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Handlers escort three of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Asian elephants as they arrive at their new home in Polk City, Florida

US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida

2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States.

The circus held a final performance in Rhode Island, folded the elephant tent for good and shipped the performers to their permanent retirement in Central Florida, where they arrived Thursday. The era of the elephant in "the greatest show on earth" is over.


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike

2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States.

On Monday morning, January 25th, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® lost its youngest elephant to the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Two-year old “Mike”, who was born at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, passed away despite the heroic efforts of our veterinary and animal care staff to save him. While final necropsy results are still pending, preliminary results, as well as blood tests sent to Smithsonian Insti...


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Mike the elephant, now 2 years old, was raised at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation—part day care, part school and part senior center for the company’s controversial circus herd—in Polk City, Florida. Mike can

Where Ringling Brothers Elephants Go To Retire

2015-11-09 - Polk City, United States.

Established in 1995, the 200-acre center is home to the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere, some 28 pachyderms aged 2 to 70. Twenty-six elephant calves have been born here, including Barack, the now 6-year-old male who was the first CEC elephant conceived using artificial insemination.


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Circus elephant sanctuary ‘like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,’ owner says

2015-04-09 - Polk City, United States.

The Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation sits on 200 acres of land in rural central Florida, halfway between Orlando and Sarasota, off a nondescript country road. An armed security guard greets you at the entrance. Twenty-nine elephants currently live here, and 13 more will join the group by 2018, after Ringling Bros. decided this year to stop using elephants in its traveling circus.


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April, a 1-year-old female Asian elephant stays with her mother, Alana, 33, at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County in September. The USDA on Monday announced the company would have to pay a $270,000 fine

USDA Fines Ringling Circus Owner $270,000 Over Animal Treatment

2011-11-29 - Polk City, United States.

The USDA on Monday announced a $270,000 fine against the company that owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus and an elephant breeding facility in Polk County over its treatment and housing of animals. The United States Department of Agriculture reached an agreement with Feld Entertainment Inc. in which the company would be penalized for violating portions of the Animal Welfare Act between June 2007 and August 2011.


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Ringling Brothers names new elephant "Barack"

2009-01-30 - Polk City, United States.

On behalf of the entire Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® family, I’m thrilled to announce the birth of our first Asian elephant born as a result of artificial insemination. A healthy male born on the inaugural eve of our 44th President of the United States, the calf named Barack, is a living tribute of our ongoing commitment to help save this magnificent yet endangered species.


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Elephant breeding program a cause of controversy

2008-12-16 - Polk City, United States. Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez

Ringling opened the Asian elephant conservation center in the Green Swamp in 1995 to retire and breed its circus performers. Officials say they've been successful breeding the endangered animal to ensure it survives, although animal-rights groups criticize the program. The center is experimenting with artificial insemination. Semen is collected from the male elephants and sent to various zoos and research centers across the United States to breed more elephants.


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The fire was near the Barnum and Bailey elephant farm.

Polk firefighters scramble to protect elephants

2008-05-20 - Polk City, United States. Keith Baker

Firefighters in Polk County scrambled to keep a herd of elephants safe from flames this afternoon. It was just after 2:30 when a wildfire flared up about a quarter-mile east of the Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Farm, off Old Grade Road. Fire crews positioned themselves at the elephant farm to protect the animals, while a separate crew fought flames in a nearby wooded area with backhoes and other earth-moving equipment.


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Asian elephant at the Center for Elephant Conservation

Asian Elephants Find Oasis in Florida

2007-08-14 - Polk City, United States. Yi Suli

The Asian elephant is believed to be one of the most intelligent animals on Earth. It is also one of the most endangered. But a sanctuary in the southern state of Florida is hoping to save this large animal and ensure its existence for generations to come. For producer Yi Suli, VOA's Elaine Lu has more on the Center for Elephant Conservation.


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Two Ringling Bros. Elephants Are Under Quarantine. One of the animals has contracted tuberculosis, officials say.

2006-08-01 - POLK CITY, United States. Eric Pera

Two elephants are under quarantine for tuberculosis at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephant Conservation Center in Polk City. The quarantine was issued June 9 by the Department of Agriculture following routine testing of the animals by their handlers, a spokesman for the agriculture department said. Spokesman Terry McElroy said he didn't think the potentially fatal disease had spread beyond one of the elephants. A second elephant which had close contact with the sick animal was qu...


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Elephant handler David Mannes to Recover From Elephant Kick

2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States. Amber Smith

An elephant handler who was kicked by an elephant Wednesday is expected to make a full recovery. David R. Mannes, 52, of Clermont, was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center at 9 p.m. Wednesday after being kicked by an elephant at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center near Old Grade Road in Polk City.


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Elephant attack ruled an accident by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States. STEVEN N. LEVINE

An Indian elephant that seriously injured its trainer late on Wednesday will most likely rejoin the herd in a few weeks, Ringling Bros. vice president said on Thursday. Bruce Read, Ringling Bros. vice president of animal stewardship, said Tova, a 36-year-old female pachyderm weighing 6-7 tons, exhibited normal elephant hierarchy behavior about 9 p.m. when it trampled David R. Mannes, 52, of Clermont.


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Hospitalized man Injured by Elephant at The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center

2005-04-14 - POLK CITY, United States. Dana Willhoit, The Ledger

Paramedics airlifted a man trampled by an elephant shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. David R. Mannes, 52, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center after the incident, which happened on Old Grade Road, near Polk City. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center is located nearby.


