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Man Enter Elephant Cage with 2-Year-Old daughter

2021-03-21 - San Diego, United States.

Jose Manuel Navarrete brought his 2-year-old INSIDE a caged elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo and fumbled the kid trying to make a run for it. he had to pay a price for his stupid stunt. He was arrested by San Diego PD and booked on child endangerment charges.


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Tony Ratcliffe said going swimming at the beach with Jumbo was one of his fondest memories

Beloved former circus elephant Jumbo dies at San Diego Zoo

2017-03-15 - San Diego, United States.

Jumbo the beloved African elephant who toured New Zealand with the travelling circus has died at San Diego Zoo. Former keeper and retired owner of the Whirling Bros circus Tony Ratcliffe said he received a call this morning from the zoo to tell him the news. "They contacted me this morning and told me she passed away in the early hours of the morning," he said. Its not yet clear why Jumbo, also known as Mila, died, and there will be an autopsy.


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San Diego Zoo euthanizes elderly elephant

2016-08-23 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoo lost one of its elder statesmen Tuesday. Ranchipur, the zoo’s 50-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized after his health suddenly took a turn for the worse. The elderly mammal, who was the fourth-oldest male elephant in the Western Hemisphere, had been under veterinary care for several years due to various geriatric ailments.


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New elephant Mila/Jumbo at San Diego Zoo meeting her zoo-mates

2014-02-11 - San Diego, United States.

Animal care staff has been introducing Mila to one the female elephants of the herd -- the most dominant of the group -- an Asian elephant named Mary. They say the interactions have been largely positive, with Mila and Mary reaching through the barriers with their trunks to get to know each other. The 41-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego from a zoo in New Zealand back in November.


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Mila, a 7,600-pound African elephant, plays with a feed bag in a quarantine enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Mila accidently crushed veterinarian Helen Schofield at a zoo in New Zealand on April 25, 2012. She arrived in San Diego on Nov. 14 and is being r

Elephant who killed veterinarian settles into San Diego Zoo. (And the victims sister once again tries to make us believe her sister was not killed by purpose...)

2013-11-25 - San Diego, United States.

Read the bullshit: >> "A coroner´s investigation later branded the death as the result of an accident, not an attack. A witness told reporters that Mila seemed to be trying to protect, not harm, Schofield." The coroner and the witness are they elephant experts? Not really...


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San Diego Zoo welcomes elephant from New Zealand (and claiming San Diego Zoo Global was a pioneer in development of positive reinforcement some 3000 years after it was first used?)

2013-11-16 - San Diego, United States.

The 41-year-old elephant, named Mila, arrived in San Diego on Thursday, through collaboration with the Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust. Mila has been living at the Franklin Zoo since 2009, where she has been cared for and trained under a system of positive reinforcement. San Diego Zoo Global was a pioneer in development of this training system for managing elephants.


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San Diego County Fair Visitors Donate $5,000 to Help Save Elephants

2013-07-11 - San Diego, United States.

San Diego County Fair visitors, inspired by two of the five America’s Elephant Ambassadors, Rosie and Becky, donated over $5,000 to fight a virus that is fatal to young elephants. Before the fair opened, Have Trunk Will Travel held a news conference at Del Mar´s Dog Beach to encourage San Diego residents to donate to International Elephant Foundation


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The elephant in the parking lot. Help stop Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus

2013-06-06 - San Diego, United States.

I´ve written about viral diseases such as herpes before. But until this morning I didn´t know that elephants can get it. Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus is killing baby elephants. A conservation group stopped by the U-T San Diego offices to show off two adorable examples of what they´re trying to save.(Read comments on the page!)


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San Diego County Fair Approves Elephant Rides Through 2014 Despite Public Outcry

2013-03-19 - San Diego, United States.

While the OC and LA County fairs banned elephant rides, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors of the Del Mar Fairgrounds maintained it´s 2011 decision to renew a contract with an elephant ride company. "The documented history with all of the animal care and regulatory agencies that license and inspect us, including USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is evidence of outstanding care and treatment of our elephants," stated the email. "We are happy to give...


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San Diego Zoo: Associate Curator of Elephants

2013-02-23 - San Diego, United States.

This position requires extensive working experience with mammal care and management. An example of experience would be a minimum of fifteen years. Experience with mammal protected contact management, operant training and conditioning is required.Selected candidate must also have experience managing animal care personnel. An example of experience would be at least seven years.


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San Diego Zoo: elephant keeper

2012-11-15 - San Diego, United States.

Responsibilities for this position will be to work mostly with a collection of elephants in a protected contact management system at the San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey Exhibit. The keeper will work closely with senior keepers, lead keeper and Animal Care Supervisor to develop the skills necessary to become an integral member of a progressive elephant husbandry and training program.


