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Jai Dee was only three years old

Taronga Zoo’s Beloved Baby Elephant Jai Dee Has Sadly Passed Away

2020-10-14 - Sydney, Australia. Krisinda Merhi

Jai Dee started to show signs of abdominal pain Monday morning and was quickly treated. By midday, Jai Dee was displaying normal behaviour and was monitored closely by keepers and veterinarians, but unfortunately, his condition deteriorated rapidly yesterday morning and despite a full emergency response he devastatingly passed away later that day.


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Swimcam captures Taronga Zoo elephants under water

2016-12-12 - Sydney, Australia.

To capture Tukta underwater, photographer Toby Zerna attached his camera to a five metre long pool scoop. “Tukta was interested in the camera, coming up to take a look but then she went off to continue swimming,” Zerna said.


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Jessie the elephant is transported across Sydney Harbour in 1916 on a barge to the new Taronga Park Zoo.

Taronga Zoo to recreate "Operation Noah"s Ark" to celebrate 100th birthday

2016-09-24 - Sydney, Australia.

At 5.30am on a Sunday exactly 100 years ago, Jessie, a four-tonne elephant, sauntered through Sydney´s CBD. Starting at the old zoo in Moore Park, she strolled down Macquarie Street to the spot where the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House would eventually be built. As the sun rose, she boarded an open-top barge to make the journey across Sydney Harbour to her new home at Taronga Zoo in Mosman.


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Pak Boon and previous baby Tukta. Taronga Zoo 2011

Taronga Zoo is expecting a baby elephant

2016-04-15 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney´s Taronga Zoo will hear the thump thump of little feet when expectant mother Pak Boon delivers her baby elephant after a 22-month pregnancy. The new calf, expected this time next year, will be the fourth born as part of the zoo´s conservation breeding program for Asian elephants.


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Bizarre photo of life size elephant and tiger statues on back of trailer

2015-11-20 - Sydney, Australia.

Eerily life-like statues of an elephant and sabre-tooth tiger on the back of a trailer driving along the West Gate Freeway have been revealed as nothing more than a publicity stunt! 3AW Mornings listener Ziggy captured the bizarre photo and sent it into Neil Mitchell. He momentarily thought the elephant was real.


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DRONES ARE SAVING WILD ELEPHANT POPULATIONS FROM POACHERS IN AFRICA

2015-04-12 - Sydney, Australia.

A partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenyan Wildlife Service has led to the creation of a drone protection program targeted at identifying and discouraging poachers. The vehicles allow monitoring and identification of elephant populations, and provide a window in the sky from which to search for poachers.


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International comedian and actor John Cleese surveys the elephant exhibit during his visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2006.

"Basil Fawlty" to open accommodation

2014-02-27 - Sydney, Australia.

International comedian and actor John Cleese is coming to Dubbo to put on a show and help open new accommodation at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (TWPZ). The unforgettable star of shows like Fawlty Towers and the cult Monty Python films will travel to the city in late March. The general manager confirmed that the 40-year veteran of stage and screen would perform at TWPZ.


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Two of the elephants being moved, Luk Chai (centre) and Pathi Harn (right), play with a female, Tukta, at Taronga Zoo Sydney in 2011.

Dubbo"s Western Plans Zoo plans for arrival of Asian elephant bulls Pathi Harn, Luk Chai and Gung from Sydney"s Taronga Zoo

2013-11-20 - Sydney, Australia.

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is planning to build a multimillion dollar home for three male Asian elephants due to arrive in Dubbo next year. The bulls, Pathi Harn, Luk Chai and Gung, are being moved to the west to free up space at Taronga´s Sydney zoo.


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Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) to a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and humans in an Australian zoo.

2013-05-10 - Sydney, Australia.

In November 2010, a clinically healthy Asian elephant in an Australian zoo was found to be shedding M. tuberculosis; in September 2011, a sick chimpanzee at the same zoo was diagnosed with tuberculosis caused by an indistinguishable strain of M. tuberculosis. A pathway of transmission between the animals could not be confirmed. Tuberculosis in an elephant can be transmissible to people in close contact and to other animals more remotely. The mechanism for transmission from elephants requires fur...


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Lucy Melo and Pathi Harn pictured this year.

Taronga Zoo says they were not at fault over Lucy Melo elephant attack

2013-01-16 - Sydney, Australia.

AN investigation by Taronga Zoo found that they were not at fault over an elephant attack in which one of their keepers was injured last year. Lucy Melo, 40, spent days in intensive care at Royal North Shore Hospital after the October 19 incident, in which two-year-old Asian elephant calf Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard.


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Crushed Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo goes home from hospital

2012-10-31 - Sydney, Australia.

Injured Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo has been released from hospital. Ms Melo, 40, was injured 12 days ago when two-year-old elephant Pathi Harn "challenged´´ her authority and pinned her against a bollard. Her heart stopped beating for five minutes after the incident. A Taronga Zoo spokesman said Ms Melo had made excellent progress in her recovery and went home from Royal North Shore Hospital last night. "She´s in good spirits and will commence a period of rehabilitat...


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Asian Elephant Keeper Lucy Melo.

Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo speaks for first time since being crushed

2012-10-23 - Sydney, Australia.

Northern beaches resident Lucy Melo, 40, is in a stable condition in Royal North Shore Hospital after the two-year-old Asian elephant calf Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard on Friday morning. While she has been able to write notes to her family, a zoo spokeswoman said she was "alert´´ today and spoke for the first time since Friday. "We’re incredibly pleased to get an update from Lucy’s family that she is alert and making progress in her recovery," Zoo director Ca...


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Zoo keeper Lucy Melo is in stable condition after a young elephant pinned her against a pole.

Zoo cameras capture lead-up to accident

2012-10-21 - Sydney, Australia.

WorkCover investigators have seized surveillance footage of the moments leading up to when two-year-old elephant Pathi Harn nudged Ms Melo against a bollard. Because of the position of the cameras, the whole incident was not captured on tape. It is understood the elephant did not appear aggressive towards Ms Melo, or any other keeper in the pen at the time.


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Zoo keeper Lucy Melo is in stable condition after a young elephant pinned her against a pole.

