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A zoo employee reaches out to Baby Batu during the Asian Elephant Extravaganza at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse on August 22, 2015. Batu, a 5-year-old elephant, tested positive Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus — the virus responsible for half of the deaths of calves who die in zoos. His baby brother, Ajay, died of the virus on Tuesday. Batu died days later.

Second young elephant dies at Syracuse zoo. Batu, 5, died 3 days after brother Ajay

2020-12-11 - Syracuse, United States.

Batu, a five-year-old elephant at Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo, died today, Batu, pronounced BAA-two, was 5 years old. His younger brother, baby Ajay, died on Tuesday — about a month before his second birthday. Both young elephants died of elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, the biggest killer of young Asian elephants.


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Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo announces death of baby elephant

2020-12-10 - Syracuse, United States.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is mourning the sudden death of its baby elephant, Ajay. The Syracuse zoo announced that its youngest elephant calf died Tuesday from Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV), a lethal strain of herpes that largely affects young Asian elephants. Ajay would have turned 2 next month.


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Rosamond Gifford Zoo has new elephant

2012-11-20 - Syracuse, United States.

A 15-year-old bull elephant has joined the elephant herd at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, zoo officials said today. Doc, who came to the zoo from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, arrived at the zoo on Thursday, officials said. Doc replaces 40-year-old Indy, the zoo´s long-time resident bull. Indy left the zoo Friday and now resides at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo.


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3 Syracuse zoo elephants back home from Canada

2011-11-10 - Syracuse, United States.

Three of the Syracuse zoo´s elephants are finally back home after spending the past five years at a safari park in Canada. Ted Fox, director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, says Mali and her 3-year-old son Chuck arrived at the zoo Tuesday afternoon, followed the next day by Targa. The pachyderms were carried from Cambridge, Ontario in tractor-trailer trucks specially designed to haul elephants.


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NY zoo hopes to get 3 elephants back from Canada

2011-10-25 - SYRACUSE, United States.

Anyone who has tried to get their pet across an international border knows that it can be difficult. Try getting three elephants across the border. That´s what officials at Syracuse´s Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park are attempting to do five years after sending two pachyderms to a safari park outside Toronto because the upstate zoo was getting crowded. While at the Ontario zoo, one of the elephants gave birth.


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Rosamond Gifford Zoo Is Looking For An Elephant Size Donation

2008-10-27 - Syracuse, United States. Lorrell Walter

Calling all pumpkin producers! The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking for someone to donate a giant gourd for the annual “Squishing of the Squash,” on Saturday, November 8. Each year, the zoo’s elephants and many of the other animals enjoy a post-Halloween pumpkin feast. While pumpkins have been secured for the zoo’s smaller pumpkin fans, the zoo has been unable to secure a pumpkin of pachyderm proportion.


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Syracuse zoo elephant gives birth in Canada

2008-08-05 - Syracuse, United States.

An Asian elephant on loan from an upstate New York zoo has given birth in Canada to the first third-generation calf born in North America, zoo officials said Tuesday. The 235-pound male was born July 15 at the African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, home to North America's most successful Asian elephant breeding program, with more second-generation captive births than any other North American institution. The calf is the twelfth elephant born at African Lion Safari since 1991.


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Visitors might be able to pet elephants again

2008-06-26 - Syracuse, United States.

Will zoo-goers be able to touch the elephants again? That’s a question reps from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo were hoping to get answered during a meeting with DEC officials this week. For decades, people coming to the zoo have been about to touch the Asian elephants, but the DEC recently began enforcing a law prohibiting contact with the public. Representatives from the four New York State zoos that house elephants met with DEC officials. They hope to reach a compromise in the near future.


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DEC to zoo: Visitors can’t touch the elephants

2008-05-14 - Syracuse, United States.

The state is reminding officials at a Syracuse zoo that regulations prohibit visitors from touching the zoo’s three elephants. Department of Environmental Conservation officials notified the Rosamond Gifford Zoo last month that it can’t allow visitors to pet the elephants during demonstrations with the pachyderms’ trainer. The DEC regulations say holders of endangered and threatened species licenses are required to prevent such contact.


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Lawmakers Pass Zoo Funding For Elephant Project

2007-12-04 - Syracuse, United States.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is ready to make a major upgrade to its Zoo program. Tuesday afternoon, Onondaga County lawmakers okayed a $7.7 million project at the zoo for the elephants. The elephants just need more space and that´s what the project will create. Most importantly a bigger indoor facility also part of the project is a pavilion for people to watch the elephants when they’re in the day yard.


