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Feisal Ali Mohamed has been in Interpol

Interpol arrests businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over ivory trafficking

2014-12-24 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Interpol has arrested Kenyan businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over trafficking of ivory. Mohamed was tracked down to Tanzania following a warrant of arrest issued against him in October 2014. The organisation had posted Mohamed’s picture and details on its website saying he is wanted for dealing with ivory.


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Time to Ban The Big Boy Elephants on Phuket and in Phang Nga

2014-11-20 - Phuket, Thailand.

The bludgeoning to death of two elephant handlers over just three days this week in separate incidents shows how real the risk is any time that male elephants are used in the tourism industry. Two Russian tourists on board one of the out-of-control elephants were fortunate to escape injury or death.


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A Mastodon skeleton on display at the National History Museum of Los Angeles County, July 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-11-argentine-unearths-mastodon-yard.html#jCp

Argentine unearths mastodon in his yard

2014-11-06 - San Lorenzo, United States.

An Argentine man digging a well in his yard struck fossils believed to be the bones of a 10,000-year-old mastodon, an extinct mammal. San Lorenzo is located in the Pampas lowlands where other mastodons—part of the elephant family—have been discovered, several of which are on display at the history museum.


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Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe (left) and Sally Cullen (right) with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo names new baby elephant calves Kavi and Ashoka

2014-09-17 - Dublin, Ireland. Freya Drohan

Siobhan Cullen, from Balgriffin in Co Dublin, suggested the name Kavi, an Indian word which means poet or wise man, for the bull calf. Katie Bush, from Malahide in Co Dublin, won the honour of naming the second calf Ashoka, born in August, after one of India’s greatest emperors.


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Announcing the M. Phil Kahl Postdoctoral Fellowship

2014-09-13 - Azle, United States.

Research proposals to conduct policy or management related projects (e.g. those directly mitigating human-elephant conflict or combating poaching) will not be considered. Additionally, research on ex situ elephants will not be considered unless it is a minor portion of a longer-term, in situ study. Studies involving a laboratory component (e.g., genetic or endocrine) are welcomed, but the emphasis should be on the field work.


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Elephant Ultrasound Course at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, UK

2014-09-11 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom.

This hands on course will be held September 11./12., 2014 and aims to teach the basics in elephant reproduction management. During the practical session, each participant will practice transrectal ultrasound on trained Asian elephants in different reproductive stages. Furthermore, basic set ups for semen collection and AI will be demonstrated.


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Rosie and Opal, Hope elephants, will head back to Oklahoma: Not necessarily a permanent move

2014-09-11 - Hope, United States.

The Hope Elephants board of directors announced late Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 10, that Rosie and Opal will return to Oklahoma to the Endangered Ark Foundation, where they had lived before coming to Maine two years ago. The board has also established a Jim Laurita Fund. “The move back there is not necessarily a permanent move,” said Hope Elephants spokesman Andrew Stewart, this evening. “In the interim, we will make plans for the future and how best to move forward.”


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Co-Founder Of Elephant Rescue Jim Laurita Crushed To Death By Elephant

2014-09-10 - Hope, United States.

Veterinarian Dr. Jim Laurita, 56, was found dead in the barn of Hope Elephants on Tuesday morning, the Portland Press Herald reports. Police first believed he had fallen and hit his head on a cement floor, but an afternoon autopsy determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation and fractures from chest compressions.


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Herpes suspected to have killed jumbo calf in Kerala forest

2014-09-10 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

The death of a two-year-old elephant in Wayanad forest in Kerala is suspected to be due to herpes, a deadly infectious disease. Samples of the male calf´s carcass has been sent to Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences College in Pookkot in Wayanad for analysis and confirmation to ascertain if herpes virus was the cause of the death, a senior faculty of the college said.


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First Fatality Associated with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus 5 in an Asian Elephant: Pathological Findings and Complete Viral Genome Sequence

2014-09-10 - , United States. Wilkie, Davison, Kerr, Stidworthy, Redrobe, Steinbach, Dastjerdi, Denk

Here, we report the pathological characteristics of the first fatality linked to EEHV5 infection, and describe the complete viral DNA sequence. Gross post-mortem and histological findings were indistinguishable from lethal cases previously attributed to other EEHV genotypes, and the presence of characteristic herpesviral inclusions in capillary endothelial cells at several sites was consistent with the diagnosis of acute EEHV infection.


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Six Elephant Poachers Caught in Mozambique Reserve

2014-09-10 - MARRUPA, Mozambique.

Six suspected poachers were arrested in Marrupa on Sunday in a joint operation conducted by the Mecula District police, Luwire scouts and Niassa National Reserve Wildlife Conservation Society scouts. The arrests were the result of a 10-month investigation informed by crucial on-the-ground intelligence about their activities in the Niassa National Reserve, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in New York City. The Wildlife Conservation Society has been co-managing the Niassa Nat...


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Madhya Pradesh forest department to get 9 elephants from Karnataka

2014-09-08 - Bhopal, India.

Madhya Pradesh forest department would soon be getting nine elephants from their Karnataka counterpart to expand its almost 50-strong pachyderm population used for monitoring tigers and patrolling in the various tiger reserves in the state, official said on Sunday.


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13th King"s Cup Elephant Polo in Thailand

2014-08-28 - Bangkok, Thailand.

The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, will take place at the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok between 28-31 August 2014.


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Under the full August moon, a large temple tusker leaves the Dalada Maligawa carrying the Sacred Tooth Relic Casket.

Kandy Perahera 2014

2014-08-01 - Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The most popular and colourful festival in Sri Lanka, Kandy Perahera is celebrated once a year usually in August. Dates for Kandy Perahera 2014 will be from 01st to the 11th of August 2014.


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Sumatran Elephant Found Dead in Riau

2014-06-27 - Riau, Indonesia.

A wild Sumatran elephant was found dead in a village in Riau, allegedly hunted and killed for its tusks, according to Antara. The elephant was found dead in Lubuk Kembang Bunga village in Pelalawan district last week. The elephant was part of a herd from Tesso Nilo National Park (TNTN). This case adds to the long list of elephant deaths in Riau due to hunting and conflict with humans. Forty-five elephants have died in Sumatra since 2012.


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The elephant tusks and ivory artifacts that were seized by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on June 22, 2014

Vietnam confiscates 90kg of elephant tusks, ivory artifacts allegedly smuggled from Africa

2014-06-25 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam’s customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport discovered Sunday 39 African elephant tusks and about 100 ivory handicrafts worth over US$188,000 hidden in a package allegedly shipped from Africa. Customs officers have seized all the tusks and ivory artifacts, worth VND4 billion ($188,271), for investigation.


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Adorable Elephant Calf Makes Debut At Howletts

2014-06-17 - Bekesbourne, United Kingdom.

Keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent’s most popular visitor attractions, are celebrating the birth of an adorable baby elephant. Born just over a week ago, the calf and her mother Tammi are both reported to be doing well.


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Joy the elephant dies en route to new home

2014-06-16 - Greenville, United States.

Joni (Joy), a beloved 44-year-old African elephant at the Greenville Zoo, died while en route to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo which was to have been her new home, zoo officials said Sunday. She was being transported because both zoos believed she would receive better geriatric care and have more opportunities for socialization at her new home in Colorado Springs.


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Stephen, who raised £4.2m for Teenage Cancer Trust, was pictured hugging the baby

West Midlands Safari Park names baby elephant after Stephen Sutton

2014-06-12 - Bewdley, United Kingdom.

The first elephant born at West Midlands Safari Park has been named Sutton after cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton. The names ´Stephen´ or ´Sutton´ were frontrunners in a competition to name the male which was born on 5 May.


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A man climbs atop Sambo the elephant at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace in 2000 after a woman with a hose gave Sambo a shower.

