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This image shows Angela Stoeger and Daniel Mietchen recording Koshik

An Asian Elephant Imitates Human Speech

2012-11-07 - Yongin, South Korea. Angela S. Stoegersend email, Daniel Mietchen, Sukhun Oh, Shermin de Silva, Christian T. Herbst, Soowhan Kwon, W. Tecumseh Fitch

Here, we document a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that imitates human speech, matching Korean formants and fundamental frequency in such detail that Korean native speakers can readily understand and transcribe the imitations. To create these very accurate imitations of speech formant frequencies, this elephant (named Koshik) places his trunk inside his mouth, modulating the shape of the vocal tract during controlled phonation


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Woolly mammoth: Scientists agree deal to recreate extinct jumbo using elephant’s womb

2012-03-14 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Russian and South Korean scientists signed a deal yesterday on joint research intended to recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth some 10 000 years ago. The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev, of North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and controversial cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.


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Woolly mammoth, a visitor from the Ice Age

2011-01-21 - Dale McFeatters , South Korea.

Curiosity is an overpowering motivation. Perhaps that best explains a plan by Japanese, Russian and U.S. scientists to clone a woolly mammoth, a large Ice Age mammal that was largely extinct 10,000 years ago. News accounts of the venture suggest that the scientists are doing this basically to see if they can and they´ll worry about what to do with a mammoth once they have one


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Baby African elephants to join Seoul Zoo family

2010-12-05 - Seoul , South Korea. Robert Lee

Seoul’s zoo is expecting to receive two baby African elephants next year, the only ones in the country, according to zoo officials Sunday. Seoul Grand Park Zoo said they are in the process of obtaining baby African elephants, of both sexes, costing the city 280 million won ($246, 900). “Through an agency we are hoping to receive two elephants, from an African country, that are weaning and have good personalities,” according to park officials.


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Talking elephant Kosik introduced overseas: Reuters

2010-10-12 - Yongin, South Korea.

Korea´s very own talking elephant is starting to gain attention abroad. His fame has now brought foreign researchers to Korea, including German biologist Daniel Mietchen of the University of Jena and elephant vocal sound expert Angela Stoeger-Horwarth of the University of Vienna, who visited Korea to study Kosik last week.


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Two more tuskers donated to Korea

2010-07-14 - Seoul, South Korea.

The Sri Lanka government recently decided to donate a pair of elephants to Korea by the end of July, a month after Cambodia donated two elephants for a Seoul zoo. According to Seoul diplomatic sources, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered a pair of five-year-old elephants, one female and one male, to the Global Love Sharing Center, a Seoul-based civic group, to thank the group for its efforts to help migrant workers from Sri Lanka.


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The male elephant donated by Cambodia to Korea. He and a female partner arrive by an Air Force C-130 cargo plane tonight.

Koreas Seoul Childrens Grand Park Zoo elephants to get a little less lonesome

2010-07-07 - Seoul, South Korea.

In the Seoul Zoo, Taesan, a 34-year old male, lives the lonely life of a widower after his mate Taesun died of colitis 14 years ago. Of the 11 elephants in six zoos across the country, five are females past childbearing age.


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Wanted: Cow elephants to replace aging population

2010-02-06 - , South Korea. E Choong-hyeong, Kim Mi-ju

Korean zoos are facing a jumbo-sized problem. With cow elephants in Korean zoos long past the age of giving birth, senior diplomats are now struggling to find ways to bring young cow elephants to Korea. Because an international agreement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora prohibits governments from selling and buying elephants, the diplomats are asking elephant-rich nations such as Cambodia to donate some young cow elephants in return for econ...


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Elephant gains stardom after criminal charges

2009-10-14 - Seoul, South Korea. Bae Hyun-jung

The first-ever elephant to be accused of assaulting a person has become the top star of the Seoul Children's Grand Park zoo after being cleared of its charges, according to zoo officials. A 48-year-old woman surnamed Kim claimed last month that one of the zoo's elephants, named Tae-san, knocked her out by throwing a large stone that hit her, but the police concluded the case, having found no evidence or witnesses. The zoo was also released from supervising responsibilities.


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An elephant plays in the water to cool off on a hot day at a zoo

South Korean police to investigate zoo elephant assault

2009-09-16 - Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean police, in one of their more heavyweight cases, are investigating whether a zoo elephant threw a stone at a woman visitor. The woman surnamed Kim told police she was visiting the zoo at the Children?s Grand Park in southeast Seoul on Monday when she noticed an elephant picking up a stone with its trunk.
After she turned away from 35-year-old Taesani, she was hit on the back of her head by a large stone, several newspapers reported. She reported the incident to police in Gwang...


