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Fired elephant keeper breaks back into the zoo to feed and photograph the animals - adding to series of offences as his life unravelled due to cancer and a drug habit

2020-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia.

An elephant keeper who lost his job because of 'spiralling' drug use has been sentenced for breaking into the zoo were he used to work in order to feed animals and take selfies with them. Lucas McGhie, 36, was sentenced in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday after he pleaded guilty to trespass charges from sneaking into Melbourne Zoo with three others in the early hours of April 14 last year.


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New $84 million elephant sanctuary to be developed at Victorias Werribee Zoo

2020-11-04 - Werribee, Australia.

Victoria’s Werribee Open Range Zoo is set to receive $84 million funding to develop a new elephant sanctuary. Announced yesterday by Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, the $84 million for the project will be part of the state’s 2020/21 budget. The investment will include a new elephant sanctuary, with six Asian elephants to be moved to Werribee Zoo’s 22 hectares from the two hectares at Melbourne Zoo.


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Jai Dee was only three years old

Taronga Zoo’s Beloved Baby Elephant Jai Dee Has Sadly Passed Away

2020-10-14 - Sydney, Australia. Krisinda Merhi

Jai Dee started to show signs of abdominal pain Monday morning and was quickly treated. By midday, Jai Dee was displaying normal behaviour and was monitored closely by keepers and veterinarians, but unfortunately, his condition deteriorated rapidly yesterday morning and despite a full emergency response he devastatingly passed away later that day.


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Elephant camps have been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 crisis as tourism grinds to a halt; an elephant family in an elephant camp in northern Thailand pictured

Ingrid Suter: Time to rethink elephant tourism

2020-08-21 - Brisbane, Australia. S Puvaneswary

With global tourism remaining at a standstill, now’s an opportune time for tour operators who play an important role in shaping the future and vision of elephant tourism in South-east Asia, to rethink their approach to the industry, according to the founder of an elephant camp audit company.


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The owners of Arna the elephant (centre) say they would never had retired the animal to a zoo after she killed her handler had they known the outcome of that decision

Killer elephant owners regret zoo transfer

2020-08-14 - Dubbo, Australia. Hannah Moore NCA NewsWire

The owners of circus elephant Arna, who crushed her handler to death in December 2007, have told a parliamentary inquiry they regret retiring her to a zoo after the incident. Arna crushed her handler Ray Williams, 57, to death at Yamba on the state’s north coast on December 27, 2007. Stardust Circus, the last remaining exotic animal circus in Australia, made the “heartbreaking” decision to retire both her and their other elephant Gigi to Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo the next day.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bizarre photo of life size elephant and tiger statues on back of trailer

2015-11-20 - Sydney, Australia.

Eerily life-like statues of an elephant and sabre-tooth tiger on the back of a trailer driving along the West Gate Freeway have been revealed as nothing more than a publicity stunt! 3AW Mornings listener Ziggy captured the bizarre photo and sent it into Neil Mitchell. He momentarily thought the elephant was real.


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DRONES ARE SAVING WILD ELEPHANT POPULATIONS FROM POACHERS IN AFRICA

2015-04-12 - Sydney, Australia.

A partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenyan Wildlife Service has led to the creation of a drone protection program targeted at identifying and discouraging poachers. The vehicles allow monitoring and identification of elephant populations, and provide a window in the sky from which to search for poachers.


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

"Basil Fawlty" to open accommodation

2014-02-27 - Sydney, Australia.

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


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

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

2014-02-06 - Adelaide, Australia.

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


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

2014-02-01 - Melbourne, Australia.

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


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Sanook weighed 131 kilograms at birth, grew quickly and remained

Baby elephant Sanook died accidentally while playing with favourite toy, Melbourne Zoo says

2013-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia.

Sanook, the 11-month-old Asian elephant calf at Melbourne Zoo has died after becoming entangled in a favourite toy. "The CCTV footage shows that at 7pm while playing with the tyre, Sanook managed to manoeuvre it in an unusual way that caused his head to become caught," Melbourne Zoo director Kevin Tanner said in the statement.


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Perth Zoo’s senior veterinarian Dr Simone Vitali with Tricia

Perth Zoo elephant gets massage therapy

2013-11-22 - Perth, Australia.

Perth Zoo´s 56-year-old Asian elephant Tricia is receiving 25 minute back and shoulder massages twice daily using a specially designed massage pad usually used on horses. Perth Zoo Senior Vet Dr Simone Vitali said he hoped the massages would starve off the aches and pains of old age as the elephant stomps towards her twilight years.


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Two of the elephants being moved, Luk Chai (centre) and Pathi Harn (right), play with a female, Tukta, at Taronga Zoo Sydney in 2011.

Dubbo"s Western Plans Zoo plans for arrival of Asian elephant bulls Pathi Harn, Luk Chai and Gung from Sydney"s Taronga Zoo

2013-11-20 - Sydney, Australia.

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is planning to build a multimillion dollar home for three male Asian elephants due to arrive in Dubbo next year. The bulls, Pathi Harn, Luk Chai and Gung, are being moved to the west to free up space at Taronga´s Sydney zoo.


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Baby elephant Mali has helped Melbourne Zoo become Victoria

Victoria"s top tourist attraction named at awards

2013-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne Zoo was named the best major tourist attraction at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Monday night. The nod to the zoo breaks a three-year winning streak by the Melbourne Museum, which had won the top award on the back of some blockbuster exhibitions including Tutankhamun and Titanic. The zoo´s award, announced at a black-tie event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, was given for its 150th anniversary campaign last year that featured major events around baby...


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Ron Simpson in the front yard of his Childers business Pick-It Papers. His collection of fibreglass animals range from a life size elephant, dinosaurs and cows to crocodiles, pigs and dogs.

Annual feed bill is low in fibreglass animal zoo

2013-10-31 - Childers, Australia.

RON Simpson may not look like your typical zookeeper but then his "zoo" in Childers isn´t your typical collection of animals. Ranging from a $13,500 life-size elephant to a $605 replica of Scooby-Doo, his business, Pick-It Papers, which he runs with his wife Heather, has an animal for every occasion.


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Melbourne Zoo elephant expecting second calf soon

2013-10-29 - Melbourne, Australia.

A Melbourne Zoo elephant that gave birth to the first female calf in Australia four years ago is about to make history again. Zoo head vet Michael Lynch says it could still be a while before the calf is born. "We really expect it between the 1st and the 21st of November."


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Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) to a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and humans in an Australian zoo.

2013-05-10 - Sydney, Australia.

In November 2010, a clinically healthy Asian elephant in an Australian zoo was found to be shedding M. tuberculosis; in September 2011, a sick chimpanzee at the same zoo was diagnosed with tuberculosis caused by an indistinguishable strain of M. tuberculosis. A pathway of transmission between the animals could not be confirmed. Tuberculosis in an elephant can be transmissible to people in close contact and to other animals more remotely. The mechanism for transmission from elephants requires fur...


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Meet Sanook: Melbourne Zoo"s baby elephant named by Herald Sun readers

2013-03-14 - Melbourne, Australia.

More than 4,000 Victorians voted in the Herald Sun´s naming competition and Sanook, which means fun-loving and cheerful, was the overwhelming favourite, ahead of Seri and Chaiya. Thai consulate general Simon Wallace said the elephant keepers supplied attributes that best described Sanook and Thai words were shortlisted from their suggestions.


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Lucy Melo and Pathi Harn pictured this year.

Taronga Zoo says they were not at fault over Lucy Melo elephant attack

2013-01-16 - Sydney, Australia.

AN investigation by Taronga Zoo found that they were not at fault over an elephant attack in which one of their keepers was injured last year. Lucy Melo, 40, spent days in intensive care at Royal North Shore Hospital after the October 19 incident, in which two-year-old Asian elephant calf Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard.


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Crushed Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo goes home from hospital

2012-10-31 - Sydney, Australia.

Injured Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo has been released from hospital. Ms Melo, 40, was injured 12 days ago when two-year-old elephant Pathi Harn "challenged´´ her authority and pinned her against a bollard. Her heart stopped beating for five minutes after the incident. A Taronga Zoo spokesman said Ms Melo had made excellent progress in her recovery and went home from Royal North Shore Hospital last night. "She´s in good spirits and will commence a period of rehabilitat...


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Asian Elephant Keeper Lucy Melo.

Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo speaks for first time since being crushed

2012-10-23 - Sydney, Australia.

Northern beaches resident Lucy Melo, 40, is in a stable condition in Royal North Shore Hospital after the two-year-old Asian elephant calf Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard on Friday morning. While she has been able to write notes to her family, a zoo spokeswoman said she was "alert´´ today and spoke for the first time since Friday. "We’re incredibly pleased to get an update from Lucy’s family that she is alert and making progress in her recovery," Zoo director Ca...


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Zoo keeper Lucy Melo is in stable condition after a young elephant pinned her against a pole.

Zoo cameras capture lead-up to accident

2012-10-21 - Sydney, Australia.

WorkCover investigators have seized surveillance footage of the moments leading up to when two-year-old elephant Pathi Harn nudged Ms Melo against a bollard. Because of the position of the cameras, the whole incident was not captured on tape. It is understood the elephant did not appear aggressive towards Ms Melo, or any other keeper in the pen at the time.


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Zoo keeper Lucy Melo is in stable condition after a young elephant pinned her against a pole.

Injured elephant keeper stable, zoo says

2012-10-20 - Sydney, Australia.

TARONGA Zoo keeper Lucy Melo, seriously injured when a young elephant "challenged" her authority, is in a stable condition in a Sydney hospital. The 40-year-old´s family has asked that their privacy be respected while she recovers in Royal North Shore Hospital after two-year-old Pathi Harn pinned her against a bollard on Friday morning.


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Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo crushed by "miracle" baby

2012-10-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Yesterday the senior elephant keeper was left fighting for her life after the youngest male, Pathi Harn, crushed her against a fencepost during morning training. With Ms Melo´s husband, Taronga Zoo´s elephant manager Gary Miller, nearby, the two keepers moved the elephant away and the area went into lockdown at its busiest time, as school groups were turned away and feeding time cancelled.


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Lucy Melo: Senior Elephant Keeper, Taronga Zoo

2012-05-27 - Sydney, Australia.

When Lucy first started at Taronga, she was part of the team that went to Thailand to bring the first five Asian Elephants to Sydney, and has been part of the successful Conservation Breeding Program ever since. Since the herd arrived in 2006, three calves have been born and Lucy has been part of raising the calves and looking after the extended family of four adult females and one adult male.


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Advice... elephants could eat pest grass.

Introduce elephants to solve bushfire risks: professor

2012-02-02 - Tasmania, Australia.

Australia should introduce elephants and allow dingoes to breed in packs as a radical, yet serious, solution to the country´s rampant bushfire and feral animal problems, University of Tasmania professor of environmental change biology, David Bowman, writes in an opinion piece for journal Nature today. Those animals are reconstructing ecosystems and destabilising the country´s food webs, he says.


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Elephants took 24 million generations to get to their current size, a study has shown

2012-01-31 - Melbourne, Australia.

Mammals evolved from the size of a mouse to that of an elephant during that time Shrinking is a much faster process, however. Large-scale reductions in size leading to dwarfism only take around 100,000 generations. Scientists writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at 28 groups of mammals, including elephants, primates and whales.


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1963: Two recently imported elephants, Tricia and Tania, with elephant keeper Joseph Noble

Tricia the elephant marks 55th birthday

2012-01-25 - Perth, Australia.

Tricia is 55 years old, her favourite fruits include watermelons and bananas, and she enjoys long walks around Perth Zoo. Tricia is an Asian elephant and has celebrated her milestone birthday with a 1.5m fruit and bran cake, decorated with tree branches. She first arrived in Perth from Singapore in 1963 and is the longest resident at Perth Zoo.


