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Rupa was found to have stones in her kidney.

Activists seek to free elephant from owner Sabha Shankar Pandey

2016-10-29 - Mumbai, India.

After Rupa, an elephant belonging to Sabha Shankar Pandey, passed away last week at Goregaon’s Film City where she had been brought for a photo shoot, experts have raised concern about the health and care of Lakshmi, Pandey’s other elephant.


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Jumbo death: NGO seeks police action against owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, Film City

2016-10-24 - Mumbai, India.

In the wake of the death of an elephant that was hired for a photoshoot in Goregaon’s Film City, the Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) wrote to the Aarey police demanding that it book its owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, the organisers and the Film City management.


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Elephants banned from Mumbai

2013-10-31 - Mumbai, India.

The Maharashtra wildlife department has passed an order prohibiting the entry of elephants into Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane regions. The directive was issued on Monday by additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Suresh Thorat. The circular said that elephants were mostly brought into city limits to beg, entertain, "bless" people and even used for shoots though they were a Schedule-1 protected species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.


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54-year-old elephant, Laxmi, and 55-year-old zoo keeper Prakash Gangaram Kadam are the oldest residents of Byculla zoo

2013-10-26 - Mumbai, India.

54-year-old elephant Laxmi is the oldest resident in Jijamata Udyan zoo, Byculla. And everyone is fond of her mahouts, keepers and the public. A few years back the elephants were supposed to be moved out of the zoo to a protected sanctuary. But because of their old age and inability to adapt to new surroundings they were kept back in the company of mahouts who are extremely fond of them.


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Don"t shed crocodile tears over elephant Bijlee: Rescuer to PETA, FIAPO

2013-06-23 - Mumbai, India.

An animal lover here Saturday rued the manner in which some prominent animal rights groups were suddenly concerned by the plight of an ailing elephant named Bijlee, and using her to garner publicity. "I request them not to shed crocodile tears for Bijlee, who is in our care and improving with each day of medication, proper diet and lots of love," Animals Matter To Me (AMTM) chief Ganesh Nayak told IANS.


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Mumbai Pooram hopes to recreate Kerala temple fest

2011-11-11 - Mumbai, India.

Kerala’s famous Thrissur Pooram festival will be replicated in the city from November 11 to 13 at the KDMC stadium in Dombivili. Complete with gold caparisoned elephants, colour, dance and fireworks, the festival will aim to increase cultural exchange between the two states.


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Lucky Prasad, the elephant, had appeared in movies like Asoka and Mangal Pandey

Buy 1, get 1 free offer on elephant backfires, Animal dealer trades his lucky elephant for a pregnant one, only to be told three years later that the latter is dead

2010-08-17 - Mumbai, India.

It took three years for Sarish Pandey, a dealer who supplies animals to films, to realise that he was undone by his greed. In June 2007, Pandey signed a gift deed with a Kerala-based animal dealer to trade his elephant for a pregnant one, hoping that he will get two in exchange of one. But little did Pandey know that giving away Lucky Prasad, who he had nurtured for 28 years since his birth, would rid him of all his luck.


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Intruder must have provoked elephant: Vet

2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India.

Laxmi and Anarkali, the two female elephants at the Byculla zoo, have no past record of unruly behaviour, say zoo officials. However, Sundays incident, where Laxmi, the 55-year-old female pachyderm killed a man who entered the enclosure, goes to prove that wild animals can be unpredictable, if provoked, say experts.


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Mumbai zoo elephant kills intruder

2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India.

A zoo visitor who had sneaked into an enclosure was killed by an elephant today, the first such incident in the 149-year history of the city zoo. Apparently alarmed by the presence of a stranger, Lakshmi, 70, kicked the man, who was in his forties, has not been identified and is suspected to have been on drugs. Another female elephant, Anarkali, 50, was in the enclosure with Lakshmi, but there were no mahouts or workers, all having gone for lunch.


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Lakshmi and Anarkali, both in their fifties, were brought to the zoo when they were just 15

Trunk-ating a bond

2009-12-09 - Mumbai, India. Lata Mishra and Mitali Parekh

After years of campaigning by animal rights organisations, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) passed an order last month making it mandatory for circuses and zoos across the country to free their elephants and relocate them in sanctuaries, camps and reserves. However, authorities at the Byculla zoo - which received a notice to this effect last week - are worried the shift will be too traumatic for their two elephants.


