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AWBI for euthanising 3 elephants

2016-12-28 - , India.

According to the AWBI, Lakhsmi and Ramabhadran, two elephants of the Thiruvambadi Devaswom, and Thiruvegappuram Devanarayanan (Kattakada Abhimanyu), owned by a private individual, are suffering from serious ailments and should be subjected to mercy killing to end their sufferings.


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Chitwan Elephant Festival to be held in Sauraha from Dec 26

2016-12-26 - Sauraha, Nepal.

Chitwan Elephant Festival is going to be held at Sauraha in Chitwan district from December 26 to 30. The International Elephant Polo will remain the highlight of the Festival which is being held after a gap of 7 years, according to International Elephant Polo Competition Coordinator Shankar Sainju.


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One-year-old male elephant "Gold" playing inside the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) where he is being cared for in the central Vietnamese highland province of Dak Lak.

Survival of the unfittest: Vietnam’s disappearing elephants battle to stay alive

2016-12-21 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Now there are fewer than 100 elephants left in the wild in Vietnam and just 80 or so in captivity, mostly used to ferry tourists around the leafy forests of Vietnam’s central highlands. Experts say the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre could be the last hope for Vietnam’s disappearing pachyderms.


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The new calf, quickly named Phlai Prapphayak, nuzzles his mother,30-year-old Phang Dok Sano, at the Wang Chang Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal   Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1163288/new

New calf born at Ayutthaya elephant kraal

2016-12-19 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The Wang Chang Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal in tambon Suan Phrik has a new arrival - a male calf born at 4.40am on Monday. Romthongsai Meephan, the owner of the kraal, said 30-year-old Phang Dok Sano gave birth to a calf weighing about 70 kilogrammes. The youngster was healthy and strong, with all the dominant features of a male Thai elephant.


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The continual erosion of forested land by local people has narrowed the living space for elephants in Dong Nai Province, leading to more conflict

Declining forested land triggers elephant conflict

2016-12-17 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Between 2009 and 2011, up to nine elephants died in the southern province of Dong Nai, which were initially suspected of being killed by people. Recently, the only elephant in Tan Phu protective forest was also killed.
According to the forest management board, for many years, the elephants have destroyed sugarcane and crops grown by people. Conservationists warned that if more elephants continue to be killed, the species faces extinction in Dong Nai.


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The forest and elephants are disappearing

The last domesticated elephant of the northern Highland in Vietnam

2016-12-17 - Gia Lai, Vietnam.

Ya Tao, the elephant of local Ksor Cham in Gia Lai Province, is now the only living domesticated elephant in the northern Highland region, a place once famous for its elephant residents. Ksor Cham said many people had wanted to buy his elephant but he had refused them all. Ya Tao has become an important family member after living with them for over 50 years.


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Rare Asian elephant born at Chester Zoo

2016-12-17 - Chester, United Kingdom.

The unnamed female calf was born to 12-year-old mother Sundara overnight after a 22-month gestation. Keepers at the zoo said both mother and daughter are doing well and visitors will be able to see the new arrival from Saturday.



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Botswana bans elephant-back rides

2016-12-15 - , Botswana.

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris. The first commercial elephant rides in Africa began in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s and soon spread throughout Southern Africa. In the region there are now 39 commercial elephant venues, holding around 215 captive elephants. At least 25 of these offer elephant rides. Seven of them...


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Property worth Rs 1 lakh destroyed in Morang elephant attack

2016-12-15 - MORANG, Nepal.

Property worth around Rs 100,000 was destroyed after two wild elephants entered a human settlement in Kamalpur, Letang Bhogteni Municipality-7 of Morang district on Wednesday night. The tuskers from a nearby forest had fully destroyed a hut of local Sherman Limbu.


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Asian elephant Packy, at 54 the oldest male of his species in North America, enjoys a swim at the Oregon Zoo earlier this fall.

Packy keeps going as he battles tuberculosis

2016-12-15 - Portland, United States.

Packy’s human family at the Oregon Zoo is concerned for the health of the legendary Asian elephant, the oldest living of his kind in North America. The 54-year-old Packy has shown a recurrence of tuberculosis, and treatment has stopped working and it’s been suspended. Zoo officials are consulting with experts about what to do. Not to alarm anybody, but it’s an unknown situation.


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Perth Zoo hits back at petition to stop elephant painting

2016-12-14 - Perth, Australia.

PERTH Zoo is disappointed an online petition questions their elephant care and training methods, saying staff are 100 per cent dedicated to the welfare of the animals. The change.org petition calls for an end to elephant art, prompted by social media adverts offering Perth Zoo elephant paintings as a unique Christmas gift.


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Elephant Safari launched in western Chitwan

2016-12-14 - Chitwan, Nepal.

Four community forests located in Chitwan´s western part have introduced elephant safari with an aim to boost tourism. The elephant safari has been started from Devnagar Post, Chitwan National Park (CNP) Chief Conservation Officer, Ram Chandra Kandel said.


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China to set date to close ivory factories

2016-12-13 - Beijing, China.

China is set to announce when it will close its legal ivory carving factories, 18 months after pledging to act. Last year, the world’s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory said it would shut down commercial sales within the country. But did not set a timeline. At the time, conservationists described the announcement as the “single greatest measure” in the fight to save elephants from poaching. Wildlife advocates have since urged Beijing to get on with the job.


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Swimcam captures Taronga Zoo elephants under water

2016-12-12 - Sydney, Australia.

To capture Tukta underwater, photographer Toby Zerna attached his camera to a five metre long pool scoop. “Tukta was interested in the camera, coming up to take a look but then she went off to continue swimming,” Zerna said.


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Chenkalloor Dakshayani, the 86-year-old elephant owned by the Travancore Devaswom Board | kaviyoor santhosh

At 86, granny Dakshayani to get a chain-free spacious enclosure

2016-12-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Eyeing the Guinness Book honour for the oldest living Asian elephant in captivity, 86-year-old Chenkalloor Dakshayani, would soon get a chain-free spacious enclosure.


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Infamous SA circus owner fights laws that protect elephants

2016-12-09 - Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Circus owner Brian Boswell is challenging the legality of elephant protection laws after his attempt to sell African elephants to a zoo in the United Arab Emirates was blocked by wildlife authorities. Boswell has refused to accept the denial of a permit application to send five circus trained elephants to a Dubai zoo at the selling price of R3 million each


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Chinese nabbed with elephant tusks

2016-12-09 - Windhoek, Namibia.

Two Chinese nationals were detained yesterday after they allegedly attempted to smuggle elephant tusks that were cut into small pieces and stuffed into instant coffee tins. The two suspects were on their way to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA). HKIA was recently in the news after another Chinese national was caught with 18 rhino horns worth almost N$7 million by the Hawks in South Africa after he was let through though the airport scanners in Namibia had detected the illegal exports.


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Wild elephants stray into Ambikapur town, force schools to shut down

2016-12-08 - RAIPUR, India.

A herd of wild elephants with its young ones ventured into Ambikapur town, district headquarters of Sarguja district in North Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.Later, the herd entered a school group and stayed there.
Forest department swung into action and erected barricades to check further movement of elephants in the town and they are under surveillance.


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Ammu elephant calf dies of viral infection at Konni camp

2016-12-07 - Konni , India.

A one-year-old elephant calf died of viral infection at the Konni elephant training centre. The calf Ammu was suffering from Elephant Endotheliotrop. Ammu was in the news recently after Forest Minister K Raju came to the camp for her naming ceremony


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Rejuvenation camp for jumbos awaits government nod

2016-12-07 - COIMBATORE, India.

It is that time of the year when all the temple elephants in the district are brought to Thekkampatti for a 40-day rejuvenation camp. The camp begins in December-end or January.


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Female elephant H’Tuk receives an ultrasound scan from experts

Vietnam uses ultrasound to determine virility of domestic elephants

2016-12-06 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

Domesticated elephants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are receiving ultrasound scans by international experts to check their fitness for mating.
In the heat of the afternoon inside Ban Don Village in Dak Lak Province, a group of vets from Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center (DECC) waited alongside Dutch elephant expert Dr. Willem Schaftenaar for H’Tuk, a female elephant who lives at a local ecotourism resort.


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Village women pray by the carcass of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon in Assam.

Train hit kills 3 elephants, including 2 pregnant females, in Assam

2016-12-05 - Guwahati, United States.

Three wild elephants, including two pregnant females, were killed by a speeding train in Assam early on Monday, officials said. A herd of elephants were crossing the railway track at Hojai in Nagaon district when they were hit by the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express around 12:30am, nearly 137 kilometres from Guwahati. “One of the elephants was a 4-year-old female, while 2 others were pregnant. One of them aborted a 2-month-old fetus after the accident and we found a 4-month-old fetus in...


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Demand for Karnataka elephants from other states, 12 to sent to Uttarakhand

2016-12-04 - Mysore, India.

It was a great honour to Karnataka Forest Department as its elephants captured and tamed by experts from the state are now on demand from other states in the country.Forest department sources told UNI that 12 of these tamed elephants will be sent to Uttarakhand. The elephants have been selected from Bannerghatta, Mathigodu, Dodda Harave and Dubare elephant camps.


