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Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites

2016-10-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Attempts to give the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants have foundered at a key species conference in Johannesburg. A proposal put forward by Kenya was strongly supported but failed to gain the two-thirds majority required. The opposition of the EU, which voted as a block, was pivotal in the defeat.


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Some countries have destroyed their ivory stocks but some still hold onto them in the hope of future markets

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

2016-10-02 - Johannesburg, United States.

Delegates at a UN wildlife conference have endorsed calls for the closure of all domestic ivory markets. The non-binding proposal was approved at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa. Conservationists hailed it as a significant step towards ending the current elephant poaching crisis.


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Rangers in Congo"s Garamba park fight, die in skirmishes with heavily armed elephant poachers

2015-11-08 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The shootout last month, in which three rangers and a Congolese army colonel were killed, highlights the challenge of protecting parks in a part of Africa plagued for decades by insurgencies, civil war, refugee flows and weak governments. It shows how some conservation efforts resemble a kind of guerrilla warfare in which rangers and soldiers stalk — and are stalked by — poachers who are slaughtering Africa´s elephants and other wildlife.


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EU Pledges 170 Million Rand To Help Fight Illegal Ivory Trade

2013-12-27 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The European Union Commission has pledged more than 170 million Rand (12 million Euros) to assist in combating the illegal trade in ivory in which the fight will be taken more to the organized crime and rebel forces. Key states involved in the illegal ivory value chain have committed to urgent measures to halt the illegal trade. The measures, which include enhancing legislation and wildlife protection at national level, were adopted at the African Elephant Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, earlier t...


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Woman sentenced for ivory smuggling

2013-12-20 - Johannesburg, United States.

A Chinese woman was sentenced to a R50 000 fine or three years´ imprisonment by the Kempton Park Regional Court on Wednesday for trying to smuggling ivory through South Africa, the SA Revenue Service said. “She attempted to smuggle 12.7kg ivory, two lion claws and 10 Pangolin scales to Hong Kong,” spokesman Adrian Lackay said in a statement.


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South African elephant handler slips off back of elephant and is trampled to death

2013-04-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The owner of an elephant park in South Africa says one of his handlers was trampled to death while taking elephants out for exercise. Craig Saunders, owner of the Elephant Sanctuary near Hartbeespoort Dam, west of Pretoria, said the accident happened on Monday. Saunders says the handler slipped off the back of an elephant that was engaging in "boisterous behavior" with another elephant. He says the handler ended up in the midst of the altercation, which happened during an early morning exercise ...


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Lawrence Anthony, affectionately known as The Elephant Whisperer for his dedication to the rehabilitation of the African Elephant, has passed away at the age of 62.

R.I.P. "Elephant whisperer" Lawrence Anthony passes away

2012-03-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Born in Johannesburg in 1950, Anthony was the owner and head of conservation at KwaZulu-Natal’s Thula Thula Game reserve and the author of several bestsellers including The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants, which has sold over 90 000 copies worldwide. Anthony was also known for his bold ventures in conservation, most notably when he braved the 2003 US bombing of Iraq to rescue a pack of starving lions.


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Wildlife experts say that large seizures of elephant tusks made 2011 the worst on record for elephants since ivory sales were banned in 1989.

Activists: Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon

2012-02-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Poachers have slaughtered at least 200 elephants in the past five weeks in a patch of Africa where they are more dangerously endangered than anywhere else on Earth, wildlife activists said Thursday. The money made from selling elephant tusks is fueling misery throughout the continent, the International Fund for Animal Welfare warned.


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Elephants tusks are in huge demand in Asia

Elephant poaching: "Record year" for ivory seizures

2011-12-29 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

More elephant tusks were seized in 2011 than in any year since 1989, when the ivory trade was banned, international wildlife trade group Traffic says. The group said elephants have had a "horrible year", with 23 tonnes of ivory seized - representing at least 2,500 dead animals.


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Baby elephant"s death affects zoo staff

2011-04-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The death of Dineo, the first baby elephant born at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria, felt like a death in the family, zoo staff said yesterday. Dineo, born three weeks ago, died in her sleep yesterday morning. An autopsy is being conducted. "We had her under 24-hour surveillance since the day she was born," said Craig Allenby, a manager at the zoo.


