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death

Bannerghatta Biological Park loses elephant Ashwathama

2017-10-14 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) on Saturday announced the death of Ashwathama, a male elephant aged about eight years


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38th Annual Elephant Managers Association Conference And Workshop

2017-10-02 - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, United States.

The Elephant Managers Association (EMA) announced the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as their 38th Annual Conference Host during the 2016 EMA Conference closing ceremonies last October. Since then staff at the Columbus Zoo and the EMA Board of Directors have begun preliminary planning to produce a premier gathering of leaders among the elephant management community to be held October 2-6th.


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conservation
Karnataka leads the chart with over 6,000 elephants

India home to 27, 312 elephants: Census

2017-08-16 - Delhi, India. Aathira Perinchery

Preliminary results from the first-ever synchronised all-India Elephant Population Estimation pegs India’s Asian elephant population at 27,312. According to the report, released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on August 12, Karnataka has the highest number of elephants (6,049), followed by Assam (5,719) and Kerala (3,054).


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conflict

Selfie attempt kills man in Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Park, elephant tramples him to death.

2017-07-27 - Bangalore, India.

According to the Bannerghatta Police Station sub inspector Naveen, 27-year-old Abhilash, had entered the park illegally and tried to click a selfie with the elephant Sundar. The 27-year-old man had allegedly illegally entered the Bannerghatta Biological Park after consuming alcohol.


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workshop

Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV)

2017-05-15 - London, United Kingdom.

The next Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus workshop will be hosted by the Zoological Society of London. Lectures will take place at ZSL London Zoo, and the practical aspect of the workshop will be carried out by studying the elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


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medical
Sweden

Royal elephant at Swedish zoo has deadly herpes virus

2017-03-16 - Kolmarden, Sweden.

Namsai, a three-year-old Asian elephant calf at the Kolmården zoo in central Sweden has contracted the EEHV elephant herpes virus and is seriously ill, the park announced on Tuesday. "There is no cure for EEHV, however treatment can suppress an outbreak and the elephant can survive if the disease is caught early and treatment begins quickly. Among the elephants that have been treated a few have survived," the park said on its website.


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birth
Calf is mother Dina’s third baby born at Dublin Zoo in the last three years

It’s a girl! Elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo on Monday

2017-03-16 - Dublin, Ireland.

A female elephant calf was born at Dublin Zoo on Monday night weighing 80kg.
The mother elephant, named Dina, is the Dublin Zoo herd’s matriarch and gave birth to the healthy calf after a 22-month gestation period.
The new arrival is Dina’s third calf and the fifth elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in three years.


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Tony Ratcliffe said going swimming at the beach with Jumbo was one of his fondest memories

Beloved former circus elephant Jumbo dies at San Diego Zoo

2017-03-15 - San Diego, United States.

Jumbo the beloved African elephant who toured New Zealand with the travelling circus has died at San Diego Zoo. Former keeper and retired owner of the Whirling Bros circus Tony Ratcliffe said he received a call this morning from the zoo to tell him the news. "They contacted me this morning and told me she passed away in the early hours of the morning," he said. Its not yet clear why Jumbo, also known as Mila, died, and there will be an autopsy.


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research
Testing of elephant collars involves moving the collars around and seeing if the information we are sent in GPS signals are accurate.

Testing satellite collars for elephant orphans

2017-03-15 - Kafue National Park, Zambia.

To ensure the proper operation of the satellite collars that will be fitted on a couple of the rehabilitated elephants of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP), we have been running trials in advance of a planned collaring later this month. This information can be obtained by satellite collars, which relay GPS signals of movements over time via the internet and can be downloaded into maps


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relocation

Tame elephants capture wild tusker in smooth operation

2017-03-15 - Hassan, India.

Staff of the Forest Department, with the help of tamed elephants, successfully captured a wild elephant that is suspected to have recently trampled two people to death in Alur and Sakaleshpur taluks on Tuesday. A team of tamed elephants — Abhimanyu, Arjun, Krishna and Harsha — reached the camp at Magadihalli, set up to handle the capture, on Monday evening. The watchers and forest guards were following the movement of the animal and they traced it at noon. The operation, which bega...


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Asian elephant kills trainer with its trunk at zoo in central Japan

2017-03-14 - SHIRAHAMA, Japan.

