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IMO to develop guidelines for the prevention and suppression of wildlife trafficking

2020-09-30 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have approved a proposal by the Kenya government for the development of guidelines for the prevention and suppression of wildlife smuggling using international shipping. The decision was taken at the 44th meeting of the FAL Convention on facilitation of international maritime traffic.


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Old Male Elephants Are Still Important, Scientists Say

2020-09-21 - London, United Kingdom. Sara Tabin

Old male elephants might have an important role to play in helping younger males learn to navigate their environment, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who watched groups of male African savannah elephants traveling together at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana.


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EXPERIENCED ELEPHANT KEEPER

2020-09-07 - 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. The successful candidate will be working in a protected contact keeping system and will be assisting in all aspects of the section’s work, including the delivery of the zoos current Elephant care program to our existing 1 male and 5 female Asian Elephants.


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Importance of old bulls: leaders and followers in collective movements of all-male groups in African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)

2020-09-03 - Exeter, United Kingdom. Connie R. B. Allen, Lauren J. N. Brent, Thatayaone Motsentwa, Michael N. Weiss & Darren P. Croft

By analysing leadership patterns of all-male African savannah elephant traveling groups along elephant pathways in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana, we found that the oldest males were more likely to lead collective movements. Our results challenge the assumption that older male elephants are redundant in the population and raise concerns over the biased removal of old bulls that currently occurs in both legal trophy hunting and illegal poaching.


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Noah"s Ark Zoo FarmFull-time permanent Animal Keeper; Elephant Section

2019-02-22 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

We are looking to recruit an experienced animal keeper on our Elephant Section which is acting as Europe’s premier African Elephant Bull facility. This is a full-time position working a 40-hour week on a flexible rota (including weekends and bank holidays).


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Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV)

2017-05-15 - London, United Kingdom.

The next Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus workshop will be hosted by the Zoological Society of London. Lectures will take place at ZSL London Zoo, and the practical aspect of the workshop will be carried out by studying the elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


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Elephants at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant departure; 14 questions answered

2017-03-14 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Bosses at Twycross Zoo have responded to questions posed by visitors over the departure of the attraction´s Asian elephant herd. A further statement by the zoo said: "Thank you for your feedback regarding our decision to find a new home for our all-female herd of Asian elephants. The statement then went on to provide answers to 14 frequently asked questions.


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Twycross Zoo to find new home for its herd of Asian elephants

2017-03-05 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Twycross Zoo has confirmed its herd of Asian elephants will be found a new home. The tourist attraction, which is Derby´s nearest zoo, says the decision to move the all-female herd will give them the opportunity to breed and help to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered species. The zoo, in Atherstone, is working in conjunction with European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP) to arrange the transfer. Its destination and the timescales will be announced as the plans pr...


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Incredible night time footage shows the moment a rare Asian elephant is born at a British zoo

2017-02-01 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Incredible night cam footage has captured the moment a rare Asian elephant was born following a short 20-minute labour. Following a 22-month gestation the male calf was born to 20-year-old mother Sithami Hi Way at Chester Zoo. Zoo keepers stayed up to monitor the birth via live CCTV and watched in awe as the baby dropped onto soft sand and scrambled to his feet in minutes.


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Rare Asian elephant born at Chester Zoo

2016-12-17 - Chester, United Kingdom.

The unnamed female calf was born to 12-year-old mother Sundara overnight after a 22-month gestation. Keepers at the zoo said both mother and daughter are doing well and visitors will be able to see the new arrival from Saturday.



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Tonzi, an elephant at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant Tonzi who suffered with severe arthritis is put down

2016-12-04 - Nuneaton, United Kingdom.

A Twycross Zoo elephant who was suffering with crippling arthritis has been put down. A zoo spokesman said every effort was made to treat her health problems. The 32-year-old Tonzi was euthanised after attempts to treat her health problems were exhausted.


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Prints on full ivory tusk

Police fingerprint science first set to identify wildlife poachers

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

Police in Britain have helped mastermind a forensic breakthrough that is set to transform law enforcement investigations against poachers and smugglers around the world. Imaging and fingerprint experts from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have teamed up with scientists from King´s College London and University College London to validate the use of new techniques for retrieving fingerprints from elephant tusks – for the first time. Around 50,000 African elephants are thought to...


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The European mammoth species, Mammuthus meridionalis, likely never made it to North America, a new study finds.

North American Mammoths Actually Evolved in Eurasia

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

The famous Columbian mammoth — an 11-ton creature known for traversing North America during the last ice age — might actually be the same species as the Eurasian steppe mammoth, said study co-researcher Adrian Lister, a research leader of paleontology at the Natural History Museum in London. The discovery suggests that the first mammoth to enter North America was the Eurasian steppe mammoth, and not its ancestor, a European creature called Mammuthus meridionalis.


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Princess Anne will officially open an elephant centre at one of North Somerset’s most popular tourist attractions.

Princess Anne to officially open elephant enclosure

2015-11-12 - Wraxall, United Kingdom.

HRH Princess Royal will visit Noahs Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall on December 17 to open its Elephant Eden. The centre is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and is home to bull elephants Janu and M’Changa. Final details of Princess Anne’s visit have not yet been released but she will meet staff and look around the premises before taking part in an official opening ceremony.


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The day the elephants trumpeted their way through Cambridge

2015-11-10 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Robert Brothers Circus was a regular visitor to Midsummer Common, and rather than coming by road, the elephants arrived by train at Cambridge railway station, usually on a Friday or Saturday, as our archive photos show.


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Letters: Nicholas Serota answers Toby Young on arts teaching. Plus: saving the elephant

2015-11-10 - London, United Kingdom. Alexander Rhodes, CEO, Stop Ivory

The future of both elephants and rural communities across Africa depends on peace, security and tourism dollars. That future depends on us acting now to protect living elephants, not dead ivory.


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Bill Starling Sr. of Medicine Hat joined the navy in the Second World War and here is seen holding, Salty, the ship

Lest We Forget: Animals were key to war efforts

2015-11-04 - London, United Kingdom.

If horses were quick and strong, elephants were exceptionally strong and intimidating. They could charge towards the enemy instilling fear and confusion. A British man, Billy Williams, had an uncanny ability to understand elephants and motivate them to do what he needed them to do.


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Bull elephant Hari Hi Way died on Tuesday after falling ill with a viral infection

Chester Zoo: Second young elephant dies in six weeks

2015-10-28 - Chester, United Kingdom.

A second young elephant has died in the space of six weeks at Chester Zoo.
Three-year-old Hari Hi Way was being treated by vets at the zoo after falling ill with a viral infection. Despite their efforts, the bull calf elephant died late on Tuesday afternoon. A post-mortem examination will take place, the zoo confirmed.


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Because We Could All Use Some Baby Elephants in Our Lives

2015-09-22 - London, United Kingdom.

Not that we need a reason to celebrate baby animals, because we actually love them all day, every day, but today is National Elephant Appreciation Day, so we wanted to highlight these specific babies. Scroll through to see some of the sweetest pictures we could find, and then check out all the rest of our photos, videos, and stories about elephants.


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The two-year-old elephant had contracted an illness called elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, which affects wild and captive elephants

Chester Zoo elephant calf Bala Hi Way dies after illness

2015-09-16 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Bala Hi Way, who was born in January 2013, became ill over the weekend and was being treated by veterinary teams at the zoo. Despite their efforts, the animal died on Monday night, the zoo confirmed. The two-year-old had contracted an illness called elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, which affects wild and captive elephants.


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Elephant Ultrasound Course at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, UK

2014-09-11 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

This hands on course will be held September 11./12., 2014 and aims to teach the basics in elephant reproduction management. During the practical session, each participant will practice transrectal ultrasound on trained Asian elephants in different reproductive stages. Furthermore, basic set ups for semen collection and AI will be demonstrated.


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Adorable Elephant Calf Makes Debut At Howletts

2014-06-17 - Bekesbourne, United Kingdom.

Keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent’s most popular visitor attractions, are celebrating the birth of an adorable baby elephant. Born just over a week ago, the calf and her mother Tammi are both reported to be doing well.


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Stephen, who raised £4.2m for Teenage Cancer Trust, was pictured hugging the baby

West Midlands Safari Park names baby elephant after Stephen Sutton

2014-06-12 - Bewdley, United Kingdom.

The first elephant born at West Midlands Safari Park has been named Sutton after cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton. The names ´Stephen´ or ´Sutton´ were frontrunners in a competition to name the male which was born on 5 May.


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Camilla and Charles "utterly devastated" as Duchess"s brother Mark Shand, 62, dies after slipping and smashing his head when he left £1million fundraiser in New York for his elephant charity

2014-04-24 - , United Kingdom.

The Duchess of Cornwall was left ‘utterly devastated’ last night by the death of her younger brother in New York. Mark Shand, 62, suffered a head injury when he slipped and fell on the pavement on a night out in Manhattan. He was put on life support but doctors could not save him and he died 12 hours later. Camilla, 66, was extremely close to her only brother, who was known for his swashbuckling travel books and passionate commitment to conservation.


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Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm: Buta the elephant arrives at her new home

2014-02-21 - Wraxall, United Kingdom.

NOAH´S Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall welcomed a new arrival at its Elephant Eden site on Thursday. Buta, a female African elephant, became the first to move into the largest purpose-built elephant habitat in northern Europe where the zoo hopes to establish a herd. Buta was transported to the new 20-acre area from Knowsley Safari after four months of special training


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Jumbo - The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland, book review

2014-01-31 - London, United Kingdom.

As John Sutherland, the literary academic, admits from the off, his new book is not really an “unauthorised biography” at all. It is more a treasure trove of elephant ephemera with eye-popping statistics on trunks, dung and sex and characters from Chunee, Jumbo’s popular show animal predecessor in London, to Disney’s fictional Dumbo.


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Mammoths of the Ice Age: Huge new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh from January

2014-01-24 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

This January National Museums Scotland presents Mammoths of the Ice Age, a major exhibition exploring the mysteries of the Ice Age and revealing what life was like for the iconic mammals of this era; the mammoth and the mastodon. Unlike dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals, mastodons and mammoths lived side by side with humans for thousands of years. In Mammoths of the Ice Age visitors can again come nose-to-trunk with these intriguing animals.


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5 ways elephants changed history: A brief history of stomping victories and disastrous reversals

2013-12-05 - London, United Kingdom.

It was the arrival of the cannon in the 19th century that finally heralded the end of elephants being used as an instrument of war. Until that time, from as early as 1000BC, they trampled across battlefields around the globe. So far, it seems as though the elephants’ easily panicked nature meant that they weren’t useful companions for battle.


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Heathrow ivory seizures hit record

2013-12-03 - London, United Kingdom.

Heathrow airport is at the centre of a booming trade in illegal ivory, with most of it being carried by big-name courier companies. Border officials are making record seizures, the vast majority taken from newly slaughtered African elephants. Last year a specialist UK Border Force team made 50 seizures of ivory weighing 80.7kg at British airports — compared with just 3.3kg in 2010. Most was at Heathrow. The number of seizures is thought to be a fraction of the amount being smuggled.


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film

Of Ozies and elephants

2013-12-01 - Bath, United Kingdom.

Local film makers presents their beautiful and moving documentary on Myanmar timber elephants and the relationship between elephants and the men they work with. The film made by Suzanne and Simon Campbell-Jones (both of whom are Bath residents), will be shown to public in Bath film festival on 1st December, 2013 (4:00pm).


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Khyne U Mar is affectionately known as "The Elephant Lady of Burma". As a trained vet, Khyne has spent years studying captive working elephants within Myanmar (Burma) and throughout Southeast Asia.

Wild Burma: Nature"s Lost Kingdom

2013-11-29 - London, United Kingdom.

Burma (also known as Myanmar) has been closed off to the world for over five decades. As Burma takes steps towards democracy, it will have to decide the fate of its forests. For the first time, the government has granted unprecedented access to an expedition team of scientists and wildlife film-makers.


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Lizzie in World War I pulls munitions in Sheffield. Elephant trainer is Richard Sedgwick.

World War One: The circus animals that helped Britain

2013-11-13 - Sheffield, United Kingdom.

As World War One raged, the military purchased most of England´s horses and sent them to the Western Front. Many farmers and traders had to find alternative beasts of burden, but none more exotic than elephants. Lizzie, as she was known, was used to performing tricks as part of a travelling menagerie.


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Elephant cull effects last decades

2013-11-01 - Sussex, United Kingdom.

African elephants´ decision-making abilities are left impaired by culling operations that ended decades ago, according to research. Scientists from the University of Sussex found that elephant herds that had lost adults to culls during the 1970s and 1980s were less able to respond appropriately to other elephants´ calls.


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Rested elephants make more babies

2013-09-15 - Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Researchers from the University´s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences accessed records of the life and deaths of more than 2,000 working elephants from Myanmar, Burma. The unique dataset was recorded from 1948-2000, spanning five generations of elephants – a remarkable feat considering the animals can live up to 80 years.The elephants in the data base are semi-captive animals working in the timber industry by pushing and dragging logs.


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New artisan gin in support of elephants

2013-09-09 - London, United Kingdom.

An independent, artisan gin inspired by Africa and in support of African elephants has launched in the UK this month with an ethical cause at its heart.
Elephant Gin is a new handcrafted London Dry Gin of 45% abv, made with carefully selected ingredients to capture the essence of Africa.


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Elephant calf Jamilah Hi Way dead at Chester Zoo

2013-07-03 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Jamilah, who was born in January 2011, was taken ill yesterday morning and was being treated by the veterinary team. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved in her care, Jamilah died during the night. The cause of Jamilah´s death will be determined at post-mortem. Jamilah, daughter of Thi Hi Way, was a much loved member of the herd and will be greatly missed by many. It is expected that the elephant house will open a little later than usual today. We are sure you will join ...


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The wide, flat space inside the elephant pen was believed to be the best spot for the aircraft to touch down

Visitors to Colchester zoo were surprised to see a helicopter land in the elephant enclosure today after a teenager was taken ill.

2013-05-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

The Essex Air Ambulance was dispatched to Colchester Zoo, where a 19-year-old woman was reported to be suffering breathing problems. The wide, flat space inside the elephant pen was believed to be the best spot for the aircraft to touch down when it arrived just before 11.30am. It is believed that the four elephants in the enclosure were moved inside their house before the helicopter landed.


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The multi-million pound sanctuary will include a heated elephant house, sand pits, elephant spa and

Wiltshire"s multi-million pound elephant sanctuary plan revealed

2013-02-21 - Longleat, United Kingdom.

A planning application has been submitted to build a multi-million pound elephant sanctuary in Wiltshire. The 24 acre (10 hectare) enclosure at Longleat Safari Park is planned to house four elephants, including a rescued former circus elephant. The facility will include a heated elephant house and an outdoor space with sand pits and an ´elephant spa´.


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Home for heavyweights - Noah"s Ark prepares for elephant arrivals

2013-01-12 - Wraxall, United Kingdom.

At 20 acres, the attraction´s new �1.2m elephant enclosure � Elephant Eden � will be the largest of its kind in Europe, but the international reputation of the zoo is hanging on its ability to make this particular Eden blossom. Zoo owner Anthony Bush knows all too well that any new elephant enclosure would always be mired in controversy.


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A spokeswoman for Naomi Campbell described the claim as

Naomi Campbell sues Telegraph over elephant polo story

2012-12-15 - London, United Kingdom.

Naomi Campbell is suing the Daily Telegraph for libel over an article claiming she organised an elephant polo tournament in India. A spokeswoman for Campbell emphatically denied that the model, who campaigns against animal cruelty, had planned an elephant polo tournament in Jodhpur as stated by the article on 3 November.


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Chester Zoo: Elephant Keeper

2012-11-19 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Chester Zoo have a vacancy for an Elephant Keeper to be based on the Elephants of the Asian forest exhibit working within a close team using a protected contact management system. The post will involve the daily care and management of our herd of 8 Asian elephants and their habitat. The successful candidate will provide excellent animal husbandry, care and welfare, ensuring that all enclosures and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards for our visitors and the animals in our...


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Medal for CBBC man Anton Turner killed in elephant charge

2012-11-10 - Herefordshire, United Kingdom.

Mr Turner, who had been in the 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, was fatally injured by the elephant in the Mbarika Mountains, Tanzania. Anton tried to frighten off the elephant and grabbed hold of its trunk to divert it, before being thrown to the ground. His efforts brought time for other members of the group to escape unharmed, it added.


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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park: Animal Welfare and Habitat Design Workshop

2012-10-22 - Stirling, United Kingdom.

How does zoo habitat design improve animal welfare? International guest speakers from zoos and field research projects presenting on how the needs of both great apes and elephants should be addressed in the modern zoo environment.


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The elephant stood in Brading

Brading Waxworks Museum elephant sold at auction

2012-10-21 - London, United Kingdom.

A baby elephant which was an exhibit in a former Isle of Wight museum has been sold at auction. The African elephant, thought to date back to Victorian times, was sold to a Sussex antiques dealer for £6,400. Its hide, stretched over a 6ft (1.8m) wire frame, was an exhibit at Brading Waxworks Museum until its closure in 2010. It had been expected to sell for about £1,000. Antiques dealer Spencer Swaffer said his purchase was "most amazing". Mr Swaffer said he intends to display the elephant...


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Duchess is 42 years old

Paignton Zoo"s elephant"s sight saved by eye operation

2012-10-16 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

An eye operation has saved the sight of an African elephant at Paignton Zoo in Devon, the organisation has said. An eye expert has deemed the operation a success and said her vision is "significantly better than prior to surgery". The 42-year-old four-tonne animal is the only elephant at the zoo.Senior keeper Jim Dicks said: "I am absolutely over the moon. It couldn´t have gone any better."


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Woburn safari park: Elephant Keeper

2012-10-03 - Woburn, United Kingdom.

Woburn Safari Park is currently looking to recruit a full time Elephant Keeper to join the team. Woburn’s Elephant Herd consists of 1.3 Asian Elephants managed primarily in free contact. Previous experience of working with elephants is preferred however not essential. Duties will include daily husbandry and management of the elephants including training, washing and exercising.


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Stuffed elephant goes up for auction

2012-10-01 - Brading, United Kingdom.

A stuffed African elephant 7ft high and 11ft long is going under the hammer at Brading on the Isle of Wight on October 18. The beast had been on show at Brading Waxworks until it closed down in 2010 and has had to be lifted by crane into the auction rooms next door to its old home, Hose Rhodes Dickson. It may make £1,000 and auctioneer Rex Gully said: ‘It has to be the most unusual lot we have ever had. I think there will be big demand because it’s so very rare. Where else do you find one


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Senior Elephant Keeper

2012-09-24 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

A staff of 8 currently cares for a breeding herd of Asian elephants comprising one breeding bull, 5 cows and 3 calves, the youngest being born in 2012. The bull is managed in protected contact but the females and calves are managed in free contact which allows all of the elephants other than the adult male to be walked around the 600 acre zoo site with the keepers ever day.


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She won"t forget that in a hurry: Elephant rubs her eye in disbelief after cataract op to restore her sight

2012-09-20 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

The 43-year-old Asian elephant, who only has the one eye left, had been able to do little more than distinguish between light and dark for years. But thanks to surgeons at Paignton Zoo, Devon, she should soon be able to see clearly once again.


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The foundations are being put in place for Europe

Plans for Europe"s largest elephant sanctuary causes controversy

2012-09-15 - Somerset, United Kingdom.

A zoo in Somerset has just started work on Europe´s largest elephant sanctuary. Noah´s Ark near Wraxall plans to open the 20 acre enclosure next summer. And just down the road in Longleat plans are underway for a similar sanctuary. Down the road at Longleat, they´re also planning an elephant sanctuary. This one won´t have a breeding programme and aims to only take in rescue animals already in captivity.


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Up to 10 elephants could one day live in the £1m Elephant Eden enclosure

Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm elephant "sanctuary" work begins

2012-09-13 - Somerset, United Kingdom.

Building work is under way on a 20-acre ´elephant sanctuary´ which is to be one of the largest exhibits in Europe. Noah´s Ark Zoo Farm, in North Somerset, is spending £1m on the enclosure which it plans to open next year. A number of animal welfare groups have expressed concern over elephants being kept in captivity since planning permission was granted in 2010.


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Book recalls the day the circus called in for a pint

2012-09-07 - London, United Kingdom.

this wonderful image from 1930 at the Elephant and Castle in Sultan Road, Buckland is among more than 200 pictures in Ron Brown’s fascinating and nostalgic book looking at Portsmouth’s pubs past and present. The elephants were provided by a visiting circus. How much landlord Tom Jones had to pay to set up this PR stunt is not recorded. The chap holding the bucket, which, allegedly, was filled with beer, was the aptly-named Charlie Phillpots, the pub’s cellarman.


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Twycross Zoo: Temporary Trainee Keeper: Elephants

2012-08-29 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

We are going through an exciting period of change as this zoo develops and so are looking for dynamic, knowledgeable individuals to help lead the teams forward. The elephant section manages our herd of 4 female Asian elephants currently in free contact but is at the exciting early stages of moving into a protected contact system. This position is a key role which will involve working on the section, covering basic areas of animal husbandry.


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Eye surgery elephant may be blind

2012-08-29 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

An elephant which became the first in England to undergo pioneering surgery to remove a damaged eye is now believed to be almost completely blind after concerns over the health of the remaining eye. In 2011 Duchess, Paignton Zoo´s 42-year-old African elephant, was the first in the country to have an eye removed. She had the ground-breaking operation because of glaucoma in her right eye. Cataracts left her with limited sight in her left. Now, a routine eye check has shown that what vision r...


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Former keeper Dave Magner with a baby elephant

Howletts keepers Jim Vassie and Dave Magner sacked

2012-05-06 - Howletts, United Kingdom.

Two of Howletts Wild Animal Park’s most experienced keepers say they are devastated at being sacked by the company. Head of carnivores Jim Vassie and head elephant keeper Dave Magner were dismissed within three weeks of each other. But both men feel they have been harshly treated by the management.


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Stillborn elephant is new tragedy for Twycross zoo

2012-03-29 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

Head vet Sarah Chapman said: "Immediately after the birth, we could see the calf wasn´t moving. "It´s common for elephants to nudge a newborn to help it rise to its feet to suckle. However, when all three elephants backed away we knew something was wrong. "The keepers and vet team rushed into the enclosure and worked on trying to bring life into the calf for almost an hour. "Once we reached a point when we knew there was nothing more we could do, we placed the calf back in front of t...


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Twycross Zoo: Deputy Section Head - Elephants

2012-03-28 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

The section manages our herd of 4 female Asian elephants in free contact. We are seeking a high performing individual with a proven track record in zoo animal management. You will have a minimum of 5 years experience as an elephant keeper and demonstrate a substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of elephants.


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2011 was the worst year on record for ivory seizures

Huge Crackdown On Africa"s Ivory Traders

2012-03-20 - London, United Kingdom.

Interpol is carrying out the largest anti-elephant ivory poaching operation ever mounted. Wildlife agents in 14 different African countries have been raiding outlets and hunting down traders to crack down on the multi-million pound industry. Operation Worthy, as it is being called, is aimed at stifling the increasing demand in illegal elephant ivory, mostly from Asian countries such as China.


