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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 Reserve on Monday. It was for the first time such a role reversal from kraal to wild was done in the country. Fitted with a radio collar, Rivaldo's movement is being monitored on an hourly basis. The last live location shows Rivaldo was moving towards Bandipur National Park in Karnataka


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Chinnathambi now a case study for TN forest department

2021-07-10 - Chennai, India.

Two years ago, Chinnathambi, the famous lonely tusker of the Coimbatore forest circle was captured and converted into a captive elephant. Now the gentle jumbo is a case study for the young TN foresters and is one of the disciplined captive elephants maintained by the forest department for foresters to study about the animal conflicts and their rescue operations.


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‘Operation Baahubali’ pushed as elephant eludes forest officials

2021-07-02 - Chennai, India.

‘Operation Baahubali’, the mission to fit a radio collar to a wild elephant, has been postponed by another 10 days as the animal continues to remain elusive to forest officials. The adult male elephant Baahubali (nicknamed by locals after a Telegu movie character) was found in Mettupalayam, in the foothills of the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district a year back.


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[VIDEO] Elephant found with suspected gunshot wounds in Tamil Nadu

2020-09-10 - Chennai, India. Mirror Now Bureau

A wild male elephant called "Bulldozer" was spotted with suspected gunshot wounds in Mettupalayam circle of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. More than 18 elephants have died in the circle this year.


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Srirangam temple elephant Andal getting into a lorry to commence its journey to the rejuvenation camp, on Wednesday

Rejuvenation Camp Begins Today

2013-12-19 - Chennai, India.

For the first time in seven years, the elephants belonging to the forest department would attend the rejuvenation camp, so far held for their temple counterparts, near Mettupalayam from Thursday. Though the 48-day camp would see around 100 elephants, including temple and kumkis. While the 33 temple elephants would attend the Thekkampatty camp, the 55 forest elephants from Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Coimbatore range and Vandalur Zoo would camp at Nellithorai.


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Dr Raman Sukumar, IUCN/AESPG

Jumbos safe in South India

2013-10-27 - Chennai, India.

Elephants in the Nilgiri biosphere comprising Ta­mil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, are relatively safe, with the number of poaching cases having reduced over the years, renowned conservationist and expert on Asiatic elephants Dr Raman Sukumar said here on Saturday.


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Baby elephant in trouble is guarded by mother, others

2012-10-29 - Chennai, India.

A newborn premature elephant calf is battling for survival in Tamil Nadu´s Mudumalai jungle area. Forest officials say the mother elephant probably delivered the calf while crossing a road and since early Monday morning the new born has not had milk. Authorities say the calf is unable to stand and the mother is helpless. A herd of elephants stand guard around the mother and her calf.


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Elephants from temples head to Theppakadu reserve for rejuvenation

Tamil Nadu government organises vacation for temple elephants

2011-12-15 - Chennai, India.

Beginning from Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu government is organising a 48-day-long vacation for temple elephants in the wilderness. As many as 35 pachyderms are heading to a rejuvenation camp in Theppakadu reserve forest along the Moyar river in the Mudumalai hills. From a herbal diet to health screening and treatment for infections, the elephants will get to enjoy a stress-free life in the jungle environs.


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Elephants at a conservation camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu.

Rejuvenation therapy for ailing elephants in TN

2010-08-06 - Chennai, India.

With more than 50 per cent of the 300 temple elephants in Tamil Nadu suffering from diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, authorities have drawn up a food and exercise regimen for the jumbos and directed the mahouts to strictly follow it. An official of the Tamil Nadu government’s Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department said the plan had been drawn up to ensure proper care of the elephants.


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Tamil Nadu may ban "blessings" by temple elephants

2010-08-03 - Chennai, India.

Tamil Nadu government is likely to ban the age old practice of elephants ´blessing´ pilgrims in temples. Wildlife officials have asked temple authorities to put an end to the practice as trainers torture the elephants, compelling them to ´bless´ pilgrims, sometimes leaving them injured. Moreover, elephants like humans suffer from diseases like asthma and tuberculosis and it might spread to pilgrims, the authorities said.


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Not calf love this, say vet doctors

2010-07-15 - Chennai, India.