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Taronga Zoo: Keepers, Elephant Unit

2011-12-16 - Sydney, Australia.

Taronga Zoo is looking for a number of permanent Keepers to work in our Elephant free contact program within the Exotic Fauna Precinct. The Elephant Unit currently manages eight Asian Elephants on site at Taronga Zoo. Our ideal candidates will have significant experience working free contact with elephants, possess a detailed knowledge of elephant behaviour and biology and will have good team work, communication and mentoring skills.


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Perth Zoo: Elephant keeper

2011-10-29 - Perth, Australia.

Perth Zoo currently has a fixed term vacancy up to 7 December 2013 as a Keeper within our Elephant Section. The Keeper’s role involves providing the highest possible levels of welfare, husbandry, species management, conservation research and enrichment for the group of elephants in our care.


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Taronga Zoo elephant diagnosed with TB

2011-02-05 - Sydney, Australia.

One of the stars of Sydney´s Taronga Zoo, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The Asian elephant, named Pak Boon, has been diagnosed with the illness which keepers believe she bought with her when she came from Thailand four years ago. She was tested for the bug when she came to Australia, but tests at the time came up negative. Pak Boon gave birth three months ago to a female calf, Tuka.


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Tarongas Third Elephant Calf Born On Anniversary Of Herds Arrival

2010-11-02 - Sydney, Australia. Taronga Conservation Society Australia Press release

Taronga third Asian Elephant calf was born at 1.12 am last night. The calf is Taronga’s first female and it is the fifth calf born to the Australian Conservation Management Plan for these endangered elephants. The calf was born in the paddock four years to the day of the arrival of the herd from Thailand in 2006.


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Elephant keeper Roger Brogan with Cuddles and Yum Yum in a file picture. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Australia"s oldest African elephant dies

2010-10-04 - Dubbo, NSW, Australia.

Australia´s oldest living African elephant has died, with both staff and animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo now in mourning. Yum Yum was also the matriarch and longest serving resident of the park, in Dubbo, central NSW. She was put down after suffering a digestive-related illness, aged about 41.


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Baby elephant arrives at Melbourne Zoo

2010-09-10 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo´s baby elephant brood is growing, with a half-brother for Mali arriving after a difficult and dangerous four-day labour. Kulab´s massive 142-kilogram baby was born on Friday morning after a 22-month pregnancy, but zoo staff were desperately worried for both mother and offspring in the later stages of labour.


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Bioethics of a Mammoth Size

2010-05-28 - Adelaide, Australia. Alessandro De Arcangelis

A group of Australian scientists managed to revive a primary component of mammoth blood, revealing, within a research published on Nature Genetics, how the colossal ancestors of modern elephants could survive in the Arctic area. The researchers of the Australian Centre for Ancient Dna of the Adelaide university, along with the colleagues from the university of Manitoba, Canada, managed to recreate the hemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen, starting from fossil relics of Siberian animals t...


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Taronga elephant baby named Pathi Harn

2010-03-25 - Sydney, Australia. Lisa Keen, Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos

The new calf has a name as of this morning. He is Pathi Harn, which is Thai for Miracle. Its pronounced Par Tea Harn. Hes doing really well, as is his mum Porntip, who is very attentive. Pathi Harn has been enjoying the water and also the mud wallow. He was blessed this morning by Thai Buddhist monks who came to the zoo especially for the naming ceremony.


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Dead baby elephant calf born alive in Sydney zoo

2010-03-10 - Sydney, Australia.

An elephant gave birth to a calf at Sydneys main zoo on Wednesday, surprising vets and keepers who two days earlier declared the baby had died in the womb. The Asian elephant mother delivered the male baby in the early hours of Wednesday in what Taronga Park Zoo officials said was "unbelievable good fortune".


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The baby of Sydneys Taronga Zoo elephant Porntip has died during a complicated birth process.

Baby elephant dies during Taronga birth

2010-03-08 - Sydney, Australia.

The matriarch of the zoos elephant herd, Porntip, showed on March 1 she was ready to give birth to a 100kg calf, after having been artificially inseminated about 22 months before. But by Sunday night ultrasound scans made it clear the calf had rotated inside its mothers womb and was lying upside down.


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Elephant Keeper - Trail of the Elephants

2010-03-04 - Melbourne , Australia.

This is a key position for the continuing development and evolution of Zoos Victoria’s elephant program with the target of providing best practice animal care in a holistic environment. Candidates will require a minimum of five years of direct contact (free contact) elephant experience. Candidates will also require a high level of competency in handling elephants, and an understanding of traditional and progressive training techniques.


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Melbourne baby elephant named Mali

2010-02-25 - Melbourne, Australia.

With her playful poise she's inspired a lot of oohs and ahhs and now, a bit of humming too. Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant has been blessed by Buddhist monks after Victorians voted to name her "Mali", the Thai word for the jasmine flower. Arriving at the zoo on Thursday in orange robes, the monks from three Buddhist temples began a rumbling hum as they chanted before Mali and her mum Dokkoon.


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The one-month-old hides between her mother

Names shortlisted for baby elephant

2010-02-16 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Thai names for five floral emblems have been short-listed and people can vote online to select the winner. The female baby elephant is one month old today and Premier John Brumby says Victorians have warmed to the calf. "There is nothing quite like a baby elephant and they're up and running about from the first day," he said. "She's unbelievably playful. She's just running around with her mum, running around with her aunty out there, she's always mucking around their legs." Thailand's Honora...


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The public has its first view of the baby elephant. Photo: Penny Stephens

Zoo urged to move elephant herd to Werribee

2010-02-11 - Melbourne, Australia. Bridie Smith

THE former director of the Seattle and Werribee zoos has called for Melbourne Zoo's growing elephant herd to be relocated to the more spacious Werribee Open Range Zoo as a matter of urgency. A second elephant, Kulab, which arrived from Thailand with new mother Dokkoon in 2006, is due to give birth in August-September. The arrival of a second calf would swell the zoo's city campus herd to seven, following the birth last month of Victoria's first baby elephant. David Hancocks said that as Parkvill...


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Zoo keepers say the as-yet unnamed baby elephant is a real character. (ABC TV)

Baby elephant to make big debut

2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia. Kathy Lord

The as-yet unnamed female, born on January 16, will go on display for short periods of time at first, but viewing times will be extended once she has adjusted to life in the public glare. The youngster is the first baby elephant born in the zoo's 148-year history, the first elephant in Australia conceived by artificial insemination, and only the second baby elephant ever born in Australia. But she will not be on her own for long. The zoo is expecting another baby elephant in August or September ...


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Dokkoon elephant at Melbourne Zoo. Picture: EMILY BLACK

Werribee’s jumbo nursery

2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia. Kellie Cameron

ELEPHANTS could be packing their trunks for Wyndham, thanks to Melbourne Zoo’s elephant breeding program. Werribee Open Range Zoo director Sally Lewis said the local zoo could become a second home to elephants born at Melbourne. But with elephant pregnancies lasting 22 months, don’t expect to see them in the short term. Melbourne Zoo is Victoria’s only zoo with elephants. One of its five Asian elephants, Dokkoon, gave birth to the zoo’s first baby elephant last month, as part of a breed...


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DOKKOON DELIVERS

2010-01-16 - Melbourne, Australia.

Female Asian Elephant Born at 1:10am The first baby elephant in Melbourne Zoo's 147-year history was born early today to the delight of tired but ecstatic Zoo staff. After weeks of round the clock monitoring, and enormous anticipation, Asian Elephant Dokkoon became the first elephant in Australia to give birth to a female calf and also to deliver a baby conceived by artificial insemination.


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Melbourne zoo elephant keepers with pregnant Asian Elephant Dokkoon

Vet awaits big day - the birth of an elephant

2009-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia. CAROLYN WEBB

In 20 YEARS as a vet, Michael Lynch has delivered baby cows, giraffes, bison, zebras, gorillas and meerkats. All being well, he is about to assist at his first elephant birth - also Melbourne Zoo's first - and says it will top them all.


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Wonderful benefactor: The late Jacqueline Crookston pictured in June 2008 on her last visit to Taronga Zoo.

Special gift benefits zoo

2009-12-02 - Sydney, Australia. ILIANA STILLITANO

A PAINTING not seen publicly since it was bought by the late Camden doctor Robert Crookston in 1945 sold for $575,000 last week and helped set a sales record for auction house Sotheby's. The painting a powerful image of a country woman confronting the tragedy of the 1944 drought was part of an estate owned by Dr Crookston's daughter Jacqueline which she bequeathed to the Taronga Foundation when she died, aged 96, in July.


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Sydney names its favourite attraction

2009-08-26 - Sydney, Australia.

The loud pitter patter of baby elephant feet has helped Taronga Zoo claim the title of Sydney's favourite attraction. The zoo won 24 per cent of votes in the Sydney Chamber of Commerce's annual favourite things survey of the city's inhabitants. The birth of Asian elephant calf Luk Chai in July has also boosted zoo visitor numbers, with Sydneysiders and tourists flocking to Taronga since his arrival. Sydney Opera House came second in the survey of most popular attractions, with 22 per cent of vot...


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Bundle of joy . . . the calf surprises mum. Photo: Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo In Sydney has welcomed the first elephant born in Australia.

2009-07-05 - Sydney, Australia.

The male calf was born to Asian elephant Thong Dee in Taronga Zoo's Elephant Barn about 3.08am yesterday. After a three-hour labour, Thong Dee, who was a street elephant in Bangkok, was surprised by the calf and took time to calm down. She greeted the new baby by touching his trunk. By morning, he was trying to suckle, which zookeepers say is excellent news. "Although it's very soon since the delivery, the early signs are good and we will monitor mother and calf very closely, providing every pos...


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An elephant has escaped from Lipra’s Circus, and remains at large in the Mid-Western Region

Jumbo Sized Runaway

2009-03-31 - Mudgee, Australia.

(1st of April freaud) Authorities are still attempting to recapture an elephant roaming at large in the Mid-Western Region. The pachyderm was passing through the region with Lipra’s Circus, along with another elephant, when the truck transporting the pair collided with another car and overturned. Although the drivers of the vehicles sustained only minor injuries, the truck suffered sufficient damage to allow the elephants to escape. One was recaptured within two hours by polic...


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South America needs elephants: ecologist

2009-03-18 - Queensland, Australia. Dani Cooper, ABC

In what sounds like a page from a Michael Crichton novel, an Australian ecologist has called for the introduction of elephants into South America and the creation of Pleistocene parks across the world.
Professor Chris Johnson, of James Cook University, Far North Queensland, says the re-introduction of large herbivores to the Americas would help restore ecosystems and save threatened native species.
The experiment would also help settle the debate over whether humans or climate chan...


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Stud: Bong Su is set to become a father three times over. Picture: Andrew Tauber.

Bong Su the elephant is set to become a father

2009-02-21 - Melbourne Zoo, Australia. Eleni Hale

Bong Su, the elephant responsible for impregnating Melbourne Zoo's new mother Kulab, now could father dozens of calves across the globe after keepers developed a method of exporting his sperm, thanks to the donation of a sperm-freezing machine from the German Government. The Asian elephant, 36, who keepers describe as "easygoing" and "extremely attractive", has a mind-boggling sperm count of up to 2.5 billion per millilitre compared with the average of 800 million per millilitre.


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Melbourne Zoo celebrates second elephant pregnancy

2009-02-19 - Melbourne, Australia. ABC NEWS

An elephant breeding program at the Melbourne Zoo has had another success, with the announcement of a second pregnancy. Kulab, a 10-year-old Asian elephant, has been artificially inseminated and will give birth next spring. The conservation program has resulted in four pregnancies, two at Melbourne and two at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The pregnancy resulted from an artificial insemination procedure carried out in late November, with the zoo's bull elephant Bong Su the donor. Environment Minister Ga...


