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A Thai elephant could be in your next Zoom call. (Photo: Anantara Hotels)

For US$75, you can Zoom with elephants in Thailand and help fund their care

2020-09-28 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Pioneering elephant welfare charity, The Human Elephant Learning Programs Foundation (H-ELP), is partnering with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) to launch a global service that stars elephants in Zoom video calls live from their natural habitat in Northern Thailand’s ancient jungle.


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The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo

Most expensive Black Ivory Coffee made from elephant dung

2017-03-05 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo!Black Ivory Coffee, produced in Thailand’s Golden Triangle, a region better known for its export of opium, is made by having elephants eat the coffee beans which are mixed into a fruit mash.


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Anantara Steps Up CSR Efforts with the Appointment of New Worldwide Conservation Director

2013-05-16 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

In addition to managing the Elephant Camp, GTAEF and research conducted by Think Elephants International, in his new worldwide conservation role, Roberts’ expertise and enthusiasm will benefit all Anantara properties, as well as guests.


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Elephant Dung Coffee Among World"s Most Expensive, Exclusive

2012-10-16 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Anantara Resorts, one of the world´s most expensive resort chains, has debuted some of the world´s costliest coffee at its Maldives properties. Just one thing though: The coffee beans are harvested from elephant dung. The coffee beans, called Black Ivory and priced at $1,100 per kilogram, are digested by an elephant before you drink it. There are only 50 kilograms, or about 110 pounds, currently for sale.


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The elephant poop coffee beans are refined at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, in the grounds of Anantara

Would you pay US$50 for a cup of elephant dung coffee?

2012-10-12 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Civet dung coffee? Old news. The big story these days is coffee made with beans that have been pooped out by elephants. At least that´s the claim of Thailand´s Anantara hotels, which refines its own beans at its massive elephant camp behind its Golden Triangle resort in Chiang Rai.


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Plai Tawan relocated from Anantara to Elephant Reintroduction Foundation

2012-04-08 - Chiang Rai, Thailand. John Roberts

He’ll be kept on a long chain for a week or two until he gets used to where he is, he’ll then be put into ever increasing electrically fenced areas until, in a couple of months he’ll be put out into the 160,000 acres of protected forest and become one of the Queen’s Own Roaming Elephants.


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New baby elephant brings luck to Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa

2010-05-31 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

A new little bundle of joy has brought a token of good luck to the delight of the on-site Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The baby elephant was born at 4.10 am on the 23rd of May 2010, and was welcomed into the world with the nickname Nong Phil.


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TAKE A DIP: driving elephants in the Mekong river. Mirror, signal, manoeuvre? Amid Thailand

Trunk driving - Thailand

2008-05-18 - Chiang Rai, Thailand. Lisa Young

A HEAVY morning mist lingers over the mighty Mekong river and spills on to the lush jungle foothills of Thailand and Laos. I am at the confluence of the great Ruak and Mae Nam Khong (Mekong) rivers, home to the Anantara Resort and Elephant Camp in northern Thailand's Golden Triangle. My day begins in luxury at this exclusive rural hideaway overlooking the rugged hillsides, but I pull on my old clothes. They may be inviting, but I have no intention of visiting the spa or the infinity pool.


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Want to be an elephant trainer?

2007-07-13 - Chiang Rai, Thailand. Jane Levere

A mahout course course takes place at the elephant camp at Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, near Chiang Rai, Thailand. Students are instructed by a qualified Thai mahout and English-speaking guide, and learn basic commands, daily care of an elephant, and how to mount an elephant—either up its side or by leap-frogging over its bowed head—among other other skills.


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Thai Mahouts exploit animated film

2006-06-26 - Chiang Rai, Thailand. TEERAWAT KHAMTHITA

The craze for the animated film Khan Kluay, about the adventures ofa young elephant searching for his father,has led to mahouts bringing more baby elephants onto the streets of Chiang Raiprovince, where they beg for food and money.


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10 Headlines about Elephants from Chiang Rai2020-09-28 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - For US$75, you can Zoom with elephants in Thailand and help fund their care 2017-03-05 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Most expensive Black Ivory Coffee made from elephant dung 2013-05-16 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Anantara Steps Up CSR Efforts with the Appointment of New Worldwide Conservation Director 2012-10-16 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Elephant Dung Coffee Among World"s Most Expensive, Exclusive 2012-10-12 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Would you pay US$50 for a cup of elephant dung coffee? 2012-04-08 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Plai Tawan relocated from Anantara to Elephant Reintroduction Foundation 2010-05-31 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - New baby elephant brings luck to Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa 2008-05-18 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Trunk driving - Thailand 2007-07-13 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Want to be an elephant trainer? 2006-06-26 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Thai Mahouts exploit animated film

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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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Extern Link Read about Wingabaw Elephant Camp in the Elephant Database (external link which opens in new window)
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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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ZOO AND YOU: Topeka Zoo is home to famous Asian elephant
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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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