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An Asian elephant gently picks up some parsley with its trunk from a visitors hand at a Hamburg zoo in Germany.  Read more at http://www.star2.com/living/science-technology/2017/01/24/elephant-inspired-robotic-gripper-in-the-works/#KYpLTDYRWTFvQJue.99

Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot

2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States.

Scientists hope to one day develop a robotic gripper modelled on the dexterous trunks of elephants. The boneless appendage can easily pick up objects as small as a peanut or as heavy as a log. But how do elephants regulate the force they apply with their trunk? Researchers who worked with an elephant at Zoo Atlanta in the United States say the secret is the ability to form a joint in the trunk at a location of the animal’s choice.


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Diver Bill Eberlein said he first thought he found an old log, but realized it was more when he felt the teeth embedded in the fossil at the bottom of an area river.

Diver finds mastodon jaw in area river

2016-04-30 - Atlanta, United States.

Shark-tooth diver Bill Eberlein experienced a first in his lifetime when he found a mastodon jaw embedded in the mud of a river bed. "I have been diving in coastal Georgia rivers for over 15 years for prehistoric shark teeth, but this is the first time I have discovered a mastodon jaw," Eberlein said.


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Queenie, an Asian elephant, and Liz Dane water-ski at a park in Florida in 1958. Dane’s parents once owned the elephant, who was euthanized Monday at age 58.

Water-skiing Asian elephant dies in Georgia at 58

2011-06-03 - Atlanta, United States. David Beasley

Queenie, a water-skiing Asian elephant who delighted fans in the 1950s, has been euthanized at the Georgia wildlife park where she lived her final years in retirement. "She had a declining quality of life and declining health," said Micha Hogan, public relations director of the Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park in Valdosta, where Queenie had lived out of the spotlight since 2003.


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Elephants know when they need a helping trunk in a cooperative task.

2011-03-09 - Atlanta, United States. Plotnik JM, Lair R, Suphachoksahakun W, de Waal FB.

This paradigm explores the cognition underlying coordination toward a shared goal. What do animals know or learn about the benefits of cooperation? Can they learn critical elements of a partner´s role in cooperation? Whereas observations in nature suggest such understanding in nonhuman primates, experimental results have been mixed, and little evidence exists with regards to nonprimates. Here, we show that elephants can learn to coordinate with a partner in a task requiring two individuals...


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Zoo Atlanta: Elephant Lead Keeper

2010-07-06 - Atlanta, United States.

This is a salaried position that is responsible for implementing departmental activities and staff training of the Elephant Area of the Mammal Department. Staff in the Elephant Area cares for African elephants and warthogs. Zoo Atlanta’s elephants are managed in protected contact. This position reports to the department’s Assistant Curator and Curator. This position also works closely with the Zoo’s Elephant Manager.


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Large Mammal Keeper III - Elephants

2009-04-15 - Atlanta, United States.

The Keeper III is responsible for animal husbandry and maintenance of exhibit, holding and public areas of the assigned department. This person will report to the area Lead Keeper or Assistant Curator or Curator as appropriate.


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Zoo caretakers should guard against MRSA

2009-03-05 - Atlanta, United States.

An outbreak of community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus occurred among caretakers of an elephant calf, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, released Thursday, warns that people working with animals in zoo settings should perform proper hand hygiene before and after animal contact and use personal protective equipment -- gowns, gloves, and masks -- when working with ill or infected animals.


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Dottie the elephant.

Pregnant Elephant Who Died At Zoo Atlanta Had Pneumonia

2008-11-05 - Atlanta, United States.

Officials at Zoo Atlanta say a pregnant African elephant that died suddenly last month had pneumonia. Officials announced the finding Wednesday after receiving preliminary necropsy results for 26-year-old Dottie. Still, zoo officials have not yet said whether the disease is what killed the elephant Oct. 28. “We are saddened by the sudden loss of Dottie. I know our veterinary and animal management team worked diligently to ensure she received the best care and treatment possible. This is especi...