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Mek Kapah takes time out at Melbourne Zoo.

Where elephants walk

2008-12-03 - Melbourn, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo's first elephant, Ranee, arrived at the Parkville campus to much fanfare in March 1883. Within a week the Asian elephant, fresh from Calcutta, was being saddled up in the summer heat for visitors to sit atop as she plodded her way along a meandering, purpose-built route


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Super-stud donor Bong Su takes a well-earned dip.

Melbourne Zoo"s super-stud could help save species

2008-11-25 - Melbourne, Australia. Bridie Smith

A TEAM of researchers working at Melbourne Zoo believes new techniques for freezing elephant sperm will prove the breakthrough the endangered species needs. And the zoo's super-stud Bong Su — a 34-year-old bull regarded as one of the world's most fertile Asian elephants because of his high sperm count — will play a key part, with the frozen sperm to be made available to overseas zoos.


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Emily Robins took a huge liking to her co-star in The Elephant Princess.

Magical role for a young princess

2008-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia.

EMILY Robins was excited when invited to audition for the lead role in a new Australian children's series in which she would both act and sing. "I'd been singing all my life in musical theatre and competitions and stuff like that," says the 19-year-old from New Zealand, who plays a 16-year-old who discovers she is a princess from an exotic, mystical kingdom, in The Elephant Princess. "The fact that they were looking for a singer and an actor was perfect for me."


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Australia Zoo elephant trainer, Brenton Bullen with Siam the elephant. Siam is the star of a new television series called The Elephant Princess.

Siam"s a big star

2008-11-07 - Melbourne, Australia. Nathanael Cooper

There is no shortage of big stars who hail from the Sunshine Coast, but none of them are quite as big as our latest celebrity. In fact, she's so big that while most stars have their own trailer on set, this one has a whole truck to herself.Siam, an Asian elephant that weighs more than 500kg, resides at Australia Zoo and has recently finished filming a role in Network Ten's upcoming children's drama, The Elephant Princess. Shot in Melbourne, The Elephant Princess is about a young girl who discove...


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Trade Me urged to join ivory sales ban

2008-10-25 - Fairfax, Australia. CLAIRE MCENTEE

Trade Me is under pressure to follow online auction giant eBay's lead and ban the sale of ivory products. The United States-based site banned ivory products after the International Fund for Animal Welfare found more than 4000 illegal elephant ivory listings. IFAW Asia Pacific director Erica Martin said online trading sites, including Trade Me, should follow eBay's lead. "They should put immediate bans on ivory sales in place".


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Taronga Conservation Society:

2008-10-10 - Mosman, Australia.

This is an exceptional career opportunity for a committed and experienced Keeper to join our Life Science and Environmental Education Division within our Elephant Unit. Embracing all aspects of the Life Sciences division, this dynamic role exists during an exciting time for the Elephant Unit due to its redevelopment master plan and its focus on the regional Elephant Conservation Breeding program within the context of both free and protected contact. This position is located at Taronga Zoo, Mosma...


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Three elephants pregnant in Australia

2008-08-28 - Melbourne, Australia.

No baby elephant has ever been born in Australia - but now three elephants are pregnant at zoos in Sydney and Melbourne. Zoo authorities have announced a third elephant, Pontipp, is in the maternity wing, as a result of artificial insemination (AI) at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. She joins Thong Dee, impregnated naturally by mate Gong at Taronga last year and Dokkoon which was impregnated by artificial insemination at Melbourne Zoo also last year. The two AI infants were sired by Melbourne's Bong Su - ...


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Melbourne Zoo’s new elephant is pregnant

2008-08-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo has confirmed that 15 year old Dokkoon, one of three Asian Elephants that arrived in November 2006, is pregnant. The pregnancy is the result of artificial insemination carried out in March by the Melbourne Zoo and visiting fertility specialists from the Berlin Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Bong Su, Melbourne Zoo’s bull elephant is the father. The pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound in early June. The ultrasound showed a black sack of amniotic fluid containing a tiny ...


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Melbourne elephant breaks fertility record

2008-06-03 - Melbourne, Australia. MIKI PERKINS

BONG Su, the 34-year-old bull elephant at the Melbourne Zoo, has smashed an Australian and a world record, and all it took was a little gentle persuasion. Not only did he help companion Dokkoon become the first elephant in Australia to get pregnant through artificial insemination, but he has broken the world record for elephant sperm concentration — 2.2 billion sperm per millilitre, compared with the average of 600 million a millilitre.


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Dukkoon gets checked by senior elephant keeper David McKelson.

Melbourne Zoo celebrates elephant pregnancy

2008-06-02 - Melbourne, Australia.

An ultra-sound has confirmed one of the Melbourne Zoo's elephants is pregnant. The zoo is celebrating the pregnancy of a 15 year old endangered Asian elephant, named "Dokkoon". It is the first elephant pregnancy at the Melbourne Zoo. It is also the first artificial insemination pregnancy at any Australian zoo. The elephant's pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound examination carried out on Saturday by fertility experts from Berlin working with the zoo's veterinarians.


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Australia Zoo: Elephant keeper

2008-04-24 - Beerwah, Australia.

Undertake cleaning and maintenance of elephant enclosures, Assist with the planning, development and construction of elephant enclosures, ‘Free contact’ elephant handling techniques, Prepare food and conduct feeding of elephants in accordance with diet requirements feeding, Undertake elephant enrichment programs,


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Hot stuff ... Yum Yum

Infra-red helps with elderly elephants" problems

2008-04-24 - Dubbo, Australia.

WITH its brilliant colours and distinctive shape, it could be the design of a funky new T-shirt or a quirky company logo. Instead, the technicolor image was generated by infra-red thermography, which is being used to diagnose health problems in elderly elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. See what it's like from an elephant's point of view here. Senior vet Benn Bryannt described the non-invasive technology as "brilliant" and said it would enable zoo staff to build a clear picture of...


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Gigi gets a pedicure from zookeeper Roger Brogden.

Pampering and pedicures keep Gigi a happy resident - Elephants make great progress

2008-03-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Former Stardust Circus elephant Gigi is putting her best foot forward in the process of becoming a permanent inhabitant of Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
On the request of keepers, she regularly presents her feet on fence rails for a zoo-style pedicure. After Gigis toenails are clipped and filed, she enjoys a treat - sometimes raw pumpkin or sweet potato. The zoos senior veterinarian Dr Benn Bryant says “keepers have made great progress with Gigi” in introducing her to the zoo and its sp...


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A Day at Melbourne Zoo (March 14th)

2008-03-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

...Then I wandered to the elephant yard. Just after that, Caroline joined me. As we were starting to walk away for lunch, the elephant keeper walked past and said it was time for elephant painting, if we were interested. So of course we followed.


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Taronga Western Plains Zoo African elephants Cuddles and Yum Yum enjoy an early morning walk.

A stroll with the elephants at dawn

2008-03-18 - Dubbo, Australia. Justin Huntsdale

If you opened your eyes and you were standing on a dirt track, surrounded by waist-high dead grass, some trees and two African elephants, where would you say you are? The sun isn’t rising over the Serengeti – it’s in Dubbo, New South Wales. This is a side of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo (TWPZ) you probably won’t see. It’s 7am, the front gates are still closed, and African elephants Yum Yum and Cuddles are on their morning walk to stretch their legs and graze. “I’d stay out here a...


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Elephant Thong Dees years come and go

2008-02-26 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

THONG DEE bypassed several birthdays over the weekend, as Taronga Zoo management revised her age from eight to 12. But yesterday an Australian National University expert emphatically relegated the pregnant elephant back to single digits. Professor Colin Groves, a biological anthropologist specialising in elephant taxonomy (classification) came to the conclusion based on information the zoo released on Friday. Its statement said "Thong Dee's fourth of six sets of teeth she will have during her li...


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Getting acquainted ... Gung unsuccessfully tries to mate with Thong Dee son after she arrived at Taronga Zoo in November 2006. The Bull

Why was Thong Dee put at risk. THONG DEE should never have been allowed to mate, argues Peter Stroud, former senior curator at Melbourne Zoo and independent zoo consultant.

2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia.

Throughout 2007, Taronga Zoo stated that Thong Dee was seven years old. This claim was included in a news release dated November 13 about a report to the Government on how the import conditions for the elephants had been met. Last week, the zoo said she was eight. Now, after international controversy around her pregnancy, a keeper has looked at her teeth and declared she is 11 or 12. The same keeper claims elephants can sometimes read his mind. (The Daily Telegraph, Saturday). We are also told T...


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Doubts cast on elephants origins

2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

RENEWED doubts over the legality of Taronga Zoo's importation of nine Asian elephants have been raised overseas, with documents from Thailand suggesting that up to half may have been snatched from the wild. Moreover, the registration certificate for one elephant, the now pregnant Thong Dee, shows she is just six years and nine months old - despite an animal welfare requirement that the zoo not use any elephant under the age of 12 for breeding.


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Hopes for patter of elephant feet

2008-02-24 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo hopes to breed its first Asian elephant to help stocks of the endangered species. There are only 25,000 Asian elephants left in the world as human population growth in their native environment puts pressure on their food supply. Blood tests reveal a 15-year-old female called Dokkoon will be able to fall pregnant next month, one of only three times each year. Senior elephant keeper Steve Blanchard said the zoo's only male, Bong Su, had continued to warm to his new female counterpart...


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Lustful romp among consenting adults

2008-02-22 - Sydney, Australia. Garry Linnell

IT began as a sordid tale of steamy and illicit underage sex in a leafy North Shore suburb of Sydney. But yesterday it sounded like a typical encounter in the affluent but ageing suburb of Mosman - just another lustful romp among consenting adults with lots of wrinkled grey skin. Thong Dee is the first elephant to fall pregnant in Australia. But just how old the Taronga Zoo attraction really is remained mired in controversy yesterday amid claims she could be as young as six - or as old as 12.


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NEW home ... Burma, left, has welcomed former circus elephant Arna to her new home at the Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo. Arna was moved to the zoo after she crushed her handler last year.

Killer ex-circus elephant finds zoo home

2008-02-21 - Dubbo, Australia.

A FORMER circus elephant that killed her handler has found a permanent home at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. After undergoing health and behavioural assessments at the Dubbo zoo, Arna, who crushed her handler, 57-year-old Ray Williams, in December last year, and her companion Gigi will stay there together permanently. Taronga Conservation Society Australia Director Guy Cooper said it was important to make sure the ex-circus elephants were both healthy before a decision was made about where they wo...


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Whiff of scandal as young bull plays the field

2008-02-15 - Brisbane, Australia. Paul Larter

So long as you don’t feed the animals, zoos might be considered the epitome of wholesome entertainment. Or at least that was until the new family in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo reached puberty. Gung, a boisterous young Asian bull elephant, has been playing the field. There have been rendezvous with his four female companions under the waterfall, in the rainforest and the open fields. Now there are rumours of an underage pregnancy after Thong Dee, a formerly emaciated Bangkok street elephant aged 8 ...


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The zoo has defended itself against claims of irresponsibility

Elephant"s pregnancy sparks row

2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia.

A row has erupted in Australia after Sydney's zoo announced a nine-year-old Asian elephant was pregnant. Animal rights groups say the elephant, Thong Dee, is too young to fall pregnant, and that the zoo is "irresponsible" in letting it happen. But keepers at Taronga Zoo say they took expert advice and acted on this. "We took our advice from the experts in elephant reproduction," says Lucy Melo, senior keeper at the zoo.


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Zoo rejects elephant too young for pregnancy

2008-02-14 - Sydney, Australia.

