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Auckland Zoo announces decision to rehome elephants Burma and Anjalee

2020-11-25 - , New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo has announced it will be rehoming its two female elephants. The Asian elephants, Burma and Anjalee, will be moved to a new home to give them the “family herd” they need for their long-term wellbeing, the zoo said on Wednesday. Zoo director Kevin Buley said it has been committed to building a sustainable elephant herd since 2011 – but challenges over the past five years have made that difficult.


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Napier man Patrick Cooper advised others on how to import ivory illegally

2015-11-17 - Napier, New Zealand.

A Napier man who imported illegal ivory was instructing suppliers on how to evade detection by Customs. Patrick Cooper, 62, a natural therapist, appeared in Napier District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to five charges of trading in endangered species. In June 2012 quarantine inspectors carrying out a routine inspection of mail arriving in New Zealand found a box addressed to Cooper containing a large, carved tusk from an African Elephant.


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Auckland-bound elephant Anjalee is on her way

2015-03-13 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo is delighted to announce that an eight-year-old Asian elephant na​med Anjalee has begun her journey to join the Zoo´s 32-year-old female elephant Burma. ​Anjalee is the first of two elephants that will be coming to Auckland Zoo from Sri Lanka´s Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage; at 7 o´clock (NZT) she boarded an Emirates freighter plane in Colombo. Following a 12-hour flight to Auckland Airport, she will continue the second leg of her journey on a Ne...


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TRAGIC END: Keeper Helen Schofield was crushed to death by Mila the elephant.

Mila the elephant US bound

2013-10-29 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Mila was with her former trainer, Hamilton man Tony Ratcliffe, for 31 years before being taken to Franklin Zoo by vet Schofield in 2009. At the time of Schofield´s death, Tony Ratcliffe´s brother Robin told the Waikato Times the family had warned officials something would happen if the transition was not handled correctly.


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Auckland zoo still working on Niue elephant deal

2013-09-15 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo says the new elephants it wants to bring to New Zealand will definitely spend three months in quarantine on Niue first. The zoo’s head of marketing Ben Hutton says work is continuing to import two elephants from an orphanage in Sri Lanka and if the deal is successful the earliest they will arrive by plane on Niue is late November.


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Video: The life of Mila. "Elephant expert" Erin Ivory suggests that an elephant can Squeeze a person to death with the trunk by accident...?

2013-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Erin Ivory, (refered to as one of the worlds leading experts on zoo elephants?) suggests that Mila "picked up" Helen Schofield and "squeezzed her a little bit harder because she was upset and tensed" which can result in the incidence" suggesting that Helen Schofield was not purposely killed by the elephant Mila last year?


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Dr Piers Locke rides an elephant in Nepal.

NZ to host international elephant conference

2013-05-07 - Canterbury, New Zealand.

An international conference on conflict between elephants and humans is set to be held in New Zealand for the first time in May. The University of Canterbury (UC) is hosting this year´s south and southeast Asian elephant symposium, the first of its kind here, on May 7-8.


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Auckland Zoo happiest home for this elephant

2013-05-06 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Councillor Cathy Casey has put a case for getting rid of Burma, the one remaining elephant at Auckland Zoo. While her intent is likely to be honourable, such an attempt to "help" Burma could work very much against her, and paradoxically, as recent research shows, it could also work against conservation efforts.


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The Tuakau zookeeper who was crushed to death by a former circus elephant broke her own rules about entering the animal"s enclosure, a coroner says.

2013-04-20 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland coroner Sarn Herdson on Thursday delivered her findings into the death of Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary´s Helen Schofield at the Tuakau zoo, south of Auckland, in April last year. Dr Schofield, 42, the zoo´s operator, director, vet and elephant programme manager, was killed by 3.7-tonne African elephant Mila when she tried to comfort the ex-circus animal. Witnesses said Mila probably got a shock from an electric fence and Dr Schofield had gone in to try to calm it down...


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Logan Mennie, 9, gets up close and personal with Burma the elephant at the Auckland Zoo, as part of Blind Week.

Fun day at Auckland Zoo for special guests

2012-10-21 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Some special guests at Auckland Zoo got closer to the action than most people are ever allowed. To help celebrate Blind Week, which starts tomorrow, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind treated eight blind children to a fun day out at the zoo where they got to touch the animals, including resident elephant Burma.


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Franklin Zoo closes after seven years

2012-07-13 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The south Auckland zoo where a keeper was crushed to death by a former circus elephant is shutting its gates after seven years. Staff at Franklin Zoo say they can no longer run the sanctuary without veterinarian Helen Schofield who was accidentally killed by African elephant, Mila, three months ago.