Sambo’s return to Phnom Penh city nixed

2014-06-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Sambo the elephant will not be allowed to return to work in Phnom Penh, because both City Hall and the Forestry Administration oppose the idea, the FA’s director-general said yesterday. The 54-year-old Sambo left the city in 2012 after decades of entertaining and giving rides to tourists at Wat Phnom, a job that left her painfully lame and in need of serious rehabilitation.


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Alarm as 117 elephant carcasses found in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

2014-06-09 - Narok, Kenya.

Scientists who have been carrying wildlife census in Maasai Mara Game Reserve have stumbled on 117 fresh and old elephant carcasses. The elephants, whose tusks were missing, may have been killed by poachers or the local community in human-wildlife conflicts. Last month, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) acting Director General William Kiprono said elephant population in the Mara was declining at an alarming rate and called on residents to help security agencies reverse the trend.


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A policeman arranges seized elephant tusks to be inspected at Makupa police station in Mombasa  Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-kenyan-police-seize-300-elephant-tusks-being-packed-at-port-city-2014-05#ixzz33vu4RMKj

Kenyan police seize 300 elephant tusks being packed at port city

2014-06-07 - Mombasa, Kenya.

Kenyan authorities seized 228 whole elephant tusks and 74 others in pieces as they were being packed for export in the port city of Mombasa, police and wildlife officials said. Police arrested one suspect and were searching for another who escaped, Marwa said, noting that the suspect in custody tried to bribe police officers by offering them 5 million shillings ($57,100).


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Three of the zoo

Zurich Zoo opens new 57-million-franc ($63.5-million) facility for elephants

2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland.

The 11,000-square-metre park features six times the space of the previous enclosure and six water basins for the elephants to swim in. Visitors can get an aquarium view of them under the water in one of the basins, which has a glass wall. The cost of the elephant park was financed through foundation grants, legacies and sums donated by 5,500 individuals.


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At least 34 wild elephants poached in Myanmar last year

2014-06-01 - Yangon, Myanmar.

"We arrested poachers in 34 cases of elephant slayings last year but we believe there were a lot more deaths," said Aye Myint Maung,deputy minister of environmental conservation and forestry. "There are some areas we can’t reach because of fighting between the government and ethnic rebels," he told dpa. There are 2,500 to 3,000 wild elephants left in Myanmar’s jungles, down from 6,000 in 1960-1970, and 4,639 recorded in a 1991 census, the deputy minister said, citing government estimates.


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A photo taken in 2012 shows a hidden Image of two elephants at Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat. Through a digital enhancement technique called decorrelation stretch analysis, Noel Hidalgo Tan was able to reveal the images on temple walls.

Angkor still has secrets to reveal

2014-05-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Every day, hundreds of pilgrimages to Angkor Wat come to an end without a single glimpse of a centuries-old secret, one that long ago faded into the ancient temple walls. By using digital photography and computer analysis, researchers recently discovered elaborate depictions and murals of elephants, trees, boats and Buddha that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye, erased from plain sight by years of weathering.


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Sambo the elephant gets hosed down by one of her caretakers yesterday on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sambo retired two years ago after spending more than 20 years as a tourist attraction at Phnom Penh’s Wat Phnom

Short-lived retirement for Phnom Penh elephant Sambo?

2014-05-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Two years after she was walked out of the city in the middle of the night to a quiet life of retirement on the outskirts of the capital, Sambo, Phnom Penh’s iconic and much-beloved elephant, might soon be back at work entertaining tourists. With funding for her recently concluded rehabilitation program now gone, her owner is insisting he has little choice but to begin showcasing her once more at Wat Phnom, a decision contested by the elephant rescue organisation that bankrolled her two-year sa...


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Customs officials in the northern city of Hai Phong on Saturday seized more than one ton of ivory smuggled into Vietnam.

Vietnam seizes over 1 ton of elephant tusks smuggled from Hong Kong

2014-05-25 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

The tusks were concealed in a 40-foot container. The customs declaration for the container claimed it held 15 tons of charcoal. Local customs officers inspected the container and found that the haul of elephant tusks, each of which was cut into many pieces and hidden in charcoal bags. The shipment was smuggled into Vietnam from Hong Kong by sea before being exported to China, they said.


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Knysna Elephant Parks Response to Abuse Allegations

2014-05-23 - Knysna, South Africa.

This press statement is being put out by the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) and Elephants of Eden (EOE) in response to the abuse allegations and Facebook entries on the NSPCA Facebook Site and disseminated by the NSPCA to the various news stations and probably newspapers as well. The legal adviser for EOE, Mr. F J Fischer of C J Ballan Inc of Knysna, has received the necessary instructions to investigate civil action against the NSPCA and Mr. Gerhard Van Rooyen.


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Alleged animal abuse at Knysna Elephant Park

2014-05-19 - Knysna, South Africa.

The National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) has laid criminal charges against a well-known elephant sanctuary in Knysna for extreme cruelty to animals after photographs emerged showing wounded elephants. The Knysna Elephant Park, part of the Elephants of Eden group before it moved from the Eastern Cape to Knysna, offers visitors a range of experiences with elephants – from close encounters (their ‘Be Touched by an Elephant tour) to exclusive walks, rides and even a sleepover with elephants.


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Hong Kong begins destroying 131,000 pounds of elephant ivory

2014-05-17 - Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong has begun destroying its 29.6-metric-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory. On Thursday authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city crushed and incinerated a ton of seized ivory in an action they hope will send a message to poachers and traffickers. Conservationists welcomed the move but said more must be done to address the demand side of the issue.


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Shock as SANParks discovers first poached elephant in ten years

2014-05-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has today announced the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. According to SANParks Rangers Corp Officer Commanding, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste, forensic evidence suggests that this elephant bull was purposefully shot for its tusks, which were hacked off and carried away by suspected poachers.


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Elephant summit set in Tanzania late this week

2014-05-09 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Tanzania government, in collaboration with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) of the United States of America and the United Nations Development Program, has organized a special conference late this week to address elephant conservation and anti-poaching initiatives. This conference, to be taking place in Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam, will take place Friday this week and is expected to attract national and international stakeholders in conservation of wildl...


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An african elephant enjoys herself as zoo staff hose her down with water at the Karachi Zoological Gardens. The rise in temperature has affected the zoo animals as there are no ponds for them to cool off in.

As temperatures run wild, Karachi zoo residents hit the ice bucket

2014-05-06 - Karachi, Pakistan.

The people of Karachi are not the only ones suffering from the heat wave. The rise in temperature has also affected the animals at the Karachi Zoological Gardens as the ‘ponds’ where they can escape the heat are small and uncomfortable and in one case, nonexistent. While other animals have been provided ponds ‘according to the sizes’, the pair of elephants at the zoo have not been as lucky. To escape the heat, they are being kept under shelter during the day and are shifted to open cages...


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3-D digital skeleton of an adult male mastodon, part of the new University of Michigan Online Repository of Fossils website. A mounted cast of the Buesching mastodon skeleton, which is on display at the U-M Museum of Natural History, was used to align th

Paleontologists unveil online showcase of 3-D fossil remains

2014-05-06 - Ann Arbor, United States.

More than two decades ago, University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher and some of his students began the laborious task of digitally scanning the bones of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures so the images could be displayed on computers.


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Rescued Jumbos a Burden for Bannerghatta Zoo

2014-05-06 - Bangalore, India.

Sources told Express that the Forest Department had not kept its promise to release more money towards feeding those pachyderms and the additional burden has fallen on the zoo. The zoo required just three to four elephants for display purposes, but it has 15 elephants. Maintaining them has become a big problem.


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Plai Boonmee is recovering at his residence in Hua Hin.

Thieves cut tusks off live elephant at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

2014-05-06 - Prachuab Khiri Khan, Thailand. Post Publishing PCL.