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Baby elephant"s death affects zoo staff

2011-04-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The death of Dineo, the first baby elephant born at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria, felt like a death in the family, zoo staff said yesterday. Dineo, born three weeks ago, died in her sleep yesterday morning. An autopsy is being conducted. "We had her under 24-hour surveillance since the day she was born," said Craig Allenby, a manager at the zoo.


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An elephant nicknamed Troublesome is snapped taking a drink from the pool at Etali Safari Lodge, South Africa. Susan Potgieter, owner of the lodge, said: "When I first saw the photograph of her drinking I couldnt believe it. It was something of a relief

Elephant picture explains mystery of leaking jacuzzi

2010-05-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

A mystery "leak" draining a jacuzzi in South Africa has been explained after tourists caught an elephant drinking from the pool. Affectionately nicknamed Troublesome, the animal is well-known to rangers at the reserve for her inquisitive nature. But no one imagined any connection with a problematic jacuzzi outside one of the £400-a-night lodges.


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Uproar over distressed elephant

2009-09-28 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

An elephant in distress at a well-known game reserve has caused an uproar with the group Animal Rights Africa (ARA) demanding on Monday that the reserve's owners help the animal. According to the group, the elephant had suffered for more than two weeks with what appeared to be birth complications. They said that on complaining that nothing was being done to help the elephant, they were told by Sabi Sands that their policy was not to intervene in natural processes. ARA spokesperson Steve Smit sai...


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Tusks are displayed in Windhoek at the first legal auction of elephant tusks in nearly a decade, 28 Oct 2008

Ivory Auctions In Southern Africa Raise More Than $15 Million

2008-11-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Lisa Schlein

Conservationists say ivory auctions in four Southern African countries this week have raised more than $15 million for conservation efforts. The ivory sale was organized by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The organization says the money will go for African elephant conservation and to support local communities. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva. Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe sold more than 100 tons of ivory to Chinese and Japanese accredited tra...


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Custom officers display a total of 2.8 tons of ivory

Southern Africa to auction more than 100 tonnes of ivory

2008-10-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

More than 100 tonnes of ivory will go on auction in four southern African countries in two weeks, in the first sale of stockpiled elephant ivory in nearly a decade, wildlife groups said Wednesday. The sales were approved in July by the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and auctions have now been scheduled in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, wildlife officials said. China and Japan are expected to be among the biggest buyers, after CITES agre...


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Why legal ivory trade is better for the elephants

2008-08-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Jens Laurson and George Pieler

AFTER nearly 20 years, ivory trade is legal again. This is good news for callous lovers of exotic trinkets or traditionalists among pianists, but hardly a reason for elephants to celebrate, you might think. Somehow it’s not more comforting to know that China, quickly becoming the premier neocolonial force in Africa, is a key reason why the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) has allowed the export of 110 tons of ivory. The other reason is Jap...


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Activists livid after China approved for ivory sale

2008-07-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

China's approval for the first time as a bona fide buyer of ivory has drawn flak from some conservationists, who blame the country for stoking the illegal ivory trade. One of the world's biggest consumers of elephant ivory, China was given the go-ahead on Tuesday to participate as a licensed buyer in an upcoming auction of 108 tons of ivory from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. "This sale has literally given the green light to international poaching syndicates and organised crime, a...


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SA elephant cull ban ends

2008-05-28 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Caroline Duffield

South Africa has lifted its ban on the culling of elephants, as numbers have more than doubled since its introduction 1994.


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South Africa lifts ban on elephant culling

2008-04-30 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa's 13-year moratorium on elephant culling was set to be lifted on Thursday to combat a surge in population numbers, despite an outcry from animal rights activists. The South African government earlier this year authorised the killing of elephants from May 1 as a last resort in limiting the numbers of the African elephant that have more than doubled since culling was halted in 1995. Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the issue of population management of the animals had...


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China eyes slice of SA"s ivory stockpile

2008-03-01 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Sheree Béga

China, one of the world's largest traders in illegal ivory, is vying to buy up South Africa's massive elephant ivory stock which has built up over several years as the result of a worldwide ban. But conservation authorities must first decide whether China is a suitable destination for the ivory, the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism said this week. Last June, South Africa received permission from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flor...


