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2010-03-10 14:55:00

A baby elephant that keepers believed to have died during a strenuous 9-day labor was born alive at an Australian zoo on Wednesday, defying expert judgments that consider such an outcome would have been a "miracle". The Taronga Zoo, based in Sydney, said Monday that the calf died after becoming trapped in the womb in such a position that they believed it had no chance of surviving the birth. But the baby elephant was delivered showing signs of life early Wednesday morning and by afternoon...

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2010-02-12 08:25:00

Most animals don't think anything of breaking into a run: they switch effortlessly from walking to a high-speed bouncing run. But what about elephants? Their sheer size makes it impossible for them to bounce up in the air at high speeds. So how are high-speed elephants moving: are they running or walking? At a first glance, fast-moving elephants look as if they are walking, according to John Hutchinson from the Royal Veterinary College, UK. But closer analysis of elephant footfall patterns by...

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2009-11-14 06:30:00

Officials in India said Friday that all elephants residing in the nation's zoos and circuses will be relocated to game sanctuaries where they can roam more freely. Some 140 elephants in 26 zoos and 16 circuses throughout India will be moved, said B.K. Gupta, an officer at India's Central Zoo Authority. The order came after animal rights activists complained that the elephants were kept in captivity and often chained for extended periods of time, Gupta told the Associated Press. The elephants...

2009-10-30 08:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The rescue of nine cruelly abused elephants from a commercial training facility in Zimbabwe will begin on Monday, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) has announced. The elephants were confiscated in April 2009 after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals (ZNSPCA) found cruel and torturous methods were being used to "tame and train" them for the...

2009-10-02 04:51:00

HYDERABAD, India, October 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DQE, the AIM listed, India based animation, gaming and live action entertainment group, is pleased to announce the development and production of a live action TV series, 'Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy'. Adapted from Rudyard Kipling's 'Toomai of the Elephants' and entirely produced by DQE, this 26 episode series has an estimated production budget of EUR7.5 - EUR8.5M, to be raised by pre-sales and scheduled to be concluded...

2009-07-16 08:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Endangered species and habitats under stress will get a much-needed lift this week thanks to $700,000 in grants being awarded by the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to wildlife protection projects in the U.S. and around the world. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/CL98877LOGO-b ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090716/CL46960 ) The Fund's board of directors approved grants to 83 projects,...

2009-07-06 09:33:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A mammoth evacuation of 83 elephants was successfully concluded in Malawi this weekend. The elephants were moved by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) to save them from persecution by local villagers trying to protect their crops and livelihoods from the animals. "This is a victory for both elephants and people -- they have been engaged in a battle that has seen elephants cruelly wounded and killed, and...

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2009-07-06 06:09:19

A 265-pound elephant was born in Australia on an effort to help to conserve the scarce Asian elephant. The male was born in Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Saturday and was vigorous and created curious responses from its herd, zoo officials announced. Thong Dee, an elephant brought to the zoo in 2006 after several logging camps were shut down, gave birth to the calf. "Thong Dee's maternal instincts are kicking in, and she's being very protective of the newborn," elephant keeper Kat published on a zoo...

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2009-07-02 15:47:05

Environmental group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Thursday that an elephant calf has starved to death in Indonesia, which makes this the eighth endangered Sumatran elephant to have died since May. WWF spokeswoman Syamsidar said the calf is thought to be an offspring from an elephant that was poisoned to death recently during a growing conflict between animals and people over land and forest resources. "A young male elephant died on Wednesday. We suspect it was the offspring of the elephant...

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2009-06-16 10:40:00

Environmental group WWF said on Monday that poachers might have used pineapples to poison and kill an endangered Sumatran elephant for its tusk. Syamsidar, a WWF spokeswoman, told AFP that the male was found dead in a pulp plantation in Riau province, Sumatra last Friday with its tusks removed.  This is the seventh recent Indonesian elephant found dead from poaching. "Pineapple fibers were found in its stomach. The fruit could have been poisoned," she added. Syamsidar said the other...


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...

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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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