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Little big story

2009-12-02 - Mumbai, India. Alaka Sahani

After impressing critics at the Mumbai Film Festival, director Aijaz Khan’s debut feature film White Elephant is being shown in the Indian Panorama section of the Goa Film Festival. How was it directing an elephant? Oh! it was difficult and it needed patience, but it was such an exhilarating, enriching and moving experience that I’ll never ever forget it.


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Zachariah Mathew an engineer from Mumbai has designed and developed remote operated devices which controls the elephants

Indian engineer comes up with invention to stop elephants attacking humans

2009-11-23 - Mumbai, India.

The elephant may be an enduring, lovable icon which draws thousands of wildlife tourists to India every year, but officials are desperate to find ways to control them amid increasing numbers of attacks on humans. A Mumbai engineer has discovered the answer: The 'Violent Elephant Control Gear', a remote control immobiliser which tethers marauding pachyderms at the press of a button.


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State plans electric fence to keep elephants away

2008-07-30 - Mumbai, India.

The state government has mooted a plan to put up a fence with electric current at the Maharashtra, Goa-Karnataka border to overcome the increasing menace of elephants in the state. At a meeting held in Mantralaya on Tuesday, revenue minister Narayan Rane suggested a fence that will work on solar energy to stop elephants from entering the Konkan region. The meeting was attended by the state finance minister Jayant Patil and forest minister Babanrao Pachpute as well as other officials from the for...


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Two full-sized tusks seized from Dahisar. Accused confessed to having stolen the tusks from a temple in Sindhudurg

2008-03-10 - Mumbai, India.

The crime branch of the Mumbai police arrested two persons and seized elephants tusks worth over Rs7 lakh from them on Friday in Dahisar. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Raju Gawde alias Vishram, 24, and Aniruddh Sawant alias Kishore, 48, at the Nancy Colony bus depot while they were looking for prospective customers to sell the full-sized ivory tusks. According to the police, the duo was intercepted and the ivory tusks weighing 4.5 kg were found in their possession without any legal do...


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On the ivory trail

2007-11-23 - Mumbai, India. B K Sharma

The author, Inspector General of Police and head of the State Crime Branch of Orissa, has an abiding interest in wildlife and is recognised as one of India’s leading experts on the illegal wildlife trade. It will come as no surprise to readers of Sanctuary that the world’s largest terrestrial mammal continues to be besieged from all sides. In addition to threats to its habitat throughout Africa and Asia, smuggling and illicit trade in ivory pose major challenges to law enforcement authoriti...


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Mumbai Elephants banned, but no strategy

2007-07-26 - Mumbai, India. Nitya Kaushik

The Forest department on Tuesday decided to ban elephants on the city roads, ‘confiscate’ them from their owners and order the latter to leave the city precincts with immediate effect. However, with no strategy in place, no rescue or rehabilitation centres, and no sanctuary in the city to send the animals to, the ban appears headed nowhere.


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Rahul Khanna"s new campaign for elephants

2007-04-11 - Mumbai, India.

Posing next to the tagline "Beaten, Shackled, Abused- Elephants Don't Belong in Zoos," actor Rahul Khanna stars in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India,. In the ad Rahul Khanna is shown shackled in chains, with bruises painted onto his body. The ad has been shot by top photographer Colston Julian.


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Rajkumar leaves Mumbai to find love at Thiruvanantapuram

2007-04-07 - Mumbai, India.

Subsequent to the orders of the Bombay High Court, Rajkumar—the male elephant at Veermata Jijamata Prani Sanghralaya (Byculla Zoo), was dispatched on Saturday evening to the zoo in Thiruvanantapuram, Kerela. The eighteen-year-old elephant was in Byculla Zoo for the past eight years in forced celibacy, since the two female elephants the zoo houses are ageing.


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6 months on, only 2 tuskers fitted with microchips

2007-04-01 - Mumbai, India. Nitya Kaushik

Only two tuskers in the city have been digitally tagged, almost six months after the state forest department, Thane division, launched its grand plan to implant elephants with microchips in an effort to stop unlicenced entry. Their lackadaisical approach has prompted the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) to take matters into their hands.


