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Mapenzi uses her trunk to gnaw on plants at Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, on Aug. 25, 2020.

Tucson"s playful baby elephant now weighs 600 pounds and is glued to sister Nandi

2020-09-09 - Tucson, United States. Gloria Knott

For the first time since Tucson’s 5-month-old elephant Mapenzi was born, Reid Park Zoo has reopened to the public. Mapenzi — Penzi for short — was born to African elephant Semba on April 6. She joined sister Nandi, dad Mabu, aunt Lungile, and brother Sundzu.


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Reid Park Zoo elephants are leaving town today for San Diego

2012-02-29 - Tucson, United States.

Zookeepers are preparing elephants Connie and Shaba to leave for their new home. The beloved Reid Park Zoo elephants are going to live at a sanctuary in San Diego. There has been a big push to keep Connie and Shaba together, as they have been together for more than 30 years. The city received more than 16,000 emails from concerned citizens when there was talk of splitting up the elephants.


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Reid Park Zoo gets new elephants

2012-02-28 - Tucson, United States.

There are two new faces at the Reid Park zoo. Lungile and Mabhulane (Mabu), two African elephants just arrived on Friday night. They came from the San Diego Zoo, where both have been staying since they were transported to the U.S. in 2003.


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Tucson elephants Connie & Shaba stay together

2012-01-18 - Tucson, United States.

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation officials and staff from the Reid Park Zoo have been re-evaluating a decision to separate Connie and Shaba from one another. Today, after conferring with experts from San Diego Zoo Global, Reid Park Zoo staff, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the African Elephant Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), both Connie and Shaba will be relocated to Elephant Odyssey in San Diego. The decision to move Shaba to San Diego along with Connie allows Reid Park Zoo to conti...


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Tucson zoo prepping Connie the elephant for her trip to California

2012-01-03 - TUCSON, United States.

Crate training is under way at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson as zoo workers slowly prepare for the day they say goodbye to Connie the elephant. Last month, zookeepers moved into Connie´s pen the crate she´ll be traveling in when the time comes for her to leave Tucson for good. The 42-year-old is being traded to San Diego for a herd of African elephants.


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Elephants getting new home at Reid Park Zoo

2010-08-03 - Tucson, United States.

Reid Park Zoo will begin construction this fall on a new multi-million dollar expansion, dedicated to housing elephants. "Expedition Tanzania" will be a seven-acre expansion, that Reid Park general curator Jim Schnormeier says is expected to cost between $8 and $9 million. Funding for the expansion will come from the City of Tucson and the Reid Park Zoological Society.


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For Sale: Wooly Mammoth Fossil. Arizona Company Asking $500K For Ice Age Giant

2010-01-14 - Tucson, United States.

It's close to 14 feet tall and almost 20,000 years old. And this prehistoric beast is for sale. GeoDecor, an Arizona company specializing in fossils, minerals and meteorites for interior design and research, is unveiling the ice age giant to southern Arizonans as part of an exhibit. The skeleton was originally found in eastern Siberia. This is a monster. This is one of the largest... maybe one of the top three mammoths ever found, GeoDecor President Tom Lindgren said.


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Oleg Medvedev of the Museum of Natural History in Novosibirsk, Russia, works on a woolly mammoth skeleton in the atrium of the state office complex in Downtown Tucson. The exhibit also includes the skeleton of a woolly rhino. To support his museum he

Picture a mammoth in your den — just $150K. You can have the ice age fossil for $150,000, though the very idea leaves experts cold

2009-02-13 - Tucson, United States. Tom Beal

Complete fossil skeletons of two ice age mammals — a woolly mammoth and woolly rhino — are being erected in the atrium of the state office complex Downtown at 400 W. Congress St. You can visit them for free. Heck, you can buy them if you've got the cash. The exhibit is sponsored by the Tucson office of the Arizona Geological Survey and supplied by a natural history museum in Siberia that sells its fossils to raise money. It's not illegal, but it's certainly not condoned, say U.S. museum offi...


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New elephant facility part of larger expansion in Tuscon

2008-11-08 - Tucson, United States.

The opening of the Conservation Learning Center put the Reid Park Zoo one step closer to completing its $12.5 million master plan, which includes a 7-acre expansion and new elephant exhibit. The City Council is funding half of the expansion, provided the Tucson Zoological Society raises the other half of the funds, said Diana Whitman, director of development at the Tucson Zoological Society, the fundraising arm of the zoo.


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Tucson Time Capsule : Sabu shows distaste for confinement

2008-03-27 - Tucson, United States.

advertisementThe Randolph Park Zoo's bull elephant, Sabu, was not known for his good disposition. In fact, Sabu had almost been put down because of an earlier incident. But instead of a death sentence, Sabu got a new place to call home. In 1970, the City Council approved a major upgrading of zoo facilities, including a much-improved habitat for Sabu and his partner, Connie. On March 27, 1973, the new $61,000 enclosure was almost finished, and the pair would soon move in. At that time, the zoo, l...


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Tucson Time Capsule: Baby elephant stomps into her new home 1982

2007-04-23 - Tucson, United States. BENJIE SANDERS

On April 23, 1982, Tucson got its first look at the Reid Park Zoo's new baby African elephant, a 585-pound, two-and-a-half-year-old female. Her name, chosen from over 400 entries submitted in a naming contest, was to be Shaba, the Swahili word for copper. Shaba, shown here with keeper Gale London, was replacing Sabu, who had to be put to sleep the previous year. After she got used to all her new surroundings, Shaba joined the zoo's other elephant, Connie, who is an Asian elephant.


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Council Votes To Keep Elephants At Reid Park Zoo

2005-06-22 - Tucson, United States.

