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Elephants are the greatest 'sniffers' on the planet

African elephants have the largest number of olfactory receptor genes known in mammals, nearly twice as many as dogs have, and five times more than humans.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Baby elephants 'try out' for World Cup in Kenya orphanage (Video)

Nairobi - It seems even elephants love the "beautiful game," as these cute orphans play football at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya's Nairobi National Park. Julius Letoiya, staff keeper at the facility, says the baby elephants can even perform tricks.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Poachers kill famed giant Kenyan elephant

Nairobi - One of Africa's largest elephants has died after being shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Kenya, wildlife officials revealed as they mourned on Saturday the loss of an "old friend.
In the Media by Peter Martell (AFP) - 1 comment

'Industrial scale poaching' threatens African elephants

Geneva - Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES warned Friday, while also hailing the continent for clamping down on ivory smuggling.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

Hannibal's main weapon against Romans may be nearing extinction

Nairobi - Once the weapon of mass destruction for Hannibal, African elephants could become extinct. Despite some success in curbing their poaching, more are dying than being born in Africa.
In the Media by Robert Weller

'Industrial scale poaching' threatens African elephants

Geneva - Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES warned Friday, while also hailing the continent for clamping down on ivory smuggling.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP) - 2 comments

Africa surpasses Asia in ivory seizures: CITES

Geneva - Several African countries have made great strides in clamping down on ivory smuggling, with large seizures for the first time exceeding those made in prime destination Asia, UN wildlife regulator CITES said Friday.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

Kaeng Krachan elephant park opens at Zurich Zoo (Video)

A herd of six elephants at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland just got a real treat, as the new Kaeng Krachan elephant park opened to the public on Saturday. With loads more space to run around in and six water basins for swimming, they are happy indeed.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Elephants can tell men’s voices from women’s

New research suggests that elephants may pick up on differences between the voices of men and women, and even between the speech sounds of two African ethnic groups.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Slaughtered for ivory: 65% of forest elephants killed since 2002

London - Yesterday, the Wildlife Conservation Society released new data about the plight of the forest elephants. The release of information was timed to coincide with a conference on wildlife crime.
In the Media by Justin King - 5 comments

South African elephant euthanized after attacking tourist

An elephant in South Africa's Kruger National Park was put down after it attacked a British tourist, ripping open the woman's thigh with its tusk. The woman and her male friend were filming the elephant, when suddenly they were both attacked.
In the Media by Natty Walker - 2 comments

Ivory smugglers sentenced in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - A Vietnamese court sentenced two men to three years in prison for their role in smuggling ivory weighing 2,400 kilograms into the nation from Singapore. The tusks originated in Mozambique. The trial lasted one day.
In the Media by Justin King

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.
In the Media by Justin King

Catalonia, Spain launches bid to ban animals in circus shows

Barcelona - On Tuesday this week, two years after the animal-loving region of Catalonia in Spain banned bullfighting, they are now lobbying to ban the use of animals in circus shows.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Poachers kill over 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide

Hwange - Poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned to death more than 300 elephants and many other animals in the southern African nation's largest national park.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 6 comments

Elephants get straight to the point

Biologists have demonstrated that elephants can use human pointing cues to find hidden food. This means that, other than dogs, elephants are the only animals to understand human gestures.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

Photo Essay: A photographic safari at the local zoo Special

Toronto - Looking for an adventure to take your kids or grandkids on? Try something old with a twist. A photographic safari at the local zoo.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Parker - 9 comments

Review: At Lujan Zoo you can walk with the animals Special

Luj - An hour west of Buenos Aires in Argentina is a spot where tourists don't often visit. Lujan Zoo will give the visitor more memories than just Tango lessons.
Digital Journal Report by Jerry Nelson - 3 comments

Report: Joseph Kony and LRA killing elephants across Africa

Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army have been butchering elephants across central Africa for their ivory tusks, a report says.
In the Media by Saunon Malek - 2 comments

Three more elephants struck and killed by express train in India

Express trains in the West Bengal region of India are continuing to kill elephants. Three more died this week when hit by a train, bringing a conservative estimate of the total killed there since 2004 to 42. Another was injured in this latest incident.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Poachers have killed all rhinos in Limpopo Park, Mozambique

The directors of the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique have announced that poachers have wiped out all the rhinos in the park. Poachers traffic in rhino horns to meet the Asian market demand for preparations believed to have medicinal properties.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 11 comments

Bardot wins fight for the life of two elephants in France

Lyon - After Brigitte Bardot threatened to move to Russia if Baby and Népal were put down, France's Council of State has now granted a reprieve for the two elderly zoo elephants.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Wild baby tigers filmed for the first time ever, by elephants

In India the BBC used elephants to carry cameras and enable the crew to catch close up footage of ten-day-old tiger cubs.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey

Op-Ed: Ivory poaching in Africa threatens future of wildlife

Elephant poaching in Africa is on the increase. The reason is an increased demand for ivory. The finger of blame is pointing at China, reports the BBC.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 4 comments

Bardot threatens to leave France for Russia over elephants' lives

Lyon - First Gérard Depardieu decided to renounce his French citizenship over taxes, and now holds a Russian passport. Now Brigitte Bardot is also threatening to move to Russia, over two elephants in danger of being euthanized.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Passenger train kills five elephants in east India

Berhampur - Five elephants, part of a herd crossing railroad tracks in the Rambha forest area of east India, were killed when a passenger train plowed into them.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Plastered pachyderms ransack Indian village

For the third time in five months, Indian elephant herds have trampled through villages, destroying homes and businesses.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

Toronto Zoo Elephants waiting for cooler weather before move

Toronto - Officials have decided a trio of elephants at the Toronto Zoo will have to wait until the fall before moving to a new sanctuary in Southern California.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 2 comments

Elephants of Sri Lanka: A Photo Essay Special

Elephants, elephants and more elephants. If you have a passion for pachyderms you can get your fix in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka, home of the Elephant Orphanage.
Digital Journal Report by Darren Weir - 9 comments

Op-Ed: Bob Barker's $880K donation still not enough to secure elephants

Toronto - Despite an $880K pledge from Bob Barker offering to pay for the transport of three elephants from Toronto Zoo to PAWS (Sacramento), bitter legal wrangling is stalling the transfer.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment
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An artistic hand painting by Guido Daniele, depicting an elephant
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Tsavo National Park is a vast plain, with few water holes.
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People packing food for stranded elephants
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Brigitte Bardot saved Baby and Népal  two elephants in a Lyon Zoo from being euthanized.
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Brigitte Bardot saved Baby and Népal, two elephants in a Lyon Zoo from being euthanized.
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photos from the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawalla, Sri Lanka
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photos from the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawalla, Sri Lanka
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A pair of elephants crossing a dirt road to bathe in a preserve.
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Reconstruction of the Mleisa1 prehistoric elephants
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Reconstruction of the Mleisa1 prehistoric elephants by Mauricio Anton.
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 My  elephant Kitirua at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi  Kenya.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
'My' elephant Kitirua at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
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Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
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