Madee Wichai, a Thai national, was washing the animal with a colleague at Adventure World here when the animal hurled him against the metal bars of the cage. Wichai, 37, had worked at the zoo since 2015. He hit the bars with such force that he suffered severe trauma to his head and died from a brain contusion about an hour after he was admitted to a hospital.


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A historical reenactment of King Naresuan’s elephant battle for Thai Elephant Day in Surin province.

THAILANDS ALL ABOUT ITS ELEPHANTS TODAY

2017-03-14 - Surin, Thailand.

Hundreds of performers and more than 50 elephants staged shows and historical re-enactments to show the importance of elephants to Surin’s history. More than 100 elephants feasted on watermelons, pineapples, bananas and jicama on tables stretching 100 meters.


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Elephants at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo elephant departure; 14 questions answered

2017-03-14 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Bosses at Twycross Zoo have responded to questions posed by visitors over the departure of the attraction´s Asian elephant herd. A further statement by the zoo said: "Thank you for your feedback regarding our decision to find a new home for our all-female herd of Asian elephants. The statement then went on to provide answers to 14 frequently asked questions.


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The viral photo of an elephant chained on all fours at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) on Langkawi island.

Langkawi park elephant in good shape, says Natural Resources and Environment Ministry

2017-03-14 - PETALING JAYA, Malaysia.

The viral photo of an elephant chained on all fours at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) on Langkawi island is in "good shape and healthy", said the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. Photos of a chained Asian elephant named Lasah have been circulated widely since July 2016, with claims from non-governmental organisation Friends of the Orangutans saying that Lasah was living in "deplorable conditions" and was being exploited at LEA.


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relocation
A file photo of a team of elephants at work in a capture operation. The residents of Alur and Sakleshpur are demanding the capture of wild elephants in their area.

Forest officials seek permission to relocate elephants in two taluks

2017-03-13 - Hassan, India.

With the increase in elephant attack cases in Alur and Sakleshpur taluks, the district forest officials have sent a proposal to their department heads seeking approval to capture 26 elephants roaming around there. The Deputy Conservator of Forests of Hassan has sent a request to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) to take up the operation.


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birth

Former Orphan Elephant Gives Birth to a Wild Baby

2017-03-13 - Tsavo, Kenya.

This baby elephant was born on March 3, 2017, to Ndara, an ex-orphan elephant from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Nairobi Nursery. Shortly after giving birth, Ndara brought her new baby to see her former caretakers! The pair made a huge impression, the baby still wobbly on his little legs and following his mother like a shadow!


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poaching

Did poachers kill more Kerala jumbos? No. Fight with man over space did them in

2017-03-12 - , India.

Elephant poaching in Kerala grabbed national headlines a year ago after poachers confessed they had killed around 20 elephants. However, data from the Forest Department reveals there is a bigger threat to elephants in the state than poaching—man-animal conflict.


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Wild elephants foraging for food at Doyang valley in Wokha district.

Human-elephant conflict in Wokha district

2017-03-12 - Wokha, India.

One major factor forcing elephants to venture uphill to the middle and upper reaches of Wokha district is being attributed to fragmentation of their old habitats in Assam. With most of their habitats destroyed due to human encroachment and leaving them without food or home, the elephants are dramatically expanding their range and getting pushed up to the hills from Assam, Steve Odyuo, founder of Natural Nagas, an NGO working for wildlife and environment conservation said.


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Laithongrien Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, has called off his elephant demonstration planned for Bangkok on Monday.

Elephant protest in Bangkok cancelled

2017-03-11 - AYUTTHAYA, Thailand.

Laithongrien Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, said he and other elephant keepers in other provinces would not rally at Government House on Monday, which is also National Elephant Day. Government authorities earlier asked them not to rally in Bangkok as it would cause traffic chaos, he said on Saturday.


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Carved ivory tusk stockpile

Thailand Seized Elephant Tusks Worth US$ Half a Million

2017-03-08 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 422 pieces of ivory elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian national suspected of smuggling the illegal wildlife product worth some 17 million baht (US$ 482,406) The 300 kilograms of tusks were seized at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport late last week after customs found suspicious shipments from Malawi through Ethiopian Airlines listed as unprocessed gemstones, according to Associated Press.


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How elephants became refugees on the outskirts of Bhubhaneswar city

2017-03-05 - Bhubhaneswar, India.

