collection of thermal images of elephants. The pictures show elephants in every pose as they play, eat and hang out in their enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade Zo...


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Man was cleaning stables when he was hit by female, knocking his head against bars of enclosure

Elephant kills Spanish zookeeper with one hit from trunk.

2021-02-26 - Santander, Spain.

The female elephant weighing around 4,000kg (8,800lb) hit the 44-year-old with her trunk on Wednesday morning at the Cabarceno Natural Park near the northern city of Santander, the zoo said. The man w...


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Madras High Court calls for policy to prohibit future ownership of Elephants by private individuals, temples; seeks State response

2021-02-23 - Madras, India.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday opined that a uniform policy should be put in place to completely prohibit future ownership of elephants by individuals or temples and to bring all elephants under the...


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First million-year-old DNA extracted from Siberian mammoth teeth

2021-02-17 - Stockholm, Sweden.

For the first time, preserved DNA has been recovered from animal remains over a million years old. The DNA belonged to two mammoths that lived around 1.2 million years ago. “Instead of there being o...


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 A view of the elephant training centre in Konni that houses the elephant museum. The museum will be opened on February 19.

Konni: Full-scale museum will showcase the unique relationship between humans, elephants

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

The building that houses the museum, which was originally opened in 2006 by displaying an elephant skeleton and implements associated with the training of captive elephants, was awaiting renovation fo...


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‘Andal’ and ‘Premi’ from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam

Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

Elephants from temples across Tamil Nadu began to descend on Sunday morning for the 48-day jumbo retreat at Thekkampatti camp on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore. A pet project of former Chief...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Invites People to Name Newborn Elephant, Announces ‘Surprise Gift’

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

The calf was born on February 3, more than two years after 10 elephants were translocated from Karnataka to Dudhwa tiger reserve's South Sonaripur range. Teresa is the first cow to conceive after the ...


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

Though many elephant relatives harbor extra copies of tumor-suppressor genes, the scientists found that elephant genomes possess some unique duplications that may contribute to tumor suppression throu...


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Rajasthan Govt Orders Removal Of 20 Medically Unfit Elephants From Tourist Rides At Amer Fort

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

The Rajasthan Government on Monday ordered the removal of 20 medically unfit elephants from tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur. 3 elephants had tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), 11 elephants ha...


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A Unique 125,000-Year-Old Elephant Fossil Found

2021-02-06 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Two brothers living in England and interested in fossil hunting as an amateur found a fossil on the beach of Isle of Wight. While this fossil is thought to be an elephant fossil dating back 125,000 ye...


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old elephant, named "Sari," gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU), Mount Leuser National Park...


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The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf calf easily got adjusted to her new home. The mot...


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported...


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

STAFF, medical teams and anti-poaching personnel at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are mourning the passing of their beloved matriarch elephant, Frankie, one of seven elephants that arrived at the p...


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

2021-01-19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) would be conducting an investigation at the Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in July this year on the circumstances claimed in the National Aud...


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Video of an Elephant Massaging a Woman with its Trunk Goes Viral

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

In the video, one can clearly see the woman lying comfortably on a low bed as the elephant is standing near her and massaging her back. The video was shared by a Twitter user named Aamir on Saturday (...


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

2021-01-18 - Taikyi , Myanmar. ZON PANN PWINT

As beaches, hotels, pagodas and even walking tours were starved of tourists for most of last year, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the nation’s many elephant camps – which were once a popu...


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette. The Wals...


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