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TRAGIC: Helen Schofield was killed by Mila at Franklin Zoo when the elephant picked her up with her trunk.

Cost of moving elephant could reach $500k

2012-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The cost of moving an Auckland elephant which crushed its keeper to death to a Californian sanctuary could reach half a million dollars but is the best option, the SPCA says. Helen Schofield was killed by Mila at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, south of Auckland, last Wednesday when the elephant picked her up with its trunk before bringing her down and crushing her. Schofield, 42, will be farewelled in Tuakau on Thursday.


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Owner and director at Franklin Zoo, Helen Schofield killed by elephant

2012-04-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A female veterinarian has been crushed by an elephant at Franklin Zoo. Reports say the elephant was trying to protect the vet after it got a fright and wrapped its trunk around her, before going down, killing her. The 39-year-old African elephant is a former circus animal named Jumbo, that was taken in by the Franklin Zoo, in Tuakau south of Auckland, and renamed Mila. It has been at the zoo for about three years.


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A carved tusk and statue seized at the Auckland Mail Centre that have been tested and confirmed to be ivory from African elephants.

Global ivory ring busted in Auckland

2011-11-01 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Luxury items made of elephant ivory and turtle shell have been seized in Auckland as part of an international-sting on smugglers. Wildlife enforcement officers confiscated 25 wildlife items from an Auckland address on Monday night. Forensic tests will be carried out to confirm the pieces including three carved tusks, six statues and a fan - were made from endangered elephant tusk and turtle shell


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Burma has been the only elephant at Auckland Zoo for nearly two years, but is about to get some new company.

New elephants for Auckland zoo approved

2011-05-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo´s beloved elephant Burma is set to get new companions after the council approved a proposal to import two young elephants from Sri Lanka. Two female elephants will be brought over from Sri Lanka at a cost of $3.2 million, but Auckland Council´s strategy and finance chair Penny Webster said there would be zero cost to ratepayers.


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BY THE PANTS OF THE SEAT: Museum of Wellington City and Sea marketing manager Kim Young with a pair of underpants found stuffed as padding in Kamala the elephant

Museum finds a jumbo"s trunks

2011-04-04 - Wellington, New Zealand.

Generations of Wellingtonians who took ride on Kamala the elephant at the zoo probably didn´t know they were sitting on a saddle stuffed with old undies and a 1940s Avondale racebook. Rides on Indian elephant Kamala were a favourite attraction at the zoo from 1953 till 1983. Now those child riders can take a sentimental journey to the Museum of City and Sea on the waterfront to see the fully restored saddle.


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Burma at Auckland Zoo.

Auckland City puts up $13m for elephants in the bush

2010-10-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The Auckland City Council´s arts, culture and recreation committee has approved a $13 million proposal to bring in a herd of up to 10 Asian elephants, and make the elephant enclosure six times its present size. The zoo´s life science manager, Kevin Buley, said moving any elephant was a big undertaking, but the zoo needed to provide companionship for its only remaining elephant Burma after the death of Kashin last year.


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Burma at Auckland Zoo. Photo / Herald on Sunday

Elephant expansion at Auckland Zoo

2010-08-12 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A $13 million extension to Auckland Zoo has been given the thumbs up - which could bring the only elephant herd in Australasia to New Zealand. Auckland City Council´s arts, culture and recreation committee has endorsed a proposal to enlarge the zoo´s existing enclosure to six times its size, which would incorporate two areas of Auckland´s Western Springs Park. The proposed areas, which run adjacent to the zoo´s current elephant enclosure, will include an exercise area, a ...


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The Wellington Zoo elephant house you"ll never forget

2010-07-27 - Wellington, New Zealand.

Elephant lovers who remember taking a ride on Kamala the elephant have until Sunday to make a sentimental journey to the Elephant House at Wellington Zoo´s. Although 1983 was the last year the zoo housed a living elephant, the demolition of its historic Elephant House will create mixed feelings in many who came to view the building as iconic.


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37-year-old Jumbo gets back to her elephant ways with a roll in her sandpit at Franklin Zoo in Pukekohe. She will soon have an indoor sandpit to play in during winter.

Jumbos out of the circus and living the good life

2010-05-17 - Pukekohe, New Zealand.

Kapiti animal rights campaigners say their battle to save Jumbo the elephant has proved worthwhile, with news the former circus performer is making big strides in her rehabilitation. The 37-year-old African elephant caused a stir in Paraparaumu when she appeared in the Loritz Circus in 2008, with a group of local protestors unhappy with her treatment.


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UP TO HER OLD TRICKS: Burma has recovered better than expected after the loss of her best friend Kashin, says keeper Laurel Sandy.

