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  • Poaching making China elephants evolve tuskless

    07/17/2005 9:04:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 307 replies · 3,294+ views
    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 associate professor of zoology. "Therefore, the ones without tusks survive, preserving the tuskless gene in the species." Since only male elephants...
  • PETA's silence, hypocrisy

    05/11/2005 7:38:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 1,314+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | Rick Reiss
    PETA's silence, hypocrisy By: RICK REISS - For The Californian Zoos have always been popular with the public. My family and I are longtime members of the San Diego Zoological Society. A trip to the zoo is the best way to see up close wild and exotic animals from around the world. In just a day at the zoo, you can see critters from tropical rain forests to African savannas without risking exposure to Third World diseases and genocidal regimes. While no zoo is perfect, most are nonprofit organizations striving to preserve endangered species through care and captive breeding programs....
  • High-tech solution to urban elephants (Thailand's version of an SUV)

    05/08/2005 7:23:48 PM PDT · by killjoy · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Thai News Agency ^ | May 8, 2005
    PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN, May 8, (TNA) – For years, the sight of mahouts taking their elephants through urban areas in search of food and money has exasperated successive governments. But the solution to this and the illegal trade in elephants, according to the Wildlife Fund Thailand, could lie in new technology: DNA testing. As WFT secretary-general Mr. Suraphol Duangkhae points out, government directives have rarely been translated into action by local officials, who often lack the authority to solve the problem. What the WFT is now calling for is DNA tests on all young elephants in urban areas, particularly the...
  • Liberal Group Trots Out 'Lumbering Elephants' and Al Gore

    04/26/2005 7:21:58 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies · 613+ views
    gopusa / cnsnews.com ^ | April 26, 2005 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) -- A liberal advocacy group is planning a week of rallies and protests - and a speech by former Vice President Al Gore - all blasting Republicans who want to eliminate Democrat filibusters of judicial nominees. As part of the effort to stop "radical Republicans" from taking "absolute control of the entire government," MoveOn.org's political action committee has unveiled a new TV ad featuring "lumbering" elephants eating federal court buildings. The ad says those "radical Republicans" are "planning to break the rules, eliminating checks and balances, to get more extremist judges approved." The Senate is expected to vote this...
  • Elephants eaten at Zimbabwe independence celebrations

    04/22/2005 7:40:26 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies · 648+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 4-21-2005 | JANE FIELDS
    FACED with worsening food shortages, president Robert Mugabe’s officials have resorted to killing elephants to pacify hungry Zimbabweans, it was claimed yesterday. Game rangers near the western resort town of Kariba were told to kill at least four elephants ahead of celebrations to mark Zimbabwe’s 25th anniversary of independence this week, said Johnny Rodrigues, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF). Elephant meat is not traditionally eaten by Zimbabweans but other kinds of meat are increasingly scarce in this once prosperous farming nation. Mr Mugabe used Monday’s independence celebrations to boast about Zimbabwe’s "enormous" achievements since independence in...
  • Elephants break out of zoo, stop at restaurant (one spent time at Seoul police station )

    04/22/2005 12:04:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 629+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 20, 2005
    Six elephants escaped from a zoo parade and roamed around the South Korean capital Seoul on Wednesday before being herded back to their enclosure. The elephants were on a daily parade outside their enclosure at Seoul Children’s Grand Park when one was apparently startled and bolted, a zoo official said by telephone. The five others followed “because they have the tendency to do that,” the official said. The elephants stampeded into the garden of a private home and, while being corralled, three suddenly changed direction and went into a nearby restaurant. One elephant charged into an alley near an elementary...
  • Tanzania reports surge in elephant, lion populations

    04/02/2005 9:49:22 AM PST · by Justice · 44 replies · 973+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri Apr 1,10:34 AM ET | Science - AFP
    Tanzania reports surge in elephant, lion populationsFri Apr 1,10:34 AM ETDAR ES SALAAM (AFP) - Tanzania said it had recorded a surge in the population of wildlife living in its national parks and game reserves, notably among elephants and lions, attributable to anti-poaching measures. Over the past 12 years, Tanzania's the number of elephants in Tanzania has shot up by more than 100 percent from 55,000 to 120,000, Tourism and Natural Resources Minister Zakia Meghji told AFP. She could not provide exact figures for the increase in lions, but industry sources said Tanzania's Serengeti National Park was now home to...
  • Elephant Learned to Mimic Truck Sound -Study