Ivory thieves broke into the Hutsadin Elephant Foundation in Prachuap Khiri Khan province and cut both tusks off an elderly male elephant on Sunday night, and a sacked mahout is one of the suspects. The foundation manager, Piyawut Phetchumpol, said Plai Boonmee, the male elephant, was recovering from the shock of having his ivory snatched and was being given vitamins hidden inside bananas and pineapples.


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Zoo"s kitty swells with elephant adoption plan

2014-05-05 - Pune, India.

The adoption of elephants, as part of the Katraj zoo adoption scheme, contributed to a major chunk of the money raised through this scheme last year. The zoo raised Rs 5.55 lakh in 2013, the second highest amount collected since the scheme´s launch in 2010. It costs Rs 45,000 a month to care for an elephant and last year, the elephants were adopted several times


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A UQ study has shown the captive elephant population in Laos is declining as the elephants are not allowed to breed at a rate sufficient to sustain the population.

Captive elephants in Laos face extinction

2014-05-05 - , Laos.

The captive elephant population in Laos will be extinct in just over a century if current management practices do not change, a University of Queensland study has found. It is estimated that only 480 captive elephants remain across Laos, and the study shows that changes to conservation management are necessary to prevent extinction.


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Dr. Milton Ness hold Lucy

Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies

2014-05-04 - Edmonton, United States.

A man who fought vigorously against animal rights activists who wanted to see Lucy the Elephant moved to an animal sanctuary, has died. Doctor Milton Ness, a chief veterinarian at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, passed away last week. In 2012, Ness was honoured by the Alberta Veterinarian Medical Association for his exceptional communication with Edmonton residents.


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Wild elephant succumbs to blast injuries in the mouth

2014-05-04 - KANNUR, India.

A wild elephant that is suspected to have killed a tribal woman at Aralam here two weeks ago died on Thursday apparently due to injury caused by some explosion. Forest officials said the elephant was found wandering in Aralam with some injury in its mouth in the last week of April, nearly a week after the tribal woman was trampled to death.


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Peruvaram Mahadeva temple: Squad checks on jumbos after complaint

2014-05-04 - Kochi, India.

Following a complaint that wounded jumbos were being paraded at the Peruvaram Mahadeva temple at Paravur, a five-member flying squad of the forest department inspected the elephants being readied for the ´kazcha seeveli´ ritual on Saturday evening. We´ve found a wound near the knee of an elephant, Mangalakunnu Karnan. But Dr Gireesh, the veterinarian who issued fitness certificates for the jumbos said the wound is not as severe as to cause pain to the animal.


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Ivory Ban Impacts Musicians

2014-05-04 - Washington, United States.

In June, the United States begins strict enforcement of a ban on ivory from the tusks of African and Asian elephants. But the ban is forcing musicians to make a choice, perform without their favorite instruments, or give up work that takes them across the U.S. border.


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In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven

2014-05-04 - Xishuangbanna, China.

At a time when tens of thousands of elephants across Africa are being slaughtered to feed the Chinese appetite for ivory, it turns out the best place to be a wild elephant may be here in the tropical forests of southwest China. Over the past two decades, the number of Asiatic elephants in Yunnan Province in China has roughly doubled, to nearly 300, thanks to government-financed feeding programs, wildlife education efforts and a strict elephant protection law unmatched anywhere else in the world....


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This "Kalpana Chawla" obeys 50-odd commands

2014-05-04 - Pollachi, India.

Every love story is interesting. This one is more so as R. Palanisamy begins saying ‘Kalpana Chawla’ will be expecting him back home. He is a mahout and ‘Kalpana Chawla’ is the elephant he has trained. And, they both live in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department’s elephant camp in Topslip.


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ARAs increasing their market shares in India, complains about elephants being "paraded on uneven surfaces" etc...

2014-05-04 - Thrissur, India. Dhinesh Kallungal

Dhinesh Kallungal:"The stage is set for one of the ‘mammoth misuses’ of captive elephants in the country, with the festival organisers of Thrissur Pooram, the largest temple festival in the South India, doing the final preparations to make the festival a roaring success at the cultural capital of Kerala."


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On My Nightstand: ‘Water for Elephants’ tender and cruel

2014-05-04 - Punta Gorda, United States. Barbara J. Bonsignore

Jacob reminisces about his earlier life as chief medical person for all of the animals at the Benzini Bros. Circus – “The Greatest Show on Earth.” He dropped out of vet school before his final exam so was technically a vet student. The author gives us a varied tapestry of life behind the scenes at “The Big Top” – the greed, poverty, violence, tawdriness, friendship and caring between the circus employees.


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Investigations on poaching an elephant calf from Udawala sanctuary : Video

2014-05-03 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

Wildlife Director General W.B. Rathnayake says that he will hold an investigation with regard to the attempt of poaching an elephant calf from the Uda-Walawa Sanctuary yesterday afternoon. Later Wildlife officers have chased after the poachers, and the poachers have fired gun shots at wildlife officers. However wildlife officers found the calf elephant after it was abandoned by its poachers in a nearby shrub jungle.


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Agra provides unique haven for elephants to roam unfettered

2014-05-03 - Agra, India.

A first of its kind unique elephant conservation centre in Agra rescues elephants from various party of the country and provides a safe haven where the animal can roam about unfettered. The 10- acre centre has been opened by the Wildlife Association and Save Our Souls (SOS) and is located near Mathura. A similar elephant centre is underway in Haryana.


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KWS launch manhunt for poachers who killed 6 elephants in Tsavo

2014-05-03 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) said Saturday its rangers have launched a major manhunt for poachers who killed six elephants and carted off ivory in a poaching incident last Thursday. KWS spokesman Paul Mbugua said the six elephants have been confirmed poached and two - female adults, tusks’ chopped off at Dawida ranch in the periphery of Tsavo West National Park. “Four others were all tusk-less juvenile. All carcasses had gunshot wounds. The area is prone to livestock herding with a number o...


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2 Kenyan police arrested transporting ivory

2014-05-03 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan wildlife authorities say two police officers have been arrested transporting illegal elephant ivory as the government cracks down on poaching of the country’s endangered elephants and rhinos. Kenya Wildlife Service said Saturday the officers were caught with six pieces of ivory at a road block while travelling from the central Kenyan town of Meru to the capital Friday night.


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Oakland Zoo Receives Statue in Memory of Sidney Snow

2014-05-03 - Oakland, United States.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11:00am, Dr. Joel Parrott, President & CEO of Oakland Zoo, will accept the dedication of a bronze elephant statue from the Snow family, in memory of Sidney A. Snow, who personally procured the land for Oakland Zoo and founded the Alameda County Zoological Society, now the East Bay Zoological Society. Snow served as Director of Oakland Zoo from 1936 until his death in 1959.


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Attempt to abduct elephant calf from Udawalawe averted

2014-05-02 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

Some gangsters who had allegedly attempted to remove an elephant calf from the Udawalawe National Park on Thursday and transport it by a tractor were intercepted by the wildlife officers and the residents. When their motives came to light they had fled leaving the calf behind. Residents in the area believe that his high handed act of piracy was attempted with state patronage.


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City Councilman Paul Koretz holds a bullhook as he argues for a ban on the use of such implements to train or control elephants in an October 2013 meeting at Los Angeles City Hall.

City Council bans use of bullhooks on circus elephants in L.A.

2014-05-01 - Los Angeles, United States.

The bullhook ban will go into effect at the beginning of 2017 a delay meant to give circuses time to change how they handle elephants or remove them from their shows completely. "We´re not going to come to L.A. without our elephants," said Stephen Payne, vice president of corporate communications for Feld Entertainment, the parent company for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.


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Not just any elephant can take part in Thrissur pooram!

