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London jeweller found guilty of selling elephant hair jewellery

2020-11-27 - London, United Kingdom.

A man has been found guilty of selling jewellery containing elephant hair from a shop in Wembley in London. Harrow Crown Court heard this week that Rajtharan Mahalingam was discovered by the Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit to be selling jewellery he claimed contained elephant hair. Forensic analysis was conducted on samples of the seized jewellery and hair, which were seized in 2017. Results from the hair samples matched DNA from both an African and Asian elephant.


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Old Male Elephants Are Still Important, Scientists Say

2020-09-21 - London, United Kingdom. Sara Tabin

Old male elephants might have an important role to play in helping younger males learn to navigate their environment, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who watched groups of male African savannah elephants traveling together at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana.


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Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV)

2017-05-15 - London, United Kingdom.

The next Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus workshop will be hosted by the Zoological Society of London. Lectures will take place at ZSL London Zoo, and the practical aspect of the workshop will be carried out by studying the elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


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Prints on full ivory tusk

Police fingerprint science first set to identify wildlife poachers

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

Police in Britain have helped mastermind a forensic breakthrough that is set to transform law enforcement investigations against poachers and smugglers around the world. Imaging and fingerprint experts from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have teamed up with scientists from King´s College London and University College London to validate the use of new techniques for retrieving fingerprints from elephant tusks – for the first time. Around 50,000 African elephants are thought to...


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The European mammoth species, Mammuthus meridionalis, likely never made it to North America, a new study finds.

North American Mammoths Actually Evolved in Eurasia

2015-11-13 - London, United Kingdom.

The famous Columbian mammoth — an 11-ton creature known for traversing North America during the last ice age — might actually be the same species as the Eurasian steppe mammoth, said study co-researcher Adrian Lister, a research leader of paleontology at the Natural History Museum in London. The discovery suggests that the first mammoth to enter North America was the Eurasian steppe mammoth, and not its ancestor, a European creature called Mammuthus meridionalis.


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Letters: Nicholas Serota answers Toby Young on arts teaching. Plus: saving the elephant

2015-11-10 - London, United Kingdom. Alexander Rhodes, CEO, Stop Ivory

The future of both elephants and rural communities across Africa depends on peace, security and tourism dollars. That future depends on us acting now to protect living elephants, not dead ivory.


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Bill Starling Sr. of Medicine Hat joined the navy in the Second World War and here is seen holding, Salty, the ship

Lest We Forget: Animals were key to war efforts

2015-11-04 - London, United Kingdom.

If horses were quick and strong, elephants were exceptionally strong and intimidating. They could charge towards the enemy instilling fear and confusion. A British man, Billy Williams, had an uncanny ability to understand elephants and motivate them to do what he needed them to do.


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Because We Could All Use Some Baby Elephants in Our Lives

2015-09-22 - London, United Kingdom.

Not that we need a reason to celebrate baby animals, because we actually love them all day, every day, but today is National Elephant Appreciation Day, so we wanted to highlight these specific babies. Scroll through to see some of the sweetest pictures we could find, and then check out all the rest of our photos, videos, and stories about elephants.


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Jumbo - The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland, book review

2014-01-31 - London, United Kingdom.

As John Sutherland, the literary academic, admits from the off, his new book is not really an “unauthorised biography” at all. It is more a treasure trove of elephant ephemera with eye-popping statistics on trunks, dung and sex and characters from Chunee, Jumbo’s popular show animal predecessor in London, to Disney’s fictional Dumbo.


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5 ways elephants changed history: A brief history of stomping victories and disastrous reversals

2013-12-05 - London, United Kingdom.

It was the arrival of the cannon in the 19th century that finally heralded the end of elephants being used as an instrument of war. Until that time, from as early as 1000BC, they trampled across battlefields around the globe. So far, it seems as though the elephants’ easily panicked nature meant that they weren’t useful companions for battle.


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Heathrow ivory seizures hit record

2013-12-03 - London, United Kingdom.

Heathrow airport is at the centre of a booming trade in illegal ivory, with most of it being carried by big-name courier companies. Border officials are making record seizures, the vast majority taken from newly slaughtered African elephants. Last year a specialist UK Border Force team made 50 seizures of ivory weighing 80.7kg at British airports — compared with just 3.3kg in 2010. Most was at Heathrow. The number of seizures is thought to be a fraction of the amount being smuggled.


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Khyne U Mar is affectionately known as "The Elephant Lady of Burma". As a trained vet, Khyne has spent years studying captive working elephants within Myanmar (Burma) and throughout Southeast Asia.

Wild Burma: Nature"s Lost Kingdom

2013-11-29 - London, United Kingdom.

Burma (also known as Myanmar) has been closed off to the world for over five decades. As Burma takes steps towards democracy, it will have to decide the fate of its forests. For the first time, the government has granted unprecedented access to an expedition team of scientists and wildlife film-makers.


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New artisan gin in support of elephants

2013-09-09 - London, United Kingdom.

An independent, artisan gin inspired by Africa and in support of African elephants has launched in the UK this month with an ethical cause at its heart.
Elephant Gin is a new handcrafted London Dry Gin of 45% abv, made with carefully selected ingredients to capture the essence of Africa.


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A spokeswoman for Naomi Campbell described the claim as

Naomi Campbell sues Telegraph over elephant polo story

2012-12-15 - London, United Kingdom.

Naomi Campbell is suing the Daily Telegraph for libel over an article claiming she organised an elephant polo tournament in India. A spokeswoman for Campbell emphatically denied that the model, who campaigns against animal cruelty, had planned an elephant polo tournament in Jodhpur as stated by the article on 3 November.


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The elephant stood in Brading

Brading Waxworks Museum elephant sold at auction

2012-10-21 - London, United Kingdom.

A baby elephant which was an exhibit in a former Isle of Wight museum has been sold at auction. The African elephant, thought to date back to Victorian times, was sold to a Sussex antiques dealer for £6,400. Its hide, stretched over a 6ft (1.8m) wire frame, was an exhibit at Brading Waxworks Museum until its closure in 2010. It had been expected to sell for about £1,000. Antiques dealer Spencer Swaffer said his purchase was "most amazing". Mr Swaffer said he intends to display the elephant...


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Book recalls the day the circus called in for a pint

2012-09-07 - London, United Kingdom.

this wonderful image from 1930 at the Elephant and Castle in Sultan Road, Buckland is among more than 200 pictures in Ron Brown’s fascinating and nostalgic book looking at Portsmouth’s pubs past and present. The elephants were provided by a visiting circus. How much landlord Tom Jones had to pay to set up this PR stunt is not recorded. The chap holding the bucket, which, allegedly, was filled with beer, was the aptly-named Charlie Phillpots, the pub’s cellarman.


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2011 was the worst year on record for ivory seizures

Huge Crackdown On Africa"s Ivory Traders

2012-03-20 - London, United Kingdom.

Interpol is carrying out the largest anti-elephant ivory poaching operation ever mounted. Wildlife agents in 14 different African countries have been raiding outlets and hunting down traders to crack down on the multi-million pound industry. Operation Worthy, as it is being called, is aimed at stifling the increasing demand in illegal elephant ivory, mostly from Asian countries such as China.