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Tonzi, an elephant at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant Tonzi who suffered with severe arthritis is put down

2016-12-04 - Nuneaton, United Kingdom.

A Twycross Zoo elephant who was suffering with crippling arthritis has been put down. A zoo spokesman said every effort was made to treat her health problems. The 32-year-old Tonzi was euthanised after attempts to treat her health problems were exhausted.


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The shocking moment Elephant throws buffalo several feet in the air

2016-12-04 - Nairobi, Kenya.

An arrogant buffalo was tossed several feet into the air after it decided to battle with a mother elephant. The buffalo, weighing more than 500kg did not survive the battle. These pictures were taken by a photographer who visited Kenya on vacation.


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Airavata Elephant Foundation agreed to buy the elephant, named Bak Mai, for $17,000 early last month from 15 families, he said, though the full amount is yet to be paid.

Killer Elephant Finds Home at Foundation

2016-12-01 - Banlung, Cambodia.

An elephant that killed its owner in September in Mondolkiri province has been sold to a foundation in neighboring Ratanakkiri province, the organization said on Wednesday. “Nobody wanted a killer elephant. They said the killer elephant would kill again,” said Pierre-Yves Clais, the vice president of Airavata Elephant Foundation.


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Found: Ancient Elephant Fossils Hidden Beneath L.A."s New Subway

2016-12-01 - Los Angeles, United States.

Los Angeles was built in a place pockmarked with tar pits, and one of the sites on the extension of the Purple Line is at Wilshire and La Brea, not far from the famous La Brea Tar Pits, which daily yields new finds. Late in November, construction crews found another one, the Los Angeles Times reports. The first piece of an ancient animal that they discovered was a shattered tusk, three feet long, followed by a mastodon tooth. This week, a specialist who monitors the site for fossil finds located...


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Rampant herd of elephants forcing several families to live on trees

2016-12-01 - Ranchi, India.

In a bizarre event people of four families have been forced to live on trees due to the fear of elephants that have gone wild near Ranchi, Jharkhand. Villagers are living in fear since then and have been forced to live on trees in order to protect themselves from the rampant elephants. As per the reports, some families living in Loharatola village in Bundu, around 45 km from Ranchi, have shifted on trees after elephants destroyed their houses.


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Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a tonne of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City´s deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and Tuesday was hidden inside timber in two containers that arrived at Cat Lai port and was en route to neighboring Cambodia.


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An elephant stands in a section of mondulkiri forest on sunday after it killed its handler and escaping.

Freedom short-lived as elephant again escapes

2016-11-30 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia. Khouth Sophak Chakrya

An elephant that killed its owner in Mondulkiri province in September was recaptured yesterday afternoon after having escaped into the jungle for three days, according to the conservation NGO Airavata, which bought the bull after its old owner’s death.

Seng Pich, the group’s spokesperson, said Mai the elephant enjoyed a short-lived escape into the jungle in Pech Chreada district’s Sre Ampoum commune after being taken out of shackles put in place by the grievin...


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213 killed in elephant attack in three years in Odisha

2016-11-29 - New Delhi, India.

As many as 213 persons have been killed in elephant attack in Odisha in the last three years from 2013 to 2016, said Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister Anil Madhav Dave answering an unstarred question raised by BJD parliamentarian Narendra Kumar Swain on Monday.


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Vets rescue elephant caught in poachers snare

2016-11-29 - Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

A team of veterinarians saved a juvenile bull elephant caught in a poacher´s wire snare with surgery in the field, in Zimbabwe, on November 21. The young animal, named Little Nyakasanga, is seen standing up after undergoing surgery in Mana Pools. The operation was performed by veterinarians from Aware Trust Zimbabwe, a conservation trust.


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Can drone technology save the Sumatran elephant?

2016-11-29 - , Indonesia.

Fauna & Flora International has acquired two quadcopter drones to help reduce incidents of conflict between humans and wild elephants in Sumatra, Indonesia. The acquisition of two quadcopter drones is helping Fauna & Flora International´s (FFI) Aceh team to monitor the location of Sumatran elephants in Aceh, Indonesia, and respond quickly when elephants are approaching community farms to minimise potential conflicts.


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relocation

Two Florida elephants pack their trunks, move to Columbus Zoo

2016-11-29 - Columbus, United States.

Asian elephant sisters Rudy, 14, and Sunny, 8, are moving to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Any offspring born of Rudy or Sunny would belong the zoo, and would be used as a part of the American Zoological Association´s Species Survival Plan.


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No arrangements for Kaavan during winter

2016-11-28 - Islamabad, Pakistan.

Now that winter has set in, the management of the Marghazar Zoo is worried about the fate of Kaavan, the lone elephant, who requires special arrangements during the winter months. Kaavan belongs to Sri Lanka, where the temperature does not drop below zero degrees Celsius.


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Elephant and Obelisk by Gianlorenzo Bernini

The Pope"s Elephant

2016-11-28 - Rome, Italy.

In 1514, King Manuel I of Portugal gave Pope Leo X a white Indian Elephant named Hanno. When Hanno arrived in the Vatican—after sailing from Cochin, on India´s southwest coast, to Lisbon and from Lisbon to Rome, he was an enormous sensation.


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Temples to lose elephants for festivals, Maneka Gandhi writes to ministry for new provisions

2016-11-28 - New Delhi, India.

Famed temples in south India such as Kerala´s Guruvayoor, which parade richly-decorated jumbos during festivals like Pooram, may lose them forever. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) asking for such religious institutions ´Which keep wild animals in captivity´ be categorised as zoos.


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Over 1300 people died due to tiger and elephant attacks in India in past three years

2016-11-28 - New Delhi, India.

Number of human deaths due to tiger attacks has gradually been declining, but there is no let up in the casualties due to elephant attacks in India. In both the cases, West Bengal has suffered the maximum human casualties in the past three years.


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relocation

Jumbo Leap Over Courts To Swindle Baby Elephants

2016-11-27 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Many have expressed concern over the government’s move to return the baby elephants to individuals who allegedly had illegal permits or none at all. Several environmental lawyers claimed the move to return the elephants to the suspects was at fault since the court is yet to arrive at a final decision on the matter and it still remains a pending case.


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The tusker was constantly seen on the tracks during the last two weeks.

Elephant hit by passenger train in Palakkad succumbs to injuries

2016-11-27 - Palakkad, India.

A male wild elephant which was hit by a train on the B line at the Walayar Pudussery section just past Kanjikode succumbed to the injuries on Sunday. The passenger train from Palakkad town Tiruchirapalli (Train No. 56712) hit the 25-year old elephant at around 8km from Palakkad (towards Coimbatore) on Sunday 7.10 AM on the B line.


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The Rajaji Tiger Reserve authorities have got its mahouts trained in Kerala so that the safari is conducted in a safe and proper manner.

Elephant safari to resume in Rajaji reserve after 9 yrs

2016-11-26 - Dehradun, India.

Raja, Radha and Rangeela, three elephants at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, are all set for the elephant safari that is now being resumed at Rajaji after nine years. Raja is a male elephant while Radha and Rangeela are females.
Arundhati, a famous female safari elephant at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, then Rajaji National Park, which died in 2007 after it was injured while on patrol.


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Rogue tusker injures two elephants in zoo

2016-11-26 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A rogue tusker, which had strayed from the adjoining Chandaka wildlife sanctuary, wreaked havoc in the elephant safari at Nandankanan zoo here, injuring two resident elephants on Thursday night. The two injured elephants are Basanti and Chandan - one female and the other a male. The tusker entered the safari through a gap in the fencing.


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Belle Lordan with elephant calf which she named Sabai. It means happy in Thai.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo: First Asian elephant calf named ‘Sabai’ after competition held for public to find best name

2016-11-26 - Dubbo, Australia.

Belle, a self-proclaimed animal enthusiast, said she saw how much happiness the bub brought Dubbo and that was her inspiration. It’s only fitting she suggested ‘Sabai’ which means happy in Thai language. Her pitch was the overwhelming favourite. “I have a passion for animals and I really like them. I thought it was cool to name a new baby animal that’s going to be at the zoo for a long time,” Belle said.


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Fight to save three Argentine elephants

2016-11-25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lawyer Andres Gil Dominguez may have had bigger cases, but he´s never had bigger clients. He´s been authorised to represent three elephants in captivity at a former zoo in Argentina´s capital. Dominguez is demanding that Mara, Kuki and Pupi be transferred to a reserve abroad where they can have a better quality of life. All three elephants live in a small treeless site in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires near busy avenues and buildings.


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Karnataka puts up jumbos for adoption

2016-11-25 - Bangalore, India.

Faced with growing human-elephant conflict, Karnataka is desperate to gift surplus elephants in its captivity, to states where their population is sparse. It has exhorted other states to adopt the captive elephants, reeling under food and water shortage. There are roughly 200 jumbos housed in the state´s four elephant camps, captured by the forest department after reports of rogue behaviour, raiding crops and killing people.


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Wild jumbo intrudes into zoo, attacks two inmates

2016-11-25 - Bhubaneswar, India.