2014-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

It is common knowledge that the Thrissur Pooram was the brain child of King Sakthan Thampuran, who also had the dense teak forests of the renowned Thekkinkadu Maidanam cleared, just for its sake. "There won´t be a next generation of elephants in Kerala, and consequently, no more Poorams! Enjoy them while they are still on,


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Another male elephant, Genk, was found dead in Aceh Jaya last year. His poachers are currently on trial.  Genk

Police apprehend elephant-killers in Sumatra

2014-05-01 - Aceh, Indonesia.

Eleven people were arrested on April 16 by West Aceh police for allegedly killing a Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus), in a forest six kilometers away from Teupin Panah village, Kaway XVI, in the West Aceh district. The suspects -- five from Ceumara village, one from Babah Lueng village, three from Seumantok village, and two from Teupin Panah village -- confessed to killing two elephants in Pante Ceuremen forest and one elephant in Kaway XVI over the course of a year.


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The female wild elephant standing in the Edamalayar Dam reservoir feeding on palm fronds offered by Forest officials.

Wild elephant reluctant to go back

2014-04-30 - Ernakulam, India.

An injured female wild elephant that took refuge in the reservoir of the Edamalayar Dam in Ernakulam district a week ago after getting isolated from its herd is reluctant to return to the forests. The elephant that limped back into the forests on Saturday morning was found back in the reservoir on Sunday morning


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It is thought that the killings were at least partly motivated by revenge against officials because the calves, not having tusks, had no value to poachers.

Poachers held after revenge attack on elephants

2014-04-30 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Three suspects will appear in court in Kenya next week after six elephants, including four juveniles, were found shot dead in a private reserve in one of the worst poaching incidents in several years. A wildlife official said that it is thought that the killings were at least partly motivated by revenge against officials because the calves, not having tusks, had no value to poachers.


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NGT stays construction of wall inside Rajaji Park

2014-04-29 - Uttarakhand, India.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stayed construction of a 2-km wall inside the Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand, after it found the wall would obstruct a passage used by elephants along the Song River. The Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE), an NGO, had filed a petition with the NGT about the construction being carried out by the state irrigation department, without taking permission from the Union forest ministry.


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Camilla and Charles "utterly devastated" as Duchess"s brother Mark Shand, 62, dies after slipping and smashing his head when he left £1million fundraiser in New York for his elephant charity

2014-04-24 - , United Kingdom.

The Duchess of Cornwall was left ‘utterly devastated’ last night by the death of her younger brother in New York. Mark Shand, 62, suffered a head injury when he slipped and fell on the pavement on a night out in Manhattan. He was put on life support but doctors could not save him and he died 12 hours later. Camilla, 66, was extremely close to her only brother, who was known for his swashbuckling travel books and passionate commitment to conservation.


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100 forest department employees on election duty could not cast vote; boss puts it as "natural"

2014-04-20 - GARUMARA, India.

Over 90 captive elephants of West Bengal Forest Department are inseparable part of Election process in Northern part of the state that hosts a vast forest area under many reserved and unreserved forests including Buxa Tiger reserve, Garumara National park, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary or Chapramari WL Sanctuary.


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

"Basil Fawlty" to open accommodation

2014-02-27 - Sydney, Australia.

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


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Namibia’s delegate to the London Conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

2014-02-27 - Windhoek, Namibia.

Namibia’s successful implementation of conservation policies has seen the country’s wildlife population rebound dramatically in the past two decades. More than 25 000 elephants exist in Namibia currently, up from a mere 7000 elephants in 1995.


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University of Washington paleontologist Christian Sidor uncovers a small part of a fossilized mammoth tusk partially wrapped in layers of foil, plaster and plastic to allow it to slowly dry at the school

Fragile Seattle mammoth tusk must dry out before DNA is tested (with photos)

2014-02-27 - Seattle, United States.

The fossilized mammoth tusk discovered at a Seattle construction site will reveal its age, gender and life story, but probably not for another year, because that´s how long it will take scientists to dry out the water-logged and fragile tusk, officials at the Burke Museum said Wednesday.


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The Asian elephant Ryuka that has become pregnant. At Okinawa Zoo & Museum on February 10.

Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa

2014-02-25 - Okinawa, Japan.

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum has announced on February 10 that 13-year-old Asian elephant Ryuka is pregnant. It is the first time that an elephant has become pregnant in Okinawa. She is scheduled to give birth around next March. Ten elephants have been born in Japan since the war. The people related to the zoo hope the elephant will be born in Okinawa for the first time.


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Carol, one of three Asian elephants performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, sniffs about during a powerwash bath from handler Brett Carden before showtime at Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. Thursday March 22, 2012.

Ringling Bros. Wins $9.3 Million In Settlement From ASPCA Over Claims Of Elephant Abuse

2014-02-22 - Washington, United States.

A decade-long legal battle is finally coming to a close after the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) agreed to pay the owners of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million for alleging the circus abused their elephants. “Animal activists have been attacking our family, our company, and our employees for decades because they oppose animals in circuses,” Kenneth Feld, chairman and chief executive officer of Feld Entertainment, said in a stateme...


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Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm: Buta the elephant arrives at her new home

2014-02-21 - Wraxall, United Kingdom.

NOAH´S Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall welcomed a new arrival at its Elephant Eden site on Thursday. Buta, a female African elephant, became the first to move into the largest purpose-built elephant habitat in northern Europe where the zoo hopes to establish a herd. Buta was transported to the new 20-acre area from Knowsley Safari after four months of special training


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Elephant handlers use a tool called a bullhook that guides the animals. The tool has been ruled safe and acceptable, according to Janice Aria, head of animal stewardship with Ringling Bros.

Elephant "bullhook" guide is safe and widely accepted, says Ringling Bros. director of animal stewardship

2014-02-21 - New York, United States.

Our animals are inspected by animal welfare officials and routinely inspected and are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Despite this heavy regulatory scrutiny, many animal-rights groups criticize our animal care and the use of approved and widely accepted elephant tools, like the guide (often referred to by animal extremists as a “bullhook”). Groups like the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Elephant Managers Association and other professional organizations recognize ...


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Staff members of the zoo of Kunming look over the elephant enclosure on Feb 19, 2014 after a zookeeper died in it on Wednesday afternoon.

Chinese zookeeper dies in elephant enclosure

2014-02-20 - Kunming, China.

A zookeeper died in an elephant enclosure on Wednesday afternoon in southwest China´s Yunnan province, a source at the zoo said. The man, 46, was found dead at about 4:30 p.m. He had injuries to his head, according to the zoo of Kunming, the provincial capital. It is not yet known whether the man had been attacked by an elephant. The cause of the accident is being investigated.


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New elephant Mila/Jumbo at San Diego Zoo meeting her zoo-mates

2014-02-11 - San Diego, United States.

Animal care staff has been introducing Mila to one the female elephants of the herd -- the most dominant of the group -- an Asian elephant named Mary. They say the interactions have been largely positive, with Mila and Mary reaching through the barriers with their trunks to get to know each other. The 41-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego from a zoo in New Zealand back in November.


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Japan"s eldest elephant, Hanako, celebrates 67th birthday at Inokashira Park Zoo

2014-02-09 - Mitaka, Japan.

Hanako, a female Asian elephant who arrived in Japan shortly after the end of World War II celebrated her 67th birthday on Feb. 2 at Inokashira Park Zoo -- continuing her distinction as Japan´s eldest elephant. Also attending the occasion was the family of the late Thai businessperson Somwang Sarasas, who presented Hanako as a gift in 1949 with his own funds.


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2 injured in elephants attack in China

2014-02-09 - Xishuangbanna, China.

Two tourists were injured by a group of wild elephants at a scenic spot in China´s southwestern Yunnan Province, local officials said today. The incident took place at the Wild Elephant Valley in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna yesterday when the elephants trying to cross a river attacked a family of five.


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5 forest officials, 5 civilians injured in elephant attack

2014-02-09 - DHARMAPURI, India.

