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Honolulu Zoo"s accreditation renewed

2012-04-10 - Honolulu, United States.

The nation´s leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums has renewed Honolulu Zoo´s accreditation. The new elephant exhibit that opened in December was a critical element, the city said. The new home for Mari and Vaigai is 1.5 acres, nine times larger than the previous exhibit. It also contains two 50,000-gallon swimming pools. The city also increased staffing and improved signage, two areas the Association of Zoos and Aquariums pointed out as deficiencies in a previous i...


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Zoo elephants movin’ on up. A larger, $12M habitat is almost ready for the pair to settle in

2011-11-04 - Honolulu, United States. Nina Wu

Sometime this month, Honolulu Zoo elephants Mari and Vaigai will take a short stroll to their newly expanded home that is 17 times larger than their old enclosure.

The new $12 million elephant exhibit, measuring 1.4 acres, features an open dirt space, tall concrete planters, shady coves and two 55,000-gallon waterfall pools with overlooking viewing areas. It is skirted by a walkway leading from the gharial display to the African Savanna section, and is surrounded by an electrified...


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Bambi or Bessie: Are wild animals happier?

2011-04-12 - Honolulu, United States.

We, as emotional beings, place a high value on happiness and joy. Happiness is more than a feeling to us - it’s something we require and strive for. We’re so fixated on happiness that we define the pursuit of it as a right. We seek happiness not only for ourselves and our loved ones, but also for our planet and its creatures.


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Honolulu Zoo keeper and elephant manager Maurice Bolosan stood yesterday near the elephant restraint device in the new exhibit area, which has a scale to weigh the elephants as well as restraint devices to aid checkups. Ground was broken yesterday for an

After 12 years, Honolulu zoo ready to build elephant habitat

2010-08-14 - Honolulu, United States.

The Honolulu Zoo´s two elephants will move into prime real estate next year when their 37,000-square-foot grazing habitat is completed. The zoo broke ground yesterday on the enclosure that will house the two female Indian elephants and provide space for a male, which the zoo is hoping to get in the next few years. The facility will replace the elephants´ existing 3,100-square-foot facility and form the backbone of a retooled Asian rain forest exhibit.


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Mari, a female Asian elephant, is among the creatures to be found at the highly rated Honolulu Zoo.

Improvements earn Hawaii zoo top marks from travel magazine. Exhibit upgrades help Honolulu"s animal kingdom earn high marks

2008-08-11 - Honolulu, United States. Leanne Ta

An ongoing change is the expansion of the Indian elephant exhibit. Zookeepers are preparing to move elephants Mari and Vai Gai from their current 3,600-square-foot enclosure to a 30,000-square-foot space. Local landscapers will be contracted for the project, which will take about a year to build, Luscomb said. The zoo is searching for two more elephants — a cow and a bull — to add to the larger exhibit. About $6.8 million will go toward the project this year.


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Two Elephants Weigh In at Honolulu Zoo

2008-04-08 - Honolulu, United States.

It is not a scene from an animal version of the "Biggest Loser," there is a whole other reason our elephants were weighed in Tuesday. With the help of a truck scale, Honolulu Zoo keepers weighed in two Asian elephants named Mari and Vaigai. Mari weighed in at 10,200 pounds while her buddy Vaigai weighed in at 9,750 pounds. Zoo officials said the weigh-in happens twice a year for a couple of reasons.


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Mayor Asks For Millions For New Zoo Exhibit

2008-03-05 - Honolulu, United States.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann is asking for millions of dollars to finish a new elephant exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo that's been in the works for over a decade. A large portion of the enclosure is finished and sits empty -- waiting for the funding to complete the job. KITV's Keoki Kerr reported that in his budget proposal last week, Hannemann asked for about $7 million to complete an elephant breeding facility here at the zoo


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Honolulu Zoo elephant undergoes rare procedure

2005-08-10 - Honolulu, United States. Ron Mizutani

After more than a year of practicing, it was time for the real thing. Vaigai, a 20-year-old Asian elephant at the Honolulu Zoo, was artificially inseminated Wednesday morning, but the procedure came a day earlier than expected. Zookeepers were expecting her to ovulate in two days, but instead it happened some time last night, which meant the A-I procedure had to be done this morning.


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Police look over Tyke the elephant, lying dead against a car on Ilaniwai Street.

