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2008-08-07 18:00:49

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated Canadian and American enforcement officers for a big victory in the battle against international elephant ivory smuggling. After a multi-year, cross-border investigation, a major ivory smuggler was sentenced to five years in a federal prison in the United States and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 US. "When it comes to environmental protection, Canada is taking the lead through a...

2008-08-03 11:35:00

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in 1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals' plight. The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is about 8 percent a year based on recent studies, which is actually higher than the 7.4 percent...

2008-07-18 00:00:20

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman rejected any criticism of his government's fight against illegal ivory trade. Commenting on an NGO report critical of China's program, Liu Jianchao said it is unfair and twists facts, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Conservation groups have come out strongly against this week's decision by the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species approving the sale of African elephant ivory to China. In its decision, the U.N. agency...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species by a majority vote said China qualified for the import because it has dramatically improved its enforcement of ivory rules, Xinhua reported Wednesday. The decision will allow China to bid on a stock of more than 100 tons of ivory obtained from culling and from elephants that...

2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--After two years of anticipation, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has an addition to its elephant herd. Savannah, known as "Nan," a 26-year-old African elephant, gave birth to a female calf Wednesday evening. Zoo staff will observe how well Nan and the rest of the elephant herd bond with the newborn before placing her on display, which could happen as soon as this weekend. Moja, another pregnant 26-year-old...

2008-06-25 18:02:46

The last elephant in the Dallas Zoo, left alone by the recent death of her companion, is being sent to a new home at a Mexican safari park. Chuck Siegel, in charge of animal management at the zoo, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the zoo considered bringing in another elephant for Jenny, a 32-year-old pachyderm who has been in Dallas since 1986. But officials decided the African Safari Park southeast of Mexico City would be a better alternative. Jenny, who weighs 5 tons, is to be moved...

2008-06-20 00:00:18

SEATTLE _ If all goes well, Sneezy and Chai should become the proud parents of a 200-pound baby by Thanksgiving _ 2009. Chai, the Woodland Park Zoo's 29-year-old female Asian elephant, appears to be pregnant for the first time since losing her 6-year-old daughter, Hansa, to a fatal strain of elephant herpes last year. But rather than being a joyous occasion, Chai's apparent pregnancy has renewed concerns among animal-rights groups about the risks of elephant herpes and the ongoing mystery...

2008-04-17 10:20:00

The Borneo pygmy elephant may not be native to the island of Borneo after all. Instead, the population could be the last survivors of the Javan elephant race "“ accidentally saved from extinction by the Sultan of Sulu centuries ago, suggests an article co-authored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).The origins of the pygmy elephants, found only on the northeast tip of the island in part of the Heart of Borneo, have long been shrouded in mystery. Their looks and behavior differ from other...

2008-03-18 13:05:00

Richard Leakey, former head of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, has announced his support of the culling of elephants in South Africa.This comes 14 years after the South African government's decision to ban culling of elephants in 1994. At that time, Leakey supported the ban because it "appeared to be largely commercially motivated (for ivory and trade in baby elephants)." In just over a decade, the population of elephants is estimated to have grown from 8,000 to 18,000. Last month, environment...

2008-02-26 14:10:00

For the first time in 13 years, the South African government will allow elephants to be culled to control their numbers beginning in May.The government made the announcement in a statement provided to journalists on Monday. The statement acknowledged that the issue would provoke "strong emotions" and anger many animal rights activists.In response, activists have already threatened boycotts and legal action against the measure.Activist group Animal Rights Africa says elephants have highly...

Latest Elephants Reference Libraries

Sumatran Elephant, Elephas maximus sumatranus
2014-04-11 11:15:18

The Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found on the island of Sumatra in forested areas. This species reaches an average height between 6.6 and 10 feet at the shoulders, with a weight between 4,400 and 8,800 pounds. It has lighter skin than the other subspecies of the Asian elephant, maximus and indicus, and has some depigmentation on its body. Females have been recorded living for up to seventy-five years in captivity, but only up...

Sri Lankan Elephant, Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of the Asian elephant and has more depigmentation its belly, face, ears, and trunk. Only seven percent...

2007-08-10 15:56:04

The African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana), is the larger of the two species of African elephants (he other being the African Forest Elephant). This particular elephant is also known as the African Elephant, Bush Elephant, or Savanna Elephant. The Bush Elephant is found in areas of limited forest, partial desert, and grassy lands. Elephants are herbivorous and eat many sources of plants and shrubbery. Elephants living near fertile lakes will even digest underwater plant life. The...

2007-06-25 08:27:48

The African Forest Elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, was until recently considered a subspecies of the African Bush Elephant. Recent DNA testing has proven otherwise and shows that the African Forest Elephant is a separate species of Elephant. The African Forest Elephant has a long, narrow mandible. The ears are rounded. The tusks are small and straight and have a pinkish tinge. Adult elephants rarely exceed 8 feet in height. The females are generally smaller than the males.

2007-06-25 08:26:48

The Indian Elephant, Elephas-maximus-indicus, is one of three subspecies of the Asian Elephant. The largest population of the Indian Elephant is found in India. This subspecies is also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Borneo, Cambodia, China, Laos, mainland of Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Sumatra, and Vietnam. They live in or near scrub forested areas, although their habitat may vary. They can also live in jungles but gravitate towards areas that contain open space and grass. The...

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