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Thika, youngest of the three, explores the confined area just outside the African elephant barn at PAWS.

Toronto elephant handlers speak out about trip to California, their too-brief time at PAWS and losing the animals they loved.

2013-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

Bob Barker may have called the Toronto elephant keepers �miserable� on Monday � in fact, he declared they should all be fired, but to those who participated in or observed the elephants being unloaded from their crates at PAWS, it was clear the zoo handlers played a key role in their safe delivery.


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Thika, one of the Toronto Zoo

Elephants from Toronto Zoo arrive at new home in California

2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada.

Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have arrived at their new home at a California sanctuary after a three-day road trip. A truck carrying Toka and Iringa arrived at the Performing Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) Sanctuary near Sacramento around 8:30 p.m. EDT. A separate truck carrying the youngest elephant, Thika, was travelling in another truck and arrived about an hour later.


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Asian elephant bull Nicholas in the freezing cold enclosure in the winter.

The Toronto Zoo Elephant Saga � The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada.

Lies reg TB at PAWS, lies and propaganda from animal rights activists, politicians, and media who failed to cover the story objectively. Harrasment of staff wo pere pressed not to tell the truth. And the victims, a group of healthy african elephants, exploited by ZooCheck, PAWS and others.


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Hauler criticizes Toronto Zoo elephant trip

2013-10-18 - Toronto, Canada.

A longtime elephant hauler is unhappy with the way Toronto Zoo elephants are travelling to a California sanctuary. Stephen Fritz said he has transported more than 70 elephants in 27 years and he would not have chosen to transport Thika, Toka and Iringa by truck in the fall, he said Friday from Arizona.


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Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo will begin their journey to the PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary near Sacramento, Calif. Thursday morning.

Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved Thursday morning: Union

2013-10-17 - Toronto, Canada.

Vice-president of CUPE Local 1600, which represents Toronto Zoo workers, Matt Berridge says they spoke with Active Environments, the company in charge of the move, and they have agreed allow keepers to come along as far as the U.S. border. However should staff wish to travel any further, Berridger says they would need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.


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Toronto Council hands zoo over to animal rights extremists

2013-10-12 - Toronto, Canada.

As you can see council has approved the allowance of 4 anti zoo animal rights groups to make decisions about the future of the Toronto Zoo. These organizations are 100% against zoos, they will begin systematically removing animals and exhibits and move them to their affiliated facilities as was the case with our elephants.They will start with all large iconic mammals, polar bears, bears, big cats and primates.


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Defence Department says it can"t help move 3 Toronto elephants until fall

2013-05-25 - Toronto, Canada.

The Department of National Defence says it´s still in talks to help move the Toronto Zoo´s three resident elephants to California, but says the animals will have to stay put until the fall. Animal welfare activists had previously said the zoo was in talks to borrow a Canadian Forces plane to transport the pachyderms to an elephant sanctuary in California.


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Media Release: Field Reports Indicate Slaughter of Elephants, Conservation Staff Evacuated

2013-04-26 - Toronto, Canada.

WWF and WCS have received alarming reports from their field operations that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic (CAR), where new powers in place struggle to gain control over the situation. The conservation organizations are issuing today a joint call for immediate action.


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Councillor vows to fight transfer of Toronto Zoo’s African elephants

2012-12-19 - Toronto, Canada.

A Toronto city councillor is vowing to do everything she can to stop the transfer of three aging African elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a California sanctuary, fearing their safety could be jeopardized and the zoo could lose standing with a national organization. “It’s never over till it’s over,” councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby told The Globe and Mail Wednesday. “My heart and soul is in this and I believe in doing the right thing for our animals.”


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Left: Lucy the elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Right: One of the elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

It’s none of their business’: Edmonton mayor irate over ‘ridiculous’ Toronto motion telling Alberta capital what to do with its elephant

2012-12-09 - Toronto, Canada.

