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Colchester Zoo elephant keeper speaks about her dream job

2022-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

CLAIRE Bennett still recalls the day Colchester Zoo’s manager called her into his office and asked if she would like to try working with the elephants. “Since that moment I have never looked back,” admits Claire, who starting working at the attraction in Maldon Road in 1994.


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The wide, flat space inside the elephant pen was believed to be the best spot for the aircraft to touch down

Visitors to Colchester zoo were surprised to see a helicopter land in the elephant enclosure today after a teenager was taken ill.

2013-05-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

The Essex Air Ambulance was dispatched to Colchester Zoo, where a 19-year-old woman was reported to be suffering breathing problems. The wide, flat space inside the elephant pen was believed to be the best spot for the aircraft to touch down when it arrived just before 11.30am. It is believed that the four elephants in the enclosure were moved inside their house before the helicopter landed.


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Elephant paternity mix-up at zoo

2009-01-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom. RODDY ASHWORTH

It turned out to be a case of “Who's the (big) daddy?” Because today it emerged that an elephant credited with siring a yet-to-be-born calf had nothing to do with the pregnancy. Yesterday Colchester Zoo announced that Opal, a cow elephant at the Stanway attraction, had become pregnant thanks to its bull elephant Tembo. Tembo, who has been at the zoo with Opal for 10 years, is already a father of four - Kito, Jambo, Abu and Thabo-Umasi. But it transpires that when Opal was artificially insemi...


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Opal the elephant is pregnant

2009-01-27 - Colchester, United Kingdom. Roddy Ashworth

AN elephant acquired by a zoo after its original owner was prosecuted for animal cruelty has become pregnant for the first time. Opal the elephant became pregnant by fellow herd-member Tembo at Colchester Zoo through artificial insemination and is expected to give birth in the spring of next year. The move comes on the 10th anniversary of the prosecution of Mary Chipperfield and her husband for the abuse of a number of animals in their travelling circus. The unhappy conviction paved the way for ...


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Elephants at Colchester Zoo.

Elephants show how to have fun

2008-09-12 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

THIS delightful snap shows best friends, Kito and Jambo, messing around at Colchester Zoo - and will provide happy memories for those who remember the young elephants before leaving East Anglia for warmer climes. The moment was captured by reader James Meadows, whose wildlife photos are often featured on the pages of the Star. Mr Meadows, 58, of Gloucester Road, Ipswich, took the snap during February half term when the country was enjoying slightly more favourable weather. The keen photographer ...


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Jambo"s leaves Colchester Zoo on his journey to Spain

2008-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Jambo the African Elephant, has left Colchester Zoo for BioParc Valencia in Spain. The brand new state of the art zoo is to be Jambo's new home where he will soon by joined his half brother Kito as part of a European Breeding Programme. To minimize the disruption to our herd, the decision was taken to move Jambo and Kito one at a time and Jambo was selected to go first as although the youngest he is the most confident and boisterous of the two.


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Popular elephant bids farewell to zoo

2008-03-03 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

FANS of one of Colchester Zoo's most popular animals were out to say their farewells at the weekend after Jambo the young elephant's departure date was announced. Last year it was announced that Jambo and his half-brother Kito, both African bull elephants, were to travel to make a new home at a Spanish zoo where they would take part in a European Breeding programme. And now it has been confirmed that Jambo will be the first to leave the Stanway visitor attraction and begin the four day journey t...


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Jambo"s leaving date is confirmed as Tuesday 4th March! See Kito and Jambo playing together in their paddocks!

2008-03-02 - Colchester, United Kingdom. Colchester Zoo

We have just received confirmation that Jambo the African Elephant, will be leaving for BioParc Valencia in Spain on Tuesday 4th March. This is a brand new state of the art zoo and we are very pleased that it has been confirmed that he will be moving along with his half brother Kito as part of the European Breeding Programme. We know that they will both be in very good hands. Unfortunately, his leaving date has only just been confirmed so we are sorry for the late notice but do hope that you wil...


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Jambo and Kito

Thanks for the memories, Jambo and Kito

2007-12-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

AN elephant never forgets, and we won't either. Since Kito and Jambo were born at Colchester Zoo thousands of adoring visitors have enjoyed watching them play, eat and grow. And The Evening Star has followed their progress closely too, reporting on their development and training. But now the duo are off to pastures new to take part a European breeding programme. So from early next year five-year-old Kito and Jambo, who will turn four in March, will be in Valencia in Spain.


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African elephants Jambo and Kito set to leave Colchester Zoo to BioParc Valencia in Spain

2007-12-28 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

COLCHESTER Zoo's two young African Bull Elephants, Jambo and Kito, will be transferring to a new zoo in Spain in February or March to take part in a European breeding programme, it has emerged. The two young elephants are particularly important genetically, so have been selected to take part in a breeding programme at BioParc Valencia in Spain. Zoological Director of Colchester Zoo, Anthony Tropeano, said they would be “extremely sad” to see the elephants go. He said: “We have always known...


