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Botswana’s elephant population have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers.

Botswana Wants Angola’s Exiled Elephants to Return Home

2020-11-04 - Gaborone, Botswana. Mbongeni Mguni

Botswana’s tourism industry, which accounts for a fifth of the economy, is heavily reliant on the world’s biggest elephant population, but the animals have become a political issue as there are too many of them and they destroy crops and occasionally trample villagers. Now, elephants are beginning to migrate into neighboring Angola and the governments of both countries are helping them do so by removing land mines left over from Angola’s civil war and tearing down fences.


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About 350 elephants in the Okavanko delta died between May and June. Photograph: Handout

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

2020-09-22 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms next rainy season to reduce the risk of another mass die-off. The mysterious death of 350 elephants in the Okavango delta between May and June baffled conservationists, with leading theories suggesting they were killed by a rodent virus known as EMC (encephalomyocarditis) or toxins from algal blooms.


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Botswana registers no new elephant deaths since June

2020-09-04 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana has recorded no new elephant deaths since June this year, Oduetse Koboto, the permanent secretary in Botswana's ministry of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism, has said. The southern African country recorded 281 elephant deaths, due to unknown causes, between March and May.
"The number of elephant carcasses found in the northern part of the country remains at 281. No more new elephant deaths have been recorded as of June," Koboto told Xinhua in a telephone i...


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Estimates of the African elephant population vary between 410,000 and 650,000 and in some countries there haven’t been surveys for many years, Elephants Without Borders said.

Microsoft Co-Founder Allen to Fund African Elephant Survey

2013-12-05 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft Corp (MSFT:US). with Bill Gates, will fund a survey of the number of elephants in Africa to help combat poaching that is claiming the life of one of the pachyderms every 15 minutes. The family trust of Allen, who’s worth $15.7 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, will fund an $8 million count of the animals in 13 countries using three fixed-wing airplanes and two helicopters, Botswana-based Elephants Without Borders said today in an e-mail...


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Botswana: A missed opportunity on elephants

2013-11-24 - Gaborone, Botswana.

When word started getting around that Botswana is to host an emergency African Elephant Summit on December 2-4, 2013, residents of Chobe and Ngamiland naturally started rekindling hope that finally the elephant problem is being addressed. It, therefore, comes as a shock that the Botswana government has missed this rare opportunity to include the concern of over-population into the agenda of the forthcoming emergency elephant summit.


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Botswana Gets Green-Light to Sell Ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has given Botswana the go-ahead to sell 43.6 tonnes of ivory by the end of this year.

2008-04-07 - Gaborone, Botswana.

This is in line with what was agreed last year at The Hague. Information from the Botswana Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism shows that the CITES secretariat in Gaborone gave the country the go-ahead after verifying the government ivory stock earmarked for sale. "Among other things, they looked at the paper trail, data base and the physical ivory to establish its match," reads a statement from the ministry.


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Botswana: Elephant Kills Man

2006-06-09 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Residents of Mmadinare village are still reeling in shock after an incident in which an elephant trampled to death, a 76 year old man on Wednesday in Sasau cattle posts. The deceased had gone to the cattle posts to round up his cattle for Foot and Mouth vaccination when he met his fate. The deceased is reported to have left his home last Tuesday with his children to assess the damage that the elephants had caused to his farm after having heard their noises when they invaded the farm the previous...


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Relocating Elephants Not Easy - Mokaila

2006-02-20 - Gaborone, Botswana.

The Elephant Management Plan has recommended that the Central District should be an elephant-free zone, Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism told Parliament on Friday. However, Mokaila told Parliament that removing the elephants was not easy. "Removing the elephants from this area is a mammoth task, which will require a lot of consultation with the international community because of sensitivities surrounding the killing of elephants," Mokaila observed.


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Elephants Sell Like Hotcakes

2005-07-21 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Citizen hunters have bought 10 elephants in the Mmadinare area after an offer by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). A public notice from the department said the elephants to be hunted in a controlled area CT 27 within a radius of 40km of Mmadinare village were sold for P8, 000 each.


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Botswana wants elephant cull

2005-03-09 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Botswana's president is seeking support from neighbouring Zambia for a proposal that would allow it to cull elephants and sell their ivory, officials said on Tuesday.

President Festus Mogae is expected to ask visiting Zambian President Levi Mwanawasa for support to downgrade the status of elephants under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites, a foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said Botswana ha...