Taronga Zoo has officially announced the pregnancy of one its Asian elephants. Eight-year-old Thong Dee is five months pregnant and expected to give birth in June 2009. There was concern that Thong Dee, one of four female elephants brought to Taronga Zoo from Thailand in 2005, was too young to be sexually active. News of the pregnancy was leaked to the media yesterday, when Greens MP Lee Rhiannon expressed concern the zoo had put the animal at risk by allowing her to get pregnant before reaching...


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Taronga"s elephant is expecting

2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia. Simon Benson

LOVE is in the air at Taronga Zoo - or at least it was five months ago. More than 15 months after arriving under a cloud of controversy from Thailand, Sydney's Asian elephants have conspired to grow their number by one. An ultrasound image has confirmed that eight-year-old Thong Dee has made history and is now 20 weeks pregnant. A successful birth, expected sometime in mid-2009, would mark the first captive elephant breeding success in Australasia. Tests conducted last week revealed a healthy fo...


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Outcry over pregnant underage elephant

2008-02-13 - Sydney, Australia.

The Greens say they have received information that an underage Asian elephant at Sydney's Taronga Zoo has become pregnant, which they say could put the animal's health at risk. The Greens say they have received information that an underage Asian elephant at Sydney's Taronga Zoo has become pregnant, which they say could put the animal's health at risk. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says she understands the eight-year-old elephant is six months pregnant, which goes against the zoo's captive management pl...


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Three of four Asian elephants at Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo stays mum over jumbo pregnancy

2008-02-12 - Sydney, Australia. Jonathan Dart

Taronga Zoo is keeping mum about whether one of its Thai elephants is pregnant. Rumours about the elephants surfaced yesterday following an effort by the zoo to make Gung - the only male of the group - impregnate one of his companions. It is understood the zoo was considering whether to begin a program of artificial insemination. Either way, it will be the first time an Asian elephant has conceived on Australian soil. Eight Thai elephants were imported in to Australia in November 2006 - of which...


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Zoo chairman Andrew Fairley.

Zoo chief"s home became menagerie for fund-raising event

2008-01-23 - Melbourne, Australia. Cameron Houston and Royce Millar

Concern about the Toorak soiree follows an investigation by The Age into allegations of abuse and neglect at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, including the stabbing of an elephant with a marlin spike. Zoos Victoria acting chief executive Matt Vincent said senior keeper Pat Flora had taken "appropriate action" when Thai elephant Dokkoon failed to respond to a command. He said no formal complaint was lodged against Mr Flora, and he continued to work at the zoo as head keeper of many of the...


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Victorian Government asks Melbourne Zoo to answer animal cruelty accusations

2008-01-21 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Victorian Government has asked Melbourne Zoo to respond to claims of animal neglect. Melbourne Zoo has denied claims that animals have been mistreated, saying a widely reported incident involving an elephant was a case of a keeper protecting himself. The reports said a former zoo staff member saw an elephant being repeatedly jabbed in the foot by a trainer. Victorian Premier John Brumby says the Government is expecting to receive a written response from zoo management soon.


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Unharmed: Claims of elephant cruelty have been rejected by Melbourne Zoo, which has defended its staff. Picture: David Caird

Melbourne Zoo denies cruelty claims

2008-01-20 - Melbourne, Australia. Kellie Cameron

MELBOURNE Zoo has hit back at claims an elephant was stabbed and animals mistreated on their grounds. Zoos Victoria Life Sciences director Matt Vincent said the merlin spike, carried by keepers to care for elephants' feet, did not break the animal's skin and was used only when two keepers were at risk. Reports accused a handler of stabbing an elephant, Dokkoon, more than 12 times with a sharp metal spike to restrain it. Mr Vincent rejected outright all claims of animal abuse and cruelty.


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Zoo elephant abuse

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo is at the centre of an animal abuse scandal after allegations that an elephant was stabbed by a zookeeper more than a dozen times with a sharp metal spike. But the Zoo claims the trainer's actions were justified. The elephant was jabbed with a small implement used normally for foot care, but the animal was not harmed, stated Melbourne Zoo Director, Matt Vincent. He believes labelling the stabbing as cruelty is an over exaggeration. RSPCA has described the behaviour as 'utterly shoc...


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Animal rights and wrongs

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia. Royce Millar and Cameron Houston

Former senior zoo curator and now zoo consultant Peter Stroud was in charge of the elephant program in the early 2000s and also party to discussions about the Thai elephants. Stroud now says he questions why, if purchase of the elephants was for conservation and animal welfare, neither Melbourne nor Taronga sent the animals to their respective open-range zoos. "Clearly the box office is an issue," he says. "It's preposterous to pretend that breeding elephants in Australia is some type of contrib...


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Melbourne Zoo rocked by abuse allegations

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia. Royce Millar and Cameron Houston

SENIOR zoo experts, staff and the RSPCA have accused the Melbourne Zoo of abuse and neglect of animals, including one incident where an animal trainer stabbed an elephant more than a dozen times with a sharp metal spike. A confidential internal memo from zookeeper Bryan Welch to then zoo director Matt Vincent reported the stabbing in May last year of a 13-year-old elephant, Dokkoon, with a marlin spike ¡ª a large, needle-like implement used to untie rope knots. In the memo, Mr Welch says anima...


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Arna and Gigi spent yesterday getting to know Burma, Western Plains Zoo’s resident Asian elephant.

Life no longer a circus for duo

2008-01-16 - Dubbo, Australia. KEELY BELL

Arna, the so-called ‘killer’ elephant, yesterday was “cool, calm and collected” as she and her companion Gigi made their debut at Western Plains Zoo. Senior elephant keeper Roger Brogan said the new arrivals were very relaxed despite a tearful farewell with their circus handlers on Monday. “Arna is cool, calm and collected. She and Gigi are busy getting to know their surroundings,” he said. Arna and Gigi arrived early Monday morning after a 14-hour drive from the north coast.


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Asian elephants Arna and Gigi have arrived at the Western Plains Zoo after being retired from the Stardust Circus.

Circus elephants find the quiet life at Dubbo

2008-01-15 - , Australia. Justin Huntsdale

She’s Australias most notorious elephant, and as of today, the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo New South Wales is home. Last month, Asian elephant Arna trampled her 57-year-old handler Ray Williams to death at Yamba. After years of touring with the circus, Stardust has donated the 53-year-old elephant and her companion elephant Gigi, 50, to the Western Plains Zoo. It all went very smoothly, elephant keeper Roger Brogan said. We had the elephants turn up at 10.30am Monday morning. We unloaded them ...


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Zoo welcomes killer circus elephant

2008-01-14 - Dubbo, Australia.

Two circus elephants have arrived at their temporary new home at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo in far western New South Wales, after one of them crushed its 54-year-old handler on Boxing Day. The Stardust Circus handler was tending to the two asian elephants, Arna and Gigi, at the Yamba Showground on the NSW North Coast when he was killed. The circus donated the elephants to the zoo after the tragedy. Western Plains Zoo's senior elephant keeper, Roger Brogan, says the animals are settling into thei...


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New life looms for Arna, the killer circus elephant

2008-01-11 - Sydney, Australia.

This week a high-level meeting of the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) decided Arna would undergo a psychiatric-style assessment in a protective enclosure at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo, in central-west NSW. Arna, aged 53, will be housed there temporarily, along with her companion elephant Gigi, 50, while animal experts assess their behaviour. ARAZPA executive director Kevin Johnson announced Arna and Gigi would initially be accommodated the Western Plain...


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Killer circus elephant"s fate uncertain

2008-01-09 - Sydney, Australia.

The future of two elephants, one of which killed a circus worker, remains up in the air with experts to assess the elephants' behaviour before a final decision is made. Stardust Circus worker Ray Williams, 57, was found dead in the elephant's enclosure at Yamba, in northern NSW, on December 27. An interim post-mortem examination found Mr Williams suffered a broken back and a ruptured aorta and died from "severe blunt trauma" caused by elephant Arna. Following the findings, the circus decided to ...


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Elephant Arna may go to zoo

2008-01-06 - Yamba, Australia.

ARNA the elephant, who crushed a 54-year-old circus worker at Yamba recently, may be relocated to a zoo. Co-owner of Stardust Circus Janice Lennon said yesterday that the circus family had made a decision after lengthy discussion that a retirement to a zoo for Arna would be best for everybody. Stardust Circus contacted the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) to investigate the possibilities. ARAZPA executive director Kevin Johnson said appropriate zoos of w...


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Stardust"s Arna officially a killer

2008-01-04 - Sydney, Australia. Rhett Watson

ARNA the circus elephant is a killer with forensic evidence showing she crushed a worker to death. Ray Williams had spent up to three years feeding and watering the Asian elephant, which has become synonymous with her owner the Stardust Circus. An interim post-mortem examination report has revealed the 57-year-old's previous heart complaint did not contribute to his death at Yamba, on the North Coast, last week. Instead, it found Mr Williams' injuries - a broken back and a ruptured aorta - were ...


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Circus worker Ray Williams had suffered minor heart attack

2007-12-28 - Yamba, Australia. Rhett Watson

A CIRCUS worker, possibly trodden on and killed by an elephant on the NSW north coast, had suffered a minor heart attack three weeks before he died. News of Ray Williams's medical problems were revealed yesterday as the possibility emerged that the 57-year-old's crush injuries were caused by the elephant, Arna, trying to nudge him awake after his heart stopped. Mr Williams has spent the past two to three years caring for Arna and her friend, Gigi, at the Stardust Circus.


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Authorities investigate elephant trainer"s death, elephants on show again

2007-12-28 - Yamba, Australia.

Initial reports said the man had been crushed to death by an elephant that fell off a plank while being unloaded, but police later said the man had been found dead in an enclosure with the elephants. He is believed to have been the elephant's handler for the past two years. Ambulance officers who arrived at the scene yesterday said it appeared the man had suffered a cardiac arrest. The Stardust Circus was making its first appearance at Yamba with a show due to start tonight, and the circus has t...


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Elephants life a scandalous circus

2007-12-28 - Yamba, Australia. Evelyn Yamine

SHE has entertained millions of circus-goers but Arna the elephant's illustrious career spanning more than 40 years has not been without scandal. The 50-year-old Asiatic elephant is regularly at the centre of a tug-of-war between her owners and animal activists over her alleged treatment. But tragedy hit close to home yesterday, with police and WorkCover officers today continuing investigations into the freak death of Arna's handler. Paramedics said the man died of a heart attack and had suffere...


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CIRCUS TRAGEDY: The scene where a man was killed when a Stardust Circus%elephant apparently stepped on him at Yamba yesterday.

Circus struggles with tragedy

2007-12-28 - Yamba, Australia. PETER ELLEM

THE close-knit Stardust Circus community is in mourning after one of its two star performing elephants crushed a handler to death at Yamba late yesterday. A police spokesman last night confirmed that the unidentified man, aged in his sixties, was found by a fellow male handler lying facedown with a serious back injury in an elephant exercise enclosure about 5.15pm. While WorkCover has been called in to investigate the fatality, police who attended the scene are still unsure whether the victim ha...


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Mystery of "elephant crush" death

2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia.

Mystery surrounds the death of a circus worker originally believed to have been crushed by an elephant at Yamba on the NSW north coast. It is not yet known if the elephant's handler, aged in his 60s, died of a heart attack today before suffering an injury to his back, or even if an elephant caused the injury. Early police reports said one of The Stardust Circus elephants fell on the handler as it was being unloaded from a truck at the Angourie Road Sports Reserve about 5.15pm. An ambulance spoke...