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Seoul Grand Park released this photo of Giant during his active days, yesterday in memory of the 58-year-old elephant, who died on Sunday. [NEWSIS]

Korea’s oldest animal dies peacefully at the age of 58

2009-03-09 - Seoul, South Korea. Ser Myo-ja, JOONANG DAILY

Giant, an Asian elephant known to be the oldest animal in Korea, died on Sunday at the age of 58, Seoul Grand Park said yesterday.
According to the amusement park, located south of Seoul, the late Samsung chairman Lee Byung-chull brought Giant from Thailand in 1955 and offered him to the Changgyeong Palace zoo, Seoul Grand Park’s predecessor.
Giant was famous for his energy and was adored by many fans, the zoo said. He was known for his unusual habit of rarely sitting or lying d...


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Seoul Grand Park Zoo - Elephant Training in the Hermit Kingdom

2006-11-20 - Seoul, South Korea. John M. Regan

No longer a combat soldier, I became a desk jockey in charge of a computer; a “chairborne ranger.” For a pleasant diversion I decided to volunteer at the Seoul Grand Park Zoo. My wife explained my pre-military experience with elephants which included some time with Jack Hanna at the old Central Florida Zoo and a brief apprenticeship with Bill “Buckles” Woodcock at Ringling Brothers.


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S.Korea scientist Hwang Woo-suk says paid Russia mafia for mammoth

2006-10-24 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said on Tuesday he spent part of private donations for research to pay the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues to clone extinct elephant species. Hwang, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement after prosecutors said he was the mastermind of a scheme to make it look like his team had produced stem cells through cloning human embryos.


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Talking elephant Koshick in South Korean zoo amazes keeper Kim Jong-Kap

2006-09-14 - seoul, South Korea. Helen Long

The 15-year-old Asian elephant called Koshick began mimicking words used everyday by his South Korean keeper. Over the past two years, the elephant's diction has improved to the point that he can reproduce discernible phrases and words. Scientists are now hoping to establish whether Koshick can actually understand language.


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Scientist "tried to clone mammoth"

2006-07-25 - Seoul, South Korea. Jack Kim

Hwang Woo-suk, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement. Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said he spent part of private donations for his research in failed attempts to clone mammoths, extinct members of the elephant family.


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Rampage by elephants a blessing for restaurant in Seoul

2005-05-23 - Seoul, South Korea. Park Su-ryon

The barbecue restaurant that got a surprise visit from three elephants last month has become a very popular place since reopening last week. The eastern Seoul eatery was closed for a month after the April 21 incident, in which three elephants that had escaped from a nearby zoo burst in, overturning tables and breaking windows. The restaurant's owner, Geum Taek-hun, used the 18 million won ($18,000) she received in insurance compensation to remodel the shop. She also changed the name to "Restaura...


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Elephants rampage through Seoul after escaping from amusement park

2005-04-20 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Six elephants escaped from an amusement park Wednesday and injured a woman as they rampaged through the South Korean capital, officials said. All of the animals were eventually captured and returned to the park. One elephant charged into an alley near an elementary school and hit a 52-year-old woman, Roh In-sun, with its trunk, Yonhap news agency said. She was being treated at a hospital.


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17 Headlines about Elephants from South korea2012-11-07 - Yongin, South Korea - An Asian Elephant Imitates Human Speech 2012-03-14 - SEOUL, South Korea - Woolly mammoth: Scientists agree deal to recreate extinct jumbo using elephant’s womb 2011-01-21 - Dale McFeatters , South Korea - Woolly mammoth, a visitor from the Ice Age 2010-12-05 - Seoul , South Korea - Baby African elephants to join Seoul Zoo family 2010-10-12 - Yongin, South Korea - Talking elephant Kosik introduced overseas: Reuters 2010-07-14 - Seoul, South Korea - Two more tuskers donated to Korea 2010-07-07 - Seoul, South Korea - Koreas Seoul Childrens Grand Park Zoo elephants to get a little less lonesome 2010-02-06 - , South Korea - Wanted: Cow elephants to replace aging population 2009-10-14 - Seoul, South Korea - Elephant gains stardom after criminal charges 2009-09-16 - Seoul, South Korea - South Korean police to investigate zoo elephant assault 2009-03-09 - Seoul, South Korea - Korea’s oldest animal dies peacefully at the age of 58 2006-11-20 - Seoul, South Korea - Seoul Grand Park Zoo - Elephant Training in the Hermit Kingdom 2006-10-24 - SEOUL, South Korea - S.Korea scientist Hwang Woo-suk says paid Russia mafia for mammoth 2006-09-14 - seoul, South Korea - Talking elephant Koshick in South Korean zoo amazes keeper Kim Jong-Kap 2006-07-25 - Seoul, South Korea - Scientist "tried to clone mammoth" 2005-05-23 - Seoul, South Korea - Rampage by elephants a blessing for restaurant in Seoul 2005-04-20 - SEOUL, South Korea - Elephants rampage through Seoul after escaping from amusement park

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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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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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