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The head and trunk can be seen on the ultrasound picture

Twycross Zoo prepares to welcome baby elephant

2012-02-17 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

Twycross Zoo is preparing to welcome its newest addition with one of its elephants nearly ready to give birth. First-time mother Tara, a 13-year-old Asian elephant at the zoo, is being monitored with video cameras around the clock and being kept extra warm at night, ready for the special delivery. As the scan on this page shows, the elephant´s calf is fully formed and could be delivered any day now. All the keepers are prepared.


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Duchess has the eye conditions glaucoma and cataracts

Paignton Zoo elephant Duchess recovering after eye surgery

2011-12-29 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

An elephant in a south Devon zoo is recovering well after receiving surgery to remove an eye. Paignton Zoo´s four tonne African elephant Duchess became the first in the UK to undergo the operation. Duchess had been plagued by pain after glaucoma and cataracts had left her virtually blind.


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From Flat Foot to Fat Foot: Structure, Ontogeny, Function, and Evolution of Elephant “Sixth Toes”

2011-12-24 - London, United Kingdom. 1. John R. Hutchinson1, 2. Cyrille Delmer2, 3. Charlotte E. Miller1, 4. Thomas Hildebrandt3, 5. Andrew A. Pitsillides1, 6. Alan Boyde4

Our survey shows that basal proboscideans were relatively “flat-footed” (plantigrade), whereas early elephantiforms evolved the more derived “tip-toed” (subunguligrade) morphology, including the predigits and fat pad, of extant elephants. Thus, elephants co-opted sesamoid bones into a role as false digits and used them for support as they changed their foot posture.


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Duchess the African Elephant is given a local anesthetic and her eye is cleaned before an operation  Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/12/17/duchess-the-elephant-has-eye-removed-by-15-vets-in-four-hour-operation-115875-23640576/#ix

Duchess the elephant has eye removed by 15 vets in four-hour operation

2011-12-17 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

A FOUR-tonne elephant suffering from painful vision problems has become the first in Britain to have an eye removed. A team of 15 vets, nurses and animal keepers spent four hours operating on giant 40-year-old Duchess. The African elephant is virtually blind due to cataracts and glaucoma and experts decided the only way to prevent her suffering further was to remove it.


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film

Elephant Man of Burma:

2011-11-26 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Amateur documentary footage filmed by Gyles Mackrell, a British man who rescued hundreds of people during the Second World War using a herd of elephants has been
published by Cambridge University.


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Still of film taken in 1942 by Gyles Mackrell of elephants crossing the Dapha river to rescue Britons fleeing the Japanese invasion of Burma.

Gyles Mackrell"s 1942 footage shows how he led rescue of refugees from the Japanese invasion of Burma

2011-11-26 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Mackrell, a 53-year-old tea exporter in the Indian province of Assam, hurried the convoy of about 20 elephants and their handlers to the river – a journey of more than 100 miles through jungle, braving leeches – in less than a week and waded across the river to rescue troops in danger of starvation, capture or drowning.


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Duchess has lost the sight in her right eye, which is causing her pain

Elephant to have right eye removed in operation

2011-11-25 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

An elephant at a Devon zoo is to undergo an operation to remove an eye. Duchess, a 40-year-old African elephant at Paignton zoo has been treated for cataracts in both eyes and glaucoma in her right eye. Paignton zoo said the two conditions meant her eye-sight was "greatly reduced" and she had no sight in her right eye, which was causing her pain.


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Anne was filmed being hit and kicked by circus staff

Bobby And Moira Roberts Charged With Causing Suffering To Anne The Circus Elephant

2011-11-10 - London, United Kingdom.

Husband and wife Bobby and Moira Roberts have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the circus elephant. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had taken over the prosecution of the couple, who run the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, from Animal Defenders International (ADI) "given the public concern over the case". An undercover team from the animal welfare organisation filmed Anne being hit with a metal pitchfork, kicked in the face and body and shackled with heavy chains earlier ...


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 Ivory and Tortoiseshell-veneered Cabinet Ceylon, for the Portuguese market, late 16th-17th century. Height: 16.75 cm. Width: 51 cm. Depth: 32.5 cm.

Sri Lankan ivory carvings from the Dutch period at Francesca Galloway in London

2011-11-05 - London, United Kingdom.

Amongst the objects on show will be a rare and important Anglo-Indian writing cum dressing table from Raynham Hall, Norfolk. Vizagapatam ivory inlaid furniture from the late 17th and first half of the 18th century was the exclusive preserve of senior representatives of the East India Company and wealthy British patrons enamoured of exotic Anglo- Indian design.


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Seven-foot ceramic elephants made in 1889 selling for $9 million

2011-10-30 - London, United Kingdom.

Million Dollar Dandy brand revealed today a pair of unique, ornamented elephants worth $9 million that were manufactured more than 100 years ago. Standing seven feet high, they were crafted by the Minton factory in Staffordshire, England, for The Great 1889 Exhibition in Paris and to celebrate the opening of the Eiffel tower, these unique pieces are currently on offer by David Frosdick, founder of www.milliondollardandy.com, with a price tag of approximately over $9,000,000.


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Whipsnade Zoo Baby elephant arrives after 700 day wait

2011-10-20 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

After a 700 day pregnancy, the newest addition to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Asian elephant herd was born at 12:15am this Tuesday. Despite this, the new calf (who has yet to be named) is also the smallest elephant ever born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo weighing in at just 104kg, around 16 stone, at birth. At first keepers were not sure whether he would be able to reach his mother’s milk but he quickly learnt to get on his tip-toes and has had no problem feeding.


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Michael Gregory from Stoke-on-Trent is looking for information on the mechanical elephant which he had his photo taken on in Cromer in the early 1950

Did it pack its trunk and go to the circus? The hunt for Cromer’s mysterious mechanical elephant

2011-09-22 - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. Lucy Clapham

It was larger than a donkey, could carry up to six children at a time and delighted seaside crowds - yet no one can seem to remember the life of Cromer’s mechanical elephant. Do you know any more about the elephant, what happened to it or where it is now? Contact reporter Lucy Clapham.


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Twycross mourns loss of baby elephant

2011-04-14 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

It is with great sadness that Twycross Zoo has said goodbye to their young Asian elephant, Ganesh Vijay aged 18 months. Ganesh died yesterday due to a heart condition despite all the efforts of the animal and veterinary teams to save his life. Vets from around the country with specialist elephant and equine experience converged at Twycross Zoo in an attempt to keep him alive.


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A spokesperson said Duchess was probably the most famous animal at the zoo

Paignton Zoo"s elephant Duchess has glaucoma

2011-04-04 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

Duchess, who weighs four tonnes, has started a course of treatment to prevent the condition from worsening. Glaucoma is a progressive eye condition which if untreated can lead to blindness. The zoo said she would be monitored closely and medication should help control the condition.


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Signs of the times: A history of beatings have scarred Anne - but she will be hoping to see out her years in a more relaxing way now

Anne is safe: Abused elephant moves into her new home at Longleat

2011-04-03 - Longleat, United Kingdom.

A circus elephant filmed being abused by her groom was successfully moved to her new home at Longleat Safari Park this morning. Anne, an elderly performing elephant, was ferried by a specialist team of handlers from her winter quarters in Polebrook, Northamptonshire, to the Wiltshire wildlife attraction. Bobby Roberts Super Circus, the elephant´s former owner, agreed to the handover after a Romanian employee was secretly filmed kicking the arthritic elephant and striking her with a pitchfo...


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Apology: Circus owner Moira Roberts has said sorry for the treatment of Anne the elephant by groom Nicolae Nitu  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1371751/Owner-apologises-Anne-elephant-moved-Longleat-Safari-Park.html#ixzz1IQeIol9y

Anne the elephant"s owner apologises after cruelly-treated circus animal is moved to safari park

2011-04-02 - Knutsford, United Kingdom.

The owner of Anne the circus elephant yesterday apologised for her mistreatment as a deal was struck to rehome her at Longleat Safari Park. Moira Roberts said she felt responsible for the suffering endured by Britain’s oldest elephant because she hired Nicolae Nitu, the Romanian groom secretly filmed kicking her and stabbing her with a pitchfork.


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Could this be a loving new home for Anne? We"d be thrilled to take her in says Longleat after secret talks

2011-03-30 - Longleat, United Kingdom.

A deal was close last night to rehome Anne the circus elephant within a week.
Her owners Moira and Bobby Roberts have finally agreed to allow the 59-year-old animal to retire to an enclosure at Longleat Safari Park, the Mail can reveal.
It marks a victory for this paper, which brought Anne’s desperate plight to the public’s attention by revealing secret footage of the Asian elephant’s Romanian groom stabbing and beating her.


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British royal wedding to aid elephants in Thailand

2011-03-28 - London, United Kingdom.

Charitable donations requested by Prince William and Kate Middleton instead of wedding gifts will help the London Zoological Society. It works in Thailand with the Elephant Conservation Network to reduce conflict between villagers and the animals in the western province of Kanchanaburi. Network director Belinda Stewart-Cox said Thursday the gift would help ensure "we really make a difference to the lives of these amazing animals and the villagers who accommodate them."


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Annie the elephant was filmed being struck with a metal pitchfork, kicked in the face and body and shackled by heavy chains in the winter quarters

UK"s last circus elephant abused on video

2011-03-28 - Polebrook, United Kingdom.

Northamptonshire Police said it was investigating jointly with the RSPCA after images emerged of Annie the Asian elephant being struck with a metal pitchfork on Bobby Roberts Super Circus. Animal Defenders International (ADI) shot the covert video earlier this year amid concerns for the 57-year-old animal´s well-being as part of the Bobby Roberts Super Circus.


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Firefighters rescue trapped elephant

2011-02-12 - Kent, United Kingdom.

Firefighters faced a jumbo problem when they were called to rescue and elephant at Howletts Wild Animal Park. One of the Park’s elephants collapsed in its bedroom and needed help getting to its feet. Umna, a 13-year-old African Elephant, was trapped on her side at the park in Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne, after becoming ill with colic.


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Chester Zoo’s oldest elephant Sheba has died

2011-02-10 - Chester, United Kingdom.

THE matriarch of Chester Zoo’s Asian elephant herd, Sheba, has died after a short illness. Sheba, 56, has been at the zoo for 46 years and was the zoo’s oldest elephant. Affectionately known as Madam Sheba by the team who looked after her, she had been at the zoo longer than any other elephant. Sheba had been ill for a short time and despite the best efforts of the keeping team and zoo’s veterinarians the decision was taken to euthanise her. She died on Wednesday afternoon.


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ELEPHANT KEEPER - Whipsnade Zoo

2011-02-08 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

If you are currently an Elephant Keeper and would like to join ZSL’s world class Elephant team, please apply by sending a full CV including a covering letter detailing your suitability for the above position to: Human Resources Department, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, Nr Dunstable. Beds LU6 2LF or email WZHR@zsl.org


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Excitement over twin elephant calf at Howletts

2011-01-31 - Kent, United Kingdom.

A baby elephant whose twin died has been causing excitement at the Kent wild animal park where he was born. The as-yet-unnamed male was born to mother Masa following a 22-month pregnancy at Howletts, near Canterbury. The African elephant calf came into the world on January 25 but his twin did not survive. Ecstatic officials are still heralding the survival of its sibling and mother as a major success.


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George the elephant now weighs 60 stone

Jumbo Ultrasound Shows Zoo"s Baby Elephant

2010-11-15 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

An incredible ultrasound image of a baby elephant in utero has been released by ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The picture shows George at three months - 19 months before his birth in May this year. Incredibly his trunk is already visible. The Zoo used 3D ultrasound scanners to monitor the health and well-being of mum and baby. Now six months old, George weighs around 60 stone and is part of the herd of Asian elephants at the Zoo in Dunstable. His keepers say he loves to play in the seven-acre paddock with ...


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Rob Conachie

Life at The Zoo for Rob

2010-11-04 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

A FARMER’S son from South Somerset, who is now an elephant keeper at Whipsnade Zoo, will star in an upcoming documentary that goes behind-the-scenes at the UK’s largest zoo. Rob Conachie, 27, will feature in The Zoo, a three-part documentary series that shows the goings-on of the Zoological Society of London – beginning at 8pm on Tuesday, November 9, on ITV1.


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Smelly the elephant problem solved by Southern Water

2010-10-25 - Kent, United Kingdom.

A jumbo-sized problem kicking up a stink at Howletts zoo has been solved by Southern Water. The park’s 14 elephants – who let nature take its course every two hours – had been causing a headache for owners because their enclosure wasn’t connected to the public sewer system. It meant having to hire tankers to come in and suck up daily waste water left by their toilet habits and take it to a nearby treatment works.


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Pouches, pockets and sacs in the heads, necks and chests of mammals, part II: elephants have a pouch in the throat... or do they?

2010-10-12 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Darren Naish

Many people have reported elephants (both Asian and African) to reach into the mouth with the trunk and withdraw water. The elephants then spray this water over themselves (particularly their ears) to keep cool. The quantity of water produced in these instances is apparently quite large: J. Emerson Tennent, writing in his 1861 Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon, referred to "gallons of water" being withdrawn.


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Senior Keeper/Keeper - Elephant Section, Twycross Zoo

2010-10-02 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

Our current herd consists of 1.4 Asian elephants, including a young bull born in 2009 as a result of AI. We continue to support AI and research projects. We currently have a vacancy for a new Keeper to become the 5th person in our elephant team. We have a close contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey commands in a calm and consistent manner, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out.


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Home Improvements for Bull Elephant Kruger

2010-09-19 - Port Lympne, United Kingdom.

Exciting changes are underway at the Bull elephant house at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The house is home to Kruger, the park´s 26 year old bull African elephant. His indoor quarters are being improved and expanded in a large scale project stretching across several weeks.


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The woolly mammoth finally died out approximately 4,000 years ago

Woolly mammoth extinction "not linked to humans"

2010-08-17 - Durham, United Kingdom. Pallab Ghosh

Woolly mammoths died out because of dwindling grasslands - rather than being hunted to extinction by humans, according to a Durham University study. After the coldest phase of the last ice age 21,000 years ago, the research revealed, there was a dramatic decline in pasture on which the mammoths fed.


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Elephant keeper - Whipsnade Zoo

2010-08-09 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has a world class Elephant programme having had six calves born in seven years; with the current herd consisting of 3.6 Asian Elephants. The programme is primarily free contact; with Elephants given daily walks through the Zoo and provides public education demonstrations. ZSL has and continues to contribute to research and AI projects.


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The zoo is a non-profit organisation

Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm urged to drop elephant plans

2010-08-05 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Animal welfare experts have urged a zoo near Bristol to drop plans to build what is thought would be the UK´s biggest elephant enclosure. Noah´s Ark Zoo Farm, at Wraxall, has been granted planning permission for a 12-acre enclosure which would be home to up to 10 elephants.


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Elephant makes crowd-pleasing debut

2010-07-21 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Venturing into the outside world for the first time, Chester Zoo´s four-day-old elephant calf has already proved a hit with the crowds. Hundreds of people craned their necks and joined crowds 10-deep around the paddock as the young Asian elephant made his public debut. Despite his tender age, the male, who has yet to be named, already weighs in at 110kg (242lb). He was born at the weekend to mother Sithami, 13, and father Upali, 16.


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Chester Zoo’s delight at birth of Asian elephant calf

2010-07-20 - Chester, United Kingdom.

DELIGHTED zookeepers are celebrating the birth of a new elephant calf. The calf, who is yet to be named, was born at Chester Zoo just before midnight on Sunday, ending a pregnancy of about 22 months. Its sex is currently unknown but both the mother, Asian elephant Sithami, and her newborn are said to be doing well. It is the second calf for Sithami, 13, who is also mother to Sundara, six.


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SHO Jewellery Pearly Prince elephant moves to art pet hotel.

SHO Pearly Prince elephant moves to pet hotel

2010-07-13 - London, United Kingdom.

The SHO Jewellery Pearly Prince elephant, which raised £18,000 at auction for conservation charity the World Land Trust, is leaving Coutts. The Swarovski embellished elephant will be taking pride of place in the lobby of an undisclosed pet hotel, where owner’s can watch their beloved animals on webcam whilst on holiday.


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Bristol zoo to see new elephant enclosure

2010-05-20 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Noahs Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol has been awarded permission to construct a new elephant house by North Somerset Council. At 12 acres, the new open elephant enclosure will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The attraction is located six miles from Bristol and it welcomes around 120,000 people through its doors each year.


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eBay search for Whipsnade elephant calf name

2010-04-29 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers stumped coming up with a name for their new baby elephant have decided to auction the naming rights on eBay to raise money for conservation. For the first time ever, keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are inviting bidders on eBay to help name their newest arrival – a male baby elephant born on 12 April.


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Elephant helps give broken safari jeep push start

2010-04-28 - Bewdley, United Kingdom.

A frustrated zoo keeper at a UK safari park was given unusual assistance when his jeep broke down… an elephant gave him a push start. Lawrence Bates was all set to call for assistance to the animal reserve when his jeep broke down, until Five the elephant decided to give him a helping (hand) trunk. The keeper couldnt believe his eyes as the 18-year-old d African Elephant run behind the jeep and started pushing. In a matter of seconds the trusty nelly had pushed the car out of trouble and out o...


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New Elephant arrives at Woburn in time to celebrate the Safari Parks 40th Birthday

2010-03-23 - Woburn, United Kingdom.

Inside the ten tonne crate, which arrived at the park from Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands this morning, was Yu Zin a five tonne, female Asian elephant.

Born 32 years ago, she joins three other Asian elephants that have lived at the Park for over a decade. Coincidentally it is thirteen years to the day since Woburns other elephants, male Raja, and females Damini and Chandrika arrived in Bedfordshire from India in 1997.


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Chester Zoos Assam Haathi Project given Darwin Initiative grant boost

2010-03-20 - Chester, United Kingdom. Mark Dowling

HUNDREDS more villagers in northeast India will be able to live peacefully with elephants thanks to a conservation project. Conservationists from Chester Zoo and EcoSystems-India, who are working to mitigate human-elephant conflict, have been awarded a second Darwin Initiative grant to assist the expansion of their elephant conservation project in Assam.


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Gay, who had severe foot abscesses and arthritis, joined the zoo in 1977

Sick elephant put down at Paignton Zoo in Devon

2010-03-09 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

A four-tonne Asian elephant which has spent more than 30 years at a zoo in Devon has been put down because of abscesses on her feet. Gay joined Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in 1977 and, with African elephant Duchess, proved popular with visitors.


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Regal treatment for half-blind Duchess

2010-01-27 - South Devon, United Kingdom. Herald Express

A SOUTH Devon vet is helping to treat a half-blind elephant. Duchess, a 39-year-old African elephant at Paignton Zoo, has gone blind in one eye and her vision in the other eye is impaired due to cataracts. She is presently having eye drops to control the cataracts but could face the possibility of having an operation to remove one if she cannot cope. Keepers had to train Duchess to co-operate before they could find out what was wrong with her. A zoo spokesman explained that when keepers began to...


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Bronze elephant gift to City

2010-01-14 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Chester city centre will be welcoming a heavyweight new arrival come the New Year. Taking centre stage at a proposed site near Barclays Bank will be a bronze elephant calf, donated to the city by Chester Zoo. The 1m tall elephant elephant – created by Hampshire-based sculptress Annette Yarrow – mirrors the bronze elephant calf that resides near the main entrance of the 110-acre zoo. The female calf was gifted by the zoo to the city to demonstrate the links between the award-winning attractio...


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Azizah the elephant

Crushed elephant keeper"s lucky escape

2010-01-14 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom. SOPHIE SCOTT

A zoo keeper who was crushed by a three tonne adult elephant escaped with arm injuries. He was walking Asian elephant Azizah, aged 25, at Whipsnade Zoo when he was pushed up against a tree by her head on New Year’s Eve. The keeper was transferred to Luton and Dunstable Hospital with bruising to his arm while Azizah, was put into a ‘managed protected area’ where she was looked at.


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Trunk show: A constable leads elephants from Warrington Bank Quay railway station to the circus ground in the late 1950s in Cheshire Police

From elephant escort duty to Z Cars: Amazing police archive snaps show what the real "Life On Mars" was like in the late 1950s

2009-12-04 - Cheshire, United Kingdom. LIZ HULL

Leading circus elephants along the street, driving to work in a horse and cart or sending a message via carrier pigeon are duties which have long since disappeared from modern day policing. But as these photographs show they were all in a day's work for bobbies on the beat during the last century.
The bygone images, which date back to 1904, give a fascinating insight into the duties of police officers at a time when political correctness and health and safety had yet to make an impact on ...


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Shyama had a bit of an evil look on his face

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark"s best shot

2009-11-26 - London, United Kingdom. Andrew Pulver

This was taken in India, at a circus in Ahmedabad. I think it was called the Great Golden Circus. I'm a street photographer, but I'm interested in any ironic, whimsical images, and there's something very romantic about a circus. I was doing a book; I spent six months travelling, saw 18 different circuses, and it was just a wonderful time. Believe me, there couldn't be a more strange place for a circus than India.


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Jumbo-sized: Dr Gunther von Hagens poses with his biggest ever plastinated corpse - a 13ft tall elephant named Samba  Read more: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1225432/Samba-elephant-latest-receive-Dr-Death-von-Hagens-treatment.html

Plastinated: Samba the elephant is the latest to receive the "Dr Death" von Hagens treatment

2009-11-05 - London, United Kingdom. ALAN HALL and SARA NELSON

Germany’s 'Dr Death' Gunter von Hagens has plastinated a pachyderm for a Jumbo-sized exhibition. The corpse collector, who preserves bodies for eternity with a special gel to display around the world, turned his unique talents to Samba the elephant. She passed away last year at the age of 41 in Neukirchen Zoo in Germany.


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A Hindu Elephant Blessing by a Brahmin at Twycross Zoo

2009-10-13 - Atherstone, United Kingdom. Kim Riley

Ganesh Vijay, the first elephant calf born at Twycross Zoo by Artificial Insemination (A.I.), will be formally named and blessed for good health during a traditional Hindu ceremony. This will be carried out by a Brahmin (Hindu priest) on 21st October 2009 at 2.30 pm. The blessing will be led by Brahmin Shree Mahendra Pandya from Leicester who will pray that the baby brings happiness to the zoo and its visitors. During the ceremony a red dot will be placed on the head of the calf and a sweet will...


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Chester Zoological Gardens : Elephant Keeper

2009-10-06 - Chester , United Kingdom.

Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation, research and education. We are currently recruiting for an Asian Elephant Keeper. Applicants should have proven zoo experience of working with large mammals and also have experience with working with operant conditioning in a zoo setting. Ideally candidates will have a higher education qualification in life sciences (min HND) and/or Animal Management Qual...


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Ganesh, who already weighs 19 stone, with one of his keepers at Twycross

Watch Twycross zoo"s baby elephant on live webcam

2009-10-02 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

If you've never wanted to take a peek into the lives of elephants, here is your chance – and you don't even have to put up with the smell. With his big ears and long trunk, Ganesh Vijay is a bit bigger than most babies, but is just as fascinating, and you can now spy on his every move. Ganesh is only the third elephant birth at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. The zoo has set up a webcam pointing towards the outdoor elephant enclosure, and readers can view the live video link on the Mercury's w...