Injured elephant keeper stable, zoo says

2012-10-20 - Sydney, Australia.

TARONGA Zoo keeper Lucy Melo, seriously injured when a young elephant "challenged" her authority, is in a stable condition in a Sydney hospital. The 40-year-old´s family has asked that their privacy be respected while she recovers in Royal North Shore Hospital after two-year-old Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard on Friday morning.


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Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo crushed by "miracle" baby

2012-10-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Yesterday the senior elephant keeper was left fighting for her life after the youngest male, Pathi Harn, crushed her against a fencepost during morning training. With Ms Melo´s husband, Taronga Zoo´s elephant manager Gary Miller, nearby, the two keepers moved the elephant away and the area went into lockdown at its busiest time, as school groups were turned away and feeding time cancelled.


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Lucy Melo: Senior Elephant Keeper, Taronga Zoo

2012-05-27 - Sydney, Australia.

When Lucy first started at Taronga, she was part of the team that went to Thailand to bring the first five Asian Elephants to Sydney, and has been part of the successful Conservation Breeding Program ever since. Since the herd arrived in 2006, three calves have been born and Lucy has been part of raising the calves and looking after the extended family of four adult females and one adult male.


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Taronga Zoo: Keepers, Elephant Unit

2011-12-16 - Sydney, Australia.

Taronga Zoo is looking for a number of permanent Keepers to work in our Elephant free contact program within the Exotic Fauna Precinct. The Elephant Unit currently manages eight Asian Elephants on site at Taronga Zoo. Our ideal candidates will have significant experience working free contact with elephants, possess a detailed knowledge of elephant behaviour and biology and will have good team work, communication and mentoring skills.


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Taronga Zoo elephant diagnosed with TB

2011-02-05 - Sydney, Australia.

One of the stars of Sydney´s Taronga Zoo, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The Asian elephant, named Pak Boon, has been diagnosed with the illness which keepers believe she bought with her when she came from Thailand four years ago. She was tested for the bug when she came to Australia, but tests at the time came up negative. Pak Boon gave birth three months ago to a female calf, Tuka.


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Tarongas Third Elephant Calf Born On Anniversary Of Herds Arrival

2010-11-02 - Sydney, Australia. Taronga Conservation Society Australia Press release

Taronga third Asian Elephant calf was born at 1.12 am last night. The calf is Taronga’s first female and it is the fifth calf born to the Australian Conservation Management Plan for these endangered elephants. The calf was born in the paddock four years to the day of the arrival of the herd from Thailand in 2006.


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Taronga elephant baby named Pathi Harn

2010-03-25 - Sydney, Australia. Lisa Keen, Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos

The new calf has a name as of this morning. He is Pathi Harn, which is Thai for Miracle. Its pronounced Par Tea Harn. Hes doing really well, as is his mum Porntip, who is very attentive. Pathi Harn has been enjoying the water and also the mud wallow. He was blessed this morning by Thai Buddhist monks who came to the zoo especially for the naming ceremony.


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Dead baby elephant calf born alive in Sydney zoo

2010-03-10 - Sydney, Australia.

An elephant gave birth to a calf at Sydneys main zoo on Wednesday, surprising vets and keepers who two days earlier declared the baby had died in the womb. The Asian elephant mother delivered the male baby in the early hours of Wednesday in what Taronga Park Zoo officials said was "unbelievable good fortune".


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The baby of Sydneys Taronga Zoo elephant Porntip has died during a complicated birth process.

Baby elephant dies during Taronga birth

2010-03-08 - Sydney, Australia.

The matriarch of the zoos elephant herd, Porntip, showed on March 1 she was ready to give birth to a 100kg calf, after having been artificially inseminated about 22 months before. But by Sunday night ultrasound scans made it clear the calf had rotated inside its mothers womb and was lying upside down.


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Wonderful benefactor: The late Jacqueline Crookston pictured in June 2008 on her last visit to Taronga Zoo.

Special gift benefits zoo

2009-12-02 - Sydney, Australia. ILIANA STILLITANO

A PAINTING not seen publicly since it was bought by the late Camden doctor Robert Crookston in 1945 sold for $575,000 last week and helped set a sales record for auction house Sotheby's. The painting a powerful image of a country woman confronting the tragedy of the 1944 drought was part of an estate owned by Dr Crookston's daughter Jacqueline which she bequeathed to the Taronga Foundation when she died, aged 96, in July.


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Sydney names its favourite attraction

2009-08-26 - Sydney, Australia.

The loud pitter patter of baby elephant feet has helped Taronga Zoo claim the title of Sydney's favourite attraction. The zoo won 24 per cent of votes in the Sydney Chamber of Commerce's annual favourite things survey of the city's inhabitants. The birth of Asian elephant calf Luk Chai in July has also boosted zoo visitor numbers, with Sydneysiders and tourists flocking to Taronga since his arrival. Sydney Opera House came second in the survey of most popular attractions, with 22 per cent of vot...


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Bundle of joy . . . the calf surprises mum. Photo: Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo In Sydney has welcomed the first elephant born in Australia.

2009-07-05 - Sydney, Australia.

The male calf was born to Asian elephant Thong Dee in Taronga Zoo's Elephant Barn about 3.08am yesterday. After a three-hour labour, Thong Dee, who was a street elephant in Bangkok, was surprised by the calf and took time to calm down. She greeted the new baby by touching his trunk. By morning, he was trying to suckle, which zookeepers say is excellent news. "Although it's very soon since the delivery, the early signs are good and we will monitor mother and calf very closely, providing every pos...


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Gigi gets a pedicure from zookeeper Roger Brogden.

Pampering and pedicures keep Gigi a happy resident - Elephants make great progress

2008-03-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Former Stardust Circus elephant Gigi is putting her best foot forward in the process of becoming a permanent inhabitant of Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
On the request of keepers, she regularly presents her feet on fence rails for a zoo-style pedicure. After Gigis toenails are clipped and filed, she enjoys a treat - sometimes raw pumpkin or sweet potato. The zoos senior veterinarian Dr Benn Bryant says “keepers have made great progress with Gigi” in introducing her to the zoo and its sp...


