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By Swindon Advertiser It is like that famous a scene from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book as they troop contentedly along the red dusty trail in ones and twos, ears flapping in the midday heat. I can almost hear that song as they pass: “Hup two three four, keep it up two three four.” OK, […]

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER These dramatic pictures show a clash of the titans as a protective elephant mum and a ferocious crocodile get in an epic tug of war in Zambia. The female elephant and her baby were drinking from the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park when they were attacked. Leaping out […]

He’s not even a month old but Melbourne’s newest baby elephant has big shoes to fill if he’s to live up to his name. The calf was named Ongard last week – a Thai moniker meaning brave, bold, audacious and powerful. The name was chosen through a public vote of 8000 people from five options. […]

When you see the beautiful baby elephants on this Sunday’s Dateline, you’ll no doubt find it hard to believe that anyone would want to threaten their very existence. But more and more of Kenya’s baby elephants are being left orphaned and starving by poaching and drought, and that’s where a special orphanage steps in. Daphne […]

The first baby elephant born at the Melbourne Zoo is named ‘Mali’, after more than 30,000 suggestions were submitted in a naming contest. Mali is the Thai word for jasmineZoo keepers say Mali is the first baby elephant to be born in the zoo’s 148-year history,Zoo officials say thousands have been by to visit Mali […]

BBC News Motola limbers up with her new leg A 48-year-old Thai elephant has been fitted with an permanent artificial leg, 10 years after losing a limb from treading on a land mine. Motola was measured up at an elephant hospital on Saturday before experts made the leg and fitted it on Sunday. The elephant […]

August 7, 2009 by Tim Saunders Golden Globe-winner Kyra Sedgwick has sent a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of PETA. Hot on the heels of a PETA undercover investigation that exposed how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses beat their elephants, Kyra has urged Bloomberg to make this summer […]

… when so called miracle instruments/objects/products as-seen-on-tv are presented to me. I am the sort of person, like many of you I am sure, who thinks right away: “yeah, right, like this is *the* miraculous next thing that will work”. I’ve been looking online at a lot of advertisements and pub and even read through […]

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TWO former residents from Newborough are on a quest to save a three year-old elephant from a lifetime of hardship. The elephant, `Chhouk’ ,got his foot caught in a trap in Cambodia. The mother had already been killed by the poachers. The baby was left to die but was saved by Wildlife Alliance, which had […]

Credit: caspermoller The picture was taken in Anantara elephant camp in the Golden Triangle, Thailand, February 2008.

Credit: lanky_larry Asha the baby elephant from the Dublin zoo.

A female African elephant calf born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park late this summer has been named Phakamile, which means “noble” in the African language of siSwati, zoo officials announced Monday. The calf was born Sept. 19 to 17-year-old Umoya, becoming the third pachyderm born at the Wild Animal Park over the […]

Members of an elephant family may be out of sight but they are always in the minds of the herd’s matriarchs, reseachers have found. Tests have found that female elephants are able to remember the whereabouts of at least 17 family members simultaneously and perhaps as many as 30. They can keep mental tabs on […]

Tina and Studla will be given some time to bond with their newborn – a 247-pound female African elephant – before visitors to the Montgomery Zoo view them outdoors. The newborn arrived Friday and has not yet been given a name, zoo spokeswoman Sarah McKemey said Sunday. She said the community will be involved in […]

Alaska’s only elephant is getting a one-way ticket out of town Thursday, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. After a dispute that lasted months between those wanting Maggie to stay at The Alaska Zoo and those advocating for a warmer climate, the 25-year-old African elephant is heading to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in […]

Zoe got a good deal. The Kansas City Zoo’s newest addition to its pachyderm pack arrived by truck Tuesday from a small zoo in Waco, Texas. Here she will inhabit one of the largest elephant yards in the country. “It’s like coming to an elephant penthouse,” said Scott McCall, manager of the elephant staff. Zoe, […]

A project for the manufacture of handmade paper from elephant dung in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar forest division is at an advanced stage of completion, the required infrastructure is being put in place and the process of imparting training to the staff is underway. It would be the first of its kind in the country, […]

The 46th elephant cub born in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka recently was ceremoniously named today as Vidula. The elephant cub received the name after a children’s radio channel initiated by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) recently. The elephant cub got the name Vidula on the request of the pioneer of the radio […]

For more than a decade, the dark depths of the Knysna forest have been a lonely outpost for the last survivor of South Africa’s once great forest elephant herds. The eventual death of this elephant, an elderly female called the Matriarch, would mean the country’s last free-roaming elephant would finally join the Knysna buffalo, which […]

Just in time for Father’s Day, tests show that a bull elephant known as a prodigious stud has sired another offspring. The Louisville Zoo said the tests showed Jackson was the father of Scotty, a male elephant recently born there. Scotty’s mother was artificially impregnated in 2005. With six living offspring, the 28-year-old Jackson holds […]

In the vast expanse of African grasslands, wild herds of migrating elephants have learned to communicate with each other by listening with their feet to vibrations in the ground. Now a Stanford University School of Medicine researcher has found their seismic communication system is so sophisticated the elephants have their own version of “caller ID.” […]

