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African elephant species now Endangered and Critically Endangered - IUCN Red List

2021-03-25 - Gland, Switzerland.

Following population declines over several decades due to poaching for ivory and loss of habitat, the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is now listed as Critically Endangered and the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Before today’s update, African elephants were treated as a single species, listed as Vulnerable; this is the first time the two species have been assessed separately for the IUCN Red List, followin...


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Elephant calf inadvertently killed by herd in Zurich zoo

2020-11-02 - Zurich, Switzerland.

On August 19, 2020, an elephant cow named Omysha gave birth to her first calf. It was subsequently kicked to death by the herd, prompting an internal investigation. An assessment of the video recordings, with the help of external zoologists and elephant experts from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), concluded that calf barely moved after birth.


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TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The new website, named ETIS Online, was produced following a request made at the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in 2017. The site aims to bolster the collection of data on seizures involving elephant specimens and access to such data by submitting Parties. The new functionalities will facilitate enriching data available for analysis to inform international policy relating to preventing and addressing illegal ivory trade.


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Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet

2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

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


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

2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland.

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


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Goodbye, Yoga! Bull elephant travels to Sweden

2013-10-31 - Basel, Switzerland.

On 23rd October, bull elephant Yoga (16) left Basel Zoo for Boras Zoo in Sweden. An articulated lorry and an extra large crate were required to transport the 4.6-ton bull. Yoga should be back in three years’ time for the opening of the new elephant enclosure. On Friday 25th October after 48 hours of travel, Yoga arrived safe and sound at Boras Zoo.


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Eight Countries Submit Plans To Combat Illegal Trade In Elephants

2013-06-02 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) received plans from China, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania and Viet Nam – identified as primary source, transit and import countries affected by the illegal trade in ivory. The plans – which contain specific activities in the areas of legislation and regulations, national and international enforcement, outreach and public awareness – were requested by ...


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Elephant tusk found in Frenchman’s bag on Swiss train

2013-01-13 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Swiss border police made an unusual find when they searched a train in Basel at the weekend: an elephant tusk meticulously hidden in a Frenchman’s bag, police said on Wednesday. The man, only identified as a 40-year-old French national based in Italy, had tried to smuggle the tusk into Switzerland on a train from Frankfurt to Zurich on Sunday, border police said in a statement.


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Recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Public statement of the CITES Secretariat

2013-01-11 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretariat has corresponded with the CITES Management Authorities of Zimbabwe and China to ascertain the particular circumstances surrounding this trade and whether the procedures set out under Article IV of the Convention and Resolutions Conf. 10.21 and 11.20 were followed. This communication with the relevant Management Authorities is ongoing.


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The CITES Secretariat ready to support joint investigation

2012-12-26 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s call for an investigation into the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants and smuggling of their ivory. Through a statement read out by the current president of the body, Mr Mohammed Loulichki from Morocco, the Security Council called “on the United Nations and African Union ...


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Swiss circus Knie forces chubby elephants to diet

2012-03-22 - Rappersville, Switzerland.

Three overweight elephants at a Swiss circus will have to diet and work out in order to shed between 50 and 300 kilogrammes (110-660 pounds), Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported Wednesday. To help them lose weight, Circus Knie is not only putting them on a special and low-sugar diet but also making them work for their food. Hay barrels will now be suspended above the elephants´ heads, forcing them to make an effort to reach their food.


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World�s oldest captive elephant dies

2010-07-29 - Basel, Switzerland.

Ruaha has died at Basel Zoo at the age of 59, which made her the world�s oldest African elephant in captivity, the zoo announced on Thursday. She was delivered to the zoo in 1952 along with four other young elephants. Ruaha was believed to be one year old at the time. A member of the zoo staff found her dead in the elephant enclosure on Thursday morning. The zoo said she probably died of old age, but will investigate the actual cause of death.


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Asia demand for ivory, sharks" fins set for scrutiny

2009-10-21 - Geneva, Switzerland. Hui Min Neo

Asian demand for bluefin tuna, sharks' fins and ivory will come under scrutiny when 175 member states of the UN wildlife trade agency meet to consider trade restrictions, according to documents seen by AFP. Proposals to restrict or ban international trade in those three products are due to be studied when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) holds its next triennial meeting in Qatar next year.


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IUCN Study of Elephant Meat Trade — Consulting Opportunity

2009-08-04 - Gland, Switzerland.

The IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group aims to undertake a study to improve understanding of the elephant meat trade on elephant populations in Central Africa. The study will elaborate on bushmeat research already undertaken throughout the region by a number of institutions, but will focus on the African elephant. The study will examine the dynamics, scale and impact of the elephant meat trade throughout the Central African subregion. The study will examine the trade in elephant meat as ...


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Ivory auctions will undercut poachers: UN

2008-11-08 - Geneva, Switzerland.

A controversial series of legal ivory auctions in southern Africa should undercut poachers who have been charging exorbitant prices in key Asian markets, United Nations conservationists said Friday. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates international trade in endangered species, allowed four African countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to hold one-off sales to buyers from China and Japan.


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Endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers get boost

2008-08-28 - Geneva, Switzerland. Richard Williams

Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers should get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens, a four-year-old national park on the island, conservation body WWF said on Thursday. But WWF warned that increased efforts would be vital to ensure that poaching and other illegal activities -- like unsanctioned logging and settlement -- did not continue in the park, Tesso Nilo in Sumatra's Riau Province. "This is an important milestone towards securing a future for...


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Wildlife threatens many poor farmers" crops: WWF

2008-05-14 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Elephants and other wildlife damage millions of dollars' worth of poor farmers' crops each year, which could be avoided with proper fencing and better land use, a leading environmental group said on Wednesday. The Swiss-based WWF, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, said wild elephants cost Namibian communal farmers $1 million a year, and up to a quarter of the household incomes of poor farming families in Nepal.


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Elefantenpark Zoo Zürich

2008-01-18 - Zuerich, Switzerland.

Engaged by Zoo Zürich AG, the Amt für Hochbauten Stadt Zürich [Office for Building and Construction, City of Zurich] launches an anonymous open design competition (stage 1), followed by a study commission (stage 2, with 3-5 teams) in order to obtain projects for a new elephant facility at Zoo Zurich. The objective of the design competition is a new attractive and identity-establishing elephant park that fits well into the zoological garden and complies with the present company philosophy of t...


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Africa Divided Over Ivory Trade Ahead Of June CITES Gathering

2007-02-28 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The future of ivory trading hangs in the balance with African countries divided over restrictions, CITES, the standing committee on protecting endangered plants and animals said Wednesday. The ivory trade is on the agenda in June when the 169 governments signed to the CITES Convention meet in The Hague to reconsider wildlife trade rules. It is unlikely that we will find a solution then, CITES Secretary General Willem Wijnstekers told journalists in Geneva.


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U.N.: Africans split over ivory trade

2007-02-28 - GENEVA, Switzerland. BRADLEY S. KLAPPER

African countries are divided over banning or controlling international ivory trading, but need to reach a common position if they are to ensure the survival of the continents elephants. David Morgan, chief scientific officer at CITES, said African countries have filed three ivory proposals before the U.N. sponsored conservation bodys conference this June in The Hague, Netherlands, where 169 nations will debate new bans and quotas for trade in endangered species.


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66th IUCN Council Meeting. IUCN Headquarters, Switzerland

2006-11-06 - Gland, Switzerland.

Contact Information: IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Council Affairs Unit,
Mrs. Fiona Hanson, Fax: 0041 22 999 0020


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Japan approved for special ivory import

2006-10-08 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Japan meets the requirements to take part in a limited one-off sale of elephant ivory, according to a U.N.-sponsored group. Members of the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed Friday that Japan has established sufficiently strong domestic controls on the sale of ivory to qualify as a trading partner. However, for the time being Japan cannot buy the consignment of 60 tons of ivory from three southern African countries because CITES decided Thursday to postpone a vot...


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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has decided not to allow exports of elephant ivory

CITES puts ivory sales on hold

2006-10-05 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has decided not to allow exports of elephant ivory from Botswana (20 tonnes of ivory), Namibia (10 tonnes) and South Africa (30 tonnes) to proceed at this time. This issue will now be considered at the next meeting of the Standing Committee, which will take place in late May 2007 in The Hague, The Netherlands.


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Tusk sale a boon for elephants

2006-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland.

The sale of a huge cache of ivory is due to be given the go-ahead this week, in only the second legal sale since CITES banned the trade in 1989. At the time of going to press, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora was expected to approve the shipment of 60 tonnes of ivory from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa for sale in Geneva on Wednesday.


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Illegal ivory trade persists

2005-06-27 - Geneva, Switzerland.