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From Flat Foot to Fat Foot: Structure, Ontogeny, Function, and Evolution of Elephant “Sixth Toes”

2011-12-24 - London, United Kingdom. 1. John R. Hutchinson1, 2. Cyrille Delmer2, 3. Charlotte E. Miller1, 4. Thomas Hildebrandt3, 5. Andrew A. Pitsillides1, 6. Alan Boyde4

Our survey shows that basal proboscideans were relatively “flat-footed” (plantigrade), whereas early elephantiforms evolved the more derived “tip-toed” (subunguligrade) morphology, including the predigits and fat pad, of extant elephants. Thus, elephants co-opted sesamoid bones into a role as false digits and used them for support as they changed their foot posture.


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Anne was filmed being hit and kicked by circus staff

Bobby And Moira Roberts Charged With Causing Suffering To Anne The Circus Elephant

2011-11-10 - London, United Kingdom.

Husband and wife Bobby and Moira Roberts have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the circus elephant. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had taken over the prosecution of the couple, who run the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, from Animal Defenders International (ADI) "given the public concern over the case". An undercover team from the animal welfare organisation filmed Anne being hit with a metal pitchfork, kicked in the face and body and shackled with heavy chains earlier ...


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 Ivory and Tortoiseshell-veneered Cabinet Ceylon, for the Portuguese market, late 16th-17th century. Height: 16.75 cm. Width: 51 cm. Depth: 32.5 cm.

Sri Lankan ivory carvings from the Dutch period at Francesca Galloway in London

2011-11-05 - London, United Kingdom.

Amongst the objects on show will be a rare and important Anglo-Indian writing cum dressing table from Raynham Hall, Norfolk. Vizagapatam ivory inlaid furniture from the late 17th and first half of the 18th century was the exclusive preserve of senior representatives of the East India Company and wealthy British patrons enamoured of exotic Anglo- Indian design.


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Seven-foot ceramic elephants made in 1889 selling for $9 million

2011-10-30 - London, United Kingdom.

Million Dollar Dandy brand revealed today a pair of unique, ornamented elephants worth $9 million that were manufactured more than 100 years ago. Standing seven feet high, they were crafted by the Minton factory in Staffordshire, England, for The Great 1889 Exhibition in Paris and to celebrate the opening of the Eiffel tower, these unique pieces are currently on offer by David Frosdick, founder of www.milliondollardandy.com, with a price tag of approximately over $9,000,000.


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British royal wedding to aid elephants in Thailand

2011-03-28 - London, United Kingdom.

Charitable donations requested by Prince William and Kate Middleton instead of wedding gifts will help the London Zoological Society. It works in Thailand with the Elephant Conservation Network to reduce conflict between villagers and the animals in the western province of Kanchanaburi. Network director Belinda Stewart-Cox said Thursday the gift would help ensure "we really make a difference to the lives of these amazing animals and the villagers who accommodate them."


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SHO Jewellery Pearly Prince elephant moves to art pet hotel.

SHO Pearly Prince elephant moves to pet hotel

2010-07-13 - London, United Kingdom.

The SHO Jewellery Pearly Prince elephant, which raised £18,000 at auction for conservation charity the World Land Trust, is leaving Coutts. The Swarovski embellished elephant will be taking pride of place in the lobby of an undisclosed pet hotel, where owner’s can watch their beloved animals on webcam whilst on holiday.


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Shyama had a bit of an evil look on his face

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark"s best shot

2009-11-26 - London, United Kingdom. Andrew Pulver

This was taken in India, at a circus in Ahmedabad. I think it was called the Great Golden Circus. I'm a street photographer, but I'm interested in any ironic, whimsical images, and there's something very romantic about a circus. I was doing a book; I spent six months travelling, saw 18 different circuses, and it was just a wonderful time. Believe me, there couldn't be a more strange place for a circus than India.


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Jumbo-sized: Dr Gunther von Hagens poses with his biggest ever plastinated corpse - a 13ft tall elephant named Samba  Read more: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1225432/Samba-elephant-latest-receive-Dr-Death-von-Hagens-treatment.html

Plastinated: Samba the elephant is the latest to receive the "Dr Death" von Hagens treatment

2009-11-05 - London, United Kingdom. ALAN HALL and SARA NELSON

Germany’s 'Dr Death' Gunter von Hagens has plastinated a pachyderm for a Jumbo-sized exhibition. The corpse collector, who preserves bodies for eternity with a special gel to display around the world, turned his unique talents to Samba the elephant. She passed away last year at the age of 41 in Neukirchen Zoo in Germany.


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The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson

2009-08-23 - London, United Kingdom. Martin Northway

Christopher Nicholson's well-crafted debut novel "The Elephant Keeper," is set in mid-18th century England instead of mid-20th century America. Here, menageries and particularly elephants are still exotic and unfamiliar, and they enter the changing social and physical landscape of George III.


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Camera catches elephant action

Circus Elephant Beatings Caught On Camera

2009-08-19 - London, United Kingdom.

Secret cameras hidden inside the elephant tent of the Great British Circus showed animals being hit with a metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork. An undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International (ADI) filmed three elephants - Sonja, Delhi and Vana Mana - during the circus's tour of Britain this summer. A groom is seen deliberately twisting an animal's tail and the elephants are shown crying out in distress and retreating in fear from their handlers.


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earlier this year, the crocodile gang struck at a rhino sanctuary and opened fire with automatic weapons, pouring bullets into the enclosure, killing the mature female sprinter (pictured above the next day) and a pregnant female. sprinter’s baby, tatenda

Mnangagwa behind ivory, rhino smuggling .. says British newspaper

2009-08-04 - London, United Kingdom.

Minister of defence and President Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been named by a British newspaper as the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar ivory and rhino horn smuggling cartel.


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Elephants in Botswana. Ivory poaching was halted by an international campaign in the 1990s.

Map of elephant DNA reveals trail of ivory smugglers

2009-06-28 - London, United Kingdom. Robin McKie

Scientists have used a revolutionary genetic technique to pinpoint the area of Africa where smugglers are slaughtering elephants to feed the worldwide illegal ivory trade. Using a DNA map of Africa's elephants, they have found that most recent seizures of tusks can be traced to animals that had grazed in the Selous and Niassa game reserves on the Tanzania and Mozambique borders.


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Jim Edwards

2009-03-27 - London, United Kingdom.

Jim Edwards, who died on March 23 aged 73, was the co-founder of the World Elephant Polo Championships, which are held in Nepal each year. Although there is some evidence that the game may have been played in India in the early 20th century, the idea took off in 1981 when Edwards met the Scottish polo player and tobogganist James Manclark in a club at St Moritz. Ever the keen sportsman, Jim Edwards enjoyed tobogganing and playing conventional polo at Ham; he was fishing in Iceland in 2004, and t...


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Michael Jackson exclusive: Wacko wants to enter London concerts riding an elephant

2009-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

He’s no stranger to talking mumbo-jumbo. But Michael Jackson has stumped organisers of his London concerts – by planning to take to the stage astride an elephant. One insider said: “He hopes to make it the most spectacular gig ever. For the jungle section, he wants to ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him. If it goes to plan it will look incredible.”


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Riding high: Dea Birkett, performing with Julia, says circus animals are well-treated and happy

Cruel? No, elephants love the circus - and I should know, says DEA BIRKETT, I used to ride them in the Big Top

2009-02-26 - London, United Kingdom. Dea Birkett

When I was a little girl, once a year, the park where I played on the seesaw and swings was transformed into a world of wondrous, exotic people and beasts. I saw men walking on stilts and wobbling on a high wire, clowns squelching through custard pies, horses teetering on their hind legs and an elephant strolling around a sawdust ring. The circus had arrived. So entranced was I by this spectacle that I resolved to run away and join the circus.