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Elephant Thong Dees years come and go

2008-02-26 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

THONG DEE bypassed several birthdays over the weekend, as Taronga Zoo management revised her age from eight to 12. But yesterday an Australian National University expert emphatically relegated the pregnant elephant back to single digits. Professor Colin Groves, a biological anthropologist specialising in elephant taxonomy (classification) came to the conclusion based on information the zoo released on Friday. Its statement said "Thong Dee's fourth of six sets of teeth she will have during her li...


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Getting acquainted ... Gung unsuccessfully tries to mate with Thong Dee son after she arrived at Taronga Zoo in November 2006. The Bull

Why was Thong Dee put at risk. THONG DEE should never have been allowed to mate, argues Peter Stroud, former senior curator at Melbourne Zoo and independent zoo consultant.

2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia.

Throughout 2007, Taronga Zoo stated that Thong Dee was seven years old. This claim was included in a news release dated November 13 about a report to the Government on how the import conditions for the elephants had been met. Last week, the zoo said she was eight. Now, after international controversy around her pregnancy, a keeper has looked at her teeth and declared she is 11 or 12. The same keeper claims elephants can sometimes read his mind. (The Daily Telegraph, Saturday). We are also told T...


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Doubts cast on elephants origins

2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

RENEWED doubts over the legality of Taronga Zoo's importation of nine Asian elephants have been raised overseas, with documents from Thailand suggesting that up to half may have been snatched from the wild. Moreover, the registration certificate for one elephant, the now pregnant Thong Dee, shows she is just six years and nine months old - despite an animal welfare requirement that the zoo not use any elephant under the age of 12 for breeding.


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Lustful romp among consenting adults

2008-02-22 - Sydney, Australia. Garry Linnell

IT began as a sordid tale of steamy and illicit underage sex in a leafy North Shore suburb of Sydney. But yesterday it sounded like a typical encounter in the affluent but ageing suburb of Mosman - just another lustful romp among consenting adults with lots of wrinkled grey skin. Thong Dee is the first elephant to fall pregnant in Australia. But just how old the Taronga Zoo attraction really is remained mired in controversy yesterday amid claims she could be as young as six - or as old as 12.


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The zoo has defended itself against claims of irresponsibility

Elephant"s pregnancy sparks row

2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia.

A row has erupted in Australia after Sydney's zoo announced a nine-year-old Asian elephant was pregnant. Animal rights groups say the elephant, Thong Dee, is too young to fall pregnant, and that the zoo is "irresponsible" in letting it happen. But keepers at Taronga Zoo say they took expert advice and acted on this. "We took our advice from the experts in elephant reproduction," says Lucy Melo, senior keeper at the zoo.


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Zoo rejects elephant too young for pregnancy

2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia.

Taronga Zoo has officially announced the pregnancy of one its Asian elephants. Eight-year-old Thong Dee is five months pregnant and expected to give birth in June 2009. There was concern that Thong Dee, one of four female elephants brought to Taronga Zoo from Thailand in 2005, was too young to be sexually active. News of the pregnancy was leaked to the media yesterday, when Greens MP Lee Rhiannon expressed concern the zoo had put the animal at risk by allowing her to get pregnant before reaching...


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Taronga"s elephant is expecting

2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia. Simon Benson

LOVE is in the air at Taronga Zoo - or at least it was five months ago. More than 15 months after arriving under a cloud of controversy from Thailand, Sydney's Asian elephants have conspired to grow their number by one. An ultrasound image has confirmed that eight-year-old Thong Dee has made history and is now 20 weeks pregnant. A successful birth, expected sometime in mid-2009, would mark the first captive elephant breeding success in Australasia. Tests conducted last week revealed a healthy fo...


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Outcry over pregnant underage elephant

2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia.

The Greens say they have received information that an underage Asian elephant at Sydney's Taronga Zoo has become pregnant, which they say could put the animal's health at risk. The Greens say they have received information that an underage Asian elephant at Sydney's Taronga Zoo has become pregnant, which they say could put the animal's health at risk. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says she understands the eight-year-old elephant is six months pregnant, which goes against the zoo's captive management pl...


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Three of four Asian elephants at Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo stays mum over jumbo pregnancy

2008-02-12 - Sydney, Australia. Jonathan Dart

Taronga Zoo is keeping mum about whether one of its Thai elephants is pregnant. Rumours about the elephants surfaced yesterday following an effort by the zoo to make Gung - the only male of the group - impregnate one of his companions. It is understood the zoo was considering whether to begin a program of artificial insemination. Either way, it will be the first time an Asian elephant has conceived on Australian soil. Eight Thai elephants were imported in to Australia in November 2006 - of which...


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New life looms for Arna, the killer circus elephant

2008-01-11 - Sydney, Australia.

This week a high-level meeting of the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) decided Arna would undergo a psychiatric-style assessment in a protective enclosure at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo, in central-west NSW. Arna, aged 53, will be housed there temporarily, along with her companion elephant Gigi, 50, while animal experts assess their behaviour. ARAZPA executive director Kevin Johnson announced Arna and Gigi would initially be accommodated the Western Plain...


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Killer circus elephant"s fate uncertain

2008-01-09 - Sydney, Australia.

The future of two elephants, one of which killed a circus worker, remains up in the air with experts to assess the elephants' behaviour before a final decision is made. Stardust Circus worker Ray Williams, 57, was found dead in the elephant's enclosure at Yamba, in northern NSW, on December 27. An interim post-mortem examination found Mr Williams suffered a broken back and a ruptured aorta and died from "severe blunt trauma" caused by elephant Arna. Following the findings, the circus decided to ...


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Stardust"s Arna officially a killer

2008-01-04 - Sydney, Australia. Rhett Watson

ARNA the circus elephant is a killer with forensic evidence showing she crushed a worker to death. Ray Williams had spent up to three years feeding and watering the Asian elephant, which has become synonymous with her owner the Stardust Circus. An interim post-mortem examination report has revealed the 57-year-old's previous heart complaint did not contribute to his death at Yamba, on the North Coast, last week. Instead, it found Mr Williams' injuries - a broken back and a ruptured aorta - were ...


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Mystery of "elephant crush" death

2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia.

