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Hungry and in chains, Thailand's tourist elephants face crisis

Bangkok - Underfed and chained up for endless hours, many elephants working in Thailand's tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn, as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

Botswana to start auctions of elephant hunting licences

Gaborone - Botswana on Friday will hold its first major auction for trophy elephant hunting quotas since controversially scrapping a hunting ban last year, a wildlife official said.

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Chiang Mai - Separated from their mothers, jabbed with metal hooks, and sometimes deprived of food -- many Thai elephants are tamed by force before being sold to lucrative tourism sites increasingly advertised as 'sanctuaries' to cruelty-conscious travellers.

Botswana to start issuing trophy hunting licences in December

Gaborone - Botswana's president announced on Monday the government will by December start issuing trophy hunting licences after it controversially scrapped a five-year ban on the practice, and angered international conservationists.

Rescued circus elephant Ramba arrives at Brazil sanctuary

Chapada Dos Guimar - An Asian elephant that spent decades performing in South American circuses has started a new life in an open-air sanctuary in Brazil, after travelling thousands of kilometers by plane and truck from a Chilean zoo.

Thai park where 11 elephants died in waterfall strengthens fences

Bangkok - Five more dead elephants have been found at the bottom of a Thai waterfall known as "Hell's Abyss", the environment minister said Wednesday, as rangers reinforced barriers to try to stop the creatures wandering into the dangerous area.

Tougher penalties to protect Sri Lanka elephants after mass deaths

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced harsher penalties in a bid to protect wild elephants on Tuesday, as investigators probed whether seven jumbos found poisoned over the weekend were killed by villagers.

Ban on sending wild elephants to zoos a step closer

Geneva - The regulator of global wildlife trade will likely ban sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after countries supported the move Sunday, in what conservationists hailed as a "historic win".

'Plan Bee' gets Indian elephants to buzz off railways

New Delhi - Indian Railways have come up with a novel way of getting elephants to buzz off from train tracks: speakers that play the sound of bees to scare the jumbos away.

Sri Lankans charged over traffic in baby elephants

Colombo - A senior Sri Lankan conservation official was among eight people charged Tuesday in a landmark case over the capture and sale to the wealthy of dozens of baby elephants as status symbols.

'Hundreds' of elephants being poached each year in Botswana: report

Johanesburg - A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns.

Fighting back on poaching: Fitting tracking collars to wildlife

As part of its conservation work, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WFF) is fitting Tanzanian Elephants with satellite-trackable collars. The aim is to track the movement of the elephants at all times.

Young elephant electrocuted in Thailand

Bangkok - A young male elephant was electrocuted in Thailand after stumbling into a drain and crashing into a restaurant sign, police said Saturday.

Smiles and slapstick as Rohingya refugees learn to corral elephants

Chhota Angutia - A trumpet fills the air as two "elephants" charge, scattering Rohingya refugee actors at a training session in a camp which cuts deep into Bangladeshi forest once reserved for the protected species.

Police 'closing in' on Grace Mugabe in ivory probe: state media

Harare - Zimbabwean police investigating an ivory-smuggling racket will soon question former ruler Robert Mugabe's wife Grace, who is accused of arranging shipments abroad, a government-owned newspaper reported Friday.

Mugabe's wife Grace under probe for ivory smuggling

Harare - Zimbabwean police are investigating former ruler Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, accused of smuggling ivory worth millions to underground foreign markets, a state-owned weekly reported Sunday.

Gabon fights elephant poachers with hi-tech tracker collars

Libreville - Ever tried to put a GPS real-time tracking collar on a five-tonne animal?

Digital devices to track elephants, news for World Elephant Day

Digital trackers are being used to follow the movement of elephants, as part of conservation projects and to protect elephants from poachers. This digital innovation is timely for World Elephant Day.

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall

Nairobi - The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published Wednesday by the conservation group Save the Elephants.

Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.

Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.

Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.

China to ban ivory by 2017

China has declared a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The decision has been declared "historic" by a number of conservation and environmental groups.

What can we learn from the way elephants walk?

African elephants walk on their tip toes, putting weight onto their front toes. Biologists have been studying these walking patterns to see if the movement can make the environment for captive elephants better.

New attempt to protect elephants from poachers fails

A renewed attempt to provide the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants has stalled, with government representatives and campaign groups at a conference in Johannesburg.

What are elephants good for besides ivory? How about their skin?

Deep in the jungles of Myanmar, endangered Asian elephants are facing the same threat as African elephants, only it is far worse. Besides taking tusks, poachers there are skinning the elephants to feed a growing demand for skins in China.

One dead after Sri Lanka temple elephants spark stampede

Colombo - Brawling elephants triggered a stampede at a temple in southern Sri Lanka which left one woman dead and a dozen wounded, police said Saturday.

Keeping elephants at bay with chili powder and condoms

The ultimate elephant repellent has been found to be chili powder inside condoms, with the condoms placed at key locations. There's a reason for this, and it's to do with protecting elephants from poachers.

Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant

Colombo - Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite -- a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.

Kenya's jumbo 'ele-fence' to stop human-wildlife conflict

- Machete in hand, Kenyan farmer Paul Njoroge points at the broken branches and giant footprints where elephants trampled his bananas, maize, potatoes and sugar cane.
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