Hours after Toronto city council attempted to lecture Edmonton on proper elephant care, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel angrily told the Ontario capital to mind its own affairs. “It’s none of their business to butt into our business. I don’t appreciate it at all,” he said in a noticeably agitated preamble to a Wednesday night council meeting.

On Tuesday, Toronto city councillors agreed to ship its zoo’s three elephants south and approved a resolution...


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California sanctuary ‘not suitable’ for Toronto’s elephants, zoo’s CEO says

2012-11-22 - Toronto, Canada.

The California sanctuary slated as the next home for the Toronto Zoo’s three remaining elephants “isn’t suitable” because it has a problem with tuberculosis, says the zoo’s CEO in a report set to go before city council next week. The report from John Tracogna says that a due diligence review of PAWS by the zoo resulted in the sanctuary not providing all the medical records the zoo has asked for. The zoo also has concerns about steps PAWS has taken to contain tube...


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Toronto ground zero for battle over future of elephants in zoos

2012-11-09 - Toronto, Canada.

For the past year and a half, a fierce battle has raged over whether three African elephants should stay in their decades-old home at the Toronto Zoo. But it’s a battle that some experts say is now at the centre of a larger North American debate about the future of elephants in zoos. Since the facility opened in 1974, the Toronto Zoo has always had elephants.


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An elephant photographed at the Toronto Zoo in May 2012.

Time to clean up Toronto elephant mess

2012-11-08 - Toronto, Canada.

Toronto council has been debating for over a year whether to move three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California. In the process, it has managed to lose our zoo’s international accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). We always thought the people best-equipped to decide the fate of these elephants were the experts the zoo hires to look after them. But apparently not, since last October a majority of councillors chose to ignore their recomm...


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African elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

Executive Committee votes to let zoo staff decide where elephants should go

2012-11-06 - Toronto, Canada.

The Executive Committee has voted to have Toronto Zoo staff decide where their three remaining elephants should be relocated. They said that elephants should be moved as soon as possible. The meeting was held late Monday evening after the committee spent most of the day hearing from the public on the possibility of bringing a casino to Toronto.


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Toronto Zoo Issued Notice of Potential Legal Action from TB-infected PAWS Facility. In 2002, PAWS spent $67,000 in legal fees using Animal Rights Activists money, how much over the last ten years?

2012-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

The Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo has received a letter from the Performing Animal Welfare Society´s (PAWS) American attorneys threatening legal action against the Toronto Zoo and certain individuals arising from a Status Report update in September. On September 25, 2012, the Zoo´s CEO and Senior Veterinarian issued an Elephant Transfer Status Report to the Board of Management to update the Board on the progress of the transfer and to explain the outstanding issues regarding...


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Elephant in the snow at PAWS

Elephant researcher Joyce Poole defending sending healthy Toronto elephants to TB infected PAWS "Santuary"

2012-10-12 - Toronto, Canada.

On ElephantVoice Facebook page, elephant researcher Joyce Poole is defending the document she signed as scientist, supporting Toronto to send their elephants to a Tuberculosis infected "sanctuary" where several elephants have died, being positive for TB, the latest elephant 29 year old Sabu, survived 1,5 years.


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The Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo elephants still here almost a year after council ordered their departure. The animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure. Some zoo officials are quietly holding out hope the elephants could be moved to the National Elephant Center in Florida, an as yet unbuilt sanctuary-like setting where breeding will take place.

2012-09-25 - Toronto, Canada.

It’s been nearly a year since Toronto City Council voted to send the zoo’s three remaining elephants to a California sanctuary, but a departure date still hasn’t been set. With Toronto Zoo officials expected to hold a news conference Tuesday updating the situation on its trio of aging female pachyderms, the animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure.


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An elephant at the Toronto Zoo.

It Is Too Hot For African Elephants… In Canada

2012-07-23 - Toronto, Canada.

Three female African elephants named Iringa, Toka, and Thika live at the Toronto Zoo. Last summer, the Zoo’s board decided the trio would be moved to greener pastures, settling on the Performing Animal Welfare Society‘s 80-acre sanctuary in California. The 42, 41, and 30 year old elephants were set to move at the end of next week, but plans were postponed at the last minute. According to the CBC, Canada in the summer is just too hot for these African elephants, whose natural range consists o...


