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Fossil track sites on the Cape south coast show ancient evidence of Knysna elephants

2021-12-21 - Cape Town, South Africa. Charles Helm

In the 19th century, a population that came to be known as the “Knysna elephants” (a reference to the nearest big town) were the most southerly group of elephants in Africa. Over time they became the only free-ranging elephants in South Africa. Their numbers were decimated by the ivory market and habitat transformation. Evidence indicates that only one elephant, an adult female in her forties, remains. Now, about 18km from the area that lone elephant occupies, we have found new evidence of h...


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Comments on captive elephants in South Africa only two weeks more

2009-12-10 - Cape Town, South Africa.

The public has just over two weeks in which to submit comments on how captive elephants should be treated. This follows the publication late last month of the department of environmental affair's Draft Minimum Standards For the Management Of Captive Elephants, issued in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.


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As a small child I had a cuddly toy elephant that accompanied me everywhere

2009-10-10 - Cape Town, South Africa. Sean O’Toole

The elephants came first, recalls Steve Bloom. As a small child I had a cuddly toy elephant that accompanied me everywhere, and that may have had some influence on my affinity for elephants. Not that the biography of this Cape Town-born (1953) son of the soil is as straightforward as this. Bloom, who recently won two International Photography Awards from the Lucie Foundation for his pictures of an elephant swimming in the sea off the Andaman Islands, came to wildlife photography relatively late.


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Elephant dies of old age

2009-10-05 - Cape Town, South Africa.

The elephant cow that provoked an outcry from an animal rights group when it was spotted, apparently distressed and in pain, on an Mpumalanga game reserve's live webcam a fortnight ago, has died. The elephant cow died yesterday [Sunday] afternoon of natural causes, i.e. old age, Djuma Private Game Reserve owner Jurie Moolman told Sapa in an e-mail on Monday.


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Djuma Elephant to be euthanised

2009-09-30 - Cape Town, South Africa.

The elephant cow that provoked an uproar from an animal rights group when it was spotted on an Mpumalanga game reserve's live webcam last week, distressed and in pain, was found on Wednesday by rangers in the Sabi Sand Reserve. A decision was taken to euthanise the animal, Djuma Private Game Reserve owner Jurie Moolman told Sapa in an e-mail. Djuma is one of more than a dozen lodges and reserves that make up the 65 000 hectare Sabi Sand Reserve, which shares an unfenced 50km border with the Krug...


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International Sale of Elephant Ivory Begins in Southern Africa, Amid Controversy

2008-10-27 - Cape Town, South Africa.

An elephant ivory auction totaling over 19,800 lb (9,000 kg) will begin tomorrow in Namibia. This is the first time in nearly 10 years that international trade in elephant ivory has been sanctioned by the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The sales will continue over the next two weeks in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, with a grand total of 119 tons (108 tonnes) of ivory up for bidding. This accounts for an estimated 10,000+ dead elephants.


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Legal ivory sold to China ‘could end up in illicit market’ reach

2008-04-17 - Cape Town, South Africa. Wyndham Hartley

China, one of the centres of trade in illicit ivory, is on the list as a customer for the 30 tons of legal ivory which SA has permission to sell on world markets. Despite being a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites ) trade in illegal ivory has flourished in China. Its emerging middle class has such an appetite for ivory carvings and jewellery that in 2005 Richard Leakey, the renowned anthropologist, warned that the enormous economic growth in China pos...


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Authorities to discuss elephant management

2007-06-06 - Cape Town, South Africa.

Stakeholders and authorities in South African nature conservation are preparing to discuss submissions received from the public regarding the management of the nation's elephant population. Delivering his department's budget vote speech in Parliament, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said they had received 700 pages of comments, from a wide range of individuals and organisations on the matter.


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New govt rules to restrict elephant-back tourism industry

2007-03-07 - Cape Town, United States.

The government's proposed elephant-management regulations could hobble South Africa's "notorious" elephant-back tourism industry, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) said on Wednesday. "Ifaw has long been calling for better legislation to manage the elephant-safari industry, and it seems that government is finally going to get tough on this awful blight on South Africa's tourism landscape.


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Church and elephants fall foul of government land reform efforts

2006-10-11 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa.

A herd of elephants and a church are caught up in the South African government's efforts to redistribute land to black communities evicted under white rule and right one of the great wrongs of the apartheid era. Local authorities agreed earlier this year that professional hunters should be brought in to kill the mighty mammals. Animal rights activists protested and on Tuesday announced that they had raised enough funds to move the elephants to a wildlife sanctuary called SanWild in the Limpopo p...


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In the past seven months, Chinese dealers bought 30 tonnes ivory from Zimbabwes Parks and Wildlife Management Authority - representing the tusks of about 2250 elephants.