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A CIRCUS handler died - believed to have been crushed by an elephant on the state

Circus elephant falls and kills Australian handler

2007-12-27 - Sydney, Australia. Rhett Watson and Evelyn Yamine

A CIRCUS handler died - believed to have been crushed by an elephant on the state's North Coast. Authorities are investigating the mysterious death of the Stardust Circus handler at Yamba at 5.15pm. The man, aged in his 60s, was found lying face down in an exercise enclosure with the 50-year-old circus elephant Arna nearby. Paramedics said the man died of a heart attack and had sustained a serious back injury. WorkCover investigators will today try to determine whether the injury contributed to ...


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IF there is any truth to the rumour that weight gain is associated with happiness, Taronga Zoo

Taronga elephants a happy herd

2007-12-25 - Sydney, Australia. Saffron Howden and Kelly Ryan

IF there is any truth to the rumour that weight gain is associated with happiness, Taronga Zoo's Thai elephants are positively ecstatic one year after moving into their new home. Thong Dee has piled on a whopping 1400kg in the three years since being rescued from begging on the streets of Bangkok.


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Finding Stories both tragic and suprising

2007-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia. Siggyg

I have a great-great uncle who was killed by an elephant. Yes, I am telling the truth. He was an elephant keeper at the Melbourne Zoo here in Australia, and he was crushed by one of his charges. The coroner's report discusses the places, the layout and daily routine of a zoo that I know well, but from 50-60 years later. I have found that being able to access coroner's reports through my State's Public Records Office has allowed me to find some fascinating stories that can then lead to a better u...


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Robert Stuart, Michael Loughman, Cameron Williams and Paul Cowper prepare for the World Elephant Polo Championships in Nepal

Mammoth task for polo players

2007-10-10 - Sydney, Australia. Jeremy Drake

Polo is the preferred sport of princes and the Packers, but when you replace the horses with elephants it becomes a whole new ball game. The 26th annual World Elephant Polo Championships will begin in Nepal on November 18. Among the 12 teams will be the first fully Australian contingent. A group of 10 average blokes braving the backs of unusually large mammals in the name of international sport.


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Semen collection in an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) under combined physical and chemical restraint.

2007-10-01 - Western Plains Zoo, Australia. Portas TJ, Bryant BR, Göritz F, Hermes R, Keeley T, Evans G, Maxwell WM, Hildebrandt TB.


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An elephants eats in the new Taronga enclosure

Move the Elephants

2007-09-17 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Dunkley

Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon is asking that the six Thai elephants at Taronga be relocated to Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo as soon as possible. She sites a situation in Alaska where an elephant is due to be moved from a small environment to an open range zoo and believes the same should apply here. M/S Rhiannon went on to say that evidence gathered by a former Melbourne Zoo employee shows that the Sydney based elephants have only one fifth of a hectare to live in which is hardly adequate.


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The Elephant"s Guide to Sex. An attention-grabbing hook for a serious look at the crisis facing the animal kingdom.

2007-09-16 - Sydney, Australia. Greg Hassall

How do you masturbate an elephant? Very carefully, you might think. Actually, no - it turns out the kinky devils are best stimulated by repeatedly thrusting an arm up their backside. Best left to the experts, methinks.This BBC documentary follows the efforts of scientists to save animals such as elephants, rhinos and cheetahs from extinction by means of artificial insemination, IVF and even cloning.


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Say ahhhh... scientists take a DNA swab from Thong Dee at Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo elephants in DNA tests

2007-09-11 - Sydney, Australia.

THEY were the DNA tests that had onlookers wondering if there had been some monkey business in the elephant enclosure. But, as Taronga Zoo keepers were quick to point out yesterday, there was an innocent explanation for the decision to take cheek swabs from the massive animals. The results will be subjected to DNA analysis and then studied by researchers hoping to establish a genetic map of wild elephant populations in their native Cambodia.


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Keeper cool head … Tong Dee spouts water during a check-up by her attendant, Brad Johnston, at Taronga yesterday

Taronga Zoo and Western Plains Zoos cleared of cruelty

2007-08-15 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

THE RSPCA has refused to release the results of its investigation into animal deaths at Taronga and Western Plains zoos. The investigation was ordered in June, after the deaths of a greater one-horned rhinoceros and a female African elephant. The RSPCA's chief inspector, David O'Shannessy, said yesterday that no action would be taken against the zoos because no evidence of cruelty had been found in the animals' veterinary records or in keeping standards.


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Cambodians help collect the dung samples.

DNA key in dung deal to save Cambodian elephants

2007-08-03 - Melbourne, Australia. Chee Chee Leung

IT'S a big job but someone's got to do it. Melbourne scientists are to run DNA tests on elephant dung sent from Cambodia to help work out numbers and monitor wild populations in the formerly war-torn nation. Rangers have collected almost 600 elephant dung samples from the Cardamom Mountains in the country's south-west, a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. The specimens have been packed in test tubes and are due to arrive next month in Melbourne, where they will be analysed by biologists at Wa...


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Kareema was chained for 35 years, but is now free most of the time, says Janet Thomas, left, who has set up a committee with Nellie Petrovich to improve the zoo in Egypt. Picture: Paul McGovern

How to save an elephant at the zoo in Alexandria

2007-07-20 - Perth, Australia.

City Beach woman Janet Thomas is launching a campaign to better the lives of animals in a run-down zoo in Egypt. She has already persuaded keepers to unchain an elephant, Kareema, she says was tethered for show in a concrete cage for 35 years. Janet, a teacher, said she was appalled by the state of the animals and the conditions they lived in at the zoo in Alexandria. She was teaching English at a language school when friends told her about the zoo. In its heyday, Janet said, the zoo had been re...


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World through Bindi Irwins eyes

2007-07-18 - Sydney, Australia.

Since Steve Irwins death, Bindi, her younger brother Bob and mum Terri have spent less than half of their time in Australia Zoo. Terri is particularly proud of the enormous elephant quarters called Elephantasia at Australia Zoo, which opened at Christmas. They now house three Asian elephants which can swim completely submerged underwater.


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Elephants at Taronga Zoo.

Elephant keeper Jason Kauntze-Cockburn alleges elephants were cold, neglected for years

2007-06-19 - Sydney, Australia. Kelly Burke

An American elephant-care specialist head-hunted by the Zoological Parks Board little more than a year ago has resigned, citing animal neglect as the reason. Jason Kauntze-Cockburn has terminated his four-year contract after only one year at Western Plains Zoo, saying inadequate staffing was putting the elephants health and well-being at risk.


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How to X-ray an elephant

2007-06-16 - Sydney, Australia. Michelle Cazzulino

After undergoing a five-month training period, the matriarch of Taronga Zoo's herd of Asian elephants, Pornthip, has delighted her keepers by mastering the art of placing her feet on an X-ray machine, allowing them to record the structure of her foot and toes. Staff are hoping the other four elephants at the zoo will follow her example over the coming months, ensuring they will be able to keep tabs on the animals' health.


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Elephant Cheri dies at Dubbo zoo

2007-06-11 - Dubbo, Australia.

Keepers at Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, in western New South Wales, are mourning the death of a second animal in a week. Cheri, a 35-year-old african elephant, died from gut-related problems on Saturday night. She was one of only three african elephants in Australia and has been at the zoo since it first opened 30 years ago. A female greater one-horned rhinoceros which was about to be moved to Dubbo for a breeding program died at Sydney's Taronga Zoo last Monday.


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Teduh, far right, at Perth Zoo in happier times playing with the other zoo elephants

Perth Zoo puts down sick elephant

2007-05-14 - Perth, Australia.

The youngest elephant at Perth Zoo has been put down after an exhaustive battle to save her life. Officials say 17 year-old Teduh has suffered from muscular skeletal weakness for years, making it difficult for her to lie down and get up. The condition also meant she lacked co-ordination in using her trunk. The Zoo's Chief Executive Susan Hunt says the muscular problem continued to get worse, and recently Teduh developed abdominal pain and lost her appetite.


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Yoga a daily ritual for Taronga"s playful pachyderms

2007-05-09 - Sydney, Australia.

IT was girls' playtime at Taronga Zoo and a chance for one-on-one quality time with keepers for our resident Asian elephants in their $38 million enclosure this week. After six months the four females - Pornthip, Pak Boong, Tang Mo and Tong Dee - and male Gung have settled into their daily routine with ease and confidence. Keeper Lucy Melo, who has been with the group since August 2004, said the five elephants had at least eight carers dedicated to their health, quality of life, veterinary requi...


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Young bull elephant Gung tangles with a female friend in the elephant pool

Rain fires elephant passions

2007-04-24 - Sydney, Australia.

LOCKING trunks in a warm embrace, two of Taronga Zoo's Asian elephants splashed around in Sydney's rain yesterday. Male Gung was spotted with the mystery woman at their bath and the tryst has set trunks wagging.
Gung has been spoilt for choice since moving to Sydney with the lady pachyderms Pornthip, Pak Boon, Tang Mo and Thong Dee.


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Mario Andreacchio on set in South Africa.

Filmmaker Mario Andreacchio wanders from the digital herd

2007-04-01 - Sydney, Australia. Pia Akerman

In the shade of an acacia tree in Kenya 15 years ago, artistic inspiration came to Mario Andreacchio as he watched frolicking baby elephants.
"Watching these elephants play, I thought, 'Hang on, there's a film in that'," Andreacchio said. These days, the Emmy Award-winning Australian filmmaker is the king of the baby animal genre after making his name with Napoleon, a 1995 film about a golden retriever puppy lost in the outback.


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Head above water ... Minister David Campbell at Taronga Zoo yesterday.

Animals to wash in recycled water

2007-03-10 - Sydney, Australia.

THEY'RE among Sydney's biggest consumers of water, churning through millions of litres a year for drinking, bathing and swimming. But now animals at Taronga Zoo, including the new Asian elephants, are to become better water savers under plans to increase the amount of recycled water they use. Zoo director and chief executive Guy Cooper said among the biggest users of recycled water would be the Asian elephants. All five of them are in the pool at least three times a day.


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Keepers Gary Miller, right, and Ben Britton entice Asian elephants Tang Mo and Thong Dee into a waterfall in their enclosure at Sydney

Cool shower for Tarongas new elephants

2007-02-22 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

SEEKING respite from Sydney's heat, two Asian elephants today played with their keepers under the waterfall in their newly built Taronga Zoo enclosure.
Thong Dee and Tang Mo, two of five elephants that arrived in Australia in November last year, spent the morning splashing around in the water as part of their traditional daily routine. The five elephants, including today's absentees Pornthip, Pak Boon and Gung, arrived in Sydney from Thailand last year after a two-year legal battle to bri...


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The Primordial Emotions by Derek Denton

Elephants smarter than we thought. The latest research suggests animals may be self-aware in similar ways to humans.

2007-02-21 - Sydney, Australia. Deborah Smith

HIGH on an extinct volcano in Africa the elephants of Kenya, after trekking long distances to a cave on Mount Elgon, begin to mine and eat salt from the rock. The Australian scientist Derek Denton discovered the link between salt and high blood pressure which he outlines in The Primordial Emotions.


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RSPCA at odds with Taronga Zoo over elephant"s care

2007-02-01 - Sydney, Australia.

A row has broken out between the RSPCA and Sydney's Taronga Zoo over the care of one of its Asian elephants. Six-year-old elephant 'Gung' arrived from Thailand as part of a group three months ago. RSPCA spokeswoman, Jane Speechley, says they believe Gung has been separated from the others.


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Australia Zoo celebrate new elephant exhibit

2007-01-07 - Beerwah, Australia.

Elephantasia is Australia Zoo’s newest exhibit, and it’s finally open. We are so excited! Not only is Elephantasia a luxurious, enriching and comfortable environment for our three elephant girls – Siam, Sabu and Bimbo – to spend their days in, it’s also an absolutely incredible and beautiful work of art that our guests really enjoy. You can even hand-feed our gorgeous girls twice daily for FREE, right here at Elephantasia!