Tucson City Council members say they want to keep the elephants at Reid Park Zoo. Now, they'll have to come up with a plan to expand their pen, so the elephants can be bred. It looks as though Connie and Shaba will see more Tucson summers. That means zoo-goers will be able to see them. "I read the brochure that they had that they were thinking of maybe sending her someplace else, and it's great to have her here," said Mimi Cosentino, a visitor to the zoo.


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Reid Park Zoo Visitors, Children Weigh In On Elephants" Fate

2005-06-17 - Tucson, United States. Jim Becker

Shaba and Connie have been at home at the Reid Park Zoo since most of us can remember. The City of Tucson wants to keep the two elephants, and a lot of Tucson seem to agree. It seems Shaba and Connie are like family. Their handlers have gotten to know them pretty well. Visitors young and old alike know something about them.


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Tucson should do the baby elephant walk

2005-06-06 - Tucson, United States.

The star's view: The mayor and council will likely consider a resolution committing the city to an expansion of the elephant habitat at the zoo. It should pass. It appears Tucson's elephants could get the support they need to stay at the Reid Park Zoo. The City Council likely will consider a resolution that would pledge Tucson's commitment to expand and improve the elephant habitat by a July 1 deadline.


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Tucson zoo needs cash to keep elephants

2005-06-01 - TUCSON, United States.

Reid Park Zoo needs money for a new elephant enclosure. If it doesn't get it, it will lose the two elephants it has. Sheba, one of the Tucson zoo's two elephants, is in her prime breeding stage. But the zoo's elephant enclosure is less than one-half-acre and isn't large enough to accommodate new residents.
Zoo officials want to build a new seven-acre enclosure at a cost of eight (m) million dollars.


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Huge quandary: Are Reid Park Zoo"s 2 elephants worth $8,500,000?

2005-03-03 - Tucson, United States.

Do Tucsonans want to keep elephants as an attraction at the Reid Park Zoo? Are they willing to pay part of the $8.5 million to do it? Those questions are very much up in the air, and reactions on the issue have been mixed. Zoo officials told the City Council Tuesday a new $8.5 million enclosure needs to be built by 2009 that would allow the zoo's 25-year-old African elephant, Shaba, to be bred. If the new enclosure isn't built, the zoo would likely lose Shaba to another zoo with facilities to br...


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Reid Park Zoo could lose its 2 elephants unless a larger enclosure built

2005-03-02 - TUCSON, United States.

Reid Park Zoo could lose its two elephants if the City of Tucson doesn't come up with the money for a new eight and a-half (m) million-dollar enclosure.

Councilman Steve Leal (lay-AHL') is balking at the price, saying the city has limited resources for parks and recreation facilities.

No formal request for funds has been made, however.

The zoo says it'll have to ship one of its African elephants, Shaba, to another zoo for breeding if the elephant encl...


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17 Headlines about Elephants from TUCSON2020-09-09 - Tucson, United States - Tucson"s playful baby elephant now weighs 600 pounds and is glued to sister Nandi 2012-02-29 - Tucson, United States - Reid Park Zoo elephants are leaving town today for San Diego 2012-02-28 - Tucson, United States - Reid Park Zoo gets new elephants 2012-01-18 - Tucson, United States - Tucson elephants Connie & Shaba stay together 2012-01-03 - TUCSON, United States - Tucson zoo prepping Connie the elephant for her trip to California 2010-08-03 - Tucson, United States - Elephants getting new home at Reid Park Zoo 2010-01-14 - Tucson, United States - For Sale: Wooly Mammoth Fossil. Arizona Company Asking $500K For Ice Age Giant 2009-02-13 - Tucson, United States - Picture a mammoth in your den — just $150K. You can have the ice age fossil for $150,000, though the very idea leaves experts cold 2008-11-08 - Tucson, United States - New elephant facility part of larger expansion in Tuscon 2008-03-27 - Tucson, United States - Tucson Time Capsule : Sabu shows distaste for confinement 2007-04-23 - Tucson, United States - Tucson Time Capsule: Baby elephant stomps into her new home 1982 2005-06-22 - Tucson, United States - Council Votes To Keep Elephants At Reid Park Zoo 2005-06-17 - Tucson, United States - Reid Park Zoo Visitors, Children Weigh In On Elephants" Fate 2005-06-06 - Tucson, United States - Tucson should do the baby elephant walk 2005-06-01 - TUCSON, United States - Tucson zoo needs cash to keep elephants 2005-03-03 - Tucson, United States - Huge quandary: Are Reid Park Zoo"s 2 elephants worth $8,500,000? 2005-03-02 - TUCSON, United States - Reid Park Zoo could lose its 2 elephants unless a larger enclosure built

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo holds naming competition for baby twin elephants born last month

2022-11-29 - Syracuse, United States. CNYCentral

The Onondaga County Executive Office has announced details of a naming competition for the rare twin elephants born earlier this year. Members of the community are encouraged to vote on names for the ...


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Ugandan ivory trader sentenced to life in prison

2022-10-21 - Kampala, Uganda.

A Ugandan court has sentenced an ivory trader to life in prison - the longest sentence for such crimes in the country's history. A new law was passed in 2019 that toughened sentences for poaching or t...


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Albuquerque Biological Park Zoo elephant in danger of losing an eye

2022-10-17 - Albuquerque, United States.

Zoo veterinary staff have known for years that Irene suffers from lens luxation, a condition in which the lens in the eye is dislocated from its normal position, causing discomfort and blurry vision, ...


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In Vietnam, farmers show a willingness to work with the elephant in the room

It’s estimated there are only around 100 Asian elephants remaining in Vietnam. Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve is one of four locations identified as key to their survival in the country.

2022-09-30 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Solving human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue and a pressing concern for a wide variety of endangered species, none more so than the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). People living around Vietnam...


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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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