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19th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

2023-11-14 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The International Elephant Foundation, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chiang Mai University, the National Elephant Institute, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Kasetsart University happily announce the 19th International Elephant Conservation & Research Symposium to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 14-17, 2023 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai.


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Thailand’s elephant crisis: 22 elephants die during pandemic at Chiang Mai camp

2022-03-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Another elephant from Maesa elephant camp in Chiang Mai died on Friday, making it the 22nd elephant to die at the camp in the past two years. Without almost no income from tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic, many camps and sanctuaries have been struggling to provide care and food for the animals. A 50 year old male elephant named Krung Rattana died on Friday just as staff were about to lift him into a truck to seek treatment at the Elephant Conservation Centre in nearby Lampang province. The ...


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Thailand: Elephant camp in Chiang Mai put up for sale due to drop in tourists during pandemic

2022-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Petch Petpailin

The owner of Mae Taeng Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai made the announcement on Sunday, which was National Elephant Day. Wassana Thongsook, who has been running the camp for 28 years, told Thai media that she has over 40 elephants and needs to spend over 2 million baht per month to care for elephants and pay the staff. She says she’s spent all of her savings and hasn’t had support from the state during the pandemic.


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Elephant Nature Park Updates

2021-11-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Article about the relocation of Asian female elephant Kamu to ENP.


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Elephants in Thailand to have DNA registered

2016-10-07 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thailand has just announced a new law for all elephant owners which required them to adopt a DNA Registration System to keep track of all captive elephants. This comes in response to a number of investigations carried out by NGO Elephant Family and mounting pressure from the conservation sector.This important step will ensure that captive-bred elephants can be easily distinguished from their wild counterparts.


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Elephants cool off March 13 at Chiang Mai Zoo.

Elephant Kills Longtime Mahout at Chiang Mai Zoo

2016-03-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A mahout was killed by an elephant yesterday at Chiang Mai Zoo. Somsak Panna was herding bull elephant Billy back to his corral to feed him breakfast Tuesday morning when the 25-year-old pachyderm gored the keeper with his tusk. “Another worker attempted to stop the elephant, but it was too late,” according to a statement from the zoo published Tuesday evening.


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According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.

Burmese Mahout Dies After Elephant Mee Sook Tramples Him at Elephant Nature Park

2016-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

On March 11, rescue teams and local police in Mae Taeng were called to Elephant Nature Park after a Burmese mahout who had recently visited the center in search for work and to meet with his brother, was trampled in the veterinary enclosure where a rescue elephant known as Mee Sook, was being kept. According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.


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Blood Compatibility Testing in Asian Elephants Using an Indirect Antiglobulin Technique to Improve Captive Breeding Success. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances

2015-11-17 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pakkanut Bansiddhi, Preeyanat Vongchan, Achiraya Satityuenyong, Khajohnpat Boonprasert, Sittidet Mahasawangkul, Ronnachit Roongsri, Janine L. Brown and Chatchote Thitaram

The aim of this study was to examine blood compatibility in Asian elephants using the indirect antiglobulin technique, for use as a breeding management tool to reduce the risk of elephant fetal loss. Forty-four blood samples collected from 22 female and 22 male elephants were subjected to standard tube cross-matching tests and examined for macroscopic and microscopic agglutination reactions.


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Nine injured by startled elephant at Night Safari

2015-11-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A STARTLED elephant barrelled into a crowd of tourists at Chiang Mai Night Safari on Saturday, mowing down nine, who were offered lifetime passes and Bt30,000 as compensation. The 23-year-old pachyderm named Lamduan had participated in the animal parade for the first time. Four of the injured were in a serious condition and had to stay at the hospital. The other five were allowed to go home.


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MSU vet school grad Erica Ward goes to Elephant Nature Park to treat elephants with bandages, but keeps silent about Tuberculosis, while claiming up to 60 percent of Thailands elephants die during training for the tourist trade?

2013-06-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A Fowlerville native, Ward graduated from Michigan State University’s veterinary school May 3 and was on a plane to Thailand the following Monday to start her new job at Elephant Nature Park. Ward arrived with four trunks of elephant-scaled polyflex bandages from Neogen. A shocking number of elephants — up to 60 percent, Ward said — die during training for the tourist trade.


