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Apparently proving the saying that old habits die hard, Rivaldo, an elephant recently released into the wild in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district returned to Mavanallah near his old habitat.

Elephant Rivaldo released into Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, returns to village

2021-08-06 - Udhagamandalam, India.

The villagers reportedly noticed Rivaldo moving around their area in the wee hours of Wednesday, about 40 kms from the camp and alerted the forest department officials.Though the elephant was radio-collared, the movement of Rivaldo could not be traced, may be due to rains and clouds, Forest department sources said.


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Shankar shifted to temporary elephant camp in Nilgiris

2021-07-05 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

Elephant Shankar, which was undergoing training at a kraal in Abhayaranyam in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris for the last four-and-a-half months, was shifted to the nearby temporary elephant camp on Sunday. Including Shankar, there are 12 elephants in the Abhayaranyam temporary elephant camp. The rogue tusker, which killed three people in Gudalur area, was captured from Cherambadi in Gudalur division on February 12. The 35-year-old animal had killed the trio, including a man and h...


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Keep Rivaldo in captivity: Vazhaithottam residents

2021-07-01 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

Forest minister K Ramachandran on Wednesday visited elephant Rivaldo, which is put in a kraal at Vazhaithottam check post. “The eight-member expert committee, set up to decide the fate of the elephant, will prepare a report after examining it. We will take a call then,” the minister said and hinted that it may be shifted to an elephant camp. Rivaldo was guided to the kraal on May 5 by forest officials for treatment. The elephant had been wandering in Vazhaithottam and Mavanallah areas in the...


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Expert help sought to treat injured elephant

2021-06-27 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Field director of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) K K Kaushal on Saturday wrote twrote to the vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), seeking service of a veterinarian to examine the injured eye of elephant Cherans the injured eye of elephant Cheran at the Theppakadu elephant camp in Tamil Nadu.


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Kumki ‘blinded’ by mahout’s assistant at Theppakadu

2021-06-26 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Cheran, a kumki elephant at the Theppakadu camp, was blinded by a ‘kaavadi’, or assistant to its mahout, on May 17. The elephant, aged around 35, has been used in many operations to capture or drive away wild elephants in the Western Ghats. It had already lost sight in one eye and depended on the left eye for vision. Disciplinary action initiated against forest staff, says official


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Elephant calf found dead in MTR

2021-03-16 - Udhagamandalam, India.

A two-year-old female elephant calf was found dead in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR). “Pug marks of a tiger were found close to the location where the carcass was found. A tiger could have attacked and killed the elephant, a forest official said.


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The twin bull elephants Sujay and Vijay in Theppakadu (captive-born 1971 in Top slip). Photo © Jackie Chiger

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve gets a dedicated wildlife veterinarian

2020-10-19 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

After more than two years, the post of wildlife veterinarian at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) has finally been filled. According to officials, Rajesh Kumar, a veterinarian from the Department of Animal Husbandry, has been posted on deputation as wildlife veterinarian in MTR. Dr. Kumar’s regular routine would be to take care of the elephants at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.


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Driver fined Rs 5,000 for chasing wild elephant

2020-09-14 - Udhagamandalam, India.

When they shot the video of chasing a wild elephant in a jeep and circulated the same on WhatsApp, little did 26-year-old Sujin, of Masinagudi, and his friend know that would land them in trouble. The video shows Sujin chasing the elephant in his jeep by focusing the headlight on the animal that was roaming near Masinagudi area Sigur forest range, which falls under the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. The video was shot by his friend, who was sitting on the backseat of the vehicle, on Saturday night. As...


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Elephant electrocuted in farm

2013-04-15 - Udhagamandalam, India.

An eight-year-old male elephant was today electrocuted after it came into contact with an electric fence in a farm in Allurvayal, about 80 kms from here. Two people, including the farm owner, have been arrested in this connection, forest department sources said. They said the post-mortem report revealed that the elephant was electrocuted inside the farm and that its carcass was dragged outside and dumped near the fence.


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Three elephants die on a single day in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR)

2012-04-06 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Three elephants, including a one-year old male, were founded dead today at various places coming under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district. A 25-year old female elephant, which was caught in a slush during search of water and was rescued last night by forest department officials, died this morning without responding to treatment, Forest Department sources said.


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star attraction:Pongal being offered to an elephant at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve on Saturday.

Temple elephants get festival feast

2012-01-18 - Udhagamandalam, India. D. Radhakrisnan

A significant increase in the inflow of tourists owing to the extended weekend marked the Pongal celebrations in this holiday destination on Saturday. At the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here hundreds of tourists, including many foreigners, celebrated Pongal with the camp elephants. After being given a special scrub in the river, the elephants were brought in a procession to the camp at Theppakadu.


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Luckiest of India"s overworked elephants given spa holiday

2012-01-09 - Udhagamandalam, India.