Mystery surrounds the death of a circus worker originally believed to have been crushed by an elephant at Yamba on the NSW north coast. It is not yet known if the elephant's handler, aged in his 60s, died of a heart attack today before suffering an injury to his back, or even if an elephant caused the injury. Early police reports said one of The Stardust Circus elephants fell on the handler as it was being unloaded from a truck at the Angourie Road Sports Reserve about 5.15pm. An ambulance spoke...


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A CIRCUS handler died - believed to have been crushed by an elephant on the state

Circus elephant falls and kills Australian handler

2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia. Rhett Watson and Evelyn Yamine

A CIRCUS handler died - believed to have been crushed by an elephant on the state's North Coast. Authorities are investigating the mysterious death of the Stardust Circus handler at Yamba at 5.15pm. The man, aged in his 60s, was found lying face down in an exercise enclosure with the 50-year-old circus elephant Arna nearby. Paramedics said the man died of a heart attack and had sustained a serious back injury. WorkCover investigators will today try to determine whether the injury contributed to ...


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IF there is any truth to the rumour that weight gain is associated with happiness, Taronga Zoo

Taronga elephants a happy herd

2007-12-25 - Sydney, Australia. Saffron Howden and Kelly Ryan

IF there is any truth to the rumour that weight gain is associated with happiness, Taronga Zoo's Thai elephants are positively ecstatic one year after moving into their new home. Thong Dee has piled on a whopping 1400kg in the three years since being rescued from begging on the streets of Bangkok.


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Robert Stuart, Michael Loughman, Cameron Williams and Paul Cowper prepare for the World Elephant Polo Championships in Nepal

Mammoth task for polo players

2007-10-10 - Sydney, Australia. Jeremy Drake

Polo is the preferred sport of princes and the Packers, but when you replace the horses with elephants it becomes a whole new ball game. The 26th annual World Elephant Polo Championships will begin in Nepal on November 18. Among the 12 teams will be the first fully Australian contingent. A group of 10 average blokes braving the backs of unusually large mammals in the name of international sport.


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An elephants eats in the new Taronga enclosure

Move the Elephants

2007-09-17 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Dunkley

Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon is asking that the six Thai elephants at Taronga be relocated to Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo as soon as possible. She sites a situation in Alaska where an elephant is due to be moved from a small environment to an open range zoo and believes the same should apply here. M/S Rhiannon went on to say that evidence gathered by a former Melbourne Zoo employee shows that the Sydney based elephants have only one fifth of a hectare to live in which is hardly adequate.


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The Elephant"s Guide to Sex. An attention-grabbing hook for a serious look at the crisis facing the animal kingdom.

2007-09-16 - Sydney, Australia. Greg Hassall

How do you masturbate an elephant? Very carefully, you might think. Actually, no - it turns out the kinky devils are best stimulated by repeatedly thrusting an arm up their backside. Best left to the experts, methinks.This BBC documentary follows the efforts of scientists to save animals such as elephants, rhinos and cheetahs from extinction by means of artificial insemination, IVF and even cloning.


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Say ahhhh... scientists take a DNA swab from Thong Dee at Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo elephants in DNA tests

2007-09-11 - Sydney, Australia.

THEY were the DNA tests that had onlookers wondering if there had been some monkey business in the elephant enclosure. But, as Taronga Zoo keepers were quick to point out yesterday, there was an innocent explanation for the decision to take cheek swabs from the massive animals. The results will be subjected to DNA analysis and then studied by researchers hoping to establish a genetic map of wild elephant populations in their native Cambodia.


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Keeper cool head … Tong Dee spouts water during a check-up by her attendant, Brad Johnston, at Taronga yesterday

Taronga Zoo and Western Plains Zoos cleared of cruelty

2007-08-15 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

THE RSPCA has refused to release the results of its investigation into animal deaths at Taronga and Western Plains zoos. The investigation was ordered in June, after the deaths of a greater one-horned rhinoceros and a female African elephant. The RSPCA's chief inspector, David O'Shannessy, said yesterday that no action would be taken against the zoos because no evidence of cruelty had been found in the animals' veterinary records or in keeping standards.


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World through Bindi Irwins eyes

2007-07-18 - Sydney, Australia.

Since Steve Irwins death, Bindi, her younger brother Bob and mum Terri have spent less than half of their time in Australia Zoo. Terri is particularly proud of the enormous elephant quarters called Elephantasia at Australia Zoo, which opened at Christmas. They now house three Asian elephants which can swim completely submerged underwater.


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Elephants at Taronga Zoo.

Elephant keeper Jason Kauntze-Cockburn alleges elephants were cold, neglected for years

2007-06-19 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

An American elephant-care specialist head-hunted by the Zoological Parks Board little more than a year ago has resigned, citing animal neglect as the reason. Jason Kauntze-Cockburn has terminated his four-year contract after only one year at Western Plains Zoo, saying inadequate staffing was putting the elephants health and well-being at risk.


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How to X-ray an elephant

2007-06-16 - Sydney, Australia. Michelle Cazzulino

After undergoing a five-month training period, the matriarch of Taronga Zoo's herd of Asian elephants, Pornthip, has delighted her keepers by mastering the art of placing her feet on an X-ray machine, allowing them to record the structure of her foot and toes. Staff are hoping the other four elephants at the zoo will follow her example over the coming months, ensuring they will be able to keep tabs on the animals' health.


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Yoga a daily ritual for Taronga"s playful pachyderms

2007-05-09 - Sydney, Australia.

IT was girls' playtime at Taronga Zoo and a chance for one-on-one quality time with keepers for our resident Asian elephants in their $38 million enclosure this week. After six months the four females - Pornthip, Pak Boong, Tang Mo and Tong Dee - and male Gung have settled into their daily routine with ease and confidence. Keeper Lucy Melo, who has been with the group since August 2004, said the five elephants had at least eight carers dedicated to their health, quality of life, veterinary requi...


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Young bull elephant Gung tangles with a female friend in the elephant pool

Rain fires elephant passions

2007-04-24 - Sydney, Australia.