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Zoo’s demand to sanctuary could be an elephant-sized deal-breaker

2012-05-04 - Toronto, Canada.

Toronto zoo is insisting on what appears to be a deal-breaker: TB status reports on all wildlife, including deer and stray cats, found on the 2,300-acre site. There’s no time limit specified. “That’s not going to happen,” PAWS co-director Ed Stewart said Wednesday. “No request like that has ever been made of us — or anyone else. It’s above and beyond ridiculous, and it’s totally insulting.”


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Toronto elephants’ transfer at ‘impasse’ over PAWS medical records, zoo says

2012-04-30 - Toronto, Canada.

Reacting to a Saturday story in the Star that suggested the zoo is stalling or trying to block the transfer of three aging female elephants to the PAWS sanctuary, the zoo issued a release Monday evening accusing the sanctuary of refusing to hand over medical records for the eight elephants it has at its site. “Without this information zoo management is unable to fulfill its due diligence,” the release says.


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Toronto Zoo loses international accreditation. Decision could have impact on future loans of animals from other zoos

2012-04-18 - Toronto, Canada.

The decision by Toronto city council to send three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to an animal sanctuary in California has apparently cost the Toronto facility its international accreditation with the Aquarium and Zoos Association (AZA). There was never any question of the Toronto Zoo´s animal care, governance was the key issue, ohn Tracogna, CEO of Toronto Zoo said.


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CUPE Local 1600 compelled to respond to Zoocheck"s public statements regarding quarantine procedures at PAWS

2012-02-15 - Toronto, Canada.

Examination of Zoocheck´s statements reveals that PAWS appears to be no different than the standard in place at the majority of accredited zoological institutions in North America. CUPE Local 1600 queries Zoocheck´s assertion, and would welcome verification, with specifics. In addition, Zoocheck makes the claim that the Toronto Zoo´s African elephants are not at risk of contracting disease at the PAWS sanctuary," Ankenman continues. "With all due respect, no one can make this c...


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Animal lover fears Toronto’s elephants risk infection at their new home

2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada.

While many activists are applauding the decision by Toronto City Council to move the Toronto Zoo’s elephants to a California sanctuary, one animal lover warns it might not be in the best interest of the pachyderms. Michael Hackenberger, the Director of the Bowmanville Zoo alleges the PAWS sanctuary where they’re being moved to is home to elephants with tuberculosis and herpes.


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The Toronto Zoo Elephants are in trouble. (TB elephant dead at PAWS)

2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada. Peter Dickinson

Were the councillors kept in the dark over the TB question? How open has this sanctuary been with its medical records? If it were an AZA approved collection (which it isn´t) then these records would be available. It is to an approved AZA collection that the Toronto Zoo staff wanted to send the animals they loved and cared about. Now they have another nightmare of worry.


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Africa elephants at the Toronto Zoo.

Toronto Zoo’s accreditation could be in jeopardy

2011-11-25 - Toronto, Canada.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) are threatening to pull Toronto Zoo’s accreditation over the city´s decision to transfer three of its elephants to a sanctuary in California. Toronto city council voted 31-4 on Oct. 25 to transfer the elephants from the zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in San Andreas. The climate at the new location would be much more suitable for these large land mammals. AZA and CAZA...


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Let Toronto Zoo Experts Decide the Best New Home For Their Elephants. Sign petition

2011-11-07 - Toronto, Canada.

Back on May 12th a decision was made by the Toronto Zoo Board of Management to send the zoo´s three Elephants to another accredited facility. On Oct 25th this decision was overturned in a surprise last minute motion by a Toronto City Councilor. Please sign this petition to help us urge Toronto City Council to change this motion to allow the elephant experts at the Toronto Zoo to research and decide which facility is best for these elephants taking all of their physical and psychological ne...


