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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage runs risk of being blacklisted: Minister

2020-09-26 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was facing a risk of being blacklisted for tourists due to various reasons including the overcrowding of the orphanage, and Bottle feeding was stopped as it was not good to give the baby elephants artificial milk. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunge said.


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Lanka’s first Open Air Zoo will open today

2015-04-20 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

The Zoological Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports took the initiative of expediting the construction work of the Open Air Zoo in Pinnawala. It has come up in adjacent to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. The public will be given the opportunity of visiting this Zoo free of charge from today until the 01st of next month. It spans 44 acres. The Open Air Zoo has been mainly built on behalf of animals endemic to the country. Zoological Director Anura De Silva said...


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Oil anointing for 100 elephants

2013-04-10 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

A New Year oil anointing ceremony will be held at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on April 15 at 6.42 a.m. to anoint oil on nearly 100 elephants maintained at the facility. Sabargamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath and Kanaka Herath will be chief guests. The Rambakenpura Surya Mangalyaya to mark Sinhala and Hindu New Year will follow at the near-by Bathambure playground.


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Pinnawala Zoo

2013-03-19 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

The Pinnawala Zoological Gardens, being constructed in close proximity to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, is being readied for an end 2013 opening. An extent of 44 acres has been set apart for the zoo, the first phase of which is to be completed and opened during the course of this year, at a cost of Rs 577 million. Already, the inner road systems, employees´ quarters, a public restaurant and provision of water and electricity facilities have been completed.


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Record income from Pinnawala Orphanage

2013-03-11 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

Zoological Director Anura de Silva said that the income earned from the Pinnawala Orphanage last year was 483 million rupees. He pointed that out of this amount the sum earned from foreign tourists alone was in the region of 455 million rupees. This is a record income earned when compare with the figures in the year 2011.


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Raja suffered severely from foot abcesses

Blind Pinnawala Raja dies

2013-01-13 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

The blind elephant ´ Pinnawala Raja´ who was ill for a long time passed away yesterday at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage,reports said. He went blind following an attack by a hunter at Galenbindunuwewa and was taken to Pinnawala, treated for injuries and cured. Claimed to be 70 years at the time of death.


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Video: "Kora Aliya" tranquilized

2012-10-21 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. Pix and video by Wasantha Chandrapala

A wild elephant, known as ´Kora Aliya´ that has turned a great threat to the safety of residents in several villages of the Ampara district was tranquilized by Wildlife Department officials this morning in order to be transported to Pinnawala, after running rampant in the villages of Kunduwatuwana, Paragahakale and Inidurawa, incurring great losses to the crops in the areas.


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Two baby elephants from Pinnawala to Japan

2012-08-29 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

It has been decided to gift two baby elephants from the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to the Tama Zoo in Japan. The names of these two baby elephants are ‘Amara’ and ‘Vidula’. The two baby elephants would be a donation to the Japanese Government, said the Director General of National Zoological Department, Anura De Silva. These two baby elephants would be officially donated to Japan during the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s upcoming state tour in Japan in October, he further added.


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Elephants in Sri Lanka

2012-02-02 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. Dan Koehl

Sri Lanka is an island with a land area of approximately 62,000 km2 situated in the Indian Ocean, 35 km from the southern end of the Indian Peninsula. The first-ever nationwide elephant census in August 2011 produced a total of 7,379 jumbos across the island: 5,879 of them were spotted near parks and sanctuaries, while another 1,500 were estimated to be living in other areas.


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Elephant captive breeding history and Hall of fame

2012-02-01 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. Dan Koehl

Some notes about history of captive elephant breeding 1875-2011. The 20 most succesful captive elephant breeders. Thoughts for the future regarding subspecies, and a last hope for the elephants of Vietnam.


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This little fellow who lost its way and nearly starved to death was lucky to have been rescued. It will find a new home at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphange.

Elephant calf that strayed ends in Pinnawela

2010-12-08 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

A baby elephant that had roamed away from its herd was found lying exhausted in a paddy field in Kidachchiur. The calf was handed over to the Vavuniya Range Forest Conservation Office by the Sri Lanka Army and some locals. Range Forest Officer W J K Herath said the calf had been starving for several days and that it would be handed over to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage after medical treatment.


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11 Headlines about Elephants from Pinnawala2020-09-26 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage runs risk of being blacklisted: Minister 2015-04-20 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Lanka’s first Open Air Zoo will open today 2013-04-10 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Oil anointing for 100 elephants 2013-03-19 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Pinnawala Zoo 2013-03-11 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Record income from Pinnawala Orphanage 2013-01-13 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Blind Pinnawala Raja dies 2012-10-21 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Video: "Kora Aliya" tranquilized 2012-08-29 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Two baby elephants from Pinnawala to Japan 2012-02-02 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Elephants in Sri Lanka 2012-02-01 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Elephant captive breeding history and Hall of fame 2010-12-08 - Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - Elephant calf that strayed ends in Pinnawela

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Vets suggest shifting of elephants from Karachi Zoo to Safari Park.

2021-11-30 - Karachi, Pakistan.

The experts are to submit a report before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday (today) recommending a number of steps necessary for the well-being of the elephants. Therefore it would be a good idea ...


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UI professor tackles the development of tusk-less elephants

2021-11-29 - Beira, Mozambique.