LOCKING trunks in a warm embrace, two of Taronga Zoo's Asian elephants splashed around in Sydney's rain yesterday. Male Gung was spotted with the mystery woman at their bath and the tryst has set trunks wagging.
Gung has been spoilt for choice since moving to Sydney with the lady pachyderms Pornthip, Pak Boon, Tang Mo and Thong Dee.


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Mario Andreacchio on set in South Africa.

Filmmaker Mario Andreacchio wanders from the digital herd

2007-04-01 - Sydney, Australia. Pia Akerman

In the shade of an acacia tree in Kenya 15 years ago, artistic inspiration came to Mario Andreacchio as he watched frolicking baby elephants.
"Watching these elephants play, I thought, 'Hang on, there's a film in that'," Andreacchio said. These days, the Emmy Award-winning Australian filmmaker is the king of the baby animal genre after making his name with Napoleon, a 1995 film about a golden retriever puppy lost in the outback.


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Head above water ... Minister David Campbell at Taronga Zoo yesterday.

Animals to wash in recycled water

2007-03-10 - Sydney, Australia.

THEY'RE among Sydney's biggest consumers of water, churning through millions of litres a year for drinking, bathing and swimming. But now animals at Taronga Zoo, including the new Asian elephants, are to become better water savers under plans to increase the amount of recycled water they use. Zoo director and chief executive Guy Cooper said among the biggest users of recycled water would be the Asian elephants. All five of them are in the pool at least three times a day.


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Keepers Gary Miller, right, and Ben Britton entice Asian elephants Tang Mo and Thong Dee into a waterfall in their enclosure at Sydney

Cool shower for Tarongas new elephants

2007-02-22 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

SEEKING respite from Sydney's heat, two Asian elephants today played with their keepers under the waterfall in their newly built Taronga Zoo enclosure.
Thong Dee and Tang Mo, two of five elephants that arrived in Australia in November last year, spent the morning splashing around in the water as part of their traditional daily routine. The five elephants, including today's absentees Pornthip, Pak Boon and Gung, arrived in Sydney from Thailand last year after a two-year legal battle to bri...


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The Primordial Emotions by Derek Denton

Elephants smarter than we thought. The latest research suggests animals may be self-aware in similar ways to humans.

2007-02-21 - Sydney, Australia. Deborah Smith

HIGH on an extinct volcano in Africa the elephants of Kenya, after trekking long distances to a cave on Mount Elgon, begin to mine and eat salt from the rock. The Australian scientist Derek Denton discovered the link between salt and high blood pressure which he outlines in The Primordial Emotions.


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RSPCA at odds with Taronga Zoo over elephant"s care

2007-02-01 - Sydney, Australia.

A row has broken out between the RSPCA and Sydney's Taronga Zoo over the care of one of its Asian elephants. Six-year-old elephant 'Gung' arrived from Thailand as part of a group three months ago. RSPCA spokeswoman, Jane Speechley, says they believe Gung has been separated from the others.


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Taronga Zoo has denied claims it is struggling to attract visitors and will have trouble repaying a loan to build its new Asian elephant enclosure.

2006-11-29 - Sydney, Australia.

NSW opposition environment spokesman Michael Richardson claimed figures from the auditor-general showed paid attendance numbers were down almost 30,000 on 2004 figures and running six per cent below budget. But zoo spokesman Mark Williams rejected the claims, saying the enclosure only cost a fraction of the $13 million borrowed for the 12-year master plan refurbishment of the harbourside zoo site.


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Taronga Zoo breeding programs criticised by previous keeper Rebecca McKeough

2006-11-14 - Sydney, Australia. ABC News online

Rebecca McKeough worked as an elephant keeper at the zoo for most of the 1990s, and has told the ABC's 7.30 Report a black rhino died after running into a steel fence and a female Komodo dragon suffered injuries during repeated violent mating sessions. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says the Government must investigate the allegations. Taronga's media spokesman Mark Williams says Ms McKeough's information is outdated. He says the zoo fully reviewed the incidents and learned from them, and revised its pr...


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TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Taronga Zoo under fire for elephant breeding plans. Broadcast: 13/11/2006

2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Bannerman, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Until now, zoo insiders have stayed out of the debate but one former Taronga Zoo employee has decided to speak out about the decision to display and breed elephants, pointing out the zoo doesn't have a great track record when it comes to breeding endangered species. Mark Bannerman reports.


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Sad goodbye ... Elephant handler Sunthon Sonsok bids farewell to female elephant Tong Dee, now housed in her brand new home in Sydney

Thai handlers will never forget their much-loved elephants

2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia.

IN the middle of the sea of smiles that swamped Taronga Zoo's new elephant enclosure is a story to break your heart. The four Thai mahouts, or elephant handlers, who accompanied the zoo's newest stars every step of the way through their arduous two-year journey to Australia, said goodbye to their charges to return home to Thailand, leaving the elephants to their new life. For 36-year-old Sunthon Sonsok, saying goodbye to female elephant Tong Dee was like losing a member of his family.


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New Elephants make their debut performance at Taronga Zoo  Picture: Paul Melville

Bull Jumbo splashdown in Taronga Zoo

2006-11-10 - Sydney, Australia. JANE IGOE

SIGNED, sealed and finally delivered, Taronga Zoo's new Thai elephants have made a triumphant appearance in their new $38 million Asian enclosure. After more than two years of legal wrangling, the five elephants settled effortlessly into their luxurious Mosman abode. The male elephant, Gung, arrived at Taronga about noon on Sunday. Zoo officials said he hopped off the truck and was also out having fun an hour later.


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Another jumbo delivery to Australia

2006-11-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Four more elephants have arrived in Australia today, bound for local zoos after a controversial journey from Thailand. The elephants touched down this morning in Sydney, where one will be transferred to the city's Taronga Zoo, before their chartered Russian plane heads to Avalon Airport near Melbourne, to drop off another three this afternoon for Melbourne Zoo.


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the elephants at Taronga Zoo will take part in a captive breeding program after a journey that caused two years of controversy.

Moving in: Thai elephants splurge with a roll in the dirt in Taronga Zoo

2006-11-04 - Sydney, Australia.