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CUPE 1600 questions proposed Toronto elephant transfer

2011-11-02 - Toronto, Canada.

CUPE 1600, representing workers at the Toronto Zoo, can no longer remain silent on the issue of transferring the zoo’s three aged elephants to a private sanctuary in California. “What the council did was an ‘end run’ around the duly constituted Toronto Zoo Board of Management, who, to their credit, were doing due diligence to find the best possible place for our beloved animals,” said Grant Ankenman, president of CUPE local 1600.


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Toronto City Hall ‘not qualified to make the decision’ on elephants’ futures: Toronto Zoo staff

2011-10-26 - Toronto, Canada.

A senior elephant keeper at the Toronto Zoo is “begging” city council to reconsider its decision to send its three aging pachyderms to an 80-acre sanctuary in California. In an unexpected, and unusual move, city council voted late Tuesday to seize control of the fate of Toka, Thika and Iringa away from the Zoo board, which had decided earlier this year to place the animals in a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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Tara the elephant died at the Toronto Zoo in November of 2009. She was the zoos fourth elephant to die in the past four years. A Scarborough councillor and zoo board member is proposing the live elephant exhibit be replaced with an interactive one

Councillor proposes Toronto zoo replace real elephants with interactive displays. Fourth elephant death in four years prompts concerns

2010-03-04 - Toronto, Canada.

The Toronto Zoo should replace its live elephant habitat with an interactive display that has everything to satisfy a visitors curiosity about elephants - except the elephants themselves, according to zoo board member Glenn De Baeremaeker.


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Toronto Elephant´s death still a mystery

2009-12-04 - Toronto, Canada.

What killed the matriarch of the Toronto Zoos dwindling elephant herd? Toronto Zoo officials said yesterday even after the post-mortem on Tara the elephant, they still dont know what killed the 41-year-old pachyderm. Eric Cole, animal care supervisor of the zoos African savannah pavilion, said the post-mortem didnt find anything obvious to indicate cause of death. They did find some gallstones but those are to be expected at Taras age, he said.


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Tara the elephant.

Tara the elephant dies at Toronto Zoo

2009-11-30 - Toronto, Canada.

An elephant at the Toronto Zoo died this morning after zoo staff found her lying down, unable to stand up. Tara, the 41-year-old "matriarch" of the elephant herd, had not exhibited any recent health concerns, Eric Cole, supervisor of the zoo's African Savanna, said. She was found by animal care staff shortly before 8 a.m. Monday morning, who tried in vain to lift the 8,500-pound animal back onto her feet. They were unable to hoist her back up, and she died at 11 a.m.


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Gentlest elephant dies at Toronto Zoo

2009-06-14 - Toronto, Canada. Katherine Laidlaw

An African elephant living at the Toronto Zoo died Saturday after another elephant knocked her over as the herd scrambled for its hay at feeding time. Tessa, the 40-year-old elephant who lived at the zoo since its opening in 1974, lived with four other elephants in the five-acre enclosure. On Saturday afternoon, the elephants were outside being fed when Tessa fell to the ground and couldn’t stand up again.


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Those who knew her will never forget Tequila the elephant. Pretty female joined Toronto Zoo when it opened in 1974

2008-09-06 - Toronto, Canada. Anthony Reinhart, Eric Cole, Toronto Zoo

Sure as the sun rose each morning, Tequila the African elephant could be found lumbering about her enclosure, eager to fortify her imposing bulk with a bale of hay for breakfast. Such had been her routine since the summer of 1974, when the young orphan from Mozambique took up residence with the rest of the elephants at the newly opened Toronto Zoo. When the zoo's elephant keepers reported for work on Tuesday, they expected no different. But there was nothing routine about what they found in the ...