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1,000 fossil-hunters come to Bristol. The University welcomes delegates attending the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

2009-09-22 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Over 1,000 paleontologists from all over the world will arrive in Bristol, UK, this week to attend an international conference being held at the University of Bristol. Feathered dinosaurs, fossil giraffes, and the fossil bones of mammoth, bison and woolly rhinos from the bottom of the North Sea, are but a few of the hundreds of exciting new finds that will be revealed during the four days of the conference (23-26 September).


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Elephant Study

2009-09-17 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Three elephant shots from Chester zoo, hope you like, btw not tha same elephant on all 3.


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Chester Zoo produces elephant guidance handbook

2009-09-10 - Chester, United Kingdom.

HOW do you manage when your next door neighbour weighs five tonnes? Chester Zoo has the anser. And how do you stop your over-sized neighbour 'rampaging' through what is effectively your back garden? Chester Zoo has come up with the answers to help people who live side by side with Asian elephants. Living with Elephants is a practical handbook for the people of Assam, India, and has been launched in an effort to help both humans and elephants co-exist peacefully. The aim of the guide, which inclu...


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Trunk call: Latabe and Five

Elephants make sweet music

2009-08-25 - West Midlands, United Kingdom.

WHEN it comes to making music, the elephants at West Midland Safari Park have learned a thing or two. After producing colourful works of art and playing football, their latest interest involves playing the harmonica. A video clip can be seen on the park's website, http://www.wmsp.co.uk/harmonica . Latabe and Five - aged 16 and 17 respectively - have lived at West Midland Safari Park since they were five-year-old orphans and often show off various skills.


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The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson

2009-08-23 - London, United Kingdom. Martin Northway

Christopher Nicholson's well-crafted debut novel "The Elephant Keeper," is set in mid-18th century England instead of mid-20th century America. Here, menageries and particularly elephants are still exotic and unfamiliar, and they enter the changing social and physical landscape of George III.


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Meet the Twycross zoo"s new big elephant baby

2009-08-20 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

TWYCROSS Zoo has celebrated the birth of a new baby elephant after the calf pulled through a potentially life-threatening illness. Born to the zoo’s Asian elephant, Noorjahan, earlier this month, the as-yet unnamed calf had to be monitored by vets after “suddenly turning offcolour”. But the youngster has since “made good progress” and staff belatedly celebrated his birth yesterday.


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Camera catches elephant action

Circus Elephant Beatings Caught On Camera

2009-08-19 - London, United Kingdom.

Secret cameras hidden inside the elephant tent of the Great British Circus showed animals being hit with a metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork. An undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International (ADI) filmed three elephants - Sonja, Delhi and Vana Mana - during the circus's tour of Britain this summer. A groom is seen deliberately twisting an animal's tail and the elephants are shown crying out in distress and retreating in fear from their handlers.


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Newborn elephant suffers setback

2009-08-18 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

A baby elephant, whose mother was the first elephant to conceive via artificial insemination at Twycross Zoo, has suffered a setback. A press conference to show off the elephant, who was born on Thursday at the Leicestershire zoo, has been cancelled as he has become unwell.


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Mammoth new discovery on beach

2009-08-15 - Felixstowe, United Kingdom.

MORE parts of a massive mammoth which used to live where Felixstowe stands today have been washed up on the resort's shores. The great woolly beast one was one of many which would have scavenged for food on the land between Britain and Europe before the North Sea swept through and separated them. Beachcomber Clive Bamberger was walking at Landguard when he found a fossilised tooth on the sand between the high and low water marks


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Elephant Learns to Play Harmonica

2009-08-14 - Bewdley, United Kingdom. LILY FU

An African elephant at the West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire, Britain has acquired a unique skill the ability to play the harmonica. Five the elephant fiddled around with a harmonica after someone accidentally left one on the side of her enclosure, according to the Telegraph . Five picked it up and figured out how to make music on it. "It is very unusual for animals to actually get a sense of playing a tune," park spokewoman Wendy Jackson said. "Five was really curious about it when it...


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Elephant trainer Lars Holscher with, from left, Sonja, Vana Mana and Dehli

Anger as elephants enter the circus ring

2009-08-13 - Rochford, United Kingdom. Emma Thomas

ANIMAL lovers are angry after elephants joined a circus performance for the first time. The Great British Circus has pitched its big top at Southend Road, in Rochford, with tigers, camels and ponies entering the ring. But this year’s line-up has the addition of three elephants – Sonja, Vana Mana and Dehli – and a white tiger called Tiara. Circus director Martin Lacey, who has worked with wild animals for more than 40 years, has always insisted his animals receive the best possible care and...


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Gay the Asian Elephant Gets Fancy Red Designer Shoes!

2009-08-11 - Paignton, United Kingdom. Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Gay, the Asian elephant, has been suffering from very sore feet recently. For the past several months, keepers at the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park have been keeping a close eye on the 40-year-old elephant. Although she gets regular pedicures and antibiotic foot baths, Gay has been suffering from painful abscesses in both her front feet.


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Newborn elephant suffers setback

2009-08-10 - , United Kingdom.

A baby elephant, whose mother was the first elephant to conceive via artificial insemination at Twycross Zoo, has suffered a setback.A press conference to show off the elephant, who was born on Thursday at the Leicestershire zoo, has been cancelled as he has become unwell. The 100kg (220lb) elephant is being closely supervised by vets but is not thought to be in a serious condition. Staff have said he just needs more time alone with mother Noorjahan. Noorjahan was inseminated from a bull elephan...


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Inseminated elephant gives birth

2009-08-07 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

The first elephant to conceive via artificial insemination at Twycross Zoo has given birth. Noorjahan, who lives at the Leicestershire Zoo, was inseminated from a bull elephant based at Whipsnade Wildlife park in Bedfordshire.
The procedure was done artificially as moving elephants between zoos for mating can be bad for herd dynamics. The male elephant calf, who has not been named yet, is about one metre tall (3.28ft) and weighs 100kg (220lb).
The baby elephant, who was born on Thu...


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Inseminated elephant gives birth

2009-08-07 - , United Kingdom.

Noorjahan, who lives at the Leicestershire Zoo, was inseminated from a bull elephant based at Whipsnade Wildlife park in Bedfordshire. The procedure was done artificially as moving elephants between zoos for mating can be bad for herd dynamics. The male elephant calf, who has not been named yet, is about one metre tall (3.28ft) and weighs 100kg (220lb). The baby elephant, who was born on Thursday morning, will be named by a public competition in about a week's time. Noorjahan arrived at the zoo ...


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earlier this year, the crocodile gang struck at a rhino sanctuary and opened fire with automatic weapons, pouring bullets into the enclosure, killing the mature female sprinter (pictured above the next day) and a pregnant female. sprinter’s baby, tatenda

Mnangagwa behind ivory, rhino smuggling .. says British newspaper

2009-08-04 - London, United Kingdom.

Minister of defence and President Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been named by a British newspaper as the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar ivory and rhino horn smuggling cartel.


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Baby Elephant Calf Makes Her Debut At British Zoo

2009-07-28 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

A female elephant calf made her public debut today at the Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England. The calf, who has yet to be named by zoo staff, weighs 126kg (278lbs) and was born earlier this month. The zoo has seen its elephant population decline this year. Two of its elephants died from an elephant herpes virus. Zoo director David Field told the BBC the baby calf's birth was important for the zoo's endangered species program. "The female calf represents another important addition to our herd...


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Whipsnade Zoo trumpets baby elephant birth

2009-07-27 - , United Kingdom. PRLog Press Release

A tiny elephant standing just over 3ft high is the latest addition to the herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The pint-sized pachyderm was born on Wednesday night to mum Kaylee, 27, weighing in at a healthy 126kg (almost 20st). Adult elephants can weigh over 800st. The speedy nipper was on her feet within five minutes of being born, the quickest any calf born at the Zoo has been up and about. She has already been enjoying the summer sunshine taking her first wobbly steps outside, much to the delight of z...


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Elephants in Botswana. Ivory poaching was halted by an international campaign in the 1990s.

Map of elephant DNA reveals trail of ivory smugglers

2009-06-28 - London, United Kingdom. Robin McKie

Scientists have used a revolutionary genetic technique to pinpoint the area of Africa where smugglers are slaughtering elephants to feed the worldwide illegal ivory trade. Using a DNA map of Africa's elephants, they have found that most recent seizures of tusks can be traced to animals that had grazed in the Selous and Niassa game reserves on the Tanzania and Mozambique borders.


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Tragic: Little Leelee

Virus kills another Whipsnade Zoo baby elephant

2009-05-22 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom. Anne O’Donoghue

Leelee, a two-year-old female Asian elephant, has been struck down by the same deadly virus which killed Donaldson, a one-year-old male calf. She began showing signs of elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV) on Friday, May 15, and immediately began undergoing treatment. The little jumbo was also given a blood plasma transfusion, but sadly died on Sunday, May 17. Vets battled for 50 hours in vain to try to save her.


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Sadness as Whipsnade baby elephant dies. Vets and keepers fought in vain to save calf

2009-05-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom. Anne O'Donoghue

There was sad news at Whipsnade Zoo this week, when little baby elephant Donaldson, pictured, died just two days after falling ill. Keepers noticed that the one-year-old male calf seemed off-colour during routine morning checks on Thursday, April 30. Vets carried out a follow-up investigation and found that the calf was showing early symptoms of a virus which only targets elephants. Donaldson was given drugs straight away to fight the infection, known as elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (E...


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Former Circus Elephants Due at Belfast Zoo

2009-04-02 - Belfast, United Kingdom. Margaret Canning

Belfast should brace itself as two retired circus performers pack up their trunks and make their way to the city’s zoo. Asian elephants, Jenny (48) and 32-year-old Dunja, left their home in Hanover Zoo, Germany yesterday for the three day journey to their new home in north Belfast. The Asian Elephant breeding programme recommended the zoo here as the best location for a placement for the ex-circus elephants. They are pictured bidding auf wiedersehen to their German friends, hopefully comforted...


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people

Jim Edwards

2009-03-27 - London, United Kingdom.

Jim Edwards, who died on March 23 aged 73, was the co-founder of the World Elephant Polo Championships, which are held in Nepal each year. Although there is some evidence that the game may have been played in India in the early 20th century, the idea took off in 1981 when Edwards met the Scottish polo player and tobogganist James Manclark in a club at St Moritz. Ever the keen sportsman, Jim Edwards enjoyed tobogganing and playing conventional polo at Ham; he was fishing in Iceland in 2004, and t...


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Sheila the elephant, along with Denise and her mother Irene in their backgarden in north Belfast

Zoo finds WW2 "elephant angel"

2009-03-26 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

The Second World War 'elephant angel' of Belfast Zoo has been found. During the Second World War, some of the zoo's more dangerous animals were killed in case the site was bombed and the animals escaped. Sheila the elephant escaped the order and found her way to the backgarden of Denise Austin, one of the first female keepers at the zoo.


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Michael Jackson exclusive: Wacko wants to enter London concerts riding an elephant

2009-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

He’s no stranger to talking mumbo-jumbo. But Michael Jackson has stumped organisers of his London concerts – by planning to take to the stage astride an elephant. One insider said: “He hopes to make it the most spectacular gig ever. For the jungle section, he wants to ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him. If it goes to plan it will look incredible.”


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Sheila spent World War II in a north Belfast back garden

Who gave a home to elephant Sheila?

2009-03-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom. BBC NEWS

The search is on for the kind guardian who adopted a baby elephant and brought her up in her back garden in north Belfast during World War II. Sheila, the elephant, had luck on her side. Nine lions, two tigers and a number of bears and wolves were killed on the orders of the Ministry of Public Security because of fears that if a bomb hit the site of Bellevue Zoo, they would escape and pose a threat. But baby Sheila dodged the death list and was re-housed by a woman who lived near the zoo and kep...


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Riding high: Dea Birkett, performing with Julia, says circus animals are well-treated and happy

Cruel? No, elephants love the circus - and I should know, says DEA BIRKETT, I used to ride them in the Big Top

2009-02-26 - London, United Kingdom. Dea Birkett

When I was a little girl, once a year, the park where I played on the seesaw and swings was transformed into a world of wondrous, exotic people and beasts. I saw men walking on stilts and wobbling on a high wire, clowns squelching through custard pies, horses teetering on their hind legs and an elephant strolling around a sawdust ring. The circus had arrived. So entranced was I by this spectacle that I resolved to run away and join the circus.


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Controversial: For the first time in more than a decade, performing elephants are going to be used in the Great British Circus nationwide tour. Elephants Sonja, Vana Mana and Delhi perform in one of the Great British Circus acts, alongside trainers Lars

Animal welfare charity slams plans for elephant circus act

2009-02-23 - London, United Kingdom. PAUL SIMS

A circus show billed as the first British elephant act in a decade is caught up in a row with animal welfare campaigners. Just days before it is due to begin a nationwide tour, the Great British Circus found itself at the centre of attempts to ban the use of the creatures in performances. The Born Free Foundation, an international animal welfare charity, is concerned about plans to take African and Asian elephants on the tour.


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Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups.

Elephants in zoos at risk of abnormal behaviour because of small groups

2009-02-23 - Salford, United Kingdom. Louise Gray

Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups. The research found that most elephants in zoos are kept in groups of four or smaller. Scientists say this is unnatural for the herd animals. It not only means young elephants cannot learn important socials skills but many begin showing "abnormal behaviour" that suggests depression such as swaying on the spot or pacing in circles. Animal welfare specialist Dr...


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World Wildlife Fund Launch Valentine Theme for Asian Elephant Adoption

2009-02-13 - London, United Kingdom. Emily Welch

The World Wildlife Fund has launched an online campaign themed for Valentine’s Day in order to push people to adopt Asian elephants as gifts for the holiday. The United Kingdom campaign has appeared on web portals such as MSN and Yahoo in order to attract an audience to the Asian elephant site, urging people to adopt an elephant as an unusual gift for Valentine’s Day.


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Barnstaple"s ancient elephant to be reunited with its teeth

2009-02-12 - Barnstaple, United Kingdom.

N 1845 shards of tusk and teeth from the straight-tusked elephant, which became extinct between 100,000 and 400,000 years ago, were found in a field where Summerland Street, Barnstaple, now stands. Some of the remains are in the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon but the teeth were sold on privately. Now Barnstaple town councillor Simon Harvey wants to reunite the remains for Elephant Day, an event first staged last year to mark the unusual 19th century find. The teeth are now held at the Natu...


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people

Elephant falls in love with zoo keeper at West Midland Safari Park

2009-02-10 - , United Kingdom. Paul Bradley

A LOVE-struck elephant has fallen head over heels – or should that be trunk over heels – for her zoo keeper. Five, an African elephant, fell for her 30-year-old keeper, Lawrence Bates, when he was given the task of looking after her at the West Midland Safari Park. And workers at the zoo think it must be the world’s biggest ever crush. The romance first blossomed when Lawrence joined the Bewdley-based park in 2006. Since then Five, who is 17, has showered him with thousands of wet kisses a...


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Etana

Baby elephant exploring paddock

2009-02-07 - Howletts, United Kingdom.

The latest African elephant calf to be born at Howletts has gone out into the paddock and is adjusting well to her surroundings, her keepers have said.
Etana, which means "strong one" in Swahili, brings the size of the herd at the Kent wild animal park to 14. Head of elephants, Dave Magner, said: "The baby is adjusting very well to its new surroundings and family.


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Featured Book February 2009: The Legend of Salt and Sauce: The Amazing Story of Britains Most Famous Elephants by Jamie Clubb and Jim Clubb

2009-02-01 - West Midlands, United Kingdom.

Salt and Sauce were the strange names of britains most famous elephants. They were part of George Lockharts "Cruet", topping the bill in music halls and circuses, but by 1904 a tragedy at Walthamstow station left their owner crushed to death and the reputations of the elephants forever the part of an infamous legend.


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Opal

Elephant paternity mix-up at zoo

2009-01-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom. RODDY ASHWORTH

It turned out to be a case of “Who's the (big) daddy?” Because today it emerged that an elephant credited with siring a yet-to-be-born calf had nothing to do with the pregnancy. Yesterday Colchester Zoo announced that Opal, a cow elephant at the Stanway attraction, had become pregnant thanks to its bull elephant Tembo. Tembo, who has been at the zoo with Opal for 10 years, is already a father of four - Kito, Jambo, Abu and Thabo-Umasi. But it transpires that when Opal was artificially insemi...


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Woolly mammoths were not the only ones to die out 13,000 years ago

Mammoth-killing comet questioned

2009-01-29 - London, United Kingdom. Jason Palmer, BBC

A study of wildfires after the last ice age has cast doubt on the theory that a giant comet impact wiped out woolly mammoths and prehistoric humans. Analysis of charcoal and pollen records from around 13,000 years ago showed no evidence of continental-scale fires the cometary impact theory suggests.


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Opal the Elephant

Opal the elephant is pregnant

2009-01-27 - Colchester, United Kingdom. Roddy Ashworth

AN elephant acquired by a zoo after its original owner was prosecuted for animal cruelty has become pregnant for the first time. Opal the elephant became pregnant by fellow herd-member Tembo at Colchester Zoo through artificial insemination and is expected to give birth in the spring of next year. The move comes on the 10th anniversary of the prosecution of Mary Chipperfield and her husband for the abuse of a number of animals in their travelling circus. The unhappy conviction paved the way for ...


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Lateralisation of trunk movements in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

2009-01-26 - Bristol, United Kingdom. Haakonsson JE, Semple S. Bristol Zoo Gardens

Behavioural lateralisation has been widely investigated in vertebrates. Most studies in this area have focused on laterality in paired organs such as hands, limbs, and eyes. Fewer studies have explored side preferences in unpaired organs such as tails or trunks. We investigated laterality of trunk use among captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), quantifying side preference in four different trunk movements: feeding, sand spraying, self-touching, and swinging. We found evidence for significan...


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Goodbye Circus, Hello Belfast, As New Elephants Join Zoo

2009-01-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

One of Belfast Zoo's most iconic animals, 44-year-old Tina the elephant, will shortly be getting more company - some being former Big Top 'performers'. Tina is being joined by other non-breeding female elephants to enjoy 'retirement' and the Zoo has confirmed that some of the elephants arriving in Belfast will be from a 'circus background'.


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The Secret Lives of Elephants: a hit for BBC One

Secret Life of Elephants debuts with 4.2m on BBC One

2009-01-15 - London, United Kingdom.

BBC One's 'The Secret Life of Elephants', revealing the behaviour and emotional lives of elephants in Kenya's Samburu reserve, attracted 4.2m viewers on BBC One, according to unofficial overnight figures. The first instalment of the three-part series, which contrasted one elephant family's excitement when a new baby is born with a herd mourning the death of a female elephant, pulled in an 18.1% share of the 9pm-10pm audience.


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Elephants cannot win a battle with humans

Where should the elephants go?

2009-01-14 - London, United Kingdom. Christy Williams

There are no winners when elephants and humans compete for the same resources, says Christy Williams. But, he argues, intelligent buying by western consumers, and informed policies from governments in areas where elephants occur, could reduce the problem. To ensure elephant habitat isn't needlessly destroyed, buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber and certified coffee; and if you aren't sure whether a product has been sustainably sourced or not, then ask.


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SPECIALIST KEEPER – ELEPHANT TEAM

2009-01-05 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education. We are currently recruiting for a suitably experienced and qualified Specialist Keeper to be the Second-in-Charge of our Asian Elephant programme at the Zoo. Applicants should have proven experience of working with a mixed elephant herd in protected contact.


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Twycross Zoo: Deputy Section Head: Elephant Section

2008-12-24 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

have a vacancy for a Deputy Section Head to join our team of a Section Head and 3 Keepers caring for our Asian elephants - a group of 4 females with the youngest born here at Twycross. Another of the herd has been artificially inseminated and the calf is expected in summer 2009. We have a close contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey commands, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out. Our training regime is calm and consistent and the right keeper will demonstrate...


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Go Elephants cheque recipients Lizzie Davies from Clic Sargent and Will Travers from the Born Free Foundation with the huge donations presented to them by Alan Day from The Mall and Mark Hand from The Forum.

Go Elephants! Cheque handed over

2008-12-01 - Norwich, United Kingdom. SAM EMANUEL

CLIC Sargent, the children's cancer charity which is the focus of this year's Evening News Christmas campaign, and The Born Free Foundation, a wildlife charity working to prevent animal cruelty and suffering, were presented with cheques totaling £136,000 as the money raised at the Go Elephants! auction was given to the good causes. Children and animals in need will soon be benefitting to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds which was raised at the most talked about charity auction of the...


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Featured Book November 2008: Elephants

2008-12-01 - London, United Kingdom. British Museum

This delightful giftbook celebrates the enduring fascination with this majestic animal through a wide variety of British Museum objects representing or inspired by elephants. The Bamileke in Cameroon donned spectacular trunked masks for theirelephant masquerade. Sixteenth-century European artists, when learning the art of drawing animals, practised images of elephants, whether or not they had seen one in real life. Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is depicted in many wonderful sculptures.


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Barriers improved after safety issues highlighted

2008-11-26 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

SAFETY barriers on the elephant enclosure have been improved at Paignton Zoo after an inspection found unsupervised small children could climb in. The zoo increased the three bar visitor fence to five bars to comply with an independent inspection report as a condition of the zoo licence. The report said parts of the railings 'were insufficient as barriers' in places where dense bamboo had been cut back 'and had not yet grown sufficiently, such that unsupervised small children might gain access t...


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people

Britney Spears to ride elephant on the X Factor

2008-11-25 - London, United Kingdom.

Britney Spears fans can expect a treat next Saturday when the Womanizer singer takes to the X Factor stage. Her friend Brian Friedman told the official X Factor website: "She is going to be doing a massive performance. "You know her album is called Circus, so we're going to be seeing a circus vibe coming in". He added: "I wouldn't be surprised if there were elephants because this is The X Factor - and we go big here"! Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and Take That might have performed on the hit show i...


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1890: When elephants roamed the streets of Colne

2008-11-24 - Colne, United Kingdom.

This week takes us back to 1890 and a wonderful Victorian scene showing a troupe of elephants perambulating along Keighley Road, Colne. The circus in town was Lord John Sangers, which toured Great Britain for more than 150 years and this premier travelling circus, as well as Indian and African elephants, had lions, tigers, black panthers, giraffes, brown bears, polar bears, zebras, camels, Appaloosa horses and not forgetting the acrobats, high wire artistes, clowns and the ring master himself, i...


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Elephants at West Midlands Safari Park have been played rock and roll music to help them relax.

Elephants enjoy rock riffs

2008-11-21 - Bewdley, United Kingdom.

Elephants at West Midlands Safari Park have been played rock and roll music to help them relax.


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A frozen mouse used to provide donor cells to clone another mouse, a process which increases the possibility of

The Big Question: Will scientists ever be able to resurrect long-extinct animals by cloning?

2008-11-05 - London, United Kingdom. Steve Connor

Scientists in Japan have refined a cloning technique that has enabled researchers to clone apparently healthy mice from the frozen corpse of a mouse that had been kept in a freezer for 16 years at a temperature of -20C. The scientists believe the study shows that it might be possible in the future to use the same techniques to clone creatures from the frozen tissue of animals found buried in permafrost regions, for example, the frozen corpses of mammoths.


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Elephants" lives go under the hammer

2008-10-24 - London, United Kingdom.