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A statement from Sangduen Lek Chailert on behalf of Elephant Nature Park, regarding Tuberculosis at ENP.

2013-06-05 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Does anyone else, apart from Mrs Lek Chailert, believe its enough to "isolate" a TB positive elephant, in a place with a +70 elephants turnover throughout the years, 16 deaths with no public autopsy reports, and apr 100 international visitors daily, included children? ENP has a very intensive physical contact between humans and elephants, including a special kiss-an-elephant event?


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Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management

2012-05-21 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This is an International training course on the Management of the Health, reproduction and breeding of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Chiang Mai in Thailand.


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Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management course 2011.

2011-05-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This is an International training course on the Management of the Health, reproduction and breeding of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Chiang Mai in Thailand.


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Bike for Elephants in Thailand

2011-01-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The weekend of the 15th and 16th of January 2011 we invite you to join our ‘Bike for Elephants’ tour in Northern Thailand. Two days of adventure and fun biking through the Mae Tang valley, in Chiang Mai province. This event will raise much needed funds for the Elephant Nature Park and create awareness about the plight of Thai elephants.


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At Bodo"s the elephant-driver"s license

2010-03-01 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

All the happiness of this world lies on his back - the elephant! At least in northern Thailand, where more and more tourists on holiday to live with pachyderms, riding under the expert guidance through the jungle, while exploring the nature and the lives of mountain peoples. Ironically a former keeper of the Berlin Friedrichsfelde Zoo in Thailand is now one of the most respected leaders and elephant trainer. The animals also need urgent assistance. Because the number of elephants in Asia is gett...


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Mosha appears to be thriving with her prosthetic limb

New leg for mine blast elephant

2009-03-10 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

An elephant in Thailand has been fitted with a new false leg, after outgrowing her original prosthetic. Mosha, 3, lost part of her right front leg as a seven-month-old when she stepped on a landmine. She was taken to an elephant orphanage where staff initially thought she might die, but an amputation expert fitted her first leg and she recovered well. Now eating 90kg (200lb) of food a day, Mosha was doing so well she needed the upgrade, and may live for many years. When Mosha was brought to the ...


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Abused Elephants Nestle in Thai Sanctuary, Mingle With Visitors

2009-02-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Andrew Davis

The non-profit sanctuary, in the forests of Mae Taeng Valley in northern Thailand, doesn’t offer rides or show the animals swinging hula hoops on their trunks -- standard fare at many Thai elephant camps. Founded in 1996 by Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, 47, who sold her car and other possessions to open the park, the area also tries to educate tourists about the fate of Thailand’s “tamed” and wild elephants.


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IVF elephant success

2008-11-20 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A Thai elephant has become pregnant after IVF treatment, boosting hopes in the species' fight against extinction. Vets confirmed that Phang Sao, a 26-year-old elephant, responded well to the procedure which involved injecting her with frozen sperm. An elephant is pregnant for a 22-month period and Phang Sao is expected to deliver her artificially-bred calf between August and September next year. She is being given special care by the vets in Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai to avoid a miscarri...


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100,000 trees for elephants!

2008-09-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Antoinette van de Water

The end of the rainy season is coming near and after a couple of weeks of non-stop tree planting, Trees for Elephants 2008 has also accomplished her final goal! The idea to plant 100,000 trees for Thai elephants was born in august 2007. Yesterday, exactly one year later, the 100,000th tree has been planted. The planting of this tree was an unforgettable moment! Of course I wanted to experience this moment in the Elephant Nature Park, together with Douk Ngern, Sri Nuan and Faa Sai. We planted a p...


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Barry Brown gets a kiss from an elephant at the sanctuary. Three local couples volunteered with the animals on a recent trip to Thailand.

Lending a hand

2008-08-30 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Hilary Smith

After an eye-opening, palette-pleasing trip through Vietnam, three couples — Barry and Pat Brown of Mendon, Jim Kurtz and Jan Kellner of Webster and Paul and Sue Wilkens of Ontario — journeyed through Chiang Mai, Thailand, to reach a pachyderm sanctuary known simply as the Elephant Nature Park. It is home to about 30 elephants, all of whom were rescued from circuses or logging camps or injured by poachers, land mines, trucks or other human causes. Created through the efforts of one Thai woma...