Burma gets back to normal

2010-04-08 - Auckland, New Zealand. JOCELYN REIN

She may be alone, but life is far from lonely for Burma. After the death of her only companion, Kashin, last August, there were fears the "fun, sparky", Asian elephant would never recover and wouldnt be able to work with keepers any more. Seven months later, Auckland Zoo elephant keeper Laurel Sandy says she is back to having the same quality of life she did before Kashins death, enjoying elephant "scrubs" and walks around the zoo, building her confidence every day.


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Jumbo-Sized New Citizen For Franklin

2009-12-16 - Franklin, New Zealand.

Franklin District Council has officially welcomed a jumbo-sized citizen to the district. Jumbo the elephant was 'sworn in' as a Franklin citizen by Franklin District Mayor Mark Ball at a special citizenship ceremony today at her new home at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary. Jumbo (also known as Mila) has recently been gifted to Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary on her retirement from the circus. The sanctuary provides a home and rehabilitation for at-risk exotic and native species.


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Jumbos first day out in her new encosure

New Zealands last circus Elephant Jumbo to Franklin Zoo

2009-12-04 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

Jumbo, New Zealand's only African elephant, has retired from the circus and is starting a new life at Franklin Zoo in Tuakau. She has settled into to her new facility which has given her space to explore, toys to play with and wallows so she can enjoy being an elephant.


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Jumbo the elephant has packed her trunk and is saying goodbye to the circus.

2009-11-28 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

The 36-year-old pachyderm will become the only African elephant at a zoo in New Zealand on her arrival at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tuakau from Helensville this weekend. The facility is closed to the public until Monday as staff and contractors put the finishing touches to Jumbo's training, entertainment and living enclosure and get her used to her new environment.


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Jumbo the elephant finally free

2009-11-24 - Tuakau, New Zealand.

The retirement of circus elephant Jumbo is being hailed as a victory by animal rights group Save Animals From Exploitation (Safe). Jumbo, New Zealand's only African elephant, spent 28 years with the Weber Bros Circus before a decision last week to put her into retirement. Weber Bros owner Harry Weber told The Dominion Post newspaper a group of specialists met in Auckland last week to discuss 36-year-old Jumbo's future.


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ARE YOU BEING SERVED? Circus elephant Jumbo, along with "soul-mate" Tony Ratcliffe, strolled through the Hamilton suburb of Frankton.

An elephant at my table

2009-10-16 - Frankton, New Zealand.

Circus elephant Jumbo, along with "soul-mate" Tony Ratcliffe, strolled through the Hamilton suburb of Frankton yesterday as part of her continuing retirement preparations. The 35-year-old African elephant perused the menu at Smo's Cafe, where she encountered Christian Curtis, left, during her walk-about, which lasted about an hour and which will be repeated over coming days.


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Leigh Cornwell, 4, puts flowers with other tributes saddened Aucklanders have left outside the zoo in memory of Kashin.

Red tape means new elephant years away

2009-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Any replacement for Auckland Zoo favourite Kashin will come from established Asian elephant breeding programmes under way in Europe. But a new addition to the zoo's elephant colony - which since Kashin's death on Monday stands at one - is likely to be at least two years away.


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Press Conference About Kashin

2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A press conference about Auckland Zoo elephant Kashin will be held at the zoo's Old Elephant House today at 1pm. As part of the conference, the zoo will be letting people know how they can honour Kashin by contributing to a Kashin memorial fund, which will be dedicated to helping the conservation of elephants in the wild. The zoo is also intending to have a public memorial for Kashin. Details are still be worked through, and we will advise as soon as possible. The zoo has been overwhelmed by the...


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Kashin was a favourite with zoo staff such as senior elephant keeper Andrew Coers and with generations of visitors.

Auckland Zoo closed today, Kashin"s health issues too much to bear

2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand. Vaimoana Tapaleao

Auckland Zoo will be closed today as staff grieve the loss of 40-year-old Kashin the Elephant, who died yesterday. The female Asian elephant, who had chronic arthritis and foot abscesses, was euthanised after her health deteriorated.


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KASHIN THE ELEPHANT:

Much loved Zoo elephant dies

2009-08-24 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Elephant Kashin, one of Auckland Zoo's oldest and most recognisable residents, has died age 40. A message on Auckland Zoo's website says "much-loved female elephant Kashin, a part of the zoo family for over 36 years, was put to sleep at 5pm this evening after losing her battle with chronic health conditions". Auckland Zoo Board Chair, Councillor Graeme Mulholland said staff were devastated, "grieving the loss of their incredibly spirited and gentle matriarch". "Kashin touched the lives, not just...