Following the announcement that more than 108 tonnes of stockpiled elephant ivory in Southern Africa will be auctioned between 28th October and 6th November 2008, fear is mounting that the most vulnerable elephant populations across Africa and Asia will be unable to withstand the increased levels of poaching that are predicted to occur as a result of these sales. The ivory auction, taking place in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, was approved by members of the Convention on Internat...


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Noorjahan the elephant celebrates motherhood with a playful shower in Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

British zoo celebrates first elephant in the UK to conceive by artificial insemination

2008-10-17 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

An Asian elephant has become the first of its species in the UK to become pregnant by artificial insemination, a zoo said today. Keepers of Noorjahan at Twycross Zoo, in Leicestershire, said the procedure had been 'incredibly successful' and the baby is expected in August next year. The zoo chose artificial insemination because it had no male elephants in its collection. The father is a bull elephant called Emmet, from Whipsnade Zoo.


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Mammoth riddle: the tooth is out there

2008-10-09 - Happisburgh, United Kingdom. NATASHA VICTOR

She thought she had stumbled upon a piece of fascinating flotsam to use in a sculpture. But when artist Belinda Opie had a chance meeting in her local with a fossil expert, she found out there was more to this humble-looking bit of beach debris than met the eye. For it is actually a 500,000-year-old mammoth tooth. And its sudden reappearance near the cliffs at Happisburgh after half a million years has raised fears that creeping coastal erosion is washing many of the UK's pre-historic fossils in...


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BBC radio news: Animal Migration in a climate of change, Part Three: Making mating easier for African elephants.

2008-10-09 - London, United Kingdom.

One Planet presents Animal Migration in a climate of Change, a series of programmes exploring the way that animal migration has been affected by environmental changes. In Part Three, The Elephant's Journey, Brett Westwood looks at African elephant migration. Mac, the African elephant, travels each year between Kruger National Park in South Africa and the private nature reserves which have been created to preserve animals and habitats there. Until relatively recently, reserves have been fenced, a...


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people
Enough to fill a trunk: Kathy and some of her collection.

A jumbo collection: Kathy"s 1,600 elephants

2008-09-26 - Calderdale, United Kingdom. Joe Shute

HOW many elephants can you get in a Calderdale flat? Mum-of-three Kathy Dawson has managed to squeeze more than 1,600 into her home. The 61-year-old of Oldham Road, Ripponden, has been collecting "all things elephant" for 21 years after first buying a wooden model from a Gambian market stall. Now with every corner of her home occupied by elephant models, vases, clocks, soft toys, candlestick holders and even a watering can, she certainly got more than she bargained for.


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Elephants at Colchester Zoo.

Elephants show how to have fun

2008-09-12 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

THIS delightful snap shows best friends, Kito and Jambo, messing around at Colchester Zoo - and will provide happy memories for those who remember the young elephants before leaving East Anglia for warmer climes. The moment was captured by reader James Meadows, whose wildlife photos are often featured on the pages of the Star. Mr Meadows, 58, of Gloucester Road, Ipswich, took the snap during February half term when the country was enjoying slightly more favourable weather. The keen photographer ...


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misc

Those magnificent women in their flying machines. For 63 years the vital war work of the Air Transport Auxiliary"s women pilots has been overlooked. Until today

2008-09-11 - Berkshire, United Kingdom. Giles Whittell

The late spring of 1941. A circus in Horley has two elephants for sale. Chief Supply Officer Captain F. Ellam, of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), is on the phone, trying to buy elephants. Capt Ellam agrees terms and the Ministry of Aircraft Production approves funds for what would be the world's first four-legged airfield tractors. The circus offers an Indian mahout to go with the elephants, and the ATA measures him up for a uniform of fine navy worsted. The plan falls through, but only becau...


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Not just elephants: the Ancient Greeks claimed that the camel

Quite Interesting

2008-09-07 - London, United Kingdom.

A camel never forgets

The Ancient Greeks claimed that the camel "never forgets an injury". By the early 20th century, this had evolved into "women and elephants never forget an injury", before becoming simply "elephants never forget" in the 1930s. According to research by the Wildlife Conservation Society, this might be true for older females. During times of drought, a matriarch that has survived a previous dry spell is able to guide the herd to distant water sources.


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Elephant & Rhino Evening

2008-09-04 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Chester Zoo will be hosting an Elephant & Rhino evening on Thursday 4th September. Join us for an evening with a difference at Oakfield Manor followed by a personal Zoo tour with our keepers. Pre booking is essential, to make a booking please call our Events Office on 01244 650 209 or email events@chesterzoo.org


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research

ELEPHANTS ARE NOT SO INFLEXIBLE AFTER ALL

2008-08-24 - London, United Kingdom. Kathryn Phillips, Journal of Experimental Biology 211, i (2008)

Throughout history, elephants have been thought of as `different'. Shakespeare, and even Aristotle, described them as walking on inflexible column-like legs. And this myth persists even today. Which made John Hutchinson from The Royal Veterinary College, London, want to find out more about elephants and the way they move. Are they really that different from other, more fleet-footed species? Are their legs as rigid and `columnar' as people had thought? Travelling to Thailand and several UK zoos, ...


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people

Moving on up!

2008-08-14 - Chester, United Kingdom.

It’s all change in the animal division with new team leaders for both the giraffe and elephant sections. There is also a new face at the elephants where Evelyn De Wolf takes over as team leader. Evelyn joins the zoo from Bellewaerde Park in Belgium where she was the animal curator. Kevin Buley, Chester Zoo’s Head of Zoo Programmes, said: “As the zoo continues to successfully grow and expand, new opportunities arise for our dedicated staff.


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An elephant family in Tanzania featuring calves and adult elephants

Elephants" Legendary Memories Help Herds Survive

2008-08-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Elephants really do have a memory like, well, an elephant. Elephant matriarchs seem to retain memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water, a new study suggests. These memories could be key to the survival of their family groups during lean times. "Understanding how elephants and other animal populations react to droughts will be a central component of wildlife management and conservation," said lead author of the study, Charles Foley, of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...


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Freddie Gillett, aged two, with one of the Go Elephants! exhibits outside John Lewis in All Saints Green, Norwich. Photo: Adrian Judd.

The elephants have arrived in Norwich

2008-06-23 - Norwich, United Kingdom. VICTORIA LEGGETT

They are usually more at home in Africa but these baby elephants have been welcomed to Norwich with open arms. The 53 fibre-glass animals, which are dotted around the city, went on view for the first time today and brought smiles to the faces of their many admirers. They are here as part of a public art event called Go Elephants, which is jointly run by Wild in Art and the Forum Trust, to showcase Norwich's creativity and will be on show until August 31.


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trade

Call to stop ivory trade

2008-06-18 - Bolton, United Kingdom.

AN MP has called for action on the illegal trade in ivory to protect endangered elephants. Brian Iddon, Bolton south east MP, backed a new campaign by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The ivory trade was banned in 1989 but approximately 20,000 elephants are killed every year to supply the black market. Dr Iddon said China was `the single major destination' for traded ivory. The IFAW is campaigning to ensure China is not allowed to import stockpiled ivory.


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119 tons of ivory about to be auctioned?

2008-06-10 - Brinsop, United Kingdom. Wildlife Extra

For the first time in nearly a decade, the international sale of ivory from endangered African elephants has been authorized by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat. An estimated 119 tons of ivory, put up for sale from four southern African nations, which was in part conditionally approved in 2002, has been audited and verified by the CITES Secretariat. This sum represents the deaths of over 10,000 African elephants. Significant amounts of ivory in thes...


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David Bellamy opens new Woburn Elephant House

2008-05-30 - Woburn, United Kingdom.

David Bellamy was at Woburn Safari Park to open the new elephant house.Checking out the new elephant house at Woburn Safari Park. Chandrika, Damini and bull Raja moved in on Tuesday after the new Elephant House's official opening by TV conservationist David Bellamy and the Duke of Bedford. The sandy floor is easy on the toes and great for dust baths while the residents can wander off into side rooms for some peace and quiet.
Dr Bellamy was pleased to see that the facility – one of the f...


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abstract

The movements of limb segments and joints during locomotion in African and Asian elephants

2008-05-15 - Hatfield, United Kingdom. Lei Ren1, Melanie Butler1, Charlotte Miller1, Heather Paxton1, Delf Schwerda2, Martin S. Fischer2 and John R. Hutchinson1, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London

As the largest extant terrestrial animals, elephants do not trot or gallop but can move smoothly to faster speeds without markedly changing their kinematics, yet with a shift from vaulting to bouncing kinetics. To understand this unusual mechanism, we quantified the forelimb and hindlimb motions of eight Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and seven African elephants (Loxodonta africana). We used 240 Hz motion analysis (tracking 10 joint markers) to measure the flexion/extension angles and angular...


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Trunks at ready for watery cool off

2008-05-14 - Bewdley, United Kingdom.

You know how it is when the sun beats down and you just have to cool off? Well, Latabe, the 15-year-old African elephant at the West Midland Safari Park at Bewdley is being given extra long showers to help her enjoy the heat. Although the elephants at the park have access to a mud pool which is constantly topped up with water to ensure it never dries out, they do enjoy a pleasant cooling shower thanks to the efforts of their keepers. Elephant keeper Andy Plumb knows what they like best.


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medical

Unlikely Dundee claims to fame

2008-05-11 - Dundee, United Kingdom. PETER ROSS

Elephants: Dundee was the venue for the first dissection of an elephant. On April 27, 1706, a circus elephant died just outside the city and was dissected by a local surgeon, Patrick Blair.


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Blackpool Zoo: Trainee Elephant keeper

2008-05-07 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

Blackpool Zoo is looking for a Trainee Elephant keeper to help in the continuous development of our Elephant care programme. You will assist in the daily care of our four female Asian Elephants and will be involved in all aspects of their husbandry on a daily basis. Suitable candidates should have a strong interest in working a free contact keeping system with this species.


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Blackpool Zoo: Experienced Elephant Keeper

2008-05-07 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

Blackpool Zoo is looking for an Experienced Elephant Keeper to help in the continuous development of our Elephant care programme. You will assist in the daily care of our four female Asian Elephants and will be involved in all aspects of their husbandry on a daily basis. You should possess the Advanced National Certificate in the Management of Zoo Animals or an equivalent and have a minimum of three years experience working within a recognised free contact Elephant programme.


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Artists Hilary and Lewis Davies adorning their elephant with a nautical theme in The Mall as part of the painting project.

Herd of elephants heading for Norwich

2008-04-12 - Norwich, United Kingdom.

A mammoth herd of life-sized baby elephant models are set to transform the city's streets into an artistic urban safari this summer. Up to fifty of the elephant sculptures will be uniquely decorated by artists, school children and community groups ready for display around the city, in what is likely to be Norwich's biggest ever public art event. People are this week being invited to watch the artists' work taking shape in a vacant shop in Castle Mall, which has been turned into a public painting...


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UK zoo"s unique "Assam Haathi" Project wins award

2008-04-10 - London, United Kingdom.

An innovative project to ward off marauding elephants from human habitation and crops in Assam using chilli smoke by Chester Zoo has been awarded the field conservation award by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Chester Zoo's work on elephant conservation in Assam, called 'Assam Haathi' Project, helps to mitigate human-animal conflict. And supports the conservation of one of the last remaining large elephant populations in the area. The Zoo teamed up with the Assam-based c...


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Twycross Zoo: Elephant Keepers £282 to £323 pw

2008-03-31 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

We have 2 vacancies for Elephant Keepers to join our existing team of
3 caring for our Asian elephants - a group of 4 females with the
youngest born here at Twycross. Another of the 4 has been artificially
inseminated and the calf is expected in summer 2009. We have a close
contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey
commands, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out. Our
training regime is calm and consistent and the right ke...


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Rare footage ... Elephants filmed tigers in the wild

BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs

2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

A BBC film crew attached cameras to elephants to shoot remarkable footage of tigers for the corporation's latest natural history series, it was disclosed yesterday. Sharks could warn of storms, claims research Tiger - Spy in the Jungle, a three-part documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough, follows the day-to-day lives of four cubs in the Pench National Park in central India.


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BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs

2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

A BBC film crew attached cameras to elephants to shoot remarkable footage of tigers for the corporation's latest natural history series, it was disclosed yesterday. Sharks could warn of storms, claims research Tiger - Spy in the Jungle, a three-part documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough, follows the day-to-day lives of four cubs in the Pench National Park in central India.


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Indian Elephant habitat. Can any truck operator help the conservation campaign asks Biglorryblog?

2008-03-17 - Cork, United Kingdom.

How do you fancy transporting a herd of elephants? Like this herd for starters? Ruth Powys has contacted Biglorryblog to ask whether a generous haulier could provide free transport between June and October to transport the herd of wicker elephants between five venues in the UK and Ireland as part of a campaign to raise awareness to the shrinking habitat of Indian Elephants.


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Uzuri and Tammi (left) and Uzuri, Jara and Tammi: African elephants are difficult to breed in captivity

Baby elephant Uzuri is new addition to Howlett herd

2008-03-11 - Bekesbourne, United Kingdom.

A baby African elephant has made her debut at an animal park. Uzuri - which means "Beauty" in Swahili - was born on February 17 at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. The calf, weighing an estimated 70-80 kilos, is the third baby for mother Tammi who was brought to Howletts from Tel Aviv in 1988. She has an older sister, Jara, born in April 2005 and a much bigger brother, Jumar, who is now 10-years-old. He was the first African bull elephant to be conceived, born and reared in the UK.


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Call of the wild, Trade bans and conservation. Is the prohibition of trade saving wildlife, or endangering it?

2008-03-06 - London, United Kingdom.

In 1989 the signatories of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed to ban trade in ivory. Last year CITES, which now has 172 member countries, extended this ban for a further nine years, having sanctioned but two sales from stocks, of which only one has taken place. A stroll in Chinatown suggests that trade is thriving nonetheless. A sharp increase in ivory seizures in recent years also points to a flourishing trade. Meanwhile, rising we...


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Trio of white elephants created

2008-03-06 - Arbroath, United Kingdom.

A trio of white elephants has found shelter in Arbroath. Miami-based sculptor Billie Grace Lynn has created three inflatable life-size elephants during her term as artist in residence at Hospitalfield House. Made from white rip-stop nylon, the display features two standing elephants mourning their dead family member. Ms Lynn has been working at the arts foundation and artists' residency for the past month. She said: "All art is political, in some context, and in the past my work has been concern...


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Jambo"s leaves Colchester Zoo on his journey to Spain

2008-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Jambo the African Elephant, has left Colchester Zoo for BioParc Valencia in Spain. The brand new state of the art zoo is to be Jambo's new home where he will soon by joined his half brother Kito as part of a European Breeding Programme. To minimize the disruption to our herd, the decision was taken to move Jambo and Kito one at a time and Jambo was selected to go first as although the youngest he is the most confident and boisterous of the two.


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IFAW mounts ivory ban lobbying campaign

2008-03-04 - London, United Kingdom. Ed Kemp Marketing

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is launching a direct drive to encourage supporters to lobby the government for a ban on legal elephant ivory trade with China. The mailing, which breaks on 14 March and has been created by direct agency DMS, asks supporters to send an action card to the minister for biodiversity, Joan Ruddock MP,... To access this article and take part in all of the content and community features of Brand Republic and its associated sites, you will need to regist...


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The elephant shown here is not Jubilee but a bigger one.

Elephant in Chester Zoo in 1981

2008-03-03 - Chester, United Kingdom. John Burke

I see from the archives that 17 years ago on the 4th March we took our daughter Gillian to Chester Zoo. She was 4 at the time and by a coincidence so was the date and probably so was the temperature! So was the baby elephant that had been born in the Queen's Silver Jubilee year and was therefore named Jubilee. Ha - why did we not think of that. The elephant shown here is not Jubilee but a bigger one. In the language we used on the day probably either Mummy Elephant or Daddy Elephant.


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Popular elephant bids farewell to zoo

2008-03-03 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

FANS of one of Colchester Zoo's most popular animals were out to say their farewells at the weekend after Jambo the young elephant's departure date was announced. Last year it was announced that Jambo and his half-brother Kito, both African bull elephants, were to travel to make a new home at a Spanish zoo where they would take part in a European Breeding programme. And now it has been confirmed that Jambo will be the first to leave the Stanway visitor attraction and begin the four day journey t...


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Most illegal animal parts are used in traditional medicines.

Chinese Auction Sites Feature Thousands of Illegal Animal Parts

2008-03-02 - London, United Kingdom.

In an effort to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade China has begun targeting online shops and auction sites, where parts of threatened and endangered animals are openly sold. While there were a wide variety of illegal animal products for sale, there were two particularly popular species. Elephant ivory and tiger bone products were the most popular sellers in China. Ivory is usually sold in carved souvenir form and bought by collectors, while the tiger bone products are usually bought for u...


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Jambo"s leaving date is confirmed as Tuesday 4th March! See Kito and Jambo playing together in their paddocks!

2008-03-02 - Colchester, United Kingdom. Colchester Zoo

We have just received confirmation that Jambo the African Elephant, will be leaving for BioParc Valencia in Spain on Tuesday 4th March. This is a brand new state of the art zoo and we are very pleased that it has been confirmed that he will be moving along with his half brother Kito as part of the European Breeding Programme. We know that they will both be in very good hands. Unfortunately, his leaving date has only just been confirmed so we are sorry for the late notice but do hope that you wil...


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BOOTED UP: Crumple the elephant from Blackpool Zoo with her pain-relieving boot

Crumple boots up to ease pain

2008-02-27 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

Engineers at Fleetwood Trawlers solved a jumbo problem for Blackpool Zoo's Asian elephant, Crumple, who has had a specially designed protective boot made for her. It was discovered that four ton Crumple, who is 39, had been experiencing mobility problems which turned out to be due to an arthritic hip. Fleetwood Trawlers were contacted for their help to take pressure off her foot and after one unsuitable boot, Crumple is now wearing her designer footwear.


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Stephen Blake on an expedition (left) and the team place GPS trackers on a sedated elephant

GPS tracking forest elephants, with pygmy help

2008-02-27 - London, United Kingdom. Stuart Coles

Dr Stephen Blake has trekked hundreds of miles on foot with pygmies to study Congo forest elephants. He talks to Stuart Coles about these 'hidden giants'. 'How to catch an elephant' is perhaps not your average book chapter, but Stephen Blake and Andrea Turkalo are not your average authors. Between them, the pair have spent around 30 years' observing one of the planet's largest yet most elusive animals - the forest elephant.


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Warning: no elephants in the pool. What are we doing, as self-appointed custodians of the Earth, with these creatures?

2008-02-26 - London, United Kingdom. Hugo Rifkind

Imagine if, here in Britain, we had too many elephants. Not just some elephants, (which is, you might think, a stretch in itself) but far too many of them. Elephants, everywhere. “This train has been delayed, due to elephants.” “Play was disrupted before the final whistle by elephants.” “Junction 15 is closed, and full of elephants.” Magical? Not for long. I throw that out there to help you to empathise with the anti-elephant lobby. It's easier, by far, to be pro-elephant. I forget (...


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Elephant Keeper Vacancy at Woburn Safari Park

2008-02-20 - Woburn, United Kingdom. Lisa Santer, Woburn Safari Park

With the completion of Woburn’s progressive new elephant facility in the Spring of 2008, and a desire to expand the size of Woburn’s herd, a vacancy has arisen for an elephant keeper to help look after Woburn's three Asian Elephants. The elephant section at Woburn currently operates a hands-on system for its two cows and a protected contact system for its bull. Experienced
applicants are preferred, but non-experienced applicants may be considered to join one of the most progressive el...


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What?s going on over there Mum? The world?s so big!

Baby weighs in at a healthy 220lbs. Jumbo delivery at Whipsnade

2008-02-12 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom. Mick King

Elephant keepers at Whipsnade Zoo are celebrating the birth of a second calf to mum Azizah. The male arrived on January 11 at 1.10pm after a short labour in what was the first daytime delivery of an elephant calf at the zoo. He weighed in at a healthy 220lbs and was up on his feet within 20 minutes. Whipsnade press officer, Christine Drabwell, said: "He is now ready to enjoy some time outdoors with his mother, but also likes his daily nap." Keepers had been expecting the birth and were keeping d...


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The baby just fell out

2008-02-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

The senior elephant keeper at Whipsnade Zoo describes the arrival of the latest addition to their herd of rare Asian elephants


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abstract

The three-dimensional locomotor dynamics of African (Loxodonta africana) and Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants reveal a smooth gait transition at moderate speed.

2008-02-06 - London, United Kingdom. Ren L, Hutchinson JR. University of London

We examined whether elephants shift to using bouncing (i.e. running) mechanics at any speed. To do this, we measured the three-dimensional centre of mass (CM) motions and torso rotations of African and Asian elephants using a novel multisensor method. Hundreds of continuous stride cycles were recorded in the field. African and Asian elephants moved very similarly. Near the mechanically and metabolically optimal speed (a Froude number (Fr) of 0.09), an inverted pendulum mechanism predominated. Wi...


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He is the second calf born to mother Azizah

Elephant calf appears in public

2008-02-06 - Dunstable, United Kingdom.

A baby elephant has made his first appearance longside his mother at a Bedfordshire zoo. The unnamed calf, born on 17 January, weighs about 103kg (220lbs) and was born after a 630-day gestation period. He is the second calf born to mother Azizah following a short labour at Whipsnade Zoo, near Dunstable. The calf, who was up on his feet within 20 minutes, is feeding well and enjoys spending time with his mother, a spokesman for Whipsnade Zoo said.


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Wild At Heart - Too many elephants causes problems - 3 February 2008 @ 7.45-8.45pm on ITV1

2008-02-03 - Merseyside, United Kingdom.

This week Danny (Stephen Tompkinson) has an elephant problem: there is not enough space for their growing numbers at Leopard's Den. The elephants have eaten all the available foliage and are beginning to fight over food, and injure each other. If Danny can't solve this problem, Du Plessis (Deon Stewardson) tells him, the only humane thing to do will be to cull some of the elephants.


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An elephant: someone

Alpha males? A load of old bull...

2008-01-23 - Oxford, United Kingdom.

An elephant: someone's probably mating behind his back When it comes to the mating game, it seems youthful opportunism may trump brash experience. While the alpha males run around trying to impress the girls, young hopefuls should hang back and await their chance. Well, it works for elephants... Dominant bull elephants may be losing out to cheeky young whipper-snappers in the baby-making stakes, it seems. The cunning youngsters use sneaky tactics to sire calves while their elders' backs are turn...


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Demand for ivory has seen Africa’s elephant population more than halved since the late 1970s

Why elephants are not so long in the tusk. Elephants are evolving smaller tusks due to pressure from hunting and poaching for ivory, according to conservation experts.

2008-01-20 - Oxford, United Kingdom.

The average tusk size of African elephants has halved since the mid-19th century. A similar effect has been spotted in the Asian elephant population in India. Demand for ivory has seen Africa’s elephant population more than halved since the late 1970s. Researchers say it is an example of Darwinism in action, caused by the mass slaughter of dominant male elephants - but whereas evolution normally takes place over thousands of years, these changes have occurred within 150 years. Zoologists at Ox...