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Zoo Atlanta"s Pregnant Elephant Dies

2008-10-28 - Atlanta, United States. LEON STAFFORD, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The elephant, which had recently gone into the third trimester of her 24-month pregnancy, was 26. Zoo Atlanta’s veterinary team, along with the Department of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, will perform a necropsy. “We are saddened by the sudden loss of Dottie,” Zoo Atlanta President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Kelly said in a prepared statement. “I know our veterinary and animal management team worked diligently to ensure she received...


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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church while campaigning for his wife US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Atlanta, Georgia, January 21, 2008.

Life in the Jungle: The Candidates Have a Lot to Learn

2008-01-28 - Atlanta, United States. Suzanne Fields

Not so long ago, our parents and teachers were forever admonishing us not to act like animals. Now our candidates for president are showing us how they think they can profit by imitating animals, especially the brainy ones. Like the elephants, for example. Hillary can take heart. "Among elephants, it is the females who are the born politicians," writes Natalie Angier, a science writer, in The New York Times. An elephant typically cultivates robust and lifelong social ties with at least 100 other...


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Zoo Atlanta Expecting Baby Elephant In 2009

2007-11-20 - Atlanta, United States.

Zoo Atlanta may soon hear the stomping of little feet. One of the zoo's three elephants, Dottie, is pregnant. If all goes as expected, the zoo's first newborn Loxodonata african should arrive in April 2009. The baby could weigh up to 300 pounds and measure 3 feet tall at birth. A team of specialists from Berlin artificially inseminated the 25-year-old Dottie in June after plans to mate her with a male elephant at the North Carolina Zoo fell through.


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Zoo Atlanta: Lead Keeper of Elephants

2007-05-04 - Atlanta, United States.

Zoo Atlanta is currently seeking an individual who is highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized to fill the open Lead Keeper of Elephants position within the Large Mammal department. This full-time salaried position requires an applicant with the knowledge and experience of an advanced Animal Keeper including the interest and ability to handle additional team leader and supervisor responsibilities. A degree in a Life Science or related field is required in conjunction with a minimum of five ...


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Zoo Atlanta: Elephant keeper / Carnivore

2007-04-13 - Atlanta, United States. EAZA

Zoo Atlanta is currently looking for an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who will compliment the current Elephant keeper staff. Keeper responsibilities include providing comprehensive animal care, animal training, enrichment, monitoring animal health, facilities and exhibit maintenance. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, formal and informal public presentations, special event programming, and assisting with behavioral research or conservation initiative...


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Each of Zoo Atlanta

The remains of the day. Fragrant and fertile, elephant dung gets new life as compost

2007-04-11 - Atlanta, United States. MARK DAVIS

No one knows that better than the people who greet each morning, shovel in hand, as they scoop up ...Call them the poop patrol, those bold souls who trail behind the three elephants at Zoo Atlanta, scraping up those smelly mounds that invariably trail a pachyderm's path. Three or more times daily, they shovel hundreds of pounds of elephant dung — nearly a ton a day, about 600 pounds per beast, an Everest of excrement. It winds up as compost, courtesy of a Carroll County businessman who recycle...


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Trumpet the news: Elephants are staying at Zoo Atlanta.

2006-11-13 - Atlanta, United States. MARK DAVIS

Victoria, Zambezi and Starlet, don't pack those trunks just yet. You're not leaving as originally planned to mate up with some handsome bull. Instead, you'll be treated Tuesday to a pachyderm pile of produce to celebrate two decades' worth of heavyweight entertainment at Zoo Atlanta. Tuesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the day that Victoria and Zoo Atlanta's other African elephants, Zambezi and Starlet, came together.


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mirror self-recognition (MSR) in an Asian elephant.

2006-10-30 - Atlanta, United States. Plotnik JM, de Waal FB, Reiss D., Emory University

We exposed three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) to a large mirror to investigate their responses. Here, we report a successful MSR elephant study and report striking parallels in the progression of responses to mirrors among apes, dolphins, and elephants. These parallels suggest convergent cognitive evolution most likely related to complex sociality and cooperation.