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Future uncertain for Jumbo the elephant

2009-08-16 - Wellington, New Zealand.

The future of the New Zealand's only circus elephant is in dispute as animal activists are calling for Jumbo to be retired claiming she is poorly treated. However, the circus says there is nowhere for her to go. Jumbo has entertained Kiwi children for over 30 years but now the African elephant is looking for a new home as her owner attempts to retire her.


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Contractors Pooh-Pooh Elephant Deal

2009-04-14 - , New Zealand. Sudesh Kissun

The Auckland City Council has come under fire for its decision to spend more than $13 million in acquiring five elephants for the Auckland Zoo. It has agreed in principle to pay for five elephants by 2015 and build an enclosure six times the size of the existing facility at the zoo. The zoo currently has two female elephants, Kashin (40) and Burma (26). Kashin’s health is deteriorating and may live up for another five years. Burma, her mate, cannot be left alone and hence the council wants to ...


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Jumbo the elephant, in Christchurch with the Loritz Circus, is at the centre of an animal rights row.

Circus elephant in the middle of jumbo row

2009-01-12 - Auckland, New Zealand. IAN STEWARD

A jumbo-sized dispute has broken out over the living conditions of New Zealand's only circus elephant. Animal rights campaigner Save Animals from Exploitation (Safe) says Jumbo, an African elephant with the Loritz Circus which is currently in Christchurch, is being kept in conditions that break welfare codes for circus elephants. The circus has dismissed the campaigner's claims as "hysterical". Safe campaign officer Sacha Dowell said Jumbo was being kept tethered inside her trailer and was not b...


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Council"s big plan leaves no room for elephants

2008-11-19 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo elephants Kashin and Burma could become the last elephants in a New Zealand zoo as a result of Auckland City Council budget cuts. The zoo wants to build a herd of elephants as part of a succession plan for Kashin, who turned 40 on Sunday. But the council has not set aside the $5 million cost in its 10-year budget. The future of the popular female elephants was raised at a council meeting yesterday, where Mayor John Banks and his Citizens & Ratepayers allies were looking to cut hundr...


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Kashin the elephant turns 40

2008-11-02 - Auckland, New Zealand.

KASHIN THE elephant's snot is clear and gritty. "Blow into her trunk," instructs the zookeeper. "She wants to smell your breath." Looking up an elephant's nose is like peering into twin surgical wounds. Pink and glistening tunnels, 1.6m long, containing more than 40,000 muscles, useful for pushing over logs, snuffling in the dirt and getting to know human visitors.


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SPCA at odds with animal rights activists over circus elephant

2008-10-15 - Auckland, New Zealand.

A travelling circus has come under fire from animal rights campaigners for continuing to use an elephant in its performances. 'Jumbo' is the only circus elephant left in the country, and protesters are comparing her living conditions to solitary confinement. But circus operators and the SPCA say the circus is the best place for her. "We don't believe that circuses are a place for any animals, let alone large exotic animals like this elephant, because most of their days are spent in solitary conf...


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THE race.

A blast from the past

2008-09-17 - Eltham, New Zealand.

AN ELEPHANT Race on Bridge Street, Eltham, April 28, 1965, was held in aid of funds for the Eventide Home. The elephants were borrowed from the Coles Circus. This event took place for several years, starting first in 1965 through to about 1971, when the circus was in town. One of the jockeys is Fred Taylor, mayor of Eltham at the time, who the others are would be an interest to know. Paul Connell and his trustee camera was there to record the event. He and later, his wife Shelia, have left behin...


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Auckland Zoo"s big decision. Question mark over elephant"s future

2008-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand. HEATHER McCRACKEN

Officials are facing the prospect of Auckland Zoo without elephants. Plans are being developed for the future of young Asian elephant Burma, who couldn’t remain on her own if Kashin died. There are no immediate concerns about the older elephant, who turns 40 this year. But zoo director Jonathan Wilcken says decisions need to be made in advance on whether to bring more elephants to New Zealand or send Burma away. "Kashin’s approaching 40 and for some time now she’s been treat...


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ELEPHANT MAN: Tony Ratcliffe says he and Jumbo needed to get back into the circus business.

Elephant man finds solution to a Jumbo problem

2008-05-11 - Warkworth, New Zealand. TIM HUME

The observation that pets often resemble their owners is perhaps an unkind way to begin a story about an elephant keeper. But for Tony Ratcliffe and his beloved African elephant Jumbo, inseparable for 30 years, the comparison seems unavoidable.


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Circus Loritz was right to chain a four-tonne elephant to its trailor before the evening shows, says the SPCA.