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NSPCA concerned about lot of circus elephants

2008-02-26 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The unnecessary confinement and transportation of elephants for entertainment purposes has left the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) "seriously perturbed".
The NSPCA was on Tuesday responding to the Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa, announced by Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Monday.


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We will act if culling is made legal

2008-02-22 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Animal Rights Africa (ARA) has threatened boycotts, protests and legal steps if South Africa legalises culling to control elephant numbers. Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk is expected to announce the national norms and standards for elephant management (NNSEM) on Monday. ARA said on Friday that promoting international tourist boycotts, public protests and legal challenges were among the measures it would resort to if the NNSEM persisted in legalising culling as...


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Controlling S. Africa"s elephant population

2008-01-14 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Robyn Dixon

Samson, otherwise known as Elephant No. 1, is twisting his trunk around tufts of grass and throwing them into his mouth. He is aware that David Powrie has sneaked up on him but is willing to ignore him for now. The tall, blond, sunburned ranger knows each one of the 120 elephants here in Welgevonden Game Reserve, identifying them by nicks in their ears, tusks and the patterning of their tails - almost like a fingerprint. He sniffs the air for the bulls in must (they exude an oily secretion when ...


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The problem of plenty

2007-12-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Robyn Dixon

Rising elephant numbers in South Africa has been a cause for concern for the authorities concerned. They fear this jumbo overpopulation might have disastrous consequences on other animals. Samson, otherwise known as Elephant No. 1, is twisting his trunk around tufts of grass and throwing them into his mouth. He is aware we have sneaked up on him but is willing to ignore us.


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In celebration of the elephants

2007-11-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Gerald Durrell once said: "Anyone who has got pleasure from Nature should put something back. Life is like a superlative meal and the world is the maitre d'hotel.What I'm doing is the equivalent of leaving a reasonable tip." Photo-journalist David Paynter has left more than a resonable tip in this stunning coffee table book depicting the lifetime of a young bull elephant named Tempo Ndhlovu.


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Culling elephants could cost SA

2007-09-11 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Culling elephants could cost South Africa's fast-growing tourism industry dearly, MPs heard on Tuesday. A substantial number of tourists would not come to the country if culling was reintroduced, Animal Rights Africa trustee Steve Smit told members of Parliament's environmental affairs and tourism portfolio committee. This assessment was based on discussions held with local tourism operators and tourism marketing agencies, as well as international animal rights organisations, he said.


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Conservationist Lawrence Anthony escapes attack of angry elephant at Thula Thula Game Reserve

2007-08-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

A renowned conservationist recounted on Wednesday how he and his friends narrowly escaped an attack by an enraged bull elephant. Lawrence Anthony and his two friends were on a night drive at Thula Thula Game Reserve near Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night when the animal attacked them. He came at us from nowhere in a full-blooded charge, hammering the front of the Land Rover station wagon and driving us backwards into the bush for about twenty yards, said Anthony.


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Elephants "Learn" to Avoid Land Mines in War-Torn Angola

2007-07-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Leon Marshall, National Geographic News

Elephants moving into war-ravaged southern Angola from neighboring countries appear to have developed the ability to avoid the land mines that litter the region, scientists report. Michael Chase, a biologist who has been studying the elephants for seven years, says he first detected the animals' apparent ability to avoid the mines from satellite-collar tracking images.


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Elephant kills South African hunter

2007-05-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

South African professional hunter Christo Kaiser has been killed by an elephant in Botswana. Kaiser, 40, the owner of Unico Hunting Safaris in Lephalale (formerly Ellisras), died on Friday, a close friend of his, Phillip Bronkhorst, said on Saturday. He was killed in the northern part of Botswana on Friday morning. He was killed by an elephant, said Bronkhorst.


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Body temperature daily rhythm adaptations in African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana).

2007-05-10 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Kinahan AA, Inge-Moller R, Bateman PW, Kotze A, Scantlebury M. University of the Witwatersrand

The savanna elephant is the largest extant mammal and often inhabits hot and arid environments. Due to their large size, it might be expected that elephants have particular physiological adaptations, such as adjustments to the rhythms of their core body temperature (T(b)) to deal with environmental challenges. This study describes for the first time the T(b) daily rhythms in savanna elephants.