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Retired elephant trainer Charlie Franks reunites with elephant Sunita

2012-10-23 - San Diego, United States.

In 1988, Huell attended a touching reunion between Charlie Franks, an 80-year-old elephant trainer, and Nita, the elephant he had raised from a baby of five years. When Charlie retired in the early 1970s after traveling the world with his beloved performing elephant, he donated her to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and hadn’t seen her for 15 years.


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The still unnamed female calf was born early Tuesday morning at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Safari Park gets a new delivery: a baby elephant

2012-08-29 - San Diego, United States.

Early Tuesday morning, a new female African elephant calf was born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, boosting its pachyderm population to 13. The calf´s mother, Swazi, delivered the 205-pound baby at 3:39 a.m. and within minutes, the calf was on her feet, Safari Park reported. The last calf to be born at the park was last November, said spokeswoman Jenny Mehlow.


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Above: "Connie,

San Diego Zoo Elephant Connie Dies

2012-07-20 - San Diego, United States.

One of the two elephants brought to the San Diego in a trade with counterparts in Tucson in February was euthanized due to an infection, the San Diego Zoo announced today. Connie, an Asian elephant believed to be 45, was put down after a thorough veterinary examination that included specialists, the zoo´s Yadira Galindo told City News Service.


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The video, entitled ‘Me at the zoo’, lasts 19 seconds and features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim explaining that the plodding beasts behind him are pretty cool because they have “really, really, really long trunks.” Look into Karim’s eyes and think ‘He

‘Elephants have really long trunks’ — YouTube’s first ever video upload turns seven years old today

2012-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

The first ever YouTube upload, featuring one of its founders talking about elephants, is seven years old today. The site has grown remarkably in the intervening years, with an hour of video being uploaded to the site every single second and the Google-owned company inking deals with a number of major content producers.


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Connie (front) and Shaba started their day sampling fresh ficus in their new home at the San Diego Zoo. — San Diego Zoo

Reid Park Elephant pals at home in San Diego Zoo

2012-03-03 - San Diego, United States.

Connie and Shaba, elephant pals from Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, are safely ensconced at the San Diego Zoo following a 10-hour journey during which they were housed in individual crates. Although the two females are to be kept in quarantine for six weeks, San Diego zoo personnel are already detecting interest from the Elephant Odyssey´s inhabitants. While Connie and Shaba are in a separate enclosed area, part of it is outdoors.


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San Diego Zoo is mourning the loss of two of their Asian elephants that passed away this week. Cookie (right) died on Wednesday, and Cha Cha passed away on Friday

San Diego Zoo mourns loss of 2 Asian elephants

2012-01-07 - San Diego, United States.

Veterinarians performed an emergency procedure on Christmas after discovering a blockage in Cha Cha´s esophagus. They were able to remove the mass, but the elephant´s condition continued to deteriorate. Animal care staff made the decision to euthanize her on Wednesday. The second elephant, Cookie, was estimated to be 56 years old and had been at the zoo since 1981.


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San Diego fair board turns down activists who oppose elephant rides

2011-11-09 - San Diego, United States.

After hearing three hours of passionate disagreement about how to treat elephants, the governing board of the San Diego County Fair rejected a request Tuesday from two high-profile animal-rights groups to cut ties with a company that brings elephants to the fair for children to ride. But board members voted 4 to 3 to revisit the issue in 2014 when new restrictive rules from the Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums about elephants become effective. The new rules do not have the force of law, but the asso...


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New elephant calf for San Diego.

2011-09-26 - San Diego, United States.

Early this morning (5:45 A.M.) Umngani the 21 year old African elephant gave birth to her third calf. A male. Mabhulane is now tied with Jackson for the most calves sired. Although their ratios are reversed: seven males and two females for Mabhu, seven females and two males for Jackson. This is the sixth consecutive male elephant born at the park. And the third (out of four) born this year.


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African Elephant Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

2010-12-27 - San Diego, California, United States. Imperial Valley News

In the dark, early hours of Monday morning, an African elephant calf was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. No human was there to witness it, but when the elephant staff arrived, about 6 a.m., they noticed the tiny, new member of the African elephant herd. Keepers called the mother, Litsemba, into an upper yard for a visual check of her and the new calf. "The baby was born out on the main exhibit in the presence of all the other moms and calves, but we wanted to make sure today that he reall...


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Ms. Alfama tosses a treat into Tembo

The Size of an Elephant’s Foot Print

2010-10-27 - San Diego Zoo, United States. Sarah, Real World Team

We talked to the Senior Elephant Keeper Ron Ringer, who gave us a breif explanation of the Center. Then Anne Alfama, the Lead Keeper of Elephant Odyssey, gave a basic rundown of both the Center and the Odyssey. She emphasized that the Elephant Care Center is a state of the art elephant care facility, built with Keeper input.