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Controversial: For the first time in more than a decade, performing elephants are going to be used in the Great British Circus nationwide tour. Elephants Sonja, Vana Mana and Delhi perform in one of the Great British Circus acts, alongside trainers Lars

Animal welfare charity slams plans for elephant circus act

2009-02-23 - London, United Kingdom. PAUL SIMS

A circus show billed as the first British elephant act in a decade is caught up in a row with animal welfare campaigners. Just days before it is due to begin a nationwide tour, the Great British Circus found itself at the centre of attempts to ban the use of the creatures in performances. The Born Free Foundation, an international animal welfare charity, is concerned about plans to take African and Asian elephants on the tour.


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World Wildlife Fund Launch Valentine Theme for Asian Elephant Adoption

2009-02-13 - London, United Kingdom. Emily Welch

The World Wildlife Fund has launched an online campaign themed for Valentine’s Day in order to push people to adopt Asian elephants as gifts for the holiday. The United Kingdom campaign has appeared on web portals such as MSN and Yahoo in order to attract an audience to the Asian elephant site, urging people to adopt an elephant as an unusual gift for Valentine’s Day.


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evolution
Woolly mammoths were not the only ones to die out 13,000 years ago

Mammoth-killing comet questioned

2009-01-29 - London, United Kingdom. Jason Palmer, BBC

A study of wildfires after the last ice age has cast doubt on the theory that a giant comet impact wiped out woolly mammoths and prehistoric humans. Analysis of charcoal and pollen records from around 13,000 years ago showed no evidence of continental-scale fires the cometary impact theory suggests.


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The Secret Lives of Elephants: a hit for BBC One

Secret Life of Elephants debuts with 4.2m on BBC One

2009-01-15 - London, United Kingdom.

BBC One's 'The Secret Life of Elephants', revealing the behaviour and emotional lives of elephants in Kenya's Samburu reserve, attracted 4.2m viewers on BBC One, according to unofficial overnight figures. The first instalment of the three-part series, which contrasted one elephant family's excitement when a new baby is born with a herd mourning the death of a female elephant, pulled in an 18.1% share of the 9pm-10pm audience.


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Elephants cannot win a battle with humans

Where should the elephants go?

2009-01-14 - London, United Kingdom. Christy Williams

There are no winners when elephants and humans compete for the same resources, says Christy Williams. But, he argues, intelligent buying by western consumers, and informed policies from governments in areas where elephants occur, could reduce the problem. To ensure elephant habitat isn't needlessly destroyed, buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber and certified coffee; and if you aren't sure whether a product has been sustainably sourced or not, then ask.


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Featured Book November 2008: Elephants

2008-12-01 - London, United Kingdom. British Museum

This delightful giftbook celebrates the enduring fascination with this majestic animal through a wide variety of British Museum objects representing or inspired by elephants. The Bamileke in Cameroon donned spectacular trunked masks for theirelephant masquerade. Sixteenth-century European artists, when learning the art of drawing animals, practised images of elephants, whether or not they had seen one in real life. Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is depicted in many wonderful sculptures.


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Britney Spears to ride elephant on the X Factor

2008-11-25 - London, United Kingdom.

Britney Spears fans can expect a treat next Saturday when the Womanizer singer takes to the X Factor stage. Her friend Brian Friedman told the official X Factor website: "She is going to be doing a massive performance. "You know her album is called Circus, so we're going to be seeing a circus vibe coming in". He added: "I wouldn't be surprised if there were elephants because this is The X Factor - and we go big here"! Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and Take That might have performed on the hit show i...


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A frozen mouse used to provide donor cells to clone another mouse, a process which increases the possibility of

The Big Question: Will scientists ever be able to resurrect long-extinct animals by cloning?

2008-11-05 - London, United Kingdom. Steve Connor

Scientists in Japan have refined a cloning technique that has enabled researchers to clone apparently healthy mice from the frozen corpse of a mouse that had been kept in a freezer for 16 years at a temperature of -20C. The scientists believe the study shows that it might be possible in the future to use the same techniques to clone creatures from the frozen tissue of animals found buried in permafrost regions, for example, the frozen corpses of mammoths.


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Elephants" lives go under the hammer

2008-10-24 - London, United Kingdom.

Following the announcement that more than 108 tonnes of stockpiled elephant ivory in Southern Africa will be auctioned between 28th October and 6th November 2008, fear is mounting that the most vulnerable elephant populations across Africa and Asia will be unable to withstand the increased levels of poaching that are predicted to occur as a result of these sales. The ivory auction, taking place in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, was approved by members of the Convention on Internat...


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BBC radio news: Animal Migration in a climate of change, Part Three: Making mating easier for African elephants.

2008-10-09 - London, United Kingdom.

One Planet presents Animal Migration in a climate of Change, a series of programmes exploring the way that animal migration has been affected by environmental changes. In Part Three, The Elephant's Journey, Brett Westwood looks at African elephant migration. Mac, the African elephant, travels each year between Kruger National Park in South Africa and the private nature reserves which have been created to preserve animals and habitats there. Until relatively recently, reserves have been fenced, a...


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Not just elephants: the Ancient Greeks claimed that the camel

Quite Interesting

2008-09-07 - London, United Kingdom.

A camel never forgets

The Ancient Greeks claimed that the camel "never forgets an injury". By the early 20th century, this had evolved into "women and elephants never forget an injury", before becoming simply "elephants never forget" in the 1930s. According to research by the Wildlife Conservation Society, this might be true for older females. During times of drought, a matriarch that has survived a previous dry spell is able to guide the herd to distant water sources.


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ELEPHANTS ARE NOT SO INFLEXIBLE AFTER ALL

2008-08-24 - London, United Kingdom. Kathryn Phillips, Journal of Experimental Biology 211, i (2008)

Throughout history, elephants have been thought of as `different'. Shakespeare, and even Aristotle, described them as walking on inflexible column-like legs. And this myth persists even today. Which made John Hutchinson from The Royal Veterinary College, London, want to find out more about elephants and the way they move. Are they really that different from other, more fleet-footed species? Are their legs as rigid and `columnar' as people had thought? Travelling to Thailand and several UK zoos, ...


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An elephant family in Tanzania featuring calves and adult elephants

Elephants" Legendary Memories Help Herds Survive

2008-08-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Elephants really do have a memory like, well, an elephant. Elephant matriarchs seem to retain memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water, a new study suggests. These memories could be key to the survival of their family groups during lean times. "Understanding how elephants and other animal populations react to droughts will be a central component of wildlife management and conservation," said lead author of the study, Charles Foley, of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...


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UK zoo"s unique "Assam Haathi" Project wins award

2008-04-10 - London, United Kingdom.

An innovative project to ward off marauding elephants from human habitation and crops in Assam using chilli smoke by Chester Zoo has been awarded the field conservation award by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Chester Zoo's work on elephant conservation in Assam, called 'Assam Haathi' Project, helps to mitigate human-animal conflict. And supports the conservation of one of the last remaining large elephant populations in the area. The Zoo teamed up with the Assam-based c...


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Rare footage ... Elephants filmed tigers in the wild

BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs

2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

A BBC film crew attached cameras to elephants to shoot remarkable footage of tigers for the corporation's latest natural history series, it was disclosed yesterday. Sharks could warn of storms, claims research Tiger - Spy in the Jungle, a three-part documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough, follows the day-to-day lives of four cubs in the Pench National Park in central India.


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BBCs elephant camera catches tiger cubs

2008-03-25 - London, United Kingdom.