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Elephant fall: Two taken to Johannesburg

2007-04-06 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The middle-aged British couple hurt in a fall from an elephant in Hartbeespoort on Thursday have been transferred to the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. Lorna and Michael Denyard, both in their 50s, were transferred "on request", said Craig Saunders, the owner of The Elephant Sanctuary, where the incident occurred.


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5-Country Conservation Area Would Aid Africa"s Largest Elephant Herd

2007-04-04 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Leon Marshall

Environment ministers from five southern African countries plan to turn a 110,833-square-mile (287,132-square-kilometer) chunk of land into a massive cross-border conservation zone. The proposed parkland—spanning an area about the size of Nevada—would vastly increase roaming space for Africa's biggest elephant herd.


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Rhinos and elephants in Southern Africa are coming under increased pressure from poachers

2007-04-01 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Mike Cadman

The report, Consuming Wildlife: The Illegal Exploitation Of Wildlife In South Africa, Zimbabwe And Zambia, also details increased elephant poaching in Zimbabwe and Zambia and quotes extensively from a document compiled by the governments of Kenya and Mali, which claims that more than 40 tons of ivory has been confiscated worldwide during the past two years. More than 13 tons of the ivory is believed to have come from Zimbabwe and Zambia.


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Trumpet sounds call to end elephant safaris

2007-03-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hopes that governments proposed elephant management regulations will lead to elephant-back safaris being abolished. The draft rules, released for comment last week, propose stopping the capture from the wild of anything other than genuine orphan elephant calves.


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New research ccould prove vital in finding solutions in controling elephant population

Temperature could be key in elephant research

2007-03-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wits University has just completed studies on how elephants cope with high African temperatures and how that influences their behaviour. In African savannahs, elephants are exposed to high environmental heat loads during the day and low ambient temperatures at night and yet these animals are able to cope quite adequately.


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Field ranger Thomas Mathosi stable after attack

2007-03-19 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Field ranger Thomas Mathosi has stabilised in Polokwane Private Hospital after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was overturned by a group of elephants in the Kruger National Park last week. As they were watching the herd in front of them, a smaller group of elephants stormed them from behind and flipped their vehicle over, trapping Sandra Basson, the section ranger at Pafuri, and her driver in the vehicle.


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After canned lions, elephant-back tourism in line of fire in South Africa

2007-03-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

After the banning of so-called 'canned' lion hunting, the South African government is now training its sights on elephant-back tourism, animal rights activists said Wednesday. Last week's draft recommendations on elephant management which listed culling as an option for controlling soaring herd numbers also recommended stricter controls on the capture of young elephants for use in tourism, the International Fund for Animal Welfare noted.


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South Africa: Elephant Culling an Option, Minister

2007-03-03 - Johannesburg, United States. Chris Van Gass

Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk is expected to face a rocky ride over his decision to place back on the table the controversial issue of culling elephants to control their numbers. Van Schalkwyk announced yesterday that culling would be one of the five options, including the other contentious issue of contraception, in proposals to curb the population explosion of the mammals. The other options include range extension and translocation of SA's 20000 elephant population, 14000 which ...


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WWF: South Africa should consider elephant cull

2007-02-25 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Stella Mapenzauswa

South Africa needs to consider restarting elephant culls because growing numbers of the mammal now threaten local habitats, the WWF conservation group has said. "What has happened in the last 10 years is that protected areas ... had elephant numbers grow to where they are actually suppressing the habitat, the vegetation," Rob Little, acting chief executive of WWF South Africa, told Reuters late on Friday.


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The chart shows the dramatic inverse relationship between elephant and human populations in Africa

Elephant versus man: the Human-Elephant Conflict in Africa

2006-11-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Tom Cockrem

It was more than 40,000 years ago that on the continent of Africa two species emerged to vie with each other for the title of ruler of the land: the elephant and man. Drought, disease and war saw these two protagonists experience alternating cycles of dominance. It took the advent of the gun for the two-legged hunter to finally take charge. The African elephant has lost the battle of the species. There are only 600,000 left on the continent today. There used to be at least 15 million.