Jumbo the African elephant at Circus Loritz not abused, says SPCA

2008-03-28 - Papakura, New Zealand. Elizabeth Binning

The show will go on after two SPCA inspectors have ruled that Jumbo the elephant is in a good condition and being cared for by Circus Loritz. The 35-year-old African elephant is one of the new additions to the circus which has just started its new two-year show "Out of Africa". Before the big opening at Papakura's Bruce Pullman Park on Thursday night an angry member of the public started complaining after seeing Jumbo chained to a trailer. Circus general manager Marie Gribben said the man - who ...


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SPCA says circus elephant is fine

2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The SPCA is satisfied the living conditions of an elephant at a South Auckland circus meets its standards. The animal welfare group received a complaint about the treatment of Jumbo at the Story Book Circus. SPCA investigator Sue Baudet visited the circus today and says living conditions are within the minimum standards required by the SPCA. She says the SPCA will always try to monitor the welfare of animals involved in the circus.


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Complaint elephant"s being mistreated at circus

2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand.

The SPCA is investigating allegations an elephant is being mistreated at a South Auckland circus. SPCA Auckland director Bob Kerridge says the call centre received a complaint from a member of the public about the treatment of an elephant at Circus Africa, which is stationed at the Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura. He says when an inspector visited the circus yesterday, she was verbally assaulted by circus staff and told to leave. Mr Kerridge says the inspector will return to the circus today, with...


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2008-03-02 - Auckland, New Zealand. Mark, ZooBeat Forums


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Liam Finn at the Auckland Zoo yesterday.

Liam Finn expands his audience with zoo concert

2008-01-17 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Like any good rockstar, Liam Finn travels with an entourage. But when he made two new friends at Auckland Zoo yesterday, it was decided they might be a tad too unwieldy to join his posse. Finn, who is signed up to play a ZooMusic concert next month, got to meet some of the zoo's residents up close and personal yesterday, including Burma and Kashin the elephants. Finn spoke to nzherald.co.nz about the experience and shared some tips for tomorrow's Big Day Out.


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Auckland Zoo pleads for fresh elephant fooder

2007-12-23 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo is calling on gardeners to help supply fresh vegetation for its two elephants, Kashin and Burma, because feed supplies are running low. Zookeeper Andrew Coers says the two female elephants chew their way through about 100 kilograms of food a day. He says if anyone is cutting down un-sprayed bamboo, sugar cane, banana palm and willow plants during the summer, the zoo would appreciate the extra supplies. However, he says the plants need to be delivered to the zoo on the same day they ...


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Tony Ratcliffe and Jumbo

Elephant packs her trunk

2007-11-22 - Auckland, New Zealand. Alanah May Eriksen

After almost 40 years in the circus, Tony Ratcliffe is hanging up his clown shoes and sending his beloved elephant Jumbo to Australia. The Whirling Bros Circus owner is retiring and giving the star of his show, a 35-year-old, 8ft, four-tonne African elephant to the Western Plains Zoo near Dubbo, New South Wales. Mr Ratcliffe, 62, and his wife Vicki will take the animal across the Tasman by ship and stay in Australia "as long as it takes" for her to settle in.


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40-year-old Jumbo the elephant has a grassy snack while carloads of mums, dads and kids stopped to take photographs

Jumbo traffic stopper

2007-08-23 - Waikato, New Zealand. DENISE IRVINE

Its not often you see an African elephant grazing on the side of Hamiltons Rifle Range Rd. But yesterday lunchtime, 40-year-old Jumbo was having a grassy snack under the watchful eye of owner Tony Ratcliffe while carloads of mums, dads and kids stopped to take photographs. Jumbo was oblivious to the fuss she was causing, with one driver doing a u-turn in front of oncoming traffic in the rush to see the big beast.


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Kashin is shedding the kilos.

Kashin weight watcher of the year after a mammoth loss

2007-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Zoo elephant Kashin may well be New Zealand's biggest loser. The 38-year-old Asian elephant weighed in at 3251kg yesterday, having dropped a whopping 170kg in a year. Her stablemate Burma, 24, tipped the scales at a relatively svelte 3080kg, but had packed on 134kg since April last year and was expected to get bigger.The elephants' weights are in the healthy range.


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Elephants usually produce only one baby at a time. Embryos show evidence of elephant ancestors living in the sea.

Film gives first look at elephant in womb

2006-11-24 - Auckland, New Zealand. nzherald.co.nz

In Animals in the Womb, to be shown on the National Geographic Channel in the US next month and on Channel 4 in the UK next year, programme makers portray the extraordinary journey into life of an elephant, a dolphin and a dog - from a single cell to a baby mammal. The elephant shows signs its ancestors may not have lived on land, but in the sea. Images of a four-month old elephant embryo show how the baby develops kidney ducts most commonly found in freshwater fish and frogs. They are thought t...