Forty-three stressed-out elephants are frolicking and taking it easy at a spa. They are there to soothe their bodies and minds. These elephants - hired out to Hindu temples to lend majesty to religious ceremonies - are at Mudmalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. They have been sent there by the government to relax for six sybaritic weeks because of their gruelling jobs.


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Injured Elephant tranquilised, being treated

2010-09-04 - Udhagamandalam, India.

After being thwarted for three days by two tuskers in their efforts to treat an injured jumbo, forest officials today succeeded in tranquilising the animal which was moving around Mudumalai Tiger Reserve area. The 20-year old elephant, with serious injuries to the leg, was roaming in Sigur range in MTR, under protection of the two tuskers, for the last three days and the veterinarian and medical team could not go near it, forest officials said. However, the veterinarian managed to shoot the tran...


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Man trampled to death by elephant herd

2008-09-30 - Udhagamandalam, India.

A 52-year old man was trampled to death by a herd of elephants, including one calf, at Manjakombai near Coonoor in Nilgiris district. According to forest department sources, four persons, who were returning home after their work last night, were chased by a group of five wild elephants. Though three of them managed to escape, one Selvaraj was trampled by the elephants to death, they said. Meanwhile, the same herd of elephants waylaid a van at the nearby Thalakombai this morning. As the four occu...


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A kumki elephant being used in an anti-poaching operation at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve near Udhagamandalam

Tame elephants to keep poachers at bay

2008-08-18 - Udhagamandalam, India. D. Radhakrishnan

The kumki (working) elephants of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve near here which have over the decades played a significant role in spreading the name of the sanctuary far and wide have of late been entrusted with the additional responsibility of keeping poachers at bay. Long considered the pride of Mudumalai, the kumkis have now become an integral part of the anti-poaching operations. Pointing out that for the past few weeks the kumkis have been a source of strength to the anti-poaching staff, the ...


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Elephant corridor cleared for building holiday resort

2007-12-29 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India. B Ravichandran

The Tamilnadu Green Movement (TNGM) has alleged clearing of forest area for constructing a resort. An extent of about 12 acres of green lands in Madhugatta at Bokkapuram, an elephant corridor, which comes under the purview of Supreme Court’s definition of forests is being cleared, presumably for the purpose of constructing resort, the movement said and threatened to move the apex court against the District Forest Officer (DFO) of Nilgiris North Division.


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Twelve elephants shifted due to rain

2007-08-12 - Udhagamandalam, India.

As many as 12 tamed elephants have been shifted to the Theppakadu camp from the Bombax Elephant camp, following heavy rains and the overflowing of the Moyar river in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctury area. With the new arrivals, there are now 24 elephants at the Theppakadu camp. The event turned out to be a reunion of the tamed elephants at the sanctuary with others when the outbreak of anthrax near the camp occurred some six months ago.


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Elephant ride resumes at Mudumalai

2007-01-12 - Udhagamandalam, India.

The popular elephant ride for tourists was resumed today after a two-and-half-year gap at the famous Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, near here. Nilgiris district collector Santhosh K. Mishra inaugurated the elephant ride early this morning at Theppakkadu camp in the vicinity of the sanctuary. A British couple, who had the honour of taking the inaugural ride today, said they were very happy with the sojourn.


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18 Headlines about Elephants from Udhagamandalam2021-08-06 - Udhagamandalam, India - Elephant Rivaldo released into Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, returns to village 2021-07-05 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India - Shankar shifted to temporary elephant camp in Nilgiris 2021-07-01 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India - Keep Rivaldo in captivity: Vazhaithottam residents 2021-06-27 - Udhagamandalam, India - Expert help sought to treat injured elephant 2021-06-26 - Udhagamandalam, India - Kumki ‘blinded’ by mahout’s assistant at Theppakadu 2021-03-16 - Udhagamandalam, India - Elephant calf found dead in MTR 2020-10-19 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India - Mudumalai Tiger Reserve gets a dedicated wildlife veterinarian 2020-09-14 - Udhagamandalam, India - Driver fined Rs 5,000 for chasing wild elephant 2013-04-15 - Udhagamandalam, India - Elephant electrocuted in farm 2012-04-06 - Udhagamandalam, India - Three elephants die on a single day in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) 2012-01-18 - Udhagamandalam, India - Temple elephants get festival feast 2012-01-09 - Udhagamandalam, India - Luckiest of India"s overworked elephants given spa holiday 2010-09-04 - Udhagamandalam, India - Injured Elephant tranquilised, being treated 2008-09-30 - Udhagamandalam, India - Man trampled to death by elephant herd 2008-08-18 - Udhagamandalam, India - Tame elephants to keep poachers at bay 2007-12-29 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India - Elephant corridor cleared for building holiday resort 2007-08-12 - Udhagamandalam, India - Twelve elephants shifted due to rain 2007-01-12 - Udhagamandalam, India - Elephant ride resumes at Mudumalai

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Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


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Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


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Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


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Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


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No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


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Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


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UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


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Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


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Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


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Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


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More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


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elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


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Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


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Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


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Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


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Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


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Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


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A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


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