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SOUTHERN AFRICA: No Ivory Sales Now Doesnt Mean None Later

2006-10-20 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Moyiga Nduru

Concern about ivory sales in Southern Africa is persisting among environmental groups, this after CITES granted Japan stockpile buyer status earlier this month. "We are extremely concerned by CITES giving Japan their blessing," Jason Bell-Leask, Southern African director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), told IPS. "Its difficult to distinguish between illegal and legal ivory in Japan...We do not believe that Japan has done enough to prevent the (illegal) trade in ivory."


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Professor Rudi van Aarde, in discussion here with Dr Robert Guldemond

Scientist raises issue of elephants maimed by wire snares

2006-10-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

A South African scientist has expressed concern over the apparent high number of elephants maimed apparently by wire snares laid by poachers to trap game in the northern parts of the country. Professor Rudi van Aarde, head of conservation ecology research at the University of Pretoria, has seen at least seven elephants with parts of their trunks missing during a recent visit to the Mapungubwe National Park.


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Burnt baby elephant euthanised

2005-10-21 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Carol Hills

A baby elephant was euthanised in a boma in Hammanskraal on Thursday when its organs failed almost a month after it was severely burnt in a wildfire at the Pilanesberg National Park in September. The elephant had survived on its own in the bush for more than two-and-a-half weeks before being spotted by tourists a week ago and taken to a trauma centre set up in bomas in Hammanskraal.


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Veld fire burns 20 elephants

2005-09-23 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Twenty elephants were severely burnt and one was put down after a veld fire at Pilanesberg Game Park near Sun City in North West, reported SABC news on Friday. Medical rescue teams attended to the injured animals. Seven of the 20 injured elephants were transported to a place were they would receive special treatment. The park's manager, Peter Leitner, said the fire started outside the game park and then wreaked havoc among the animals.


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10,000 elephants facing slaughter to protect trees

2005-09-21 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

UP TO 10,000 elephants are facing slaughter as South Africa prepares to end its ten-year ban on culling the beasts. The Government is expecting a global outcry from animal welfare groups, so there will be an 18-month “consultation period” before the cull — which would involve rounding up and shooting entire family groups begins.


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Chillies cool conflict between man and elephants

2005-09-06 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Ed Stoddard

It has spiced up many a meal but now the fiery chilli pepper is being used to cool an ancient feud between farmers and wild elephants in Africa. In the Zambezi valley in southern Zambia, small-scale farmers are growing chilli peppers as a deterrent against elephants that raid their crops -- and marketing the end result. "Elephants simply don't like the smell of chilli," said Nina Gibson, project coordinator for the Elephant Pepper Development Trust.


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Elephants have emotions "just like humans"

2005-07-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Duncan Guy

Elephant conservation should be considered in much the same way humans consider plans for their own health and well-being, an elephant management workshop heard on Tuesday. Sociality, which is the conservation of social structures and processes, has largely been ignored in conservation, according to a paper by Gay Bradshaw of Oregon State University and Allan Schore of the University of California.


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"Stop using elephants for Safaris"

2005-06-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The number of elephants taken from the wild and used in elephant-back safaris has reached a crisis level, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said. The NSPCA is calling for the government to intervene, as applications from operators flood in, said Rick Allan, manager of the organisation's wildlife unit.


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Elephant kills handler in Knysna, South Africa

2005-06-23 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

An elephant handler was killed by a bull elephant at the Knysna Elephant Park on Tuesday during a morning excursion, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said on Wednesday. The incident at the park also raises questions regarding the safety of South Africa's burgeoning elephant-back safari and tourism industry, said Ifaw spokesperson Christina Pretorius in a statement.


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Stop SA elephant tours - demand

2005-06-22 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) has called for South Africa's growing elephant-back safari and tourism industry to be stopped immediately.
Jason Bell-Leask, Ifaw's director in Southern Africa, said: "It needs to be stopped, and it needs to be stopped now."


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Elephants return to South Africa"s famed Karoo

2005-06-08 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa.