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The San Diego People Project: Ann Alfama

2010-09-12 - San Diego, United States.

Today, I headed over to the zoo to meet with Ann Alfama, a lead keeper who takes care of the elephants and polar bears, and who´s also been known to feed the lions. Alfama grew up in Minnesota with dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but eventually had a change of heart, deciding that she didn´t only want to care for sick animals. Alfama earned a degree in exotic animal training and management and the rest was history.


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Name the San Diego Elephant Calf!

2010-07-12 - San Diego, United States. Yadira Galindo

The calf born in April to Swazi has been given a name courtesy of one of our donors: eMacembe La Lu Hlata; keepers call him Macembe (ma KEM bay). Now, after naming seven elephants born at the Wild Animal Park over the past six years, we’re out of ideas! Well, maybe not, but we still want you to suggest names for our youngest African elephant. Our blog readers have been kind enough to help us find very suitable names for Yun Zi, our youngest giant panda, and Zoli, a silvered leaf langur, but no...


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Male african elephant born in San Diego Wild Animal Park

2010-04-20 - San Diego, United States.

Its a boy! The newest member of the Wild Animal Parks African elephant herd made his appearance at about 8:30 p.m. on April 12. He and Mom, Swazi, are doing famously. He joins his "big brother" (a whole two months older!) as the two calves born so far in 2010. Another calf is due within the next few months, so stay tuned.


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Baby elephant born on Valentine"s Day at Wild Animal Park

2010-02-16 - San Diego, California, United States. Tony Barboza

The San Diego Zoo ushered in Valentine’s Day with a bundle of joy that’s not so little. A male African elephant was born about 2 a.m. Sunday at the zoo’s Wild Animal Park. He and his mother Ndlula are reportedly doing well. Visitors camping overnight at the zoo could hear the herd trumpeting in the early morning -- a common behavior when a calf is born, according to the Associated Press. The elephant, which hasn’t been given a name yet, is the sixth calf born to a herd that was brought t...


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San Diego Zoo Vets Perform Necessary Surgery on Jewel the Elephant

2009-12-09 - San Diego, United States.

See film when San Diego Zoo veterinarians, assisted by more than 30 staff members, surgically removed malfunctioning portions of Jewel's teeth. The procedure should result in weight gain and better health for the ailing elephant who was confiscated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this summer.


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Complaint filed against elephant leaser

2009-10-23 - San Diego, United States.

The operator of a private company in Texas that exhibits elephants is facing multiple alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act related to the care of three Asian elephants, two of which were rescued and brought to the San Diego Zoo, it was announced Thursday. The 10-page complaint was filed in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Wilbur Davenport, who runs a business near Houston called Maximus “Tons of Fun” LLC, which leases elephants for exhibition. D...


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Elephants acclimating at San Diego Zoo

2009-10-15 - San Diego, United States.

The two elephants brought to the San Diego Zoo from a private collection in Texas have both gained about 300 pounds and are building trust with their handlers, zoo officials said Wednesday. Jewel and Tina, who are believed to be in their mid-40s, were removed from their owner by the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture and brought to San Diego in August. Jewel now weighs 6,714 pounds and Tina tops the scale at 7,664 pounds.


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San Diego Zoo lead elephant keeper Ann Alfama tended to Tina, one of two former circus elephants that arrived at the zoo about a week ago. The Asian elephants were taken from a Texas exhibitor by U.S. government officials.

PETA and zoo share very big concerns. Both want to see recovery of two sick Asian elephants

2009-09-03 - San Diego, United States. Jeanette Steele

Call them the peacemaking pachyderms. Tina and Jewel, two former circus elephants, have helped create rare goodwill between animal-rights groups and the San Diego Zoo after years of acrimony over the institution's policies for pachyderms. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and In Defense of Animals are applauding the zoo for accepting the two elephants, which federal officials had taken from a Texas exhibitor.


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Photo: Jewel, left, and Tina, Asian elephants now at the San Diego Zoo

Two aging elephants brought to San Diego Zoo for veterinary care

2009-08-23 - San Diego, United States. Tony Perry

Two Asian elephants in need of better veterinary care have been removed from a Texas facility by the federal government and brought to the San Diego Zoo. Jewel and Tina, both thought to be in their 40s, arrived at the zoo Saturday after being removed from Leggett, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates zoos and other animal facilities. The Leggett facility's owner agreed to the removal as part of a deal in which the government dropped its demand for fines.


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EXPLORE 7 MILLION YEARS OF EVOLUTION AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO

2009-07-29 - San Diego, United States.