On the outskirts of Bhubhaneswar city, a herd of elephants has become refugees. They left the intensely disturbed Chandaka sanctuary, and tried to move towards other forest patches. However, human activity has now surrounded the elephants. Videos show how people chase the hapless animals, who seem to be only wanting to cross roads and fields


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relocation

Twycross Zoo to find new home for its herd of Asian elephants

2017-03-05 - Atherstone, United Kingdom.

Twycross Zoo has confirmed its herd of Asian elephants will be found a new home. The tourist attraction, which is Derby´s nearest zoo, says the decision to move the all-female herd will give them the opportunity to breed and help to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered species. The zoo, in Atherstone, is working in conjunction with European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP) to arrange the transfer. Its destination and the timescales will be announced as the plans pr...


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research
A male elephant grazes during an exercise to fit them with advanced satellite radio tracking collar to monitor their movement and control human-wildlife conflict near Mt. Kilimanjaro at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya on November 2, 2016.

Snooze news: elephants may sleep less than any other mammal

2017-03-05 - , United States.

Scientists on Wednesday said a first-of-its-kind study tracking the sleep behavior of wild elephants found the world´s largest land mammal sleeps two hours per day on average, and some days not at all, and does so mostly standing up. This represented the shortest-known sleep time of any mammal. Previous research showed captive elephants got four to six hours daily.


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Perth Zoo denies "elephant yoga class" abuse claims

2017-03-05 - Perth, Australia.

A zoo in Australia has denied claims that it mistreats its elephants by involving them in a yoga class with paying visitors. For $125 (£78) people can do Perth Zoos Exercise for Elephants programme - a 45-minute workout with a personal trainer that includes 15 minutes of interacting with the elephants. The zoo has released footage of the daily activities of the elephants to try to refute allegations that the exercise programme is abusive.


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An elephant being hauled on or off a boat in San Francisco.

Remembering The Elephants Of San Francisco

2017-03-05 - San Francisco, United States.

William Walter Power’s elephants originally appeared in the Walter L. Main Circus and transitioned into a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. The pachyderms, all female Asian elephants, worked the Hippodrome Theatre in New York City, and some sources claim the show was the first American elephant act on an indoor stage. “Lena,” “Jennie,” “Ada,” and “Lou” played baseball, bowled, and danced to whatever was in fashion, from the waltz to the Cha...


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The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo

Most expensive Black Ivory Coffee made from elephant dung

2017-03-05 - Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The world’s most expensive coffee, which is priced at $70 per serving, is made from elephant poo!Black Ivory Coffee, produced in Thailand’s Golden Triangle, a region better known for its export of opium, is made by having elephants eat the coffee beans which are mixed into a fruit mash.


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An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park on October 7, 2013. A Tanzanian court sentenced Boniface Matthew Maliango to 12 years in prison for trafficking illegal ivory

Notorious Tanzanian ivory trafficker jailed

2017-03-05 - MWANZA, Tanzania.

The most notorious Tanzanian poacher, Boniface Mathew Maliango nicknamed ‘The Devil’ has been sent to twelve years imprisonment for running an ivory trafficking network across the East and Central African countries. The 47-years old poacher was convicted at the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital court after being arrested in September 2015 following a year-long manhunt from Tanzanian security organs.


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medical

El Paso Zoo’s Juno the Elephant will Receive Cancer Treatment

2017-03-04 - El Paso, United States.

The El Paso Zoo has chosen a treatment protocol for Juno, the 49-year-old Asian elephant diagnosed with a malignant mass in her right mammary gland in January. The zoo team discussed her case with elephant experts and veterinary specialists around the United States to determine the best course of action. Cancer is rare in elephants, and this type of tumor has never been previously reported.


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research

Smartwatch implants help track elephant sleep patterns

2017-03-03 - , Botswana.

Professor Paul Manger from Wits University and his colleagues are using a tracker called an Actiwatch to study elephant sleep patterns in Botswana. They removed the watches´ bands, insulated them with electrical tape and biologically inert wax, then attached them to the elephants´ trunks. The trunk is the most mobile appendage, Manger said, and if it´s still for more than five minutes it´s reasonable to assume the animal is asleep.


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evolution
Reviving extinct animals like the woolly mammoth could divert funds away from protecting living species, some scientists say.

Reviving Extinct Species: Is It Worth the Cost?

2017-02-27 - , United States.

A new study of de-extinction — the potential to use genetic techniques to recreate lost animals and plants — finds that given limited conservation dollars, the benefits of bringing back one lost species would probably cost the extinction of more species that are currently on the brink. For example


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Central Zoo Authority for ban on elephants in circuses

2017-02-26 - New Delhi, India.