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First Evidence to Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves in the Mirror. New finding suggests convergent evolution with humans

2006-10-30 - ATLANTA, United States.

Elephants have joined a small, elite group of species, including humans, great apes and dolphins, that have the ability to recognize themselves in the mirror, according to a new finding by researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York.


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Three female elephants leaving Zoo Atlanta to breed in N.C.

2006-01-10 - ATLANTA, United States.

Starlet, Victoria and Zambezi, female elephants at Zoo Atlanta, will be leaving the zoo for good next winter to breed at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The three, all in their early 20s, are not expected to return to Atlanta and will be replaced by two older female elephants from Disney's Animal Kingdom: Robin, 34, and Petunia, 32. Because Zoo Atlanta has neither male elephants nor adequate space to breed the animals and raise the calves, the trio in prime breeding age must go elsewhere.


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18 Headlines about Elephants from ATLANTA2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States - Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot 2016-04-30 - Atlanta, United States - Diver finds mastodon jaw in area river 2011-06-03 - Atlanta, United States - Water-skiing Asian elephant dies in Georgia at 58 2011-03-09 - Atlanta, United States - Elephants know when they need a helping trunk in a cooperative task. 2010-07-06 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Elephant Lead Keeper 2009-04-15 - Atlanta, United States - Large Mammal Keeper III - Elephants 2009-03-05 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo caretakers should guard against MRSA 2008-11-05 - Atlanta, United States - Pregnant Elephant Who Died At Zoo Atlanta Had Pneumonia 2008-10-28 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta"s Pregnant Elephant Dies 2008-01-28 - Atlanta, United States - Life in the Jungle: The Candidates Have a Lot to Learn 2007-11-20 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta Expecting Baby Elephant In 2009 2007-05-04 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Lead Keeper of Elephants 2007-04-13 - Atlanta, United States - Zoo Atlanta: Elephant keeper / Carnivore 2007-04-11 - Atlanta, United States - The remains of the day. Fragrant and fertile, elephant dung gets new life as compost 2006-11-13 - Atlanta, United States - Trumpet the news: Elephants are staying at Zoo Atlanta. 2006-10-30 - Atlanta, United States - mirror self-recognition (MSR) in an Asian elephant. 2006-10-30 - ATLANTA, United States - First Evidence to Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves in the Mirror. New finding suggests convergent evolution with humans 2006-01-10 - ATLANTA, United States - Three female elephants leaving Zoo Atlanta to breed in N.C.

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

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

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

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


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

Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

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


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

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

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


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

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


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

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

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


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

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

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


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

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


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

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

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


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

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


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

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

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


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

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

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


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

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

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


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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


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Man-Animal Conflict: IFS Officers will go for Online Training, says Assam Forest Minister

2021-01-18 - Guwahati, India. Sentinel Digital Desk

Amid repeated incidents of man-animal conflict being reported from different parts of Assam, a five-day training session have kick-started started in Guwahati on Monday for about 35 forest officials, ...


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Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field Charlotte

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

2021-01-17 - Jupiter, United Kingdom.

The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy. The Asian elephant in S...


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Mahout Vishnu with elephant

Angry elephant hurls mahout to death in TVM

2021-01-17 - Aruvippuram, India.

An aggressive elephant threw its mahout away in a fit of rage resulting in his death. The second mahout identified as Kollam native Vishnu (21) died in the attack by the elephant. The incident took pl...


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Three new baby Asian elephants born in SW China"s Yunnan

2021-01-16 - Yunnan, China.

At the Xishuangbanna Tropical Zoo, an Asian elephant named Ya Long also gave birth to a baby weighing 95.4 kilograms on January 14, after 21 months and 19 days of pregnancy. "It took the baby elephant...


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Karl Mogensen pets Asha, an African elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The USDA has cited the zoo for allowing visitors to ride Asha without her handler always nearby.

Natural Bridge Zoo fined for animal welfare violations

2021-01-15 - Natural Bridge, United States.

The fifth violation involved Asha, the zoo’s prized elephant, and regulations that require dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, bears and elephants to be under the control of an experienced hand...


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string...


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