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Latest Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus Stories

2011-12-05 13:40:00

AZLE, Texas, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is thrilled to announce another major grant to help fund the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Major donors of 2011's $52,000 grant include Alex Rines and Vinnie Christiano - fifth graders and best friends, whose fundraising efforts, dubbed "Pennies for Pachyderms," brought attention to the problem in the Buffalo, New York region. In addition, Disney...

2011-10-12 08:15:00

Documentary tells the incredible story of an unprecedented partnership that is saving Asian elephants from a deadly killer WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) and executive producer Frankie Trull announced today the world premiere of their made-for-television documentary SurvivorTales: Herding For A Cure at the Houston Zoo's Brown Education Center on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. With this distinguished documentary, FBR...

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2009-02-27 15:36:28

A deadly strain of herpes virus common in Asian elephants appears to be increasing in captive elephants at U.S. zoos, the New York Times reported. The disease, known as elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, has killed one of five Asian elephant calves born in North American zoos since 2000, accounting for more than half of all deaths of juvenile elephants in North America. Researchers working with available tissue samples estimate that the virus has killed some 24 elephants since 1983. So...

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2009-01-28 15:39:45

The Houston Zoo and Baylor College of Medicine today announced a groundbreaking collaboration on a project to study the elephant herpes virus in an effort to protect elephants in zoos and in the wild from this deadly disease. "The Houston Zoo is committed to this cause, not only to benefit our own elephants, but elephants throughout the world," said Houston Zoo Director Rick Barongi. "Baylor College of Medicine is a recognized leader in virology research for humans and it is our hope that...

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2004-12-05 00:05:00

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Elephants in zoos are living as long as those in the wild, but their population in captivity is dwindling because it is so difficult to breed them, according to studies released Friday. The study of elephant life spans concluded that the average life expectancy of Asian and African elephants in captivity in North America is 45 years and 33 years, respectively. Those figures are similar for elephants in the wild, according to the study, presented Friday at the...