A tusk-less elephant phenomenon led a University of Idaho professor to research in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Ryan Long, an associate professor in wildlife sciences, along with researchers...


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What costs captive jumbos’ lives? Lack of income or dearth of exercise?

2021-11-28 - Palakkad, India.

An increase in the frequency of deaths of captive elephants has prompted jumbo lovers to ask two key questions. Without enough festivals in the last two years, have the elephants contracted diseases o...


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Ancient mammoth tusk recovered from bottom of the ocean

2021-11-24 - Monterey, United States.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI) have found and extracted mammoth tusks from a Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi), deep in the ocean. According to MBARI, their team discov...


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Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Suspected poachers sit on the defendant’s benches during their trial hearing at a district court in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The court opened the trial against the group of men accused of poaching endangered elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation groups have hailed as a milestone. (AP Photo/Riska Munawarah)

2021-11-22 - Calang, Armenia.

An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have h...


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Hadi Shrine Circus puts animals at the forefront in their annual charitable performances

2021-11-22 - , United States.

Tim Frisco, an employee with Miller Equipment Company, leads a group of elephants down the ramp into Roberts Stadium while preparing for the 72nd annual Hadi Shrine Circus on Nov. 22, 2005


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Why a Farmer from Alfred Killed One of the First Circus Elephants

Hachaliah Bailey (1775-1845), Artist unknown, oil on canvas SHS75.8.1 The William & Nancy Bailey Collection

2021-11-22 - Alfred, York County, United States.

It's an interesting tale that starts with Hachaliah Bailey. Yup, that Bailey, as in the Barnum and Bailey circus. Bailey was a farmer in upstate New York when he bought an elephant for about $1,000. A...


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Elephant Nature Park Updates

2021-11-22 - Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Article about the relocation of Asian female elephant Kamu to ENP.


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medical

Baby elephant is forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia

To save the life of the baby elephant, wildlife officials today (pictured) had to amputate half of her trunk at the Elephant Training Centre in Aceh Besar, Indonesia

2021-11-16 - Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A baby elephant was forced to have her trunk amputated after being snared by cruel poachers and left behind by her herd in Indonesia. She was rescued on Sunday in Alue Meuraksa, a village in the Aceh ...


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17th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

2021-11-15 - Azle, United States.

It is with great disappointment that due to the continuing ongoing pandemic we will not be able to meet in person for this year’s International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium. BUT we a...


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Three Asian elephants pregnant at Melbourne Zoo

2021-11-13 - Melbourne, Australia.

For the first time in Melbourne Zoo’s history, three Asian elephants have become pregnant naturally and will give birth next year. New mum Mali, who was also born at the zoo 11 years ago, is sharing...


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The list of elephant people is growing!

2021-11-13 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The latest addition to the Elephant Database, presenteation of elephant people is growing, now over 300 names of legandary Circus trainers, Asian Mahouts, and head elephant keepers in Zoos.


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death

Remembering Karma

2021-11-10 - Mathura, India.

On 10 November 2021, we bid farewell to our beloved Karma. A few days before she passed, Karma collapsed out of exhaustion. Our team would lift Karma up with the help of a crane, without which they f...


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Elephant attacks mahout in ATR

2021-11-03 - COIMBATORE, India.

A mahout was injured in the attack of a camp elephant at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Top Slip on Monday. A Forest Department official said the mahout, Jayachandra...


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Yunnan, China: Kunming Zoo welcomes a newborn Asian elephant calf

Photo taken on Oct. 20, 2021 shows a newborn Asian elephant calf and his mother Yaming in Kunming Zoo, southwest China

2021-10-21 - Kunming, China.

Yaming, an Asian elephant in the zoo, gave birth to a male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 15, 2021. The new member is in good health and in the period of immune isolation and protection with his mother, ...


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Elephant Glossary and Encyclopedia is renovated!

2021-10-18 - Banlung, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

The Elephant Glossary, started back in 1995, has been repaired, recovered and developed, now with almost 200 terms. They can all be viewed by Alphabetical order, or by Category, and the numbers of ch...


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Keonjhar sees rising elephant deaths

2021-10-08 - Bubaneshwar, India.

Elephants death toll has risen in Keonjhar forest division over the last one year. Sources revealed that when Santosh Joshi was the DFO from 2017 to 2020, 24 elephants had died in Keonjhar forest di...


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"Just skin and bones": Bali elephants left to starve

Elephants at BEC were found to be just "skin and bones" after the coronavirus pandemic forced the park to close

2021-10-07 - Petang, Indonesia. Al Jazeera Staff

Bali Elephant Camp (BEC), a safari-style park, north of Ubud, Indonesia, left more than a dozen elephants to starve, and staff without pay after plummeting ticket sales forced it to close when COVID-1...


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COPA presents its Second Report containing information on 16 investigations to parliament

2021-10-06 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) for the First Session of the Ninth Parliament was presented to Parliament today (06) by its chairman, (Prof). Tissa Vitharana, Parliament C...


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Is there any risks when Zoos have Facebook pages?

2021-10-03 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan Koehl

Lately, I have noticed that Zoos Facebook Pages slowly more and more are taking over Zoos educational role. The latest example is about the elephant Mala in Parc Paradisio. Mala has colic, and hundred...


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