Lowell Lindsay, co-author of Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert: The Last Seven Million Years, will be at the San Diego Zoo’s new Elephant Odyssey Exhibit on Saturday, August 15. He will be discussing, in a hands-on presentation, one of America’s most significant fossil treasure troves—the Anza-Borrego Desert, located in San Diego’s own desert backyard. San Diego County’s Anza-Borrego Desert region boasts the longest continuous fossil record in North America, with fossils of s...


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San Diego Zoo adding $45-million Elephant Odyssey

2009-04-26 - San Diego, United States. Brady MacDonald

Visitors to the San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey habitat will travel back in time to explore the ancestors of animals that roamed California 10,000 years ago or more. Opening May 23, the new $45-million pachyderm playground brings together the zoo’s three elephants with four from its sister Wild Animal Park into a single herd. The elephants’ new home features a 2.5-acre yard, a 120,000-gallon pool and a medical facility where visitors can watch zookeepers and veterinarians feed and care fo...


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Ranchipur, the Asian bull elephant at the Wild Animal Park, during a training session this week in preparation for the move.

Four elephants moved to San Diego Zoo from Wild Animal Park

2009-04-25 - San Diego, California, United States. Tony Perry

After a year of planning and an hourlong trip on Interstate 15, four adult Asian elephants arrived safely today at the San Diego Zoo from the zoo's Wild Animal Park. The four -- the bull Ranchipur and the females Cookie, Mary and Cha Cha -- are set to star in the zoo's new Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey, which will open May 23. The zoo's three resident elephants will also be part of the exhibit, the largest (7.5 acres), most expensive ($45 million) and most complex (30 species) in zoo h...


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Lead elephant keeper Steve Hebert, left, and senior elephant keeper William Twardy, fit a chain to Ranchipur’s foot as they acclimate him to the large steel crate in which he will be moved to the San Diego Zoo.

Secrecy shrouds San Diego elephants move

2009-04-25 - San Diego, California, United States. Tony Perry

Reporting from San Diego -- Ranchipur, the bull, is ready. Cookie and Mary are getting there. Cha Cha, well, she's always been the idiosyncratic one, the youngest and a bit flighty. Soon, Ranchipur and the three females -- Asian elephants all -- will transfer from the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park to the zoo itself. The exact day and time of the move is a closely held secret. The four will be stars in the zoo's largest and most expensive exhibit: the $45-million Harry and Grace Steele Elephan...


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The new male elephant is nursing often from his mother, Umngani

Wild Animal Park welcomes baby elephant

2009-03-13 - San Diego, California, United States. Jeanette Steele, UNION-TRIBUTE

NORTH COUNTY — An African elephant calf was born early Friday morning at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.
The little male appears healthy and is nursing often from his mother, Umngani, said zoo spokeswoman Yadira Galindo.
“He's doing great. He is wobbly on his feet, but he is walking around following his mom,” she said.
The calf, as yet unnamed, was born with 2-year-old big sister, Khosi, nearby. Zoo officials intend to keep the trio together as soon as they ar...


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Sunita, oldest elephant at Wild Animal Park, dies

2009-02-25 - San Diego, United States. Tony Perry

Sunita, the oldest elephant at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, was euthanized this morning by animal keepers after a long battle with ill health, zoo officials said. A 60-year-old Asian elephant female, Sunita came to the zoo in 1974. Her death leaves the Wild Animal Park with four Asian elephants and 11 African elephants. Sunita had a number of health problems associated with old age, including a fast-moving infection. She had also broken a tooth and had refused to eat in recent days.


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San Diego Zoo to study movements of African elephants

2009-02-11 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoo has begun a project to study the movement of elephant herds over a 50,000-square-mile area encompassing the African nations of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The study is meant to monitor the impact of herds on various habitats from desert to riverine. So far, 60 elephants have been outfitted with global positioning system collars to track their movements.


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San Diego Zoo Elephant Odyssey

Room to roam. San Diego Zoo hopes bigger elephant space will improve the animals" health, numbers

2009-01-25 - San Diego, United States. Jeanette Steele

American zoos have decided to go big or give up when it comes to housing elephants. The San Diego Zoo is one of five nationwide with plans for larger exhibits, while at least 11 are getting out of the elephant business. The $45 million Elephant Odyssey, set to open in June in San Diego, will be the first supersized elephant home to debut after zoos have taken years of criticism from animal welfare activists about cramped quarters for the world's largest land mammals.


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San Diego Zoo Elephants Slim Down on Diet - KTLA

2009-01-02 - San Diego, United States.