The Central Zoo Authority has “fully backed” a proposal to ban the use of elephants in circuses, a fading remnant of pre-liberalisation India. The CZA has written to the chief wildlife wardens of the states to ensure the rehabilitation of the elephants which were in their possession. “The Central Zoo Authority fully supports proposal to stop use of elephants to perform in circuses,” member secretary of the CZA D N Singh has written to the Environment Ministry.


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relocation

Nine jumbos travel 2700 km along with 16 mahouts to reach Corbett from Karnataka

2017-02-26 - NAINITAL, India.

Nine elephants from the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka reached the Corbett Tiger Reserve on Saturday after a journey of more than 2700 km. The elephants had started on their journey by road on Tuesday in a convoy of seven trucks accompanied by 16 mahouts. "The elephants will stay in an interim facility for three months during which they will get acclimatised to the new climate .


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medical

Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Free-Roaming Wild Asian Elephant -Volume 23, Number 3—March 2017

2017-02-22 - New Delhi, India.

Postmortem examination of a wild Asian elephant at Rajiv Gandhi National Park, India, revealed nodular lesions, granulomas with central caseation, and acid-fast bacilli in the lungs. PCR and nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study indicates that wild elephants can harbor M. tuberculosis that can become fatal.


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Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Wild Asian Elephants, Southern India

2017-02-22 - Trichur, India.

We tested 3 wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in southern India and confirmed infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an obligate human pathogen, by PCR and genetic sequencing. Our results indicate that tuberculosis may be spilling over from humans (reverse zoonosis) and emerging in wild elephants.


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The elephant Trompita/Bombi enjoys birthday cake made of vegetables and fruit in Guatemala.

Elephant Blows Out 56 Candles On Birthday Cake

2017-02-20 - Guatemala city, Guatemala.

With a cake made of watermelon, papaya, bananas, carrots and corncobs, Guatemala��´s elephant Trompita celebrated her 56th birthday on Sunday. The pachyderm, whose original name is Bombi, is an Asian elephant rescued by the La Aurora zoo from a circus in 2008 and subsequently adopted as a special member of the family, Efe news agency reported. Trompita��´s handler and "lifelong friend," Romeo Lopez -- better known in the circus world as "Tarzan Lopez" -- said...


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film

Never piss off an elephant

2017-02-13 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Elephant things are all over my desk at work. I have elephant clothes and elephant kitchen tools. I was also planning on getting an elephant bamboo tattoo while I was in Thailand, which I definitely didn´t do after this experience. I went from loving elephants, to now being terrified of them.


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death

Beloved Oregon Zoo elephant Packy dies after TB battle

2017-02-10 - Portland, United States.

Beloved Oregon Zoo elephant Packy was euthanized after a long battle with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, zoo officials announced Thursday. At nearly 55 years old, Packy was the oldest male Asian elephant in North America. We’d run out of options for treating him,” said the zoo´s lead veterinarian Dr. Tim Storms.


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fossil
Dr Kindi said, “The team spent nine days in the Aidam area in south Dhofar and a day in Taqah. We visited Ttinetti and Marbush in Aidam. We discovered teeth and tusks of elephants at other sites in Aidam.” He said that the new sites are spread over 1

35 million year old fossils found at four new sites in Dhofar

2017-02-02 - Muscat, Oman.

A team of geologists has discovered four new fossil sites in Dhofar. Remains of elephants, monkeys and primitive giraffes dating back 35 million years have been found at these sites. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Mohammed Hilal al Kindi, head of the team, said, “Our team comprised Yousef al Sinani, Dr Martin Pickford, Dr Alan Hayward, Dr Ibrahim Ismaili, Axel Hartman and Sohail Hardan.”


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birth

Incredible night time footage shows the moment a rare Asian elephant is born at a British zoo

2017-02-01 - Chester, United Kingdom.

Incredible night cam footage has captured the moment a rare Asian elephant was born following a short 20-minute labour. Following a 22-month gestation the male calf was born to 20-year-old mother Sithami Hi Way at Chester Zoo. Zoo keepers stayed up to monitor the birth via live CCTV and watched in awe as the baby dropped onto soft sand and scrambled to his feet in minutes.