Five forest department staff and as many as five civilians were injured after they were attacked by a herd of elephants near Denkanikottah, 32km from Hosur in Krishnagiri district, official sources said today. All the injured persons have been hospitalised and are out of danger.


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Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys Circus elephant Carol is returning to Tupelo

2014-02-07 - Tupelo, United States.

A circus elephant is coming back to Mississippi, nearly a year after being injured in a drive-by shooting. Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, spent several weeks recovering at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus farm in Springfield, Mo., after the April 9, 2013, shooting outside BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss. The animal was shot in the shoulder. No arrests have been made but the case remains open.


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Tusker attack kills man in Chitwan

2014-02-06 - Chitwan, Nepal.

A man died after a wild elephant attacked him at Gardi VDC-1 in the district on Wednesday night. The victim is identified as 43-year-old Sher Bahadur Darjee of Gardi VDC. Notorious elephant called Dhrube had killed other three people in a row of attacks after it first took one’s life at Ameliya village in the Madi area last year. The government had spent 1,600,000 rupees in a bid to take Dhrube under control.


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The highlight of a visit to the Adelaide Zoo was a ride in Samorn

Adelaide, remember when Samorn the elephant and George the orangutan lived at the zoo?

2014-02-06 - Adelaide, Australia.

A gift from the king of Thailand in 1956, Samorn the elephant charmed children and adults alike at the zoo for 35 years by hauling them around the zoo grounds in a cart. Meaning "beautiful lady" in Thai, Samorn was admired by everyone as a gentle giant who loved her "mahout", Hero Nuus and enjoyed her regular contact with children. The three-tonne elephant retired from the role in 1982 and moved to Monarto Zoological Park nine years later. She died in 1994 and in 1998 her bones were put on displ...


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The elephant that killed its mahout and smashed part of a house in Thevara on Tuesday evening.

Only 1 licensed vet in Kochi to dart rampaging animals. Shortage of hands for sedating restive elephants a cause for concern

2014-02-06 - Kochi, India.

Don’t blame it on the veterinarians if they arrive late to dart restive wild animals as Kochi has only one licensed government veterinarian for the jumbo job. Though there is enough number of government veterinarians in the district who can dart the animals, including elephants, only one has the licence to pick up the dart gun and fire to sedate them. And it may take hours for making his service available as proved in the city on Tuesday. It took nearly three hours for the veterinarian to arr...


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Mahouts no longer stand by elephants

2014-02-06 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India.

The brutal death of Saneesh, a mahout who was mauled by a 19 year old elephant at Thevara, is due to the disruption of a long standing relationship of trust and love that mahouts and elephants used to have till a decade ago. Saneesh was the twenty eighth mahout that 19 year old Uttoli Mahadevan, had to take orders from in the last seven years.


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Drones Enter the Battle Against Elephant, Rhino Poachers

2014-02-06 - Windhoek, Namibia.

To give park rangers in Africa an upper hand in the fight against poachers, conservationists are bringing drones to the places where vulnerable elephants and rhinoceroses roam. Google gave the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) a $5 million Global Impact Award about a year ago to look for new ways to detect and deterwildlife crime.


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Udo Wedekind on the elephant hunt in Botswana.

Elephant hunter becomes agriculture boss

2014-02-05 - Erfurt, Germany.

A German conservation official who caused uproar after he boasted about shooting an elephant in Botswana has been made president of a state agricultural institute rather than being sacked. Elephant hunting was, when Wedekind fired his shots, allowed to an extent in Botswana. The country banned it at the beginning of 2014. Wedekind will be the head of Thuringia´s Institute for Agriculture, the environmental ministry confirmed.


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medical

False-Positive Supports Elephant Owner"s Suit

2014-02-05 - Panama City, United States.

Elephant Walk, a USDA-licensed elephant exhibitor, used the STAT-PAK kit to test one of its elephants, Topsy. After the test showed a "reactive" result, Elephant Walk asked for clarification and a retest, claiming that the test was often unreliable. When Elephant Walk later retested Topsy, it allegedly got a negative result. It claimed that the inaccurate "reactive" result stopped it from exhibiting Topsy in circuses and other events because animal rights groups and certain states had interprete...


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File photo of an open coal mine in the Ledu area of Tinsukia district of Upper Assam. No forest cover can be seen for miles in these hills which were once covered with thick forest cover due to continous mining.

NGT notice to PSUs on threat to Assam elephant corridor

2014-02-05 - Calcutta, India.

National Green Tribunal on Tuesday sought a response from the Centre and Assam government on a petition alleging that work of some state-owned companies in and around the Dehing-Patkai wildlife sanctuary in Tinsukia district was affecting the environment. Based on the petition, the tribunal also issued notices and sought responses of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Oil India Ltd, National Highways Authority of India, Coal India Ltd and various state authorities. The petition alleged that their activ...


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Row brewing over Indonesia"s "death zoo"

2014-02-05 - Surabaya, Indonesia.

A MALE giraffe died an agonising death at Indonesia´s Surabaya Zoo with 20 kg of plastic found in his stomach, in 2012. Three months later, a 30-year-old female elephant died after living with a broken leg for two years. So far this year, six animals have died at Indonesia´s largest zoo, in East Java province, including a protected 3-year-old Komodo dragon and an African lion called Michael, found with his head caught in a cable in his enclosure.


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KWS Launches Elephant Census Exercise in Kenya

2014-02-05 - Nairobi, Kenya.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has launched a programme to count the elephant population in both the Tsavo National Park and Mkomanzi Park in Tanzania. A total of 1193 elephants were counted in the year 2013 compared to a similar dry season in October 2010 count of 1065, a 12 per cent increase. In April 2013, the wet season count found 1930 elephants compared to 1420 in April 2010, a 35 per cent increase. Elephant population increased from 1420 to 1,930 while elephant carcass ratio declined fr...


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Illegal ivory trade increasing in Myanmar

2014-02-05 - Yangon, Myanmar.

“Simply speaking, smuggling ivory out of the country is increasing. Surveys also show that. As a result, the Forest Department is trying to control it in collaboration with international wildlife preservation organisations,” said the researcher, requesting anonymity. An official from the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) called for systematic measures, stating that the increasing illegal ivory trade is a danger to the nation.


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A Vietnamese man identified as Huu Dinh Khao, left, and two Togolese men stand next to a haul of ivory tusks after being seized by security forces at the port of Lome January 28, 2014. The three men were arrested by Togolese security forces who seized 1.

Togo seizes tusks of 500 dead elephants hidden in cargo bound for Vietnam

2014-02-04 - Lome, Togo.

Authorities in Togo have seized nearly 4 tons of ivory — the tusks from over 500 dead elephants — hidden in containers destined for Vietnam, officials said on Monday. Two locals and a man from Vietnam, where the containers were headed to, were arrested but it was not clear where the ivory came from.


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Kenya to launch elephant census in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem

2014-02-04 - Nairobi, Kenya.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and various stakeholders say they have finalized plans to carry out aerial census of elephants in the expansive Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem starting on Tuesday. KWS said Monday the results of the Feb. 4-10 exercise will help the wildlife officials establish the current elephant and other large mammals population size and distribution and compare these results with the results of past aerial counts


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Shanti, shown here with visibly bulging sides, has been pregnant for 683 days.

Houston Zoo Waiting For First Elephant Birth Since 2010

2014-02-04 - Houston, United States.

Zookeepers and volunteers are now watching around the clock for any signs of labor in Shanti. “She might swap her tail, lift her legs, maybe she can’t get as comfortable at night. Oftentimes too, you’ll see her lift her tail like she’s straining a little bit.” Like elephants in the wild, Shanti will give birth standing up, and gravity will help the calf drop out of her. The calf might weigh 350 pounds or more.


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Plastic waste from Sabarimala devotees kills wild elephant in Kerala forest

Tusker eats plastic waste thrown by pilgrims, dies

2014-02-04 - Pathanamthitta, India.

