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Elephants rescued from southwest China water tank

Bejing - Rescuers in China used helicopters and a digger to free three wild Asian elephants -- including one young calf -- from a water tank where they were helplessly trapped for more than two days, state media said.

Namibia, Zimbabwe lose vote to allow ivory trade: CITES

Johanesburg - The global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally, in a move welcomed by many conservationists.

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Miami - In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.

Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

Paris - Even without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways.

Flood-hit elephant that travelled 1700km dies in Bangladesh

Dhaka - An elephant thought to have travelled at least 1,700 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods died on Tuesday despite last-ditch efforts to save him.

Japan's oldest elephant dies, aged 69

Toukyo - Japanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on Friday, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity.

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian tour operator said Tuesday it would reduce work hours for elephants during high temperatures following the collapse and death of an animal which had been ferrying tourists in 40C heat.

Wild elephant kills five in India's northeast

New Delhi - A rampaging elephant killed five members of a family including a nine-day old infant in a remote village in India's northeastern frontier, a local official said Tuesday.

Night-flying drones combat Africa's poaching problem

Wildlife conservationists fighting poaching in Africa are being assisted from on high — by unmanned aerial drones that expose poachers. The drones are also helping to stabilize the tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by wildlife deaths.

Sumatran elephant found with leg almost severed by rope

Jakarta - A Sumatran elephant calf lies stricken in the jungle in Indonesia as conservationists fight to remove a rope tightly wound around its leg that almost caused the critically endangered animal to lose a limb.

Wild elephant goes on rampage in Indian town

Kolkata - A wild elephant went on an hours-long rampage in a town in eastern India on Wednesday, damaging about 100 homes, shops and other buildings, a state minister said.

Swaziland plans to relocate 18 elephants to American zoos

Swaziland is planning to transfer 18 wild elephants in a Boeing 747 plane to United States in order to relocate them to three American zoos. In exchange, the zoos will be contributing $450,000 to a wildlife conservation trust in Swaziland for rhinos.

Youngest elephant at famed U.S. circus dies

Miami - Ringling Brothers, America's best-known circus, announced the death of its youngest elephant at a conservation center where it is retiring the animals after criticism from rights groups.

Wild elephant kills two Thais in rubber plantation rampage

Bangkok - A wild elephant killed two Thai men in separate pre-dawn attacks on Friday as they worked at a rubber plantation in eastern Thailand, police said.

22 more elephants poisoned to death in Zimbabwe

Harare - At least 22 more elephants have died from suspected poisoning by poachers near Zimbabwe's main game reserve, a parks official said Tuesday, as conservationists struggle to stem a spate of attacks.

Rare white lion gives birth to four cubs at Toronto Zoo

Toronto - The white lion population at the Toronto Zoo has increased by four recently with the birth of four adorable — and vociferous cubs. White lioness Makali gave birth to two of the youngsters Saturday, Sept. 26, and then two more the following day.

Tech for tuskers: Protecting Africa's elephants with Google

Mariakani - As elephant poaching in Africa by organised crime gangs using high-tech equipment rises, those working to stop their extinction in the wild have turned to technology too.

Expensive espresso: Thailand's elephant dung coffee

Chiang Saen - In the lush, green hills of northern Thailand, a woman painstakingly picks coffee beans out of a pile of elephant dung, an essential part of making one the world's most expensive beverages.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Elephant love – Mother and baby reunited in display of affection

An incredibly moving video of a mother and baby elephant reunited in a beautiful display of love, joy and affection has surfaced on the web. Watch as they caress and flap their ears in excitement, after having been parted from one another for 3 years.

Woolly mammoth rebirth much nearer; cells now alive in laboratory

A major advance has been made in efforts to bring the woolly mammoth back to life. For the first time in over 3,000 years, mammoth DNA is alive in a laboratory and the aim of cloning the ancient animal is now much closer to becoming a reality.

VIDEO: Watch as baby elephant plays, dances with ribbon

Chiang Mai - Visitors to an elephant nature park in Thailand were treated to an enthusiastic ribbon dance, but the star dancer was not a member of the staff, but instead, it was a pachyderm gymnast putting on the show.

After 50 years of abuse, elephant cries while being rescued

Mathura - After 50 years of being beaten, his legs shackled with spiked chains, it seemed as if Raju the elephant needed nothing short of a miracle to bring him to a place where he wouldn't be tormented again.

Elephant spotted strolling on beach in Florida, wading in water

It's hardly something you see every day on a beach in Florida — or ever. In fact it may have been the first time an elephant had visited the beach in the Sunshine state. Onlookers gathered and stared but the elephant didn't seem to mind.

Billionaire’s donation aims to put poachers on the run

Dar Es Salam - Howard G. Buffett, the son of investment guru Warren Buffett, has pledged to provide a helicopter for anti-poaching activities in Tanzania. The aircraft will be deployed initially at the Selous Game Reserve.

Did a birth defect kill the Mammoths?

Leiden - The woolly mammoths may have succumbed to a shrinking gene pool or intense environmental pressures as their species went extinct, according to a new study.

Elephant 'saved' by Paul McCartney still badly abused

Mumbai - According to recent video footage captured by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an elephant ex-Beatle Paul McCartney believed to have once saved was shown to still suffer severe abuse.

Suspected ivory smuggler in Kenya facing life due to new law

Nairobi - Tang Yong Jian, who was allegedly attempting to smuggle raw ivory out of Kenya to China, may face life imprisonment and a $230,000 fine if convicted. The new punishments are part of Kenya’s new Wildlife Act of 2013.

Artist will attempt to fold a life-sized origami elephant

Just how large would this single piece of paper need to be for origami master Sipho Mabona to fold into a life-sized elephant? A 50 by 50-foot piece, or 2,500 square feet. The project would be undertaken at the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland.

UN reports that 22,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa

Elephants are one of Africa’s critical “keystone” species, and estimates place the total population of elephants around 450,000. The loss of 22,000 mostly adult elephants, or roughly 5%, is critical as elephant young require the care of the parent.
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Scene from an elephant documentary  BBC National Geographic 2015.
Scene from an elephant documentary, BBC National Geographic 2015.
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An elephant
Frank Wouters
African elephants
African elephants
Photo was used in protests by PETA against the Ringling Bros. Circus on 15 July 2010.
Photo was used in protests by PETA against the Ringling Bros. Circus on 15 July 2010.
Heather Norwood
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Close-up photo of an elephant
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The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory  according to conservationists
China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, according to conservationists
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A pair of elephants crossing a dirt road to bathe in a preserve.
A pair of elephants crossing a dirt road to bathe in a preserve.
Elephant in a circus in Vietnam.
Elephant in a circus in Vietnam.
Stranded elephants atop the  Royal Elephant Kraal wall
Stranded elephants atop the "Royal Elephant Kraal wall
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Elephant trying to break the chains that hold him. He is chained during bath time because he has bee...
Elephant trying to break the chains that hold him. He is chained during bath time because he has been aggressive in the past.
African male bull elephant
African male bull elephant
Steve Garvie
An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta  Botswana
An elephant comes to visit a safari camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Infrared image of possible albino elephant. Kaeng Krachan National Park  Thailand
Infrared image of possible albino elephant. Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
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An African elephant eye
An African elephant eye
Nevit Dilmen
A forest elephant in its natural habitat.
A forest elephant in its natural habitat.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Taronga Zoo in Sydney  Australia is now home to a new elephant calf named Pathi Harn  a Thai word me...
Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia is now home to a new elephant calf named Pathi Harn, a Thai word meaning "Miracle"
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