A wild elephant destroyed 20 feet of the boundary wall of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in the wee hours of Friday and attacked two elephants at the zoo. According to sources, the security personnel at NZP were able to scare away the animal using lights and noise makers. Two zoo elephants – Chandan and Basanti –sustained minor injuries in the attack.


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Chasing away elephants by scare tactics causes more damage as the herd splits into smaller groups and runs in various directions

South Bengal’s jumbo problem

2016-11-25 - New Delhi, Bangladesh.

The number of elephants crossing over to rice-growing districts South Bengal have increased over the years, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction Numbers tell the state of human-elephant conflict in Bengal: 108 people dead (out of which 71 were in south Bengal) and 14 elephants electrocuted last year. Since April this year, the conflict has left 18 people dead; two elephants have been electrocuted and two shot dead after they were declared rogue by the forest department.


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The operation started after a government order to capture the elephant was issued

Wild tusker captured at Wayanad

2016-11-24 - Wayanad, India.

A wild tusker that had troubled villagers in Wayanad has been caught after a massive operation. The operation started after a government order to capture the elephant was issued. It was shot with tranquilizers when it came out of the forest.


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Valiyaveettil Manikandan and Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan

Kerala’s two star jumbos die on same day

2016-11-24 - Thrissur, India.

Wednesday was a sad day for elephant lovers in Kerala. Two of their favorite pachyderms, Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan and Valiyaveettil Manikandan, died just hours apart owing to illness. Both the jumbos were star attractions of temple festivals across the state.


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Dakshayani of the Chengalloor Temple in Poojappura

Elephantine feat: Dakshayani, Kerala"s oldest jumbo, set to enter Guinness World Records.

2016-11-24 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

At 86, Dakshayani shows few signs of aging and looks absolutely fit and graceful as she gets all set all set to enter the Guinness World Records as the oldest-living elephant in the world. The elephant is with the Chengalloor Temple in Poojappura


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Some of the ivory

Two police officers, businessman jailed for wildlife crime, Malawi sets history

2016-11-24 - , Malawi.

Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.


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Sri Lanka bans use of young elephants for work

2016-11-24 - , Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka unveiled tougher laws Wednesday, including a ban on using young elephants for logging and other physical work, as part of a crackdown on cruelty to domesticated wild animals. Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said the cabinet approved new regulations imposing tough conditions on owners of elephants, which are considered sacred by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The animals are also legally protected but are often subjected to cruel treatment by some owners.


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Mathigodu elephant camp faces water, fodder shortage

2016-11-23 - Mathigodu, India.

The Mathigodu Elephant Camp has been facing water and fodder shortage. Two months ago, the camp, where rogue elephants are tamed, had 35 jumbos but now only 25 have been left behind as the remaining are relocated to Kallalla camp. The waterbody at the camp has gone dry while the one inside the forest nearby is filled with silt making the water unfit for consumption and insufficient for bathing elephants.


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Killing jumbo a step backwards

2016-11-23 - Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia.

WWF-Malaysia has frowned on the State Wildlife Department´s killing of a bull elephant in Tawau in a Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) as it impacts the shrinking population of Sabah´s pachyderms. The Department confirmed that the culled bull was in musth, a period where male elephants are known to exhibit aggressive behaviour and, consequently, are susceptible to provocation.


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Mammoth Discovery: Uncovering Channel Islands history. Rare fossil found on Santa Rosa Island

2016-11-23 - SANTA BARBARA, United States.

A piece of the Channel Islands history is being uncovered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The museum recently received a giant box brought in by Mammoth Movers. “We are not sure if it is a small full size Columbian mammoth, the species that got out to the island originally, or whether it is a large variety of the Pygmy mammoth,” said National Park Service archaeologist Don Morris.


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15th International rhino and elephant conservation and research symposium

2016-11-14 - Singapore, Singapore.

The fourth joint International Elephant and Rhino Conservation and Research Symposium is a forum for elephant and rhino conservationists and researchers from around the world to present conservation projects and research outcomes, new technologies in field conservation and conflict mitigation, studies in disease, reproduction and behavior, and other issues that impact the long term survival of elephants and rhinos.


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Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference

2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnam has destroyed seized ivory and rhino horn, wildlife products derived from species threatened with extinction. The public display of destruction comes ahead of a global conference to combat the illicit trade.


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2-day meet on Asian elephants concludes

2016-11-12 - GUWAHATI, India.

The two-day Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) meet - which saw the participation of elephant experts from five countries - ended here on Friday. The meet collated country-based inputs on the status of wild and captive Asian elephants in their habitats.


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The Swedish King greets the three months old elephant baby Namsai. To the right is Namsai’s mother Bua and to the left Saonoi.

Royal elephants expecting a baby

2016-11-09 - Kolmorden, Sweden.

Kolmården in Sweden, the largest zoo in the Nordics, has (on 14 October 2016) announced with great pleasure that King Karl XVI Gustaf’s Bua elephant cow is pregnant. The father of the prospective calf is none other than Danish Queen Margrethe‘s elephant bull Tonsak.


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The top portion of a mastodon skull, with five molars. It was found Oct. 15 by a team of volunteers led by paleontologists at the University of Michigan near the town of Mayville.

How a Mastodon’s Teeth Found in Michigan May Tell Us How It Died

2016-11-08 - Ann Arbor, United States.

Seth Colling, who teaches children with developmental disabilities at an outdoor learning center in Michigan, was walking along a creek looking for fish with his students in 2014 when they saw something odd sticking out from the water. “It looked really strange,” Mr. Colling said. “I said to my student, ‘Hey what is that?’”


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Thailand: Nong Nooch Garden Welcomes New Baby Elephant

2016-11-08 - PATTAYA, Thailand.

The Nong Nooch Pattaya Garden and Resort welcomed a new baby girl elephant into its family Tuesday, during which the garden also organised a blessing ceremony for the adorable animal, Thai News Agency (TNA) reports. Phang Took Jai was born to 19-year-old mother ´Phang Nong Porn´, an elephant performer, and 15-year-old father. ´Plai Mai Muang´, through natural mating.


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Baby elephant found tied to a tree in Hambegamuwa

2016-11-03 - Hambegamuwa, Sri Lanka.

Residents and wildlife officials have released a baby elephant that was tied to a tree in Hambegamuwa area. Residents who saw this elephant has informed the wildlife officials in the area.


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Former elephant trainer William "Billy" Morris, his wife Tina and their son, August, are pictured in an undated photo. Morris

What separated jet skier, 3-year-old son who answered dead dad’s phone still a mystery

2016-11-03 - Gibsonton, United States.

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Florida man whose 3-year-old son answered his phone Monday afternoon after they failed to return from a ride on a nearby river. The body of 38-year-old William “Billy” Morris was found Tuesday morning along the south shoreline of the Alafia River in Gibsonton, Florida, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.


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In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankan police officers march with a ceremonially dressed elephant calf during a Victory Day parade in Matara, about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The use of baby elephants in parades is proof

Sri Lanka cracks down on owners of elephants taken from wild

2016-11-01 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Capturing wild elephants has been banned for decades here. Registration records indicate there should be only 127 elephants in captivity, most of them older. Yet they are a staple of the South Asian island nation´s 400 or so yearly processions — traditional ceremonies honoring a marriage, calling for peace or praying for rain — and in each there are always a few young elephants clumsily cantering to keep up.


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Asian elephant at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has miscarriage

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

An elephant at Ueno Zoological Gardens has had a miscarriage, about four months after it was confirmed as the first Asian elephant to get pregnant at the Tokyo zoo since it opened in 1882, the zoo said on Tuesday (Nov 1). Authi, 18, had been expected to give birth around June or July next year but had a miscarriage on Monday, possibly due to a blocked blood flow caused by a twisted umbilical cord.


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A leaflet calling for donations to build a statue of Hanako

Donations sought for Hanako

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

People who miss Hanako, the popular elephant who died in May at a Tokyo zoo, can chip in via the internet to help build a statue in her memory. Hanako reached the age of 69 and was the nation’s oldest elephant. An executive committee comprising the Musashino city government, a local chamber of commerce and other groups, has begun soliciting donations to erect a statue of the Asian elephant.


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Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail

2016-11-01 - Beijing, China.

A man was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 40,000 yuan ($5,903) on Tuesday for smuggling ivory, a Beijing court announced. Beijing No 4 Intermediate People´s Court sentenced the man, surnamed Liu, on Tuesday morning, saying that he was found smuggling 52 products made of ivory in his suitcase at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in June 2014. The value of the ivory was more than 423,800 yuan, the court said.


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A lead researcher in the recent Great Elephant Census across Africa, wildlife ecologists Curtice Griffin at UMass Amherst also evaluated counting methods. He says though one would think that an animal the size of an elephant would be easy to spot from a

Aerial surveys of elephants, other mammals may underestimate numbers

2016-11-01 - Amherst, United States. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

In a paper this month in PLOS ONE, authors suggest that the two main census methods now in use may be undercounting elephants and that population estimates from both are biased low.


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An Australian man living in Singapore was injured by an elephant in Phuket. Elephants are a big part of Thailand

Singapore-based Australian injured by elephant in Phuket

2016-11-01 - Phuket, Thailand.