A 40-year-old female elephant has died after consuming plastic waste dumped by Sabarimala pilgrims. Forest officials found the carcass at Valiyanavattam along the path leading to the pilgrim centre in Pathanamthitta district. Veterinary surgeon Saseendra Dev, who conducted the autopsy, said the animal had consumed 2 kg of food packaging waste, including plastic bags, biscuit covers and aluminum foils.


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New Veerappans on the prowl? Serial killing of tuskers has forest officials alarmed

2014-02-04 - Bangalore, India.

Not since forest brigand Veerappan was killed by the Special Task Force in 2004 has the forest department been so jittery. Three young elephants have been killed for their tusks in the last six months — two of them in just a month in the ´D´ (demarcation) line between Karnataka-Tamil Nadu.


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Assembly En. Con. chair asks DEC to ban sale of ivory in New York

2014-02-04 - New York, United States.

After receiving information that African elephants are headed for extinction and elephant ivory poaching is funding terrorism, Assemblyman Bob Sweeney wrote a letter imploring the Department of Conservation to prohibit the sale of ivory in New York.


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Jumbos Get Ready for Homeward Trip

2014-02-04 - Mettupalayam, India.

After 48 days in the rejuvenation camp, 31 temple and 18 forest elephants from different parts of Tamil Nadu would leave for their respective places on Tuesday evening. The annual camp was held on the banks of Bhavani river at Thekkumpatti and Nellithorai near Mettupalayam. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) and Forest Department organised the camp to help the temple elephants regain vitality.


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Jokowi to name elephant calves in Raguna zoo

2014-02-04 - Jakarta, Indonesia.

Two new born elephants at Ragunan Zoo are waiting for Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to name them. On Dec. 2, 25-year-old Sumatran elephant Mulyani gave birth to a female calf, while on Oct. 20,Mulyani´s eldest daughter, Agustin, gave birth to a male calf. "We have given the calves temporary names until the governor names them," Ragunan Zoo spokesman Wahyudi Bambang said recently.


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5 injured as elephants run amok

2014-02-03 - Mysore, India.

The injured included a journalist, a mahout, a kavadi and two girls, who had visited the venue for the fair. The incident occurred when two elephants of Suttur mutt, Drona and Champa, raised a ruckus owing to the noise of crackers that were burst during Rathotsava, at the venue. The elephants which were near the mutt premises, reacted out of fear as the crackers burst, and ran haywire, resulting in losses to vendors, who had set up shop for the fair.


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Elephant tusk smuggler caught at Prague airport

2014-02-03 - Prague, Czech Republic.

A man smuggling 33 kilos of elephant tusks was caught at the Prague international airport on Tuesday, the Czech customs authority and the Czech environmental inspectorate told CTK Friday. The smuggler was heading to Asia where the tusks could be sold for up to $2500 per kilogramme on the black market, or for over $80,000.


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No harm in gifting baby elephants – Minister

2014-02-02 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa defended the Government’s practice of gifting baby elephants to various parties, stating criticism of the action was unwarranted. Speaking to The Nation, the minister brushed aside criticism leveled by environmentalists, claiming the Government ‘will not be dictated by environmentalists.


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Udo Wedekind poses beside the corpse of an elephant during a hunting trip in Botswana, south Africa

German conservation official legally shoots an elephant and legally poses with its corpse in Botswana

2014-02-02 - , United States.

A German conservation official has shot dead an elephant in Botswana. Udo Wedekind, whose job includes environmental protection and care of endangered species, fired at the animal during a hunting trip in the African country last year. Today, Thueringen´s regional government environment minister, Juergen Reinholz, said: ´It is not of interest what civil servants do in their free time as long as they follow the law and don´t break the rules.´


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Greenville Zoo elephant being treated for illness

2014-02-02 - Greenville, United States.

Ladybird, one of the Greenville Zoo´s African elephants, is undergoing treatment and close observation for a medical condition, zoo officials said. Officials said Ladybird experienced an episode of abdominal pain, which can be fairly common with a weather change. As a result, she has been receiving supportive care, including oral fluids and high fiber foods. She may also be taken off exhibit, officials said, while she recovers.


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Myanmar"s Elephant Logging Camps Under Threat

2014-02-01 - , Myanmar.

This government-owned camp holding 62 elephants and about 330 local villagers is one of many which are under threat due to upcoming changes in laws that reflect the steady depletion of forests in the country. The local government blames illegal loggers for this, while others are under the opinion that the government carelessly sold land for construction and development purposes to the wrong people. Either way, elephant logging which has been a source of income for many in this country for genera...


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Melbourne Zoo"s boisterous new baby elephant has plenty to trumpet about - he has a new name.

2014-02-01 - Melbourne, Australia.

The new calf has been named Man Jai, which means "confident" in Thai. A special naming celebration was held at Melbourne Zoo on Saturday. The elephant´s name was chosen by zoo members as part of an online poll. Other possible options for the lively zoo addition included Sai, meaning tropical tree or Look Nam, which means "likes water".


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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) tasked themselves with the mission of transporting a rare subspecies of elephants across the Ivory Coast to improve their safety, as well as the safety of local villagers. These are not the elephants discu

International Fund for Animal Welfare Transports Elephants in Africa - 33% died...

2014-02-01 - Daloa, Ivory Coast.

Due to the increasing conflict between elephants and villagers in the town of Daloa, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was tasked with the mission of transporting a rare subspecies of elephants across the Ivory Coast to improve their safety as well as the safety of local villagers. Of the six African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) that were transported, two died during the trip.


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book

Jumbo - The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland, book review

2014-01-31 - London, United Kingdom.

As John Sutherland, the literary academic, admits from the off, his new book is not really an “unauthorised biography” at all. It is more a treasure trove of elephant ephemera with eye-popping statistics on trunks, dung and sex and characters from Chunee, Jumbo’s popular show animal predecessor in London, to Disney’s fictional Dumbo.


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 The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) says it will start using surveillance drones to help protect elephants and other endangered animals that have come under increased threat from poachers in recent months.  The unmanned aircraft are scheduled to be fly

Drones to Protect African Wildlife

2014-01-31 - Entebbe, Uganda.

The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) says it will start using surveillance drones to help protect elephants and other endangered animals that have come under increased threat from poachers in recent months. The unmanned aircraft are scheduled to be flying by the end of the year. UWA Executive Director Andrew Seguya told reporters that the drones will catch poachers “while in the act.”


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Anantara Moves King"s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament to Bangkok

2014-01-31 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has confirmed that the King´s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will this year move from its original home of Hua Hin to the Thai capital of Bangkok. The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, will take place at the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok between 28-31 August 2014.


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DETECTION OF ELEPHANT ENDOTHELIOTROPIC HERPESVIRUS INFECTION AMONG HEALTHY ASIAN ELEPHANTS (ELEPHAS MAXIMUS) IN SOUTH INDIA.

2014-01-31 - Bethesda, United States. Stanton JJ, Nofs SA, Zachariah A, Kalaivannan N, Ling PD.

We used previously validated EEHV-specific quantitative real-time PCR assays to detect subclinical EEHV infection in three regionally distinct Asian elephant cohorts, totaling 46 in situ elephants in South India, during October and November 2011. Using DNA prepared from trunk washes, we detected EEHV1, EEHV3/4, and EEHV5 at frequencies of 7, 9, and 20% respectively. None of the trunk washes was positive for EEHV2 or 6. At least one EEHV species was detectable in 35% (16/46) of the samples that w...


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The UN Security Council votes to target illicit wildlife trade in a resolution on the Central African Republic.

UN Security Council targets poaching and wildlife trade with DRC sanctions

2014-01-30 - Washington, United States.

The United Nations Security Council took a critical step today in tackling elephant poaching and illicit ivory trade by addressing the link between instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and wildlife trafficking. In renewing the DRC sanctions regime, the resolution targets individuals and entities illegally supporting armed groups through the illicit trade of natural resources, including wildlife and wildlife products, such as elephant ivory.