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Forest department officials and others offering tributes to Indira at Shettihalli reserve forest in Shivamogga

Indira (Indra), grande dame of Sakrebailu and Karnataka’s oldest elephant, dies

2017-02-01 - SHIVAMOGGA, India. Ramachandra V Gunari

Karnataka’s seniormost elephant died on Monday, at the ripe old age of 82. Indira died of natural causes at the Sakrebailu elephant camp, her home for the past almost 50 years. Indira was the grande dame of the Sakrebailu elephant camp, loved by all and known to have tamed many a wild elephant brought here over the past many decades. Indira herself had been captured in a khedda operation from Kakanakote forest in the Western Ghats in 1968.


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Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.

Alice, Wildlife Safari"s Oldest Elephant, Dies

2017-02-01 - Winston, United States.

Alice, the oldest elephant at southern Oregon’s Wildlife Safari in Winston, died at age 44 this week. According to a post on the wildlife sanctuary’s Facebook page, Alice died from natural causes on Tuesday afternoon. Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.
Alice, the oldest African Elephant at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore., dies at 44-years-old.

Photo courtesy of Wildlife Safari
At 44, s...


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A zoo in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don welcomes new arrival – a calf of an endangered Asian elephant.

Calf of endangered Asian elephant born in Russian zoo

2017-02-01 - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation.

A zoo in Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don welcomed a new-born elephant female calf born on Wednesday (January 18) from two 11-year-old Asian elephants Sinta and Yuma. “An elephant calf stood up immediately (after the birth) and started eating. In about an hour it started eating. You can see now it is sleepy. This particular calf sleeps while standing up. Sitara used to sleep while laying down. It seems to be an individual feature,” a zoo keeper Alexei Titov told journalists on ...


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James Farlow, left, professor emeritus of geology at IPFW, talks with Daniel Fisher, professor of paleontology and director of the Museum of Paleontology at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, talk Monday before they box up a mastodon skeleton owned by

Expert hopes study of IPFW"s mastodon skeleton yields clues about what caused death of the species

2017-01-31 - Michigan, United States.

Paleontologist Daniel Fisher hopes a mastodon skeleton kept at IPFW since the university´s early days may offer clues to solving a question that has baffled researchers for more than 200 years — what caused mastodons to die off at the end of the Ice Age? Fisher and a research assistant arrived Monday at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to borrow the skeleton for study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where Fisher is a professor of paleontology and director ...


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conservation

Odisha Claims Fall In Jumbo Deaths In 2016-17

2017-01-29 - Bhubaneswar, India.

After an annual review meeting of the Forest and Environment department under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary at the State Secretariat here, Suresh Mohapatra, secretary of the department, said, “With two months left for the 2016-17 financial year to get over, 41 elephant deaths have been reported in the State so far which is considerable fall in comparison to 65-70 elephant death cases reported in the last four years on an average.”


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medical

49-year-old elephant Juno in El Paso Zoo diagnosed with malignant mass

2017-01-28 - El Paso, United States.

The animal care staff at the El Paso Zoo have received a biopsy report indicating a mass in 49-year-old Asian elephant Juno’s right mammary gland appears malignant, meaning the cells in the mass are exhibiting cancerous characteristics. These results come after several months of close observation and multiple diagnostic procedures. Since receiving the biopsy results, the Zoo veterinarians have been actively researching safe treatment options and consulting with national elephant health ex...


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abstract

Rapid screening for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical elephant trunk wash samples.

2017-01-28 - , United States. Magnuson RJ1, Linke LM2, Isaza R3, Salman MD2.

Ninety-nine clinical trunk wash samples obtained from 33 elephants were utilized to validate three molecular extraction techniques followed by a polymerase chain reaction for detection of M. tuberculosis. Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were estimated compared to culture. Kappa coefficients were determined between molecular results and various culture categories and serological test results.


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conservation
Better hope for the future of this juvenile elephant in the wild - See more at: http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/ministry-calls-urgent-action-reverse-decline-wild-elephant-population#sthash.jV8CKxdk.dpuf

Burma: Ministry calls for urgent action to reverse decline in wild elephant population through the Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan (MECAP)

2017-01-27 - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) has called for urgent action to reverse the decline in the wild elephant population of Myanmar, which is being killed at an increasing rate, while securing the future of the country’s former timber-trade elephants, state media reported on 27 January.


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Dutch veterinarian Dr. Willem Schaftenarr is pictured with his colleagues taking care of the herd at the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center.