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Elephant art aims to achieve jumbo effort for conservation

2006-11-23 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland City Council

An exhibition of paintings by Auckland Zoo elephants Kashin and Burma to raise funds to support conservation projects in the wild, is about to go on display at Auckland's Reef Gallery.All profits from the exhibition will go to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, which supports a range of overseas and local conservation projects.


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Elephant birthday party called off in Auckland Zoo

2006-11-18 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Party to mark birthdays of Auckland's 2 elephants called off because of poor weather. Auckland Zoo has postponed a birthday party for its two elephants today because of poor weather. Burma and Kashin were due to be painted in traditional Thai style to mark the occasion. An elephant sized cake was baked, but it has been put back in the pantry until tomorrow. Kashin is celebrating her 38th birthday and Burma is 24.


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Come to Auckland Zoo for an elephant-sized birthday party Saturday 19 November 2006

2006-11-06 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is putting on one of its biggest ever birthday parties for two very special girls, elephants Burma and Kashin, and all zoo visitors are invited. Animal Planet Elephants Birthday will celebrate Burma and Kashins combined birthdays, and to mark the occasion the elephants will be painted up in traditional Thai style, but its also an opportunity to highlight to our visitors the issues facing elephants in the wild, and how we can help.


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Animal Planet Sponsors Auckland Zoo Elephants

2006-05-17 - Auckland, New Zealand.

Leading television network Animal Planet, in conjunction with SKY TV, today announced the sponsorship of the Animal Planet Elephant Clearing at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand. Home to Asian elephants Kashin and Burma, two of the zoos most popular residents, Animal Planet will support the internationally recognised elephant management program at New Zealand�s largest zoo as part of the networks ongoing commitment to assist ethical zoos across Australia and New Zealand.


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Unusual breakfast companions for elephants

2006-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where people can have breakfast with elephants. Several Aucklanders were given the opportunity to breakfast in the enclosure of Auckland Zoo's Asian elephants Kashin and Burma at the weekend. The proceeds from the event will go towards helping senior zookeeper Andrew Coers attend a conference in America, where he will talk about the Auckland elephant programme. Mr Coers says the free-contact programme run at Auckland Zoo is unique. He says at ...


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Veteran ringmaster ready to call it a day

2006-02-06 - Masterton, New Zealand. NATHAN CROMBIE

Circus for sale – one iconic New Zealand travelling extravaganza with lions and clowns, monkeys and poodles, horses, acrobats and the only working African elephant this side of the equator - $1m or near offer. Wairarapa will see the last of the Whirling Bros Circus with owner and founder Tony Ratcliffe cracking the whip, following their final Masterton show at Queen Elizabeth Park tomorrow night.


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Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry

2005-12-22 - Auckland, New Zealand.

OHSU, New Zealand study says exact molecular mixture in male-emitted pheromone during musth period dictates other elephants' interest. The exact chemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephant's interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave, a new study has found.


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Auckland Zoo elephants’ Christmas wish

2004-12-24 - Auckland, New Zealand. Press Release: Auckland Zoo

What do Auckland Zoo’s elephants Kashin and Burma want to make their festive season complete?

They want bamboo, and lots of it.

Kashin and Burma chew through a trailer-load of bamboo every couple of days as part of their regular diet, and it is a challenge for zoo staff to keep up with demand.