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Elephants on parade in northern Thailand

2008-04-01 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

According to government figures, there are 40 elephant camps in Thailand, employing up to 650 pachyderms, catering to tourists in the northern provinces of Tak, Sukhotai, Phitsanulok, Nan, Lampang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. I would estimate that about 65 per cent of the tourists who come here visit an elephant attraction, said Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chiang Mai office director Junnaporn Salanart. 'Elephants are big business.'


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First elephant therapy for autistic children

2008-03-14 - Chiang Mai , Thailand.

Doung, an11-year-old autistic boy, enjoys playing and touching an elephant’s trunk. The occupational therapists said it was miraculous because he used to isolate himself from others. Doung was among four autistic children who participated in a three-week elephant therapy programme, created by the Occupation Therapy department of Chiang Mai University and the Elephant Conservation Centre in northern Lampang province.


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Vacancy: Trees for Elephants campaigner

2008-03-10 - Chiang Mai , Thailand. Antoinette van de Water

Organization: Foundation Bring the Elephant Home is looking for a Thai freelance campaigner who shares our passion for creating a positive change for the environment and elephants. Date vacancy: 10/03/2008. Starting date job: a.s.a.p. Hours: Freelance, for approx 2 days a week. Period: until the end of 2008


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Elephants and cookery

2008-02-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Patti Flynn

Yesterday, we went back to the mae sa elephant camp, about 40 mins out of chiang mai. we visited there 6 years ago and could hardly believe how the place has changed. the first indication was the piles of enormous chinese tourist buses lined up outside....six years ago, it was a rough little camp with maybe 20 elephants. nobody spoke a word of english. there were a few thatched raised platforms here and there for alighting onto elephants. you got onto an elephant and you were taken for a 60 minu...


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Insurance for Thai elephants on Valentine"s Day

2008-02-13 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The proprietor of an elephant camp in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Mai has purchased insurance for her elephants to show to the kind and clever animals on Valentine's Day. Wassana Thongsuk, owner of the Maetaeng Elephant Camp, bought insurance coverage from the Thai Insurance Public Company Limited for his camp's 48 elephants. Thai Insurance Pcl is the first insurance company in Thailand which offers coverage for pachyderms. If elephants sicken, or die from an accident or during a perf...


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Seasonal effects on the endocrine pattern of semi-captive female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): timing of the anovulatory luteinizing hormone surge determines the length of the estrous cycle.

2008-01-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thitaram C, Brown JL, Pongsopawijit P, Chansitthiwet S, Wongkalasin W, Daram P, Roongsri R, Kalmapijit A, Mahasawangkul S, Rojansthien S, Colenbrander B, van der Weijden GC, van Eerdenburg FJ. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

Better breeding strategies for captive Asian elephants in range countries are needed to increase populations; this requires a thorough understanding of their reproductive physiology and factors affecting ovarian activity. Weekly blood samples were collected for 3.9 years from 22 semi-captive female Asian elephants in Thai elephant camps to characterize LH and progestin patterns throughout the estrous cycle. The duration of the estrous cycle was 14.6+/-0.2 weeks (mean+/-S.E.M.; n=71), with follic...


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Sangduen "Lek" Chailert

Animal lovers worried about captive elephants

2007-12-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Sangduen "Lek" Chailert plays with ex-working elephants at her rescue centre for domesticated elephants in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand on November 19. 2007. Elephant conservationists such as Chailert worry that captive elephants, considered beasts of burden in Thailand, have little protection from abuse if their owners work them all day to bring in more tourist dollars.


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A baby elephant suckles from its mother as they wait for tourists to feed them sugarcane at the Surin Elephant Round-up festival in northeast Thailand November. Every year hundreds of elephants and mahouts head to the city to take part in the country

No treks please! Thai tourist park is elephant haven

2007-12-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gillian Murdoch

Lily is an ex-drug addict, BK's tusks were sawed off by poachers and Max was a streetwalker. The wrinkled residents of Thailand's Elephant Nature Park make Babar and Dumbo look like lightweights. While they may sound like the cast of a soap opera, the trio are some of the 30 stars of an elephant conservation project that draws thousands of visitors, curious to hear their stories and see the world's largest land mammals up close. Unlike other tourist attractions involving elephants, the Nature Pa...