A BBC film crew attached cameras to elephants to shoot remarkable footage of tigers for the corporation's latest natural history series, it was disclosed yesterday. Sharks could warn of storms, claims research Tiger - Spy in the Jungle, a three-part documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough, follows the day-to-day lives of four cubs in the Pench National Park in central India.


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Call of the wild, Trade bans and conservation. Is the prohibition of trade saving wildlife, or endangering it?

2008-03-06 - London, United Kingdom.

In 1989 the signatories of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed to ban trade in ivory. Last year CITES, which now has 172 member countries, extended this ban for a further nine years, having sanctioned but two sales from stocks, of which only one has taken place. A stroll in Chinatown suggests that trade is thriving nonetheless. A sharp increase in ivory seizures in recent years also points to a flourishing trade. Meanwhile, rising we...


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IFAW mounts ivory ban lobbying campaign

2008-03-04 - London, United Kingdom. Ed Kemp Marketing

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is launching a direct drive to encourage supporters to lobby the government for a ban on legal elephant ivory trade with China. The mailing, which breaks on 14 March and has been created by direct agency DMS, asks supporters to send an action card to the minister for biodiversity, Joan Ruddock MP,... To access this article and take part in all of the content and community features of Brand Republic and its associated sites, you will need to regist...


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Most illegal animal parts are used in traditional medicines.

Chinese Auction Sites Feature Thousands of Illegal Animal Parts

2008-03-02 - London, United Kingdom.

In an effort to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade China has begun targeting online shops and auction sites, where parts of threatened and endangered animals are openly sold. While there were a wide variety of illegal animal products for sale, there were two particularly popular species. Elephant ivory and tiger bone products were the most popular sellers in China. Ivory is usually sold in carved souvenir form and bought by collectors, while the tiger bone products are usually bought for u...


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Stephen Blake on an expedition (left) and the team place GPS trackers on a sedated elephant

GPS tracking forest elephants, with pygmy help

2008-02-27 - London, United Kingdom. Stuart Coles

Dr Stephen Blake has trekked hundreds of miles on foot with pygmies to study Congo forest elephants. He talks to Stuart Coles about these 'hidden giants'. 'How to catch an elephant' is perhaps not your average book chapter, but Stephen Blake and Andrea Turkalo are not your average authors. Between them, the pair have spent around 30 years' observing one of the planet's largest yet most elusive animals - the forest elephant.


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Warning: no elephants in the pool. What are we doing, as self-appointed custodians of the Earth, with these creatures?

2008-02-26 - London, United Kingdom. Hugo Rifkind

Imagine if, here in Britain, we had too many elephants. Not just some elephants, (which is, you might think, a stretch in itself) but far too many of them. Elephants, everywhere. “This train has been delayed, due to elephants.” “Play was disrupted before the final whistle by elephants.” “Junction 15 is closed, and full of elephants.” Magical? Not for long. I throw that out there to help you to empathise with the anti-elephant lobby. It's easier, by far, to be pro-elephant. I forget (...


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The three-dimensional locomotor dynamics of African (Loxodonta africana) and Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants reveal a smooth gait transition at moderate speed.

2008-02-06 - London, United Kingdom. Ren L, Hutchinson JR. University of London

We examined whether elephants shift to using bouncing (i.e. running) mechanics at any speed. To do this, we measured the three-dimensional centre of mass (CM) motions and torso rotations of African and Asian elephants using a novel multisensor method. Hundreds of continuous stride cycles were recorded in the field. African and Asian elephants moved very similarly. Near the mechanically and metabolically optimal speed (a Froude number (Fr) of 0.09), an inverted pendulum mechanism predominated. Wi...


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Anne the elephant at Bobby Roberts Super Circus

Hope for Anne the elephant

2008-01-13 - London, United Kingdom. Vincent Moss

Anne, the last circus elephant, has been given fresh hope of being released from captivity to spend her retirement in freedom. Government ministers have drawn up new plans to ban performing animals. It following our long campaign - backed by £25,000 in donations from readers - to let 55-year-old Anne spend her retirement in an animal sanctuary. Although Anne, who tours the UK with Bobby Roberts' Super Circus, doesn't perform tricks any more, she is still taken into the big top to pose for pictu...


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Col Wallace Pryke knew Elephant Bill

Col Wallace Pryke

2008-01-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Colonel Wallace Pryke , who has died aged 92, had an adventurous Army career which took him to the North-West Frontier, the jungles of Burma and behind enemy lines in wartime Italy. They were assisted by Lt-Col JH Williams, who was famous as "Elephant Bill", who was dropped by parachute with two Harley Street surgeons. They organised the rounding up of stray elephants and used them to transport substantial quantities of medical personnel and equipment.

After the end of the war, Pr...


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If elephants disappear from the east African savanna ants are likely to go too, a study has shown

Eco-damage threatens elephants and ants

2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom. Roger Highfield

Biologists have often complained conservation efforts are focused too much on charismatic big animals to the exclusion of vast numbers of insects, plants and other small creatures. Now a study has shown that if elephants, giraffes and other picture-postcard animals disappear from the eastern African savanna, the ecological damage may extend, ironically, to the acacia trees they eat and cascade all the way to down to affect ants too. The study is a cautionary tale about the rapid and unanticipate...


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Government rejects elephants for pets e-petitionPachyderm disappointment

2008-01-10 - London, United Kingdom. Lester Haines

We believe that every child in the UK would benefit from owning an elephant. It was my dream as a child to care for these magnificent creatures but at the age of twelve I find that nobody takes me seriously. We would like to make it legal to import african/indian elephants from africa/india to sell in pet shops across the UK. Elephants are creatures that children could learn about better by owning their own and keeping them in easily and cheaply converted sheds. Please take my idea into account....


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Billy Smart

What"s the future for circus animals?

2007-12-07 - London, United Kingdom. Gillian Hargreaves

Today few circus goers find it palatable to watch tigers jump through hoops or elephants dance. A ban on circus animals looked inevitable... then the experts delivered their verdict. Once the spectacle of seeing a lion, tiger or elephant performing under the Big Top was commonplace. Now, only one British circus keeps big cats, and fewer than 50 wild animals perform in four UK-owned circuses including seven tigers, eight camels, five lions, several zebras and a retired elephant called Anne who to...


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Elephants can identify individuals from the scent of urine

How elephants keep tabs on family

2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom. Helen Briggs

Elephants keep track on up to 30 absent relatives by sniffing out their scent and building up a mental map of where they are, research suggests. Herd members use their good memory and keen sense of smell to keep in touch as they travel in large groups, according to a study of wild elephants in Kenya.


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An elephant never forgets where to find its nearest and dearest

2007-12-05 - London, United Kingdom. Lewis Smith

Members of an elephant family may be out of sight but they are always in the minds of the herd’s matriarchs, reseachers have found. Tests have found that female elephants are able to remember the whereabouts of at least 17 family members simultaneously and perhaps as many as 30. They can keep mental tabs on which of their relations are ahead of them when the herd searches for food, which of them are lagging behind and which are travelling in separate groups.


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Annie Elephant

Benn to rule on elephant

2007-11-25 - London, United Kingdom. Susie Boniface

Environment minister Hillary Benn is to rule on whether Britain's last circus elephant - Anne - can go free. Campaigners had hoped that the new Animal Welfare Bill would mean she had to be released from captivity. But an 18-month inquiry into the treatment of circus animals was said to be inconclusive. A spokesman for environment department Defra said: It will have to be a political decision.


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conservation

British zoos work in Assam wins major wildlife award

2007-11-22 - London, United Kingdom.

