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Grandpa Lin Wang, the world’s oldest Asian elephant in captivity died in Taipei yesterday. He was 86.

Oldest Asian Elephant Dies at Age 86 at Zoo

2009-01-31 - Taipei, Taiwan. The China Post Staff, THE CHINA POST

Grandpa Lin Wang, the world’s oldest Asian elephant in captivity died in Taipei yesterday. He was 86. The old pachyderm was found dead in his pen pond at the Taipei City Zoo at Mucha at 200 a.m. “He died in dignity from extreme weakness due to old age,” a zoo spokesman said. Lin Hua-ching said the grand old elephant, brought here by former Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Army Sun Li-jen in 1947, showed signs of frailty after the Chinese New Year holiday early this month. Lin Wang (Forest...


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Mastodon fossil remains discovered in Taichung

2007-08-24 - Taipei, Taiwan.

Fossil remains of a newborn mastodon were recently discovered in the dry riverbed of Dajia River near Shih-kang village in Taichung County, sources at the Taichung Mountainview Community University reported yesterday. They also noted that the discovery marks the first time that local archaeologists have found proof that Taiwan was once home to the prehistoric elephant species, which is estimated to have existed from about 28 million years ago to 10,000 years ago.


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A fossil of a mammuthus molar has been found in central Taiwan

2007-05-25 - Taipei, Taiwan.

It is the first time fossils from the prehistoric elephant have been found outside the southern region of the country, the China Post newspaper said. The newspaper said the fossil belonged to a newborn mammuthus calf that lived in the area around Shih-kang village in Taichung County 1.6 million to 2.2 million years ago. Scientists say the discovery provides new evidence of the animal's possible distribution through Taiwan.


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Taiwan Zoo Faces Serious Sex Issues

2007-03-05 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

A Taiwan zoo has become the laughing stock for having mistaken a female elephant for a male for 28 years, a newspaper said on Sunday. The Shoushan Zoo in Kaohsiung, south Taiwan, received two baby African elephants from a US zoo in 1979, believing they were a male and a female, the Taipei Times reported. Since then, the Shoushan Zoo raised the two elephants, Ali and Annie, as a couple and even held a much-publicized wedding for them in 2002. Annie died in 2003. Although Annie never gave birth, z...


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Naughty Boy Theme Park Won"t Lift Elephant With Human Hair

2007-02-16 - TAIPEI, Taiwan.

A Taiwanese theme park has dropped a plan to use a cable made of 320,000 human hairs to lift an elephant, a report said Friday. The United Daily News said the theme park made the decision after critics said the act could scare the animal. The Naughty Boy Theme Park had planned to attach the cable to a crane and use it to lift a 6-ton elephant to mark the opening of a wildlife zoo, the newspaper said.


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Asian elephants at the Taipei Zoo

Taipei Zoo: Asian Elephants with Zookeepers.

2006-10-18 - Taipei, Taiwan. Danburg Murmur

Asian elephants with Zookeepers in Taipei Zoo. Photo by Danburg Murmur, taken on October 15, 2006, with a Canon PowerShot S2 IS.


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Ivory smuggling plot uncovered. Customs officials discovered 18 wooden boxes filled with about 350 elephant tusks, which were intended to be transferred to Manila

2006-07-05 - Manila, Taiwan. Rich Chang

Kaohsiung Harbor officials yesterday discovered a large amount of ivory in cargo that had originated in Tanzania. The Kaohsiung Customs Office found an estimated 350 tusks in two containers, weighing around 2,500kg and valued at more than NT$100 million (US$3,100,775). "The two containers entered Kaohsiung Harbor on June 11 and June 15, respectively, from Tanzania.


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Taiwan seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory from Tanzania

2006-07-05 - TAIPEI, Taiwan.

Taiwan custom officials have confiscated more than two tonnes of elephant tusks from Tanzania in what they said could be the largest illegal shipment of ivory uncovered on the island. The ivory, which included 350 tusks and some cut pieces, was discovered in two containers bound for Manila from the eastern African country via Taiwan's southern Kaohsiung harbour, Kuo Shih-hsien, spokesman for Kaohsiung customs told reporters.


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Ling Wang on display at Taipei City Zoo

2004-10-17 - Taipei, Taiwan.

A stuffed replica of the famous elephant, Ling Wang, is on display at the Taipei City Zoo. The eighty-six year old elephant is a common memory for many generations in Taiwan. After two years of construction, the life-sized specimen is now ready to greet the public today.


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abstract

Fibrosarcoma with lung and lymph node metastases in an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).

2004-10-06 - Taipei, Taiwan. Liu CH, Chang CH, Chin SC, Chang PH, Zhuo YX, Lee CC.. Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Bioresources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University

A case of fibrosarcoma with lung and lymph node metastases in a 54-year-old female Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is described. After pododermatitis of 2 years duration in the right forefoot, a mass developed in the lateral toenail. At postmortem, metastasis to the right axillary lymph node and both lungs was noted. Microscopic examination of primary and metastatic sites revealed infiltrating bundles of spindle cells, with fairly distinct cell borders, variable amounts of eosinophilic cytoplas...


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10 Headlines about Elephants from Taiwan2009-01-31 - Taipei, Taiwan - Oldest Asian Elephant Dies at Age 86 at Zoo 2007-08-24 - Taipei, Taiwan - Mastodon fossil remains discovered in Taichung 2007-05-25 - Taipei, Taiwan - A fossil of a mammuthus molar has been found in central Taiwan 2007-03-05 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan - Taiwan Zoo Faces Serious Sex Issues 2007-02-16 - TAIPEI, Taiwan - Naughty Boy Theme Park Won"t Lift Elephant With Human Hair 2006-10-18 - Taipei, Taiwan - Taipei Zoo: Asian Elephants with Zookeepers. 2006-07-05 - Manila, Taiwan - Ivory smuggling plot uncovered. Customs officials discovered 18 wooden boxes filled with about 350 elephant tusks, which were intended to be transferred to Manila 2006-07-05 - TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory from Tanzania 2004-10-17 - Taipei, Taiwan - Ling Wang on display at Taipei City Zoo 2004-10-06 - Taipei, Taiwan - Fibrosarcoma with lung and lymph node metastases in an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).

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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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