How do you give an elephant a pedicure? The answer is very carefully. Anna is getting ready for her pedicure. She and Dolly have one foot done each week. It’s a breeze for these 8,000 pound zoo favorites. “Everything we do with the elephants is preventative maintenance. We want to make sure they stay healthy. […]

A baby elephant has been rescued – by the nose – moments after his mother apparently tried to crush and drown him. The drama took place just seconds after the baby was born in a zoo. Pori, a 26-year-old African elephant, shocked onlookers by appearing to stamp on her new son. She then began rolling […]

Firefighters perform all sorts of heroics, from putting out blazes, to helping the injured, to dealing with car wrecks. But Sunday saw a first: Maggie, the Anchorage Zoo’s beloved African elephant, had lain down inside her indoor enclosure – and she wouldn’t get up. Zoo employees asked firefighters from Station 8 on O’Malley Road to […]

Say hello to this baby elephant – the first ever to be born in the Republic of Ireland! Dublin Zoo has been trumpeting the arrival of the baby girl elephant who was up and walking just eight minutes after she was born. The baby Asian elephant, which has not yet been named, was born in […]

The number of elephants in the sanctuaries of Neeligiri (INdia) biosphere spread over Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has increased, according to a report as part of a three-day survey of wild elephants. The data collected during the survey which concluded on Wednesday had been sent to the Periyar Foundation and Kerala Forest Research Institute […]

A central India government funded census of wild elephants will be conducted in the forests of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for three days beginning May 8. The census team includes officials from the state forest department, members from the local community and elephant lovers. P.S. Essa, who led the Kerala census operations in 1993, […]

The Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary in Orissa is eagerly awaiting the reunion of an elephant calf with its mother, week after its separation from the group. The seven-month-old calf was reportedly abandoned by its mother at a duck breeding centre near Ghatikia on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. As a herd of elephants sneaked into an agricultural […]

The first elephant born at the Louisville Zoo made his first public appearance Wednesday afternoon. A 21-year-old African elephant named Mikki gave birth to the calf last month. He was born weighing 285lbs and was 37.5 inches tall. It’s the first elephant born in the zoo’s 38-year history. The zoo is holding a contest to […]

The Thai National Elephant Institute (TNEI) plans to offer the country’s elephant born as a result of artificial insemination to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a gift on his 80th birthday on December 5 this year. The male baby elephant – which is going to celebrate her one-month birthday this Saturday – is now […]

Over the past year, unprecedented numbers of African elephants have been slaughtered for their ivory tusks, the Washington Post reported recently. Between August 2005 and August 2006, authorities worldwide seized more than 24 tons of smuggled elephant ivory being shipped to the Far East alone, though actual poaching levels were probably much higher, according to […]

Wits University has just completed studies on how elephants cope with high African temperatures and how that influences their behaviour. In African savannahs, elephants are exposed to high environmental heat loads during the day and low ambient temperatures at night and yet these animals are able to cope quite adequately. Temperature plays such a big […]

Tusko, the Oregon Zoo elephant, is finally tuskless. The big 35-year-old bull elephant broke both his tusks during the late 1970s. His right tusk was removed when he was a young elephant. But his left one remained, and was a source of infections. It could have been a source of more. “Bacteria build up in […]

If Hogle Zoo’s plans to jump-start an elephant pregnancy are successful, it could be years before officials will be able to identify the father. German animal insemination experts made two attempts to set Christie down the road of motherhood as part of a national species conservation project, zoo spokeswoman Holly Braithwaite said. It will be […]

The African elephant born Sunday at the Louisville Zoo continues to bond well with his mother, Mikki, zoo officials said today. The baby is nursing every two hours and exploring his new surroundings more and more each day, they said, adding that he appears to be a quick learner. “The bonding is going very well,” […]

Wait for them to cross and do not honk at them or they could come after you, warns a government official to highway users about elephants reportedly straying onto a main Malaysian highway. Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Sazmi Miah said motorists honking at elephants could trigger a rampage, state Bernama news agency […]

Once again, two German scientists have artificially inseminated a Woodland Park Zoo elephant in hopes of producing a second offspring from Chai, now 28. It’s the fourth time over the past two years that Chai, an Asian elephant, has undergone insemination. She became pregnant last year, but lost the pregnancy at an early stage, the […]

The Los Angeles Zoo‘s oldest elephant is poised to live out her remaining days at an animal sanctuary in central California after years of lobbying by animal activists for her retirement to a preserve. Activists have long pressed officials to retire Ruby to a sanctuary, saying elephants simply don‘t have enough space at the zoo. […]

Bangladeshi demolition workers have deployed a new heavyweight tool to get rid of illegally constructed buildings. Suffering from a shortage of tools and heavy equipment, city chiefs recruited a circus elephant to come to the aid of workers in the city of Barisal. The animal rapidly reduced the illegal properties to rubble, carrying out the […]

San Diego’s Wild Animal Park has a new elephant in its herd. A 17-year-old African elephant gave birth to a male calf Sunday. Images taken by park staff Monday morning show the calf is healthy, but not too steady on his feet yet. That’s a normal development according to park staff. The calf’s muscles are […]

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