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Botswana"s 20 tonnes ivory trade on hold

2004-10-18 - GABORONE, Botswana. BOPA , Daily News online

Botswana's sale of about 20 tonnes of ivory sanctioned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has been suspended because some countries have failed to meet one of the preconditions.

Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were granted permission for a one-off sale of 60 tonnes of ivory in 2002.


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Botswana anthrax "subsiding"

2004-09-24 - Gaborone, Botswana.

The outbreak of anthrax in Botswana's Chobe National Park had claimed the lives of 265 animals, but was now subsiding, an assistant director in the Department of Wildlife said on Friday. Of the 265 animals found dead in Chobe, 248 were buffalo, and 12 were elephants. The carcasses had been disposed of.


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12 Headlines about Elephants from Gaborone2020-11-04 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana Wants Angola’s Exiled Elephants to Return Home 2020-09-22 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off 2020-09-04 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana registers no new elephant deaths since June 2013-12-05 - Gaborone, Botswana - Microsoft Co-Founder Allen to Fund African Elephant Survey 2013-11-24 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana: A missed opportunity on elephants 2008-04-07 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana Gets Green-Light to Sell Ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has given Botswana the go-ahead to sell 43.6 tonnes of ivory by the end of this year. 2006-06-09 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana: Elephant Kills Man 2006-02-20 - Gaborone, Botswana - Relocating Elephants Not Easy - Mokaila 2005-07-21 - Gaborone, Botswana - Elephants Sell Like Hotcakes 2005-03-09 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana wants elephant cull 2004-10-18 - GABORONE, Botswana - Botswana"s 20 tonnes ivory trade on hold 2004-09-24 - Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana anthrax "subsiding"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rangers Accused of Demanding Cash to Return Marauding Elephants to Murchison Park

2021-01-10 - Masindi, Uganda. Michael Ojok

According to Jalon Lakony Opiyo, every time elephants invade the area, each member of the village which has around 2000 households contributes 1000 shillings for the rangers to rescue them and their p...


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Citing health of animals, Centre says stop elephant rides at Jaipur Amer Fort

2021-01-06 - Jaipur, India. Deep Mukherjee

Ride operators however, say that they ensure care for the elephants and that closing down the rides would be unfair to mahouts. “How is it fair for this report to say that the elephant rides should ...


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An Elephant Response Unit (ERU) patrolling Way Kambas National Park for illegal activities.

For Sumatran elephant conservation, involvement of local people is key

2021-01-05 - , Indonesia. Roderick T.J. Buiskool

For critically endangered Sumatran elephants, a long-term conservation strategy must include community involvement in mitigating human-elephant conflict, in addition to securing viable habitats. In or...


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India Forest Dept. uses elephants for tracing leopards in Koppal

2021-01-04 - Koppala, India.

Two days after a person who was away for cattle grazing at Virupapura Gaddi Islet in Gangavathi taluk was killed by a leopard, the Forest Department officers have introduced two elephants — a male a...


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Giants roam near Yangon

2021-01-04 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Khaing Khin Sein lives at the Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp, which is located between Taik Kyi and Okekan township in the Yangon Region. More than 30 elephants reside at the Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Cam...


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Thanks to an approach with NASA, the researchers have managed to detect elephants from space with an accuracy comparable to that of the human eye, using satellite images ‘Worldview 3’, owned by ‘Maxar Technologies’, which can ‘comb’ and collect more than 5,000 km. in a single image, in a matter of minutes.

Wow! Elephants can now be tracked and counted from space

2021-01-03 - , United States.

The department of Zoology, the Machine Learning Research Group in collaboration with Dr. Olga Isupova, from the University of Bath and Dr. Tiejun Wang, professor at the University of Twente, in the Ne...


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DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO CHASE ELEPHANTS

2021-01-02 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has taken steps to use drone technology to chase away elephants; the pilot project of this initiative is currently underway in the Naula Rathgammana area in Mat...


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Smugglers jailed as China"s "biggest ever" illegal ivory network smashed

2021-01-02 - Beiiing, China.

Seventeen people have been jailed -- including two for life -- for running China's largest ever ivory smuggling ring, moving millions of dollars of tusks from west Africa into the mainland's vast dome...


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Rejected Elephant Calf Shifted To Kapilash Rescue Centre

2021-01-01 - Berhampur, India.

The elephant calf, rejected by its herd in Sunapur village on the outskirts of Berhampur has been shifted to Kapilash rescue centre in Dhenkanal district. The baby elephant was part of the herd which ...


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