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Toronto Zoo, and its elephants, mourn Tequila

2008-09-03 - Toronto, Canada. Danielle Wong

The surprise death of a Toronto Zoo elephant yesterday offered a fresh challenge for veterinarian staff who have learned that elephants, like humans, mourn the death of their loved ones. When Thika found her mother, a 38-year-old African elephant named Tequila, dead early at the zoo’s outdoor elephant exhibit, she stayed beside the body for four hours. Thika even started digging at the ground and throwing dirt on her mother’s body, as if hoping to get any response at all. It wasn’t until T...


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Peter Beard, Uncensored: A Rollicking Interview with the Photography King

2008-07-17 - Toronto, Canada. Ben Kaplan

This year the Pirelli Calendar has 52 pages of what you might call the elephant metaphor. The entire ecology of the elephant is more similar to us [and our fate] than any other animal – adapting to the damage we both cause eating sand cookies, while elephants eat wood. It seems we are next. This feeling is portrayed in Africa, in the Okavanga Swamp area, with African elephants of circus background and dangerous-looking humorous sittings, with lots of beauty thanks to the outstanding top ten mo...


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Zoo looks to change its mandate. Conservation rather than entertainment may be in Toronto Zoo"s future

2008-03-11 - Toronto, Canada. DAVID NICKLE

More room for the elephants, a new education learning centre and funding for research into the lives and possible longevity of polar bears are some of the things that $250 million could buy the Toronto Zoo. The money will go to several projects within and outside the zoo. The largest sum, $107.8 million, will go to redeveloping the north zoo site, the animal health centre and increasing the size of the elephant paddock. The zoo wants to spend $21.5 million on an education learning centre and $24...


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Elephants semen stirs controversy for zoo. Is Toronto"s big Rex to blame for demise of Hansa in Seattle?

2007-12-07 - Toronto, Canada. Randy Boswell

A Canadian zoo is at the centre of a bizarre cross-border controversy after animal-rights advocates in Washington state urged American wildlife officials to halt a planned U.S.-bound shipment of semen from a Canadian elephant suspected of having bad seed. Biologists at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle are seeking sperm from 39-year-old Rex, an Asian elephant at the African Lion Safari west of Toronto to impregnate 29-year-old Chai, who recently lost her six-year-old daughter Hansa to a newly discove...


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Hooked on the Show

2007-03-15 - Toronto, Canada. JACK BOLAND

Whether its fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, flying wet dogs or elephant rides, going to the Toronto Sportmens Show has always been a Meinzinger family's annual tradition. Wearing the family's backpack, Howie Meinzinger, 52, took a break yesterday between scouting out a fishing trip for his curling buddies and checking out new fishing gear to watch his teenage daughter and son take a ride on Limba, a 44-year -old female elephant from the Bowmanville Zoo.


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Elephants at the Metro Toronto zoo

Elephants at the Metro Toronto Zoo

2006-10-20 - Toronto, Canada. Loops666

Elephants at the Toronto zoo! This was a behind-the-scenes tour for employees, as part of our Bush Camp I don't know if it works the same way for the public.


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Toronto Zoo elephants need new home, Current facilities cause stress and disease, says Barbara Gowdy, author of "The white bone"

2006-08-24 - Toronto, Canada. Barbara Gowdy

Remember Patsy? She's the African elephant matriarch who was euthanized a month ago at the Toronto Zoo. As described by the media, hers was a touching and inevitable death. She was 40, after all, and according to zoo CEO, Calvin White, "40 is fairly old for an elephant." Which makes you wonder: Considering that zoos tend to be poacher-free, drought-free zones, why don't zoo elephants live longer?


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Burying the elephant Patsy

2006-07-29 - Toronto, Canada. CURTIS RUSH

Patsy, the 40-year-old African elephant who had arthritis so bad it was tough for her to walk, was put to sleep Monday night, and buried in an unmarked grave Tuesday at a remote location at the Toronto Zoo. The last time an elephant died at the Toronto Zoo, the bones ended up at the Royal Ontario Museum. With no room left at the ROM for Patsy, her grave will be left undisturbed.