    03/26/2005 1:18:39 PM PST · by baseball_fan · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Yahoo! News Reuters ^ | March 23, 2005 | Patricia Reaney
    LONDON (Reuters) - Elephants have an unusual ability to mimic and learn new sounds which scientists believe they use as a form of acoustic communication. Birds, bats, primates and marine mammals do it but Joyce Poole, of Amboseli Elephant Research in Nairobi, Kenya, said it is the first time the trait has been found in the huge mammals. "Elephants appear to be capable of imitating other sounds, including those that are not part of their repertoire," Poole said in an interview. She and her colleagues recorded a 10-year-old African female named Mlaika who imitated truck sounds. She lived in a...
  • ‘Til death do us part (Elephant Wedding & Romance in Vietnam)

    03/22/2005 6:04:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 249+ views
    VietNam News ^ | 20-03-2005 | Tran Dinh Thanh Lam
    Kaleidoscope with Tran Dinh Thanh Lam ‘Til death do us partEveryone needs company, even an elephant. Ban Don, a village of ethnic minorities in Dac Lac Province famous for elephant taming, knows this all too well. Each year, the village organises marriages for elephants who have come of age. This year, two young elephants who work for a tourist company tied the knot before hundreds of well-wishers. H’Bay, a young female elephant who works at Ban Don Tourist Company, and her colleague Kham, a young male elephant, reportedly fell in love with one another, the villagers say. Villagers sent the...
  • The elephants get ‘em every time (Tiger vs. Elephant)

    02/24/2005 4:06:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 1,787+ views
    VietNam News ^ | 16-01-2005 | Phung Hung
    When elephants and tigers get put up against one another, it usually comes to crushing blows. Phung Hung tries not to get caught between teeth and tusks.The age-old question of who would win a fight between a tiger and elephant was answered for the first time in Viet Nam in 1750 and would continue to be answered until the August Revolution in 1945. The answer for the Nguyen kings who staged the fights in Hue, the former imperial capital, was always the same: the elephant. But the fights were less than fair. The odds were stacked decidedly against the tigers...
  • Thai elephants get potty training

    01/20/2005 5:48:00 AM PST · by AntiGuv · 24 replies · 832+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | January 19, 2005 | AFP
    BANGKOK (AFP) - Having taught Thailand's elephants to paint, dance and play musical instruments, their Thai handlers are now toilet-training the beasts, media reported. Handlers -- known as mahouts -- have installed giant human-style toilets at a camp in the northern city of Chiang Mai to try to rid the tourist attraction of unsightly droppings, according to the Nation newspaper. Some seven elephants at the privately run camp beside Chiang Mai Zoo are being trained to sit like a human on the giant white toilets, which can be flushed by pulling on a rope with a gentle tug of the...
  • 'No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit'...

    12/29/2004 7:58:45 AM PST · by crushelits · 109 replies · 3,065+ views
    reuters ^ | Dec. 29, 2004 | drudgereport
    Where Are All the Dead Animals? Sri Lanka Asks COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan wildlife officials are stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory has killed around 22,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they can't find any dead animals. more ...
  • Thai Pachyderms Ambush Food Trucks

    12/19/2004 12:04:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 780+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2004
    KHAO-ANG RUE-NI, Thailand (AP) -- These pachyderms aren't just going after peanuts. Elephants in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Thailand are using their oversize bodies as road blocks, ambushing vehicles transporting sugar cane, tapioca and fruit, the sanctuary's chief says. The estimated 200 elephants in the Khao-Ang Rue-Ni sanctuary turn desperate -- and wily -- in the dry season, when water and food supplies shrink. It's then that the animals stage their heists, Yuo Senatham said. Conveniently enough for the elephants, the dry season is also when hundreds of trucks travel through their lands, laden with newly harvested tapioca and...
  • S.F. Zoo Thanks Public for Defeating Gonzalez sponsored legislation that would have Banned Elephants