Separated from the herd when it was barely two weeks old and then rehabilitated at the Vandalur Zoo, a four-month-old male elephant calf still yearns for the love of its mother. Longing for maternal warmth and refusing to eat properly, Giri stands emaciated, causing concern to veterinarians, mahouts and other forest officials taking care of him.


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Elephant dies in suspected attack of herpes virus at Vandalur zoo

2009-11-22 - Chennai, India.

A four-year-old sub adult cow elephant died at Vandalur zoo, on Friday due to a suspected attack of herpes virus. The zoo authorities said the elephant, Chellamma, was rescued from the Andhiyur forests in Erode district and brought to the zoo in 2005. Since Friday morning, the animal refused food. Its head started swelling and administration of prophylactic medicines also did not help.


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Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

2009-08-23 - Chennai, India. Barnabas Tiburtius

Today is the festival of Ganesh Chathurthi. A day to worship the God who removes all obstacles. Though Ganesha considered as son of Shiva and Parvati, the Matsya Purana, Shiva Purana, and Skanda Purana ascribe the birth of Ganesha to Parvati only, without any form of participation of Shiva in Ganesha's birth.


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Jayaram

Elephantine love

2008-10-23 - Chennai, India.

An elephant owned by actor Jayaram recently received the coveted Gajarajapattam award in Kerala. The elephant, known as Thiruvanikkavu Kannan, is no ordinary elephant. He is very soft-natured and is like a member of my family,” says a proud Jayaram. An ardent elephant lover, Jayaram says that he has been crazy about elephants since his childhood and recalls that he used to go to all temple festivals just to have a glimpse of the gorgeous creatures. Jayaram bought Kannan when his son Kalidas wa...


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See wildlife from battery-run cars

2008-09-01 - Chennai, India.

Forests minister N Selvaraj said on Sunday that the first installment of Rs 125 crore of a total of the Rs 256 crore was released for setting up night safaris in Vandalur zoo. The state government also plans to set up a zoo in Tiruchi, he added. At the Vandalur zoo, 60 deer can be seen during the safari, while for the jumbo rides, the services of two elephants from Pollachi will be used to thrill visitors. The jumbo rides would be offered between 9.30 am and 11.30 am, and 4 pm to 5.30 pm, except...


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No more jumbo rides at Vandalur

2008-07-30 - Chennai, United States. D Madhavan

Started barely a fortnight ago with much fanfare, the jumbo safari at the Arignar Anna Zoological park, Vandalur, has come to a halt. The two elephants used for the rides were injured in the foot a few days ago. Compounding the problem, 24-year-old Ashwini and 26-year-old Pari who were brought from the Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary are suffering from diarrhoea. Zoo director Ananthaswamy told The Times of India that the over-growth of nails on the toes and infection between them that was aggravate...


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Now, jumbo trips at Vandalur Zoo

2008-04-19 - Chennai, India. D Madhavan

Visitors can get rides on elephants this summer at Vandalur zoo. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur zoo, is planning to start elephant safari rides from May 1. Two elephants from Mudumalai sanctuary and two from Top Slip near Pollachi will be brought to the zoo by the end of the week. Staff at Vandalur zoo are setting up enclosures for the elephants and the route for the rides has been finalised, though the rates are yet to be fixed. Visitors will be able to spot birds...


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Urban Tamil Nadu minds its forests

2008-04-13 - Chennai, India.

The southern state of Tamil Nadu holds two important heritage biospheres, although it is the most urban state in India. The man-elephant conflict seems to be reducing, with just 56 elephants dying in 2007 from a high of 81 in 2003. Three elephants were killed by poachers in 2003, 24 were electrocuted in the last five years, about eight have been run over by trains in this decade. In an exhaustive study on the man-wildlife conflict, as part of a book, Chief Conservator of Forests V.N. Singh and s...


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Jumbos to get exclusive corridors in TN

2008-04-09 - Chennai, India.

Elephants will have their way in Tamil Nadu — quite literally, with the government planning Elephant Corridors in different parts of the State to give them a safe transit route and prevent the pachyderm from straying into human habitat. Forest Minister N Selvaraj told the State Assembly in Chennai on Wednesday that 315 acres of land was being acquired for this purpose, the funds for which had been allotted last year.


