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Amid Pandemic, Thailand's Elephants Face Starvation
Owners say they can no longer afford to feed them
- In Thailand, elephants are at risk of becoming indirect victims of the coronavirus pandemic. With tourism at a standstill, the country's estimated 2,000 captive elephants are at risk of starvation, the AFP reports. Owners say they can't afford the hundreds of pounds of food an elephant needs...
6 Elephants Die in Attempt to Save Calf
The baby elephant slipped over a waterfall, others followed
- A horrible story out of Thailand, where a baby elephant apparently slipped over a waterfall and six elephants ultimately died in the ensuing rescue attempt. Officials at the Khao Yai National Park say all the elephants that died Saturday fell from the "notorious" Haew Narok or "Hell's...
Elephants Join Search for Missing 2-Year-Old
He vanished in Thailand a week ago
- Four elephants mounted by their mahouts have joined the search for a 2-year-old boy from Myanmar who has been missing in Thailand for a week, as hundreds of rescuers comb through a sugarcane field for traces of the missing child. Sului Piew, a son of migrant workers from Myanmar, went...
She Tried to Get a Photo of the Elephant. It Killed Her
Tourist loses her life in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park
- A female tourist in Zimbabwe lost her life while trying to get a photo of an elephant. The BBC reports the German woman was among a group of vacationers who spotted a herd of elephants entering Mana Pools National Park on Wednesday. The unnamed 49-year-old was trampled by one of...
Botswana Prez: Poaching Furor 'Nothing but Hysteria'
Pushes back at critics after reports of an elephant 'poaching frenzy'
- Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi says criticism of his government's anti-poaching policy is "nothing but hysteria," following reports of a "poaching frenzy" in a country with Africa's biggest elephant population. The remark came after some conservationists expressed concern that Botswana's wildlife department had been...
Circus Truck Crash Causes Animal Welfare Outcry
Spain accident kills 1 elephant, injures 4
- Authorities in southern Spain say an elephant has died and four others are recovering from injuries after a circus truck tipped over on a major highway, provoking an outcry among animal rights defenders. The truck overturned on Monday on the highway linking Albacete with Murcia after overtaking another long vehicle,...
Trump Administration to Permit Import of Elephant Body Parts
US Fish and Wildlife Service quietly made the announcement in March 1 letter
- The Trump administration has quietly decided once again to allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport, despite presidential tweets decrying the practice as a "horror show." President Trump personally intervened in November when the US Fish and Wildlife Service first said it...
'Unpreventable Tragedy': Elephant Attacks, Kills Handler
Others say performing elephants' plight makes Thailand incident unsurprising
- In July, World Animal Protection issued a report on the "thousands of elephants exploited for tourism" in Asia, with Thailand listed as a "main concern." One of those elephants, a well-known performer in films and ads, may have rebelled against his own conditions Monday, crushing to death...
Trump Applies the Brakes Day After Elephant Trophy News
'Will update soon with Secretary Zinke,' he tweets
- President Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing...
Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies
Move will allow hunters to import from Zimbabwe, Zambia
- If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the
. This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the...
'Miraculous': Elephant Rescued 10 Miles From Shore
Animal likely got caught in current, says Sri Lanka's Navy
- An elephant washed out to sea has made "a miraculous escape" with help from Sri Lanka's Navy. The elephant, believed to have been caught in a current while crossing a stretch of water separating two areas of jungle near the town of Kokkilai, was spotted trying to keep...
Escaped Elephant Strolls Through Neighborhood
Kelly escaped from the Circus World Museum in Wisconsin
- The pachyderm was a startling sight for residents of one small Wisconsin neighborhood. The AP reports a full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature more suited for the "big top" clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood. Law enforcement officers...
Hunter Crushed to Death by Collapsing Elephant
South African Theunis Botha killed after encountering breeding herd
- Theunis Botha has shot his last elephant. The South African big-game hunter was killed in Zimbabwe on Friday when the hunting party he was leading stumbled onto a herd of elephants that included calves and pregnant females, the
reports. Sources tell Netwerk24 that three female elephants charged the group...
Elephants Kill Employee in South African National Park
The deadly attack happened Thursday in Kruger National Park
- A herd of elephants has attacked a group of wildlife park employees in South Africa, trampling one to death and seriously injuring another, the AP reports. South Africa's national parks service said Friday that the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near a camp in the flagship Kruger National Park. The...
There Are Just 25 'Big Tuskers' Left in the World. One Was Just Killed
Poachers suspected to have poisoned Satao II
- One of the last "big tusker" elephants in Africa has been killed by poachers. Satao II, one of the oldest and biggest elephants on the continent, is believed to have been struck by a poisoned arrow; he was found dead Monday, before poachers could take his ivory. The elephant,...
Researchers Tracked Wild Elephants' Sleep. It Was Awful
Average of 2 hours a night, and periods as long as 46 hours with no sleep
- The sample size was small—and so were the findings. Researchers asked the question "Does large body size make elephants the shortest mammalian sleepers?" and sought to answer it in the wild, in a departure from most previous related research, which involved elephants in captivity. After tracking two wild...
Woolly Mammoths Could Be 'De-Extinct' in 2 Years
According to a 'maverick geneticist'
- This whole nostalgia thing is getting out of control because scientists are about to bring back the woolly mammoth, the
reports. Harvard professor George Church—who New Scientist calls a "maverick geneticist"—is leading a "de-extinction" team that says it's about two years away from...
China Just Gave Elephants Some Great News
Ivory ban is a game changer, conservationists say
- A year even more disastrous for elephants than it was for celebrities is ending with some great news for the species. China, by far the world's biggest market for ivory, announced Friday that it is phasing out the ivory trade and will have a complete ban in place by...
Elephants Increasingly Born Tuskless Due to Poaching
In one area, 98% of female elephants are born without tusks
- By 1931, all but 11 elephants living in what is now South Africa's Addo Elephant National Park had been killed, mostly for their ivory. Of the eight female elephants left, half had no tusks. Now 98% of female elephants in Addo are tuskless, the
reports. The normal rate...
The Great Elephant Census Returns Jarring News
Census finds numbers fell by a third in just 7 years
- A century ago, there were more elephants in Africa than there were people in New York City. Now there are probably more people in Anchorage than elephants in Africa, with the pachyderm population down by a third just between 2007 and 2014, according to the biggest-ever study of elephant populations....
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