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Project Elephants is here to stay

2006-10-28 - Mumbai, India. Aditya Ghosh

"Learning to live with elephants" is now the mantra of the Maharashtra forest department and in that, they are now been told by the Centre to prepare the areas in Kolhapur for elephant habitation. With funds under Project Elephants promised for the state, the forest department is trying desperately to reduce man-animal conflict and make the area a safe home for the pachyderms.


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Elephants "sighted" in Indian Maharashtra after 100 years

2006-10-24 - Mumbai, India. Aditya Ghosh

While the Government of Maharashtra has been allowed to add elephants in its variety of wildlife 'officially' after a century of no records of the animal in the state, the forest officials are busy inviting experts from different states to teach them and the villagers how to tackle these creatures.


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Micro solution for Mumbai"s jumbo problem

2006-10-06 - MUMBAI, India.

Elephants in India's financial capital are to be microchipped to make sure unlicensed pachyderms don't give authorities a jumbo-sized headache. "A microchip is like a voter identity card: if an elephant doesn't have one, we'll know it's in the city illegally," said Sarfaraz Khan, deputy conservator of forests for Mumbai's Thane district and the driving force behind the initiative.


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Roopkali rests in peace

2006-09-22 - Mumbai, India.

Veterinarians and animal lovers at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) hospital at Parel bid farewell to Roopkali, the 33-year-old female elephant who was injured in a truck accident on Tuesday. She died at 4.30am on Friday, BSPCA Secretary Colonel JC Khanna said.


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23 Headlines about Elephants from Mumbai2016-10-29 - Mumbai, India - Activists seek to free elephant from owner Sabha Shankar Pandey 2016-10-24 - Mumbai, India - Jumbo death: NGO seeks police action against owner Sabha Shankar Pandey, Film City 2013-10-31 - Mumbai, India - Elephants banned from Mumbai 2013-10-26 - Mumbai, India - 54-year-old elephant, Laxmi, and 55-year-old zoo keeper Prakash Gangaram Kadam are the oldest residents of Byculla zoo 2013-06-23 - Mumbai, India - Don"t shed crocodile tears over elephant Bijlee: Rescuer to PETA, FIAPO 2011-11-11 - Mumbai, India - Mumbai Pooram hopes to recreate Kerala temple fest 2010-08-17 - Mumbai, India - Buy 1, get 1 free offer on elephant backfires, Animal dealer trades his lucky elephant for a pregnant one, only to be told three years later that the latter is dead 2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India - Intruder must have provoked elephant: Vet 2010-03-28 - Mumbai, India - Mumbai zoo elephant kills intruder 2009-12-09 - Mumbai, India - Trunk-ating a bond 2009-12-02 - Mumbai, India - Little big story 2009-11-23 - Mumbai, India - Indian engineer comes up with invention to stop elephants attacking humans 2008-07-30 - Mumbai, India - State plans electric fence to keep elephants away 2008-03-10 - Mumbai, India - Two full-sized tusks seized from Dahisar. Accused confessed to having stolen the tusks from a temple in Sindhudurg 2007-11-23 - Mumbai, India - On the ivory trail 2007-07-26 - Mumbai, India - Mumbai Elephants banned, but no strategy 2007-04-11 - Mumbai, India - Rahul Khanna"s new campaign for elephants 2007-04-07 - Mumbai, India - Rajkumar leaves Mumbai to find love at Thiruvanantapuram 2007-04-01 - Mumbai, India - 6 months on, only 2 tuskers fitted with microchips 2006-10-28 - Mumbai, India - Project Elephants is here to stay 2006-10-24 - Mumbai, India - Elephants "sighted" in Indian Maharashtra after 100 years 2006-10-06 - MUMBAI, India - Micro solution for Mumbai"s jumbo problem 2006-09-22 - Mumbai, India - Roopkali rests in peace

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

2021-08-03 - Chennai, India.

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


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

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

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


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

2021-07-30 - Miami, United States.

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


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

2021-07-28 - Pittsburgh, United States.

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


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

2021-07-27 - MADIKERI, India.