Elephants are back in South Africa's semi-arid Karoo region for the first time in more than 150 years, adding new life to a harsh environment that saw much of its large wildlife exterminated long ago. The family group of 12 elephants was relocated from South Africa's Kruger National Park to Kuzuko, a 14,500 hectare (35,830 acres) nature reserve on the Karoo's southern boundary.


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Elephants: tourism"s new money-spinners

2005-05-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Mike Cadman

Should we be capturing wild elephants in South Africa and training them to be ridden by people or to walk alongside them as part of our tourism industry? Some see nothing wrong with the idea and believe it promotes tourism and conservation, but others believe keeping elephants is captivity is cruel, potentially dangerous and merely a money-making exercise.


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Elephants: A huge headache

2005-04-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Park authorities in South Africa have delayed making a decision on ways to curb the exploding elephant population in the Kruger National Park as experts remain divided on the issue, according to a news report on Sunday. Scientists and managers at South African National Parks have asked for a delay in a report, due to be released at the end of this month, recommending methods to reduce the number of elephant in the park, the Sunday Independent said.


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Elephants "born to be wild"

2005-04-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

A campaign to oppose the removal of elephants from the wild for commercial purposes was launched this week by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and its partner organisation the Ethical Conservation Network. "Born to be Wild" was launched after IFAW and the ECN were concerned that, with growing numbers of elephants on private reserves, the temptation to sell off perceived excess stock of baby elephants to buyers in the tourism industry is great.


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Ranger killed by elephant at S.Africa"s Kruger

2005-02-23 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Reuters

An elephant has killed a ranger in South Africa's Kruger National Park, a rare fatality for those who work among dangerous animals in the reserve, the park said on Wednesday.

The park said in a statement that field ranger Wilson Ndlovu was killed on Tuesday morning while on a bicycle patrol.

It gave no details of the attack but said the area was surrounded by two-metre-high grass and the rangers wouldn't have seen the elephants "until the last possible moment".


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Keeps Elephants at Bay

2004-12-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa. World Bank Group

Achieving a balanced coexistence in southern Africa's Mid-Zambezi Valley
between subsistence farmers and wild animals can be tricky. During the last 20 years elephants have been hemmed in by the increasing number of people moving into the area in search of arable land. As a result, the animals increasingly destroy crops as they roam and search for food.


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One Park, Three Countries: The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

2004-11-22 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Moyiga Nduru, Ijnter Press Service News Agency

Hope for the survival of many of Africa's unique animals lies in multinational cooperation initiatives like the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, although the challenges remain enormous, say conservationists.

The park, situated on the South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe borders, is
one of the world's largest, with an area of 35,000 square kilometres, almost
the size of Israel.

The treaty to create the parks was signed in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, in
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SANParks Brews Plan to Cull Elephant Herds

2004-11-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Chris Van Gass, Business Day

SANParks will have an elephant management plan in place by the end of October next year, designed to reduce the "exorbitant" number of elephants in SA, Parliament's portfolio committee on environment was told yesterday.

David Mabunda, CE of the organisation that manages the country's 20 national
parks, said a task team would be established soon to take the process
forward and by the beginning of March a draft of the plan would be put
before the SANParks board ...


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culling

Why 5000 elephants must die

2004-10-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa. Fred Bridgland

Nobody wants to kill them, but 12 years without a cull in the Kruger Park has been a disaster for animals and humans, reports Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg.


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Elephants: Vets offer help

2004-10-18 - Johannesburg, South Africa. News 24

The Veterinary Association of SA offered its assistance in
controlling elephant populations in South Africa's national parks on Monday.
Unabated growth of the elephant population in the parks posed a serious
threat to the habitat, wildlife and tourist potential of the country's
parks, Jozeph van Heerden, spokesperson for the association, said in a
statement.


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Elephant accidentally kills handler

2001-04-17 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa.

A handler was killed by an elephant cow which was being used on a film set in Broederstroom on Sunday. Circus owner Brian Boswell said Tandy was among seven elephants used as background animals for the filming of three movies and a commercial.