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Elephant baby born in Whipsnade

2008-01-19 - Dunstable, United Kingdom. Dan Koehl

The elephant Azizah gave birth to a 103 kgs male calf in the afternnon of 17th of January. Father is Emmet, born in Syracuse Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) U.S.A.


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VIDEO: It"s Noah joke when you have to count all the animals. Whipsnade team make sure annual stocktake all adds up

2008-01-18 - Luton, United Kingdom.

Noah may have counted the animals in two by two, but they need to add up a little more quickly than that at Whipsnade Zoo this week. Of course, there have been some newcomers to add to the tally over the past year. There's Leelee the Asian elephant, who will be celebrating her first birthday on January 19. A little male Asian one-horned rhino calf was born, too, on November 5. Dominic, the gorgeous sea lion pup, made a big splash when he arrived in June. Not forgetting four two-humped Bactrian c...


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Anne the elephant at Bobby Roberts Super Circus

Hope for Anne the elephant

2008-01-13 - London, United Kingdom. Vincent Moss

Anne, the last circus elephant, has been given fresh hope of being released from captivity to spend her retirement in freedom. Government ministers have drawn up new plans to ban performing animals. It following our long campaign - backed by £25,000 in donations from readers - to let 55-year-old Anne spend her retirement in an animal sanctuary. Although Anne, who tours the UK with Bobby Roberts' Super Circus, doesn't perform tricks any more, she is still taken into the big top to pose for pictu...


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Col Wallace Pryke knew Elephant Bill

Col Wallace Pryke

2008-01-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Colonel Wallace Pryke , who has died aged 92, had an adventurous Army career which took him to the North-West Frontier, the jungles of Burma and behind enemy lines in wartime Italy. They were assisted by Lt-Col JH Williams, who was famous as "Elephant Bill", who was dropped by parachute with two Harley Street surgeons. They organised the rounding up of stray elephants and used them to transport substantial quantities of medical personnel and equipment.

After the end of the war, Pr...


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If elephants disappear from the east African savanna ants are likely to go too, a study has shown

Eco-damage threatens elephants and ants

2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom. Roger Highfield

Biologists have often complained conservation efforts are focused too much on charismatic big animals to the exclusion of vast numbers of insects, plants and other small creatures. Now a study has shown that if elephants, giraffes and other picture-postcard animals disappear from the eastern African savanna, the ecological damage may extend, ironically, to the acacia trees they eat and cascade all the way to down to affect ants too. The study is a cautionary tale about the rapid and unanticipate...


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Government rejects elephants for pets e-petitionPachyderm disappointment

2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom. Lester Haines

We believe that every child in the UK would benefit from owning an elephant. It was my dream as a child to care for these magnificent creatures but at the age of twelve I find that nobody takes me seriously. We would like to make it legal to import african/indian elephants from africa/india to sell in pet shops across the UK. Elephants are creatures that children could learn about better by owning their own and keeping them in easily and cheaply converted sheds. Please take my idea into account....


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Jambo and Kito

Thanks for the memories, Jambo and Kito

2007-12-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

AN elephant never forgets, and we won't either. Since Kito and Jambo were born at Colchester Zoo thousands of adoring visitors have enjoyed watching them play, eat and grow. And The Evening Star has followed their progress closely too, reporting on their development and training. But now the duo are off to pastures new to take part a European breeding programme. So from early next year five-year-old Kito and Jambo, who will turn four in March, will be in Valencia in Spain.


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Jambo and Kito

African elephants Jambo and Kito set to leave Colchester Zoo to BioParc Valencia in Spain

2007-12-28 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

COLCHESTER Zoo's two young African Bull Elephants, Jambo and Kito, will be transferring to a new zoo in Spain in February or March to take part in a European breeding programme, it has emerged. The two young elephants are particularly important genetically, so have been selected to take part in a breeding programme at BioParc Valencia in Spain. Zoological Director of Colchester Zoo, Anthony Tropeano, said they would be “extremely sad” to see the elephants go. He said: “We have always known...


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Zoo’s animal campaign drives visitors wild

2007-12-27 - Chester, United Kingdom.

A marketing campaign for Chester Zoo which attracted a record number of visitors was the mastermind of North East creative agency, Robson Brown. Stunning images were displayed high up on the lamp posts and were wrapped around the poles themselves. The unusual adverts included a giraffe and an elephant (pictured), and also delivered a variety of interesting facts.


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Engaged: Oliver Thompson and Emma Morgan, with Marcella the elephant, who helped the proposal

Six-ton elephant helps romantic boyfriend propose to lover during zoo trip

2007-12-27 - Blackpool, United Kingdom. LIZ HULL

It was a marriage proposal guaranteed to stick in Emma Morgan's memory - since it was delivered by a six-ton Asian elephant. Her boyfriend Oliver Thompson persuaded zoo bosses to let him use one of their animals to help him pop the question. Fortunately, the 23-year-old didn't hesitate to say Yes when the chosen pachyderm, named Marcella, extended its trunk and handed her a ribbon with a ring attached. Miss Morgan, an optical assistant, said yesterday that she was surprised but delighted when th...


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abstract

Complex phylogeographic history of central African forest elephants and its implications for taxonomy.

2007-12-19 - Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Johnson MB, Clifford SL, Goossens B, Nyakaana S, Curran B, White LJ, Wickings JE, Bruford MW.

Our data do not support the separation of African elephants into two evolutionary lineages. The demographic history of African elephants seems more complex, with a combination of multiple refugial mitochondrial lineages and recurrent hybridization among them rendering a simple forest/savannah elephant split inapplicable to modern African elephant populations.


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Billy Smart

What"s the future for circus animals?

2007-12-07 - London, United Kingdom. Gillian Hargreaves

Today few circus goers find it palatable to watch tigers jump through hoops or elephants dance. A ban on circus animals looked inevitable... then the experts delivered their verdict. Once the spectacle of seeing a lion, tiger or elephant performing under the Big Top was commonplace. Now, only one British circus keeps big cats, and fewer than 50 wild animals perform in four UK-owned circuses including seven tigers, eight camels, five lions, several zebras and a retired elephant called Anne who to...


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Elephants can identify individuals from the scent of urine

How elephants keep tabs on family

2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom. Helen Briggs

Elephants keep track on up to 30 absent relatives by sniffing out their scent and building up a mental map of where they are, research suggests. Herd members use their good memory and keen sense of smell to keep in touch as they travel in large groups, according to a study of wild elephants in Kenya.


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An elephant never forgets where to find its nearest and dearest

2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom. Lewis Smith

Members of an elephant family may be out of sight but they are always in the minds of the herd’s matriarchs, reseachers have found. Tests have found that female elephants are able to remember the whereabouts of at least 17 family members simultaneously and perhaps as many as 30. They can keep mental tabs on which of their relations are ahead of them when the herd searches for food, which of them are lagging behind and which are travelling in separate groups.


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abstract

African elephants have expectations about the locations of out-of-sight family members.

2007-12-04 - St Andrews, United Kingdom. Bates LA, Sayialel KN, Njiraini NW, Poole JH, Moss CJ, Byrne RW. University of St Andrews

Monitoring the location of conspecifics may be important to social mammals. Here, we use an expectancy-violation paradigm to test the ability of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) to keep track of their social companions from olfactory cues. We presented elephants with samples of earth mixed with urine from female conspecifics that were either kin or unrelated to them, and either unexpected or highly predictable at that location.


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Annie Elephant

Benn to rule on elephant

2007-11-25 - London, United Kingdom. Susie Boniface

Environment minister Hillary Benn is to rule on whether Britain's last circus elephant - Anne - can go free. Campaigners had hoped that the new Animal Welfare Bill would mean she had to be released from captivity. But an 18-month inquiry into the treatment of circus animals was said to be inconclusive. A spokesman for environment department Defra said: It will have to be a political decision.


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British zoos work in Assam wins major wildlife award

2007-11-22 - London, United Kingdom.

An innovative Chester Zoo project that uses smoke bombs comprising chilli powder to ward off marauding elephants from human habitation and crops in Assam was awarded the field conservation award at this year's annual BIAZA awards on Wednesday evening. Charles Walker, MP, presented the prestigious conservation and wild life awards at the Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire on behalf of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).


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British zoo"s work in Assam wins major wildlife award

2007-11-21 - Chester, United Kingdom.

An innovative Chester Zoo project that uses smoke bombs comprising chilli powder to ward off marauding elephants from human habitation and crops in Assam was awarded the field conservation award at this year's annual BIAZA awards on Wednesday evening. Charles Walker, MP, presented the prestigious conservation and wild life awards at the Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire on behalf of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).


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Nelly the elephant unpacked her trunk and decided to stay at the circus after all. Study finds animals kept in adequate conditions RSPCA criticises scope of government-backed report

2007-11-21 - London, United Kingdom. James Randerson

Sinbad and Zebedee will be pounding the sawdust under their big top for a while longer thanks to a government-backed report which concluded there was no evidence that circus animals were kept in worse conditions than animals in other captive environments


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Port Lympne Wild Animal Park: Elephant Keeper

2007-11-18 - Kent, United Kingdom.

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, situated in the south of Kent near
Folkestone, is an established wild animal park with significant success in
the captive breeding of rare and endangered animals. We house four
African Elephants, one bull and three cows who form a breeding group
and use protected contact methods to which the herd responds well.


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Colchester Zoo

Sadness as zoos elephant is put down

2007-11-08 - Colchester, United Kingdom. James Hore

ONE of Colchester Zoo's favourite elephants has been put down after suffering from serious health problems. Rosa had been part of a circus but came to the zoo in 1998 where she quickly became popular with both staff and visitors. The African elephant gave birth to Jambo in 2004 but since then showed signs of severe discomfort. A team of experts carried out a series of investigations into her condition, but concluded surgery was not a viable option.


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Elephant Family at Chester Zoo

2007-11-02 - Chester, United Kingdom.

It has been another mad week here in Manchester. The above photograph was taken 7 days ago on a trip to Chester Zoo. I wasn’t able to post this photo due to the Apple event in the evening, then being in Lincolnshire at the weekend and posting photographs over Halloween it has been really intense. It was my first visit to Chester Zoo with my digital SLR camera and although I was able to capture better images because of the fast burst mode, the zoom still isn’t really good enough to get really...


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Whipsnade Zoo: Elephant Keeper

2007-11-02 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo seeks an experienced Elephant Keeper to join their world renowned elephant section. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in one of the most exciting and challenging elephant programmes in Europe. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of elephant handling, training and management; they will be able to demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge in this field. The positions would be well suited to someone looking to develop further. In return, we ...


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West African elephants threatened by renewed poaching

2007-10-23 - London, United Kingdom.

Officials in the African country of Sierra Leone have expressed concerns that recent elephant killings could highlight an upsurge in poaching activity. According to the AFP news agency, ten elephants have been killed in the west African nation in the past two months. Senior wildlife official Kailie Bangura explained that most of the deaths occurred in two wildlife parks in the remote northern Outaba Kilimi and Loma Mountain parks, fuelling speculation that foreign nationals were behind the new w...


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research

Study shows elephants can literally sniff out danger

2007-10-18 - London, United Kingdom. Michael Kahn

Elephants can literally smell danger, according to a study on Thursday that shows the animals can sniff out whether humans are friends or foes. The study in Kenya found elephants detected both the scents and colours of garments worn by Masai tribesman who often come into conflict with the animals when herding cattle. When detecting the scent of a Masai, the elephants turned up their trunks to orient themselves to the smell and then stampeded away until they reached cover in the tall grass.


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The sound of angry bees caused elephants to move away within about 10 seconds

Elephants are scared of bees, scientists say

2007-10-08 - London, United Kingdom. Charles Clover

Elephants flee the sound of angry bees, with the vast majority turning to run within seconds of hearing the sound of buzzing, scientists said. The findings are surprising because elephant skin was thought to be so thick that bee stings do not make any impression. The sound of angry bees caused elephants to move away within about 10 seconds. However, bees are known to be attracted to the water around elephants' eyes and when they get up their trunks, elephants can go berserk, say researchers from...


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Mammoth find on Suffolk beach

2007-10-03 - , United Kingdom.

A WALK on the beach with his dog Daisy lead pensioner Dennis Smith to make a fascinating discovery among the flotsam and jetsam - the leg bone of a giant mammoth. Nature lover Mr Smith, from Witham, has been visiting Dunwichs Cliff House Holiday Park with his wife Barbara for more than 20 years, and often takes part in the annual BeachWatch clean up, but this is the first time the 69-year-old has come across such an exciting find on the seashore.


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research

DNA Solutions quest to preserve the Asian Elephant

2007-10-01 - London, United Kingdom.

DNA Solutions based in London, UK, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to work together with Fauna & Flora International, the worlds oldest conservation organisation, in using DNA fingerprinting to monitor elephant populations in Cambodias Cardamom Mountains with the help of our scientists. Elephant dung is being collected by field biologists and trackers, and transported to DNA Solutions, an accreditated DNA testing laboratory, where the DNA will be extracted and analysed.


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Elephant with people, circa 1860

London Zoo in the good old days: historic archive goes online

2007-09-30 - London, United Kingdom.

THE photographic archive of London Zoo, one of the world’s most important such collections, is to be published for the first time, with the pictures offered for sale to fund conservation, writes Holly Watt. From tomorrow, the Zoological Society of London will place photographs on its website. These will include elephants walking through docks in Camden, north London, and a tiger cub pictured in 1914 with a disgruntled-looking peccary, a pig-like animal from South America. In another photograph...


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medical

Fears for elephant at Colchester zoo

2007-09-26 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers at Colchester Zoo have become extremely concerned about the health of one of its elephants. Keepers at the zoo are worried about the progress of Rosa the elephant, who has been under a pioneering drug treatment for several months now with no improvement. In May Rosa was examined under anaesthetic to assess her condition which was causing her obvious discomfort and compromising her welfare. The procedure confirmed scarring to her vagina which was affecting the nerves in the pelvic are...


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job

Chester Zoo: Elephant keeper/senior keeper

2007-09-14 - Chester, United Kingdom.

A vacancy has arisen to join the Elephant Team in developing our Elephant
care programme and manage our growing herd. Candidates should have
proven experience of working with a mixed herd in both free and protected
contact. This is not a post for a trainee. This vacancy may be filled at either
keeper or senior keeper level dependent upon the previous experience and
qualifications of candidates. Ideally candidates will have a higher education
qualificatio...


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pictures

Hyde Park in London: Day in pictures

2007-09-05 - London, United Kingdom.

Two of 13 new life-size elephants made from willow at London's Hyde Park. The works were made by Suffolk topiary expert Steve Manning and commissioned by the charity organisation Elephant Family to help support elephant habitat projects.


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North-East film maker trampled by elephant

2007-09-05 - Crook, United Kingdom.

THE first man ever to film a Malaysian tiger in the wild has been trampled by an elephant in an Asian jungle. Wildlife cameraman Stephen Hogg, from Crook, County Durham, a friend of Sir David Attenborough, who faces tigers, crocodiles, spiders and other dangers on a regular basis was almost killed when he came face to face with the female elephant and her calf. Mr Hogg, 50, who works as a photographic consultant for the Malaysian World Wide Fund for nature, and who worked with Sir David on the T...


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Elephant Family : Trunks meet trunks, Hyde Park 4th-18th September

2007-09-04 - London, United Kingdom.

Today, hundreds of Asian elephants are marooned in pockets of habitat, cut off from food and water sources by our busy roads and railways. Here in London, our own (much smaller!) wildlife residents would be stranded in the city if The Royal Parks could not provide safe passage across the urban sprawl. Make your way to Hyde Park from 4th-18th September and celebrate elephant trunks and tree trunks with us.


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medical

Dentist treats an unusual patient at zoo

2007-08-19 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

NO youngster likes the idea of a trip to the dentist, but for Kito, the first elephant to be born at Colchester Zoo, the dentist came to him. The four-year-old elephant somehow broke his tusk about six weeks ago - probably on a rock in the elephant enclosure - and after inspection it was decided he needed the help of a specialist. So zoo bosses called in Peter Kertesz, who while having a dental practice for humans in the West End of London, also has a sideline in exotic animals.


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Elephants head for zoo farm

2007-08-17 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Noahs Ark Zoo Farm has announced plans to introduce elephants, lions, zebras and bears to its collection of animals. The elephant enclosure will comprise seven acres of rich grassland, 7000 sq feet of heated housing plus an outdoor sandy area with a water pool, said owner Anthony Bush. Were looking to keep four elephants, three females and one male, who will hopefully breed and help the dwindling numbers of elephants in the wild.


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British tourists fuel endangered wildlife trade

2007-08-15 - London, United Kingdom.

Coral, ivory and snakeskin souvenirs brought home by unwitting British tourists are helping to push endangered species closer to extinction, environmental group WWF said on Thursday. British customs officials confiscated more than 163,000 illegal wildlife trade items during the last year, many made from endangered species, WWF said.


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The Animals Reader, eds. Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald, (Berg, Oxford, 2007)

2007-08-11 - London, United Kingdom. Tom Tyler

The burgeoning field of animal studies has sought to address what Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald call ‘the animal question’: how shall we ‘rethink, rebuild and recast our relationships with other animals’ in the light of this new research? Kalof and Fitzgerald present 35 carefully chosen texts. Especially intriguing entries include Pliny the Elder’s description of spontaneous popular protest against elephant slaughter in ancient Rome.


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STRANDED: Annie the elephant packed her trunk but could not say goodbye to Kendal, thanks to foot and mouth restrictions

Foot and mouth strands englands last circus elephant

2007-08-11 - Carlisle, United Kingdom.

ANNIE the Elephant packed her trunk but couldnt say goodbye to the Lake District. Thanks to the foot and mouth restrictions the 54-year-old veteran circus performer was stranded in the county. World-famous jumbo Annie, who has officially retired but still travels with the rest of the performers, had arrived in the South Lakes with the Bobby Roberts Circus on a leg of their latest tour of Cumbria and the UK. But when the restriction on the movements of animals came into force last week it was rea...


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Artist Steve Manning with his herd of Willow Elephants in Pakenham

Elephant project a mammoth task

2007-08-10 - Pakenham, United Kingdom. LISA CLEVERDON

WITH their large ears, imposing frames and long trunks, Asian elephants are undoubtedly among the biggest and most majestic mammals in the world. So when Suffolk topiary expert Steve Manning was asked to make 12 life-size models of the creatures, it was little wonder he felt slightly daunted by the mammoth challenge. But six months later, Mr Manning is now the proud, albeit temporary owner, of his very own herd of Asian elephants made entirely from willow.


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job

Whipsnade Zoo: Elephant Keeper

2007-08-08 - Dunstable, United Kingdom.

The Zoological Society of London is currently looking for an Elephant Keeper to join their world class Elephant Team based at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. The successful candidate will: preferably have a proven track record of working with Elephants, Be familiar with all aspects of animal management. Have good communication skills.Be flexible and totally reliable, and be able to work effectively within a well disciplined team. Need a full driving licence.


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Gun That Killed 1,000 Elephants Sold For £66K

2007-08-03 - London, United Kingdom.

A gun used to kill more than a thousand African elephants has sold for £66,000 at auction in London. The .577 double-barrelled rifle was used by infamous professional hunter James Sutherland to claim the tusks of 1,200 bull elephants on his safaris in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. His book, The Adventures Of An Elephant Hunter, published in 1912, painted hunting as an impossibly glamorous adventure.


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Oldest DNA ever decoded. Science makes DNA breakthrough in the tooth of a mastodon. A fossilised tooth found in a swamp has allowed scientists to work out the DNA of a primitive North American elephant.

2007-07-22 - London, United Kingdom. Will Iredale

Scientists have worked out part of the genetic structure of the mastodon, a giant primitive elephant, after finding DNA preserved in the fossilised tooth of a beast that died up to 130,000 years ago. The creature is thought to have roamed the forests and plains of North America before dying and sinking into a swamp that preserved its tissues. The information obtained has shed new light on the ancestry of mastodons and mammoths, both now extinct, as well as on the origins of the three surviving e...


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Anne no longer performs tricks in the circus

Big tent ban for elderly elephant

2007-07-17 - Ayrshire, United Kingdom.

The last touring elephant in Britain has been banned from the big tent in Ayrshire after animal campaigners raised objections. Anne, who is aged 54 and suffers from arthritis, is believed to be one of the oldest elephants in Europe. East Ayrshire Council agreed with the Bobby Roberts Super Circus that Anne would not be used for commercial purposes during the run in Kilmarnock. Animal rights campaigners welcomed the decision.


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Colchester Zoo Very Sad to Report the Loss of Rosa the Elephant

2007-07-11 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Colchester Zoo is very sad to report that “Rosa” one of Colchester Zoo’s female elephants has had to be put to sleep due to serious health problems.
Rosa gave birth to Jambo, back in 2004 and since then had showed signs of severe discomfort, particularly whilst passing urine. Diagnosis of elephants is not an easy task, particularly due to their size so Colchester Zoo assembled a team of experts to investigate her symptoms. The team included the zoo’s consultant veterinary surge...


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Osbourne"s elephant scare. Saving Planet Earth tonight at 7pm on BBC One

2007-07-03 - London, United Kingdom. DAVID LOWE

ONE-time wild child Jack Osbourne was ecstatic to be asked to film for the BBC’s Saving Planet Earth series. Having grown up with his mum Sharon’s spoilt dogs, Jack chose to highlight the plight of the 750 or so neglected elephants in Namibia. Here Jack, 21, reflects on his moving and inspirational trip and reveals his close call with a charging elephant.


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Elephants break into a run at slow speeds, a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, has revealed.

2007-06-27 - London, United Kingdom.

Elephants typically stroll along at a leisurely four kilometres per hour, but once they ramp up to just twice this speed they start to use their back legs "like pogo sticks" to drive their bodies forward, bouncing over their relatively stiff, vaulting forelimbs, said John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in London, author of the study.


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I saw elephant kill my family

2007-06-16 - London, United Kingdom. Philip Whiteside

GRIEF-STRICKEN dad Kelvin Parker has told in shocking detail how a dream safari holiday exploded in terror as a rampaging elephant slaughtered his wife and daughter. Describing for the first time the full horror of the attack which destroyed his family, he revealed how he was convinced that HE would be the one to die when the five-ton beast suddenly went crazy.


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Kenya landowner and luxury lodge share blame for tourist"s goring by elephant

2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom.

A KENYAN court yesterday decided a luxury lodge and a prominent landowner failed to give adequate warnings to a British tourist trampled by an elephant. Wendy Martin was gored and her pelvis crushed at Il Ngwesi lodge, one of Kenya's most exclusive safari destinations, beside a wildlife reserve set up by Ian Craig. Mrs Martin, who has claimed £800,000 compensation, said she was delighted.


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Wendy Martin (inset) was nearly killed by a stampeding elephant while on holiday in Kenya

I was gored by an elephant - and survived

2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom. NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH

At least twice a week for the past seven years, Wendy Martin has woken from the same nightmare. In it she is being tossed into the air by a huge beast as a growing cloud of dust clogs her eyes and nose, and pain engulfs her every limb. Usually, Wendy, 46, wakes with a start, running out of her bedroom and on to the landing of her five-bedroom house in Godalming, Surrey. As her husband works abroad, it is often one of her children, hearing their mother's bloodcurdling screams, who takes her by th...