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Thai elephant orchestra thumps to a unique beat

2007-12-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gillian Murdoch

The Thai Elephant Orchestra is about to release a third CD and, like all real artists, the world's only non-human musical ensemble doesn't give a thump about the critics or the charts. The 14-member group at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampung, northern Thailand, plays simple woodwinds, harmonicas, a few string instruments and drums under the guidance of maestro Dave Soldier, the orchestra's composer and co-founder.


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Ronna Sweeney, KUAM News

Trek through Thailand, Part 4

2007-10-21 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Ronna Sweeney, KUAM News

The national symbol of Thailand is proudly the elephant. In fact, a strong bond exists between the Thai people and the gentle creatures. And this special union was evident as we had the chance to visit the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. Having been open for nearly 30 years, the camp is home to one of the largest herds in the Northern Thailand. The organization's philosophy is to create a natural and healthy environment for the elephants, while working to conserve and breed them due to the dw...


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2 elephants at Night Safari die

2007-10-10 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Two elephants at Chiang Mai's Night Safari died last month, while three others have fallen ill due to bad digestion resulting from eating the wrong kind of grass, resident veterinarians said Tuesday. Suphoj Maythaphirat, a senior official, said Night Safari animal keepers were partly at fault for not screening the feed bought from villagers, adding that elephants should not eat too much old grass in a single sitting. Phang Joi and Phang Grandma died late last month after succumbing to extremely ...


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Mahouts rest as their elephants enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables at Mae Sa elephant camp to mark Thailand

Thailand lays on jumbo fruit buffet for elephants

2007-03-14 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand.

More than 70 elephants took part in the festivities, held at the Maesa Elephant Camp sanctuary in Chiang Mai since 1998, when the government declared March 13 National Thai Elephant Day.The elephant is Thailand's national animal and government officials hope events like National Elephant Day will make people revere them as it tries to conserve its elephant population, now around 4,500.


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Man does 40 squat thrusts on elephant

2007-02-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

New Yorker Ashrita Furman looked around for a record he could break, and settled on doing the most squat thrusts in one minute. Then he decided on a place the back of an elephant in northern Thailand. He achieved both goals as he climbed onto a platform on the back of an obliging pachyderm in blazing heat and powered through 40 of the vigorous kicks in a minute.


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Elephants in the city Chiang Mai

2007-01-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Stephhef

An elephant was walking through the round about directly in front of me. Now I have seen elephants before, but one in the city, walking down a road a block from my “home” was quite a new experience. The two men were trying to get people to give the young elephant food. (I say young but the elephant still toward over me as well as everyone else in the area.) I did feel rather sorry for the animal, but realize that elephants are work animals here in Thailand, much like a mule, or a horse. I wa...


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Urgent call for help Jungle Fund

2007-01-17 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Antoinette van de Water

For years the Elephant Nature Park has been searching for possibilities to expand the Park. Bring the Elephant HOME so far has been able only to buy a number of separate parcels of land close to the park to grow food for the elephants. To buy land adjacent to the current park to really expand it seemed impossible at a reasonable price. But now there’s a possibility!


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Chiang Mai trekking

2006-10-28 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. thailandrox.

ok so moving along, we go down to the elephants. we get on the back of a tempermental bitch. our elephant didnt listen to shit the trainer was saying lol. i guess when your five tons you do whatever the hell you want. so our elephant would go the wrong direction, stop and eat some grass.


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Dystocia following prolonged retention of a dead fetus in an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).

2006-09-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thitaram C, Pongsopawijit P, Thongtip N, Angkavanich T, Chansittivej S, Wongkalasin W, Somgird C, Suwankong N, Prachsilpchai W, Suchit K, Clausen B, Boonthong P, Nimtrakul K, Niponkit C, Siritepsongklod S, Roongsri R, Mahasavankul S. Chiang Mai University

A 32-year-old nulliparous female Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) showed signs of parturition 8 months later than predicted from the breeding records. However, while serosanguineous fluid, necrotic tissue and pieces of amnion were expelled, second-stage labor did not progress. It is suggested that serum progestagens concentrations should be monitored regularly in mated elephant cows to verify the establishment of pregnancy and to better estimate the expected timing, and the onset of calving.