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Dr Raman Sukumar

Death of elephants shocks wildlife enthusiasts

2008-02-06 - Chennai, India. P. Oppilli

The death of four elephants in Coimbatore on Monday has shocked wildlife enthusiasts and Forest Department officials. Raman Sukumar, professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said the Centre had already set up a committee to look into train accidents in which elephants were killed. The committee would visit all the places where elephants got killed while trying to cross the track.


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At the elephant training camp on Havelock Island.

Paradise discovered. A tourist boom is on in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands thanks to a government drive to showcase them.

2007-12-03 - Chennai, India. T.S. SUBRAMANIAN & DESIKAN KRISHNAN

STANDING on the beach, Yevgeniya watches wide-eyed as Vijayakumari, a seven-year-old elephant, hauls logs of wood up a slope and on to a platform from where they are rolled down. The young Ukranian had come on a tour of the island archipelago with her husband Indranil Chaudhury from Kolkata. And the deserted beachfront of Havelock Island, where young elephants are being trained by mahouts in logging operations, provides just the right kind of entertainment.


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Thrissur Pooram in Chennai with tech-elephants

2007-09-23 - Chennai, India.

Giving details of the world famous Thrissur Pooram, organised for the first time in the city, at a press conference here, Association President M Nanda Govind said the city police had firmly denied permission to bring elephants from Kerala. Some of them would be mechanised elephants, operated remotely. They will raise their trunks and even bless the visitors, he said, addding the caparisoned life-like elephants would be displayed with full decorations, including silk umbrellas, peacock fans and ...


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Tamil Nadu to have elephant corridor by year-end

2007-03-07 - Chennai, India.

The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday said it would acquire 398 acres of private land and create an elephant corridor through Coimbatore and Nilgiri districts. Speaking at the Biodiversity Conservation conference organised by the forest department, State Forest Minister N. Selvaraj said the corridor would be created this year. Expressing concern over the increasing human-animal conflict, the minister said: "Death of human beings and injury to humans due to wild animal attacks is a source of major ...


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Temple elephant injures heckler on the road

2007-02-10 - Chennai, India.

Irked by a two wheeler rider constantly sounding the horn of his vehicle, a temple elephant lifted the man and flung him to the ground, seriously injuring him, at Marthandam near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, police said. Reports from Nagercoil said the youth was riding the motorcycle behind the elephant which was taking part in a procession as part of the Mariamman temple festival in Marthandam town. He sounded his horn continuously, in a bid to get past the elephant and the crowd. Irritat...


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Rescued Baby elephant arrives at Chennai Zoo

2006-07-18 - Chennai, India.

Left to the mercy of fate after the untimely death of his mother, a six-month-old baby elephant is now the much-loved inmate of a zoo in Chennai. The calf was recently rescued from the dense forests of the Tamil Nadu's Hosur division by villagers and handed over to the state Forest Department.


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Orphaned baby elephant sent to Chennai zoo in Tamil Nadu

2006-07-15 - Chennai, India. Jai Kumar

An orphaned baby elephant found in Tamil Nadus Hosur region, has found a new home at the Vandalur Aringna Anna zoo in Chennai. The baby elephant, which recently lost its mother to an unknown infectious disease was found by villagers who handed it over to local forest rangers. The calf is being fed grass for the time being, Ananth Samy, the director of the zoo, said.


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Baby elephant abandoned by herd, reared by humans

2005-07-09 - CHENNAI, India. P. Oppili

The month-old male calf elephant, rescued from Sathyamangalam Forest after it was abandoned by its mother, is not yet stable, P.C. Tyagi, Director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), Vandalur, said here on Friday. Mr Tyagi said: "The animal is still bony but we have controlled the diarrhoea. It will take at least 15-20 days for its health to stabilise."


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Elephant calf dies at Vandalur zoo

2004-06-25 - CHENNAI, India. P. Oppili

A three-and-half-month-old elephant calf died at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, on Wednesday. The calf, Ramu, was rescued last month from the forest area in Amirthi near Vellore after his mother died.


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Dr. V. Krishnamurthy , an ardent conservationist and a pioneer in designing programmes for captive elephant care

2003-07-20 - Chennai, India.