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Patsy, matriarch of Toronto Zoos elephant herd, dies with arthritis at 40

2006-07-25 - Toronto, Canada. Anne Winstanley

Patsy the elephant has died at the age of 40. The matriarch of the Toronto Zoo's elephant herd for 33 years, CEO Cal White says she was euthanized after a period of failing health due to long term degenerative arthritis.


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Bowmanville Zoo in court after Toronto puts out unwelcome mat for elephants

2006-05-17 - Toronto, Canada.

Michael Hackenberger, director and part owner of the Bowmanville Zoo were acquitted Wednesday on a charge of breaking a Toronto bylaw by having two elephants appear at a fundraiser in October. Had he been convicted of having prohibited animals within city boundaries, Hackenberger could have faced a fine of $10,000 per elephant or six months in jail. "We're just delighted with the decision," said Hackenberger, just after Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan ruled for their acquittal at the Toronto ...


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Big-hearted Angus dies a month before returning to South African home

2006-01-10 - Toronto, Canada. ERIC REGULY

Angus, the world's biggest captive elephant, has died only a month before he was to be flown from Canada to South Africa, his homeland, and set free in a game reserve. The 27-year-old elephant, who weighed more than seven tonnes, or as much as six small cars, was found dead on the floor of his heated barn on Sunday evening by his trainer and owner, Michael Hackenberger. Angus was the star attraction of the Bowmanville Zoo, just east of Toronto, where he had lived for 20 years and given rides to ...


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Return from the ice age? Using ancient DNA, scientists are mapping the genes of a woolly mammoth, raising the possibility of cloning

2005-12-26 - Toronto, Canada.

Scientists have sequenced part of the genome of a woolly mammoth that died 28,000 years ago, a discovery that raises the possibility of bringing the extinct ice age mammals back from the dead. Hendrik Poinar, a molecular evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says ancient DNA obtained from the jawbone of a long-dead Siberian woolly mammoth could be used to create a modern version.


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GLOBAL ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ANIMALS: ISIS AND CGI TO BUILD A ONE OF A KIND GLOBAL SPECIMEN AND COLLECTION INFORMATION SYSTEM

2004-06-08 - Toronto, Canada.

The International Species Information System (ISIS), a global organization that serves the institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals of more than 600 zoos and aquariums from 70 countries around the world, has selected CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) to design, build and maintain a next generation data management system. This seven-year, multi-million dollar information technology (IT) contract will facilitate the real-time collection and tracking of...