Dutch vet seeks to save near-extinct elephants in Vietnam

2017-01-26 - Buon Don, Vietnam.

A seasoned veterinarian from the Netherlands has been a lifelong ally of the shrinking herd of elephants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
Dr. Willem Schaftenarr, 63, has been a household name among elephant conservationists, mahouts, and the pachyderms themselves in Ban Don (Don Village), which is nestled in the namesake district in Dak Lak Province.


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An Asian elephant gently picks up some parsley with its trunk from a visitors hand at a Hamburg zoo in Germany.  Read more at http://www.star2.com/living/science-technology/2017/01/24/elephant-inspired-robotic-gripper-in-the-works/#KYpLTDYRWTFvQJue.99

Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot

2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States.

Scientists hope to one day develop a robotic gripper modelled on the dexterous trunks of elephants. The boneless appendage can easily pick up objects as small as a peanut or as heavy as a log. But how do elephants regulate the force they apply with their trunk? Researchers who worked with an elephant at Zoo Atlanta in the United States say the secret is the ability to form a joint in the trunk at a location of the animal’s choice.


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Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, "doing well" despite slowing down

2017-01-24 - Perth, Australia.

A large crowd of families on school holidays were at the zoo to watch as Tricia enjoyed its birthday cake made from fruit and bran. Perth Zoo senior elephant keeper Kirsty Kerry said Tricia was doing well for its age, despite slowing down a little. "Tricia is showing her age these days, slowing down, getting a little bit stiff," Ms Kerry said. "But we are managing those by giving her a massage every day and walks around the zoo.


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abstract

Hereditary Factor VII Deficiency in the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Caused by a F7 Missense Mutation.

2017-01-24 - Pennsylvania, United States. Lynch M1, McGrath K2, Raj K3, McLaren P4, Payne K5, McCoy R4, Giger U3.

A wild-caught, 41-yr-old male Asian elephant ( Elephas maximus ) without an apparent increased bleeding tendency was consistently found to have prolonged prothrombin times (PTs, mean = 55±35 s) compared to 17 other elephants (PT=10±2 s). This elephant´s partial thromboplastin times (PTT) fell within the normal range of the other elephants (12-30 s). A prolonged PT in the presence of a normal PTT suggests disruption of the extrinsic pathway via deficiency of coagulation factor VII (FV...


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The elephant

Two Phuket Livestock officials injured as elephant bolts

2017-01-23 - Phuket, Thailand.

The injuries occurred when one elephant, believed to have been spooked by another, bolted during official’s inspection of the Safari elephant camp in Saiyuan, Rawai. At 11:30am on Saturday, Capt Somkiet Sarasit of the Chalong Police was informed of an incident where an elephant had bolted at the Safari elephant camp Rawai leaving two persons injured.


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death
Opal had lived at Hope Elephants between 2012 and 2014, before being returned to the Endangered Ark Foundation in Oklahoma.

Hope Elephants" Opal dies in Oklahoma

2017-01-23 - Hugo, United States.

Opal, one of two elephants who lived at the Hope Elephants sanctuary founded by Jim Laurita in 2012, died in Hugo, Okla. on Jan. 10, following a serious injury to her front left leg. Opal and her elephant companion at the Hope facility, Rosie, had been living at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo since Sept. 2014. Opal was 48 years old.


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research
Dr. Joshua Schiffman, left, and Schiffman Labs team member Lauren Donovan, lab specialist, look at human cancer cells reacting elephant p53 (EP53) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City Friday January 6, 2017. Team members have spent the past

Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher

2017-01-17 - Salt Lake City, United States.

Josh Schiffman likes to think of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 as a superhero in a bright red cape. It swoops in whenever there is DNA damage and fixes or eliminates the problem in an attempt to keep the body healthy. Most mammals, from humans to elephants, have some p53. But elephants — which rarely get cancer — have many more copies, Schiffman said, and they´re stronger.


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conservation
About 50% of Indian elephant news articles, shows pic of an african elephant, now also in Vietnamese news sites... :(

Elephants in Dak Lak become more aggressive as loss of habitat continues

2017-01-12 - Dak Lak, Vietnam.

According to the Dak Lak provincial Elephant Conservation Center, there are five groups of elephants living in the province, with 60-70 in each group.
In Ea Sup district alone, there is one group of 30-34, while in Buon Don district, there are four groups with 30-36 elephants each. A survey conducted by the center found that the number of elephant groups in Dak Lak has decreased.