An Australian man who is a resident of Singapore was injured by an elephant in Thailand´s Phuket island on Monday, say local officials. The incident happened on Mai Khao beach on the northern end of the island. The injured man, who is warded at Bangkok Hospital on the resort island, is currently in a stable condition, Mr Sarawut Sisakukam, chief of Mai Khao sub-district administrative organisation, told The Straits Times on Tuesday night. Officials did not name the man.


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Smuggled elephant tusks are confiscated at Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks

2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), during the 2010-15 period, customs officers uncovered a total of 116 cases of animal smuggling and trading, confiscating over 22 tonnes of ivory and 457 ivory bracelets.


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Tanzanian president tells security forces to pursue wildlife poachers

2016-10-31 - Dodoma, Tanzania.

Tanzania´s president on Saturday ordered security forces to go after top criminals financing organised networks behind elephant poaching, saying no one was "untouchable". The East African nation, home to the Serengeti Plains packed with wildlife and Africa´s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, relies on revenues from tourism and safaris but has been blighted by poachers chasing ivory to sell mostly in Asia.


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How elephants beat cancer

2016-10-31 - New Haven, United States. Gaughran SJ, Pless E, Stearns SC. Yale University

Elephants have significantly reduced their risk of cancer by duplicating an important gene called TP53.


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Vietnam Seizes Nearly One Ton African-Elephant Ivory

2016-10-29 - Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese customs seized an illegal cargo of ivory weighing nearly one ton in Ho Chi Minh city, making it the fourth ivory smuggling case this month, according to media reports on Thursday. The shipment, on its way to Cambodia from Kenya, was discovered Wednesday in two containers in the city’s Cat Lai Port, according to the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department, the Nhan Dan newspaper reported.


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Rupa was found to have stones in her kidney.

Activists seek to free elephant from owner Sabha Shankar Pandey

2016-10-29 - Mumbai, India.

After Rupa, an elephant belonging to Sabha Shankar Pandey, passed away last week at Goregaon’s Film City where she had been brought for a photo shoot, experts have raised concern about the health and care of Lakshmi, Pandey’s other elephant.


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Zimbabwe prepares to push for ivory trade revival

2016-10-29 - Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s battle against the ban on ivory trade is not yet over. It might go ahead and sell its ivory in January next year. The country has 90 days to enter a reservation against the decision made under Cites – the international treaty drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife from exploitation – to ban both international and domestic trade in ivory.

Zimbabwe has about 96,000 tonnes of ivory, valued at about $10 billion (Dh36.7bn). It is in desperate need of money...


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Namibia: School Principal Charged With Elephant Poaching

2016-10-27 - Windhoek , Namibia.

The recent arrest of the 52-year-old school principal of Simataa Senior Secondary School in Linyanti Constituency in the Zambezi Region, who was among a group of suspecs accused of running a syndicate that poaches elephants for their coveted ivory, has set tongues wagging at the school where the principal was regarded as a respected elder and a man of high moral values and ethics.


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Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

2016-10-27 - Karwar, India.

Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail.


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No more jumbos for this Kottayam temple festival

2016-10-25 - KOTTAYAM, India.

At a time when the temples are competing each other by parading more number of elephants during festivals, a temple near here has put an end to this practice. The Governing body of the temple in its meeting held the other day approved the decision to replace the elephant with the chariot.


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Jumbo death: NGO seeks police action against owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, Film City

2016-10-24 - Mumbai, India.

In the wake of the death of an elephant that was hired for a photoshoot in Goregaon’s Film City, the Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) wrote to the Aarey police demanding that it book its owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, the organisers and the Film City management.


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Thai Baby Elephant Gets a Second Chance at Life After Being Rescued From Hunters

2016-10-23 - Chanthaburi, Thailand.

Tribal villagers have rescued a baby elephant from capture by Chanthaburi animal hunters in the jungle of Khaeng Hang Maew in Thailand on Wednesday night. The calf, found with an injured leg, is now under the care of local forestry officials, according to the Bangkok Post. The rescuers have named the baby Jam and are now searching for an adoptive mother since its own mom is still missing.


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Elephant undergoes four-hour operation

2016-10-22 - BENGALURU, United States.

Veterinary doctors and experts on Friday treated and operated on Sidda - the injured and partially blind elephant who has been living in the backwaters of Manchanbele Dam, 30 km from Bengaluru, for 45 days. It was found that Sidda had sustained a fracture in his right forelimb.


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An adult female Asian elephant asserts dominance over another by putting her trunk over her.

Asian elephant herds lack clear matriarchs, strict hierarchies: new study

2016-10-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Unlike African elephants that are characterized by strong matriarch-led, unified families, Asian elephant families appear to be less cohesive and seem to lack clear matriarch-leadership, the study found. The researchers found that Asian elephants showed such little dominance behavior that it was almost impossible to construct linear hierarchies among individuals.


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Skull of mastodon recovered Oct. 15 by a University of Michigan-led paleontological team near the town of Mayville, in Michigan’s Thumb region  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-team-recovers-michigan-mastodon-skeleton.html#jCp

Team recovers most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton in many decades from Thumb site

2016-10-18 - Mayville, United States.

The most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s was recovered this month from the state´s Thumb region by a University of Michigan-led team that included Tuscola County teachers who volunteered for the dig.More than 75 complete or nearly complete bones, accounting for 60-70 percent of the extinct mammal´s skeletal mass, were recovered during the four-day dig at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning near Mayville, in Michigan´s Thumb region. The di...


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Venattumattam Ganeshan, the tusker which died last Wednesday, had been suffering from tuberculosis

Twenty four elephants died in one year in Kerala

2016-10-10 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India.

The tusker was the 18th captive elephant to die in the state in the last nine months. According to Heritage Animal Task Force secretary V.K. Venkitachalam, who keeps record of elephant torture and deaths, the number of deaths this year is a record. “Never before has this happened.


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Dasara elephants, led by howdah elephant Arjuna, are all set for the Dasara finale on October 11, Vijayadashami.

Dasara jumbos in fine fettle for festival finale on Tuesday

2016-10-10 - Mysore, India.

After a rigorous rehearsal, Arjuna is ready to carry the golden howdah weighing 750 kg. He will be accompanied by 11 other elephants — Balarama, Abhimanyu, Gajendra, Kaveri, Vijaya, Vikrama, Gopi, Prashanth, Durgaparameshwari, Harsha and Gopalaswamy.


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More captive elephants to be released into the wild in Lampang

2016-10-10 - Lampang, Thailand.

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will release captive elephants into the wild on the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 84th birthday anniversary, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) said today.


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Mozambique: Mozambican Ivory Seized in Vietnam

2016-10-10 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese customs in the port of Ho Chi Minh City have seized about two tonnes of ivory hidden in a shipment of timber from Mozambique. Although the ivory trade is banned in Vietnam, the country is still an important market for worked ivory, and a transit point for elephant tusks smuggled from Africa to various other Asian destinations


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Galkiriyagama wildlife officers treat wounded tusker

2016-10-09 - , Sri Lanka.

Poaching and loss of habitat have caused tuskers to become an increasingly rare sight in Sri Lanka’s jungles. Wildlife officers on Sunday had to treat a tusker with a unique condition

The Galgamuwa tusker has earned the name “Dalapoottuwa” because of the entanglement of its tusks.The tusker which usually roams around the jungles of Galgamuwa, makes an annual migration to the Kala Wewa via Kekirawa.

Last year, wildlife officers had to treat the tus...


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Elephants in Thailand to have DNA registered

2016-10-07 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thailand has just announced a new law for all elephant owners which required them to adopt a DNA Registration System to keep track of all captive elephants. This comes in response to a number of investigations carried out by NGO Elephant Family and mounting pressure from the conservation sector.This important step will ensure that captive-bred elephants can be easily distinguished from their wild counterparts.


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A police officer inspects the crash scene in which an elephant was killed after being hit by this inter-provincial bus in Hang Chat district, Lampang on Friday night

Broken tusk missing after elephant killed in bus crash

2016-10-03 - Lampang, Thailand.

One tusk of a pet bull elephant killed in a crash with an inter-provincial bus in Hang Chat district is missing, a senior police officer said on Sunday. The left tusk, about 70cm long and weighing 2kg, broke off after Plai Udom, 8, was killed when the bus rammed into it on late Friday night. Since the crash, the broken tusk has not been found, Pol Lt Col Somboon Yaya, deputy investigation chief at...




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Baby Elephant Achara Recovering From Herpes Strain

2016-10-03 - Oklahoma City, United States.

The Oklahoma City Zoo´s baby elephant Achara is recovering from a case of herpes. She took her final dose of medicine Saturday after about 10 days of elevated virus levels, which are now on the decline.
Achara has the same strain of elephant herpes that killed her sister Malee last year, EEHV 1A. This is the second strain she has been exposed to, as she previously contracted EEHV 1B.


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Efforts to boost elephant protection fails at Cites

2016-10-03 - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Attempts to give the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants have foundered at a key species conference in Johannesburg. A proposal put forward by Kenya was strongly supported but failed to gain the two-thirds majority required. The opposition of the EU, which voted as a block, was pivotal in the defeat.


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Some countries have destroyed their ivory stocks but some still hold onto them in the hope of future markets

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

2016-10-02 - Johannesburg, United States.

