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2006-10-10 16:30:00

By STEPHEN MAJORS, Associated Press Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - At Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, head veterinarian Mark Stetter demonstrates the 5-foot contraception tool for a procedure that he hopes will help control Africa's elephant population: vasectomies. The theme park's plan is the latest attempt to deal with what African officials say is overpopulation, although conservationists dispute that. While those who live far from elephants may think they are endangered, thousands...

2006-02-16 09:45:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON -- The South African government has put on ice a controversial proposal to resume culling elephants from Kruger National Park where overcrowding is causing problems, a leading conservation scientist said. The proposal last year from the national parks authority to end a 10-year ban had outraged many conservationists who said it was unnecessary. "They listened to our arguments and have agreed to postpone the cull, but we don't know for how long," said Rudi van Aarde on...

2006-01-27 10:43:08

By Mateus Chale MAPUTO (Reuters) - U.S. Internet mogul Greg Carr has committed up to $40 million of his own cash to help rebuild a game park in Mozambique which he hopes to restock with animals from elsewhere in Africa. Carr, former chairman of Prodigy Internet and Boston Technology, told Reuters on Friday he wanted Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique to recapture its place as a leading eco-tourism destination in southern Africa. The park, which lies at the southern end of...

2005-12-27 20:09:17

By Ed Stoddard DINOKENG, South Africa (Reuters) - Tembo was a killer who faced the death sentence for his "crimes." But the six-tonne bull elephant won a reprieve after a vet approached animal trainer Rory Hensman and asked him if he could mend Tembo's wild ways. Now tourists are taking rides on Tembo's back in the bush at Dinokeng Game Reserve 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Johannesburg -- proving that grown elephants can learn new tricks. Tembo and some of his jumbo friends may...

2005-12-28 00:05:00

By Ed Stoddard DINOKENG, South Africa -- Tembo was a killer who faced the death sentence for his "crimes." But the six-tonne bull elephant won a reprieve after a vet approached animal trainer Rory Hensman and asked him if he could mend Tembo's wild ways. Now tourists are taking rides on Tembo's back in the bush at Dinokeng Game Reserve 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Johannesburg -- proving that grown elephants can learn new tricks. Tembo and some of his jumbo friends may also be put to...

2005-10-20 08:15:35

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is to remove 700 families who settled illegally near Gonarezhou National Park, the country's second largest game reserve, to make way for a planned transfrontier regional park. The official Herald newspaper said on Thursday the families were among 5,000 people "irregularly settled" on farms throughout southern Masvingo province, including hundreds of families living on wildlife conservancies. The families moved into the area about five years ago at the...

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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...


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