Unregulated markets are continuing to trade ivory openly throughout Africa, an international wildlife monitoring network said ahead of a meeting on Monday at the organisation regulating the global trade in elephant tusks. The network run by the environmental group WWF and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) called on the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) to toughen plans for a clampdown on domestic ivory markets.


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Elephant baby Farha born in Zuerich zoo

2005-05-03 - Zuerich, Switzerland. Zurich zoo

The Zurich zoo welcomes its new member of the elephant family: On Tuesday, 03 May 2005 at 8.55 am, an elephant baby was born. This new born female elephant shall be called Farha (luck, joy). The elephant cow Ceyla-Himali and the calf are fine: the young calf is the seventh Asian elephant born at the Zurich zoo.


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Illegal ivory trade driven by unregulated domestic markets, identified by new monitoring system

2002-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland. CITES

Despite a virtually continuous ban on international trade in ivory since 1989, a series of analytical reports from the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) has revealed that a significant illegal trade in ivory continues.


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Ivory ban lifted

1999-02-10 - Geneva, Switzerland. Richard Wilson,BBC

Game hunters will pay thousands of dollars to kill an elephant
The 10-year old ivory ban has been lifted. The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has agreed to a one-off sale of nearly 60 tonnes of stockpiled ivory.
The money raised by the sale will pay for conservation programmes in Africa. The decision was made after pressure from three southern African members at a meeting in Geneva.


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Rolf Knie, 75, Elephant Trainer And Swiss Circus Family Leader

1997-08-24 - Rappersvil, Switzerland.

Rolf Knie, a master elephant trainer who led Switzerland's foremost circus family for 50 years, died on Monday. He was 75. The cause of death was heart failure, said a Knie Circus spokesman, Hans Rathgeb. Mr. Knie, who was billed as the man who spoke to elephants, headed the...


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29 Headlines about Elephants from Switzerland2021-03-25 - Gland, Switzerland - African elephant species now Endangered and Critically Endangered - IUCN Red List 2020-11-02 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elephant calf inadvertently killed by herd in Zurich zoo 2020-10-15 - Geneva, Switzerland - TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online 2016-04-21 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet 2014-06-05 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Zoo opens new 57-million-franc ($63.5-million) facility for elephants 2013-10-31 - Basel, Switzerland - Goodbye, Yoga! Bull elephant travels to Sweden 2013-06-02 - Geneva, Switzerland - Eight Countries Submit Plans To Combat Illegal Trade In Elephants 2013-01-13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Elephant tusk found in Frenchman’s bag on Swiss train 2013-01-11 - Geneva, Switzerland - Recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Public statement of the CITES Secretariat 2012-12-26 - Geneva, Switzerland - The CITES Secretariat ready to support joint investigation 2012-03-22 - Rappersville, Switzerland - Swiss circus Knie forces chubby elephants to diet 2010-07-29 - Basel, Switzerland - World�s oldest captive elephant dies 2009-10-21 - Geneva, Switzerland - Asia demand for ivory, sharks" fins set for scrutiny 2009-08-04 - Gland, Switzerland - IUCN Study of Elephant Meat Trade — Consulting Opportunity 2008-11-08 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ivory auctions will undercut poachers: UN 2008-08-28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers get boost 2008-05-14 - Geneva, Switzerland - Wildlife threatens many poor farmers" crops: WWF 2008-01-18 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Elefantenpark Zoo Zürich 2007-02-28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Africa Divided Over Ivory Trade Ahead Of June CITES Gathering 2007-02-28 - GENEVA, Switzerland - U.N.: Africans split over ivory trade 2006-11-06 - Gland, Switzerland - 66th IUCN Council Meeting. IUCN Headquarters, Switzerland 2006-10-08 - Geneva, Switzerland - Japan approved for special ivory import 2006-10-05 - Geneva, Switzerland - CITES puts ivory sales on hold 2006-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland - Tusk sale a boon for elephants 2005-06-27 - Geneva, Switzerland - Illegal ivory trade persists 2005-05-03 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Elephant baby Farha born in Zuerich zoo 2002-10-04 - Geneva, Switzerland - Illegal ivory trade driven by unregulated domestic markets, identified by new monitoring system 1999-02-10 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ivory ban lifted 1997-08-24 - Rappersvil, Switzerland - Rolf Knie, 75, Elephant Trainer And Swiss Circus Family Leader

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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