Delegates at a UN wildlife conference have endorsed calls for the closure of all domestic ivory markets. The non-binding proposal was approved at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa. Conservationists hailed it as a significant step towards ending the current elephant poaching crisis.


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A male elephant, 8, is killed after being hit by an interprovincial bus in Hang Chat district, Lampang province, on late Friday night. The bus driver was badly hurt while other passengers were unhurt.

Elephant killed, driver badly hurt in bus crash

2016-10-01 - Lampang, Thailand.

A male elephant was killed and a man badly hurt when an inter provincial bus rammed into it in Hang Chat district late Friday night. All passengers on board the bus were unhurt.


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Mysore Dasara

2016-10-01 - Mysore, India.

Mysuru Dasara is the Nadahabba (State-Festival) of the state of Karnataka in South West India. It is also called Navaratri (Nava-ratri = nine-nights) and is a 10-day festival, celebrated with utmost pomp and gaiety in the city of Mysuru. The Dasara festivities have a very long and rich history of more than 400 years.


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BRAZIL TO OPEN LATIN AMERICA’S FIRST ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

2016-09-28 - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Brazil is ready to open the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America. The facility is located on a 1,100-hectare farm (2,700 acres) in the midwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The area will host up to 50 elephants – and the first elephants to call the sanctuary home will be three females who retired from the circus. The sanctuary, entirely financed by international NGOs, will not be opened to visitation.


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Jessie the elephant is transported across Sydney Harbour in 1916 on a barge to the new Taronga Park Zoo.

Taronga Zoo to recreate "Operation Noah"s Ark" to celebrate 100th birthday

2016-09-24 - Sydney, Australia.

At 5.30am on a Sunday exactly 100 years ago, Jessie, a four-tonne elephant, sauntered through Sydney´s CBD. Starting at the old zoo in Moore Park, she strolled down Macquarie Street to the spot where the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House would eventually be built. As the sun rose, she boarded an open-top barge to make the journey across Sydney Harbour to her new home at Taronga Zoo in Mosman.


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Elephant that killed owner gets company

2016-09-21 - Sre Ampoum, Cambodia.

A rogue male elephant that killed his owner in Mondulkiri on Monday was joined in the forest by two female elephants yesterday after they were released in an unsuccessful attempt to coax the bull home. The bull elephant, Mai, killed his owner, Mob Sreng, 45, by reportedly goring him with his tusks. Yesterday, the victim’s family freed two female elephants from their pens to attract Mai to leave the forest.


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Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree

2016-09-16 - Boston, United States. Ewen Callaway

Love Dalén, a palaeogeneticist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, says that the study will force a reshuffle of the elephant family tree. “Basically Loxodonta is not valid as a genus name,” he says. He thinks that taxonomists may need to come up with new names for the different species, to better represent the relationship between savannah, forest and straight-tusked elephants.


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Welsh sniffer dogs make their first bust after helping seize elephant tusks in Tanzania

2016-08-30 - Dodoma, Tanzania.

Two Welsh sniffer dogs who were flown out to Tanzania to help catch smugglers have made their first bust after helping authorities seize a haul of elephant tusks. Jenny, a Belgian Malinois, and Dexter, an English springer spaniel, are being used to help detect ivory, weapons, ammunition and animal products including elephant and buffalo meat in the east African country.


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San Diego Zoo euthanizes elderly elephant

2016-08-23 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoo lost one of its elder statesmen Tuesday. Ranchipur, the zoo’s 50-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized after his health suddenly took a turn for the worse. The elderly mammal, who was the fourth-oldest male elephant in the Western Hemisphere, had been under veterinary care for several years due to various geriatric ailments.


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Asian Elephants in Culture & Nature

2016-08-20 - Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. University of Kelaniya

The conference is meant to cover every aspect of Asian Elephants and aims for a compendium of research papers to be published along with the conference. We welcome research papers on following themes and any other aspect related to Asian Elephants.


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Nestled with mother, vets and keepers, "little fighter" Willow loses her battle

2016-08-02 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo´s elephant calf Willow had endured a lot of pain and had gained a reputation as a fighter in her short life, but it was only on Monday that her keepers realised the "sweet, adorable little thing" was not going to make it.


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Elephant to be shifted to Vizag zoo

2016-08-02 - Aurangabad, India.

The animal is likely to be shifted within the next 10-15 days.On August 1, 1996, the city zoo authorities brought a couple of elephants (male Shankar and female Swaraswati) from Mysore to the Siddhartha Garden and Zoo. The team had also reviewed the zoo in Aurangabad and felt that the space provided to the animals was not enough.


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Assam team to visit Bangladesh for bringing back elephant

2016-08-02 - Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A team of Assam forest department will reach Bangladesh on Wednesday, to study how to bring back an elephant stranded in the neighbouring country after being washed away by the strong currents of the Brahmaputra river. On June 27, the wild female elephant was separated from her herd in Assam and floated along with the currents of the Brahmaputra river from Dhubri district into the neighbouring Bangladesh.


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Perhilitan captures elephant causing trouble to village residents

2016-08-02 - Jeli, Malaysia.

The Kelantan Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has managed to capture a wild elephant believed to be destroying villagers´ crops together with a herd of about five elephants at Kampung Lawar, Batu Melintang, here.

Its director Mohamad Khairi Ahmad said the male elephant, weighing 2.5 tonnes, was captured last Friday and would be relocated to a more suitable habitat with the assistance of the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang.


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Rajan, the swimming elephant, dies at 66

2016-08-02 - Havelock Island, India.

Rajan, the legendary elephant whom you could swim along with in the ocean off the Andaman islands, has passed away at the age of 66.

A star attraction at Barefoot Resort at Havelock Island, Rajan came to be in the possession of the owners of the resort, after they took him under their care when he was left sick and stranded on the island in 2004, after his owner could not pay to ship him to a nearby island after a film shoot.


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Girl, 7, dies after being hit by rock thrown by elephant in Morocco zoo

2016-07-28 - Rabat, Morocco.

A seven-year-old girl has died after being struck by a rock thrown by an elephant at a zoo in Morocco. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Rabat zoo. The girl’s father is thought to have lifted her on to his shoulders to give her a better view of the animals. One of the elephants picked up a stone – nearly the size of half a brick – with its trunk and threw it. The stone struck the girl on the back of the head, knocking her unconscious.


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Ice Age mystery unravels: 40,000-year-old carved mammoth tusk thought to be a musical instrument was used to make ROPE

2016-07-25 - Tübingen, Germany.

Archaeologists have discovered an eight inch long piece of mammoth ivory at a famous prehistoric site in Germany. The intricately carved tusk (pictured) was thought to be part of a musical instrument but new research has found that it may have actually be used to make rope


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Delegates tour on domesticated elephants at Buon Don Tourist Site in Dak Lak Province on June 8, 2016.

Diplomats explore culture of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

2016-06-09 - Buon Don, United States.

Over 20 diplomatic and business delegates enjoyed touring Dak Lak Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on Wednesday afternoon, getting a close-up look at local culture.The delegates observed domesticated elephants, visited traditional stilt houses, crossed a wooden suspension bridge, and enjoyed traditional performances by local Rade ethnics.


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The elephants that have threatened many residents in Dak Lak Province since last week.

Wild elephants forage for food in inhabited areas in Vietnam Central Highlands, scare locals

2016-05-19 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

A herd of 20 wild elephants foraging for food and water near residential areas in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is threatening the safety of local residents. Huynh Trung Luan, director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, said the elephants have destroyed crops and irrigation systems in several villages in Ea Sup District. “They are apparently moving from the Yok Don National Park to the Ea Sup Thuong Reservoir for water.”


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Handlers escort three of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Asian elephants as they arrive at their new home in Polk City, Florida

US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida

2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States.

The circus held a final performance in Rhode Island, folded the elephant tent for good and shipped the performers to their permanent retirement in Central Florida, where they arrived Thursday. The era of the elephant in "the greatest show on earth" is over.


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Row over Pooram elephants intensifies

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The Kerala State Animal Welfare Board (KSAWB) has come up against the statement of the Animal Husbandry Department refuting the allegation that elephants were subjected to cruelty during Thrissur Pooram celebrations. In a press release here on Friday, M.N. Jayachandran, Member, Kerala State Animal Welfare Board, alleged that the Thrissur Animal Husbandry officer was trying to misguide people with false information and was trying to protect the festival organisers.


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Devaswoms deny charges of cruelty to elephants

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The common forum of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi devaswoms has denied charges of cruelty to elephants during Thrissur Pooram. “Elephants with wounds or swellings were not paraded for the Pooram,” a joint statement of the devaswoms said. It added that only those elephants with fitness certificates issued by the forest and animal husbandry departments were used for the event.


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Elephants face slaughter in Save Valley

2016-04-30 - Chiredzi, Zimbabwe.

ABOUT 300 elephants and some lions could be culled — reduced in population through selective slaughter — in the Save Valley Conservancy amid reports that the large number of animals at the conservancy in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe is destroying the area’s biodiversity in the wake of the El Nino-induced drought that has hit the country.