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Elephant bones linked to wildlife trafficking

2017-01-04 - HUA HIN, Thailand.

A task force on wildlife trafficking has unearthed the bones of five elephants which they suspect are linked to the merging of wild animals into domestic populations. The Phaya Sua task force excavated a site in Moo Baan Chang (elephant village) after it received a tip-off that dead elephants had been buried there without the knowledge of concerned authorities.


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Bryan Ignasiak, Nicole Ignasiak and Megan Bonus display the mastodon bones they found near Mayville in 2011. The bones have since been donated to the University of Michigan.

Mastodon bones discovered by Macomb Township residents

2017-01-03 - Macomb Township, United States.

In June 2011, the Ignasiak siblings, along with their cousin Megan Bonus made the find, although they weren’t sure at the exactly what they had come across.“We had no idea what we were doing, we didn’t plan on finding mastodon bones,” said Nicole Ignasiak, 19, who was 14 at the time of the pair’s discovery.


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people

Elephant trainer Cecil Jackson Senior, face of the Cincinnati zoo for decades, dies

2017-01-03 - Cincinnati, United States.

Cecil Jackson Senior retired from the zoo in 1998, two months shy of being there for 50 years. People could find him and any animal at local parades and he also worked with Marge Schott and the Reds. He appeared on National Geographic twice for the zoo and was on hand to see the first gorilla born in captivity.His son, Cecil Junior, is now the head elephant trainer.


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Wild elephants cause menace in Bardiya

2017-01-03 - Bardia, Nepal.

Since this is a nepalese/Indian news organ, they put a tame elephant (with a bell) to the article which concearning wild elephants. In 50% of cases, Indian news sites put images of African elephants to articles about Asian elephants. We just have to survive this...


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Four jumbos from Rambo Circus retire, rehabilitated

2017-01-02 - Pune, India.

John Mathew, manager of Rambo Circus, said, “Seven mahouts, who took care of the four elephants at the Rambo Circus, have also shifted to Jamnagar with additional staff and a veterinarian."Saraswati and Champa were shifted to Jamnagar in September, Anar and Nitya moved two weeks ago as their transit permit was awaited.


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An elephant walks through the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. China on Friday said it would shut down domestic trade in ivory by the end of 2017, a move intended to curb the slaughter of the African elephants

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017

2017-01-01 - Bejing, China.

China says it will ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, closing down the world’s biggest ivory market in a move wildlife conservationists believe will help curb elephant poaching in Africa. The announcement deals a blow to a global ivory industry sustained in large part by Chinese demand, and comes after years of international and domestic pressure on Beijing to interdict a trade that has threatened the extinction of wild African elephants.