Move over Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, theres a new diet thats proving a success — and its fit for an elephant. San Diego's elephants no longer supersized


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A team of veterinarians hoist an anesthetized bull elephant into the upright position to perform a vasectomy in South Africa, in the summer. The team was organized by a veterinarian at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to research male elephant population control

Vet works on elephants in South Africa

2008-09-10 - San Diego, United States.

Deep in the bush of South Africa, Dr. Dean Hendrickson finally has his surgical routine down: Hoist up the elephant, make a 4-inch incision, make a couple snips, and suture the elephant back up. Hendrickson, the interim director of the CSU vet hospital, is the surgeon on a four-person team from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in San Diego that ventures into the reserves of South Africa to perform vasectomies male elephants.


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BIG BOY: Trainer Brian Greco works with Ranchipur, the Wild Animal Park

Elephants put on a show to remember

2008-04-06 - San Diego, United States. Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

The elephant show at the Wild Animal Park, an attraction at Tembo Stadium since 1977, the most popular show in park history, will close Sunday. Ranchipur, Sunita, Cookie, Mary and Cha-Cha are set to be transported down the freeway to the San Diego Zoo to join three elephants there in a new exhibit. The combined herd will share 2.5 acres -- part of a $44-million project called Elephant Odyssey that will cover seven acres and include tree sloths, jaguars, lions, birds, tapirs, camels, turtles, pro...


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Super-Size Surgery at Next-Gen Zoo Could Halt Elephant Killings

2008-03-13 - San Diego , United States. Erin McCarthy

Jeffery Zuba, head veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, believes there is a way for African animal parks to preserve the environment without resorting to killing members of their resident herds. Along with colleagues at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Colorado University, Zuba has proposed using laparoscopic surgery—a minimally invasive procedure utilizing fiberoptic instruments—to permanently sterilize free-ranging elephants.


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3 Elephant Keepers at San Diego Zoo Sickened by Superbug

2008-02-05 - San Diego, United States.

Three elephant keepers at the San Diego Wild Animal Park have been sickened by the same superbug that killed an Encinitas boy and sent a high school coach to the hospital last month. County public health officials are closely monitoring cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. A 13-year-old Diegueno Middle School seventh-grader died on Jan. 19 from the superbug and a 50-year-old Fallbrook High School wrestling coach was briefly hospitalized with it two weeks ago. The keeper...


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San Diego Wild Animal Park: Dead Elephant Had Superbug

2008-02-05 - San Diego, United States.

A baby elephant was euthanized on Monday at the Wild Animal Park after failing to grow, and officials said the animal had the same superbug infection as at least three park employees. According to Dr. Wilma Wooten, of the Heath and Human Services Agency, three other cases at the park are pending. The three employees infected with the superbug had all helped feed the elephant. County health officials said the baby elephant developed a lesion on its ear but that the latest cases originated from pe...


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Wild Animal Park officials said they had to euthanize a sick baby elephant, shown here in this photo taken a few days after it was born in late November.

Wild Animal Park elephant calf euthanized, Officials say decision not connected to staph infection

2008-02-05 - San Diego, United States. COLLEEN MENSCHING

A baby elephant with multiple health problems has been euthanized at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park east of Escondido, park officials said Tuesday. The elephant calf, born in November, recently tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of the staphylococcus skin infection, but park spokeswoman Christina Simmons said that infection was not the reason for Monday's euthanasia. "Our baby elephant ... had (a) compromised immune system," Simmons said. "That calf was suffering from malnourishme...


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Animal Park Workers Infected With MRSA from sick baby elephant

2008-02-05 - San Diego, United States.

Health officials are investigating a group of workers at the San Diego Wild Animal Park with confirmed cases of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics. The so-called "Superbug" has apparently made its home for several weeks inside the zoo, health officials said. The elephant exhibit turned into an incubator for the bacteria. Officials said it likely began when a worker transmitted MRSA to a sick baby elephant.


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Elephant calf at park having health problems

2008-01-18 - San Diego, United States.

The Wild Animal Park's latest baby elephant is sickly. Born Nov. 28, the African elephant calf is not gaining weight as she should, said officials at the San Diego Zoo, which operates the park near Escondido. Zookeepers are feeding the youngster by bottle and intravenously, but her condition is still considered guarded. Veterinarians and keepers are watching around the clock, the zoo said Friday. The calf's mother, Lungile, is also on sick watch due to complications from the birth.


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Female Elephant Calf Born At Wild Animal Park

2007-12-11 - San Diego, United States.

A female African elephant calf born at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park late this summer has been named Phakamile, which means "noble" in the African language of siSwati, zoo officials announced Monday. The calf was born Sept. 19 to 17-year-old Umoya, becoming the third pachyderm born at the Wild Animal Park over the previous 12 months.