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Sadness as zoos elephant is put down

2007-11-08 - Colchester, United Kingdom. James Hore

ONE of Colchester Zoo's favourite elephants has been put down after suffering from serious health problems. Rosa had been part of a circus but came to the zoo in 1998 where she quickly became popular with both staff and visitors. The African elephant gave birth to Jambo in 2004 but since then showed signs of severe discomfort. A team of experts carried out a series of investigations into her condition, but concluded surgery was not a viable option.


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Fears for elephant at Colchester zoo

2007-09-26 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers at Colchester Zoo have become extremely concerned about the health of one of its elephants. Keepers at the zoo are worried about the progress of Rosa the elephant, who has been under a pioneering drug treatment for several months now with no improvement. In May Rosa was examined under anaesthetic to assess her condition which was causing her obvious discomfort and compromising her welfare. The procedure confirmed scarring to her vagina which was affecting the nerves in the pelvic are...


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Dentist treats an unusual patient at zoo

2007-08-19 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

NO youngster likes the idea of a trip to the dentist, but for Kito, the first elephant to be born at Colchester Zoo, the dentist came to him. The four-year-old elephant somehow broke his tusk about six weeks ago - probably on a rock in the elephant enclosure - and after inspection it was decided he needed the help of a specialist. So zoo bosses called in Peter Kertesz, who while having a dental practice for humans in the West End of London, also has a sideline in exotic animals.


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Colchester Zoo Very Sad to Report the Loss of Rosa the Elephant

2007-07-11 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Colchester Zoo is very sad to report that “Rosa” one of Colchester Zoo’s female elephants has had to be put to sleep due to serious health problems.
Rosa gave birth to Jambo, back in 2004 and since then had showed signs of severe discomfort, particularly whilst passing urine. Diagnosis of elephants is not an easy task, particularly due to their size so Colchester Zoo assembled a team of experts to investigate her symptoms. The team included the zoo’s consultant veterinary surge...


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Health fears over Colchester zoos elephant Rosa

2007-05-01 - Colchester, United Kingdom. DANIELLE NUTTALL

A FEMALE elephant which was rescued from the circus seven years ago to begin a new life at Colchester Zoo is suffering from serious health problems, it has emerged. In a statement, Colchester Zoo said last night: “To put any animal to sleep is a hard decision but it becomes especially difficult when dealing with such a large, intelligent, and well-loved animal as Rosa.


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Rosa the elephant in Colchester

2007-03-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom.

Unfortunatly, there is great concern surrounding Rosa the elephant at the moment. Rosa has been on treatment for the last two years for the pain that she has been suffering from inoperable problems with her vagina and urinary tract. Unfortunately, this pain relief is no longer proving effective and we are awaiting a decision from our veterinary consultants as to the best course of action.


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Zola the elephant, who has fallen pregnant

CELEBRATIONS have been in order at Colchester Zoo after one of the elephants has fallen pregnant.

2007-01-29 - Colchester, United States.

It was on January 17 that Colchester Zoo discovered Zola was pregnant after tests were carried out by the German Primate Research Centre in Goettingen. A zoo spokeswoman said: “Keepers at Colchester Zoo were confident that she was indeed pregnant as she had not been in oestrus for some months. “A birth date is not yet known, however from several observed matings keepers at Colchester Zoo expect it to be around February or March 2008.”


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17 Headlines about Elephants from Colchester2022-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Colchester Zoo elephant keeper speaks about her dream job 2013-05-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Visitors to Colchester zoo were surprised to see a helicopter land in the elephant enclosure today after a teenager was taken ill. 2009-01-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Elephant paternity mix-up at zoo 2009-01-27 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Opal the elephant is pregnant 2008-09-12 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Elephants show how to have fun 2008-03-05 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Jambo"s leaves Colchester Zoo on his journey to Spain 2008-03-03 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Popular elephant bids farewell to zoo 2008-03-02 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Jambo"s leaving date is confirmed as Tuesday 4th March! See Kito and Jambo playing together in their paddocks! 2007-12-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Thanks for the memories, Jambo and Kito 2007-12-28 - Colchester, United Kingdom - African elephants Jambo and Kito set to leave Colchester Zoo to BioParc Valencia in Spain 2007-11-08 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Sadness as zoos elephant is put down 2007-09-26 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Fears for elephant at Colchester zoo 2007-08-19 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Dentist treats an unusual patient at zoo 2007-07-11 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Colchester Zoo Very Sad to Report the Loss of Rosa the Elephant 2007-05-01 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Health fears over Colchester zoos elephant Rosa 2007-03-30 - Colchester, United Kingdom - Rosa the elephant in Colchester 2007-01-29 - Colchester, United States - CELEBRATIONS have been in order at Colchester Zoo after one of the elephants has fallen pregnant.

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Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


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Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


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Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


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Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


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No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


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Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


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UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


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Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


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Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


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Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


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More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


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elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


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Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


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Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


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Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


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Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


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Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


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A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


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