An innovative Chester Zoo project that uses smoke bombs comprising chilli powder to ward off marauding elephants from human habitation and crops in Assam was awarded the field conservation award at this year's annual BIAZA awards on Wednesday evening. Charles Walker, MP, presented the prestigious conservation and wild life awards at the Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire on behalf of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).


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Nelly the elephant unpacked her trunk and decided to stay at the circus after all. Study finds animals kept in adequate conditions RSPCA criticises scope of government-backed report

2007-11-21 - London, United Kingdom. James Randerson

Sinbad and Zebedee will be pounding the sawdust under their big top for a while longer thanks to a government-backed report which concluded there was no evidence that circus animals were kept in worse conditions than animals in other captive environments


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poaching

West African elephants threatened by renewed poaching

2007-10-23 - London, United Kingdom.

Officials in the African country of Sierra Leone have expressed concerns that recent elephant killings could highlight an upsurge in poaching activity. According to the AFP news agency, ten elephants have been killed in the west African nation in the past two months. Senior wildlife official Kailie Bangura explained that most of the deaths occurred in two wildlife parks in the remote northern Outaba Kilimi and Loma Mountain parks, fuelling speculation that foreign nationals were behind the new w...


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research

Study shows elephants can literally sniff out danger

2007-10-18 - London, United Kingdom. Michael Kahn

Elephants can literally smell danger, according to a study on Thursday that shows the animals can sniff out whether humans are friends or foes. The study in Kenya found elephants detected both the scents and colours of garments worn by Masai tribesman who often come into conflict with the animals when herding cattle. When detecting the scent of a Masai, the elephants turned up their trunks to orient themselves to the smell and then stampeded away until they reached cover in the tall grass.


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The sound of angry bees caused elephants to move away within about 10 seconds

Elephants are scared of bees, scientists say

2007-10-08 - London, United Kingdom. Charles Clover

Elephants flee the sound of angry bees, with the vast majority turning to run within seconds of hearing the sound of buzzing, scientists said. The findings are surprising because elephant skin was thought to be so thick that bee stings do not make any impression. The sound of angry bees caused elephants to move away within about 10 seconds. However, bees are known to be attracted to the water around elephants' eyes and when they get up their trunks, elephants can go berserk, say researchers from...


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research

DNA Solutions quest to preserve the Asian Elephant

2007-10-01 - London, United Kingdom.

DNA Solutions based in London, UK, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to work together with Fauna & Flora International, the worlds oldest conservation organisation, in using DNA fingerprinting to monitor elephant populations in Cambodias Cardamom Mountains with the help of our scientists. Elephant dung is being collected by field biologists and trackers, and transported to DNA Solutions, an accreditated DNA testing laboratory, where the DNA will be extracted and analysed.


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pictures
Elephant with people, circa 1860

London Zoo in the good old days: historic archive goes online

2007-09-30 - London, United Kingdom.

THE photographic archive of London Zoo, one of the world’s most important such collections, is to be published for the first time, with the pictures offered for sale to fund conservation, writes Holly Watt. From tomorrow, the Zoological Society of London will place photographs on its website. These will include elephants walking through docks in Camden, north London, and a tiger cub pictured in 1914 with a disgruntled-looking peccary, a pig-like animal from South America. In another photograph...


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pictures

Hyde Park in London: Day in pictures

2007-09-05 - London, United Kingdom.

Two of 13 new life-size elephants made from willow at London's Hyde Park. The works were made by Suffolk topiary expert Steve Manning and commissioned by the charity organisation Elephant Family to help support elephant habitat projects.


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Elephant Family : Trunks meet trunks, Hyde Park 4th-18th September

2007-09-04 - London, United Kingdom.

Today, hundreds of Asian elephants are marooned in pockets of habitat, cut off from food and water sources by our busy roads and railways. Here in London, our own (much smaller!) wildlife residents would be stranded in the city if The Royal Parks could not provide safe passage across the urban sprawl. Make your way to Hyde Park from 4th-18th September and celebrate elephant trunks and tree trunks with us.


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smuggle

British tourists fuel endangered wildlife trade

2007-08-15 - London, United Kingdom.

Coral, ivory and snakeskin souvenirs brought home by unwitting British tourists are helping to push endangered species closer to extinction, environmental group WWF said on Thursday. British customs officials confiscated more than 163,000 illegal wildlife trade items during the last year, many made from endangered species, WWF said.


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book

The Animals Reader, eds. Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald, (Berg, Oxford, 2007)

2007-08-11 - London, United Kingdom. Tom Tyler

The burgeoning field of animal studies has sought to address what Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald call ‘the animal question’: how shall we ‘rethink, rebuild and recast our relationships with other animals’ in the light of this new research? Kalof and Fitzgerald present 35 carefully chosen texts. Especially intriguing entries include Pliny the Elder’s description of spontaneous popular protest against elephant slaughter in ancient Rome.


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event

Caught in Time: Indias first Test win in England, 1971

2007-08-05 - London, United States. Greg Struthers

Indias cricketers were without a victory in England for 39 years when they started their seventh visit in the summer of 1971. Then they brought an elephant to the match and won. Bella, a three-year-old Asian elephant from Chessington Zoo in Surrey, took to the field wearing a white cap with the words “Chessington Zoo XI”. It proved a good omen. India bowled over the home side in the afternoon and went on to record their first victory in England. Bella was born in the wild in 1968. Chessingto...


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culling

Gun That Killed 1,000 Elephants Sold For £66K

2007-08-03 - London, United Kingdom.

A gun used to kill more than a thousand African elephants has sold for £66,000 at auction in London. The .577 double-barrelled rifle was used by infamous professional hunter James Sutherland to claim the tusks of 1,200 bull elephants on his safaris in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. His book, The Adventures Of An Elephant Hunter, published in 1912, painted hunting as an impossibly glamorous adventure.


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fossil

Oldest DNA ever decoded. Science makes DNA breakthrough in the tooth of a mastodon. A fossilised tooth found in a swamp has allowed scientists to work out the DNA of a primitive North American elephant.

2007-07-22 - London, United Kingdom. Will Iredale

Scientists have worked out part of the genetic structure of the mastodon, a giant primitive elephant, after finding DNA preserved in the fossilised tooth of a beast that died up to 130,000 years ago. The creature is thought to have roamed the forests and plains of North America before dying and sinking into a swamp that preserved its tissues. The information obtained has shed new light on the ancestry of mastodons and mammoths, both now extinct, as well as on the origins of the three surviving e...


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Karen Paolillo gives a talk to the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday July 12 at the Ondaatje Theatre, London, 7pm.

Poaching in Zimbabwe "out of control"

2007-07-10 - London, United States. Stuart Coles

The World Wildlife Fund estimates up to 80 per cent of wildlife on reclaimed farms has been slaughtered since 2001, with little sign of the desire for bush meat and cash abating. They are killing everything and anything from a squirrel to an elephant, says Karen Paolillo, For food and for money. Karen Paolillo gives a talk to the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday July 12 at the Ondaatje Theatre, London, 7pm.


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film

Osbourne"s elephant scare. Saving Planet Earth tonight at 7pm on BBC One

2007-07-03 - London, United Kingdom. DAVID LOWE

ONE-time wild child Jack Osbourne was ecstatic to be asked to film for the BBC’s Saving Planet Earth series. Having grown up with his mum Sharon’s spoilt dogs, Jack chose to highlight the plight of the 750 or so neglected elephants in Namibia. Here Jack, 21, reflects on his moving and inspirational trip and reveals his close call with a charging elephant.


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research

Elephants break into a run at slow speeds, a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, has revealed.