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Baby African Elephants Enjoy Banner Year

2007-12-07 - San Diego, United States. Imperial Valley News

In a year that has already seen the birth of two African elephants at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, the birth of one more of the threatened species is icing on the proverbial cake. And it is sweet, as Lungile (Loon-gee-lee), a 16-year-old elephant, gave birth November 29, to a female calf. "This birth is a culmination of quite a successful year for African elephant births at the Wild Animal Park, with three births in 2007," said Jeff Andrews, San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park animal care ...


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What"s New in San Diego?

2007-12-07 - San Diego, United States.

In October 2007, construction began on the San Diego Zoo’s newest exhibit, The Harry and Grace Elephant Odyssey, a seven-acre habitat that will house a variety of animals which inhabited Southern California more than 10,000 years ago. The $44-million project, slated to open in spring 2009, will be the Zoo’s largest multi-species habitat in its 91-year history, bringing together a herd of nine Asian elephants, lions, wild horses, California condors, and sloths.


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Phenotype matching and inbreeding avoidance in African elephants.

2007-11-17 - San Diego, La Jolla, United States. Moore J., University of California

Perhaps the most important 'decision' made by any animal (or plant) is whether to disperse leave kith and kin, or remain with the familiar and related. The benefits of staying at home are obvious, so dispersal requires an explanation--and the most popular is that dispersal functions to avoid inbreeding depression. Strong support comes from the observation that dispersal is so often sex biased. Simply put, all else being equal members of both sexes should prefer to remain philopatric, but this wo...


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The result will be a bigger home for the zoo

San Diego Zoo is clearing way for $44 million project that also will be home to lions and jaguars

2007-09-29 - San Diego, United States. Jeanette Steele

The San Diego Zoo has started demolishing 7 acres of old exhibits there to make way for Elephant Odyssey, the blockbuster $44 million project that will house elephants, lions and jaguars. In total, 10 percent of the zoo's display area is off limits while bulldozers take out 50-year-old exhibits that once held giraffes, zebras and antelope. Construction will start early next year and last 18 months.


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Zoological Society of San Diego. A newborn African elephant calf stays close to her mother just hours after her birth Sept 19 at 12:23 a.m. at the San Diego Zoo

Wild Animal Park"s latest pachyderm pretty in pink

2007-09-19 - San Diego, United States.

While the San Diego Zoo still celebrates the recent birth of a baby girl panda, the Wild Animal Park has something to celebrate too. The 17-year-old African elephant, Umoya (oo-MOY-ah), gave birth Wednesday to a healthy bouncing baby girl. The female calf was born at 12:23 a.m. She is the third elephant born at the park in the past 12 months. Umoya, which meansspirit in the SiSwati language, and her calf will be slowly introduced to the rest of the herd. Keepers and researchers are monitoring th...


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San Diego Zoo gets $1 million grant for new elephant exhibit

2007-09-18 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoo has received a nearly $1 million state grant to help build a new elephant exhibit. The zoo is weeks away from breaking ground on the $45 million project. AdvertisementThe funds come from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board, which distributes money from a state infrastructure bond that voters approved in 2002. The exhibit, to be called Elephant Odyssey, qualified for the public money because it will show how modern-day animals, such as elephants and jaguars, a...


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San Diego Elephant Khosi Celebrates First Birthday

2007-09-11 - San Diego, United States.

The San Diego Zoos Wild Animal Park hosted a special birthday celebration for an elephant that turned 1-year-old Tuesday. Khosi was treated with a cake, which she celebrated with family and friends. Most of the time, her mother Umngani was by her side. Khosis mother was one of seven elephants rescued from Swaziland and brought to the park. Zoo officials said Khosi weighs in at almost 850 pounds. When she was a newborn, she tipped the scales at 209 pounds.


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Crane Helps Move Mammoth Fossil

2007-08-31 - San Diego, United States.

A relic of San Diego's prehistoric past was carefully removed from its excavation site Friday. A Columbian Mammoth tusk was found recently during construction at 16th and Market streets, at a depth of 30 feet below sea level. The tusk weighs between 100 and 200 pounds and measures 8 feet long. It was preserved in burlap and plaster prior to Friday's move, and then hoisted by crane and placed in a truck for delivery to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.


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Ancient Fossil Unearthed Downtown

2007-08-30 - San Diego, United States.

Mammoths roaming down Market Street? An ancient fossil unearthed in downtown San Diego has revealed a clue to the city's prehistoric past. A mammoth tusk was found recently during construction at 16th and Market streets. The tusk weighs between 100 and 200 pounds and could be as old as 500,000 years, according to paleontologists. It measures 8 feet long.