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Click below to see a video slideshow of the animal training

Training elephants? Not on your nellie! Whipsnade staff hosting daily demonstrations

2007-06-05 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

The famous herd of elephants at Whipsnade Zoo are being put through their paces to show why their training is so important. Keepers will be hosting daily demonstrations of the training methods they use in the zoo's purpose-built elephant arena. Among the things elephants have to be trained to do is lifting their feet. This is so that they can be cleaned and vets can check them.


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IZW International symposium on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals, hosted by Edinburgh Zoo

2007-05-17 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

The focus of the Conference will be symposia on the following topics: 1. Advances in reproductive technology 2. Aquatic bird medicine and conservation 3. Neonatology - rearing and disease 4. Nocturnal animals - husbandry, disease and conservation 5. Infectious disease of ungulates. Deadline for the submission of papers: 31 January 2007. In conjunction with the Symposium, the EAZWV Board Meeting and AGM will take place.


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EBay accused of fueling illegal ivory trade. Animal group says its survey found almost all listings violated EBay policies

2007-05-15 - London, United Kingdom. MSNBC News Services

Illegal ivory trading flourishes on the Internet because online auction sites do too little to enforce laws aimed at protecting endangered wildlife, a wildlife advocacy group says. The International Fund for Animal Welfare, in a report published Tuesday, said Internet users often were able to offer goods such as ivory necklaces for sale without documentation to prove the items were lawful.


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Asian gangs fueling the illegal ivory trade

2007-05-13 - Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Asian-run organized crime syndicates based in Africa are behind the rising illegal trade in elephant ivory, reports TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The study found that the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Nigeria are the primary sources for poached ivory.


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The skeleton of a prehistoric elephant found on a beach in England raises questions about ancient changes in global climate. Scientists estimate that the elephant was 10 tons — twice the size of today

Adapt, Move or Die: Prehistoric Climate Change

2007-05-01 - London, United Kingdom. Joe Palca

The discovery of a skeleton of an enormous, prehistoric elephant on the coast of England is an example of this ancient cycle of warm and cold. The bones of the 10-ton elephant were found protruding from seashore cliffs after a winter storm. We then did a rescue dig, says geologist Anthony Stuart, and we recovered vertebrae from the backbone, the lower jaw, and almost all of the rest of the skeleton, including the skull and the tusks.


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Rosa the elephant

Health fears over Colchester zoos elephant Rosa

2007-05-01 - Colchester, United Kingdom. DANIELLE NUTTALL

A FEMALE elephant which was rescued from the circus seven years ago to begin a new life at Colchester Zoo is suffering from serious health problems, it has emerged. In a statement, Colchester Zoo said last night: “To put any animal to sleep is a hard decision but it becomes especially difficult when dealing with such a large, intelligent, and well-loved animal as Rosa.


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Tarzan"s Cheeta, Now the Oldest Swinger in Town

2007-04-15 - London, United Kingdom. Laura Barton, THE GUARDIAN

The oldest known elephant reached the ripe old age of 86. Lin Wang was originally from Myanmar, and was captured in 1943 by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) army from Japanese troops, then transported to Taiwan in 1947. When he was captured, Lin Wang was nicknamed "the Beautiful", but in his later years the people of Taiwan knew him as "Grandpa Lin Wang." As his years increased, he developed arthritis in his left hind leg, and began to lose his appetite. One Wednesday morning in late February...


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misc

County inquest on couple killed by elephants

2007-04-02 - Worcester, United Kingdom. Ellen Branagh

INQUESTS into deaths of a mother and daughter who were trampled by elephants in Zimbabwe are set to open in Stourport-on-Severn tomorrow. Worcestershire county coroner Victor Round will open inquests into the deaths of Veronica Parker, aged 47, and her daughter Charlotte Parker, aged 10, both of Forest Garden, Hunters Home, in South Africa.


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Joanne Hughes and Caroline Dorney

Nurses go east to help elephants

2007-04-02 - South Shields, United Kingdom. Kaye Henry

A PAIR of veterinary nurses are taking a trip to Thailand to do voluntary work with rescued elephants. Caroline Dorney and Joanne Hughes, of the Blythman and Partners practice in Boldon Lane, South Shields, plan to head east next month. The animal lovers will spend two weeks at an elephant rescue centre near Cha Am on the south-east coast of central Thailand.


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medical

Rosa the elephant in Colchester

2007-03-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Unfortunatly, there is great concern surrounding Rosa the elephant at the moment. Rosa has been on treatment for the last two years for the pain that she has been suffering from inoperable problems with her vagina and urinary tract. Unfortunately, this pain relief is no longer proving effective and we are awaiting a decision from our veterinary consultants as to the best course of action.


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circus

Circus defends use of Anne the elephant

2007-03-23 - St Albans, United Kingdom.

BOBBY Roberts Super Circus has hit back at critics, including an animal rights group, over the treatment of its 54-year-old elephant, Anne. The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) had urged the public to boycott the circus, which will perform at Herts County Showground, in Dunstable Road, Redbourn, this week, over its use of animals. The group slated the circus for being one of just eight circuses in the UK to use animals, including horses, camels and an elephant. It argued that Anne was t...


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people

Pioneering zoologist Mike Lockyer laid to rest with pride

2007-03-22 - Kent, United Kingdom.

TRIBUTE has been paid to Mike Lockyer, the zoological director of Howletts and Port Lympne wild animal parks, who died on February 25 aged 75. In 1984 Mike moved to John Aspinalls Port Lympne and Howletts Zoo Parks in Kent. He was committed to the preservation of endangered animals and the promoting of successful breeding programmes. As zoological director he supported Mr Aspinall through the loss of two tiger keepers and an elephant keeper, after which he managed health and safety and staff mor...


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Howletts Wild Animal Park has four baby African elephants

African elephants" new home ready

2007-03-21 - Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Sixteen African elephants at a wildlife park will soon move into an extension on their enclosure now that 16 Gurkha soldiers have finished building it. The steel fence around the animals five-acre paddock at Howletts, near Canterbury, Kent, was needed because of the ever increasing size of the herd.


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film

Horizon: The Elephants Guide To Sex, BBC2, March 20, 9pm. A jumbo tusk for scientists

2007-03-20 - London, United Kingdom. DEREK ROBINS

MASTURBATING an elephant in the cause of science isn’t an easy job – just ask wildlife expert Dr Thomas Hildebrandt. Dr Hildebrandt, a world expert on elephant and rhino reproduction demonstrates how it should be done in BBC2’s Horizon: The Elephant’s Guide To Sex screened on March 20. In the programme, he bids to help elephants Jackson and Christy – who lives in US zoos 1,200 miles apart – to produce a baby.


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abstract

Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004.

2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom. Oni O, Sujit K, Kasemsuwan S, Sakpuaram T, Pfeiffer DU., Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park

Serum samples from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces of Thailand were tested using the microscopic agglutination test against 22 serovars of Leptospira interrogans. A titre of more than 1:100 was used as evidence of infection. In northern Thailand, the seroprevalence was 58 per cent and the prevalent serovars were Leptospira interrogans serovar Sejroe, Leptospira interrogans serovar Tarassovi, Leptospira interrogans serovar Ranarum and Leptos...


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abstract

Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004.

2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom. Oni O, Sujit K, Kasemsuwan S, Sakpuaram T, Pfeiffer DU. Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park

Serum samples from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces of Thailand were tested using the microscopic agglutination test against 22 serovars of Leptospira interrogans. These results were similar to studies in domestic livestock and stray dogs in the Bangkok district.


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zoo
The tonnes of bushes will feed the elephants for three weeks

Chester elephants get trunk call

2007-03-09 - Chester, United Kingdom.

The elephants in Chester Zoo were given a trunk call after the highways agency were left with 200m of hawthorn bushes after a road clearance. Hawthorn is a favourite food for the elephants and with a 10-strong hungry herd, the keepers were keen to take it. The contractors, who were looking for a green solution, were happy to oblige.


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people
Ele Learning: Sarah Thomas and Gary Hampson from Blackpool Zoo

Trunks packed for elephant adventure

2007-03-01 - Blackpool, United Kingdom. Joe Robinson

TWO intrepid Zoo employees are to jet off to Sri Lanka for some elephant education. Elephant enclosure boss Gary Hampson and Sarah Thomas from Blackpool Zoo are packing their trunks to spend two weeks travelling around schools teaching children and communities about elephants. The pair, who jet off on Saturday, will also visit an elephant orphanage and national parks as well as seeing how money raised by the zoo's Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust is spent.


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fossil
The collection included a mammoth

Theft of fossils goes unnoticed

2007-02-21 - Stanton Harcourt, United Kingdom.

A rare collection of fossils including a 6ft (1.8m) mammoth tusk was missing for months before its owner noticed it had been stolen. She told police the last time she had seen the £15,000 fossil collection was in October 2006. The 200,000-year-old relics included a mammoth tusk (curved and over 6ft long) and teeth, bison limb bones and reindeer antlers.


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Lucy King watches two African elephants.

ZOOLOGIST WORKS TO SAVE ELEPHANTS

2007-02-20 - Eastbourne, United Kingdom.

A ZOOLOGIST from Eastbourne who is currently carrying out research into wildlife in Kenya is looking for funds to aid her project. Lucy King, from Meads, travelled to Africa at the beginning of 2006 and is currently working with a research team called Save The Elephants. Lucy says her team, which is headed by elephant expert Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, is interested in finding some crop protection methods that can be financed and managed by the farmers themselves.


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medical
Nissim the elephant

Mammoth op for Knowsley Safari Park elephant in pain

2007-02-07 - Liverpool, United Kingdom.

African bull Nissim required emergency treatment to fix a broken tusk after trying to boss his future wives. One of them decided to let him know his attentions were unwelcome. Nissim, who is 12, required the equivalent of a human root canal filling after losing part of his tusk when he was pushed away.


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The baby rhino and newborn elephant meet the public for the first time at Whipsnade Zoo

Born to be wild at Whipsnade. Baby rhino and elephant make their debut

2007-02-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

Look at the size of these babies! This little rhino calf and elephant calf made their public debut at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park yesterday. The Asian elephant calf was born on January 19 to mum Kaylee and dad Emmett. Both of the animal youngsters are female and their birth delighted Whipsnade keepers and staff. The baby elephant is Kaylee's second-born. The little jumbo weighed 170lbs at birth, and was just under one metre tall.


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misc

Snibston rangers help hungry Heffalumps!

2007-02-06 - Twycross, United Kingdom.

Two major Leicestershire attractions have joined forces this week in a mutually beneficial arrangement of quite an unusual nature. Snibston Country Park rangers were approached by staff from Twycross Zoo with a problem that they are happily able to solve. The rangers have been asked to help feed the giraffes and elephants at the zoo with the leftover cuttings from their land management of the park.


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job
At Chester Zoo Cheshire England a Keeper Throws a Bucket of Water Over the Elephants

Chester Zoo: Elephant keeper

2007-01-26 - Chester, United Kingdom.

A vacancy has arisen to join the Elephant Team in Chester Zoo developing our Elephant care programme and manage our growing herd. Ideally candidates will have proven experience of working with a mixed herd in both free and protected contact. Keepers with substantial experience with other animals who are looking to move into elephant conservation may be considered This is not a post for a trainee. Candidates must already have or be prepared to obtain the ANC Management of Zoo Animals or an equiva...


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Blackpool Zoo for sale

2007-01-20 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

FOUR elephants, a band of gorillas, one lion and a giant tortoise were all put up for sale today. Blackpool Zoo is on the market - less than four years after the council handed it over to a private operator. Grant Leisure, who took over the running of the East Park Drive attraction in April 2003, has told the council that it is proposing to sell its lease for the zoo, along with two other attractions it owns, in order to focus on its core marketing services business.


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accident

Lucy-Jo Hudson recalls elephant terror

2006-12-09 - London, United Kingdom. Daniel Kilkelly

Lucy-Jo Hudson was attacked by an elephant while filming for the new series of Wild At Heart. "I was attacked by a big male elephant called Bully. He threw me against a fence with his trunk and bashed me with his trunk and his tusks were in my back. It was very scary," Lucy-Jo told The Sun.
"The wrangler said he was just playing, teasing me, but because he was big he did bruise me."


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misc

Unborn elephant photos were of models

2006-11-29 - London, United Kingdom. John Plunkett, MediaGuardian.co.uk

The image of the 20-month-old elephant foetus, along with pictures of an unborn dolphin and golden retriever, will feature in a Channel 4 documentary due to be broadcast over the Christmas period. But what both the newspaper reports and Channel 4 omitted to mention was that the image of the elephant was a silicone model. "Somewhere along the line, someone appears to have decided it would make a better story if some of the details were glossed over."


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misc

Photo in the News: Loch Ness Monster Was an Elephant?

2006-11-27 - Glasgow, United Kingdom. Ted Chamberlain

Throwing a bit of cold water onto the legend of Loch Ness, paleontologist and painter Neil Clark says the monster was perhaps a paddling pachyderm. Clark noticed similarities in the hump-and-trunk silhouettes of swimming Indian elephants and the serpentine shapes of 1930s Nessie descriptions and photographs, such as the famous 1934 image shown as an inset above.


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The device is a golden elephant and on it

Coventry and its coat of arms: the elephant and castle

2006-11-18 - Coventry, United Kingdom. Mary Dormer Harris

The elephant is seen, not only as a beast so strong that he can carry a tower - Coventry's castle - full of armed men, but also as a symbol of Christ's redemption of the human race. The animal, according to one of the "bestiary" stories, is supposed to sleep standing, leaning against a tree. Hunters sever the trunk, and he falls helpless to the ground, until a small elephant approaches and pulls him up with his trunk.


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Chester Zoo Elephant calf to be named on live TV

2006-11-17 - Chester, United Kingdom. Chester Chronicle

CHILDREN will get the chance to name the new baby elephant born at Chester Zoo last Sunday. The male Asian elephant calf was born at 4.19am on Remembrance Sunday inside the zoo's new elephant house, Elephants of the Asian Forest. Wiewers of BBC's flagship children's programme Blue Peter will be invited to enter a competition to name the calf and the programme will be broadcast live from the zoo on December 6.


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Arms of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

The town Bolton, famous for its elephants

2006-11-17 - , United Kingdom.

Bolton is a large town in the north of England, 53 degrees 34' North 2 degrees 26' West. In 1890, Major Ottley Perry incorporated the elephant into the former Bolton County Borough arms in respect of the (unproven) connection between Bolton and the ancient Diocese of Mercia, in the old county of Coventry, created by Lancastrian King Henry VI. The Diocese included Bolton, and for that reason a Lancashire Red Rose, and the elephant is shown in the Armorial Bearings, as in the Coventry coat of arms...


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Cllr Cliff Morris with schoolchildren Jamie McCarthy and Candace Flatley and the new style of elephant

Birth of the Bolton town’s new elephants

2006-11-17 - Bolton, United Kingdom. Saiqa Chaudhari

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, showed a model of what the new elephants would look like to Year Four pupils at St Osmund and St Andrew's RC School in Breightmet. The present herd of elephants that have stood in the pedestrianised area of Newport Street for the past 25-years are to be removed because they are past their best. Three new models, costing a total of £30,000, are to take their place.


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research

New Scientist 17 December 2005: Elephants cleared of going on drunken rampages

2006-11-15 - Bristol, United Kingdom. New Scientist

Anecdotes about African elephants going on alcohol-fuelled rampages after eating the fermented fruit of the marula tree or drinking alcohol are probably incorrect, says Steven Morris at the University of Bristol, UK. It is more likely that "drunk" bulls are just defending a prized food source, says Morris. The study will be published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology next year.


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From the BBC film

Giant elephant killers: macropredation in lions

2006-11-15 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Darren Naish

Episode 2 of the BBC’s series Planet Earth included amazing footage of the elephant-killing lions of Savuti in Chobe National Park, northern Botswana. In 1990 Jouberts were estimating that about 20% of the Savuti lion’s diet was made up of elephant. And if you’re wondering: YES, the Savuti lions have been recorded attacking and killing adult elephants, and in 1997 Jouberts published The Lions of Savuti: Hunting with the Moon which records something like 15 years of observations covering th...


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Photo: Ham

Mammoth visits Trafalgar Square

2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom.

A woolly mammoth has been placed in Trafalgar Square to highlight the effects of climate change. The 11.5ft (3.5m) replica was unveiled by the Natural History Museum to warn how life in Britain could undergo radical change in the next 50 years."The British way of life and Homo britanicus could go the same way as the woolly mammoth," the museum warned.


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people

New Line Making Daphne Sheldrick Biopic

2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom.

New Line Cinema has launched development of a feature based on the life of Daphne Sheldrick, a pioneer in efforts to save orphaned baby elephants, reports Variety. Sheldrick was named a dame by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year for her work, the first such honor to be awarded in Kenya since the country became independent in 1963. New Line is finalizing a life rights deal with Sheldrick, whose work was the focus of a "60 Minutes" report in April as well as 2005 BBC documentary "Elephant Diarie...


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Woolly Mammoth in Trafalgar Square, Wednesday November 15. Photocall: 9 a.m. A cunning ruse to promote Chris Stringer"s new book, Homo Brittanicus

2006-11-12 - London, United Kingdom. Sandy Auden

Penguin publishers have notified us that: "A life-size woolly mammoth will visit Trafalgar Square, London on Wednesday November 15 2006 to warn us that Britain may soon be set to suffer a peculiar and very savage climate change. "Chris Stringer will be on hand in Trafalgar Square too, bringing with him a hippo's tusk found in Trafalgar Square, a mammoth's tooth and a stone tool used by Neanderthals to butcher Norfolk mammoths 60,000 years ago."


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The baby Asian elephant was born following a 23-month pregnancy

Chester Zoo: Elephant calf makes debut The male calf was born at Chester Zoo in the early hours of this morning. The baby"s mother 24-year-old Thi gave birth following a 23 month pregnancy.

2006-11-12 - Chester, United Kingdom. Pressrelease Chester Zoo

24-year-old Chester Zoo elephant Thi became a mum today - (12 November 2006) – with a little help from the local hospital.The male Asian Elephant calf was born at 4.19 am today inside the zoos new elephant house, Elephants of the Asian Forest. The elephant team was prepared for the new arrival as Thi´s hormone levels had been analysed three times a week by experts at the Countess of Chester Hospital.


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Ganesh in the British Museum London

Londons Elephants - No. 11 in a series

2006-11-09 - London, United Kingdom. Ham

This rather unusual dancing Ganesh is in the British Museum and dates from 750 AD. It was pillaged brought back from Uttar Pradesh and can now be seen amongst the entirely wonderful Indian collection. You may find it interesting to know that Ganesh, one of the favourite Hindu gods is the lord of beginnings and the placer and remover of obstacles.


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Gay and Duchess in playful mood

Elephants at a Devon zoo are in for a post-Halloween treat as people respond to an appeal for pumpkin lanterns.

2006-11-01 - Devon, United Kingdom.

Local people have been giving keepers their unwanted pumpkins, which can be used as feed as well as playthings. The zoo's Phil Knowling said: "We will even take them with scary faces cut into them." The zoo is well-known for its environmental enrichment work which helps occupy animals such as primates, elephants and big cats.


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abstract

The locomotor kinematics of Asian and African elephants: changes with speed and size.

2006-10-29 - London, United Kingdom. Hutchinson JR, Schwerda D, Dale RH, Fischer MS, Kram R., The Royal Veterinary College

We analyzed the locomotor kinematics of over 2400 strides from 14 African and 48 Asian elephant individuals (body mass 116-4632 kg) freely moving over ground at a 17-fold range of speeds, from slow walking at 0.40 m s(-1) to the fastest reliably recorded speed for elephants, 6.8 m s(-1). These data reveal that African and Asian elephants have some subtle differences in how size-independent kinematic parameters change with speed.


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Elephants are one species to have benefited, Mr Lapointe argues

Hunting "has conservation role"

2006-10-27 - London, United Kingdom. Elli Leadbeater

Rifle-toting tourists hunting exotic animals could actually help protect Africa's vulnerable species, a leading conservationist has suggested. Elephant populations had benefited from a permit system that allowed sport hunters to kill a limited number of the beasts, according to Eugene Lapointe.


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Policeman inspecting ivory brushes

Barber shop fined for selling ivory shaving brushes

2006-10-24 - London, United Kingdom.

A leading London gentleman's barber was fined £10,000 after 24 grooming accessories made from ivory were found on its premises during a raid by police. Officers from the Metropolitan's Wildlife Crime Unit seized 24 items including shaving brushes - stamped with "real ivory" - on sale for up to £1,100 each, as well as ivory hairbrushes, glove stretchers and an elephant's tusk when they raided the company's shops in Mayfair and Piccadilly.


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Moths That Drink Elephant"s Tears and Other Zoological Curiosities, by Matt Walker

2006-10-02 - Glasgow, United Kingdom. Samantha Booth

DID you know that bees can recognize individual human faces? Or that Dracula ants suck the blood of their young? Or that rats can learn the difference between Dutch and Japanese? No, neither do most people, but scientists have been discovering these bizarre facts for years. Now they have been compiled in a fascinating collection by animal lover Matt Walker called Moths That Drink Elephants Tears and Other Zoological Curiosities.


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Twycross Zoo: Elephant keeper

2006-09-22 - Leicestershire, United Kingdom. EAZA.net

We have a vacancy for an Elephant keeper to join our team of 3 caring for our Asian elephants - a group of 4 females with the youngest born here at Twycross. We have a close contact approach to elephant management and train them to obey commands, enabling healthcare maintenance to be carried out.


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ARE elephants really afraid of mice?

2006-09-17 - London, United Kingdom.

NO. Elephants are used to mice both in captivity and in the wild. Full-grown, healthy elephants face few pre dators, with the exception of man, and fear only unfamiliar sights and sounds. This is thought to be the cause of the myth. In Roman times, when elephants were used in war, they fled squealing pigs. This gave rise to the legend of the mouse that roared.


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research

Elephants anatomy teach robots how to jump

2006-09-01 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Steve Bush

Elephant research at the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire could have important implications for heavy lifting robots. “There are benefits from using bouncing limbs that can be exploited even at larger sizes,” researcher Dr John Hutchinson told EW. “They use the least amount of energy per kilogramme per metre of any animal,” he said.


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WHIPSNADE’S NEW ARRIVAL IS JUMBO-SIZED

2006-08-22 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom. Pressrelease Whipsnade Animal Park

A new Asian elephant has joined the thriving herd at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. Karishma arrived this month from Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, where she was born and raised. Keepers say Karishma is settling in extremely well with the rest of the herd, which includes fellow females Kaylee, Azizah, Maya and Lucha and youngsters Euan and Anneena.


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A young elephant steps out at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park while cameras record the movement of the disc shaped markers on its legs and back. (Image Credit: John Hutchinson, The Royal Veterinary College)

Elephants run like Groucho Marx

2006-08-19 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

It's not quite up there with uncovering the theory of everything, but answering whether elephants can run has huge potential for robotics. Researchers in Britain, after more than 100 years of debate and experiment, now say: "Yes, because they bounce like Groucho Marx." A creature used to be considered to be running if all its limbs were off the ground at the same time while moving forward. But so many exceptions were discovered that the definition had to be reassessed.