2007-06-27 - London, United Kingdom.

Elephants typically stroll along at a leisurely four kilometres per hour, but once they ramp up to just twice this speed they start to use their back legs "like pogo sticks" to drive their bodies forward, bouncing over their relatively stiff, vaulting forelimbs, said John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in London, author of the study.


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accident

I saw elephant kill my family

2007-06-16 - London, United Kingdom. Philip Whiteside

GRIEF-STRICKEN dad Kelvin Parker has told in shocking detail how a dream safari holiday exploded in terror as a rampaging elephant slaughtered his wife and daughter. Describing for the first time the full horror of the attack which destroyed his family, he revealed how he was convinced that HE would be the one to die when the five-ton beast suddenly went crazy.


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accident

Kenya landowner and luxury lodge share blame for tourist"s goring by elephant

2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom.

A KENYAN court yesterday decided a luxury lodge and a prominent landowner failed to give adequate warnings to a British tourist trampled by an elephant. Wendy Martin was gored and her pelvis crushed at Il Ngwesi lodge, one of Kenya's most exclusive safari destinations, beside a wildlife reserve set up by Ian Craig. Mrs Martin, who has claimed £800,000 compensation, said she was delighted.


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Wendy Martin (inset) was nearly killed by a stampeding elephant while on holiday in Kenya

I was gored by an elephant - and survived

2007-06-15 - London, United Kingdom. NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH

At least twice a week for the past seven years, Wendy Martin has woken from the same nightmare. In it she is being tossed into the air by a huge beast as a growing cloud of dust clogs her eyes and nose, and pain engulfs her every limb. Usually, Wendy, 46, wakes with a start, running out of her bedroom and on to the landing of her five-bedroom house in Godalming, Surrey. As her husband works abroad, it is often one of her children, hearing their mother's bloodcurdling screams, who takes her by th...


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trade

EBay accused of fueling illegal ivory trade. Animal group says its survey found almost all listings violated EBay policies

2007-05-15 - London, United Kingdom. MSNBC News Services

Illegal ivory trading flourishes on the Internet because online auction sites do too little to enforce laws aimed at protecting endangered wildlife, a wildlife advocacy group says. The International Fund for Animal Welfare, in a report published Tuesday, said Internet users often were able to offer goods such as ivory necklaces for sale without documentation to prove the items were lawful.


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fossil
The skeleton of a prehistoric elephant found on a beach in England raises questions about ancient changes in global climate. Scientists estimate that the elephant was 10 tons — twice the size of today

Adapt, Move or Die: Prehistoric Climate Change

2007-05-01 - London, United Kingdom. Joe Palca

The discovery of a skeleton of an enormous, prehistoric elephant on the coast of England is an example of this ancient cycle of warm and cold. The bones of the 10-ton elephant were found protruding from seashore cliffs after a winter storm. We then did a rescue dig, says geologist Anthony Stuart, and we recovered vertebrae from the backbone, the lower jaw, and almost all of the rest of the skeleton, including the skull and the tusks.


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book

Tarzan"s Cheeta, Now the Oldest Swinger in Town

2007-04-15 - London, United Kingdom. Laura Barton, THE GUARDIAN

The oldest known elephant reached the ripe old age of 86. Lin Wang was originally from Myanmar, and was captured in 1943 by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) army from Japanese troops, then transported to Taiwan in 1947. When he was captured, Lin Wang was nicknamed "the Beautiful", but in his later years the people of Taiwan knew him as "Grandpa Lin Wang." As his years increased, he developed arthritis in his left hind leg, and began to lose his appetite. One Wednesday morning in late February...


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film

Horizon: The Elephants Guide To Sex, BBC2, March 20, 9pm. A jumbo tusk for scientists

2007-03-20 - London, United Kingdom. DEREK ROBINS

MASTURBATING an elephant in the cause of science isn’t an easy job – just ask wildlife expert Dr Thomas Hildebrandt. Dr Hildebrandt, a world expert on elephant and rhino reproduction demonstrates how it should be done in BBC2’s Horizon: The Elephant’s Guide To Sex screened on March 20. In the programme, he bids to help elephants Jackson and Christy – who lives in US zoos 1,200 miles apart – to produce a baby.


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abstract

Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004.

2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom. Oni O, Sujit K, Kasemsuwan S, Sakpuaram T, Pfeiffer DU., Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park

Serum samples from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces of Thailand were tested using the microscopic agglutination test against 22 serovars of Leptospira interrogans. A titre of more than 1:100 was used as evidence of infection. In northern Thailand, the seroprevalence was 58 per cent and the prevalent serovars were Leptospira interrogans serovar Sejroe, Leptospira interrogans serovar Tarassovi, Leptospira interrogans serovar Ranarum and Leptos...


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abstract

Seroprevalence of leptospirosis in domesticated Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in north and west Thailand in 2004.

2007-03-17 - London, United Kingdom. Oni O, Sujit K, Kasemsuwan S, Sakpuaram T, Pfeiffer DU. Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park

Serum samples from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces of Thailand were tested using the microscopic agglutination test against 22 serovars of Leptospira interrogans. These results were similar to studies in domestic livestock and stray dogs in the Bangkok district.


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accident

Lucy-Jo Hudson recalls elephant terror

2006-12-09 - London, United Kingdom. Daniel Kilkelly

Lucy-Jo Hudson was attacked by an elephant while filming for the new series of Wild At Heart. "I was attacked by a big male elephant called Bully. He threw me against a fence with his trunk and bashed me with his trunk and his tusks were in my back. It was very scary," Lucy-Jo told The Sun.
"The wrangler said he was just playing, teasing me, but because he was big he did bruise me."


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misc

Unborn elephant photos were of models

2006-11-29 - London, United Kingdom. John Plunkett, MediaGuardian.co.uk

The image of the 20-month-old elephant foetus, along with pictures of an unborn dolphin and golden retriever, will feature in a Channel 4 documentary due to be broadcast over the Christmas period. But what both the newspaper reports and Channel 4 omitted to mention was that the image of the elephant was a silicone model. "Somewhere along the line, someone appears to have decided it would make a better story if some of the details were glossed over."


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Photo: Ham

Mammoth visits Trafalgar Square

2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom.

A woolly mammoth has been placed in Trafalgar Square to highlight the effects of climate change. The 11.5ft (3.5m) replica was unveiled by the Natural History Museum to warn how life in Britain could undergo radical change in the next 50 years."The British way of life and Homo britanicus could go the same way as the woolly mammoth," the museum warned.


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people

New Line Making Daphne Sheldrick Biopic

2006-11-15 - London, United Kingdom.

New Line Cinema has launched development of a feature based on the life of Daphne Sheldrick, a pioneer in efforts to save orphaned baby elephants, reports Variety. Sheldrick was named a dame by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year for her work, the first such honor to be awarded in Kenya since the country became independent in 1963. New Line is finalizing a life rights deal with Sheldrick, whose work was the focus of a "60 Minutes" report in April as well as 2005 BBC documentary "Elephant Diarie...


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Woolly Mammoth in Trafalgar Square, Wednesday November 15. Photocall: 9 a.m. A cunning ruse to promote Chris Stringer"s new book, Homo Brittanicus

2006-11-12 - London, United Kingdom. Sandy Auden

Penguin publishers have notified us that: "A life-size woolly mammoth will visit Trafalgar Square, London on Wednesday November 15 2006 to warn us that Britain may soon be set to suffer a peculiar and very savage climate change. "Chris Stringer will be on hand in Trafalgar Square too, bringing with him a hippo's tusk found in Trafalgar Square, a mammoth's tooth and a stone tool used by Neanderthals to butcher Norfolk mammoths 60,000 years ago."