    12/17/2004 7:19:37 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 14 replies · 397+ views
    Letter from S.F. Zoo | S.F. Zoo
    THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the excellent support that you provided to the San Francisco Zoo through your letters, emails and phone calls to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor in our recent campaign to defeat the Gonzalez sponsored legislation that would have banned elephants from the Zoo forever. Your demonstrated commitment to the Zoo has given all of us at the Zoo a renewed sense of purpose and strength in our efforts to transform the Zoo into a premier zoological institution and an important conservation and educational resource for the community. At the...
  • San Francisco Rules Could Bar Elephants from Zoo

    12/07/2004 6:14:55 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 44 replies · 927+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/7/2004 | Adam Tanner
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Elephants must receive hundreds of times more space to live at San Francisco's zoo or not be kept at the facility, city legislators said on Tuesday in legislation that could effectively bar pachyderms for good. Animal rights advocates had sought a permanent ban -- which would have been a first for an urban zoo -- but the city's Board of Supervisors came up with a compromise to require the zoo to provide elephants 15 acres. At present the zoo, considered one of the best in the nation and located off the Pacific Ocean, devotes about 1/64...
  • Drunk Elephants (My title)

    11/14/2004 12:10:49 AM PST · by Robert Lomax · 13 replies · 384+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Saturday, November 13, 2004 | Associated Press
    GAUHATI, India — Wild elephant herds (search) have been terrorizing India's remote northeast, killing people, flattening houses and even guzzling local rice beer supplies, prompting villagers to retaliate against the pachyderms with firecrackers and bonfires.
  • Elephants Rampage Through India Villages

    11/13/2004 12:11:00 PM PST · by Willie Green · 40 replies · 795+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Nov 13, 2004 | WASBIR HUSSAIN -- Associated Press Writer
    GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Wild elephant herds have been terrorizing India's remote northeast, killing people, flattening houses and even guzzling local rice beer supplies, prompting villagers to retaliate against the pachyderms with firecrackers and bonfires. With an estimated 5,000 elephants, Assam state has the largest concentration of wild Asiatic elephants in India, said M.C. Malakar, Assam's Chief Wildlife Warden. The big herds, faced with shrinking forest cover and human encroachment of their corridors, venture into human settlements looking for food and attack those who try to stop them. The wild elephants have stampeded across the region, stomping down houses and...
  • Kenya Plans Massive Relocation of 400 Elephants

    03/27/2004 7:43:11 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 168+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 26, 2004
    Kenya plans to move 400 elephants away from a reserve where jumbos are breaking down fences and trampling crops in its biggest animal relocation exercise, wildlife officials said on Friday. Rangers in helicopters will fire tranquilizer darts at the beasts before they are bundled into crates for the road trip from the overcrowded Shimba Hills National Reserve on the coast to the Tsavo East National Park in southern Kenya. "Shimba Hills is a very small ecosystem. The park has 600 elephants and they have damaged the habitat," said Edward Indakwa, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) communication officer. "When we remove them...
  • Drunken Elephants Die in Accident

    01/24/2004 10:22:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 153+ views
    The BBC ^ | January 24, 2004 | Subir Bhaumik
    By Subir Bhaumik BBC correspondent in Calcutta Elephants have been raiding villages in search of beer Four wild elephants drunk on rice beer have been electrocuted in the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya, wildlife officials report. The elephants are known to have a taste for rice beer brewed by tribal communities across north-east India. But this is the first time some of them have died after consuming the drink. A herd of about 20 to 25 elephants went on the rampage in a remote area in the West Garo Hills district earlier this week after getting high on the...
  • Drunken elephants electrocted

    01/22/2004 10:56:36 AM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies · 603+ views
    aus ^ | January 20, 2004 | From correspondents in Guwahati
    Drunken elephants electrocted From correspondents in Guwahati January 20, 2004 FOUR wild elephants who ran amok after getting drunk on rice beer were electrocuted in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya when they brought down power lines, an official said Tuesday. The herd went on the rampage on Sunday night after storming into villages and drinking from open casks of beer in a remote area in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district. "The elephants after getting high on rice beer, went berserk and started dashing against an electric pole," the forest official said. "A live high tension wire fell on the herd...
  • The Latest Refugees From Mugabe's Lawless Zimbabwe - Hundreads Of Elephants