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The elephant herd in Sona Udyan, a park of RSP, on Thursday evening | Express photo

Elephant Herd Enters Rourkela

2016-04-30 - ROURKELA, India.

Panic gripped Sector-22 of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), located on the southern tip of the city, when a herd of seven elephants strayed into the area and damaged boundary walls of two buildings on Wednesday night. The herd was staying in Sonaparvat Reserve Forest (RF) for the last 45 days and used to frequent the connecting Bijay Sagar reservoir of IDL Explosives plant for water.


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Diver Bill Eberlein said he first thought he found an old log, but realized it was more when he felt the teeth embedded in the fossil at the bottom of an area river.

Diver finds mastodon jaw in area river

2016-04-30 - Atlanta, United States.

Shark-tooth diver Bill Eberlein experienced a first in his lifetime when he found a mastodon jaw embedded in the mud of a river bed. "I have been diving in coastal Georgia rivers for over 15 years for prehistoric shark teeth, but this is the first time I have discovered a mastodon jaw," Eberlein said.


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President Uhuru will today lead the world to set fire on the largest cache of ivory ever destroyed at a go by any country. But the irony is that his family has been linked with the illegal trade of ivory!

Kenyatta family was linked to illegal ivory trade which was earning them and other close relatives $10 million” President Uhuru Striped For Fake Public Gesture Of Setting Ivory Ablaze

2016-04-30 - Nairobi, Kenya. Martin Oduor

Immediately after the 1974 elections, the Kenyatta family was linked to illegal ivory trade, which was earning the Kenyatta family and other close relatives $10 million (equivalent to about Sh100 million today) per year, as the country’s 120,000 elephants were killed at an annual rate of 20,000! – Source Charles Hornsby in his book, Kenya: A History Since Independence (1963-2011)


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Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture executive director, talks about mammoth remains found near Sequim Bay.

Officials work to stabilize fossilized mammoth skull found near Sequim Bay

2016-04-29 - Sequim, United States.

The partial remains of a Columbian mammoth skull discovered in the bluffs near Sequim Bay in early January are undergoing a stabilization process at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. Once stabilized, the fossil likely will be loaned to the Sequim Museum for display.


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abstract

Behavioral changes in female Asian elephants when given access to an outdoor yard overnight.

2016-04-29 - New York, United States. Powell DM, Vitale C.

A study was conducted at the Bronx Zoo to determine whether providing elephants with access to an outdoor corral at night had any significant effects on behavior, use of space, and use of a sand corral. Activity budgets for three female Asian elephants were compared when the subjects were housed indoors overnight and when they were given access to an outdoor yard overnight. Observations were recorded via infrared video cameras between the hours of 1900 and 0700 during the months of July-Septembe...


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Support Kenya: Watch The Ivory Burn Live on April 30

2016-04-27 - Nairobi, Kenya.

On Saturday, April 30, Kenya Wildlife Service will host the largest ivory burn in history — a bold statement against elephant poaching, and one we hope will mark the beginning of the end for the global ivory trade, which kills an estimated 33,000 elephants every year. WildAid will be bringing these historic events to a worldwide audience through social media, and we invite you to watch it live.


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A case against two circus owners and an employee from the well-known Brian Boswell Circus was taken off the court roll due to a lack of evidence

Charges against Boswell Circus three withdrawn

2016-04-26 - Port Elizabeth , South Africa.

Charges against two circus owners and an employee from the well known Brian Boswell Circus have been withdrawn in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court. Jane Boswell, her daughter Georgina, and elephant handler David Marais were facing a string of charges for allegedly beating, chaining, confining and not providing sufficient water and shade to elephants between December 2012 and January 2013.


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relocation

Circus elephants retiring after Providence shows

2016-04-23 - Providence, United States.

The Greatest Show on Earth is headed to Providence next week and it will be the last time elephants are ever a part of the show. For the first time in its 146-year history, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is saying goodbye to its legendary elephants.


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Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport

2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

More than 100 pieces of tusks were seized as customs officers checked a suspicious cargo in Noi Bai International Airport on Friday. The shipment was held on suspicion of being elephant tusks upon its arrival to the Hanoi airport from the Turkish Airline flight TK 6562 on April 6, according to the airport customs.


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evolution

DNA proves mammoths mated beyond species boundaries

2016-04-23 - Hamilton, Canada.

Several species of mammoth are thought to have roamed across the North American continent. A new study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, provides DNA evidence to show that these mammoths, which should only mate within their species boundaries, were in fact likely to be interbreeding.


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Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet

2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

Druk, the oldest of the zoos elephants, found herself on the ground after a tussle with other members of the herd, the zoo said in a statement. Seeing that the elderly elephant didnt have the energy to stand up by herself, zookeepers called on Zurich city fire service to help.


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medical

Elephant surgery at Birmingham Zoo scheduled for May

2016-04-21 - Birmingham, United States.

The Birmingham Zoo’s beloved African elephant, Bulwagi, is set to receive potentially life-saving surgery in May to remove his infected tusk. The surgery is a very involved process requiring intense preparation, so the Birmingham Zoo is bringing in experts from the Colyer Institute and extra veterinary assistance from across the country to help with the multiple hour operation.


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relocation

Zoo Miami welcomes 2 new elephants to exhibit

2016-04-20 - Miami, United States.

Zoo Miami welcomed two new African elephants to its exhibit Tuesday, who were brought to Miami from the Virginia Zoo. The elephants, Cita and Lisa, are moving to Zoo Miami as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommendation. Cita and Lisa will be presented to the public at Zoo Miami on May 20 following the quarantine period.


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Cameroon destroys 2000kg of elephant tusks

2016-04-20 - Yaounde, Cameroon.

Cameroon will incinerate 2000 kg of elephant tusks and more than 1753 art objects made of ivory seized from traffickers over the years, at the request of the Head of State, His Excellency, President Paul Biya on April 19, 2016.


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Pak Boon and previous baby Tukta. Taronga Zoo 2011

Taronga Zoo is expecting a baby elephant

2016-04-15 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney´s Taronga Zoo will hear the thump thump of little feet when expectant mother Pak Boon delivers her baby elephant after a 22-month pregnancy. The new calf, expected this time next year, will be the fourth born as part of the zoo´s conservation breeding program for Asian elephants.


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The baby elephant that was pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province on March 28, 2016

Elephant herd rejects baby rescued in central Vietnam

2016-04-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Conservationists in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are continuing to try and reintroduce a baby elephant they rescued from a well back to its herd despite several failed attempts. Pham Van Lang, deputy director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, told Zing News that the two-month old calf remains at the center as they were seeking more advice from experts and higher authorities.


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Thailand Seizes 87 African Ivory Tusks Worth $800,000

2016-04-07 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Officials in Thailand say they seized 315 kilograms (695 pounds) of African elephant tusks worth an estimated $800,000 at Bangkok´s international airport. Kulit Sombatsiri, director-general of the Thai Customs Department, said Tuesday that the haul of 87 ivory tusks was found March 27 in a dozen barrels sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at Suvarnabhumi International Airport detected the contraband.


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Elephant Conference @ SOAS 2016

2016-04-04 - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

The conference programme will address all aspects of elephant culture, past, present and future and in all continents. It will deal with both material and cultural concerns, and will cover both the Indian and the African elephant.


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Thirty eight illegally caught elephants in Wildlife custody - AG

2016-03-31 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Attorney General yesterday informed Court that 38 illegally caught wild elephant were taken into the Wildlife Department custody following the CID investigation into a massive racket where illegally caught wild elephant calves being sold to third parties.


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 Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam By Ngoc Quyen, Thanh Nien News  DAK LAK - Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:03Email Print  A baby elephant pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province March 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Dak Lak

Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam

2016-03-29 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

Animal rescue officers in Dak Lak Province on Monday saved a baby elephant that fell into a five-meter deep well, possibly while looking for water.
Members from the Central Highlands province’s Elephant Conservation Center and forest rangers spent one hour pulling the elephant up, after tying a rope around its belly. Local officials believed the elephant belongs of a herd of more than ten elephants which were traveling to a nearby lake for water.


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Elephants Will Get New Artificial Legs Soon

2016-03-25 - Lampang, Thailand.

The prosthetic leg factory, just for elephants, will soon be operating at Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Thailand. This is a unique and wonderful facility that can make and repair custom-fit artificial limbs for elephants who need them.


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Elephants cool off March 13 at Chiang Mai Zoo.

Elephant Kills Longtime Mahout at Chiang Mai Zoo

2016-03-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A mahout was killed by an elephant yesterday at Chiang Mai Zoo. Somsak Panna was herding bull elephant Billy back to his corral to feed him breakfast Tuesday morning when the 25-year-old pachyderm gored the keeper with his tusk. “Another worker attempted to stop the elephant, but it was too late,” according to a statement from the zoo published Tuesday evening.


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Chinese nationals Xu Fujie and Huang Gin (right) are escorted to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court cell after they were sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay Sh100.7 billion fine after being found guilty of possessing 707 pieces of ivory worth

Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants

2016-03-19 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Two Chinese poachers were yesterday sentenced to 30 years in jail each or pay a record Sh108.7 billion fine in one of the heaviest sentences aimed at curbing the illegal trade. The Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court found Xu Fujie, 31, and Huang Gin, 51, guilty of illegally possessing 706 pieces of elephants tusks.. They were each ordered to pay Sh 54.3 billion in fine each or face the lengthy sentence of a whole three decades behind bars.