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Bathe With The Elephants in Elephant Nature Park in Thailand

2006-09-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Ashleigh Sim

I am in Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for rescued jumbos where there are no rides, performances or work for the wrinkly ones in the 30ha grassy valley. It is the start of my 10-day stay as a volunteer at the park founded by Sangduen Chailert, 44, in 1996. Deep in the mountains 60km north of Chiang Mai, dawn breaks with not the cockerel's crow but the trumpeting of elephants.


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Children International Club and International School Volunteer feed the elephants,

Love Children International Club and International School Volunteer groups visited Elephant Nature Park

2006-08-12 - Chiang Mai, United States. Lek Chailert

On 26 August 2006. Elephant Nature Park invited and welcomed the children from Love Children International Club (LCIC) to visit the herd at the park. Every year Elephant Nature Park provides this open day complimentary program for under-privileged Thai children (from young age to University age) to come to learn about the elephant in the park


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Medo enjoying a solitary mudbath

Story update - Medo settling in

2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lek Chailert


By Medo has been at the park since July 2006 and the young female elephant took a time to find her feet and adjust herself to her new home. Medo was familiar with loneliness for more than ten years and she will often walk away from the herd and long periods alone by the river. Some times she lets herself float and sleep in the river for many hours.


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Mae Mai (left) showing her love for Thong Bai

Mae Mai & Thong Bai. Unconditional Love Aug 06

2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lek Chailert

In January 2005 we rescued two mature elephants. Mae Mai arrived at the park on the 25th and, on the 30th,we welcomed Thong Bai. Thong Bai became seriously ill in July with a sickness lasting for over two weeks. Mae Mai never left her side. Mae Mai snatched the grass and placed it in front of Thong Bai. Thong Bai passed away on 12 August. Mae Mai was devastated. She became nervous, agitated and confused. A moment before Thong Bai passed away Thong Bai urinated a very dark and unusual colour.


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Elephant Nature Park: Grandmother Elephant Thong Bai"s passes away

2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We rescued Thong Bai from a trekking camp in January 2005. She was more than 90 year old and had no teeth. When she arrived the park she could hardly eat the grass we provided and she was so tiny. We started to make new food recipes for this old elephant, recipes she loves.


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Insemination of elephants with frozen sperm closer Group of Thai researchers say

2006-07-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phichaiyong Mayerkoo

Thai scientists are one step closer to being able to breed elephants from frozen sperm, and if an artificial insemination project continues its success, the Thai elephant will be saved from possible extinction, a researcher said yesterday. "If we are successful, Thailand will be the first country ever do artificial breeding from frozen sperm," he said.


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B700m elephant park for Doi-Pui, New project in national park draws critics" fire

2006-01-04 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. PREEYANAT PHANAYANGGOOR

The profitability of the Night Safari is still in doubt without the wild animals from Kenya, but the government is already embarking on a 700-million-baht elephant park as the second stage of its multi-billion-baht Chiang Mai World megaproject. The park, tipped as the biggest of its kind with more than 200 elephants, will cover 6,000 rai of land in the Doi Suthep-Pui national park, which already houses the 1.2-billion-baht Night Safari park.


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New Baby elephant in Mae Sa elephant camp in Chiang Mai

2005-12-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In the northern province of Chiang Mai, the MAE SA (แม่สา) elephant home has acquired a new member; a male baby elephant. The baby elephant is the 2nd to be born this year to the elephant home, and the 13th to be born in the MAE SA elephant nursery project initiated in 1998.


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Elephants, birds, cable cars to join Chiang Mai safari

2005-09-26 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Three recreation projects with a combined investment of Bt3 billion are being developed in Chiang Mai under theme “Chiang Mai World”, designed to compete with man-made tourist destinations in Hong Kong and Singapore and to establish Chiang Mai as a new regional tourism hub. The projects are the Chiang Mai Night Safari, the Elephant Park and Bird Tunnel and the Cable Line.


