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Visitors looking at a Sumatran elephant in its enclosure at Ragunan zoo in Jakarta on July 21, 2015.

Two rare Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia, poison suspected: official

2015-10-15 - BANDA ACEH, Indonesia.

Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia´s Aceh province, an official said on Thursday (Oct 15). Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants, aged two and 15, bleeding from their mouths and rectums in the forest near Panggong village, in Aceh Jaya district, on Wednesday (Oct 14), local conservation agency chief Genman Suhefti Hasibuan told Agence France-Presse.


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Poisoned Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesian palm oil plantation

2012-05-01 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A ranger says an endangered Sumatran elephant has died in a palm oil plantation in western Indonesia, apparently after being poisoned by villagers trying to protect their crops. Fewer than 3,000 of the animals are left in the wild and environmentalists warn they could be extinct within three decades unless steps are taken to protect them.


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A photo taken on September 22, 2011 shows a Sumatran elephant under the care of the Conservation Response Unit roaming an area in the Ulu Masen forest in Aceh province, on western Indonesia

Sumatran Wildlife at Risk: Animal Activists

2012-04-03 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

The unbridled destruction of Sumatra’s forests over the past 20 years is the main reason for the 44 percent decline in the Sumatran elephant population during that period, wildlife activists said on Monday. Donny Gunaryadi, the elephant program coordinator at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia program, said the wild elephant population on the island had dropped from around 5,000 in 1992 to just 2,800 today


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Elephants run amok in Indonesia

2009-10-28 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A herd of wild elephants damaged houses and devoured crops as they rampaged through an Indonesian village, terrifying residents, officials said Wednesday. The elephants charged villagers and ran amok on Tuesday night in the latest incident of animal-human conflict in Indonesia, where the jungles that serve as wildlife habitats are being rapidly destroyed. Officials responded by using five tame elephants to chase out the invaders.


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Aceh authorities urged to deal with elephants running amok

2008-11-27 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Local residents of Cot Pangee village have urged authorities in Aceh Jaya District to deal with elephants which have run amok and killed one villager. "I notice that despite a casualty and damages in hectares of crops, there is no effort to solve the elephant problem in Cot Pangee village," Saudi M Daud, an inhabitant of Aceh Jaya, told ANTARA here on Thursday. Since November 25, 2008, a herd of elephants have run amok in Cot Pangee village, around 130 km west of Banda Aceh. The herd killed a lo...


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WWF demands official investigation into two elephants` deaths

2008-09-24 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

The Indonesian chapter of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is asking Indonesian authorities to investigate the death of two Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) in Southeast Aceh district, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) province, a spokesman said. "This is important. To prevent a negative interpretation of what happened, the authorities should investigate the death of the two Sumatran elephants so that the cause of their death is clearly established," WWF Indonesia Deputy Team Leader Dede Su...


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Increasing elephant attacks in Aceh Jaya

2008-09-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Elephant attacks have been occurring with increasing frequency in Pantee Purba/Ligan , Sampiniet sub district, Aceh Jaya District, during the past one month, local sources said. "Since they entered this region last August, the herds of wild elephants have destroyed crops on hectares of farm land," Abdul Hakim, a local farmer, told ANTARA on Saturday. Some 13 Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) were currently in the outskirts of Ie Jeureungeh village and in a forest bordering the SP-V...


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Elephants attack plantation areas in Aceh

2007-10-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A herd of Sumatran elephants (Elephas Maximus Sumatranus) recently again encroached on a residential area and attacked plantations at Patek, Sampoiniet, Aceh Jaya District, Aceh Province. Rahmatullah, a settler in the Patek transmigration area, said here on Tuesday the elephants` attack happened around a week before the Idul Fitri Islamic festivity. A herd of around eight elephants almost every evening approached the resettlement area, he said.


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Elephants attack plantation areas in Aceh

2007-10-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A herd of Sumatran elephants (Elephas Maximus Sumatranus) recently again encroached on a residential area and attacked plantations at Patek, Sampoiniet, Aceh Jaya District, Aceh Province. Rahmatullah, a settler in the Patek transmigration area, said here on Tuesday the elephants` attack happened around a week before the Idul Fitri Islamic festivity. A herd of around eight elephants almost every evening approached the resettlement area, he said.


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12 wild elephants ran amuck in two Aceh villages

2006-10-30 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

At least 12 wild elephants ran amuck in two villages in Trumon Timur sub-district in Aceh Selatan district recently, an official said. The wild elephants trampled down paddies and plantations, and also damaged clean water pipes in Naca village, Trumon Timur sub-district chief Said Azhar said in Trumon on Monday.


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Aceh elephants running wild

2006-10-11 - BANDA ACEH, Indonesia.

Wild elephants who are losing their natural habitat are encroaching on residential areas in Trumon Timur, southern Aceh, destroying hectares of crops, when three elephants came down on a rice field and destroyed the crops. The frequency of elephant incursions into human settlements has increased over the past two weeks after the Leuser International Foundation withdrew two trained elephants that had been used to scare away the local elephants.


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Fair to use elephants in tsunami cleanup? Handlers say they enjoy work, activists fear injuries

2005-02-17 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

Rachmat has a nasty gash on his leg from walking over broken glass. Marni has a forehead laceration from bumping up against things. Their fellow workers are also nursing cuts and scrapes. Since the Asian elephants began helping clear debris in Indonesia’s Aceh province after the Dec. 26 tsunami, they have picked up minor on-the-job injuries. Officials and trainers say none of the wounds are serious, but conservationists and animal welfare activists say the endangered elephants shouldn’t be w...


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Banda Aceh Elephants join jumbo-sized clean-up chore

2005-01-28 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Mark Forbes

The elephants let out a mournful roar with each effort, clearing fallen trees and crushed cars, and exposing more bodies a month after the tsunami swept away much of Banda Aceh.

Trained in basic circus tricks, they wrap their trunks around fallen trees or shift small trucks, one pushing, one pulling.

Aceh's conservation chief, Andi Basrul, flew back to Banda Aceh the morning after the wall of water struck to find his house gone, along with his wife and son. He reali...


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Elephants aid in disaster relief

2005-01-03 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia. CNN

They may not carry the title "man's best friend," but elephants are providing priceless help as Indonesia struggles to recover from the tsunamis that killed more than 94,000 in that country alone and leveled entire towns. In Aceh province, Indonesia's ground zero, the gentle giants are doing the work of both man and machine. "The elephants help us evacuate survivors or bodies that could possibly be trapped under the rubble as heavy equipment has still not been able to get here," said Zaenal of t...


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14 Headlines about Elephants from Banda Aceh2015-10-15 - BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Two rare Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia, poison suspected: official 2012-05-01 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Poisoned Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesian palm oil plantation 2012-04-03 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Sumatran Wildlife at Risk: Animal Activists 2009-10-28 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Elephants run amok in Indonesia 2008-11-27 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Aceh authorities urged to deal with elephants running amok 2008-09-24 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - WWF demands official investigation into two elephants` deaths 2008-09-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Increasing elephant attacks in Aceh Jaya 2007-10-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Elephants attack plantation areas in Aceh 2007-10-13 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Elephants attack plantation areas in Aceh 2006-10-30 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - 12 wild elephants ran amuck in two Aceh villages 2006-10-11 - BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Aceh elephants running wild 2005-02-17 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Fair to use elephants in tsunami cleanup? Handlers say they enjoy work, activists fear injuries 2005-01-28 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Banda Aceh Elephants join jumbo-sized clean-up chore 2005-01-03 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Elephants aid in disaster relief

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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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