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61 Headlines about Elephants from 20172017-10-14 - Bangalore, India - Bannerghatta Biological Park loses elephant Ashwathama 2017-10-02 - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, United States - 38th Annual Elephant Managers Association Conference And Workshop 2017-08-16 - Delhi, India - India home to 27, 312 elephants: Census 2017-07-27 - Bangalore, India - Selfie attempt kills man in Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Park, elephant tramples him to death. 2017-05-15 - London, United Kingdom - Eleventh International Workshop on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) 2017-03-16 - Dublin, Ireland - It’s a girl! Elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo on Monday 2017-03-16 - Kolmarden, Sweden - Royal elephant at Swedish zoo has deadly herpes virus 2017-03-15 - Hassan, India - Tame elephants capture wild tusker in smooth operation 2017-03-15 - Kafue National Park, Zambia - Testing satellite collars for elephant orphans 2017-03-15 - San Diego, United States - Beloved former circus elephant Jumbo dies at San Diego Zoo 2017-03-14 - PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Langkawi park elephant in good shape, says Natural Resources and Environment Ministry 2017-03-14 - Atherstone, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo elephant departure; 14 questions answered 2017-03-14 - Surin, Thailand - THAILANDS ALL ABOUT ITS ELEPHANTS TODAY 2017-03-14 - SHIRAHAMA, Japan - Asian elephant kills trainer with its trunk at zoo in central Japan 2017-03-13 - Tsavo, Kenya - Former Orphan Elephant Gives Birth to a Wild Baby 2017-03-13 - Hassan, India - Forest officials seek permission to relocate elephants in two taluks 2017-03-12 - Wokha, India - Human-elephant conflict in Wokha district 2017-03-12 - , India - Did poachers kill more Kerala jumbos? No. Fight with man over space did them in 2017-03-11 - AYUTTHAYA, Thailand - Elephant protest in Bangkok cancelled 2017-03-08 - Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand Seized Elephant Tusks Worth US$ Half a Million 2017-03-05 - MWANZA, Tanzania - Notorious Tanzanian ivory trafficker jailed 2017-03-05 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Most expensive Black Ivory Coffee made from elephant dung 2017-03-05 - San Francisco, United States - Remembering The Elephants Of San Francisco 2017-03-05 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo denies "elephant yoga class" abuse claims 2017-03-05 - , United States - Snooze news: elephants may sleep less than any other mammal 2017-03-05 - Atherstone, United Kingdom - Twycross Zoo to find new home for its herd of Asian elephants 2017-03-05 - Bhubhaneswar, India - How elephants became refugees on the outskirts of Bhubhaneswar city 2017-03-04 - El Paso, United States - El Paso Zoo’s Juno the Elephant will Receive Cancer Treatment 2017-03-03 - , Botswana - Smartwatch implants help track elephant sleep patterns 2017-02-27 - , United States - Reviving Extinct Species: Is It Worth the Cost? 2017-02-26 - NAINITAL, India - Nine jumbos travel 2700 km along with 16 mahouts to reach Corbett from Karnataka 2017-02-26 - New Delhi, India - Central Zoo Authority for ban on elephants in circuses 2017-02-22 - Trichur, India - Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Wild Asian Elephants, Southern India 2017-02-22 - New Delhi, India - Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Free-Roaming Wild Asian Elephant -Volume 23, Number 3—March 2017 2017-02-20 - Guatemala city, Guatemala - Elephant Blows Out 56 Candles On Birthday Cake 2017-02-13 - Bangkok, Thailand - Never piss off an elephant 2017-02-10 - Portland, United States - Beloved Oregon Zoo elephant Packy dies after TB battle 2017-02-02 - Muscat, Oman - 35 million year old fossils found at four new sites in Dhofar 2017-02-01 - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation - Calf of endangered Asian elephant born in Russian zoo 2017-02-01 - Winston, United States - Alice, Wildlife Safari"s Oldest Elephant, Dies 2017-02-01 - SHIVAMOGGA, India - Indira (Indra), grande dame of Sakrebailu and Karnataka’s oldest elephant, dies 2017-02-01 - Chester, United Kingdom - Incredible night time footage shows the moment a rare Asian elephant is born at a British zoo 2017-01-31 - Michigan, United States - Expert hopes study of IPFW"s mastodon skeleton yields clues about what caused death of the species 2017-01-29 - Bhubaneswar, India - Odisha Claims Fall In Jumbo Deaths In 2016-17 2017-01-28 - , United States - Rapid screening for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical elephant trunk wash samples. 2017-01-28 - El Paso, United States - 49-year-old elephant Juno in El Paso Zoo diagnosed with malignant mass 2017-01-27 - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar - Burma: Ministry calls for urgent action to reverse decline in wild elephant population through the Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan (MECAP) 2017-01-26 - Buon Don, Vietnam - Dutch vet seeks to save near-extinct elephants in Vietnam 2017-01-24 - Pennsylvania, United States - Hereditary Factor VII Deficiency in the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Caused by a F7 Missense Mutation. 2017-01-24 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, "doing well" despite slowing down 2017-01-24 - Atlanta, United States - Elephant trunk makes an excellent robot 2017-01-23 - Hugo, United States - Hope Elephants" Opal dies in Oklahoma 2017-01-23 - Phuket, Thailand - Two Phuket Livestock officials injured as elephant bolts 2017-01-17 - Salt Lake City, United States - Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher 2017-01-12 - Dak Lak, Vietnam - Elephants in Dak Lak become more aggressive as loss of habitat continues 2017-01-04 - HUA HIN, Thailand - Elephant bones linked to wildlife trafficking 2017-01-03 - Bardia, Nepal - Wild elephants cause menace in Bardiya 2017-01-03 - Cincinnati, United States - Elephant trainer Cecil Jackson Senior, face of the Cincinnati zoo for decades, dies 2017-01-03 - Macomb Township, United States - Mastodon bones discovered by Macomb Township residents 2017-01-02 - Pune, India - Four jumbos from Rambo Circus retire, rehabilitated 2017-01-01 - Bejing, China - China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017


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