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Elephant calf inadvertently killed by herd in Zurich zoo

2020-11-02 - Zurich, Switzerland.

On August 19, 2020, an elephant cow named Omysha gave birth to her first calf. It was subsequently kicked to death by the herd, prompting an internal investigation. An assessment of the video recordings, with the help of external zoologists and elephant experts from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), concluded that calf barely moved after birth.


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TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The new website, named ETIS Online, was produced following a request made at the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in 2017. The site aims to bolster the collection of data on seizures involving elephant specimens and access to such data by submitting Parties. The new functionalities will facilitate enriching data available for analysis to inform international policy relating to preventing and addressing illegal ivory trade.


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Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet

2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

Druk, the oldest of the zoos elephants, found herself on the ground after a tussle with other members of the herd, the zoo said in a statement. Seeing that the elderly elephant didnt have the energy to stand up by herself, zookeepers called on Zurich city fire service to help.


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Three of the zoo

Zurich Zoo opens new 57-million-franc ($63.5-million) facility for elephants

2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland.

The 11,000-square-metre park features six times the space of the previous enclosure and six water basins for the elephants to swim in. Visitors can get an aquarium view of them under the water in one of the basins, which has a glass wall. The cost of the elephant park was financed through foundation grants, legacies and sums donated by 5,500 individuals.


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Goodbye, Yoga! Bull elephant travels to Sweden

2013-10-31 - Basel, Switzerland.

On 23rd October, bull elephant Yoga (16) left Basel Zoo for Boras Zoo in Sweden. An articulated lorry and an extra large crate were required to transport the 4.6-ton bull. Yoga should be back in three years’ time for the opening of the new elephant enclosure. On Friday 25th October after 48 hours of travel, Yoga arrived safe and sound at Boras Zoo.


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Eight Countries Submit Plans To Combat Illegal Trade In Elephants

2013-06-02 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) received plans from China, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania and Viet Nam – identified as primary source, transit and import countries affected by the illegal trade in ivory. The plans – which contain specific activities in the areas of legislation and regulations, national and international enforcement, outreach and public awareness – were requested by ...


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Elephant tusk found in Frenchman’s bag on Swiss train

2013-01-13 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Swiss border police made an unusual find when they searched a train in Basel at the weekend: an elephant tusk meticulously hidden in a Frenchman’s bag, police said on Wednesday. The man, only identified as a 40-year-old French national based in Italy, had tried to smuggle the tusk into Switzerland on a train from Frankfurt to Zurich on Sunday, border police said in a statement.


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Recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Public statement of the CITES Secretariat

2013-01-11 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretariat has corresponded with the CITES Management Authorities of Zimbabwe and China to ascertain the particular circumstances surrounding this trade and whether the procedures set out under Article IV of the Convention and Resolutions Conf. 10.21 and 11.20 were followed. This communication with the relevant Management Authorities is ongoing.


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The CITES Secretariat ready to support joint investigation

2012-12-26 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s call for an investigation into the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants and smuggling of their ivory. Through a statement read out by the current president of the body, Mr Mohammed Loulichki from Morocco, the Security Council called “on the United Nations and African Union ...


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Swiss circus Knie forces chubby elephants to diet

2012-03-22 - Rappersville, Switzerland.

Three overweight elephants at a Swiss circus will have to diet and work out in order to shed between 50 and 300 kilogrammes (110-660 pounds), Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported Wednesday. To help them lose weight, Circus Knie is not only putting them on a special and low-sugar diet but also making them work for their food. Hay barrels will now be suspended above the elephants´ heads, forcing them to make an effort to reach their food.


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World�s oldest captive elephant dies

2010-07-29 - Basel, Switzerland.

Ruaha has died at Basel Zoo at the age of 59, which made her the world�s oldest African elephant in captivity, the zoo announced on Thursday. She was delivered to the zoo in 1952 along with four other young elephants. Ruaha was believed to be one year old at the time. A member of the zoo staff found her dead in the elephant enclosure on Thursday morning. The zoo said she probably died of old age, but will investigate the actual cause of death.


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Asia demand for ivory, sharks" fins set for scrutiny

2009-10-21 - Geneva, Switzerland. Hui Min Neo

Asian demand for bluefin tuna, sharks' fins and ivory will come under scrutiny when 175 member states of the UN wildlife trade agency meet to consider trade restrictions, according to documents seen by AFP. Proposals to restrict or ban international trade in those three products are due to be studied when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) holds its next triennial meeting in Qatar next year.