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46 Headlines about Elephants from Toronto2013-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto elephant handlers speak out about trip to California, their too-brief time at PAWS and losing the animals they loved. 2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants from Toronto Zoo arrive at new home in California 2013-10-21 - Toronto, Canada - The Toronto Zoo Elephant Saga � The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth 2013-10-18 - Toronto, Canada - Hauler criticizes Toronto Zoo elephant trip 2013-10-17 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved Thursday morning: Union 2013-10-12 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Council hands zoo over to animal rights extremists 2013-05-25 - Toronto, Canada - Defence Department says it can"t help move 3 Toronto elephants until fall 2013-04-26 - Toronto, Canada - Media Release: Field Reports Indicate Slaughter of Elephants, Conservation Staff Evacuated 2012-12-19 - Toronto, Canada - Councillor vows to fight transfer of Toronto Zoo’s African elephants 2012-12-09 - Toronto, Canada - It’s none of their business’: Edmonton mayor irate over ‘ridiculous’ Toronto motion telling Alberta capital what to do with its elephant 2012-11-22 - Toronto, Canada - California sanctuary ‘not suitable’ for Toronto’s elephants, zoo’s CEO says 2012-11-09 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto ground zero for battle over future of elephants in zoos 2012-11-08 - Toronto, Canada - Time to clean up Toronto elephant mess 2012-11-06 - Toronto, Canada - Executive Committee votes to let zoo staff decide where elephants should go 2012-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo Issued Notice of Potential Legal Action from TB-infected PAWS Facility. In 2002, PAWS spent $67,000 in legal fees using Animal Rights Activists money, how much over the last ten years? 2012-10-12 - Toronto, Canada - Elephant researcher Joyce Poole defending sending healthy Toronto elephants to TB infected PAWS "Santuary" 2012-09-25 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants still here almost a year after council ordered their departure. The animal rights group seeking to move them to a California sanctuary claims the zoo has thrown up yet another roadblock to their departure. Some zoo officials are quietly holding out hope the elephants could be moved to the National Elephant Center in Florida, an as yet unbuilt sanctuary-like setting where breeding will take place. 2012-07-23 - Toronto, Canada - It Is Too Hot For African Elephants… In Canada 2012-05-04 - Toronto, Canada - Zoo’s demand to sanctuary could be an elephant-sized deal-breaker 2012-04-30 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto elephants’ transfer at ‘impasse’ over PAWS medical records, zoo says 2012-04-18 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo loses international accreditation. Decision could have impact on future loans of animals from other zoos 2012-02-15 - Toronto, Canada - CUPE Local 1600 compelled to respond to Zoocheck"s public statements regarding quarantine procedures at PAWS 2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada - Animal lover fears Toronto’s elephants risk infection at their new home 2012-01-16 - Toronto, Canada - The Toronto Zoo Elephants are in trouble. (TB elephant dead at PAWS) 2011-11-25 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo’s accreditation could be in jeopardy 2011-11-07 - Toronto, Canada - Let Toronto Zoo Experts Decide the Best New Home For Their Elephants. Sign petition 2011-11-02 - Toronto, Canada - CUPE 1600 questions proposed Toronto elephant transfer 2011-10-26 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto City Hall ‘not qualified to make the decision’ on elephants’ futures: Toronto Zoo staff 2010-03-04 - Toronto, Canada - Councillor proposes Toronto zoo replace real elephants with interactive displays. Fourth elephant death in four years prompts concerns 2009-12-04 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Elephant´s death still a mystery 2009-11-30 - Toronto, Canada - Tara the elephant dies at Toronto Zoo 2009-06-14 - Toronto, Canada - Gentlest elephant dies at Toronto Zoo 2008-09-06 - Toronto, Canada - Those who knew her will never forget Tequila the elephant. Pretty female joined Toronto Zoo when it opened in 1974 2008-09-03 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo, and its elephants, mourn Tequila 2008-07-17 - Toronto, Canada - Peter Beard, Uncensored: A Rollicking Interview with the Photography King 2008-03-11 - Toronto, Canada - Zoo looks to change its mandate. Conservation rather than entertainment may be in Toronto Zoo"s future 2007-12-07 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants semen stirs controversy for zoo. Is Toronto"s big Rex to blame for demise of Hansa in Seattle? 2007-03-15 - Toronto, Canada - Hooked on the Show 2006-10-20 - Toronto, Canada - Elephants at the Metro Toronto Zoo 2006-08-24 - Toronto, Canada - Toronto Zoo elephants need new home, Current facilities cause stress and disease, says Barbara Gowdy, author of "The white bone" 2006-07-29 - Toronto, Canada - Burying the elephant Patsy 2006-07-25 - Toronto, Canada - Patsy, matriarch of Toronto Zoos elephant herd, dies with arthritis at 40 2006-05-17 - Toronto, Canada - Bowmanville Zoo in court after Toronto puts out unwelcome mat for elephants 2006-01-10 - Toronto, Canada - Big-hearted Angus dies a month before returning to South African home 2005-12-26 - Toronto, Canada - Return from the ice age? Using ancient DNA, scientists are mapping the genes of a woolly mammoth, raising the possibility of cloning 2004-06-08 - Toronto, Canada - GLOBAL ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD FOR ANIMALS: ISIS AND CGI TO BUILD A ONE OF A KIND GLOBAL SPECIMEN AND COLLECTION INFORMATION SYSTEM

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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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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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evolution

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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facility
 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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birth

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

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

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


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research

Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

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


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medical

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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fossil

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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relocation
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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conservation

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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death

Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

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


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relocation

Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

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

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


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film

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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facility

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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