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misc
Ganesh in the British Museum London

Londons Elephants - No. 11 in a series

2006-11-09 - London, United Kingdom. Ham

This rather unusual dancing Ganesh is in the British Museum and dates from 750 AD. It was pillaged brought back from Uttar Pradesh and can now be seen amongst the entirely wonderful Indian collection. You may find it interesting to know that Ganesh, one of the favourite Hindu gods is the lord of beginnings and the placer and remover of obstacles.


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film
Law of the jungle: the hungry pride of lions laiunches its attack on the African elephant as it attempts to flee

BBC face complaints over lions attack on elephants

2006-11-08 - London, United States.

Under cover of darkness, a pride of lions launch themselves on a desperate kill. Leaping upon the back of an elephant five times their size, they maul and gnaw until they finally succeed in running their prey into the ground.


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Gordon

Film: Bring on the dancing elephant

2006-11-07 - London, United States. Adrian Searle

Douglas Gordon's eyeless portraits and De Niro doubles haunt his retrospective. But it's one performer's nifty trunk-and-foot-work that steals the show. The animal gets down on his knees and rolls on to his side, trunk extended like a dead man's arm - playing dead. The camera circles. If you follow it, walking between the screens, you begin to get the measure of this circus elephant, doing his party trick. An elephant, then, in a ballet class.


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abstract

The locomotor kinematics of Asian and African elephants: changes with speed and size.

2006-10-29 - London, United Kingdom. Hutchinson JR, Schwerda D, Dale RH, Fischer MS, Kram R., The Royal Veterinary College

We analyzed the locomotor kinematics of over 2400 strides from 14 African and 48 Asian elephant individuals (body mass 116-4632 kg) freely moving over ground at a 17-fold range of speeds, from slow walking at 0.40 m s(-1) to the fastest reliably recorded speed for elephants, 6.8 m s(-1). These data reveal that African and Asian elephants have some subtle differences in how size-independent kinematic parameters change with speed.


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conservation
Elephants are one species to have benefited, Mr Lapointe argues

Hunting "has conservation role"

2006-10-27 - London, United Kingdom. Elli Leadbeater

Rifle-toting tourists hunting exotic animals could actually help protect Africa's vulnerable species, a leading conservationist has suggested. Elephant populations had benefited from a permit system that allowed sport hunters to kill a limited number of the beasts, according to Eugene Lapointe.


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smuggle
Policeman inspecting ivory brushes

Barber shop fined for selling ivory shaving brushes

2006-10-24 - London, United Kingdom.

A leading London gentleman's barber was fined £10,000 after 24 grooming accessories made from ivory were found on its premises during a raid by police. Officers from the Metropolitan's Wildlife Crime Unit seized 24 items including shaving brushes - stamped with "real ivory" - on sale for up to £1,100 each, as well as ivory hairbrushes, glove stretchers and an elephant's tusk when they raided the company's shops in Mayfair and Piccadilly.


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misc

ARE elephants really afraid of mice?

2006-09-17 - London, United Kingdom.

NO. Elephants are used to mice both in captivity and in the wild. Full-grown, healthy elephants face few pre dators, with the exception of man, and fear only unfamiliar sights and sounds. This is thought to be the cause of the myth. In Roman times, when elephants were used in war, they fled squealing pigs. This gave rise to the legend of the mouse that roared.


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research
A young elephant steps out at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park while cameras record the movement of the disc shaped markers on its legs and back. (Image Credit: John Hutchinson, The Royal Veterinary College)

Elephants run like Groucho Marx

2006-08-19 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

It's not quite up there with uncovering the theory of everything, but answering whether elephants can run has huge potential for robotics. Researchers in Britain, after more than 100 years of debate and experiment, now say: "Yes, because they bounce like Groucho Marx." A creature used to be considered to be running if all its limbs were off the ground at the same time while moving forward. But so many exceptions were discovered that the definition had to be reassessed.


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death

Scientists see depth of elephant feelings

2006-08-16 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

An elephant has been captured on film as she struggled to help another who lay dying from the effects of a snakebite. The astonishing pictures reveal the depth of compassion the creatures feel for each other. Scientists at the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya recorded footage of Eleanor as she fell to the ground after being bitten. Another elephant, Grace, was seen calling out in distress and trying desperately to get the stricken elephant to her feet.


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wild

Elephants show capacity for compassion, scientists find

2006-08-08 - LONDON, United Kingdom.

Elephants pay their respects to lost loved ones and venerated leaders in a way that suggests a human-like capacity for compassion, scientists have said. In a paper to appear in a scientific journal this month, researchers said Tuesday they came to this conclusion after watching how elephants on a Kenyan game reserve behaved towards a matriarch who fell ill and died.


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fossil

Stone Age Elephant Found at Ancient U.K. Hunt Site is Palaeoloxodon antiquus

2006-07-07 - London, United Kingdom. James Owen, for National Geographic News

The 400,000 year old remains of a massive elephant discovered near London was a male straight tusked elephant, a member of the extinct species Palaeoloxodon antiquus, weighed about 9 tons (9.1 metric tons), twice as large as elephants living today. Workers unearthed the remains in 2004 in the town of Ebbsfleet, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of London, during construction of a new railway line to the Channel Tunnel.


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misc

Jumbo myth turned inside out. Andrew Hunter goes on a weird safari to fathom the circus elephant Jumbo

2006-07-02 - London, Canada. JAMES REANEY

Jumbos myth looms large these days at Museum London. Still, the truth about the big, dead elephant is so elusive that any hunter in pursuit of the pachyderm risks being captured by the game. That is no problem for wily Dundas artist and curator Andrew T. Hunter, who is presenting Jumbos Remains at the museum.


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welfare

Toyota pulls elephant ad

2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom. Tom Reed

Toyota has withdrawn a TV spot to be edited after coming under fire for using a 53-year-old arthritic elephant in the ad. The campaign for the Toyota Yaris car, created by Clemmow Hornby Inge, featured an Asian elephant called Anne, the last remaining UK circus elephant, which animal welfare groups claim has been in poor health for many years.


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misc

Dung sale to save asian elephants

2006-06-27 - London, United Kingdom. By Neil Tweedie

A consignment of elephant dung large enough to fertilise the average suburban garden for a year will be auctioned tonight at a gathering of Britain's Asian business elite attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The dung is expected to raise between £5,000 and £10,000 at a charity "durbar" being held in Richmond, west London, in aid of the Indian elephant.


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accident

Italian Designer Killed In Hunting Trip

2006-05-08 - London, United Kingdom. Malcolm Moore

The co-founder of the Italian Blumarine fashion house has been trampled to death by an elephant while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe, Italian media reported yesterday. Gianpaolo Tarabini, 67, was on safari with Claudio Chiarelli, a professional hunter, and Aldo Castoldi, a photographer, when they were charged by two elephants. His two friends escaped. Mr Tarabini co-founded Blumarine with his wife, the fashion designer Anna Molinari in 1977.


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circus

Stop this cruelty to circuses - Animal rights extremists are threatening the unique world of the big top

2006-01-16 - London, United Kingdom. Dea Birkett

WHEN WERE you so close to an elephant that you could touch its trunk? Where did you see a horse racing around just inches away, mane and tail flying? Where have you patted the tufty hair of a camel? The only place you could have done all these things is at a circus. I’ve worked in a circus. I’ve pulled on my fishnet tights, tied up my tassles, adjusted my white feather headdress and ridden into the ring on the back of Julia, my elephant.