Shots killing elephant Tyke echo across a decade

2004-08-16 - Honolulu, United States. Rosemarie Bernardo

A circus that includes elephant performances has not come to Hawaii since Tyke's rampage. However, there was an attempt last year by the Ringling Bros Circus. The organization filed for a permit to bring two Asian elephants for a February circus performance. There were no other requests to bring in elephants for circus acts, said Cravalho. An elephant, however, was brought to Honolulu for the filming of the Disney movie "George of the Jungle" in 1997 under strict safeguards.


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Shots killing elephant echo across a decade Activists favor outlawing elephant act

2004-08-16 - Honolulu, United States. By Rosemarie Bernardo, Starbulletin

Makakilo resident Donna Wier remembers that horrible day 10 years ago when a man was trampled to death by an 8,000-pound elephant at the Blaisdell Arena.

"It was pretty traumatic," said Wier, who took her sons Dillon, then 6, and Koa, 10 months, to the circus for the first time. "It's still in the back of our minds."


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In this image taken from video, Steve Hirano tried to hold Tyke the elephant behind a fenced gate in 1994 in Kakaako as the animal went on a rampage. Hirano made international news when the elephant from a Blaisdell Center circus charged and attacked him

Local leader Steve Hirano put his heart into his work

2003-12-21 - Honolulu, United States. Mary Vorsino

Steve Hirano, 57, died Friday evening at his Hawaii Kai home, less than two months after learning that he had pancreatic cancer. Steve Hirano made international news in 1994 when the rogue elephant tyke from a Blaisdell Center circus, for whom he was serving as publicist, charged and attacked him. The video of Tyke the elephant tossing Hirano out of the way as he tried to hold the animal behind a fenced gate is hard to forget.


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Whatever happened to the elephant Tyke? ‘Tyke’ was buried in isle landfill

1999-03-24 - Honolulu, United States.

What ever happened to the body of Tyke, the 21-year-old female circus elephant whose rampage through Kakaako in 1994 was finally stopped by police gunfire? How was the body disposed? -When Tyke died, the city parks department moved the body to the animal quarantine station at Halawa, where state personnel did an animal autopsy, said city spokeswoman Carol Costa.


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Photo of Allen Campbell (left) taken with Circus Historical Society trustee Richard Reynolds (right) in Peru, Indiana, 1993.

In Honolulu, Hawaii, during a circus international performance, a female elephant named Tyke goes mad and crushes her trainer Allen Campbell to death before hundreds of horrified spectators, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena

1994-08-20 - Honolulu, United States.

Alan Campbell (1953-August 20, 1994) was an elephant trainer for The Hawthorn Corporation. Campbell was crushed to death on August 20, 1994 at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, after attempting to save fellow co-worker Dallas Beckwith from the performing elephant "Tyke" who had run amok.


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13 Headlines about Elephants from Honolulu2012-04-10 - Honolulu, United States - Honolulu Zoo"s accreditation renewed 2011-11-04 - Honolulu, United States - Zoo elephants movin’ on up. A larger, $12M habitat is almost ready for the pair to settle in 2011-04-12 - Honolulu, United States - Bambi or Bessie: Are wild animals happier? 2010-08-14 - Honolulu, United States - After 12 years, Honolulu zoo ready to build elephant habitat 2008-08-11 - Honolulu, United States - Improvements earn Hawaii zoo top marks from travel magazine. Exhibit upgrades help Honolulu"s animal kingdom earn high marks 2008-04-08 - Honolulu, United States - Two Elephants Weigh In at Honolulu Zoo 2008-03-05 - Honolulu, United States - Mayor Asks For Millions For New Zoo Exhibit 2005-08-10 - Honolulu, United States - Honolulu Zoo elephant undergoes rare procedure 2004-08-16 - Honolulu, United States - Shots killing elephant Tyke echo across a decade 2004-08-16 - Honolulu, United States - Shots killing elephant echo across a decade Activists favor outlawing elephant act 2003-12-21 - Honolulu, United States - Local leader Steve Hirano put his heart into his work 1999-03-24 - Honolulu, United States - Whatever happened to the elephant Tyke? ‘Tyke’ was buried in isle landfill 1994-08-20 - Honolulu, United States - In Honolulu, Hawaii, during a circus international performance, a female elephant named Tyke goes mad and crushes her trainer Allen Campbell to death before hundreds of horrified spectators, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena

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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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