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57 Headlines about Elephants from New zealand2020-11-25 - , New Zealand - Auckland Zoo announces decision to rehome elephants Burma and Anjalee 2015-11-17 - Napier, New Zealand - Napier man Patrick Cooper advised others on how to import ivory illegally 2015-03-13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland-bound elephant Anjalee is on her way 2013-10-29 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mila the elephant US bound 2013-09-15 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland zoo still working on Niue elephant deal 2013-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Video: The life of Mila. "Elephant expert" Erin Ivory suggests that an elephant can Squeeze a person to death with the trunk by accident...? 2013-05-07 - Canterbury, New Zealand - NZ to host international elephant conference 2013-05-06 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo happiest home for this elephant 2013-04-20 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Tuakau zookeeper who was crushed to death by a former circus elephant broke her own rules about entering the animal"s enclosure, a coroner says. 2012-10-21 - Auckland, New Zealand - Fun day at Auckland Zoo for special guests 2012-07-13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Franklin Zoo closes after seven years 2012-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand - Cost of moving elephant could reach $500k 2012-04-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Owner and director at Franklin Zoo, Helen Schofield killed by elephant 2011-11-01 - Auckland, New Zealand - Global ivory ring busted in Auckland 2011-05-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - New elephants for Auckland zoo approved 2011-04-04 - Wellington, New Zealand - Museum finds a jumbo"s trunks 2010-10-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland City puts up $13m for elephants in the bush 2010-08-12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant expansion at Auckland Zoo 2010-07-27 - Wellington, New Zealand - The Wellington Zoo elephant house you"ll never forget 2010-05-17 - Pukekohe, New Zealand - Jumbos out of the circus and living the good life 2010-04-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Burma gets back to normal 2009-12-16 - Franklin, New Zealand - Jumbo-Sized New Citizen For Franklin 2009-12-04 - Tuakau, New Zealand - New Zealands last circus Elephant Jumbo to Franklin Zoo 2009-11-28 - Tuakau, New Zealand - Jumbo the elephant has packed her trunk and is saying goodbye to the circus. 2009-11-24 - Tuakau, New Zealand - Jumbo the elephant finally free 2009-10-16 - Frankton, New Zealand - An elephant at my table 2009-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand - Red tape means new elephant years away 2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Press Conference About Kashin 2009-08-25 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo closed today, Kashin"s health issues too much to bear 2009-08-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Much loved Zoo elephant dies 2009-08-16 - Wellington, New Zealand - Future uncertain for Jumbo the elephant 2009-04-14 - , New Zealand - Contractors Pooh-Pooh Elephant Deal 2009-01-12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Circus elephant in the middle of jumbo row 2008-11-19 - Auckland, New Zealand - Council"s big plan leaves no room for elephants 2008-11-02 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kashin the elephant turns 40 2008-10-15 - Auckland, New Zealand - SPCA at odds with animal rights activists over circus elephant 2008-09-17 - Eltham, New Zealand - A blast from the past 2008-08-26 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo"s big decision. Question mark over elephant"s future 2008-05-11 - Warkworth, New Zealand - Elephant man finds solution to a Jumbo problem 2008-03-28 - Papakura, New Zealand - Jumbo the African elephant at Circus Loritz not abused, says SPCA 2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand - SPCA says circus elephant is fine 2008-03-28 - Auckland, New Zealand - Complaint elephant"s being mistreated at circus 2008-03-02 - Auckland, New Zealand - ZooBeat Forums picture: Asian elephant cows Auckland zoo 1999 2008-01-17 - Auckland, New Zealand - Liam Finn expands his audience with zoo concert 2007-12-23 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo pleads for fresh elephant fooder 2007-11-22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant packs her trunk 2007-08-23 - Waikato, New Zealand - Jumbo traffic stopper 2007-05-04 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kashin weight watcher of the year after a mammoth loss 2006-11-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Film gives first look at elephant in womb 2006-11-23 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant art aims to achieve jumbo effort for conservation 2006-11-18 - Auckland, New Zealand - Elephant birthday party called off in Auckland Zoo 2006-11-06 - Auckland, New Zealand - Come to Auckland Zoo for an elephant-sized birthday party Saturday 19 November 2006 2006-05-17 - Auckland, New Zealand - Animal Planet Sponsors Auckland Zoo Elephants 2006-05-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Unusual breakfast companions for elephants 2006-02-06 - Masterton, New Zealand - Veteran ringmaster ready to call it a day 2005-12-22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry 2004-12-24 - Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland Zoo elephants’ Christmas wish

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Elephant Calf Born in Budapest Zoo

2021-04-29 - Budapest, Hungary.

n elephant calf was born in the Budapest Zoo in the small hours of Wednesday, the zoo told MTI. The delivery went without complications and the calf weighing 80kg stood up and started feeding soon aft...


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culling

Elephant meat distributed to farms

2021-04-28 - Windhoek, Namibia. Arlana Shikongo

THE meat of a 'problem' elephant that was trophy-hunted on Sunday has been distributed among farmers and farmworkers in the Otavi area. Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, ...


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Kusha wins freedom, to be released from Dubare camp

2021-04-28 - Coorg, India.

Wild tusker Kusha, who escapade from Dubare elephant camp into the jungles to find companions had the Forest Department on tenterhooks for months, has won his freedom. His release from the camp was or...


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Lucas the elephant has died at age 9

2021-04-14 - Toledo, United States.

The Toledo Zoo on Wednesday said 9-year-old Lucas the elephant has died from a rare viral infection. "After days of heroic care, we have lost our beloved elephant Lucas to a devastating viral disease ...


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India Needs Safe Highways To Protect Its National Heritage Animal - The Asian Elephant

2021-04-13 - New Delhi, India.