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Elephants of the Maesa Camp are turning out realistic art

2005-01-20 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. JARUNEE TAEMSAMRAN

Elephant painting is not new in Thailand but it is still amaziang to see the paintings by the pachyderms of Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai.

Instead of the usual, abstract-style paintings that you may have seen or imagine from elephant artists, the well-trained elephants at this camp astonish visitors with paintings of beautiful flowers and motifs that look so realistic that you wouldn't believe it's the work of elephants.

Elephant painting is part of the elephant...


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Chiang Mai night safari park, New zoo will open for Songkran

2005-01-18 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. CHEEWIN SATTHA

The Chiang Mai night safari park will definitely open on April 13 as planned, Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop said.

Construction work at the park was about 80% complete and some sections of the new zoo would be open to visitors during the Songkran festival, starting on April 13, as scheduled, he said.

Mr Suwit, who oversees tourism, yesterday visited the safari park site at tambon Mae Hia in Chiang Mai's Muang district.

He said Kenya had agree...


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World’s biggest night safari to open on Songkran holiday

2005-01-16 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand.

The world’s largest night safari is scheduled to open in the northern province of Chiang Mai in April, following top level negotiations between the Thai and Kenyan governments on the exchange of Thai elephant mahouts for Kenyan wildlife.

The national importance of the Chiang Mai Night Safari project, which the government hopes will prove a massive tourist draw, was highlighted today when Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop led a government delegation to the construction site...


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Riding the elephants on a trip back through time

2004-10-14 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand. Ed Johnson, Canadian Press

Hand-feeding a hungry elephant is an unnerving experience.

At the first whiff of a banana, its leathery grey trunk snakes out, probes the air and sucks it from your hand with a squelch, much like shoving fruit into a wet vacuum cleaner nozzle.


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Elephant encounter in Chiangmai

2004-10-09 - Chiang mai, Thailand. Pamela Phang Kooi Yoong

THE first stroke went from the left to the middle, then straight down. The second stroke came from the right, and went down the middle of the paper as well. They were confident, sure strokes that eventually yielded something that looked like a tree.

Then came the yellow patches, followed by red ones at the end of each branch. A painting of a tree with buttercup-like flowers soon emerged. It was simple, beautiful . . . and amazing. The artist: an elephant.


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Two new arrivals at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand

2003-10-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sangduen Chailert

The Elephant Nature Park received two bulls in need of urgent medical treatment. Pookaew 18, had very serious foot problems, and Khum-min 46, a big abscess on his back.


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Sangduen

Reporter"s Notebook: Elephants Heal at Thai "Heaven"

2002-10-17 - Chiang mai, Thailand. Jennifer Hile

Jennifer Hile spent two and a half months in Northern Thailand investigating the plight of domestic elephants and elephant orphans and "Elephant Heaven", a sanctuary for abused elephants founded by Sangduen "Lek" Chailert. Chailert is a well-known Chiang Mai–based activist who runs Jumbo Express, a program bringing free veterinary care to elephants.