Dr. V. Krishnamurthy was a forest veterinary officer who served the Government of Tamil Nadu for over three decades, primarily concentrating on the health care of both domestic and wild elephants. Dr. Krishmurthy or Doc K, as he was fondly called, resurrected captive elephant health care and management to levels that have not been seen in Asia for the most of the last century.


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29 Headlines about Elephants from Chennai2021-08-03 - Chennai, India - TN forest dept may release more camp elephants depending on success of Rivaldo"s rehabilitation 2021-07-10 - Chennai, India - Chinnathambi now a case study for TN forest department 2021-07-02 - Chennai, India - ‘Operation Baahubali’ pushed as elephant eludes forest officials 2020-09-10 - Chennai, India - [VIDEO] Elephant found with suspected gunshot wounds in Tamil Nadu 2013-12-19 - Chennai, India - Rejuvenation Camp Begins Today 2013-10-27 - Chennai, India - Jumbos safe in South India 2012-10-29 - Chennai, India - Baby elephant in trouble is guarded by mother, others 2011-12-15 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu government organises vacation for temple elephants 2010-08-06 - Chennai, India - Rejuvenation therapy for ailing elephants in TN 2010-08-03 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu may ban "blessings" by temple elephants 2010-07-15 - Chennai, India - Not calf love this, say vet doctors 2009-11-22 - Chennai, India - Elephant dies in suspected attack of herpes virus at Vandalur zoo 2009-08-23 - Chennai, India - Symbolism of Lord Ganesha 2008-10-23 - Chennai, India - Elephantine love 2008-09-01 - Chennai, India - See wildlife from battery-run cars 2008-07-30 - Chennai, United States - No more jumbo rides at Vandalur 2008-04-19 - Chennai, India - Now, jumbo trips at Vandalur Zoo 2008-04-13 - Chennai, India - Urban Tamil Nadu minds its forests 2008-04-09 - Chennai, India - Jumbos to get exclusive corridors in TN 2008-02-06 - Chennai, India - Death of elephants shocks wildlife enthusiasts 2007-12-03 - Chennai, India - Paradise discovered. A tourist boom is on in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands thanks to a government drive to showcase them. 2007-09-23 - Chennai, India - Thrissur Pooram in Chennai with tech-elephants 2007-03-07 - Chennai, India - Tamil Nadu to have elephant corridor by year-end 2007-02-10 - Chennai, India - Temple elephant injures heckler on the road 2006-07-18 - Chennai, India - Rescued Baby elephant arrives at Chennai Zoo 2006-07-15 - Chennai, India - Orphaned baby elephant sent to Chennai zoo in Tamil Nadu 2005-07-09 - CHENNAI, India - Baby elephant abandoned by herd, reared by humans 2004-06-25 - CHENNAI, India - Elephant calf dies at Vandalur zoo 2003-07-20 - Chennai, India - Dr. V. Krishnamurthy , an ardent conservationist and a pioneer in designing programmes for captive elephant care

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Houston Zoo Elephant Receives First Ever mRNA EEHV Vaccine

2024-06-18 - Houston, United States. Houston Zoo

Tess, a 40-year-old Asian elephant at Houston Zoo, has been given the first-ever dose of an mRNA vaccine created by virologists at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to prevent the deadly elephant endot...


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Blackpool Zoo confirms 2 elephants are expecting babies

2024-04-26 - Blackpool, United Kingdom.

The latest round of pregnancy tests at Blackpool Zoo has revealed that two of its elephants are expecting babies. Mother and daughter Noorjahan and Esha are both pregnant and due to give birth in late...


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RIP 2 year old “Chi Pich”

2024-04-02 - Sen Monorom, Cambodia.

There was sad news from Mondulkiri Province, with the death of 2 year old elephant “Chi Pich” being announced. Sources from the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment Organization (ELIE) said ...


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Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan dies

2024-03-26 - Kochi, India.

Popular tusker Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan, 55, 55, died at Mangalamkunnu in Palakkad on Monday. The elephant owned by M A Haridasan had been under treatment for the past few months.


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Pinnawala Orphanage sees birth of 76th calf

2024-03-23 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

The 76th elephant calf was born at the Rambukkana Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on March 20.This baby elephant was born to 32-year-old she-elephant Shanthi and 19-year-old Pandu at the Pinnawala Elepha...


