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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.

Lightning kills four elephants in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in northern Sri Lanka in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, officials said Sunday.

Tracking elephants as new railway cuts Kenya

Voi - Dangling from a helicopter with a high powered rifle, a Kenyan vet fires drugged darts at elephants to sedate them so they can be fitted with satellite collars.Ten minutes after the elephant is darted, the lumbering creature stumbles, and falls asleep....

Rare Cambodian elephant footage raises survival hopes

Phnom Penh - Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia's biggest forest sanctuary signals the success of a 14-year conservation programme and raises hopes for the endangered species' survival, an environment group said on Friday.

Zimbabwe to send more elephants to China to keep them safe

Citing a "better and safer environment," a high-ranking official in Zimbabwe says more of the country's wildlife will be captured and sent to China in 2016. The announcement is being met with a considerable amount of skepticism.

Poaching threatens Mali's rare desert elephants

Ninety of Mali’s 300 desert elephants have been killed during the past year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum created by an Islamic insurgency in the deserts near the city of Timbuktu.

Africa's elephants have a champion on their side Special

In the ongoing battle to save Africa's two species of elephants, many organizations have combined forces. But Tara Easter, with the Center for Biological Diversity is at the forefront of this strategy in combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Mozambique elephant poaching fuels ivory trade in China and Asia

Maputo - The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported on Tuesday that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed for their ivory in the past five years.

China's need for ivory is killing off the world's elephants

Nairobi - On Tuesday, conservationists reported that the slaughter of Africa's elephants and the illegal trade in ivory taking place in China is "out of control'" If illegal killing continues, elephants in the wild will disappear within a generation, they say.

Angelina Jolie to direct ivory poaching movie

Los Angeles - Angelina Jolie is to direct "Africa," a movie about celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers. The feature will be Jolie's fourth directorial effort.

Tusker Day 2014: save the elephants Special

A new campaign day has been established to help highlight the plight of African elephants. The event is called Tusker Day and it takes place on September 22nd.

Elephant poaching continues at a 'rapid pace'

A new, disturbing report shows that tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years.

Heroin-addicted elephants are now clean

Four elephants that were hooked on bananas laced with opium are now clean after animal welfare experts weaned them off of the drug.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.
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