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2005-12-20 06:10:00

By Nazimuddin Shaymol CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- Asian elephant numbers are falling because of deforestation, road-building and expansion of farmlands and plans to protect remaining populations are crucial, wildlife experts meeting in Bangladesh said. The South Asian wildlife experts concluded a two-day meeting in southern Bangladesh on Tuesday with an agreement for joint collaboration to protect elephants, whose numbers across Asia are now 60,000, down from 150,000 two decades ago. The...

2005-12-07 05:10:00

JOHANNESBURG -- It is an enduring image of the South African bush: elephants staggering across the veld after gorging themselves on the delectable marula fruit, which ferments into an alcohol that sends the great beasts reeling. But a study to be published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology argues that while elephants enjoy the fruit, it does not make them drunk. Marula is the key ingredient in a popular South African cream liqueur. "Elephants display many behavioural...

2005-11-24 05:13:24

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - West African states emerging from years of civil strife have pledged to conserve and protect dwindling elephant populations, a Liberian government official said on Thursday. Experts say elephants in West Africa died by their thousands in the 19th century ivory trade and as a result of the construction of roads and railways following the arrival of European colonial powers. In the 20th century, elephant numbers continued to decline with more ivory...

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2005-09-13 21:28:25

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A 16,000-pound treadmill specifically built to exercise Maggie the elephant arrived at the Alaska Zoo, but the question remains: Just how do you get a more than 4-ton animal fighting the battle of the bulge to use a treadmill? Zoo director Tex Edwards is optimistic she can do it. "Every time we've undertaken to teach Maggie something new she has always learned it faster than we anticipated," Edwards said Tuesday. "She seems to enjoy new challenges." The...

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2005-09-12 22:15:57

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Straddled atop hulking pachyderms and wielding long mallets, the Chivas Regal Scotland team clinched their second King's Cup Elephant Polo title Sunday after scoring a golden goal in overtime to beat Thailand's Mullis Capital, 6-5. Some 1,500 spectators came to watch the fifth annual charity game to raise money for Thailand's National Elephant Institute in Lampang, northern Thailand. The tournament was held near Hua Hin, 80 miles southwest of Bangkok. The game is...

2005-08-02 06:57:26

By Arjuna Wickramasinghe GATADIVULA RESERVE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sweating nervously in the jungle heat, Sri Lankan ranger Mahesh Pahalage peers warily through dense undergrowth at a towering elephant's swishing trunk and gestures silently to a camouflaged colleague. Unusually tense for an experienced tracker, Pahalage is among three teams of wildlife officers fanning across this 900-acre (364-hectare) manmade teak forest in central Sri Lanka armed with shotguns. They are not hunting for...

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2005-07-20 07:10:00

JOHANNESBURG -- Experts questioned the wisdom of using culls to contain swelling populations of African elephants Wednesday, saying the science was dubious. South African authorities are keen to resume culling -- a practice they halted over a decade ago in the face of public outrage -- to cut growing elephant numbers in the country's flagship Kruger National Park. No decision has been made but government scientists say the animals, whose numbers are estimated to have almost doubled in a...

2005-07-16 22:05:44

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese elephants are evolving into an increasingly tuskless breed because poaching is changing the gene pool, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Five to 10 percent of Asian elephants in China now had a gene that prevented the development of tusks, up from the usual 2 to 5 percent, the China Daily said, quoting research from Beijing Normal University. "The larger tusks the male elephant has, the more likely it will be shot by poachers," said researcher Zhang Li, an...

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2005-06-30 13:00:00

IN THE BORNEO FOREST, Malaysia -- Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island. Two more shots and the gentle giant, nicknamed Taliwas after the forest where she lives, dozed off standing up,...

2005-06-17 23:25:00

Seismic sensors developed to track enemy troop movements during the Vietnam war could help ecologists monitor and conserve elephant populations, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. Dr Jason Wood and colleagues from Stanford University recorded the vibrations from the footfalls of elephants and other large mammals, including giraffes, lions and humans, using a geophone buried near a path leading to a watering hole in Namibia's...


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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...

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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...

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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.

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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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