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Picture by Chandana Perera

President Mahinda Rajapaksa gifted two baby elephants to the Sri Lanka Army and the Police

2014-01-30 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday gifted two baby elephants to the Sri Lanka Army and the Police. Three and a half year old ‘Kandula’ was handed over to the Army and four and half year old ‘Abeetha’ to the Police. The baby elephants donated by the Department of Wildlife will be used at ceremonial occassions by the Army and the Police.


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Elephant Sunder was not tortured, temple trust tells HC

2014-01-28 - New Delhi, India.

Devasthan Management Committee, which manages the famous Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, today denied that elephant Sunder was tortured and starved during the last six years while it was under the temple´s care, as alleged by NGO PETA. The management committee of the temple, by a resolution passed on December 26, 2013, gifted Sunder to Warna Sahakari Dudh Utpadan Society. Accordingly, it has been shifted to the company premises where it walks in open air, said the affidavit.


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Elephant Preserve Planned in California for "Near-Wild" Herd. Preserve Aims to Keep African Elephants Healthy, in Shape and Breeding

2014-01-26 - Tehama, United States.

In the rural, rolling hills of Northern California, plans are under way for a 4,900-acre preserve that would keep African elephants healthy, in shape and breeding. Part fat farm and part laboratory, the elephant preserve would start with three to five elephants and let them grow into a herd of 12 to 15 over two decades. Scientists also would conduct research into the "near-wild" herd, and school groups would come to learn about African elephants, considered to be a threatened species because of ...


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Mammoths of the Ice Age: Huge new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh from January

2014-01-24 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

This January National Museums Scotland presents Mammoths of the Ice Age, a major exhibition exploring the mysteries of the Ice Age and revealing what life was like for the iconic mammals of this era; the mammoth and the mastodon. Unlike dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals, mastodons and mammoths lived side by side with humans for thousands of years. In Mammoths of the Ice Age visitors can again come nose-to-trunk with these intriguing animals.


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Sunder the elephant"s fate to be decided in Bombay High court today

2014-01-21 - Bombay, India.

Sunder the elephant, who has been the subject of a petition for his release will have his case heard in front of the Bombay High court on Tuesday. Through an investigative video, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of animals, had furnished evidence of abuse that the pachyderm was allegedly being subjected to. Officials from PETA and a few supporters had met state forest minister Patangrao Kadam regarding Sunder’s case. At thi...


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displays during Wednesday

Topeka Zoo master plan contains elements for all. North America, Asia and Africa zones highlight zoogeographic approach

2014-01-17 - Topeka, United States.

So far, the zoo only has a price estimate for building out the elephant exhibit. In 2012, Wiley said, that cost was estimated at $9.8 million, which would increase the exhibit from three-quarters of an acre and two elephants to 3 acres and six to eight elephants. Expanding the elephant exhibit would be the zoo’s first priority, should the plan be set into motion, he said.


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The new elephant calf is a playful male born Jan. 6.

Nong Nooch welcomes first elephant calf of 2014

2014-01-17 - , United States.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated the birth of its first elephant calf of 2014 with the arrival of a playful male Jan. 6. Park Director Kampol Tansajja announced that 14-year-old cow Sarai had given birth to her first calf, which appeared healthy and was feeding normally. It was sired by 16-year-old bull Ning Nong.


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Norma Jean on the day before she died in 1972.

A Good-Bye to Norma Jean

2014-01-16 - Oquawka, United States.

This is a bittersweet tale about a 6,500-pound circus elephant, her final resting place, and her legacy. It is a story in which some see a grain of humor, perhaps something we all need to find when tragedy strikes under unusual circumstances and is recalled years later.


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Audubon Zoo"s Asian elephant turns 50

2014-01-16 - Audubon, United States.

How do you slice a birthday cake for elephants? You don´t - the elephant honoree gets an entire cake. At least, that´s what the Audubon Zoo did Thursday for Panya´s 50th birthday. The Asian elephant got one complete chocolate cake. The zoo´s other Asian elephant, 41-year-old Jean, got another.