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391 people died in 2014-15 due to human-elephant conflict: Minister

2016-03-16 - New Delhi, India.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said eight elephants were killed in 2014015 and 391 humans were killed by elephants. Nearly 400 people have died during 2014-15 due to human-elephant conflict in various parts of the country, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.


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According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.

Burmese Mahout Dies After Elephant Mee Sook Tramples Him at Elephant Nature Park

2016-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

On March 11, rescue teams and local police in Mae Taeng were called to Elephant Nature Park after a Burmese mahout who had recently visited the center in search for work and to meet with his brother, was trampled in the veterinary enclosure where a rescue elephant known as Mee Sook, was being kept. According to reports, the 10 year old female elephant known as Mee Sook, was rescued from an elephant riding camp in Krabi province.


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Sangduen "Lek" Chailert and Elephant Nature Park (ENP), Chiang Mai, Thailand

2016-03-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Its time to step forward and give a balancing report of one of the largest scams I have witnessed in Asia, in no way, a paradise for elephants or the staff, although it has according to sources, an estimated annual income between $US 3. 650. 000 and $US 5. 475. 000 dollars.


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Omaha zoo"s elephants loaded onto plane in Swaziland, should arrive in Omaha within 48 hours

2016-03-09 - Mbabane , Swaziland.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and its partner zoos sent an airplane to Swaziland, sedated 18 elephants and loaded them up Tuesday, forcing a judge to make an emergency decision to allow the transport. All signs point to elephants arriving in the U.S. late Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the travel itinerary. After temporarily freezing the import while he deliberated, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates decided to allow the import for fear that sedating the elephants an additional time ...


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Anti-poaching patrols protect wildlife in Garamba National Park in the DRC.

Armed groups threaten elephants in DRC’s Garamba Nat Park

2016-03-01 - , Congo.

Elephants in the vast Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face a precarious future following reports that armed gangs of poachers are wreaking havoc in the game reserve, threatening both the animals and rangers. According to reports, last year, about 114 elephants were killed in the Garamba National Park, located in the north-eastern part of the DRC.


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Some of the rescued elephant calves.

Sabah Wildlife concerned over rising number of orphaned baby elephants

2016-02-27 - KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia.

The increasing number of orphaned baby Bornean elephants being rescued from plantations near forest reserves is worrying the Sabah Wildlife Department.
The fact that the baby elephants were found wandering alone was an indication that the adult animals including their mothers had been killed.


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Alarm over elephant inbreeding in Sabah

2016-02-26 - Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia.

Experts believe that the state’s 2,500 Bornean elephants were at risk of inbreeding in fragmented areas of its jungles as they are unable to meet elephants from other parts to mate and strengthen their gene pool.


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Wildlife experts demonstrating ultrasonography at an international workshop on Asian elephants and tigers organised on the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University campus at Pookode.

Kerala Wildlife workshop stresses need for more research

2016-02-04 - Pookode, India.

An international workshop on Asian elephants and tigers being held at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) headquarters at Pookode stressed the need for more research on diseases affecting the animals. The four-day programme is being organised by the Centre for Wildlife Studies under KVASU in association with the Department of Forests and Wildlife.


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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

2016-02-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a "shoot-to-kill" policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants. Khamis Kagasheki´s proposal for perpetrators of the illicit ivory trade to be executed "on the spot" divided opinion, with some conservationists backing it as a necessary deterrent but others warning that it would lead to an escalation of violence.


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike

2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States.

On Monday morning, January 25th, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® lost its youngest elephant to the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Two-year old “Mike”, who was born at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, passed away despite the heroic efforts of our veterinary and animal care staff to save him. While final necropsy results are still pending, preliminary results, as well as blood tests sent to Smithsonian Insti...


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Young male elephant is coming to the Kansas City Zoo

2016-01-25 - Kansas City, United States.

The Kansas City Zoo will acquire a bull African elephant sometime in October, making possible a future breeding program, zoo officials announced Wednesday. Tamani, who will soon be 10 years old, now resides at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama with three other males, including his father. In Kansas City, Tamani will join six female African elephants who are past their reproductive years. But Kansas City Zoo officials hope to acquire younger females in the future.


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Kill the elephants, now! Mpumalanga villagers feast on Kruger escapees

2016-01-25 - Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Villagers wielding pangas, grinders and knives slaughtered three elephants that were shot dead in Mpumalanga after escaping from the Kruger National Park. An African Eye News Service reporter witnessed armed rangers from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) trying to calm residents of Matsulu outside Mbombela last week. The impatient residents, who had arrived on the scene with empty buckets, wanted the rangers to kill the elephants immediately.


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Feds approve elephant import to Sedgwick County Zoo

2016-01-22 - Falls Church, United States.

Eighteen elephants from southern Africa soon will be on a 747 headed to the United States. A federal agency has officially approved the permits to import the elephants from Swaziland to zoos in Wichita, Dallas and Omaha. The Sedgwick County Zoo, the Dallas Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will each get six elephants under an agreement announced last fall.


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Three U.S. zoos team up to save rare Borneo elephants

2016-01-22 - Washington, United States.

Three U.S. zoos announced a new agreement Jan. 21, 2016, with Borneo-based wildlife organizations to protect the endangered Borneo pygmy elephant. The first partnership of its kind, the effort will provide support for solutions to the frequent and sometimes deadly conflicts between people and elephants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.


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Stephen Payne: Ringling Bros. animals are well cared for, despite columnists unsupported claims

2016-01-19 - Venice, United States.

A contributing columnist to the Times Leader felt it was appropriate to attack Ringling Bros. animal care. Not only did he spread animal rights propaganda about the circus, he also insulted the dedicated men and women with Ringling Bros. who spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, caring for our animals.


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Elephants march in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Washington, D.C., in 2015. This year, the last of the circus

Ringling Will Retire Circus Elephants Two Years Earlier Than Planned

2016-01-13 - Venice, United States.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced Monday that early in May, 11 female elephants that together have spent decades on the road for circuses will step off train cars and super-semi trucks for the last time into retirement in central Florida. Most will be returning to family and friends.


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Elephant keepers Bob Lee, Phil Prewett, and veterinarian tech. Margot Monti use an ultrasound machine to tell how much sperm Tusko has at the Oregon Zoo.

Oregon Zoo staff infected by tuberculosis after exposure to infected elephants

2016-01-10 - Portland, United States.

Seven staff at the Oregon Zoo were infected with tuberculosis following an outbreak starting in 2013 among three bull elephants – Packy, his son Rama and Tusko. The seven people who developed a latent form of the disease without symptoms had close contact with the elephants, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An eighth person, a volunteer, also developed a mysterious case of tuberculosis.


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey donated $10,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Huntsville Hospital.

Circus donates to Huntsville Hospital

2016-01-10 - Huntsville, United States.

Elephants have a low incidence of cancer, and scientists are examining why elephants are cancer resistant but humans lack this capability. Ringling Bros. dedicated a performance at the Von Braun Center to Huntsville’s oncology unit. That evening raised awareness to national cancer research by Dr. Joshua Schiffman, who has connected DNA from Ringling Bros. elephants to DNA from patients with cancer.


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Elephant attacks claimed 14 lives in state in 2015

2016-01-10 - Pathanamthitta, India.

According to the Heritage Animal Task Force, a total of 14 people died in Kerala last year due to elephant attacks. Among these, 9 people were mahouts The committee, which was formed to provide guidelines to avoid such attacks, has not submitted any report


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Researchers count elephants in Botswana as part of the Great Elephant Census, the largest aerial survey of African wildlife ever undertaken.

Largest Wildlife Census in History Makes Waves in Conservation

2016-01-10 - Arusha, Tanzania.

Early findings from the largest ever aerial survey of African wildlife—the Great Elephant Census (GEC)—are proving that big data can make a big difference when it comes to saving the world’s largest land mammal. Funded by Microsoft billionaire Paul G. Allen and staffed by 90 researchers, the initiative surveyed elephant populations in a combined distance of 285,000 miles throughout Africa.


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This incident took place on a day when temple elephants came to Coimbatore and the Nilgiris for a rejuvenation camp.

12-Year-Old Female Elephant Found Dead In Tamil Nadu Forest

2016-01-08 - Krishnagiri, India.

A 12-year-old female elephant was found dead on Wednesday in a forest in Tamil Nadu´s Krishnagiri district. This incident took place on a day when temple elephants came to Coimbatore and the Nilgiris for a rejuvenation camp. Authorities have conducted a post-mortem and have sent the samples for analysis. "We suspect the adolescent elephant might have been a victim of violent mating," said Mr Rajendran, District Forest Officer.


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Kasturi, elephant of Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple at Palani, being sent to a rejuvenation camp for elephants in Mettupalayam on Wednesday

Temple elephant sent to rejuvenation camp

2016-01-08 - Palani, India.

Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple administration here on Wednesday sent the temple elephant Kasturi to rejuvenation camp at Mettupalayam on Wednesday. After special pujas, the 49-year-old elephant, weighing 4,600 kg, boarded the lorry on Wednesday morning. Officials from HR&CE, Forest and Revenue Departments were present. Earlier, veterinary doctors checked the health condition of Kasturi. She was fit to travel, said veterinary doctor Rajendran. Kasturi had won the first prize in a competition hel...


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A zookeeper feeds an elephant with Christmas trees at the zoo Tierpark in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Every year discarded Christmas trees are offered to the animals as a snack.

Berlin elephants enjoy late festive snack: Christmas trees

2016-01-08 - Berlin, Germany.

Zoo elephants in Berlin have enjoyed a light festive snack: a late delivery of Christmas trees. The New Year feeding of unsold pine trees has become an annual event. Zookeeper Mario Hammerschmidt says the trees are certified as pesticide-free. Hammerschmidt said Thursday that the trees are "a good supplement to the food the elephants get during winter time."


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Elephants at the eighth annual elephant rejuvenation camp in Thekampatti

Wild Tusker Attacks Thekampatti Elephant Rejuvenation Camp

2016-01-08 - COIMBATORE, India.

Eye witnesses say, a herd of four wild elephants including a male, a female and two cubs, came near the elephant camp on Thursday early morning. At that time, the camp elephants were taking shower and the mahouts who saw the herd raised alarm. Suddenly, the male elephant separated from the herd and began to chase the temple elephants. Immediately, mahouts took the temple elephants to a safer location.


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SEIZED IVORY WORTH OVER $4 MILLION IN VIETNAM CAME FROM MOZAMBIQUE

2016-01-08 - Hai Phong, Vietnam.

In November 2015, Vietnamese officials seized more than two tons of ivory that originated in Mozambique. The haul was valued at over $4 million (US). All Africa News reported that the ivory was found on board a container vessel that docked in Hai Phong.


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Berlin zoo elephant baby is actually a boy

2016-01-04 - Berlin, Germany.

Zoo workers in Berlin admitted on Monday that they had made a mistake about the sex of the newest member of their elephant herd. It´s easier than one might think with elephants, as pachyderms´ male member is discreetly hidden away in a pouch unless they are urinating or otherwise making use of it.


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Rare fossil found on Santa Rosa Island 2016-11-23 - Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia - Killing jumbo a step backwards 2016-11-23 - Mathigodu, India - Mathigodu elephant camp faces water, fodder shortage 2016-11-14 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese government cracks down on ivory trade ahead of global conference 2016-11-14 - Singapore, Singapore - 15th International rhino and elephant conservation and research symposium 2016-11-12 - GUWAHATI, India - 2-day meet on Asian elephants concludes 2016-11-09 - Kolmorden, Sweden - Royal elephants expecting a baby 2016-11-08 - PATTAYA, Thailand - Thailand: Nong Nooch Garden Welcomes New Baby Elephant 2016-11-08 - Ann Arbor, United States - How a Mastodon’s Teeth Found in Michigan May Tell Us How It Died 2016-11-03 - Gibsonton, United States - What separated jet skier, 3-year-old son who answered dead dad’s phone still a mystery 2016-11-03 - Hambegamuwa, Sri Lanka - Baby elephant found tied to a tree in Hambegamuwa 2016-11-01 - Phuket, Thailand - Singapore-based Australian injured by elephant in Phuket 2016-11-01 - Amherst, United States - Aerial surveys of elephants, other mammals may underestimate numbers 2016-11-01 - Beijing, China - Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail 2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan - Donations sought for Hanako 2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan - Asian elephant at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has miscarriage 2016-11-01 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka cracks down on owners of elephants taken from wild 2016-10-31 - New Haven, United States - How elephants beat cancer 2016-10-31 - Dodoma, Tanzania - Tanzanian president tells security forces to pursue wildlife poachers 2016-10-31 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam a port for smuggled elephant tusks 2016-10-29 - Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe prepares to push for ivory trade revival 2016-10-29 - Mumbai, India - Activists seek to free elephant from owner Sabha Shankar Pandey 2016-10-29 - Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam - Vietnam Seizes Nearly One Ton African-Elephant Ivory 2016-10-27 - Karwar, India - Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp 2016-10-27 - Windhoek , Namibia - Namibia: School Principal Charged With Elephant Poaching 2016-10-25 - KOTTAYAM, India - No more jumbos for this Kottayam temple festival 2016-10-24 - Mumbai, India - Jumbo death: NGO seeks police action against owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, Film City 2016-10-23 - Chanthaburi, Thailand - Thai Baby Elephant Gets a Second Chance at Life After Being Rescued From Hunters 2016-10-22 - BENGALURU, United States - Elephant undergoes four-hour operation 2016-10-18 - Mayville, United States - Team recovers most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton in many decades from Thumb site 2016-10-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Asian elephant herds lack clear matriarchs, strict hierarchies: new study 2016-10-10 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Mozambique: Mozambican Ivory Seized in Vietnam 2016-10-10 - Lampang, Thailand - More captive elephants to be released into the wild in Lampang 2016-10-10 - Mysore, India - Dasara jumbos in fine fettle for festival finale on Tuesday 2016-10-10 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India - 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Sequim, United States - Officials work to stabilize fossilized mammoth skull found near Sequim Bay 2016-04-27 - Nairobi, Kenya - Support Kenya: Watch The Ivory Burn Live on April 30 2016-04-26 - Port Elizabeth , South Africa - Charges against Boswell Circus three withdrawn 2016-04-23 - Hamilton, Canada - DNA proves mammoths mated beyond species boundaries 2016-04-23 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam seizes 100kg of ivory at Hanoi airport 2016-04-23 - Providence, United States - Circus elephants retiring after Providence shows 2016-04-21 - Birmingham, United States - Elephant surgery at Birmingham Zoo scheduled for May 2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet 2016-04-20 - Yaounde, Cameroon - Cameroon destroys 2000kg of elephant tusks 2016-04-20 - Miami, United States - Zoo Miami welcomes 2 new elephants to exhibit 2016-04-15 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephant herd rejects baby rescued in central Vietnam 2016-04-15 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo is expecting a baby elephant 2016-04-07 - Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand Seizes 87 African Ivory Tusks Worth $800,000 2016-04-04 - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India - Elephant Conference @ SOAS 2016 2016-03-31 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Thirty eight illegally caught elephants in Wildlife custody - AG 2016-03-29 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam 2016-03-25 - Lampang, Thailand - Elephants Will Get New Artificial Legs Soon 2016-03-23 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephant Kills Longtime Mahout at Chiang Mai Zoo 2016-03-19 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Chinese jailed 30 years for slaughter of 226 elephants 2016-03-16 - New Delhi, India - 391 people died in 2014-15 due to human-elephant conflict: Minister 2016-03-15 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sangduen "Lek" Chailert and Elephant Nature Park (ENP), Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016-03-15 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Burmese Mahout Dies After Elephant Mee Sook Tramples Him at Elephant Nature Park 2016-03-09 - Mbabane , Swaziland - Omaha zoo"s elephants loaded onto plane in Swaziland, should arrive in Omaha within 48 hours 2016-03-01 - , Congo - Armed groups threaten elephants in DRC’s Garamba Nat Park 2016-02-27 - KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Sabah Wildlife concerned over rising number of orphaned baby elephants 2016-02-26 - Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia - Alarm over elephant inbreeding in Sabah 2016-02-04 - Pookode, India - Kerala Wildlife workshop stresses need for more research 2016-02-03 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges 2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike 2016-01-25 - Mpumalanga, South Africa - Kill the elephants, now! Mpumalanga villagers feast on Kruger escapees 2016-01-25 - Kansas City, United States - Young male elephant is coming to the Kansas City Zoo 2016-01-22 - Washington, United States - Three U.S. zoos team up to save rare Borneo elephants 2016-01-22 - Falls Church, United States - Feds approve elephant import to Sedgwick County Zoo 2016-01-19 - Venice, United States - Stephen Payne: Ringling Bros. animals are well cared for, despite columnists unsupported claims 2016-01-13 - Venice, United States - Ringling Will Retire Circus Elephants Two Years Earlier Than Planned 2016-01-10 - Arusha, Tanzania - Largest Wildlife Census in History Makes Waves in Conservation 2016-01-10 - Pathanamthitta, India - Elephant attacks claimed 14 lives in state in 2015 2016-01-10 - Huntsville, United States - Circus donates to Huntsville Hospital 2016-01-10 - Portland, United States - Oregon Zoo staff infected by tuberculosis after exposure to infected elephants 2016-01-08 - Hai Phong, Vietnam - SEIZED IVORY WORTH OVER $4 MILLION IN VIETNAM CAME FROM MOZAMBIQUE 2016-01-08 - COIMBATORE, India - Wild Tusker Attacks Thekampatti Elephant Rejuvenation Camp 2016-01-08 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin elephants enjoy late festive snack: Christmas trees 2016-01-08 - Palani, India - Temple elephant sent to rejuvenation camp 2016-01-08 - Krishnagiri, India - 12-Year-Old Female Elephant Found Dead In Tamil Nadu Forest 2016-01-04 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin zoo elephant baby is actually a boy


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