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


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New family of Critically Endangered forest elephants spotted, including three babies

2021-07-27 - Ziama Forest, Guinea.

A previously unknown family of eight African forest elephants were recently captured by camera traps in Guinea.


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He"s back! Hungry wild elephant smashes into the same kitchen in Thailand

2021-07-27 - Hua Hin, Thailand.

A hungry wild elephant in Thailand has smashed his way through the same kitchen wall a month after his first raid. The 40-year-old bull named Plai Bunchuay rammed his head through the concrete buildin...


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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 forester...


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Captured elephant dies in camp at MTR

2021-07-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

A male tusker that was recently captured in Gudalur died at the Abhayaranayam temporary elephant camp in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) on Friday evening. The animal, believed to be around 30-years...


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Four elephants died of electrocution in last 30 days

2021-07-09 - Bhubaneswar, India.

Since 2010, around 100 electrocution deaths of elephants have occurred in Odisha. The majority of the electrocution deaths are attributed to live wire poaching. An adult tusker died of electrocution i...


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Three-year-old Asian elephant calf, named Yishuang, uses the rain forest floor as a make shift

Frolicking three-year-old is the fifth calf to be born at the chinese park"s breeding centre

2021-07-08 - Xishuangbanna, China.

The young calf named Yishuang is the fifth elephant to be born at the park's breeding centre within the approximate 900acre valley that's home to hundreds of the giant mammals. A park spokesperson sai...


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Expert Comment: Rewilding African elephants from Howlett’s to Southern Kenya

2021-07-07 - Kent, United Kingdom. Olivia Miller

The Aspinall Foundation has announced that 13 African elephants are to be flown from Howlett’s Zoo (Kent) to Southern Kenya- Professor Keith Somerville of the School of Anthropology and Conservation...


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Legend has it that two elephants are buried beneath Fair Green in Diss

£46k project to tell story of Madame Abdella, elephant "buried in Diss"

2021-07-07 - Diss, United Kingdom.

Diss Corn Hall has received a £46,400 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop and produce a project about the legend of Madame Abdella. The 20-year-old Burmese elephant is believed to have...


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Baby elephants under treatment for Herpes in Kerala rehab centre stable?

2021-07-07 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Three baby elephants at the rehabilitation centre for pachyderms in Kottur here, who were showing symptoms of Herpes viral infection are stable now, the wildlife department said on Wednesday. The rema...


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Facts about EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
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Kenya questions Carrie Johnson charity’s plan to fly in zoo elephants

2021-07-07 - Nairobi, United Kingdom. Ben Webster

Plans by Carrie Johnson’s animal conservation charity to fly 13 elephants from a zoo in Kent to live in the wild in Kenya have been questioned by the country’s wildlife ministry, which said it was...


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Kerala: Second elephant calf dies inside per week as a consequence of Herpes virus at rehab centre

2021-07-06 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A six-year previous elephant calf died as a consequence of Herpes virus an infection on the rehabilitation centre for pachyderms at Kottur right here, making it the second such casualty there inside o...


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Facts about EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
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Mammoth journey ahead as elephants leave Kent zoo for the Kenyan savannah

2021-07-05 - Hythe, United Kingdom.

A herd of elephants born and raised in a Kent zoo are about to get on a plane to travel almost 4,500 miles (7,000km) to Kenya, in order to reintroduce them to the wild in a first-of-its kind operation...


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Madikeri: Three elephants including baby elephant die in two separate incidents

2021-07-05 - Madikeri, India.

Two adult elephants and a baby elephant died in two separate incidents in Coorg district, here. A male elephant and a baby elephant among them have died at Nagarahole National Park, near Nittur gram o...


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Tusker Vikram On Truck Brings Back Gajapayana Memories

2021-07-05 - Mysore, India.

Along with seasoned elephants like Arjuna, Abhimanyu and Harsha, Vikram too is an expert in wild elephant capture operations. As such, he was taken from Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu District to Ramp...


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Shankar shifted to temporary elephant camp in Nilgiris

2021-07-05 - UDHAGAMANDALAM, India.

Elephant Shankar, which was undergoing training at a kraal in Abhayaranyam in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris for the last four-and-a-half months, was shifted to the nearby temporary ele...


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