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Scientists see depth of elephant feelings

2006-08-16 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

An elephant has been captured on film as she struggled to help another who lay dying from the effects of a snakebite. The astonishing pictures reveal the depth of compassion the creatures feel for each other. Scientists at the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya recorded footage of Eleanor as she fell to the ground after being bitten. Another elephant, Grace, was seen calling out in distress and trying desperately to get the stricken elephant to her feet.


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Elephants show capacity for compassion, scientists find

2006-08-08 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

Elephants pay their respects to lost loved ones and venerated leaders in a way that suggests a human-like capacity for compassion, scientists have said. In a paper to appear in a scientific journal this month, researchers said Tuesday they came to this conclusion after watching how elephants on a Kenyan game reserve behaved towards a matriarch who fell ill and died.


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medical

Working with elephants, How do you get an elephant to lift its foot and bare its sole?

2006-07-25 - Manchester, United Kingdom. Chris Arnot

Elephants held in zoos and safari parks tend to have trouble with their feet. The hard concrete floors of enclosures bring on cracks, like athletes foot on a large scale, needing foot care. "And the English countryside doesn't really suit them," says Charlotte Miller, a research student at the Royal Veterinary College of London University. "They like mud and softer, swampier ground."


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Self portrait by elephants from Thailand is exhibited at Edinburgh

2006-07-20 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom. KRISTINA PEDERSEN

The elephants have been trained to paint in a bid to raise cash, from tourists, for their own upkeep and the conservation villages of Mae Sa and Lampang. Experts believe that the elephants memorize the image which they can then 'paint by rote' over and over again. Their works are being exhibited at Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh.


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fossil

Stone Age Elephant Found at Ancient U.K. Hunt Site is Palaeoloxodon antiquus

2006-07-07 - London, United Kingdom. James Owen, for National Geographic News

The 400,000 year old remains of a massive elephant discovered near London was a male straight tusked elephant, a member of the extinct species Palaeoloxodon antiquus, weighed about 9 tons (9.1 metric tons), twice as large as elephants living today. Workers unearthed the remains in 2004 in the town of Ebbsfleet, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of London, during construction of a new railway line to the Channel Tunnel.


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CAPS: Boycott Bobby Roberts Circus over elephant act

2006-07-04 - North Wales, United Kingdom. Eryl Crump, Daily Post

Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) last night demanded a boycott of a mid Wales circus starring an elephant. The circus, the only one touring the UK with an elephant, is one of just eight circuses still to use animals. CAPS spokesman Paul Thomas said in addition to using horses, ponies and dogs in its acts, the circus also features an elephant, Anne.


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Early signs of elephant butchers in England

2006-06-29 - Kent, United Kingdom.

Bones and tusks dating back 400,000 years are the earliest signs in Britain of ancient humans butchering elephants for meat, say archaeologists. Remains of a single adult elephant surrounded by stone tools were found in northwest Kent during work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Scientists believe hunters used the tools to cut off the meat, after killing the animal with wooden spears.


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Toyota pulls elephant ad

2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom. Tom Reed

Toyota has withdrawn a TV spot to be edited after coming under fire for using a 53-year-old arthritic elephant in the ad. The campaign for the Toyota Yaris car, created by Clemmow Hornby Inge, featured an Asian elephant called Anne, the last remaining UK circus elephant, which animal welfare groups claim has been in poor health for many years.


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Dung sale to save asian elephants

2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom. By Neil Tweedie

A consignment of elephant dung large enough to fertilise the average suburban garden for a year will be auctioned tonight at a gathering of Britain's Asian business elite attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The dung is expected to raise between £5,000 and £10,000 at a charity "durbar" being held in Richmond, west London, in aid of the Indian elephant.


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abstract

Ovulation, pregnancy, placentation and husbandry in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana).

2006-05-29 - Cambridge, United Kingdom. Allen WR. Dep. of Vet.Med. Equine Fertility Unit, Univ. of Cambridge, Suffolk

The African elephant reproduces so efficiently in the wild that overpopulation is now a serious problem in some game parks in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. The female reaches puberty between 10 and 12 years of age in the wild and, when in captivity, shows oestrous cycles of 14-15 weeks duration. She readily conceives a singleton in the wild yet her uterus has the capacity for twins. She shows a gestation length of 22 months and, in the wild, shows a population density and feed dependent i...


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Italian Designer Killed In Hunting Trip

2006-05-08 - London, United Kingdom. Malcolm Moore

The co-founder of the Italian Blumarine fashion house has been trampled to death by an elephant while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe, Italian media reported yesterday. Gianpaolo Tarabini, 67, was on safari with Claudio Chiarelli, a professional hunter, and Aldo Castoldi, a photographer, when they were charged by two elephants. His two friends escaped. Mr Tarabini co-founded Blumarine with his wife, the fashion designer Anna Molinari in 1977.


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African elephants show high levels of interest in the skulls and ivory of their own species.

2006-03-22 - Brighton, United Kingdom. McComb K, Baker L, C. Moss, University of Sussex School of Life Sciences

Here, we use systematic presentations of object arrays to demonstrate that African elephants show higher levels of interest in elephant skulls and ivory than in natural objects or the skulls of other large terrestrial mammals. However, they do not appear to specifically select the skulls of their own relatives for investigation so that visits to dead relatives probably result from a more general attraction to elephant remains.


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Edinburgh Zoo growth plan enrages animal welfare groups

2006-02-25 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom. CLAIRE SMITH

ANIMAL welfare organisations have condemned Edinburgh Zoo's plans to add elephants and manatees to its collection and continue keeping polar bears. The zoo, which is one of Scotland's top tourist attractions, announced the £58 million expansion plan this week, which will see the park divided into four "biome" zones, joined by a railway. Included in the redesign are plans to introduce new animals, including several endangered species


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Elephant house fire claims lives of mother and baby giraffe

2006-02-13 - Paignton, United Kingdom.

A GIRAFFE just six days old and its mother died in a fire at a zoo last night. A male giraffe and two elephants were led to safety at Paignton Zoo in Devon. The fire was believed to have started in bedding hay in the elephant house. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said an investigation was under way to establish the cause of the blaze.


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Elephant Keeper - Woburn

2006-02-10 - Woburn, United Kingdom.

Experienced and non-experienced applicants are invited to apply to join one of the most progressive elephant sections in the UK to help look after Woburn's three Asian Elephants. The elephant section at Woburn operates a hands on policy in order that the elephants can be given the freedom to enjoy the surrounding lakes and woodland in safety. Full training in elephant handling will be given.


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Stop this cruelty to circuses - Animal rights extremists are threatening the unique world of the big top

2006-01-16 - London, United Kingdom. Dea Birkett

WHEN WERE you so close to an elephant that you could touch its trunk? Where did you see a horse racing around just inches away, mane and tail flying? Where have you patted the tufty hair of a camel? The only place you could have done all these things is at a circus. I’ve worked in a circus. I’ve pulled on my fishnet tights, tied up my tassles, adjusted my white feather headdress and ridden into the ring on the back of Julia, my elephant.


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Elephants never forget. Do elephants really remember their dead?

2006-01-10 - Brighton, United Kingdom. Alice Wignall

The myth of the elephants' graveyard is one of the most enduring in natural history. Although large collections of elephant remains in one place seemed to support the idea that elephants go to a specific site to die, that idea has been disproved. "The bones have other explanations," says Dr Karen McComb, of the University of Sussex, "such as mass die-offs because of disease."


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The world this week - Prince William and the elephants

2006-01-07 - London, United Kingdom. Will Hide

Prince William is to become patron of The Tusk Trust, the African conservation charity (01747 831005, www.tusk.org), which supports 25 projects in 12 African countries. One success story is the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana, supported by Tusk for 11 years, where more than 12,000 children a year attend three-day bush camps. But the Prince’s interest in conservation might be on hold — he enters Sandhurst for military training tomorrow.


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Drunken elephant myth exposed

2005-12-20 - BRISTOL, United Kingdom.

Folk lore has it elephants can get drunk by eating fermented fruit rotting on the ground, but a study debunks that claim, despite "eyewitness" accounts. The study, to appear in the March-April issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, says anecdotes of drunken elephants go back more than a century. Steve Morris, a biologist at the University of Bristol in England and a co-author of the study told National Geographic News, "People just want to believe in drunken elephants."


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New study of the world"s smallest elephant

2005-12-08 - Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

The world's smallest elephant species, the newly described Bornean elephant, will be the focus of a Cardiff University study in Sabah, Malaysia for the next three years. The Bornean elephant has recently been confirmed as a separate sub-species, dramatically increasing its importance for biodiversity. Bornean elephants are the world's most endangered member of the elephant family with an estimated 1,100 - 1,500 surviving in the wild.


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Weak controls allow illegal ivory trade to flourish in Britain

2005-09-28 - London, United Kingdom. Maxine Frith

London has become one of the biggest markets in the world for the trade in ivory, according to a report. Campaigners are concerned that the thousands of ivory products available in Britain are fuelling the illegal poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia. Investigators who compiled the report strongly criticised Britain for having the weakest controls in Europe over the trade in ivory.


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Vietnam war devices used to track elephants

2005-07-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Listening devices developed more than three decades ago by the United States to monitor enemy troops movements through the jungle of Vietnam are being deployed to count elephants in the thick bushes of Namibia's Etosha National Park. Researchers under Jason Wood from Stanford University in California set up a test device called a geophone near a game path leading to a watering hole in the vast park.


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Schoolboy campaigns to free Britain’s last remaining circus elephant

2005-07-06 - Bollington, United Kingdom. Gavin Hird

A TEN-year-old boy from Bollington has launched a campaign to secure the release from captivity of the last performing circus elephant in the UK. Zac Rich was so disgusted when he read a national newspaper report describing the “horrific” conditions the elephant called Annie is forced to live in, that he decided to take action.


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Billy Smart Jr. October 15, 1934 - May 23, 2005. Ebullient circus showman whose elephant act was the largest and most spectacular in Europe

2005-05-24 - London, United Kingdom.

BILLY SMART Jr, scion of the famous circus family, was a distinguished trainer of horses, but he will be most widely remembered for his ambitious elephant acts, which featured up to 20 full-grown Asiatic elephants. As the baby of the family, Billy Jr was the most indulged. It was said that it was on a whim that Billy Sr and Dolly Smart bought him a complete circus while out driving one Sunday — a costly yet typically big gesture of the showman to his youngest son.


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job

Asistant keeper position

2005-05-05 - Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Blair Drummond safari park, Scotland, has an assistant keeper position open.
Duties include looking after white rhino, giraffes, and 3 african elephants. Closing date is 20th may 2005.


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welfare

Do you want Anne to pack her trunk and say "goodbye" to the circus?

2005-04-28 - London, United Kingdom.

Anne is a 52-year-old Asian elephant - the oldest elephant in the UK and only elephant remaining in a UK circus. Although Anne no longer performs in the ring at Bobby Roberts' Super Circus, she's used as a photographic prop during the interval at £4 a photograph. Had Anne remained in Sri Lanka half a century ago, she would, in all probability, be a mother with calves of her own and be living in a large family group.


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Paignton Zoo Elephants Separated after Overnight Spat

2005-04-21 - Paignton, United Kingdom. Sam Marsden, PA

Two female elephants have been split up at night after a tussle left one of them injured, zoo staff said today. Keepers at Paignton Zoo in Devon acted after discovering that Gay, an Asian elephant, had wounds apparently caused by the tusks of Duchess, an African. The pair, who both weigh four tonnes and are aged about 35, have lived together happily since arriving at the zoo from Longleat Safari Park in 1977.


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When Essex man fought Elephants

2005-01-24 - Clacton, United Kingdom. Metro

He might not have a worn a Burberry cap or driven an Escort XR3i - but Essex man was alive and well 500,000 years ago. Even then, he had a tough guy image and was fighting other tribes - and elephants. He might even have broken away from mainstream society by using tools similar to Stanley knives to slash prey to death. Archaeologists have found stone blades in Clacton near the remains of a giant elephant - one of a number of large species in ancient Britain's warm climate. 'The tools were like ...


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Chester Zoo to pay £75,000 for death of elephant keeper

2004-11-30 - Chester, United Kingdom. Quentin Reade

Chester Zoo has been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 costs after a keeper was butted to death by an elephant in 2001. Richard Hughes was helping to move a 30-year-old female elephant between pens when the animal lashed out and then headbutted him three times. Yesterday at Chester Crown Court, professor Gordon Reid, director of the North of England Zoological Society, which runs the Zoo, admitted to breaching the Health & Safety Act.


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From Africa to UK high streets, via China: inside lucrative world of ivory smuggling

2004-11-27 - London, United Kingdom. By Cahal Milmo, THe Independent

First there were 14 shaving bowls with a tortoiseshell inlay worth £800
each. Then came the rest - 174 nailbrush handles, carvings and assorted
accessories awaiting completion in cardboard boxes with a total value of
£85,000.

It may sound like the inventory of a high-class male grooming supplier, but
these items represent part of the stockpile that is fuelling Britain's
latest thriving trade in an illegal substance - ivory.


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Illegal ivory trade: UK cops" hands are tied

2004-11-23 - London, United Kingdom. Rachel STevenson, Independent Online

Police have seized illegal ivory worth more than R900 000 after a series of
raids in London and Gloucester, proof that the banned trade is still
thriving in the UK.

About 80kg of raw, uncut ivory was found alongside 141 ivory products,
making the raid one of the biggest seizures in recent years. Investigations by the Metropolitan Police and Traffic International, the
global organisation dedicated to banning illegal trade in wildlife, led
officers...


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Illegal traders "go unpunished"

2004-11-22 - London, United Kingdom. BBC

Traders openly selling illegal animal products such as ivory in UK shops
cannot be arrested because of a government "slip-up", it has emerged.

Primary legislation banning the trade went through last year. But a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said "secondary legislation" was needed for it to be able to prosecute.

The impasse emerged after £85,000 of ivory and tortoiseshell goods were
seized in police raids last wee...


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Chester Zoo under attack after birth of elephant

2004-10-25 - Chester, United Kingdom. Sam Lister, Daily Post Staff

CHESTER Zoo defended itself against criticism from an animal welfare organisation last night which says it has breached RSPCA guidelines over the birth of an elephant. The 180kg male calf, who has not yet been named, was born at the zoo two weeks ago and is the second this year.


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Chester Zoo elephants trumpet a welcome for latest addition to family

2004-10-14 - Chester, United Kingdom. Daily Post

Chester Zoo has welcomed its latest attraction - a 180kg baby elephant born just a few days ago.


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Elephant Kaylee and calf with their zoo keeper

Day in the life of an elephant keeper

2004-04-30 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

I arrive at elephant house with the other elephant keepers at around 7.30am, and we are usually greeted by the female elephants who flap their ears at us. The first job of the day is to sweep the barn out before preparing a hearty breakfast for all the elephants. Breakfast usually consists of nutritional pellets with vitamins and bananas - breakfast is just as important for elephants as it is for people!


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medical

Breathalyser detects tuberculosis

2004-04-10 - London, United Kingdom. BBC

Coughing into a breathalyser could be the new way to detect the most common form of tuberculosis.

The portable device, developed by Rapid Biosensor Systems, would be quicker and easier to use than the current screening method, called the Heaf test.


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birth

Whipsnade Wild Animal Park celebrates its first Asian elephant birth

2004-03-30 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

Whipsnade Wild Animal Park's new born Asian elephant calf will be making her first public appearance today, Tuesday 30th March. The female calf, born on Tuesday 16th March to 22 year old mother, Kaylee, weighed in at a whopping 149kg on arrival and will be an important addition to the breeding programme for this endangered species.


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Ecologist Dr. Raman Sukumar won the Whitley Gold Award

2003-03-18 - London, United Kingdom.

The endangered Asian elephant took a step closer to recovery March 14th when ecologist Dr. Raman Sukumar won the Whitley Gold Award of £50,000 at the annual Whitley Awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The Awards were presented by Princess Anne, patron of the Whitley-Laing Foundation. The Whitley Awards are among the most prestigious in wildlife conservation and popularly know as the "Green Oscars"


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Forest elephants at at Dzanga Bai in the National park Dzanga-Ndoki in the republic of Central africa

Forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) stature in the Réserve de Faune du Petit Loango, Gabon

2003-03-17 - Cambridge, United Kingdom. Bethan J. Morgan and P. C. Lee. Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge

The stature of forest elephants Loxodonta africana cyclotis was determined at the Petit Loango Reserve over 14 months from January to December 1998 and May to June 1999 using three measures: shoulder height, hind footprint length and boli diameter. The shoulder height of 53 identified elephants was measured using photogrammetric methods. The minimum estimated shoulder height was 69 cm from a young calf, and the tallest animal was 216 cm. Hind footprint length and boli diameter data were collecte...


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Killed elephant keeper in Chester Zoo "gave warnings"

2002-03-18 - Chester, United Kingdom.

A zoo keeper who was killed by a bad-tempered elephant had warned that such an accident was likely to happen, an inquest has heard.
Richard Hughes, 34, was attacked by a four-ton Asian elephant named Kumara after he tried to move her in her enclosure at Chester Zoo.


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relocation

Elephants Leave London Zoo, End 170-Year Tradition

2001-11-02 - London, United Kingdom. Michael McCarthy, The Independent

London Zoo is to give up its 170-year tradition of keeping elephants, in tacit recognition that it does not have a suitable place to house them.

Abandoning its most recognizable symbols has clearly been a difficult decision for the zoo authorities, but it accords with a change in thinking about how wild animals should be kept in captivity.


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Elephant keeper Jim Robson killed by elephant Geeta in London Zoo

2001-10-20 - London, United Kingdom.

A keeper at London Zoo has died after being crushed by an elephant. Jim Robson, who was 44, is believed to have tripped and fallen in the elephant paddock. One of the three elephants he looked after then stepped on him. The accident took place on Saturday afternoon, as visitors walked around the enclosure.


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Killer elephant in Chester Zoo put down

2001-10-09 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Kumara, the elephant which killed a keeper at Chester Zoo has been destroyed.
The 34-year-old female Asian elephant killed senior keeper Richard Hughes last February. Kumara had been suffering severe episodes of colic in her gut and was also being treated for chronic foot and joint infections and arthritis.


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Motty at Chester Zoo 1978

Motty the elephant crossbreed. Loxodonta africana x Elephas maximus

1998-01-17 - Chester, United Kingdom. Derek Lyon

when the Asian elephant cow "Sheba" in Chester Zoo, England, 1978 gave birth to a calf with an African elephant bull" Jumbolino" as father the scientists became puzzled. The staff had observed several matings between the elephants, but since a cross was impossible, noone expected a delivery. This sensational elephant died two weeks after the birth. It was an early birth and Motty had stomach problems.