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Dubbos Western Plains Zoo loses big attraction, asian elephant bull Heman dead.

2006-12-28 - Dubbo, Australia.

Australasias oldest male asian elephant has died at a zoo in central-western New South Wales. The one-tusked elephant affectionately known as Heman was found dead by his keepers at Dubbos Western Plains Zoo this morning. Heman moved from Sydneys Taronga Zoo in 2005 to a custom built elephant exhibit at the Western Plains Zoo with his long term partner, Burma. Believed to be just over 50, Heman came to Australia from Singapore in the 1960s.


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Elephants settle into new home in Melbourne Zoo

2006-12-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia. Emily Power

Females Dokkoon, Kulab and Num-Oi are thriving at Melbourne Zoo after two years in quarantine on the Cocos Islands. To the delight of keepers, resident cow Mek Kapah, who had not had contact with other female elephants for 25 years, quickly warmed to the arrivals. Keeper Manu Ludden, who has forged a strong bond with the elephants after accompanying them in quarantine, said Mek Kapah has had a settling influence on the youngsters.


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Taronga Zoo has denied claims it is struggling to attract visitors and will have trouble repaying a loan to build its new Asian elephant enclosure.

2006-11-29 - Sydney, Australia.

NSW opposition environment spokesman Michael Richardson claimed figures from the auditor-general showed paid attendance numbers were down almost 30,000 on 2004 figures and running six per cent below budget. But zoo spokesman Mark Williams rejected the claims, saying the enclosure only cost a fraction of the $13 million borrowed for the 12-year master plan refurbishment of the harbourside zoo site.


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Best-selling photographer Steve Bloom follows up his wildly successful book Untamed with a tribute to the largest land mammals on earth.

Book: Elephant by Steve Bloom. An ode to elephants

2006-11-17 - Bowen Hills, Australia. Elizabeth Allen

THE first thing that strikes a reader about Steve Bloom's Elephants! is that it is quite simply a beautiful book. The South African-born photographer depicts elephants in almost every situation in this coffee-table tome: taking mud baths, swimming, fighting, holding trunks and even mating in the pink glow of sunset. Bloom, a highly successful wildlife photographer now based in Britain, gives an insight into the nature, or soul of the elephant – an animal once slaughtered for its ivory to make ...


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Taronga Zoo breeding programs criticised by previous keeper Rebecca McKeough

2006-11-14 - Sydney, Australia. ABC News online

Rebecca McKeough worked as an elephant keeper at the zoo for most of the 1990s, and has told the ABC's 7.30 Report a black rhino died after running into a steel fence and a female Komodo dragon suffered injuries during repeated violent mating sessions. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon says the Government must investigate the allegations. Taronga's media spokesman Mark Williams says Ms McKeough's information is outdated. He says the zoo fully reviewed the incidents and learned from them, and revised its pr...


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TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Taronga Zoo under fire for elephant breeding plans. Broadcast: 13/11/2006

2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Bannerman, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Until now, zoo insiders have stayed out of the debate but one former Taronga Zoo employee has decided to speak out about the decision to display and breed elephants, pointing out the zoo doesn't have a great track record when it comes to breeding endangered species. Mark Bannerman reports.


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Sad goodbye ... Elephant handler Sunthon Sonsok bids farewell to female elephant Tong Dee, now housed in her brand new home in Sydney

Thai handlers will never forget their much-loved elephants

2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia.

IN the middle of the sea of smiles that swamped Taronga Zoo's new elephant enclosure is a story to break your heart. The four Thai mahouts, or elephant handlers, who accompanied the zoo's newest stars every step of the way through their arduous two-year journey to Australia, said goodbye to their charges to return home to Thailand, leaving the elephants to their new life. For 36-year-old Sunthon Sonsok, saying goodbye to female elephant Tong Dee was like losing a member of his family.


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New Elephants make their debut performance at Taronga Zoo  Picture: Paul Melville

Bull Jumbo splashdown in Taronga Zoo

2006-11-10 - Sydney, Australia. JANE IGOE

SIGNED, sealed and finally delivered, Taronga Zoo's new Thai elephants have made a triumphant appearance in their new $38 million Asian enclosure. After more than two years of legal wrangling, the five elephants settled effortlessly into their luxurious Mosman abode. The male elephant, Gung, arrived at Taronga about noon on Sunday. Zoo officials said he hopped off the truck and was also out having fun an hour later.


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: Dokkoon gives a keeper a loving hug. Picture: David Caird

Melbourne Zoo: Elephants are here!

2006-11-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia.

MELBOURNE'S three new elephants Dokkoon, Kulab and Num-Oi have finally arrived after two years, a legal wrangle, protests, two quarantine camps and a lot of flying. A Russian Ilyushin cargo plane delivered at Avalon airport. The three females were placed on tray trucks and driven to Melbourne Zoo, and were last night settling in to the Trail of the Elephants enclosure.


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Another jumbo delivery to Australia

2006-11-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Four more elephants have arrived in Australia today, bound for local zoos after a controversial journey from Thailand. The elephants touched down this morning in Sydney, where one will be transferred to the city's Taronga Zoo, before their chartered Russian plane heads to Avalon Airport near Melbourne, to drop off another three this afternoon for Melbourne Zoo.


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the elephants at Taronga Zoo will take part in a captive breeding program after a journey that caused two years of controversy.

Moving in: Thai elephants splurge with a roll in the dirt in Taronga Zoo

2006-11-04 - Sydney, Australia.

THE arrival of four Asian elephants from Thailand has not been a walk in the park, but the animals took to the stage like pros in their first public appearance at Taronga Zoo yesterday. The new enclosure, part of a $25 million project to bring the elephants from Thailand, consists of several paddocks, an elephant barn and two wading pools, one with its own waterfall.


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Thai Elephants at Sydneys Taronga Zoo

2006-11-03 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Baker

Two of the four new arrivals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Asian elephants enjoy a swim in their pool as their keepers look on during their first public appearance at the zoo Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. The Elephants from Thailand are part of the first-ever Cooperative Conservation Program designed to help arrest the rapid decline of wild Asian elephant across their 13 range states in Asia from India to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)


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U.S. News comes as no schock, WPZ keeper Linda Gardiner says

2006-11-02 - Dubbo, Australia. LYNTON GRACE, Milton - Ulladulla news and Dubbo Daily Liberal

The discovery that elephants can recognise their own reflection comes as no surprised to Western Plains Zoo's (WPZ) keeper Linda Gardiner. Ms Gardiner said WPZ's elephants - 'Yum Yum', ‘Cherry' and ‘Cuddles' - had performed similar tasks. "Often they will pick up their hay and eat it beside the water," she said. "They are likely to encounter their own reflection in water quite often." Working with elephants revealed another level of their perception every day, she said.


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Four female Thai elephants are driven away to their new home at Taronga Zoo after touching down at Sydney airport.

RSPCA fears for imported Thai elephants

2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia.

The RSPCA says it is disappointed that the first of a group of Thai elephants have arrived in Australia destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne. Animal welfare groups took legal action to stop them being imported and delayed their arrival for 18 months. The RSPCA's Jane Speechley says the groups are not taking any further action, but are calling on the public to look for signs of stress when they are visiting the elephants in the zoos.


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Weve got ourselves a jumbo convoy ... the elephants on their way from Sydney Airport to Taronga.

Unpacking the thai pachyderms in Sydney

2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia. Jano Gibson

Four female Asian elephants flown in from the Cocos Islands today will go on public display at Taronga Zoo tomorrow morning. The four - Pak Boon, Tang Mo, Tong Dee and matriarch Porn Thip - arrived at the zoo this afternoon after a 14-hour flight aboard a giant Russian Illyushin. They arrived at their new harbourside multi-million dollar enclosure after a speedy, police-escorted trip across the city, through the Harbour Tunnel.


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Thai Elephants to arrive in Sydney

2006-11-01 - Sydney, Australia.

Eight Asian elephants destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne are expected to arrive in Australia on Thursday. They passed crucial quarantine checks on October 31. News Ltd said the elephants would arrive in Sydney early on Thursday evening. But Taronga Zoo spokesman Mark Williams could not confirm their arrival. "It will be sooner rather than later but their arrival relies on us chartering a big Russian freight plane and until we have that confirmed we can't say when they will be here," Mr Wi...


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Melbourne Zoo"s new elephants due by Christmas

2006-10-08 - Melbourne, Australia.

THREE young Asian elephants bound for a breeding program in the Melbourne Zoo are expected to arrive before Christmas. The three — 12-year-old Dokkoon and five-year-olds Kulab and Num-Oi — will be used in Australia's first elephant breeding program.
The Melbourne Zoo's Judith Henke confirmed that the animals would arrive before Christmas, but there was no firm date yet. "They are thriving and have been enjoying their time on the Cocos, rolling in the sand and eating coconuts," she sa...


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Abbey Nesmith, 7, feeds an elephant a cantaloupe Wednesday afternoon during the Elephant Salad Bar presented by Animal Encounters of Texas at the Science Spectrum

For a good time, you"ve gotta try this

2006-10-07 - Cocos Islands, Australia. BETH AARON

Congo supposedly won't forget me and I certainly won't forget her. Sitting on an animal that stands about 8 feet tall, I wanted to hold on, but her rough, gray skin didn't make the best handrail. I grasped at her ears and tried to steady myself between them. Congo moved her 5,460-pound body in small circles in the parking lot of the Science Spectrum with me wobbling on top of her.


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Immigrating elephants pass quarantine

2006-10-07 - Sydney, Australia.

EIGHT Asian elephants on their way to new homes in Australia have passed crucial quarantine checks, paving the way for their arrival in December. The elephants began their controversial journey from Thailand in June and have been held in quarantine on the Cocos Islands, 2750km north-west of Perth in the Indian Ocean. Four female elephants and one male will be housed at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, while the remaining three elephants will go to Melbourne Zoo.


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Bindi Irwin, daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, touches the trunk of an elephant

2006-09-20 - Beerwah, Australia.

Bindi Irwin, daughter of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, touches the trunk of an elephant during a memorial service for her father at Australia Zoo in Beerwah September 20, 2006. Bindi Irwin is to wait a year before starring in a new TV nature series amid fears her childhood could disappear emulating her father's animal exploits.


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Elephants in quarantine before heading to new homes

2006-08-01 - Sydney, Australia.

Eight endangered Asian elephants have left Thailand bound for new homes in Sydney and Melbourne. Animal rights protesters delayed the elephants' departure from Thailand last month. The elephants have arrived in the Cocos Islands where they will spend three months in quarantine before taking part in a regional breeding program in Australia.


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Environment Minister in Australia Ian Campbell

Thai activists risking elephants welfare

2006-07-09 - Sydney, Australia.

ANIMAL rights activists who jeopardised the transfer of eight Asian elephants to Australia are endangering the elephants' lives, experts say. As zookeepers remained hopeful the elephants would be in Australian zoos by Christmas, Environment Minister Ian Campbell labelled the behaviour of a group of protesters who prevented the importation as "outrageous". And he said yesterday the Federal Government was prepared to launch legal action to ensure the elephants come to Australia.


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Call to keep Thai elephants in Thailand from animal welfare groups in Australia

2006-07-06 - Sydney, Australia.

Australian zoos should reconsider their plans to import eight Asian elephants from Thailand, given widespread opposition to the idea, animal welfare groups say. RSPCA Australia, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Humane Society International say they have offered to find a solution that is in the best interests of the elephants.


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Elephants "happy" as zoo fight continues

2006-07-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney and Melbourne zoos say legal action will only be taken as a last resort to prevent animal rights activists blocking the delivery of eight Asian elephants to Australia. About 30 activists prevented the elephants leaving a quarantine station near Bangkok in June, claiming the animals would suffer in their new homes at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo.