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Gifford Zoo put on whale of a celebration for Siri

2007-08-21 - Syracuse, United States. DICK CASE

The last time I was at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park I stopped at the elephant pen and had a talk with Siri. She's the Asian elephant who had that fine ritual of passage over the weekend: She turned 40, officially. She's also, by age and temperament, "top dog" in the elephant pen, which is inhabited by four females and one bull. I got that from Chuck Doyle, the zoo director, who came of age in that pen back when he was the senior elephant keeper. Chuck admitted Monday Siri being 40 is a gu...


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Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates Asian Elephant collection

2006-08-05 - Syracuse, New York, United States.

Despite recent hardships, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrated their Asian elephant collection in a big way Saturday. The annual Elephant Extravaganza, which runs all weekend gives people the opportunity to see the zoos four Asian elephants. One of them on display was Romani, who is still recovering from surgery she underwent to remove her baby elephant from the birth canal earlier this year. The breeding program at the zoo has long been considered one of the most successful in North America.


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Romani the Elephant is Recovering Well from surgery

2006-08-04 - Syracuse, New York, United States.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo says 29-year-old Romani is recovering well after undergoing surgery almost two months ago. Veterinarians were trying to remove Romani's baby, who had become stuck in her birth canal. The baby elephant was dead at birth. Romani did give birth to three healthy baby elephants in the past, in 1991, 1995, and 2002.


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Rosamond Gifford Zoo may stop breeding elephants unless expansion possible

2006-06-15 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States.

An upstate zoo famous for its elephant-breeding program will not be able to breed endangered Asian elephants unless it expands, officials said. Rosamond Gifford Zoo officials in Syracuse told Onondaga County legislators that the zoo will likely need millions of dollars and more land. The zoo will temporarily stop breeding elephants until a decision is made, Zoo Director Chuck Doyle said.


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Operation Saves Mother, but Baby Elephant Is Stillborn

2006-06-09 - Syracuse, New York, United States. MICHELLE YORK

She had been in labor since Sunday, but the contractions remained weak. So on Wednesday night, experts from Missouri and Florida flew to Syracuse to assist in a rare emergency surgery on the 29-year-old patient - an Asian elephant named Romani. An eight-member team gathered on Thursday morning to perform the procedure, similar in concept to an episiotomy in human births but much rarer - with only an estimated seven previously performed in the world, a zoo spokeswoman said.

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Pair of Asian elephants to African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, on loan from Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, N.Y.

2006-05-05 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo plans to loan two of its Asian elephants to a Canadian wildlife park. Targa, 22, and her daughter, Mali, 9, will be transported early next week by tractor-trailer to African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario which currently boasts the continent's most prolific Asian elephant breeding program.


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Syracuse zoo has a new baby elephant

2005-07-31 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States.

After a 20-minute labor, an Asian elephant gave birth to a jumbo baby who was up and walking 10 minutes after he hit the ground Sunday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. Kedar, whose name means "powerful" in Hindi, weighed in at 345 pounds and stood 38 inches tall. Baby elephants usually weigh between 250 and 300 pounds. He was born at 9 a.m. Sunday to Targa, whose 20-minute labor and delivery was the fastest in the zoo's history, according to zoo director Dr. Anne Baker.


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Syracuse zoo has second pregnant elephant; first due any day

2005-07-26 - Syracuse, New York, United States. WILLIAM KATES

Keepers at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo _ already awaiting the birth of one new baby elephant this summer _ will be pacing the floor again next year when a second baby is expected. Romani, a 29-year-old Asian elephant, is due with her fourth calf in late spring or early summer of next year, Zoo Director Anne Baker said Tuesday. Any day now, 23-year-old Targa is expected to deliver her second calf, which will likely weigh between 250 and 300 pounds.


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7 Headlines about Elephants from Syracuse, New York2006-08-05 - Syracuse, New York, United States - Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates Asian Elephant collection 2006-08-04 - Syracuse, New York, United States - Romani the Elephant is Recovering Well from surgery 2006-06-15 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States - Rosamond Gifford Zoo may stop breeding elephants unless expansion possible 2006-06-09 - Syracuse, New York, United States - Operation Saves Mother, but Baby Elephant Is Stillborn 2006-05-05 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States - Pair of Asian elephants to African Lion Safari in Cambridge, Ontario, on loan from Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, N.Y. 2005-07-31 - SYRACUSE, New York, United States - Syracuse zoo has a new baby elephant 2005-07-26 - Syracuse, New York, United States - Syracuse zoo has second pregnant elephant; first due any day

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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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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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