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Elephants Cared for At Facility in Polk

2005-01-08 - POLK CITY, United States. Lauren Glenn

You can see her coming from across the open field. She's nearly half a mile away, all leathery gray, dust-covered, wrinkled skin, her hair encrusted in dirt, her long nose and dimpled knees that barely bend when she walks.

From the street, and even as she approaches, it is impossible to tell that she is pregnant and has been for about 16 months. She's solid, with a chiseled appearance, so much so that she looks like she has been carved from a giant rock, until she slowly begins to...


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14 Headlines about Elephants from POLK CITY2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States - US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida 2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike 2015-11-09 - Polk City, United States - Where Ringling Brothers Elephants Go To Retire 2015-04-09 - Polk City, United States - Circus elephant sanctuary ‘like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,’ owner says 2011-11-29 - Polk City, United States - USDA Fines Ringling Circus Owner $270,000 Over Animal Treatment 2009-01-30 - Polk City, United States - Ringling Brothers names new elephant "Barack" 2008-12-16 - Polk City, United States - Elephant breeding program a cause of controversy 2008-05-20 - Polk City, United States - Polk firefighters scramble to protect elephants 2007-08-14 - Polk City, United States - Asian Elephants Find Oasis in Florida 2006-08-01 - POLK CITY, United States - Two Ringling Bros. Elephants Are Under Quarantine. One of the animals has contracted tuberculosis, officials say. 2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephant handler David Mannes to Recover From Elephant Kick 2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephant attack ruled an accident by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2005-04-14 - POLK CITY, United States - Hospitalized man Injured by Elephant at The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center 2005-01-08 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephants Cared for At Facility in Polk

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 A view of the elephant training centre in Konni that houses the elephant museum. The museum will be opened on February 19.

Konni: Full-scale museum will showcase the unique relationship between humans, elephants

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

The building that houses the museum, which was originally opened in 2006 by displaying an elephant skeleton and implements associated with the training of captive elephants, was awaiting renovation fo...


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‘Andal’ and ‘Premi’ from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam

Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

Elephants from temples across Tamil Nadu began to descend on Sunday morning for the 48-day jumbo retreat at Thekkampatti camp on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore. A pet project of former Chief...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Invites People to Name Newborn Elephant, Announces ‘Surprise Gift’

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

The calf was born on February 3, more than two years after 10 elephants were translocated from Karnataka to Dudhwa tiger reserve's South Sonaripur range. Teresa is the first cow to conceive after the ...


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

Though many elephant relatives harbor extra copies of tumor-suppressor genes, the scientists found that elephant genomes possess some unique duplications that may contribute to tumor suppression throu...


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Rajasthan Govt Orders Removal Of 20 Medically Unfit Elephants From Tourist Rides At Amer Fort

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

The Rajasthan Government on Monday ordered the removal of 20 medically unfit elephants from tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur. 3 elephants had tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), 11 elephants ha...


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A Unique 125,000-Year-Old Elephant Fossil Found

2021-02-06 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Two brothers living in England and interested in fossil hunting as an amateur found a fossil on the beach of Isle of Wight. While this fossil is thought to be an elephant fossil dating back 125,000 ye...


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old elephant, named "Sari," gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU), Mount Leuser National Park...


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The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf calf easily got adjusted to her new home. The mot...


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported...


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

STAFF, medical teams and anti-poaching personnel at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are mourning the passing of their beloved matriarch elephant, Frankie, one of seven elephants that arrived at the p...


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

2021-01-19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) would be conducting an investigation at the Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in July this year on the circumstances claimed in the National Aud...


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Video of an Elephant Massaging a Woman with its Trunk Goes Viral

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

In the video, one can clearly see the woman lying comfortably on a low bed as the elephant is standing near her and massaging her back. The video was shared by a Twitter user named Aamir on Saturday (...


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

2021-01-18 - Taikyi , Myanmar. ZON PANN PWINT

As beaches, hotels, pagodas and even walking tours were starved of tourists for most of last year, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the nation’s many elephant camps – which were once a popu...


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette. The Wals...


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Man-Animal Conflict: IFS Officers will go for Online Training, says Assam Forest Minister

2021-01-18 - Guwahati, India. Sentinel Digital Desk

Amid repeated incidents of man-animal conflict being reported from different parts of Assam, a five-day training session have kick-started started in Guwahati on Monday for about 35 forest officials, ...


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Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field Charlotte

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

2021-01-17 - Jupiter, United Kingdom.

The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy. The Asian elephant in S...


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Mahout Vishnu with elephant

Angry elephant hurls mahout to death in TVM

2021-01-17 - Aruvippuram, India.

An aggressive elephant threw its mahout away in a fit of rage resulting in his death. The second mahout identified as Kollam native Vishnu (21) died in the attack by the elephant. The incident took pl...


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Three new baby Asian elephants born in SW China"s Yunnan

2021-01-16 - Yunnan, China.

At the Xishuangbanna Tropical Zoo, an Asian elephant named Ya Long also gave birth to a baby weighing 95.4 kilograms on January 14, after 21 months and 19 days of pregnancy. "It took the baby elephant...


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Karl Mogensen pets Asha, an African elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The USDA has cited the zoo for allowing visitors to ride Asha without her handler always nearby.

Natural Bridge Zoo fined for animal welfare violations

2021-01-15 - Natural Bridge, United States.

The fifth violation involved Asha, the zoo’s prized elephant, and regulations that require dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, bears and elephants to be under the control of an experienced hand...


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string...


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