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Australia-bound elephants Stuck again in Thailand

2006-07-04 - Sydney, Australia.

OUR Thai elephants face yet another hurdle on their long, slow journey to Taronga Zoo. Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation want proof the eight Australia-bound elephants are domestic-bred and not wild. They submitted a petition to the Australian Ambassador asking that shipment be suspended on the grounds that the doubts over the pachyderms' geographic origin have yet to be resolved.


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Taronga Zoo appeals for funding for elephants

2006-06-19 - Sydney, Australia.

Sydney's Taronga Zoo is appealing for public donations to help fund the upkeep of five Asian elephants being imported from Thailand. The elephants are still in Bangkok, where they have been in quarantine for 18 months, after protesters blocked their move to Australia on June 6. No date has been confirmed for their flight, with Taronga Zoo spokesman Mark Williams quoted in News Limited newspapers as saying the delay had cost the zoo money.


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The fuss over Thai elephants misses the point

2006-06-14 - Sydney, Australia. Tanya Plibersek

THE OUTCRY about eight endangered Asian elephants from Thailand being offered brand-new, state-of-the art homes in Australian zoos is bizarre, considering the human rights and environmental challenges Thailand faces. Poverty in parts of Thailand has led to a booming sex trade, exploitative working conditions and the environmental destruction that threatens the survival of elephants in the wild.


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Aussie animals for troubled Thai zoo

2006-02-18 - Sydney, Australia.

Zoos in Sydney and Melbourne have agreed to send 40 Australian native animals to a safari park in Thailand at which it is alleged many animals have died, Fairfax newspapers report. In exchange Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo will import eight Asian elephants. The plan is detailed in a memorandum of agreement between the Thai government and the Victorian and NSW government signed in June 2004, the newspapers are reporting.


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Spy cams to watch over zoo elephants

2006-02-07 - MELBOURNE, Australia. Sarah Wotherspoon

Zoo will welcome three Asian elephants this year after a tribunal yesterday approved their entry. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal imposed 18 conditions. The three female elephants -- Num-Oi, Dokkoon and Kulab -- will join cow Mek Kapah and bull Bong Su in the zoo's $13.5 million Trail of the Elephants enclosure. Five other Thai-reared elephants will go to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The Sydney Zoo has been told the elephants will be moved to Dubbo if 22 conditions are not met.


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Eight Thai elephants to be allowed in Australia

2006-02-06 - Sydney, Australia.

EIGHT Asian elephants destined for zoos in Sydney and Melbourne have been cleared to enter the country after a commonwealth tribunal approved their importation from Thailand. However, the licence to import the endangered animals means the zoos will have to meet a number of conditions to ensure their welfare, including appropriate flooring and the installation of closed circuit television.


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Celebrity backs campaign to save wild elephants

2006-01-16 - Sydney, Australia.

Actor Jessica Napier today joined Greens MP Lee Rhiannon in calling on the NSW government to turn its $40 million rainforest enclosure at Taronga Zoo into a home for retired circus elephants rather than bring wild elephants from Thailand. Ms Napier, who has starred in The Alice and McLeod's Daughters, said, "Taronga Zoo should use its newly built rainforest elephant enclosure to house Australia's old circus elephants.


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Zoos told they are not fit for elephants

2005-12-24 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Final approval for the controversial importation of eight Asian elephants to the Melbourne and Sydney zoos is being withheld in a wrangle over the animals' new living conditions. The zoos claimed victory in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal last month against welfare groups that opposed the importation from Thailand.


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ELEPHANT KEEPER/TRAINERS Taronga and Western Plains Zoos

2005-12-19 - New South Wales, Australia.

As part of the redevelopment of the Zoological Parks Board of NSW, Taronga Zoo is looking for experienced Elephant Keeper/Trainers to oversee the introduction and ongoing management of the Elephant Management program at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos.


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Home and hosed … jumbos cleared for take-off

2005-12-08 - Sydney, Australia.

FIVE Asian elephants could be winging their way to Taronga Zoo as early as Easter after an appeal by animal welfare groups to overturn approval to import the animals from Thailand failed. The long-running saga of the Taronga Five, as the one male and four female elephants have been dubbed, was close to resolution yesterday when the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruled, conditional on some improvements to the animals' enclosure, that the elephants could be flown from Thailand, where they have be...


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Stoush over elephants" stamping ground

2005-10-12 - Sydney, Australia. John Huxley and Andrew Darby

They have not yet been cleared to come to Australia but the five Asian elephants earmarked for Taronga Zoo have already been signed up to lucrative, exclusive picture deals and assigned special, celebrity profiles. Recent requests to photograph the five - one male and four females - in quarantine at Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok, were turned down because of a deal struck with a TV documentary maker, a zoo spokesman, Mark Williams, said.


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Opposition to importing of Asian elephants to Australia gains momentum

2005-10-05 - Sydney, Australia.

Leading animal welfare and conservation groups Wednesday opposed plans by the Australian government to import eight Asian elephants for its zoos. The groups - International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI) and RSPCA - in a joint statement said that they would appeal against the decision by the Australian Minister for Environment, Ian Campbell, to allow the elephants from Thailand to go to Taronga and Melbourne zoos in the country.


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Elephants face year in quarantine

2005-07-29 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Eight Asian elephants bound for Sydney and Melbourne zoos will have spent at least a year in quarantine in Thailand before their fate is known. An appeal against the Federal Government's decision to allow them into Australia will be heard from September 26, and the zoos yesterday agreed not to move the animals until it was completed.


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Bangkok paper slams Aussie elephant deal

2005-07-25 - Sydney, Australia.

A deal to bring eight Thai elephants to two Australian zoos has been met with a stinging rebuke from an English-language Bangkok newspaper. The Nation has slammed the transaction as shabby and corrupt. It says the sale has been condemned by wildlife groups in both countries - who say the animals should remain in their native habitat and not be sent abroad.


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Welfare groups stymie bid to import elephants

2005-07-20 - Sydney, Australia. Mark Bannerman

KERRY O'BRIEN: At nine o'clock this Sydney and Melbourne zoos popped the champagne corks when they got word that they had finally received government approval to import eight Asian elephants. They are, after all, an endangered species. The idea is to take these endangered elephants from Thailand and give them a new home in the hope that, with good treatment and scientific help, they will reproduce.


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Doubt raised over Thai elephants - Campaigners say some animals bound for Australian zoos may be wild.

2005-07-11 - Sydney, Australia. Andrew Darby

Doubts have been raised by animal welfare groups over the origins of some Asian elephants bound for Melbourne and Sydney zoos, with Environment Minister Ian Campbell still to approve their importation. The groups say there is reason for concern over papers showing the eight elephants are all captive-bred, rather than caught in the wild.


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Elephantastic!

2005-06-09 - Western Plains, Australia. Andrew Dunkley

They're awesome creatures and Western Plains Zoo is the only zoo in Australia that exhibits both African and Asian elephants. The new arrivals from Taronga, Heman and Burma are Asians and they've taken very well to their new surroundings. What's more they are sharing their new home for the first time. While in Sydney they were always housed separately.


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Taronga Zoo defends new elephant enclosure

2005-05-14 - Sydney, Australia.

The head of Sydney's Taronga Zoo has rejected allegations a new elephant enclosure will not be appropriate for breeding the endangered animal. The $40 million enclosure is almost complete. It contains hot and cold showers and overhead heating for the elephants, which are to be imported from Thailand.


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Australian taxpayers could face an extra hefty fee to get five Asian elephants to their new home at Taronga Zoo.

2005-05-04 - Sydney, Australia. Kate Murray

Although the elephants' "visa" application has not yet been approved by the Federal Government, animal rights groups have said they will challenge the application in court if the elephants do get the go-ahead. Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell said that could mean an extra slug for taxpayers, who have already forked out $40 million for a new elephants' enclosure.


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Taronga Zoo ready but no elephants

2005-04-03 - Sydney, Australia. Angela Cuming

Almost everything is ready for the opening of Taronga Zoo's Asian Elephant Rainforest enclosure - except for the elephants themselves. The $40 million enclosure is due to open midyear but the five elephants have not arrived on Australian soil because the Federal Government has not been granted an import licence.


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Jumbos stuck in holding pattern

2005-03-25 - Sydney, Australia.

More than $50 million has been spent to import an endangered species but the plan is unravelling, writes Andrew Darby. In the confines of a quarantine station in Thailand, nine Asian elephants are waiting to start new lives in Taronga, Melbourne and Auckland zoos. Their stay was supposed to last only three months but they have been in quarantine for nearly six months.


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Groups seek assurance on elephants

2005-03-01 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

ANIMAL welfare groups want zoos in Australia and New Zealand to reveal their plans for the importation of nine elephants from Thailand. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), RSPCA Australia and the Humane Society International (HSI) say a consortium of zoos - led by Melbourne Zoo, Sydney's Taronga Zoo and Auckland Zoo - was refusing to reveal information it gave the Australian Government about its permit application. Despite repeated requests and an application made under the Freedom...


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Fossil find complicates story of how the elephant got its ears

2005-02-14 - Melbourne, Australia.

How the elephant got its ears has just become a more complicated story thanks to the discovery of a fossilised shrew-like animal that lived 115 million years ago. It was once thought that all mammals - from kangaroos to whales - developed the tiny auditory bones of the middle ear just once in their common evolutionary history. But a fossil jawbone of a primitive mammal that lived in Australia suggests that the middle-ear bones - which allow animals as diverse as shrews and humans to hear sounds ...


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Experts tell: zoo elephant demand fuels illegal trade

2004-11-30 - Sydney, Australia. International Fund for Animal Welfare press release

International experts told a Sydney news conference on Tuesday how demand from zoos and theme parks is driving the illegal trade of endangered Asian elephants from countries such as Thailand.

Representatives from Thailand and India have flown to Australia because a request by zoos is currently before the Federal Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, to import nine new Asian elephants for a captive breeding program.


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George Orwell

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

2002-09-10 - Newcastle, Australia. To HTML by Russell Tayler

He was dying, very slowly and in great agony, but in some world remote from me where not even a bullet could damage him further. ... It seemed dreadful to see the great beast lying there, powerless to move and yet powerless to die, and not even to be able to finish him. George Orwell, 1936.


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Elephant Arna wins court case

2002-05-17 - Sydney, Australia. AAP

ARNA the elephant will continue her solo journey with the circus, a court has ruled. Magistrate Paul Lyon today ruled against Animal Liberation NSW claims of cruelty to Arna the Asiatic elephant by Stardust Circus. Mr Lyon cut the case short on the grounds there was no deliberate intent to cause pain to the elephant. "There is evidence that the elephant became distressed and suffered pain," Mr Lyon told the Downing Centre Local Court. "But on reading the legislation the court is of the view that...


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The glitzy image of the circus fails to hide the sadness of captive animals, particularly elephants.

Life behind bars. Elephants on australian circuses

2001-11-01 - Taringa, Australia. Rebekah Van Druten

In 1987 Australians watched in horror as graphic television reports showed the Ashtons Circus oldest elephant, Abu being gunned down after rampaging through shopping centers and houses in the western suburbs of Sydney. Witnesses to the tragedy claimed Abu picked up a 200-kilogram tree trunk and with the swiftness and ease of a world champion weightlifter threw it up against the bars that had imprisoned him and escaped into the concrete jungle. One person was killed and many were seriously injure...