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IUCN Study of Elephant Meat Trade — Consulting Opportunity

2009-08-04 - Gland, Switzerland.

The IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group aims to undertake a study to improve understanding of the elephant meat trade on elephant populations in Central Africa. The study will elaborate on bushmeat research already undertaken throughout the region by a number of institutions, but will focus on the African elephant. The study will examine the dynamics, scale and impact of the elephant meat trade throughout the Central African subregion. The study will examine the trade in elephant meat as ...


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Ivory auctions will undercut poachers: UN

2008-11-08 - Geneva, Switzerland.

A controversial series of legal ivory auctions in southern Africa should undercut poachers who have been charging exorbitant prices in key Asian markets, United Nations conservationists said Friday. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates international trade in endangered species, allowed four African countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to hold one-off sales to buyers from China and Japan.


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Endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers get boost

2008-08-28 - Geneva, Switzerland. Richard Williams

Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers should get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens, a four-year-old national park on the island, conservation body WWF said on Thursday. But WWF warned that increased efforts would be vital to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities -- like unsanctioned logging and settlement -- did not continue in the park, Tesso Nilo in Sumatra's Riau Province. "This is an important milestone towards securing a future for...


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Wildlife threatens many poor farmers" crops: WWF

2008-05-14 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Elephants and other wildlife damage millions of dollars' worth of poor farmers' crops each year, which could be avoided with proper fencing and better land use, a leading environmental group said on Wednesday. The Swiss-based WWF, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, said wild elephants cost Namibian communal farmers $1 million a year, and up to a quarter of the household incomes of poor farming families in Nepal.


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Elefantenpark Zoo Zürich

2008-01-18 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

Engaged by Zoo Zürich AG, the Amt für Hochbauten Stadt Zürich [Office for Building and Construction, City of Zurich] launches an anonymous open design competition (stage 1), followed by a study commission (stage 2, with 3-5 teams) in order to obtain projects for a new elephant facility at Zoo Zurich. The objective of the design competition is a new attractive and identity-establishing elephant park that fits well into the zoological garden and complies with the present company philosophy of t...


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Africa Divided Over Ivory Trade Ahead Of June CITES Gathering

2007-02-28 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The future of ivory trading hangs in the balance with African countries divided over restrictions, CITES, the standing committee on protecting endangered plants and animals said Wednesday. The ivory trade is on the agenda in June when the 169 governments signed to the CITES Convention meet in The Hague to reconsider wildlife trade rules. It is unlikely that we will find a solution then, CITES Secretary General Willem Wijnstekers told journalists in Geneva.


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U.N.: Africans split over ivory trade

2007-02-28 - GENEVA, Switzerland. BRADLEY S. KLAPPER

African countries are divided over banning or controlling international ivory trading, but need to reach a common position if they are to ensure the survival of the continents elephants. David Morgan, chief scientific officer at CITES, said African countries have filed three ivory proposals before the U.N. sponsored conservation bodys conference this June in The Hague, Netherlands, where 169 nations will debate new bans and quotas for trade in endangered species.


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66th IUCN Council Meeting. IUCN Headquarters, Switzerland

2006-11-06 - Gland, Switzerland.

Contact Information: IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Council Affairs Unit,
Mrs. Fiona Hanson, Fax: 0041 22 999 0020


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Japan approved for special ivory import

2006-10-08 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Japan meets the requirements to take part in a limited one-off sale of elephant ivory, according to a U.N.-sponsored group. Members of the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed Friday that Japan has established sufficiently strong domestic controls on the sale of ivory to qualify as a trading partner. However, for the time being Japan cannot buy the consignment of 60 tons of ivory from three southern African countries because CITES decided Thursday to postpone a vot...


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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has decided not to allow exports of elephant ivory

CITES puts ivory sales on hold

2006-10-05 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has decided not to allow exports of elephant ivory from Botswana (20 tonnes of ivory), Namibia (10 tonnes) and South Africa (30 tonnes) to proceed at this time. This issue will now be considered at the next meeting of the Standing Committee, which will take place in late May 2007 in The Hague, The Netherlands.


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Tusk sale a boon for elephants

2006-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The sale of a huge cache of ivory is due to be given the go-ahead this week, in only the second legal sale since CITES banned the trade in 1989. At the time of going to press, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora was expected to approve the shipment of 60 tonnes of ivory from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa for sale in Geneva on Wednesday.