THE arrival of four Asian elephants from Thailand has not been a walk in the park, but the animals took to the stage like pros in their first public appearance at Taronga Zoo yesterday. The new enclosure, part of a $25 million project to bring the elephants from Thailand, consists of several paddocks, an elephant barn and two wading pools, one with its own waterfall.


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Thai Elephants at Sydneys Taronga Zoo

2006-11-03 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Baker

Two of the four new arrivals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Asian elephants enjoy a swim in their pool as their keepers look on during their first public appearance at the zoo Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. The Elephants from Thailand are part of the first-ever Cooperative Conservation Program designed to help arrest the rapid decline of wild Asian elephant across their 13 range states in Asia from India to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)


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Four female Thai elephants are driven away to their new home at Taronga Zoo after touching down at Sydney airport.

RSPCA fears for imported Thai elephants

2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia.

The RSPCA says it is disappointed that the first of a group of Thai elephants have arrived in Australia destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne. Animal welfare groups took legal action to stop them being imported and delayed their arrival for 18 months. The RSPCA's Jane Speechley says the groups are not taking any further action, but are calling on the public to look for signs of stress when they are visiting the elephants in the zoos.


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Weve got ourselves a jumbo convoy ... the elephants on their way from Sydney Airport to Taronga.

Unpacking the thai pachyderms in Sydney

2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia. Jano Gibson

Four female Asian elephants flown in from the Cocos Islands today will go on public display at Taronga Zoo tomorrow morning. The four - Pak Boon, Tang Mo, Tong Dee and matriarch Porn Thip - arrived at the zoo this afternoon after a 14-hour flight aboard a giant Russian Illyushin. They arrived at their new harbourside multi-million dollar enclosure after a speedy, police-escorted trip across the city, through the Harbour Tunnel.


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Thai Elephants to arrive in Sydney

2006-11-01 - Sydney, Australia.

Eight Asian elephants destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne are expected to arrive in Australia on Thursday. They passed crucial quarantine checks on October 31. News Ltd said the elephants would arrive in Sydney early on Thursday evening. But Taronga Zoo spokesman Mark Williams could not confirm their arrival. "It will be sooner rather than later but their arrival relies on us chartering a big Russian freight plane and until we have that confirmed we can't say when they will be here," Mr Wi...


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Immigrating elephants pass quarantine

2006-10-07 - Sydney, Australia.

EIGHT Asian elephants on their way to new homes in Australia have passed crucial quarantine checks, paving the way for their arrival in December. The elephants began their controversial journey from Thailand in June and have been held in quarantine on the Cocos Islands, 2750km north-west of Perth in the Indian Ocean. Four female elephants and one male will be housed at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, while the remaining three elephants will go to Melbourne Zoo.


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Elephants in quarantine before heading to new homes

2006-08-01 - Sydney, Australia.

Eight endangered Asian elephants have left Thailand bound for new homes in Sydney and Melbourne. Animal rights protesters delayed the elephants' departure from Thailand last month. The elephants have arrived in the Cocos Islands where they will spend three months in quarantine before taking part in a regional breeding program in Australia.


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Thai activists risking elephants welfare

2006-07-09 - Sydney, Australia.

ANIMAL rights activists who jeopardised the transfer of eight Asian elephants to Australia are endangering the elephants' lives, experts say. As zookeepers remained hopeful the elephants would be in Australian zoos by Christmas, Environment Minister Ian Campbell labelled the behaviour of a group of protesters who prevented the importation as "outrageous". And he said yesterday the Federal Government was prepared to launch legal action to ensure the elephants come to Australia.


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Call to keep Thai elephants in Thailand from animal welfare groups in Australia

2006-07-06 - Sydney, Australia.

Australian zoos should reconsider their plans to import eight Asian elephants from Thailand, given widespread opposition to the idea, animal welfare groups say. RSPCA Australia, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Humane Society International say they have offered to find a solution that is in the best interests of the elephants.


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Elephants "happy" as zoo fight continues

2006-07-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney and Melbourne zoos say legal action will only be taken as a last resort to prevent animal rights activists blocking the delivery of eight Asian elephants to Australia. About 30 activists prevented the elephants leaving a quarantine station near Bangkok in June, claiming the animals would suffer in their new homes at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo.


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Australia-bound elephants Stuck again in Thailand

2006-07-04 - Sydney, Australia.

OUR Thai elephants face yet another hurdle on their long, slow journey to Taronga Zoo. Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation want proof the eight Australia-bound elephants are domestic-bred and not wild. They submitted a petition to the Australian Ambassador asking that shipment be suspended on the grounds that the doubts over the pachyderms' geographic origin have yet to be resolved.


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Taronga Zoo appeals for funding for elephants

2006-06-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney's Taronga Zoo is appealing for public donations to help fund the upkeep of five Asian elephants being imported from Thailand. The elephants are still in Bangkok, where they have been in quarantine for 18 months, after protesters blocked their move to Australia on June 6. No date has been confirmed for their flight, with Taronga Zoo spokesman Mark Williams quoted in News Limited newspapers as saying the delay had cost the zoo money.


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The fuss over Thai elephants misses the point

2006-06-14 - Sydney, Australia. Tanya Plibersek

THE OUTCRY about eight endangered Asian elephants from Thailand being offered brand-new, state-of-the art homes in Australian zoos is bizarre, considering the human rights and environmental challenges Thailand faces. Poverty in parts of Thailand has led to a booming sex trade, exploitative working conditions and the environmental destruction that threatens the survival of elephants in the wild.


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Aussie animals for troubled Thai zoo

2006-02-18 - Sydney, Australia.

Zoos in Sydney and Melbourne have agreed to send 40 Australian native animals to a safari park in Thailand at which it is alleged many animals have died, Fairfax newspapers report. In exchange Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo will import eight Asian elephants. The plan is detailed in a memorandum of agreement between the Thai government and the Victorian and NSW government signed in June 2004, the newspapers are reporting.


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Eight Thai elephants to be allowed in Australia

2006-02-06 - Sydney, Australia.

EIGHT Asian elephants destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne have been cleared to enter the country after a commonwealth tribunal approved their importation from Thailand. However, the licence to import the endangered animals means the zoos will have to meet a number of conditions to ensure their welfare, including appropriate flooring and the installation of closed circuit television.