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Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo elephant gets massage therapy 2013-11-20 - Sydney, Australia - Dubbo"s Western Plans Zoo plans for arrival of Asian elephant bulls Pathi Harn, Luk Chai and Gung from Sydney"s Taronga Zoo 2013-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia - Victoria"s top tourist attraction named at awards 2013-10-31 - Childers, Australia - Annual feed bill is low in fibreglass animal zoo 2013-10-29 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo elephant expecting second calf soon 2013-05-10 - Sydney, Australia - Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) to a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and humans in an Australian zoo. 2013-03-14 - Melbourne, Australia - Meet Sanook: Melbourne Zoo"s baby elephant named by Herald Sun readers 2013-01-16 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo says they were not at fault over Lucy Melo elephant attack 2012-10-31 - Sydney, Australia - Crushed Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo goes home from hospital 2012-10-23 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo speaks for first time since being crushed 2012-10-21 - Sydney, Australia - Zoo cameras capture lead-up to accident 2012-10-20 - Sydney, Australia - Injured elephant keeper stable, zoo says 2012-10-19 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo elephant keeper Lucy Melo crushed by "miracle" baby 2012-05-27 - Sydney, Australia - Lucy Melo: Senior Elephant Keeper, Taronga Zoo 2012-02-02 - Tasmania, Australia - Introduce elephants to solve bushfire risks: professor 2012-01-31 - Melbourne, Australia - Elephants took 24 million generations to get to their current size, a study has shown 2012-01-25 - Perth, Australia - Tricia the elephant marks 55th birthday 2011-12-16 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo: Keepers, Elephant Unit 2011-10-29 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo: Elephant keeper 2011-02-05 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo elephant diagnosed with TB 2010-11-02 - Sydney, Australia - Tarongas Third Elephant Calf Born On Anniversary Of Herds Arrival 2010-10-04 - Dubbo, NSW, Australia - Australia"s oldest African elephant dies 2010-09-10 - Melbourne, Australia - Baby elephant arrives at Melbourne Zoo 2010-05-28 - Adelaide, Australia - Bioethics of a Mammoth Size 2010-03-25 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga elephant baby named Pathi Harn 2010-03-10 - Sydney, Australia - Dead baby elephant calf born alive in Sydney zoo 2010-03-08 - Sydney, Australia - Baby elephant dies during Taronga birth 2010-03-04 - Melbourne , Australia - Elephant Keeper - Trail of the Elephants 2010-02-25 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne baby elephant named Mali 2010-02-16 - Melbourne, Australia - Names shortlisted for baby elephant 2010-02-11 - Melbourne, Australia - Zoo urged to move elephant herd to Werribee 2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia - Baby elephant to make big debut 2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia - Werribee’s jumbo nursery 2010-01-16 - Melbourne, Australia - DOKKOON DELIVERS 2009-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia - Vet awaits big day - the birth of an elephant 2009-12-02 - 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Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo’s new elephant is pregnant 2008-06-03 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne elephant breaks fertility record 2008-06-02 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo celebrates elephant pregnancy 2008-04-24 - Beerwah, Australia - Australia Zoo: Elephant keeper 2008-04-24 - Dubbo, Australia - Infra-red helps with elderly elephants" problems 2008-03-19 - Sydney, Australia - Pampering and pedicures keep Gigi a happy resident - Elephants make great progress 2008-03-19 - Melbourne, Australia - A Day at Melbourne Zoo (March 14th) 2008-03-18 - Dubbo, Australia - A stroll with the elephants at dawn 2008-02-26 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant Thong Dees years come and go 2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia - Why was Thong Dee put at risk. 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An attention-grabbing hook for a serious look at the crisis facing the animal kingdom. 2007-09-11 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo elephants in DNA tests 2007-08-15 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo and Western Plains Zoos cleared of cruelty 2007-08-03 - Melbourne, Australia - DNA key in dung deal to save Cambodian elephants 2007-07-20 - Perth, Australia - How to save an elephant at the zoo in Alexandria 2007-07-18 - Sydney, Australia - World through Bindi Irwins eyes 2007-06-19 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant keeper Jason Kauntze-Cockburn alleges elephants were cold, neglected for years 2007-06-16 - Sydney, Australia - How to X-ray an elephant 2007-06-11 - Dubbo, Australia - Elephant Cheri dies at Dubbo zoo 2007-05-14 - Perth, Australia - Perth Zoo puts down sick elephant 2007-05-09 - Sydney, Australia - Yoga a daily ritual for Taronga"s playful pachyderms 2007-04-24 - Sydney, Australia - Rain fires elephant passions 2007-04-01 - Sydney, Australia - Filmmaker Mario Andreacchio wanders from the digital herd 2007-03-10 - Sydney, Australia - Animals to wash in recycled water 2007-02-22 - Sydney, Australia - Cool shower for Tarongas new elephants 2007-02-21 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants smarter than we thought. The latest research suggests animals may be self-aware in similar ways to humans. 2007-02-01 - Sydney, Australia - RSPCA at odds with Taronga Zoo over elephant"s care 2007-01-07 - Beerwah, Australia - Australia Zoo celebrate new elephant exhibit 2006-12-28 - Dubbo, Australia - Dubbos Western Plains Zoo loses big attraction, asian elephant bull Heman dead. 2006-12-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Elephants settle into new home in Melbourne Zoo 2006-11-29 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo has denied claims it is struggling to attract visitors and will have trouble repaying a loan to build its new Asian elephant enclosure. 2006-11-17 - Bowen Hills, Australia - Book: Elephant by Steve Bloom. An ode to elephants 2006-11-14 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo breeding programs criticised by previous keeper Rebecca McKeough 2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia - TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Taronga Zoo under fire for elephant breeding plans. Broadcast: 13/11/2006 2006-11-13 - Sydney, Australia - Thai handlers will never forget their much-loved elephants 2006-11-10 - Sydney, Australia - Bull Jumbo splashdown in Taronga Zoo 2006-11-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Melbourne Zoo: Elephants are here! 2006-11-05 - Sydney, Australia - Another jumbo delivery to Australia 2006-11-04 - Sydney, Australia - Moving in: Thai elephants splurge with a roll in the dirt in Taronga Zoo 2006-11-03 - Sydney, Australia - Thai Elephants at Sydneys Taronga Zoo 2006-11-02 - Dubbo, Australia - U.S. News comes as no schock, WPZ keeper Linda Gardiner says 2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia - RSPCA fears for imported Thai elephants 2006-11-02 - Sydney, Australia - Unpacking the thai pachyderms in Sydney 2006-11-01 - Sydney, Australia - Thai Elephants to arrive in Sydney 2006-10-08 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo"s new elephants due by Christmas 2006-10-07 - Cocos Islands, Australia - For a good time, you"ve gotta try this 2006-10-07 - Sydney, Australia - Immigrating elephants pass quarantine 2006-09-20 - Beerwah, Australia - Bindi Irwin, daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, touches the trunk of an elephant 2006-08-01 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants in quarantine before heading to new homes 2006-07-09 - Sydney, Australia - Thai activists risking elephants welfare 2006-07-06 - Sydney, Australia - Call to keep Thai elephants in Thailand from animal welfare groups in Australia 2006-07-05 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants "happy" as zoo fight continues 2006-07-04 - Sydney, Australia - Australia-bound elephants Stuck again in Thailand 2006-06-19 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo appeals for funding for elephants 2006-06-14 - Sydney, Australia - The fuss over Thai elephants misses the point 2006-02-18 - Sydney, Australia - Aussie animals for troubled Thai zoo 2006-02-07 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Spy cams to watch over zoo elephants 2006-02-06 - Sydney, Australia - Eight Thai elephants to be allowed in Australia 2006-01-16 - Sydney, Australia - Celebrity backs campaign to save wild elephants 2005-12-24 - Sydney, Australia - Zoos told they are not fit for elephants 2005-12-19 - New South Wales, Australia - ELEPHANT KEEPER/TRAINERS Taronga and Western Plains Zoos 2005-12-08 - Sydney, Australia - Home and hosed … jumbos cleared for take-off 2005-10-12 - Sydney, Australia - Stoush over elephants" stamping ground 2005-10-05 - Sydney, Australia - Opposition to importing of Asian elephants to Australia gains momentum 2005-07-29 - Sydney, Australia - Elephants face year in quarantine 2005-07-25 - Sydney, Australia - Bangkok paper slams Aussie elephant deal 2005-07-20 - Sydney, Australia - Welfare groups stymie bid to import elephants 2005-07-11 - Sydney, Australia - Doubt raised over Thai elephants - Campaigners say some animals bound for Australian zoos may be wild. 2005-06-09 - Western Plains, Australia - Elephantastic! 2005-05-14 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo defends new elephant enclosure 2005-05-04 - Sydney, Australia - Australian taxpayers could face an extra hefty fee to get five Asian elephants to their new home at Taronga Zoo. 2005-04-03 - Sydney, Australia - Taronga Zoo ready but no elephants 2005-03-25 - Sydney, Australia - Jumbos stuck in holding pattern 2005-03-01 - Sydney, Australia - Groups seek assurance on elephants 2005-02-14 - Melbourne, Australia - Fossil find complicates story of how the elephant got its ears 2004-11-30 - Sydney, Australia - Experts tell: zoo elephant demand fuels illegal trade 2002-09-10 - Newcastle, Australia - Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell 2002-05-17 - Sydney, Australia - Elephant Arna wins court case 2001-11-01 - Taringa, Australia - Life behind bars. 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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Ishini Wickremesinghe is the daughter of Shan Wickramasinghe, the brother of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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Wild elephant tests positive for herpes virus in Odisha forest

2021-08-11 - Bhubaneswar, India.

In 2019, five elephants had died within 33 days in Odisha after testing positive for herpes


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

Elephant Rivaldo released into Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, returns to village

2021-08-06 - Udhagamandalam, India.

The villagers reportedly noticed Rivaldo moving around their area in the wee hours of Wednesday, about 40 kms from the camp and alerted the forest department officials.Though the elephant was radio-co...


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Maggie the elephant, longtime former resident of the Alaska Zoo, has died

2021-08-05 - Anchorage, United States.

Maggie, an African elephant that lived at the Alaska Zoo for 24 years, has died at a wildlife sanctuary in California. She was 41 years old. Maggie died at the Performing Animal Welfare Society wildli...


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TN forest dept may release more camp elephants depending on success of Rivaldo"s rehabilitation

2021-08-03 - Chennai, India.

In a 10-hour operation, the iconic tusker Rivaldo, which was captured and put inside a kraal for nearly three months, was successfully released in Chikala in Theppakadu forest range of Mudumalai Tiger...


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OKC ZOO’S YOUNG ASIAN ELEPHANT, KAIRAVI, TESTS POSITIVE FOR EEHV

2021-07-31 - Oklahoma City, United States.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s dedicated animal and veterinary care teams have begun to treat its youngest Asian elephant, female Kairavi (Kai), 2, for elephant endotheliotropic herpes...


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Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus by Les Standiford

2021-07-30 - Miami, United States.

In Battle for the Big Top, New York Times–bestselling author Les Standiford brings to life a remarkable era when three circus kings—James Bailey, P. T. Barnum, and John Ringling—all vied for con...


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Elephant of Guruvayur Anakotta suffers mysterious burn injuries on body

2021-07-28 - Thrissur, India.

The 28-year-old elephant Keerthi of Anakotta (elephant camp) in Guruvayur was found with burn injuries on his head and neck. Injuries on the upper parts of the body remains a mystery to the authoritie...


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African Elephant Born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s International Conservation Center

2021-07-28 - Pittsburgh, United States.

It’s a girl! An African elephant calf was born in the early morning hours of July 18th at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s International Conservation Center (ICC) in Somerset, PA. Both mother a...


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Elephant calf stuck inside septic tank rescued by forest department in Karnataka

2021-07-27 - MADIKERI, India.

The Mathigodu Camp elephant Kunthi was called in for the rescue mission. A rope was tied around the neck of the calf and it was pulled out by Kunthi. We are tracking the herd across Devarapura Sacred ...


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