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Illegal ivory trade persists

2005-06-27 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Unregulated markets are continuing to trade ivory openly throughout Africa, an international wildlife monitoring network said ahead of a meeting on Monday at the organisation regulating the global trade in elephant tusks. The network run by the environmental group WWF and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) called on the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) to toughen plans for a clampdown on domestic ivory markets.


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Elephant baby Farha born in Zuerich zoo

2005-05-03 - Zuerich, Switzerland. Zurich zoo

The Zurich zoo welcomes its new member of the elephant family: On Tuesday, 03 May 2005 at 8.55 am, an elephant baby was born. This new born female elephant shall be called Farha (luck, joy). The elephant cow Ceyla-Himali and the calf are fine: the young calf is the seventh Asian elephant born at the Zurich zoo.


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Illegal ivory trade driven by unregulated domestic markets, identified by new monitoring system

2002-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland. CITES

Despite a virtually continuous ban on international trade in ivory since 1989, a series of analytical reports from the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) has revealed that a significant illegal trade in ivory continues.


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Ivory ban lifted

1999-02-10 - Geneva, Switzerland. Richard Wilson,BBC

Game hunters will pay thousands of dollars to kill an elephant
The 10-year old ivory ban has been lifted. The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has agreed to a one-off sale of nearly 60 tonnes of stockpiled ivory.
The money raised by the sale will pay for conservation programmes in Africa. The decision was made after pressure from three southern African members at a meeting in Geneva.


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Rolf Knie, 75, Elephant Trainer And Swiss Circus Family Leader

1997-08-24 - Rappersvil, Switzerland.

Rolf Knie, a master elephant trainer who led Switzerland's foremost circus family for 50 years, died on Monday. He was 75. The cause of death was heart failure, said a Knie Circus spokesman, Hans Rathgeb. Mr. Knie, who was billed as the man who spoke to elephants, headed the...


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28 Headlines about Elephants from Switzerland2020-11-02 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elephant calf inadvertently killed by herd in Zurich zoo 2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland - TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online 2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet 2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Zoo opens new 57-million-franc ($63.5-million) facility for elephants 2013-10-31 - Basel, Switzerland - Goodbye, Yoga! Bull elephant travels to Sweden 2013-06-02 - Geneva, Switzerland - Eight Countries Submit Plans To Combat Illegal Trade In Elephants 2013-01-13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Elephant tusk found in Frenchman’s bag on Swiss train 2013-01-11 - Geneva, Switzerland - Recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Public statement of the CITES Secretariat 2012-12-26 - Geneva, Switzerland - The CITES Secretariat ready to support joint investigation 2012-03-22 - Rappersville, Switzerland - Swiss circus Knie forces chubby elephants to diet 2010-07-29 - Basel, Switzerland - World�s oldest captive elephant dies 2009-10-21 - Geneva, Switzerland - Asia demand for ivory, sharks" fins set for scrutiny 2009-08-04 - Gland, Switzerland - IUCN Study of Elephant Meat Trade — Consulting Opportunity 2008-11-08 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ivory auctions will undercut poachers: UN 2008-08-28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers get boost 2008-05-14 - Geneva, Switzerland - Wildlife threatens many poor farmers" crops: WWF 2008-01-18 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Elefantenpark Zoo Zürich 2007-02-28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Africa Divided Over Ivory Trade Ahead Of June CITES Gathering 2007-02-28 - GENEVA, Switzerland - U.N.: Africans split over ivory trade 2006-11-06 - Gland, Switzerland - 66th IUCN Council Meeting. IUCN Headquarters, Switzerland 2006-10-08 - Geneva, Switzerland - Japan approved for special ivory import 2006-10-05 - Geneva, Switzerland - CITES puts ivory sales on hold 2006-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland - Tusk sale a boon for elephants 2005-06-27 - Geneva, Switzerland - Illegal ivory trade persists 2005-05-03 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Elephant baby Farha born in Zuerich zoo 2002-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland - Illegal ivory trade driven by unregulated domestic markets, identified by new monitoring system 1999-02-10 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ivory ban lifted 1997-08-24 - Rappersvil, Switzerland - Rolf Knie, 75, Elephant Trainer And Swiss Circus Family Leader

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Texas zoo cancels controversial deal to buy African Lion Safari elephants for $2M

2021-03-05 - Fort Worth, United States.

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Zoo said this week that the permit to import Emily and Nellie from Canada was withdrawn last year "following an internal decision" from management, and "those two ele...


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Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm: Animal Keeper - Elephant Section (Permanent Role)

2021-03-03 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated individual to join our committed and friendly team of animal keepers. We are looking to recruit an experienced animal keeper with at least one ...


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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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