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Celebrity backs campaign to save wild elephants

2006-01-16 - Sydney, Australia.

Actor Jessica Napier today joined Greens MP Lee Rhiannon in calling on the NSW government to turn its $40 million rainforest enclosure at Taronga Zoo into a home for retired circus elephants rather than bring wild elephants from Thailand. Ms Napier, who has starred in The Alice and McLeod's Daughters, said, "Taronga Zoo should use its newly built rainforest elephant enclosure to house Australia's old circus elephants.


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Zoos told they are not fit for elephants

2005-12-24 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Final approval for the controversial importation of eight Asian elephants to the Melbourne and Sydney zoos is being withheld in a wrangle over the animals' new living conditions. The zoos claimed victory in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal last month against welfare groups that opposed the importation from Thailand.


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Home and hosed … jumbos cleared for take-off

2005-12-08 - Sydney, Australia.

FIVE Asian elephants could be winging their way to Taronga Zoo as early as Easter after an appeal by animal welfare groups to overturn approval to import the animals from Thailand failed. The long-running saga of the Taronga Five, as the one male and four female elephants have been dubbed, was close to resolution yesterday when the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruled, conditional on some improvements to the animals' enclosure, that the elephants could be flown from Thailand, where they have be...


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Stoush over elephants" stamping ground

2005-10-12 - Sydney, Australia. John Huxley and Andrew Darby

They have not yet been cleared to come to Australia but the five Asian elephants earmarked for Taronga Zoo have already been signed up to lucrative, exclusive picture deals and assigned special, celebrity profiles. Recent requests to photograph the five - one male and four females - in quarantine at Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok, were turned down because of a deal struck with a TV documentary maker, a zoo spokesman, Mark Williams, said.


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Opposition to importing of Asian elephants to Australia gains momentum

2005-10-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Leading animal welfare and conservation groups Wednesday opposed plans by the Australian government to import eight Asian elephants for its zoos. The groups - International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI) and RSPCA - in a joint statement said that they would appeal against the decision by the Australian Minister for Environment, Ian Campbell, to allow the elephants from Thailand to go to Taronga and Melbourne zoos in the country.


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Elephants face year in quarantine

2005-07-29 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Eight Asian elephants bound for Sydney and Melbourne zoos will have spent at least a year in quarantine in Thailand before their fate is known. An appeal against the Federal Government's decision to allow them into Australia will be heard from September 26, and the zoos yesterday agreed not to move the animals until it was completed.


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Bangkok paper slams Aussie elephant deal

2005-07-25 - Sydney, Australia.

A deal to bring eight Thai elephants to two Australian zoos has been met with a stinging rebuke from an English-language Bangkok newspaper. The Nation has slammed the transaction as shabby and corrupt. It says the sale has been condemned by wildlife groups in both countries - who say the animals should remain in their native habitat and not be sent abroad.


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Welfare groups stymie bid to import elephants

2005-07-20 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Bannerman

KERRY O'BRIEN: At nine o'clock this Sydney and Melbourne zoos popped the champagne corks when they got word that they had finally received government approval to import eight Asian elephants. They are, after all, an endangered species. The idea is to take these endangered elephants from Thailand and give them a new home in the hope that, with good treatment and scientific help, they will reproduce.


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Doubt raised over Thai elephants - Campaigners say some animals bound for Australian zoos may be wild.

2005-07-11 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Doubts have been raised by animal welfare groups over the origins of some Asian elephants bound for Melbourne and Sydney zoos, with Environment Minister Ian Campbell still to approve their importation. The groups say there is reason for concern over papers showing the eight elephants are all captive-bred, rather than caught in the wild.


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Taronga Zoo defends new elephant enclosure

2005-05-14 - Sydney, Australia.

The head of Sydney's Taronga Zoo has rejected allegations a new elephant enclosure will not be appropriate for breeding the endangered animal. The $40 million enclosure is almost complete. It contains hot and cold showers and overhead heating for the elephants, which are to be imported from Thailand.


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Australian taxpayers could face an extra hefty fee to get five Asian elephants to their new home at Taronga Zoo.

2005-05-04 - Sydney, Australia. Kate Murray

Although the elephants' "visa" application has not yet been approved by the Federal Government, animal rights groups have said they will challenge the application in court if the elephants do get the go-ahead. Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell said that could mean an extra slug for taxpayers, who have already forked out $40 million for a new elephants' enclosure.


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Taronga Zoo ready but no elephants

2005-04-03 - Sydney, Australia. Angela Cuming

Almost everything is ready for the opening of Taronga Zoo's Asian Elephant Rainforest enclosure - except for the elephants themselves. The $40 million enclosure is due to open midyear but the five elephants have not arrived on Australian soil because the Federal Government has not been granted an import licence.


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Jumbos stuck in holding pattern

2005-03-25 - Sydney, Australia.

More than $50 million has been spent to import an endangered species but the plan is unravelling, writes Andrew Darby. In the confines of a quarantine station in Thailand, nine Asian elephants are waiting to start new lives in Taronga, Melbourne and Auckland zoos. Their stay was supposed to last only three months but they have been in quarantine for nearly six months.


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Groups seek assurance on elephants

2005-03-01 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

ANIMAL welfare groups want zoos in Australia and New Zealand to reveal their plans for the importation of nine elephants from Thailand. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), RSPCA Australia and the Humane Society International (HSI) say a consortium of zoos - led by Melbourne Zoo, Sydney's Taronga Zoo and Auckland Zoo - was refusing to reveal information it gave the Australian Government about its permit application. Despite repeated requests and an application made under the Freedom...


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Experts tell: zoo elephant demand fuels illegal trade

2004-11-30 - Sydney, Australia. International Fund for Animal Welfare press release

International experts told a Sydney news conference on Tuesday how demand from zoos and theme parks is driving the illegal trade of endangered Asian elephants from countries such as Thailand.

Representatives from Thailand and India have flown to Australia because a request by zoos is currently before the Federal Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, to import nine new Asian elephants for a captive breeding program.