2006-07-19 - Cape Town, South Africa. R.W.Johnson

Under the CITES, (controls the worlds ivory trade) Robert Mugabes Zimbabwe has a concession to sell lots worth $660 or less. "Elephants are now being poached across the border from Botswana and other neighbouring countries to fulfil the demand, which seems to be bottomless, said one game ranger." Two months ago Zimbabwe police caught Chinese dealers with seven tonnes of ivory, of which four tonnes came from illegal sources.


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IFAW: Young elephants snatched from wild with conservation approval

2006-04-24 - Cape Town, South Africa.

Six young wild elephants were forcibly removed from their herd last week and condemned to lives of abuse as safari elephants - with the full approval of South Africa's conservation authorities. The elephants have been taken to the training facility of Elephants For Africa Forever (EFAF), a centre which notoriously supplies "tamed and trained" elephants to elephant-back safari tourism operations throughout South Africa.


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Tuskers return to the Cape

2006-02-17 - Cape Town, South Africa. Sarah Lockwood

Two hundred and fifty years after the last elephants were hunted out in the Breede River Valley near Worcester, the giants have returned to roam their traditional territory. Two bull African elephants called Letaba and Klaserie are the latest additions to the Fairy Glen Game Reserve in the Breede River Valley near Worcester, making the reserve the closest park to Cape Town able to offer visitors the "Big Five" experience.


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No reason" to cull SA elephants

2006-01-19 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa.

Leading South African scientists have advised the government against culling elephants, saying there is no reason to lift a 10-year ban. The government has been considering an end to the ban, amid fears that a rapid increase in the elephant population is threatening the ecological balance. But a panel of 10 experts told the environment minister it was not clear the elephant population was too large.


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World"s leading elephant scientists meet in Cape Town

2006-01-19 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa.

Ten of the world's leading elephant scientists began a conference in Cape Town on Wednesday to debate the future of South Africa's elephants. They are expected to determine whether there are too many elephants, whether they are causing damage to biodiversity and whether action is needed to reduce their population.


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Weapons for ivory: the illegal trade between Bejiing and Zimbabwe

2004-11-17 - Cape Town, South Africa. Asiannews.it

The first load of Chinese-made armoured personnel carriers have arrived in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, with riot gear, mobile water cannons and other equipment soon to follow.

China recently concluded a US$ 240 million arms deal with Zimbabwe in
defiance of international sanctions against the troubled southern African
nation.


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Man Friday: On the trail of elephants and Blue Bulls somewhere between Botswana and Namibia

2004-10-29 - Cape Town, South Africa. Tony Weaver, Cape Times

Our aim was to fit satellite collars onto six elephants in the Khaudum, one of the most remote game parks in southern Africa, a project largely sponsored by the Peace Parks Foundation, who had hired me as the photographer and writer. We were halfway through the desert when the chopper began to run out of air.


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Elephant culling: A "just war" no one wants

2004-10-23 - Cape Town, South Africa. Gavin du Venage, The Australian

THE simplest way to kill a herd of elephants is to use assault rifles in
fully automatic mode, firing armour-piercing bullets.

Half a dozen men carrying military-issue guns stalk a selected group and,
when they are as close as five metres away, pump magazine after magazine
into the animals.


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18 Headlines about Elephants from Cape Town2021-12-21 - Cape Town, South Africa - Fossil track sites on the Cape south coast show ancient evidence of Knysna elephants 2009-12-10 - Cape Town, South Africa - Comments on captive elephants in South Africa only two weeks more 2009-10-10 - Cape Town, South Africa - As a small child I had a cuddly toy elephant that accompanied me everywhere 2009-10-05 - Cape Town, South Africa - Elephant dies of old age 2009-09-30 - Cape Town, South Africa - Djuma Elephant to be euthanised 2008-10-27 - Cape Town, South Africa - International Sale of Elephant Ivory Begins in Southern Africa, Amid Controversy 2008-04-17 - Cape Town, South Africa - Legal ivory sold to China ‘could end up in illicit market’ reach 2007-06-06 - Cape Town, South Africa - Authorities to discuss elephant management 2007-03-07 - Cape Town, United States - New govt rules to restrict elephant-back tourism industry 2006-10-11 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Church and elephants fall foul of government land reform efforts 2006-07-19 - Cape Town, South Africa - In the past seven months, Chinese dealers bought 30 tonnes ivory from Zimbabwes Parks and Wildlife Management Authority - representing the tusks of about 2250 elephants. 2006-04-24 - Cape Town, South Africa - IFAW: Young elephants snatched from wild with conservation approval 2006-02-17 - Cape Town, South Africa - Tuskers return to the Cape 2006-01-19 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - No reason" to cull SA elephants 2006-01-19 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - World"s leading elephant scientists meet in Cape Town 2004-11-17 - Cape Town, South Africa - Weapons for ivory: the illegal trade between Bejiing and Zimbabwe 2004-10-29 - Cape Town, South Africa - Man Friday: On the trail of elephants and Blue Bulls somewhere between Botswana and Namibia 2004-10-23 - Cape Town, South Africa - Elephant culling: A "just war" no one wants

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