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53 Headlines about Elephants from Chiang mai2023-11-14 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - 19th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium 2022-03-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Thailand’s elephant crisis: 22 elephants die during pandemic at Chiang Mai camp 2022-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Thailand: Elephant camp in Chiang Mai put up for sale due to drop in tourists during pandemic 2021-11-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephant Nature Park Updates 2016-10-07 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants in Thailand to have DNA registered 2016-03-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephant Kills Longtime Mahout at Chiang Mai Zoo 2016-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Burmese Mahout Dies After Elephant Mee Sook Tramples Him at Elephant Nature Park 2015-11-17 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Blood Compatibility Testing in Asian Elephants Using an Indirect Antiglobulin Technique to Improve Captive Breeding Success. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 2015-11-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Nine injured by startled elephant at Night Safari 2013-06-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - MSU vet school grad Erica Ward goes to Elephant Nature Park to treat elephants with bandages, but keeps silent about Tuberculosis, while claiming up to 60 percent of Thailands elephants die during training for the tourist trade? 2013-06-05 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - A statement from Sangduen Lek Chailert on behalf of Elephant Nature Park, regarding Tuberculosis at ENP. 2012-05-21 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management 2011-05-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management course 2011. 2011-01-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Bike for Elephants in Thailand 2010-03-01 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - At Bodo"s the elephant-driver"s license 2009-03-10 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - New leg for mine blast elephant 2009-02-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Abused Elephants Nestle in Thai Sanctuary, Mingle With Visitors 2008-11-20 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - IVF elephant success 2008-09-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - 100,000 trees for elephants! 2008-08-30 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Lending a hand 2008-04-01 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants on parade in northern Thailand 2008-03-14 - Chiang Mai , Thailand - First elephant therapy for autistic children 2008-03-10 - Chiang Mai , Thailand - Vacancy: Trees for Elephants campaigner 2008-02-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants and cookery 2008-02-13 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Insurance for Thai elephants on Valentine"s Day 2008-01-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Seasonal effects on the endocrine pattern of semi-captive female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): timing of the anovulatory luteinizing hormone surge determines the length of the estrous cycle. 2007-12-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Animal lovers worried about captive elephants 2007-12-16 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - No treks please! Thai tourist park is elephant haven 2007-12-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Thai elephant orchestra thumps to a unique beat 2007-10-21 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Trek through Thailand, Part 4 2007-10-10 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - 2 elephants at Night Safari die 2007-03-14 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Thailand lays on jumbo fruit buffet for elephants 2007-02-24 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Man does 40 squat thrusts on elephant 2007-01-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants in the city Chiang Mai 2007-01-17 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Urgent call for help Jungle Fund 2006-10-28 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Chiang Mai trekking 2006-09-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Dystocia following prolonged retention of a dead fetus in an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). 2006-09-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Bathe With The Elephants in Elephant Nature Park in Thailand 2006-08-12 - Chiang Mai, United States - Love Children International Club and International School Volunteer groups visited Elephant Nature Park 2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Story update - Medo settling in 2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Mae Mai & Thong Bai. Unconditional Love Aug 06 2006-08-06 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephant Nature Park: Grandmother Elephant Thong Bai"s passes away 2006-07-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Insemination of elephants with frozen sperm closer Group of Thai researchers say 2006-01-04 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - B700m elephant park for Doi-Pui, New project in national park draws critics" fire 2005-12-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - New Baby elephant in Mae Sa elephant camp in Chiang Mai 2005-09-26 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants, birds, cable cars to join Chiang Mai safari 2005-01-20 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephants of the Maesa Camp are turning out realistic art 2005-01-18 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Chiang Mai night safari park, New zoo will open for Songkran 2005-01-16 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand - World’s biggest night safari to open on Songkran holiday 2004-10-14 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Riding the elephants on a trip back through time 2004-10-09 - Chiang mai, Thailand - Elephant encounter in Chiangmai 2003-10-02 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Two new arrivals at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand 2002-10-17 - Chiang mai, Thailand - Reporter"s Notebook: Elephants Heal at Thai "Heaven"

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Blackpool Zoo confirms 2 elephants are expecting babies

2024-04-26 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

The latest round of pregnancy tests at Blackpool Zoo has revealed that two of its elephants are expecting babies. Mother and daughter Noorjahan and Esha are both pregnant and due to give birth in late...


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RIP 2 year old “Chi Pich”

2024-04-02 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia.

There was sad news from Mondulkiri Province, with the death of 2 year old elephant “Chi Pich” being announced. Sources from the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment Organization (ELIE) said ...


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Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan dies

2024-03-26 - Kochi, India.

Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan, 55, 55, died at Mangalamkunnu in Palakkad on Monday. The elephant owned by M A Haridasan had been under treatment for the past few months.


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Pinnawala Orphanage sees birth of 76th calf

2024-03-23 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

The 76th elephant calf was born at the Rambukkana Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on March 20.This baby elephant was born to 32-year-old she-elephant Shanthi and 19-year-old Pandu at the Pinnawala Elepha...


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SANParks partners with neighbouring nations to benefit communities

2024-03-23 - Pretoria, South Africa.

In the ongoing efforts to curb poaching and snaring of animals within the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders, South African National Parks (SANParks) is working to create more partnerships with neighbour...