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114 Headlines about Elephants from 20142014-12-24 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Interpol arrests businessman Feisal Ali Mohamed over ivory trafficking 2014-11-20 - Phuket, Thailand - Time to Ban The Big Boy Elephants on Phuket and in Phang Nga 2014-11-06 - San Lorenzo, United States - Argentine unearths mastodon in his yard 2014-09-17 - Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Zoo names new baby elephant calves Kavi and Ashoka 2014-09-13 - Azle, United States - Announcing the M. Phil Kahl Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-09-11 - Hope, United States - Rosie and Opal, Hope elephants, will head back to Oklahoma: Not necessarily a permanent move 2014-09-11 - Whipsnade, United Kingdom - Elephant Ultrasound Course at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, UK 2014-09-10 - MARRUPA, Mozambique - Six Elephant Poachers Caught in Mozambique Reserve 2014-09-10 - , United States - First Fatality Associated with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus 5 in an Asian Elephant: Pathological Findings and Complete Viral Genome Sequence 2014-09-10 - Thiruvananthapuram, India - Herpes suspected to have killed jumbo calf in Kerala forest 2014-09-10 - Hope, United States - Co-Founder Of Elephant Rescue Jim Laurita Crushed To Death By Elephant 2014-09-08 - Bhopal, India - Madhya Pradesh forest department to get 9 elephants from Karnataka 2014-08-28 - Bangkok, Thailand - 13th King"s Cup Elephant Polo in Thailand 2014-08-01 - Kandy, Sri Lanka - Kandy Perahera 2014 2014-06-27 - Riau, Indonesia - Sumatran Elephant Found Dead in Riau 2014-06-25 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Vietnam confiscates 90kg of elephant tusks, ivory artifacts allegedly smuggled from Africa 2014-06-17 - Bekesbourne, United Kingdom - Adorable Elephant Calf Makes Debut At Howletts 2014-06-16 - Greenville, United States - Joy the elephant dies en route to new home 2014-06-12 - Bewdley, United Kingdom - West Midlands Safari Park names baby elephant after Stephen Sutton 2014-06-09 - Narok, Kenya - Alarm as 117 elephant carcasses found in Maasai Mara Game Reserve 2014-06-09 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sambo’s return to Phnom Penh city nixed 2014-06-07 - Mombasa, Kenya - Kenyan police seize 300 elephant tusks being packed at port city 2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Zoo opens new 57-million-franc ($63.5-million) facility for elephants 2014-06-01 - Yangon, Myanmar - At least 34 wild elephants poached in Myanmar last year 2014-05-29 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Angkor still has secrets to reveal 2014-05-28 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Short-lived retirement for Phnom Penh elephant Sambo? 2014-05-25 - Hai Phong, Vietnam - Vietnam seizes over 1 ton of elephant tusks smuggled from Hong Kong 2014-05-23 - Knysna, South Africa - Knysna Elephant Parks Response to Abuse Allegations 2014-05-19 - Knysna, South Africa - Alleged animal abuse at Knysna Elephant Park 2014-05-17 - Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong begins destroying 131,000 pounds of elephant ivory 2014-05-15 - Kruger National Park, South Africa - Shock as SANParks discovers first poached elephant in ten years 2014-05-09 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Elephant summit set in Tanzania late this week 2014-05-06 - Prachuab Khiri Khan, Thailand - Thieves cut tusks off live elephant at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation 2014-05-06 - Bangalore, India - Rescued Jumbos a Burden for Bannerghatta Zoo 2014-05-06 - Ann Arbor, United States - Paleontologists unveil online showcase of 3-D fossil remains 2014-05-06 - Karachi, Pakistan - As temperatures run wild, Karachi zoo residents hit the ice bucket 2014-05-05 - , Laos - Captive elephants in Laos face extinction 2014-05-05 - Pune, India - Zoo"s kitty swells with elephant adoption plan 2014-05-04 - Punta Gorda, United States - On My Nightstand: ‘Water for Elephants’ tender and cruel 2014-05-04 - Thrissur, India - ARAs increasing their market shares in India, complains about elephants being "paraded on uneven surfaces" etc... 2014-05-04 - Pollachi, India - This "Kalpana Chawla" obeys 50-odd commands 2014-05-04 - Xishuangbanna, China - In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven 2014-05-04 - Washington, United States - Ivory Ban Impacts Musicians 2014-05-04 - Kochi, India - Peruvaram Mahadeva temple: Squad checks on jumbos after complaint 2014-05-04 - KANNUR, India - Wild elephant succumbs to blast injuries in the mouth 2014-05-04 - Edmonton, United States - Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies 2014-05-03 - Oakland, United States - Oakland Zoo Receives Statue in Memory of Sidney Snow 2014-05-03 - Nairobi, Kenya - 2 Kenyan police arrested transporting ivory 2014-05-03 - Nairobi, Kenya - KWS launch manhunt for poachers who killed 6 elephants in Tsavo 2014-05-03 - Agra, India - Agra provides unique haven for elephants to roam unfettered 2014-05-03 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka - Investigations on poaching an elephant calf from Udawala sanctuary : Video 2014-05-02 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka - Attempt to abduct elephant calf from Udawalawe averted 2014-05-01 - Aceh, Indonesia - Police apprehend elephant-killers in Sumatra 2014-05-01 - Thrissur, India - Not just any elephant can take part in Thrissur pooram! 2014-05-01 - Los Angeles, United States - City Council bans use of bullhooks on circus elephants in L.A. 2014-04-30 - Nairobi, Kenya - Poachers held after revenge attack on elephants 2014-04-30 - Ernakulam, India - Wild elephant reluctant to go back 2014-04-29 - Uttarakhand, India - NGT stays construction of wall inside Rajaji Park 2014-04-24 - , United Kingdom - Camilla and Charles "utterly devastated" as Duchess"s brother Mark Shand, 62, dies after slipping and smashing his head when he left £1million fundraiser in New York for his elephant charity 2014-04-20 - GARUMARA, India - 100 forest department employees on election duty could not cast vote; boss puts it as "natural" 2014-02-27 - Seattle, United States - Fragile Seattle mammoth tusk must dry out before DNA is tested (with photos) 2014-02-27 - Windhoek, Namibia - 2014-02-27 - Sydney, Australia - "Basil Fawlty" to open accommodation 2014-02-25 - Okinawa, Japan - Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa 2014-02-22 - Washington, United States - Ringling Bros. Wins $9.3 Million In Settlement From ASPCA Over Claims Of Elephant Abuse 2014-02-21 - New York, United States - Elephant "bullhook" guide is safe and widely accepted, says Ringling Bros. director of animal stewardship 2014-02-21 - Wraxall, United Kingdom - Noah"s Ark Zoo Farm: Buta the elephant arrives at her new home 2014-02-20 - Kunming, China - Chinese zookeeper dies in elephant enclosure 2014-02-11 - San Diego, United States - New elephant Mila/Jumbo at San Diego Zoo meeting her zoo-mates 2014-02-09 - DHARMAPURI, India - 5 forest officials, 5 civilians injured in elephant attack 2014-02-09 - Xishuangbanna, China - 2 injured in elephants attack in China 2014-02-09 - Mitaka, Japan - Japan"s eldest elephant, Hanako, celebrates 67th birthday at Inokashira Park Zoo 2014-02-07 - Tupelo, United States - Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys Circus elephant Carol is returning to Tupelo 2014-02-06 - Windhoek, Namibia - Drones Enter the Battle Against Elephant, Rhino Poachers 2014-02-06 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India - Mahouts no longer stand by elephants 2014-02-06 - Kochi, India - Only 1 licensed vet in Kochi to dart rampaging animals. Shortage of hands for sedating restive elephants a cause for concern 2014-02-06 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide, remember when Samorn the elephant and George the orangutan lived at the zoo? 2014-02-06 - Chitwan, Nepal - Tusker attack kills man in Chitwan 2014-02-05 - Yangon, Myanmar - Illegal ivory trade increasing in Myanmar 2014-02-05 - Nairobi, Kenya - KWS Launches Elephant Census Exercise in Kenya 2014-02-05 - Surabaya, Indonesia - Row brewing over Indonesia"s "death zoo" 2014-02-05 - Calcutta, India - NGT notice to PSUs on threat to Assam elephant corridor 2014-02-05 - Panama City, United States - False-Positive Supports Elephant Owner"s Suit 2014-02-05 - Erfurt, Germany - Elephant hunter becomes agriculture boss 2014-02-04 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Jokowi to name elephant calves in Raguna zoo 2014-02-04 - Mettupalayam, India - Jumbos Get Ready for Homeward Trip 2014-02-04 - New York, United States - Assembly En. Con. chair asks DEC to ban sale of ivory in New York 2014-02-04 - Bangalore, India - New Veerappans on the prowl? Serial killing of tuskers has forest officials alarmed 2014-02-04 - Pathanamthitta, India - Tusker eats plastic waste thrown by pilgrims, dies 2014-02-04 - Houston, United States - Houston Zoo Waiting For First Elephant Birth Since 2010 2014-02-04 - Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya to launch elephant census in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem 2014-02-04 - Lome, Togo - Togo seizes tusks of 500 dead elephants hidden in cargo bound for Vietnam 2014-02-03 - Prague, Czech Republic - Elephant tusk smuggler caught at Prague airport 2014-02-03 - Mysore, India - 5 injured as elephants run amok 2014-02-02 - Greenville, United States - Greenville Zoo elephant being treated for illness 2014-02-02 - , United States - German conservation official legally shoots an elephant and legally poses with its corpse in Botswana 2014-02-02 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - No harm in gifting baby elephants – Minister 2014-02-01 - Daloa, Ivory Coast - International Fund for Animal Welfare Transports Elephants in Africa - 33% died... 2014-02-01 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo"s boisterous new baby elephant has plenty to trumpet about - he has a new name. 2014-02-01 - , Myanmar - Myanmar"s Elephant Logging Camps Under Threat 2014-01-31 - Bethesda, United States - DETECTION OF ELEPHANT ENDOTHELIOTROPIC HERPESVIRUS INFECTION AMONG HEALTHY ASIAN ELEPHANTS (ELEPHAS MAXIMUS) IN SOUTH INDIA. 2014-01-31 - Bangkok, Thailand - Anantara Moves King"s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament to Bangkok 2014-01-31 - Entebbe, Uganda - Drones to Protect African Wildlife 2014-01-31 - London, United Kingdom - Jumbo - The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland, book review 2014-01-30 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - President Mahinda Rajapaksa gifted two baby elephants to the Sri Lanka Army and the Police 2014-01-30 - Washington, United States - UN Security Council targets poaching and wildlife trade with DRC sanctions 2014-01-28 - New Delhi, India - Elephant Sunder was not tortured, temple trust tells HC 2014-01-26 - Tehama, United States - Elephant Preserve Planned in California for "Near-Wild" Herd. Preserve Aims to Keep African Elephants Healthy, in Shape and Breeding 2014-01-24 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Mammoths of the Ice Age: Huge new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh from January 2014-01-21 - Bombay, India - Sunder the elephant"s fate to be decided in Bombay High court today 2014-01-17 - , United States - Nong Nooch welcomes first elephant calf of 2014 2014-01-17 - Topeka, United States - Topeka Zoo master plan contains elements for all. North America, Asia and Africa zones highlight zoogeographic approach 2014-01-16 - Audubon, United States - Audubon Zoo"s Asian elephant turns 50 2014-01-16 - Oquawka, United States - A Good-Bye to Norma Jean


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