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Knysna Elephant Parks Response to Abuse Allegations

2014-05-23 - Knysna, South Africa.

This press statement is being put out by the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) and Elephants of Eden (EOE) in response to the abuse allegations and Facebook entries on the NSPCA Facebook Site and disseminated by the NSPCA to the various news stations and probably newspapers as well. The legal adviser for EOE, Mr. F J Fischer of C J Ballan Inc of Knysna, has received the necessary instructions to investigate civil action against the NSPCA and Mr. Gerhard Van Rooyen.


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Alleged animal abuse at Knysna Elephant Park

2014-05-19 - Knysna, South Africa.

The National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) has laid criminal charges against a well-known elephant sanctuary in Knysna for extreme cruelty to animals after photographs emerged showing wounded elephants. The Knysna Elephant Park, part of the Elephants of Eden group before it moved from the Eastern Cape to Knysna, offers visitors a range of experiences with elephants – from close encounters (their ‘Be Touched by an Elephant tour) to exclusive walks, rides and even a sleepover with elephants.


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Knysna Elephant attack: handler critical

2011-06-06 - Knysna, South Africa.

A handler at the Knysna Elephant Park is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being attacked by an elephant over the weekend. Arnold Ndzwanana had to have one of his legs amputated after being tossed in the air and then trampled by the 22-year-old bull, Harry. The park is now investigating what happened in the moments leading up to the incident. In June 2005, Harry trampled another handler to death.


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NEW UNDERSTANDING ... Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington spends time with some of the elephants at the scenic Knysna Elephant Park.

Elephant care a jumbo task

2010-11-26 - Knysna, South Africa.

THE international Eco- Etho Research and Education Centre has joined the Knysna Elephant Park’s African elephant research unit to launch a new academy that will study animal welfare and psychology. The major aim of the academy’s courses will be to develop world- recognised qualifications for those professionally involved with large mammals, in order to ensure that animals under any form of human jurisdiction do not suffer and that, in particular, co-operative contact, handling and teaching a...


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Tracking down the elusive Knysna elephants

2010-03-20 - Knysna, South Africa.

There has not been a confirmed sighting of an elephant in the Knysna forests of South Africa for decades, after they were hunted to the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. But signs of their survival can still be found, as Hamilton Wende discovers.


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Secret Elephants of Knysna alive, well

2009-10-26 - Knysna, South Africa.

THERE is a herd of 11 to 12 elephants in the Knysna forests, according to Gareth Patterson, who has spent the last eight years of his life studying the area’s elusive creatures. Patterson on Friday evening launched a book about his quest, The Secret Elephants, at Wordsworth Books in Knysna. His findings contradict earlier conclusions by SANParks that it is unlikely there is more than one Knysna elephant left.


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Sanparks Statement on the Knysna elephant – No evidence for more than 1 survivor

2008-10-27 - Knysna, South Africa.

In 1876, the Knysna elephants, that freely ranged the forest and fynbos areas in the southern cape, numbered about 500 individuals. The numbers declined rapidly as increasing numbers of woodcutters and hunters settled in the area. By 1908 the population status was estimated at 20 individuals, dwindling further to an estimated 11 by 1970. By 1980 a mere 3 individuals were believed to still roam the area.


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SANParks focuses on Knysna forest elephants

2008-09-30 - Knysna, South Africa.

Although SANParks believes there is 'no reliable evidence' that more than one elephant is living in the indigenous Knysna forests, it has begun a DNA study of dung to determine the size of the herd.


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Box wine: Harry, ready to crush the juice from grapes

A pressing engagement

2008-02-16 - Knysna, South Africa.

One lucky elephant has a new calling: contributing to the process of winemaking, writes Lesley Beake. Harry the elephant tossed his trunk and ran away to the wine farm. If one thinks at all of elephants and the delights of drink, it will be an image of marula fruit and elephants enjoying sundowners deep in the bush where nobody can report them for drunken lumbering. But a recent experiment has shown that the great grey beasts are also useful in the pressing of grapes for wine. Probably not comme...


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Tragedy prompts joyous gesture

2008-02-06 - Knysna, South Africa. Timothy Twidle

IT was all smiles when three schools in Knysna received books and stationery from a trust set up in memory of a woman and her child who were killed by a stampeding elephant in Zimbabwe last year. British citizens Kelvin Parker, his wife Veronica and daughter Charlotte were on a guided walk in Hwange National Park last March when they were mistakenly led to within 30 metres of a male elephant in musth. A game ranger and Parker narrowly escaped with their lives when the elephant charged in a frenz...


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New hope for Knysna elephants

2007-09-28 - Knysna, South Africa.

The Knysna elephants, made famous through the books written by Dalene Matthee, were thought to be on the verge of disappearing from the forests around the Southern Cape Town. But recent research indicates that a small elephant population still occupies the area and their numbers are increasing. DNA that was extracted from the dung left behind in the forests has been tested and five females have been identified. The research project is conducted by Gareth Patterson and conservation geneticist, Lo...


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An elusive elephant in the Knysna Forest of South Africa

Worlds Most Southerly Elephants Survive Against All Odds

2007-06-05 - Knysna, South Africa.

DNA analysis has revealed the existence of five previously unknown, female Knysna elephants in the Southern Cape region at the tip of South Africa. Researchers say the discovery is reason for cautious optimism that the worlds most southerly elephant population may have survived the onslaught of ivory hunters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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Trauma of culling haunting Knysna"s elephants who killed elephant keeper Tobias Ndlovu?

2005-06-28 - Knysna, South Africa. Jo-Ann Bekker

The killing of an elephant minder at the Knysna Elephant Park raises questions about whether these mammals should be kept in captivity, particularly when they have survived the trauma of a culling. These are the views of Gareth Patterson, who has been studying the small herd of wild elephants in the Knysna forest since 2001. He said the job of elephant trainer or keeper was judged the most dangerous in America, according to statistics kept by the United States bureau of labour. Tobias Ndlovu, 32...


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13 Headlines about Elephants from Knysna2014-05-23 - Knysna, South Africa - Knysna Elephant Parks Response to Abuse Allegations 2014-05-19 - Knysna, South Africa - Alleged animal abuse at Knysna Elephant Park 2011-06-06 - Knysna, South Africa - Knysna Elephant attack: handler critical 2010-11-26 - Knysna, South Africa - Elephant care a jumbo task 2010-03-20 - Knysna, South Africa - Tracking down the elusive Knysna elephants 2009-10-26 - Knysna, South Africa - Secret Elephants of Knysna alive, well 2008-10-27 - Knysna, South Africa - Sanparks Statement on the Knysna elephant – No evidence for more than 1 survivor 2008-09-30 - Knysna, South Africa - SANParks focuses on Knysna forest elephants 2008-02-16 - Knysna, South Africa - A pressing engagement 2008-02-06 - Knysna, South Africa - Tragedy prompts joyous gesture 2007-09-28 - Knysna, South Africa - New hope for Knysna elephants 2007-06-05 - Knysna, South Africa - Worlds Most Southerly Elephants Survive Against All Odds 2005-06-28 - Knysna, South Africa - Trauma of culling haunting Knysna"s elephants who killed elephant keeper Tobias Ndlovu?

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17th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

2021-11-15 - Azle, United States.

It is with great disappointment that due to the continuing ongoing pandemic we will not be able to meet in person for this year’s International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium. BUT we a...


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Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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Gange attracted elephants during khedda operations. Credit: DH File Photo

Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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