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Rest assured, Carol had a quiet burial

2007-06-23 - San Diego, United States. Michael Stetz

San Diego Zoo staff euthanized Carol, a 40-year-old elephant, Tuesday at the Wild Animal Park near Escondido because of severe and chronic foot and joint problems. In most cases, deceased zoo animals are put through a machine that uses enzymes to break down carcasses relatively quickly, expediting natural decomposition. But that wasn't the case with Carol. The machine, called a “tissue digester,” is 30 miles away at the zoo in Balboa Park. At about 3 tons, she was too big to transport. So Ca...


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One-time Zoo ambassador Joan Embry is seen visiting her old friend and show mate, the elephant Carol, during a reunion at the Wild Animal Park in 2001.

Iconic elephant Carol put to sleep at San Diego Wild Animal Park

2007-06-19 - San Diego, United States. Jeanette Steele

A 40-year-old Asian elephant at the Wild Animal Park was euthanized this morning because of foot and joint disease, San Diego Zoo officials said. Carol has been an icon of the zoo and Wild Animal Park since 1968, when she arrived from Thailand. She appeared with Joan Embery on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, in addition to performing in shows at the Wild Animal Park.


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San Diego Wild Animal park names month-old elephant "Impunga"

2007-04-17 - San Diego, United States.

ESCONDIDO, Calif.- An African elephant born last month at the San Diego Zoo has been named Impunga, zoo officials said Tuesday. His name (pronounced im-POON-gah) means "experienced adviser" in Swati, the official language of Swaziland. Impunga was born March 11, marking the third birth for a herd of seven African elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland and brought to the zoo's Wild Animal Park in 2003.


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Zoological Society of San Diego: SR. KEEPER (ELEPHANTS)

2007-01-30 - San Diego, United States. EAZA

Essential job functions for this position include the day to day management of animals, including cleaning, feeding and observing animals, administering medication and treatment as directed, providing training, enrichment, and participating in education programs. Animal husbandry knowledge as well as the ability to communicate observations orally and on written reports is required.


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Van Nuys Lawmaker Trumpets Wild Animal Park’s Elephant Pen

2007-01-21 - San Diego, United States. CONNIE LEWIS

A state Assemblyman who is crafting a bill that would dictate how much space is needed for elephant enclosures at zoos across California, says the Wild Animal Park is on the right track, but the San Diego Zoo isn’t. At least not at present. Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, said he is still working on the details. But a bill he plans to propose likely would call for zoos, circuses and other organizations to keep no more than three elephants in 5-acre enclosures. For each additional elephant, the space...


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ELEPHANT FAMILY CONTINUES TO BLOSSOM AT San Diego WILD ANIMAL PARK

2006-05-11 - San Diego, United States.

Keepers at the San Diego Zoos Wild Animal Park have seen the heartbeat, ribs and vertebrate of an African elephant fetus through ultrasound. Umgani is expected to give birth sometime around August to her first calf, after a 21-month gestation period. This will be the first calf Mabhulane, the Wild Animal Parks adult male, has sired.


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Where do elephants belong? Zoo industry, animal rights groups differ over what constitutes humane treatment for captive pachyderms

2005-06-19 - San Diego, United States. Jeanette Steele

They are a natural spectacle: elephants, with their flapping ears and loose skin like baggy trousers. Many people grew up watching these graceful giants at zoos. But recent controversies in several cities across the country – including the deaths of three elephants that once lived at the San Diego Zoo – spotlight an issue that animal rights advocates are rallying around: Is it humane to keep the largest land mammal on an acre or less, as many zoos do?

That question is fast bec...


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An Elephants Playtime is A Keepers Worktime

2005-02-22 - San Diego, United States. Lindsey

Taking care of a single eight-ton elephant may seem like a big job, but keepers at the San Diego Zoos Wild Animal Park must care for 14 elephants (six Asian and eight African). Jeff Andrews, animal care manager, who oversees many animals including elephants, let us jump right in and participate in one of the most time-consuming tasks of an elephant keeper, picking up poop. A single elephant can excrete nearly 100 pounds daily, giving their keepers plenty to do.


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San Diego Zoo Weblogs:An Elephant’s Playtime is A Keeper’s Worktime

2005-02-22 - San Diego, United States.

Taking care of a single eight-ton elephant may seem like a big job, but keepers at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park must care for 14 elephants (six Asian and eight African). Jeff Andrews, animal care manager, who oversees many animals including elephants, let us jump right in and participate in one of the most time-consuming tasks of an elephant keeper, picking up poop. A single elephant can excrete nearly 100 pounds daily, giving their keepers plenty to do.


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Animal activists call on zoos to improve elephant treatment

2005-01-19 - SAN DIEGO, United States.