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61 Headlines about Elephants from JOHANNESBURG2016-10-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites 2016-10-02 - Johannesburg, United States - Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference 2015-11-08 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Rangers in Congo"s Garamba park fight, die in skirmishes with heavily armed elephant poachers 2013-12-27 - Johannesburg, South Africa - EU Pledges 170 Million Rand To Help Fight Illegal Ivory Trade 2013-12-20 - Johannesburg, United States - Woman sentenced for ivory smuggling 2013-04-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa - South African elephant handler slips off back of elephant and is trampled to death 2012-03-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa - R.I.P. "Elephant whisperer" Lawrence Anthony passes away 2012-02-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Activists: Poachers kill 200 elephants in Cameroon 2011-12-29 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant poaching: "Record year" for ivory seizures 2011-04-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Baby elephant"s death affects zoo staff 2011-04-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Baby elephant"s death affects zoo staff 2010-05-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant picture explains mystery of leaking jacuzzi 2009-09-28 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Uproar over distressed elephant 2008-11-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Ivory Auctions In Southern Africa Raise More Than $15 Million 2008-10-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Southern Africa to auction more than 100 tonnes of ivory 2008-08-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Why legal ivory trade is better for the elephants 2008-07-17 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Activists livid after China approved for ivory sale 2008-05-28 - Johannesburg, South Africa - SA elephant cull ban ends 2008-04-30 - Johannesburg, South Africa - South Africa lifts ban on elephant culling 2008-03-01 - Johannesburg, South Africa - China eyes slice of SA"s ivory stockpile 2008-02-26 - Johannesburg, South Africa - NSPCA concerned about lot of circus elephants 2008-02-22 - Johannesburg, South Africa - We will act if culling is made legal 2008-01-14 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Controlling S. Africa"s elephant population 2007-12-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa - The problem of plenty 2007-11-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa - In celebration of the elephants 2007-09-11 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Culling elephants could cost SA 2007-08-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Conservationist Lawrence Anthony escapes attack of angry elephant at Thula Thula Game Reserve 2007-07-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants "Learn" to Avoid Land Mines in War-Torn Angola 2007-05-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant kills South African hunter 2007-05-10 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Body temperature daily rhythm adaptations in African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana). 2007-04-06 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant fall: Two taken to Johannesburg 2007-04-04 - Johannesburg, South Africa - 5-Country Conservation Area Would Aid Africa"s Largest Elephant Herd 2007-04-01 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Rhinos and elephants in Southern Africa are coming under increased pressure from poachers 2007-03-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Trumpet sounds call to end elephant safaris 2007-03-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Temperature could be key in elephant research 2007-03-19 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Field ranger Thomas Mathosi stable after attack 2007-03-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa - After canned lions, elephant-back tourism in line of fire in South Africa 2007-03-03 - Johannesburg, United States - South Africa: Elephant Culling an Option, Minister 2007-02-25 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - WWF: South Africa should consider elephant cull 2006-11-12 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant versus man: the Human-Elephant Conflict in Africa 2006-10-20 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - SOUTHERN AFRICA: No Ivory Sales Now Doesnt Mean None Later 2006-10-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Scientist raises issue of elephants maimed by wire snares 2005-10-21 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Burnt baby elephant euthanised 2005-09-23 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Veld fire burns 20 elephants 2005-09-21 - Johannesburg, South Africa - 10,000 elephants facing slaughter to protect trees 2005-09-06 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Chillies cool conflict between man and elephants 2005-07-20 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants have emotions "just like humans" 2005-06-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa - "Stop using elephants for Safaris" 2005-06-23 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephant kills handler in Knysna, South Africa 2005-06-22 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Stop SA elephant tours - demand 2005-06-08 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Elephants return to South Africa"s famed Karoo 2005-05-15 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants: tourism"s new money-spinners 2005-04-25 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants: A huge headache 2005-04-07 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants "born to be wild" 2005-02-23 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Ranger killed by elephant at S.Africa"s Kruger 2004-12-16 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Keeps Elephants at Bay 2004-11-22 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - One Park, Three Countries: The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park 2004-11-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa - SANParks Brews Plan to Cull Elephant Herds 2004-10-24 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Why 5000 elephants must die 2004-10-18 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Elephants: Vets offer help 2001-04-17 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Elephant accidentally kills handler

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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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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
YouTube: Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) - That's An Elephant! Scene (1/10) | Movieclips
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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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