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Elephant Arna wins court case

2002-05-17 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

ARNA the elephant will continue her solo journey with the circus, a court has ruled. Magistrate Paul Lyon today ruled against Animal Liberation NSW claims of cruelty to Arna the Asiatic elephant by Stardust Circus. Mr Lyon cut the case short on the grounds there was no deliberate intent to cause pain to the elephant. "There is evidence that the elephant became distressed and suffered pain," Mr Lyon told the Downing Centre Local Court. "But on reading the legislation the court is of the view that...


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THONG DEE should never have been allowed to mate, argues Peter Stroud, former senior curator at Melbourne Zoo and independent zoo consultant. 2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia - Doubts cast on elephants origins 2008-02-22 - Sydney, Australia - Lustful romp among consenting adults 2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant"s pregnancy sparks row 2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia - Zoo rejects elephant too young for pregnancy 2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga"s elephant is expecting 2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia - Outcry over pregnant underage elephant 2008-02-12 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo stays mum over jumbo pregnancy 2008-01-11 - Sydney, Australia - New life looms for Arna, the killer circus elephant 2008-01-09 - Sydney, Australia - Killer circus elephant"s fate uncertain 2008-01-04 - Sydney, Australia - Stardust"s Arna officially a killer 2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia - Mystery of "elephant crush" death 2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia - Circus elephant falls and kills Australian handler 2007-12-25 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga elephants a happy herd 2007-10-10 - Sydney, Australia - Mammoth task for polo players 2007-09-17 - Sydney, Australia - Move the Elephants 2007-09-16 - Sydney, Australia - The Elephant"s Guide to Sex. An attention-grabbing hook for a serious look at the crisis facing the animal kingdom. 2007-09-11 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo elephants in DNA tests 2007-08-15 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo and Western Plains Zoos cleared of cruelty 2007-07-18 - Sydney, Australia - World through Bindi Irwins eyes 2007-06-19 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant keeper Jason Kauntze-Cockburn alleges elephants were cold, neglected for years 2007-06-16 - Sydney, Australia - How to X-ray an elephant 2007-05-09 - Sydney, Australia - Yoga a daily ritual for Taronga"s playful pachyderms 2007-04-24 - Sydney, Australia - Rain fires elephant passions 2007-04-01 - Sydney, Australia - Filmmaker Mario Andreacchio wanders from the digital herd 2007-03-10 - Sydney, Australia - Animals to wash in recycled water 2007-02-22 - Sydney, Australia - Cool shower for Tarongas new elephants 2007-02-21 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants smarter than we thought. The latest research suggests animals may be self-aware in similar ways to humans. 2007-02-01 - Sydney, Australia - RSPCA at odds with Taronga Zoo over elephant"s care 2006-11-29 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo has denied claims it is struggling to attract visitors and will have trouble repaying a loan to build its new Asian elephant enclosure. 2006-11-14 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo breeding programs criticised by previous keeper Rebecca McKeough 2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia - TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Taronga Zoo under fire for elephant breeding plans. Broadcast: 13/11/2006 2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia - Thai handlers will never forget their much-loved elephants 2006-11-10 - Sydney, Australia - Bull Jumbo splashdown in Taronga Zoo 2006-11-05 - Sydney, Australia - Another jumbo delivery to Australia 2006-11-04 - Sydney, Australia - Moving in: Thai elephants splurge with a roll in the dirt in Taronga Zoo 2006-11-03 - Sydney, Australia - Thai Elephants at Sydneys Taronga Zoo 2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia - RSPCA fears for imported Thai elephants 2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia - Unpacking the thai pachyderms in Sydney 2006-11-01 - Sydney, Australia - Thai Elephants to arrive in Sydney 2006-10-07 - Sydney, Australia - Immigrating elephants pass quarantine 2006-08-01 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants in quarantine before heading to new homes 2006-07-09 - Sydney, Australia - Thai activists risking elephants welfare 2006-07-06 - Sydney, Australia - Call to keep Thai elephants in Thailand from animal welfare groups in Australia 2006-07-05 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants "happy" as zoo fight continues 2006-07-04 - Sydney, Australia - Australia-bound elephants Stuck again in Thailand 2006-06-19 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo appeals for funding for elephants 2006-06-14 - Sydney, Australia - The fuss over Thai elephants misses the point 2006-02-18 - Sydney, Australia - Aussie animals for troubled Thai zoo 2006-02-06 - Sydney, Australia - Eight Thai elephants to be allowed in Australia 2006-01-16 - Sydney, Australia - Celebrity backs campaign to save wild elephants 2005-12-24 - Sydney, Australia - Zoos told they are not fit for elephants 2005-12-08 - Sydney, Australia - Home and hosed … jumbos cleared for take-off 2005-10-12 - Sydney, Australia - Stoush over elephants" stamping ground 2005-10-05 - Sydney, Australia - Opposition to importing of Asian elephants to Australia gains momentum 2005-07-29 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants face year in quarantine 2005-07-25 - Sydney, Australia - Bangkok paper slams Aussie elephant deal 2005-07-20 - Sydney, Australia - Welfare groups stymie bid to import elephants 2005-07-11 - Sydney, Australia - Doubt raised over Thai elephants - Campaigners say some animals bound for Australian zoos may be wild. 2005-05-14 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo defends new elephant enclosure 2005-05-04 - Sydney, Australia - Australian taxpayers could face an extra hefty fee to get five Asian elephants to their new home at Taronga Zoo. 2005-04-03 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo ready but no elephants 2005-03-25 - Sydney, Australia - Jumbos stuck in holding pattern 2005-03-01 - Sydney, Australia - Groups seek assurance on elephants 2004-11-30 - Sydney, Australia - Experts tell: zoo elephant demand fuels illegal trade 2002-05-17 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant Arna wins court case

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Texas zoo cancels controversial deal to buy African Lion Safari elephants for $2M

2021-03-05 - Fort Worth, United States.

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Zoo said this week that the permit to import Emily and Nellie from Canada was withdrawn last year "following an internal decision" from management, and "those two ele...


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Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm: Animal Keeper - Elephant Section (Permanent Role)

2021-03-03 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated individual to join our committed and friendly team of animal keepers. We are looking to recruit an experienced animal keeper with at least one ...


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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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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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