Several animal activists went to the San Diego Zoo Wednesday to call on the zoo industry to acknowledge that elephant enclosures are "deadly" and to take steps to move the animals to more natural sanctuaries.

The plea follows the euthanization of a 55-year-old African elephant named Peaches on Monday at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.


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Dangerous Elephant To Get Bigger Quarters

1982-11-25 - San Diego, California, United States.

Cindy, an elephant with a reputation as a dangerous animal after staying 17 years alone in cramped quarters, will be able to roam free, play in the dirt and take a dip in a pool at a new home here in the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The elephant keeper at the park says the new quarters will provide enough distraction so Cindy will lose interest in using people as toys. The elephant, 19 years old, will move here from Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, Wash. She had been called ''possibly the most dangero...


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

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

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

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

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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Gange attracted elephants during khedda operations. Credit: DH File Photo

Elephant dies at Sakrebailu camp

2021-09-27 - Shivamogga, India. DHNS, Shivamogga

Gange, a female elephant used for khedda operations, died at the Sakrebailu camp in the district on Sunday. "The elephant was not well for the past two years. The condition worsened fifteen days ago. ...


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10,000-pound elephant calls Attapulgus home as it moves into South Georgia refuge

2021-09-23 - Attapulgus, United States.

It’s a big day for South Georgia. Bo, a 10,000-pound elephant moved into his new home thanks to Elephant Aid International and George Carden, the person giving Bo a new life. He's the owner of Georg...


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NEW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IN WINSTON

2021-09-16 - Winston, United Kingdom. Brooke Communications

43-year old African elephant Butch, who is over ten-foot-tall, is the newest animal to call the game park in Winston home. Marketing Director Jacob Schlueter said Butch came from another facility wher...


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Ishini Wickremesinghe is the daughter of Shan Wickramasinghe, the brother of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe

Sri Lanka National Zoological Gardens DG resigned over elephant issue: Union

2021-09-09 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita and Ruwani Fonseka

The Sri Lanka Podujana National Zoological Gardens Department Workers’ Union yesterday (9) claimed that National Zoological Gardens Department Director General (DG) Ishini Wickremesinghe has resigne...


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South Georgia elephant sanctuary welcomes first resident

2021-09-09 - Attapulgus, United States.

Elephant Refuge North America, an 850-acre natural habitat located in Attapulgus, Georgia, plans to accept its first resident later this month. Bo, a 34-year-old male elephant, is being released by th...


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Twin elephant calves born at Pinnawala

2021-08-31 - Kegalle, Sri Lanka.

For the first time in Sri Lanka's history, twin baby elephants have been born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The twin calves were born to female elephant named 'Surangi'. Both calves are male. T...


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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk anoints a temple elephant as a part ritual marking the New Year as per traditions at a temple in Colombo on April 17, 2021.

Sri Lanka prohibits handlers from drunk driving on elephants, bans putting baby elephants to work

2021-08-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Under the new regulations, logging elephants can only work up to four hours a day, while working at night is forbidden. They are also entitled to at least two-and-a-half hours of bathing time each day...


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Adult tuskers fast disappearing in Odisha: Male elephants account for 18% of total population

2021-08-14 - Bhubaneswar, India.

With the large scale poaching of tuskers over the years, the gender imbalance is fast emerging as a major threat to the elephant population growth in Odisha with the drastic drop in the numbers of adu...


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‘We are hopeful’: Cora the elephant’s health is improving after end-of-life options considered

2021-08-13 - Topeka, United States.

Cora the elephant is improving after concerns over her health had the Topeka Zoo considering end-of-life options. Shanna Simpson, an animal curator at the zoo, said Cora wasn’t eating, had a lot of ...


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Human-elephant conflict continues to take heavy toll; 219 jumbos and 89 people so far this year

2021-08-12 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has recorded 219 jumbo deaths up to August 11 this year mainly from human-elephant conflict. During the same period, 89 people were killed in elephant attacks. ...


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Another jumbo dies of anthrax in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve?

2021-08-12 - COIMBATORE, India.

An elephant, which was found dead at Mangalapatti near Thengumaradha in Nilgiris district.on Tuesday, may have died of anthrax, according to the forest department.


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Scientific approach, local involvement must for conservation: Minister

2021-08-12 - New Delhi, India.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Bhupender Yadav on Thursday said that nature conservation should be taken up with a scientific approach involving the local commun...


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Hyderabad: Elephant from Kolhapur to carry Bibi ka Alam

2021-08-12 - Hyderabad, India.

An elephant, Madhuri aged 38 years from Kolhapur will be used to carry the Bibi ka Alam standard during the procession on the 10 of Muharram month scheduled next Friday. The costs involved in bringing...


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