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SANParks partners with neighbouring nations to benefit communities

2024-03-23 - Pretoria, South Africa.

In the ongoing efforts to curb poaching and snaring of animals within the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders, South African National Parks (SANParks) is working to create more partnerships with neighbour...


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Toledo Zoo Shares the Name of Precious New Baby Elephant

2024-03-15 - , United States.

After weeks of voting and thousands of submissions, the Toledo Zoo has officially chosen the name of their precious baby elephant and we're personally thrilled about the news! Ladies and gentleman, Ki...


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Extern Link Read about Toledo Zoo in the Elephant DatabasePress Release: The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby elephant, born to African elephant, Renee.Press Release: The Toledo Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby elephant, born to African elephant, Renee.
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Reid Park Zoo welcomes new baby elephant

2024-03-09 - Tucson, United States.

A baby elephant was born at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo said Semba, the facility’s African elephant matriarch, gave birth to a 265-pound calf around 3:31 a.m. Friday, March 8. Reid Park Zoo said the calf...


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Baby elephant in Copenhagen named after Thai river

2024-03-04 - Copenhagen, Denmark.

A female baby elephant in Copenhagen Zoo has been named Chin after the Tha Chin river in central Thailand. The elephant was born last week in the Danish zoo. The zookeepers, who take care of the young...


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This elephant misses his mahout, authorities seek police help

2024-02-29 - Alappuzha, India.

Evoor Kannan, the elephant known for his murderous rage and with a history of killing two mahouts is in a bad mood these days. He had been gentle under the care of his former Mahout Sharath Parippally...


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Third elephant calf born in Beekse Bergen

2024-02-20 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands.

African elephant Punda has become the mother of a healthy elephant calf after a 22-month pregnancy. This is the third calf born in the Safari Park Beekse Bergen k in four months. Never before have thr...


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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium’s elephant calf dies at age 2

2024-02-15 - Pittsburgh, United States.

The zoo said Tsuni died Thursday after a sudden, brief battle with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Her EEHV was detected through routine blood testing on Feb. 8, even though she presente...


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Farewell to Seoul"s oldest elephant passing at age of 59

2024-02-15 - Seoul, South Korea.

The oldest female elephant in South Korea passed away Tuesday at a zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, at the age of 59, zoo officials said Thursday. The female elephant, named Sakura, had suffered fr...


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A star is born: Baby elephant debuts

2024-01-30 - Bangalore, India.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is brimming with excitement as it welcomes a delightful new addition—a baby boy elephant calf. This adorable arrival brings the elephant count in the Bannerghatta zo...


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Guruvayur Kannan, nine-time winner of elephant race, dies at 62

2024-01-27 - Guruvayur, India.

Elephant Kannan, of the Guruvayur Devaswom Elephant Camp, a nine-time winner of the festival-related elephant race, has passed away. His demise was around 5:30 pm on Saturday. The tusker's age at the ...


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A baby elephant is found dead

2024-01-27 - Koh Nhek, Cambodia.

Villagers found a baby elephant dead in Koh Nhek district, Mondulkiri province in the middle of the forest​ on January 26, 2024, suspected of being shot. Mondulkiri Provincial department of environm...


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Discoveries: The Evolutionary Edge of Elephant Trunks and Ancient Giants

2024-01-13 - Beijing, China.

A recent study published in the journal eLife has uncovered new findings on the development of dextrous trunks by indigenous elephants. According to Dr. Shi-Qi Wang, a senior author of the research, t...


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Alleged poaching kills 46-year-old Sumatran elephant in Riau park

2024-01-13 - Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

The Tesso Nilo National Park in Pelalawan District, Riau Province, again lost one of its Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) after a poacher allegedly killed it for its tusks. The 46-year...


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Celebration of Elephants: A Must-see New Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

2024-01-11 - New York, United States.

In a narrow but sprawling curatorial space at the uptown museum, The Secret World of Elephants, now opened, tells the story of elephant species and their relatives through life-size models, videos, gr...


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Workshop On Handling Human-Wildlife Conflicts

2024-01-11 - Mysore, India.

In response to the escalating threat posed by leopards, elephants and other wild animals in the Mysuru region, specialised task forces have been established to address the situation. A dedicated Leopa...


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