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Toledo Zoo Shares the Name of Precious New Baby Elephant

2024-03-15 - , United States.

After weeks of voting and thousands of submissions, the Toledo Zoo has officially chosen the name of their precious baby elephant and we're personally thrilled about the news! Ladies and gentleman, Ki...


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Extern Link Read about Toledo Zoo in the Elephant DatabasePress Release: The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby elephant, born to African elephant, Renee.Press Release: The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby elephant, born to African elephant, Renee.
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Reid Park Zoo welcomes new baby elephant

2024-03-09 - Tucson, United States.

A baby elephant was born at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo said Semba, the facility’s African elephant matriarch, gave birth to a 265-pound calf around 3:31 a.m. Friday, March 8. Reid Park Zoo said the calf...


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Baby elephant in Copenhagen named after Thai river

2024-03-04 - Copenhagen, Denmark.

A female baby elephant in Copenhagen Zoo has been named Chin after the Tha Chin river in central Thailand. The elephant was born last week in the Danish zoo. The zookeepers, who take care of the young...


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This elephant misses his mahout, authorities seek police help

2024-02-29 - Alappuzha, India.

Evoor Kannan, the elephant known for his murderous rage and with a history of killing two mahouts is in a bad mood these days. He had been gentle under the care of his former Mahout Sharath Parippally...


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Third elephant calf born in Beekse Bergen

2024-02-20 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands.

African elephant Punda has become the mother of a healthy elephant calf after a 22-month pregnancy. This is the third calf born in the Safari Park Beekse Bergen k in four months. Never before have thr...


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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium’s elephant calf dies at age 2

2024-02-15 - Pittsburgh, United States.

The zoo said Tsuni died Thursday after a sudden, brief battle with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Her EEHV was detected through routine blood testing on Feb. 8, even though she presente...


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Farewell to Seoul"s oldest elephant passing at age of 59

2024-02-15 - Seoul, South Korea.

The oldest female elephant in South Korea passed away Tuesday at a zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, at the age of 59, zoo officials said Thursday. The female elephant, named Sakura, had suffered fr...


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A star is born: Baby elephant debuts

2024-01-30 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is brimming with excitement as it welcomes a delightful new addition—a baby boy elephant calf. This adorable arrival brings the elephant count in the Bannerghatta zo...


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Guruvayur Kannan, nine-time winner of elephant race, dies at 62

2024-01-27 - Guruvayur, India.

Elephant Kannan, of the Guruvayur Devaswom Elephant Camp, a nine-time winner of the festival-related elephant race, has passed away. His demise was around 5:30 pm on Saturday. The tusker's age at the ...


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A baby elephant is found dead

2024-01-27 - Koh Nhek, Cambodia.

Villagers found a baby elephant dead in Koh Nhek district, Mondulkiri province in the middle of the forest​ on January 26, 2024, suspected of being shot. Mondulkiri Provincial department of environm...


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Discoveries: The Evolutionary Edge of Elephant Trunks and Ancient Giants

2024-01-13 - Beijing, China.

A recent study published in the journal eLife has uncovered new findings on the development of dextrous trunks by indigenous elephants. According to Dr. Shi-Qi Wang, a senior author of the research, t...


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Alleged poaching kills 46-year-old Sumatran elephant in Riau park

2024-01-13 - Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

The Tesso Nilo National Park in Pelalawan District, Riau Province, again lost one of its Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) after a poacher allegedly killed it for its tusks. The 46-year...


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Celebration of Elephants: A Must-see New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

2024-01-11 - New York, United States.

In a narrow but sprawling curatorial space at the uptown museum, The Secret World of Elephants, now opened, tells the story of elephant species and their relatives through life-size models, videos, gr...


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Workshop On Handling Human-Wildlife Conflicts

2024-01-11 - Mysore, India.

In response to the escalating threat posed by leopards, elephants and other wild animals in the Mysuru region, specialised task forces have been established to address the situation. A dedicated Leopa...


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Los Angeles Zoo mourns loss of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi

2024-01-04 - Los Angeles, United States.

The Los Angeles Zoo is grieving the death of 53-year-old Asian elephant Shaunzi. Zoo staff observed that Shaunzi was unable to stand up in her exhibit at around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, according t...


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