The elephant is regarded as India's National Heritage Animal. As per the 2017 census, the country housed a population of 27,312 elephants accounting for about 60% of the world's wild Asian elephant po...


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Farmers move to occupy a critical elephant corridor in Sri Lanka

2021-04-13 - Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. Malaka Rodrigo

Earlier this month, more than 300 people gathered near the borders of the Dahaiyagala Wildlife Sanctuary in Sri Lanka’s Uva province armed with axes, long knives, ropes and handheld hoes called mam...


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Probe launched into temple tusker’s death

2021-04-10 - , India.

A probe relating to the death of tusker Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan has begun. On Saturday, Manu P. Menon, Sub Inspector, Vigilance and Security, TDB visited the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple...


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relocation

Elephants relocated in Kenya to prevent conflict with humans

2021-04-09 - , Kenya.

Conservation charity Space for Giants’ Human-Elephant Coexistence team joined the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to coordinate an extraordinary ‘drive’ to move a large number of crop-raiding bull ...


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Thailand"s captive elephants face uncertain future

2021-04-09 - HUAY PAKKOT, Thailand. DENIS D. GRAY

In one of the largest known elephant migrations in memory, many of the country's estimated 3,800 captive elephants trudged out of tourist sites ranging from northeastern Surin Province to the beachsid...


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Baby elephant dies rejected by family at Swedish zoo

2021-04-09 - Borås, Sweden.

A two-week old elephant has died after being rejected by her family following the birth of another elephant calf, Sweden's Boras Zoo announced Friday. "Despite three days of intensive care with a vet ...


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research

Elephant count set to go up at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary

2021-04-08 - Jamshedpur, India. Jayesh Thaker

The elephant count at Dalma wildlife sanctuary is all set to pep up during the census as foresters have spotted around 20 calves inside the sprawling 192 sq km sanctuary, 30 km from Jamshedpur. There...


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poaching

CBI begins probe into death of elephants, poaching in forests of Tamil Nadu

2021-04-08 - Madurai, India.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a probe into alleged poaching and killing of elephants in the forests of Tamil Nadu, an issue raised by wildlife activists over the years. Severa...


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Injured Kerala elephant dies days after it was deemed ‘fit’ for temple fest

2021-04-08 - Ambalapuzha, India. Neethu Joseph

It was the efforts of a few kind-hearted people that helped rescue Ambalapuzha Vijayakrishnan, an injured captive elephant in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, from being paraded in a temple festival, so...


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welfare
Anne the elephant will not be retiring to France, say her keepers at Longleat

A decade after her rescue, ‘Britain’s loneliest elephant’ will not retire to France, despite campaign effort

2021-04-08 - Warminster, United Kingdom.

An elephant called Anne, who spent 55 years performing in the circus before she was rescued in 2011 and brought to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, will not retire to France, her keepers have said. ...


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Botswana allows hunting of 287 elephants

2021-04-06 - Gabarone, Botswana.

Botswana's authorities have issued 287 elephant-hunting licences as the hunting season resumed after it was suspended last year due to the pandemic. Hunters may shoot 287 elephants this season, Direct...


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Five unemployed elephants and their owners begin walking from Pattaya to their native province of Surin, in tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, on Tuesday.

Jobless Pattaya elephants begin 500km walk home

2021-04-06 - Pattaya, Thailand.

Napalai Mai-ngam, 26, said five years ago she had brought her relatives and their tamed elephants from Surin to work at an elephant resort in tambon Lam Huay Yai of Bang Lamung. After waiting in vain...


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Some of the 38 wild Elephants recently spotted in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province.

Cambodian Ministry urges protection for Asian elephants

2021-04-05 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Ministry of Environment has called on residents of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province to not disturb the wild elephants there as well as participate in their protection. The call ...


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Tusker Kusha Put Into Kraal At Dubare Camp

2021-04-04 - Coorg, India.

Kusha, the 27-year-old male elephant that went missing from Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu district, has been put in Kraal now. Kraal is a wooden log enclosure into which elephants are driven to be ta...


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circus

Armpits, the circus and more: A dozen historic photos taken on April Fool"s Day: 1963: RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS ELEPHANT

2021-04-01 - New York City, United States.

A Ringling Brothers Circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in the Bronx railroad yard in New York City, April 1, 1963. The circus opens in Madison Square Garden April 3 for a...


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A Craven diary: When Buffalo Bill and performing elephants and lions came to town

2021-04-01 - Craven, United Kingdom. Lesley Tate

ROBERT Brothers Mammoth Zoo Circus was preparing to give Craven folk the time of their lives 75 years ago in 1946. Amongst the 20 ‘star acts’ were Buffalo Bill ‘ in person’ and Marharannne, an...


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