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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...

2009-06-15 12:30:22

A freak accident at the Toronto Zoo killed Tessa, a nearly 40-year-old African elephant. Tessa was heading for a pile of hay when she was nudged over by a more dominant elephant, zoo spokeswoman Shanna Young told the Toronto Sun. At 8,100 pounds, Tessa was the low-ranking elephant in the herd. Workers used heavy machinery to get Tessa to her knees, but she was unable to stand up and died a short time later. Her body was left in place for a few hours to allow the other four elephants in the...

2009-06-05 09:01:59

African farmers say they have found a simple way to cut down on elephant raids on their crops -- cheap, easily installed beehive fences. Farmers could not keep elephants off their land with the use of simple fences, Kenya residents said, and many were forced to shoot the massive animals. But, one of Africa's biggest creatures is afraid of one of its smallest -- the bee, farmers discovered through an Oxford University pilot study. So, fences were draped with hives and angry bees often would...

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2009-06-02 10:40:40

A report said on Tuesday that three dead elephants were suspected of being poisoned in the forest concession area of a pulp company in the Riau province of Indonesia's Sumatra island. Two of the animal carcasses were found on May 28 and one of them was found June 1 in an industrial crop forest managed by PT Rimba Peranap Idah (RPI), a government official was quoted saying by Antara state news agency. "The company must be responsible for the safety of those elephants because the spot where...

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2009-04-14 13:00:00

Researchers say the diet and behavior of elephants, evidenced by the chemical makeup of their tail hairs, shows how they compete with other species, BBC News reported. The data, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes from a six-year study following a single family of elephants in northern Kenya. It shows how the elephants lost out to cattle grazing on grasses and that the rate of conception is rising as food and water resources become more abundant each year....

2009-03-21 22:52:33

A wildlife photographer got footage of a pink elephant calf with a herd of about 80 elephants in Botswana. Experts told the British Broadcasting Corp. the calf is probably an albino and it risks harm to its skin, and possible blindness, from exposure to intense sunlight. Mike Holding saw the calf in the Okavango Delta while filming footage for a BBC program. We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river, he said. This was a really exciting moment for everyone in camp....


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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