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people

The world this week - Prince William and the elephants

2006-01-07 - London, United Kingdom. Will Hide

Prince William is to become patron of The Tusk Trust, the African conservation charity (01747 831005, www.tusk.org), which supports 25 projects in 12 African countries. One success story is the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana, supported by Tusk for 11 years, where more than 12,000 children a year attend three-day bush camps. But the Prince’s interest in conservation might be on hold — he enters Sandhurst for military training tomorrow.


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smuggle

Weak controls allow illegal ivory trade to flourish in Britain

2005-09-28 - London, United Kingdom. Maxine Frith

London has become one of the biggest markets in the world for the trade in ivory, according to a report. Campaigners are concerned that the thousands of ivory products available in Britain are fuelling the illegal poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia. Investigators who compiled the report strongly criticised Britain for having the weakest controls in Europe over the trade in ivory.


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research

Vietnam war devices used to track elephants

2005-07-11 - London, United Kingdom.

Listening devices developed more than three decades ago by the United States to monitor enemy troops movements through the jungle of Vietnam are being deployed to count elephants in the thick bushes of Namibia's Etosha National Park. Researchers under Jason Wood from Stanford University in California set up a test device called a geophone near a game path leading to a watering hole in the vast park.


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people

Billy Smart Jr. October 15, 1934 - May 23, 2005. Ebullient circus showman whose elephant act was the largest and most spectacular in Europe

2005-05-24 - London, United Kingdom.

BILLY SMART Jr, scion of the famous circus family, was a distinguished trainer of horses, but he will be most widely remembered for his ambitious elephant acts, which featured up to 20 full-grown Asiatic elephants. As the baby of the family, Billy Jr was the most indulged. It was said that it was on a whim that Billy Sr and Dolly Smart bought him a complete circus while out driving one Sunday — a costly yet typically big gesture of the showman to his youngest son.


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welfare

Do you want Anne to pack her trunk and say "goodbye" to the circus?

2005-04-28 - London, United Kingdom.

Anne is a 52-year-old Asian elephant - the oldest elephant in the UK and only elephant remaining in a UK circus. Although Anne no longer performs in the ring at Bobby Roberts' Super Circus, she's used as a photographic prop during the interval at £4 a photograph. Had Anne remained in Sri Lanka half a century ago, she would, in all probability, be a mother with calves of her own and be living in a large family group.


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smuggle

From Africa to UK high streets, via China: inside lucrative world of ivory smuggling

2004-11-27 - London, United Kingdom. By Cahal Milmo, THe Independent

First there were 14 shaving bowls with a tortoiseshell inlay worth £800
each. Then came the rest - 174 nailbrush handles, carvings and assorted
accessories awaiting completion in cardboard boxes with a total value of
£85,000.

It may sound like the inventory of a high-class male grooming supplier, but
these items represent part of the stockpile that is fuelling Britain's
latest thriving trade in an illegal substance - ivory.


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smuggle

Illegal ivory trade: UK cops" hands are tied

2004-11-23 - London, United Kingdom. Rachel STevenson, Independent Online

Police have seized illegal ivory worth more than R900 000 after a series of
raids in London and Gloucester, proof that the banned trade is still
thriving in the UK.

About 80kg of raw, uncut ivory was found alongside 141 ivory products,
making the raid one of the biggest seizures in recent years. Investigations by the Metropolitan Police and Traffic International, the
global organisation dedicated to banning illegal trade in wildlife, led
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Illegal traders "go unpunished"

2004-11-22 - London, United Kingdom. BBC

Traders openly selling illegal animal products such as ivory in UK shops
cannot be arrested because of a government "slip-up", it has emerged.

Primary legislation banning the trade went through last year. But a spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said "secondary legislation" was needed for it to be able to prosecute.

The impasse emerged after £85,000 of ivory and tortoiseshell goods were
seized in police raids last wee...


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Goldie Hawn"s elephant trip to India

2004-10-25 - London, India. Hollywood News

Veteran Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn is reportedly on a trip to India to make a film on elephants.

The Oscar-winning actress, who has already made a documentary titled "In the Wild", about saving elephants in 1966, is now being accompanied by Kurt Russell's son, Boston Russell, on the trip to India.


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Breathalyser detects tuberculosis

2004-04-10 - London, United Kingdom. BBC

Coughing into a breathalyser could be the new way to detect the most common form of tuberculosis.

The portable device, developed by Rapid Biosensor Systems, would be quicker and easier to use than the current screening method, called the Heaf test.


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Ecologist Dr. Raman Sukumar won the Whitley Gold Award

2003-03-18 - London, United Kingdom.

The endangered Asian elephant took a step closer to recovery March 14th when ecologist Dr. Raman Sukumar won the Whitley Gold Award of £50,000 at the annual Whitley Awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The Awards were presented by Princess Anne, patron of the Whitley-Laing Foundation. The Whitley Awards are among the most prestigious in wildlife conservation and popularly know as the "Green Oscars"


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Elephants Leave London Zoo, End 170-Year Tradition

2001-11-02 - London, United Kingdom. Michael McCarthy, The Independent

London Zoo is to give up its 170-year tradition of keeping elephants, in tacit recognition that it does not have a suitable place to house them.

Abandoning its most recognizable symbols has clearly been a difficult decision for the zoo authorities, but it accords with a change in thinking about how wild animals should be kept in captivity.


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Elephant keeper Jim Robson killed by elephant Geeta in London Zoo

2001-10-20 - London, United Kingdom.

A keeper at London Zoo has died after being crushed by an elephant. Jim Robson, who was 44, is believed to have tripped and fallen in the elephant paddock. One of the three elephants he looked after then stepped on him. The accident took place on Saturday afternoon, as visitors walked around the enclosure.


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Experienced elephant keeper

2021-03-01 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

With its new multi-million-pound elephant facility ‘Project Elephant Basecamp’ opened in 2018 award winning Blackpool Zoo is currently looking to fill a keeper position within its Elephant Section...


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Wendy the elephant lived at Bristol Zoo Gardens until 2002

Bristol Zoo to close

2021-02-28 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Earlier this week, Bristol Zoo announced plans to turn its car park into housing. This came after the Bristol Zoological Society announced at the end of November the closure of its Clifton site, with ...


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Thermal camera in operation at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

How 30,000 elephant "selfies" will help in conservation

2021-02-26 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers have compiled the world's largest collection of thermal images of elephants. The pictures show elephants in every pose as they play, eat and hang out in their enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade Zo...


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Man was cleaning stables when he was hit by female, knocking his head against bars of enclosure

Elephant kills Spanish zookeeper with one hit from trunk.

2021-02-26 - Santander, Spain.

The female elephant weighing around 4,000kg (8,800lb) hit the 44-year-old with her trunk on Wednesday morning at the Cabarceno Natural Park near the northern city of Santander, the zoo said. The man w...


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Madras High Court calls for policy to prohibit future ownership of Elephants by private individuals, temples; seeks State response

2021-02-23 - Madras, India.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday opined that a uniform policy should be put in place to completely prohibit future ownership of elephants by individuals or temples and to bring all elephants under the...


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First million-year-old DNA extracted from Siberian mammoth teeth

2021-02-17 - Stockholm, Sweden.

For the first time, preserved DNA has been recovered from animal remains over a million years old. The DNA belonged to two mammoths that lived around 1.2 million years ago. “Instead of there being o...


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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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research

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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relocation

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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