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Colchester, United Kingdom - Visitors to Colchester zoo were surprised to see a helicopter land in the elephant enclosure today after a teenager was taken ill. 2013-02-21 - Longleat, United Kingdom - Wiltshire"s multi-million pound elephant sanctuary plan revealed 2013-01-12 - Wraxall, United Kingdom - Home for heavyweights - Noah"s Ark prepares for elephant arrivals 2012-12-15 - London, United Kingdom - Naomi Campbell sues Telegraph over elephant polo story 2012-11-19 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo: Elephant Keeper 2012-11-10 - Herefordshire, United Kingdom - Medal for CBBC man Anton Turner killed in elephant charge 2012-10-22 - Stirling, United Kingdom - Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park: Animal Welfare and Habitat Design Workshop 2012-10-21 - London, United Kingdom - Brading Waxworks Museum elephant sold at auction 2012-10-16 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Paignton Zoo"s elephant"s sight saved by eye operation 2012-10-03 - Woburn, United Kingdom - Woburn safari park: Elephant Keeper 2012-10-01 - Brading, United Kingdom - Stuffed elephant goes up for auction 2012-09-24 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Senior Elephant Keeper 2012-09-20 - Paignton, United Kingdom - She won"t forget that in a hurry: Elephant rubs her eye in disbelief after cataract op to restore her sight 2012-09-15 - Somerset, United Kingdom - Plans for Europe"s largest elephant sanctuary causes controversy 2012-09-13 - Somerset, United Kingdom - Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm elephant "sanctuary" work begins 2012-09-07 - London, United Kingdom - Book recalls the day the circus called in for a pint 2012-08-29 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo: Temporary Trainee Keeper: Elephants 2012-08-29 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Eye surgery elephant may be blind 2012-05-06 - Howletts, United Kingdom - Howletts keepers Jim Vassie and Dave Magner sacked 2012-03-29 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Stillborn elephant is new tragedy for Twycross zoo 2012-03-28 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo: Deputy Section Head - Elephants 2012-03-20 - London, United Kingdom - Huge Crackdown On Africa"s Ivory Traders 2012-02-17 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo prepares to welcome baby elephant 2011-12-29 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Paignton Zoo elephant Duchess recovering after eye surgery 2011-12-24 - London, United Kingdom - From Flat Foot to Fat Foot: Structure, Ontogeny, Function, and Evolution of Elephant “Sixth Toes” 2011-12-17 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Duchess the elephant has eye removed by 15 vets in four-hour operation 2011-11-26 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Elephant Man of Burma: 2011-11-26 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Gyles Mackrell"s 1942 footage shows how he led rescue of refugees from the Japanese invasion of Burma 2011-11-25 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Elephant to have right eye removed in operation 2011-11-10 - London, United Kingdom - Bobby And Moira Roberts Charged With Causing Suffering To Anne The Circus Elephant 2011-11-05 - London, United Kingdom - Sri Lankan ivory carvings from the Dutch period at Francesca Galloway in London 2011-10-30 - London, United Kingdom - Seven-foot ceramic elephants made in 1889 selling for $9 million 2011-10-20 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Whipsnade Zoo Baby elephant arrives after 700 day wait 2011-09-22 - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom - Did it pack its trunk and go to the circus? The hunt for Cromer’s mysterious mechanical elephant 2011-04-14 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross mourns loss of baby elephant 2011-04-04 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Paignton Zoo"s elephant Duchess has glaucoma 2011-04-03 - Longleat, United Kingdom - Anne is safe: Abused elephant moves into her new home at Longleat 2011-04-02 - Knutsford, United Kingdom - Anne the elephant"s owner apologises after cruelly-treated circus animal is moved to safari park 2011-03-30 - Longleat, United Kingdom - Could this be a loving new home for Anne? We"d be thrilled to take her in says Longleat after secret talks 2011-03-28 - London, United Kingdom - British royal wedding to aid elephants in Thailand 2011-03-28 - Polebrook, United Kingdom - UK"s last circus elephant abused on video 2011-02-12 - Kent, United Kingdom - Firefighters rescue trapped elephant 2011-02-10 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo’s oldest elephant Sheba has died 2011-02-08 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - ELEPHANT KEEPER - Whipsnade Zoo 2011-01-31 - Kent, United Kingdom - Excitement over twin elephant calf at Howletts 2010-11-15 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Jumbo Ultrasound Shows Zoo"s Baby Elephant 2010-11-04 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Life at The Zoo for Rob 2010-10-25 - Kent, United Kingdom - Smelly the elephant problem solved by Southern Water 2010-10-12 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom - Pouches, pockets and sacs in the heads, necks and chests of mammals, part II: elephants have a pouch in the throat... or do they? 2010-10-02 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Senior Keeper/Keeper - Elephant Section, Twycross Zoo 2010-09-19 - Port Lympne, United Kingdom - Home Improvements for Bull Elephant Kruger 2010-08-17 - Durham, United Kingdom - Woolly mammoth extinction "not linked to humans" 2010-08-09 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Elephant keeper - Whipsnade Zoo 2010-08-05 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm urged to drop elephant plans 2010-07-21 - Chester, United Kingdom - Elephant makes crowd-pleasing debut 2010-07-20 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo’s delight at birth of Asian elephant calf 2010-07-13 - London, United Kingdom - SHO Pearly Prince elephant moves to pet hotel 2010-05-20 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Bristol zoo to see new elephant enclosure 2010-04-29 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - eBay search for Whipsnade elephant calf name 2010-04-28 - Bewdley, United Kingdom - Elephant helps give broken safari jeep push start 2010-03-23 - Woburn, United Kingdom - New Elephant arrives at Woburn in time to celebrate the Safari Parks 40th Birthday 2010-03-20 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoos Assam Haathi Project given Darwin Initiative grant boost 2010-03-09 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Sick elephant put down at Paignton Zoo in Devon 2010-01-27 - South Devon, United Kingdom - Regal treatment for half-blind Duchess 2010-01-14 - Chester, United Kingdom - Bronze elephant gift to City 2010-01-14 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Crushed elephant keeper"s lucky escape 2009-12-04 - Cheshire, United Kingdom - From elephant escort duty to Z Cars: Amazing police archive snaps show what the real "Life On Mars" was like in the late 1950s 2009-11-26 - London, United Kingdom - Photographer Mary Ellen Mark"s best shot 2009-11-05 - London, United Kingdom - Plastinated: Samba the elephant is the latest to receive the "Dr Death" von Hagens treatment 2009-10-13 - Atherstone, United Kingdom - A Hindu Elephant Blessing by a Brahmin at Twycross Zoo 2009-10-06 - Chester , United Kingdom - Chester Zoological Gardens : Elephant Keeper 2009-10-02 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Watch Twycross zoo"s baby elephant on live webcam 2009-09-22 - Bristol, United Kingdom - 1,000 fossil-hunters come to Bristol. The University welcomes delegates attending the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 2009-09-17 - Chester, United Kingdom - Elephant Study 2009-09-10 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo produces elephant guidance handbook 2009-08-25 - West Midlands, United Kingdom - Elephants make sweet music 2009-08-23 - London, United Kingdom - The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson 2009-08-20 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Meet the Twycross zoo"s new big elephant baby 2009-08-19 - London, United Kingdom - Circus Elephant Beatings Caught On Camera 2009-08-18 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Newborn elephant suffers setback 2009-08-15 - Felixstowe, United Kingdom - Mammoth new discovery on beach 2009-08-14 - Bewdley, United Kingdom - Elephant Learns to Play Harmonica 2009-08-13 - Rochford, United Kingdom - Anger as elephants enter the circus ring 2009-08-11 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Gay the Asian Elephant Gets Fancy Red Designer Shoes! 2009-08-10 - , United Kingdom - Newborn elephant suffers setback 2009-08-07 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Inseminated elephant gives birth 2009-08-07 - , United Kingdom - Inseminated elephant gives birth 2009-08-04 - London, United Kingdom - Mnangagwa behind ivory, rhino smuggling .. says British newspaper 2009-07-28 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Baby Elephant Calf Makes Her Debut At British Zoo 2009-07-27 - , United Kingdom - Whipsnade Zoo trumpets baby elephant birth 2009-06-28 - London, United Kingdom - Map of elephant DNA reveals trail of ivory smugglers 2009-05-22 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Virus kills another Whipsnade Zoo baby elephant 2009-05-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Sadness as Whipsnade baby elephant dies. Vets and keepers fought in vain to save calf 2009-04-02 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Former Circus Elephants Due at Belfast Zoo 2009-03-27 - London, United Kingdom - Jim Edwards 2009-03-26 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Zoo finds WW2 "elephant angel" 2009-03-25 - London, United Kingdom - Michael Jackson exclusive: Wacko wants to enter London concerts riding an elephant 2009-03-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Who gave a home to elephant Sheila? 2009-02-26 - London, United Kingdom - Cruel? No, elephants love the circus - and I should know, says DEA BIRKETT, I used to ride them in the Big Top 2009-02-23 - London, United Kingdom - Animal welfare charity slams plans for elephant circus act 2009-02-23 - Salford, United Kingdom - Elephants in zoos at risk of abnormal behaviour because of small groups 2009-02-13 - London, United Kingdom - World Wildlife Fund Launch Valentine Theme for Asian Elephant Adoption 2009-02-12 - Barnstaple, United Kingdom - Barnstaple"s ancient elephant to be reunited with its teeth 2009-02-10 - , United Kingdom - Elephant falls in love with zoo keeper at West Midland Safari Park 2009-02-07 - Howletts, United Kingdom - Baby elephant exploring paddock 2009-02-01 - West Midlands, United Kingdom - Featured Book February 2009: The Legend of Salt and Sauce: The Amazing Story of Britains Most Famous Elephants by Jamie Clubb and Jim Clubb 2009-01-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Elephant paternity mix-up at zoo 2009-01-29 - London, United Kingdom - Mammoth-killing comet questioned 2009-01-27 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Opal the elephant is pregnant 2009-01-26 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Lateralisation of trunk movements in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). 2009-01-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Goodbye Circus, Hello Belfast, As New Elephants Join Zoo 2009-01-15 - London, United Kingdom - Secret Life of Elephants debuts with 4.2m on BBC One 2009-01-14 - London, United Kingdom - Where should the elephants go? 2009-01-05 - Chester, United Kingdom - SPECIALIST KEEPER – ELEPHANT TEAM 2008-12-24 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo: Deputy Section Head: Elephant Section 2008-12-01 - Norwich, United Kingdom - Go Elephants! Cheque handed over 2008-12-01 - London, United Kingdom - Featured Book November 2008: Elephants 2008-11-26 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Barriers improved after safety issues highlighted 2008-11-25 - London, United Kingdom - Britney Spears to ride elephant on the X Factor 2008-11-24 - Colne, United Kingdom - 1890: When elephants roamed the streets of Colne 2008-11-21 - Bewdley, United Kingdom - Elephants enjoy rock riffs 2008-11-05 - London, United Kingdom - The Big Question: Will scientists ever be able to resurrect long-extinct animals by cloning? 2008-10-24 - London, United Kingdom - Elephants" lives go under the hammer 2008-10-17 - Twycross, United Kingdom - British zoo celebrates first elephant in the UK to conceive by artificial insemination 2008-10-09 - Happisburgh, United Kingdom - Mammoth riddle: the tooth is out there 2008-10-09 - London, United Kingdom - BBC radio news: Animal Migration in a climate of change, Part Three: Making mating easier for African elephants. 2008-09-26 - Calderdale, United Kingdom - A jumbo collection: Kathy"s 1,600 elephants 2008-09-12 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Elephants show how to have fun 2008-09-11 - Berkshire, United Kingdom - Those magnificent women in their flying machines. For 63 years the vital war work of the Air Transport Auxiliary"s women pilots has been overlooked. Until today 2008-09-07 - London, United Kingdom - Quite Interesting 2008-09-04 - Chester, United Kingdom - Elephant & Rhino Evening 2008-08-24 - London, United Kingdom - ELEPHANTS ARE NOT SO INFLEXIBLE AFTER ALL 2008-08-14 - Chester, United Kingdom - Moving on up! 2008-08-11 - London, United Kingdom - Elephants" Legendary Memories Help Herds Survive 2008-06-23 - Norwich, United Kingdom - The elephants have arrived in Norwich 2008-06-18 - Bolton, United Kingdom - Call to stop ivory trade 2008-06-10 - Brinsop, United Kingdom - 119 tons of ivory about to be auctioned? 2008-05-30 - Woburn, United Kingdom - David Bellamy opens new Woburn Elephant House 2008-05-15 - Hatfield, United Kingdom - The movements of limb segments and joints during locomotion in African and Asian elephants 2008-05-14 - Bewdley, United Kingdom - Trunks at ready for watery cool off 2008-05-11 - Dundee, United Kingdom - Unlikely Dundee claims to fame 2008-05-07 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Blackpool Zoo: Trainee Elephant keeper 2008-05-07 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Blackpool Zoo: Experienced Elephant Keeper 2008-04-12 - Norwich, United Kingdom - Herd of elephants heading for Norwich 2008-04-10 - London, United Kingdom - UK zoo"s unique "Assam Haathi" Project wins award 2008-03-31 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo: Elephant Keepers £282 to £323 pw 2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom - BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs 2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom - BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs 2008-03-17 - Cork, United Kingdom - Indian Elephant habitat. Can any truck operator help the conservation campaign asks Biglorryblog? 2008-03-11 - Bekesbourne, United Kingdom - Baby elephant Uzuri is new addition to Howlett herd 2008-03-06 - London, United Kingdom - Call of the wild, Trade bans and conservation. Is the prohibition of trade saving wildlife, or endangering it? 2008-03-06 - Arbroath, United Kingdom - Trio of white elephants created 2008-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Jambo"s leaves Colchester Zoo on his journey to Spain 2008-03-04 - London, United Kingdom - IFAW mounts ivory ban lobbying campaign 2008-03-03 - Chester, United Kingdom - Elephant in Chester Zoo in 1981 2008-03-03 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Popular elephant bids farewell to zoo 2008-03-02 - London, United Kingdom - Chinese Auction Sites Feature Thousands of Illegal Animal Parts 2008-03-02 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Jambo"s leaving date is confirmed as Tuesday 4th March! See Kito and Jambo playing together in their paddocks! 2008-02-27 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Crumple boots up to ease pain 2008-02-27 - London, United Kingdom - GPS tracking forest elephants, with pygmy help 2008-02-26 - London, United Kingdom - Warning: no elephants in the pool. What are we doing, as self-appointed custodians of the Earth, with these creatures? 2008-02-20 - Woburn, United Kingdom - Elephant Keeper Vacancy at Woburn Safari Park 2008-02-12 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Baby weighs in at a healthy 220lbs. Jumbo delivery at Whipsnade 2008-02-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - The baby just fell out 2008-02-06 - London, United Kingdom - The three-dimensional locomotor dynamics of African (Loxodonta africana) and Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants reveal a smooth gait transition at moderate speed. 2008-02-06 - Dunstable, United Kingdom - Elephant calf appears in public 2008-02-03 - Merseyside, United Kingdom - Wild At Heart - Too many elephants causes problems - 3 February 2008 @ 7.45-8.45pm on ITV1 2008-01-23 - Oxford, United Kingdom - Alpha males? A load of old bull... 2008-01-20 - Oxford, United Kingdom - Why elephants are not so long in the tusk. Elephants are evolving smaller tusks due to pressure from hunting and poaching for ivory, according to conservation experts. 2008-01-19 - Dunstable, United Kingdom - Elephant baby born in Whipsnade 2008-01-18 - Luton, United Kingdom - VIDEO: It"s Noah joke when you have to count all the animals. Whipsnade team make sure annual stocktake all adds up 2008-01-13 - London, United Kingdom - Hope for Anne the elephant 2008-01-11 - London, United Kingdom - Col Wallace Pryke 2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom - Eco-damage threatens elephants and ants 2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom - Government rejects elephants for pets e-petitionPachyderm disappointment 2007-12-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Thanks for the memories, Jambo and Kito 2007-12-28 - Colchester, United Kingdom - African elephants Jambo and Kito set to leave Colchester Zoo to BioParc Valencia in Spain 2007-12-27 - Chester, United Kingdom - Zoo’s animal campaign drives visitors wild 2007-12-27 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Six-ton elephant helps romantic boyfriend propose to lover during zoo trip 2007-12-19 - Cardiff University, United Kingdom - Complex phylogeographic history of central African forest elephants and its implications for taxonomy. 2007-12-07 - London, United Kingdom - What"s the future for circus animals? 2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom - How elephants keep tabs on family 2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom - An elephant never forgets where to find its nearest and dearest 2007-12-04 - St Andrews, United Kingdom - African elephants have expectations about the locations of out-of-sight family members. 2007-11-25 - London, United Kingdom - Benn to rule on elephant 2007-11-22 - London, United Kingdom - British zoos work in Assam wins major wildlife award 2007-11-21 - Chester, United Kingdom - British zoo"s work in Assam wins major wildlife award 2007-11-21 - London, United Kingdom - Nelly the elephant unpacked her trunk and decided to stay at the circus after all. Study finds animals kept in adequate conditions RSPCA criticises scope of government-backed report 2007-11-18 - Kent, United Kingdom - Port Lympne Wild Animal Park: Elephant Keeper 2007-11-08 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Sadness as zoos elephant is put down 2007-11-02 - Chester, United Kingdom - Elephant Family at Chester Zoo 2007-11-02 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom - Whipsnade Zoo: Elephant Keeper 2007-10-23 - London, United Kingdom - West African elephants threatened by renewed poaching 2007-10-18 - London, United Kingdom - Study shows elephants can literally sniff out danger 2007-10-08 - London, United Kingdom - Elephants are scared of bees, scientists say 2007-10-03 - , United Kingdom - Mammoth find on Suffolk beach 2007-10-01 - London, United Kingdom - DNA Solutions quest to preserve the Asian Elephant 2007-09-30 - London, United Kingdom - London Zoo in the good old days: historic archive goes online 2007-09-26 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Fears for elephant at Colchester zoo 2007-09-14 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo: Elephant keeper/senior keeper 2007-09-05 - London, United Kingdom - Hyde Park in London: Day in pictures 2007-09-05 - Crook, United Kingdom - North-East film maker trampled by elephant 2007-09-04 - London, United Kingdom - Elephant Family : Trunks meet trunks, Hyde Park 4th-18th September 2007-08-19 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Dentist treats an unusual patient at zoo 2007-08-17 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Elephants head for zoo farm 2007-08-15 - London, United Kingdom - British tourists fuel endangered wildlife trade 2007-08-11 - London, United Kingdom - The Animals Reader, eds. Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald, (Berg, Oxford, 2007) 2007-08-11 - Carlisle, United Kingdom - Foot and mouth strands englands last circus elephant 2007-08-10 - Pakenham, United Kingdom - Elephant project a mammoth task 2007-08-08 - Dunstable, United Kingdom - Whipsnade Zoo: Elephant Keeper 2007-08-03 - London, United Kingdom - Gun That Killed 1,000 Elephants Sold For £66K 2007-07-22 - London, United Kingdom - Oldest DNA ever decoded. Science makes DNA breakthrough in the tooth of a mastodon. A fossilised tooth found in a swamp has allowed scientists to work out the DNA of a primitive North American elephant. 2007-07-17 - Ayrshire, United Kingdom - Big tent ban for elderly elephant 2007-07-11 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Colchester Zoo Very Sad to Report the Loss of Rosa the Elephant 2007-07-03 - London, United Kingdom - Osbourne"s elephant scare. Saving Planet Earth tonight at 7pm on BBC One 2007-06-27 - London, United Kingdom - Elephants break into a run at slow speeds, a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, has revealed. 2007-06-16 - London, United Kingdom - I saw elephant kill my family 2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom - Kenya landowner and luxury lodge share blame for tourist"s goring by elephant 2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom - I was gored by an elephant - and survived 2007-06-05 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Training elephants? Not on your nellie! Whipsnade staff hosting daily demonstrations 2007-05-17 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - IZW International symposium on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals, hosted by Edinburgh Zoo 2007-05-15 - London, United Kingdom - EBay accused of fueling illegal ivory trade. Animal group says its survey found almost all listings violated EBay policies 2007-05-13 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Asian gangs fueling the illegal ivory trade 2007-05-01 - London, United Kingdom - Adapt, Move or Die: Prehistoric Climate Change 2007-05-01 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Health fears over Colchester zoos elephant Rosa 2007-04-15 - London, United Kingdom - Tarzan"s Cheeta, Now the Oldest Swinger in Town 2007-04-02 - Worcester, United Kingdom - County inquest on couple killed by elephants 2007-04-02 - South Shields, United Kingdom - Nurses go east to help elephants 2007-03-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Rosa the elephant in Colchester 2007-03-23 - St Albans, United Kingdom - Circus defends use of Anne the elephant 2007-03-22 - Kent, United Kingdom - Pioneering zoologist Mike Lockyer laid to rest with pride 2007-03-21 - Canterbury, United Kingdom - African elephants" new home ready 2007-03-20 - London, United Kingdom - Horizon: The Elephants Guide To Sex, BBC2, March 20, 9pm. A jumbo tusk for scientists 2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom - Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004. 2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom - Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004. 2007-03-09 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester elephants get trunk call 2007-03-01 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Trunks packed for elephant adventure 2007-02-21 - Stanton Harcourt, United Kingdom - Theft of fossils goes unnoticed 2007-02-20 - Eastbourne, United Kingdom - ZOOLOGIST WORKS TO SAVE ELEPHANTS 2007-02-07 - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Mammoth op for Knowsley Safari Park elephant in pain 2007-02-07 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Born to be wild at Whipsnade. Baby rhino and elephant make their debut 2007-02-06 - Twycross, United Kingdom - Snibston rangers help hungry Heffalumps! 2007-01-26 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo: Elephant keeper 2007-01-20 - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Blackpool Zoo for sale 2006-12-09 - London, United Kingdom - Lucy-Jo Hudson recalls elephant terror 2006-11-29 - London, United Kingdom - Unborn elephant photos were of models 2006-11-27 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Photo in the News: Loch Ness Monster Was an Elephant? 2006-11-18 - Coventry, United Kingdom - Coventry and its coat of arms: the elephant and castle 2006-11-17 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo Elephant calf to be named on live TV 2006-11-17 - , United Kingdom - The town Bolton, famous for its elephants 2006-11-17 - Bolton, United Kingdom - Birth of the Bolton town’s new elephants 2006-11-15 - Bristol, United Kingdom - New Scientist 17 December 2005: Elephants cleared of going on drunken rampages 2006-11-15 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom - Giant elephant killers: macropredation in lions 2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom - Mammoth visits Trafalgar Square 2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom - New Line Making Daphne Sheldrick Biopic 2006-11-12 - London, United Kingdom - Woolly Mammoth in Trafalgar Square, Wednesday November 15. Photocall: 9 a.m. A cunning ruse to promote Chris Stringer"s new book, Homo Brittanicus 2006-11-12 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo: Elephant calf makes debut The male calf was born at Chester Zoo in the early hours of this morning. The baby"s mother 24-year-old Thi gave birth following a 23 month pregnancy. 2006-11-09 - London, United Kingdom - Londons Elephants - No. 11 in a series 2006-11-01 - Devon, United Kingdom - Elephants at a Devon zoo are in for a post-Halloween treat as people respond to an appeal for pumpkin lanterns. 2006-10-29 - London, United Kingdom - The locomotor kinematics of Asian and African elephants: changes with speed and size. 2006-10-27 - London, United Kingdom - Hunting "has conservation role" 2006-10-24 - London, United Kingdom - Barber shop fined for selling ivory shaving brushes 2006-10-02 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Moths That Drink Elephant"s Tears and Other Zoological Curiosities, by Matt Walker 2006-09-22 - Leicestershire, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo: Elephant keeper 2006-09-17 - London, United Kingdom - ARE elephants really afraid of mice? 2006-09-01 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom - Elephants anatomy teach robots how to jump 2006-08-22 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - WHIPSNADE’S NEW ARRIVAL IS JUMBO-SIZED 2006-08-19 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Elephants run like Groucho Marx 2006-08-16 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Scientists see depth of elephant feelings 2006-08-08 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Elephants show capacity for compassion, scientists find 2006-07-25 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Working with elephants, How do you get an elephant to lift its foot and bare its sole? 2006-07-20 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Self portrait by elephants from Thailand is exhibited at Edinburgh 2006-07-07 - London, United Kingdom - Stone Age Elephant Found at Ancient U.K. Hunt Site is Palaeoloxodon antiquus 2006-07-04 - North Wales, United Kingdom - CAPS: Boycott Bobby Roberts Circus over elephant act 2006-06-29 - Kent, United Kingdom - Early signs of elephant butchers in England 2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom - Toyota pulls elephant ad 2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom - Dung sale to save asian elephants 2006-05-29 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Ovulation, pregnancy, placentation and husbandry in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). 2006-05-08 - London, United Kingdom - Italian Designer Killed In Hunting Trip 2006-03-22 - Brighton, United Kingdom - African elephants show high levels of interest in the skulls and ivory of their own species. 2006-02-25 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Edinburgh Zoo growth plan enrages animal welfare groups 2006-02-13 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Elephant house fire claims lives of mother and baby giraffe 2006-02-10 - Woburn, United Kingdom - Elephant Keeper - Woburn 2006-01-16 - London, United Kingdom - Stop this cruelty to circuses - Animal rights extremists are threatening the unique world of the big top 2006-01-10 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Elephants never forget. Do elephants really remember their dead? 2006-01-07 - London, United Kingdom - The world this week - Prince William and the elephants 2005-12-20 - BRISTOL, United Kingdom - Drunken elephant myth exposed 2005-12-08 - Cardiff University, United Kingdom - New study of the world"s smallest elephant 2005-09-28 - London, United Kingdom - Weak controls allow illegal ivory trade to flourish in Britain 2005-07-11 - London, United Kingdom - Vietnam war devices used to track elephants 2005-07-06 - Bollington, United Kingdom - Schoolboy campaigns to free Britain’s last remaining circus elephant 2005-05-24 - London, United Kingdom - Billy Smart Jr. October 15, 1934 - May 23, 2005. Ebullient circus showman whose elephant act was the largest and most spectacular in Europe 2005-05-05 - Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom - Asistant keeper position 2005-04-28 - London, United Kingdom - Do you want Anne to pack her trunk and say "goodbye" to the circus? 2005-04-21 - Paignton, United Kingdom - Paignton Zoo Elephants Separated after Overnight Spat 2005-01-24 - Clacton, United Kingdom - When Essex man fought Elephants 2004-11-30 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo to pay £75,000 for death of elephant keeper 2004-11-27 - London, United Kingdom - From Africa to UK high streets, via China: inside lucrative world of ivory smuggling 2004-11-23 - London, United Kingdom - Illegal ivory trade: UK cops" hands are tied 2004-11-22 - London, United Kingdom - Illegal traders "go unpunished" 2004-10-25 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo under attack after birth of elephant 2004-10-14 - Chester, United Kingdom - Chester Zoo elephants trumpet a welcome for latest addition to family 2004-04-30 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Day in the life of an elephant keeper 2004-04-10 - London, United Kingdom - Breathalyser detects tuberculosis 2004-03-30 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Whipsnade Wild Animal Park celebrates its first Asian elephant birth 2003-03-18 - London, United Kingdom - Ecologist Dr. Raman Sukumar won the Whitley Gold Award 2003-03-17 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) stature in the Réserve de Faune du Petit Loango, Gabon 2002-03-18 - Chester, United Kingdom - Killed elephant keeper in Chester Zoo "gave warnings" 2001-11-02 - London, United Kingdom - Elephants Leave London Zoo, End 170-Year Tradition 2001-10-20 - London, United Kingdom - Elephant keeper Jim Robson killed by elephant Geeta in London Zoo 2001-10-09 - Chester, United Kingdom - Killer elephant in Chester Zoo put down 1998-01-17 - Chester, United Kingdom - Motty the elephant crossbreed. 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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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