    12/29/2003 12:13:35 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 134+ views
    The Guradian (UK) ^ | 12-29-2003 | Michael Durham
    The latest refugees from Mugabe's lawless Zimbabwe - hundreds of elephants Wildlife experts in Zambia fear flight from poachers is damaging crops and property Michael Durham in Mosi-o-Tunya National Park, Zambia Monday December 29, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Hundreds of wild elephants are the latest refugees from violence and disorder in Robert Mugabe's crisis-torn Zimbabwe. The animals are fleeing the country by wading across the Zambezi river to escape being shot or trapped by so-called "war veterans" and illegal hunters. Game wardens in Zambia say record numbers of elephants are crossing the Zambezi, which forms the border between the two...
  • Reports against elephant rejuvenation camp malicious, says Minister

    11/17/2003 7:59:08 AM PST · by dighton · 10 replies · 181+ views
    newindpress ^ | 11/17/2003
    CHENNAI: Terming as malicious and unwarranted the reports in some section of media against the rejuvenation camp for elephants, the Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday said the camps would in fact give the animals an opportunity for rest, recuperation and rejuvenation.In a press release, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister P C Ramasamy said it was Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s compassion for animals that prompted her to launch the unique scheme for the well-being and restoration of the health of the animals held in captivity.``Elephants maintained in captivity often suffered psychologically as they are herd-loving and not meant to live...
  • Scots reach heavyweight polo final

    09/21/2003 8:50:34 AM PDT · by dighton · 112+ views
    PREPARE yourself for international glory in heavyweight style. Scotland are all set to meet Germany in the world cup final - for elephant polo. The Scottish Chivas Regal squad yesterday hammered Nokia Thailand 8-2 during its semi-final match in the competition in Thailand. Now the nation’s hopes will rest today on the men armed with six-foot mallets and the quickest elephants east of the Firth of Forth - the giant animals surprisingly run at speeds of up to 60mph [?] - to land the big prize. After a tough round of qualifying matches, Scotland captain, Peter Prentice, a sales director...
  • Judge: Ringling circus must face elephant cruelty charges

    08/01/2003 12:23:21 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 351+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, August 1, 2003
    <p>The nation's largest circus will have to defend itself against charges that it mistreats elephants that perform under the big tent.</p> <p>A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit by animal welfare groups claiming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has abused Asian elephants in violation of the Endangered Species Act.</p>
  • Forget Zebra Crossing, Watch Out for the Elephants! To be fitted with reflective patches on rears

    07/24/2003 9:12:37 AM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 199+ views
    Yahoooooooo ^ | 07/24/03 | Staff Writer
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's working elephants are to be fitted with reflective patches on their rears to prevent fender-bending road accidents that sometimes result in more than a damaged trunk. The Wildlife Trust of India introduced the reflectors this week to help drivers spot the working jumbos at night in the Indian capital. "The butt-reflector, roped to the howdah (seat), costs just 100 rupees ($2) and is the simplest way to protect them," said trust program director Aniruddha Mookerjee. Working elephants are often used at weddings, festivals and by the tourist industry and often have to walk long distances...
  • In Praise of Elephants

    07/11/2003 9:28:36 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 112+ views
    Rathergood.com ^ | Joel Veitch
    For appropriate praise of elephants, click above.
  • Elephants leave Bushes blushing

    07/10/2003 10:33:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003 | By Bill Sammon
    <p>GABORONE, Botswana &#8212; It was supposed to be a priceless photo-op, showcasing the first family marveling at African wildlife on a pristine game preserve. It turned into a sexually awkward moment of elephantine proportions.</p> <p>President Bush and first lady Laura Bush took daughter Barbara, 21, on a tour of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana yesterday.</p>
  • ABC's T. Moran calls mating Elephants a lesson for "social conservatives"

    07/11/2003 9:06:42 AM PDT · by subterfuge · 23 replies · 829+ views
    ABC Morning News | 7/112003 | subterfuge
    Did anyone else see Terry Moran on ABC this morning when they showed two elephants mating, with a third looking on he exclaimed that birds do it, bees do it, and so do elephants? Then 'Moron' says they are simply producing some more Republicans and that its a lesson for "social conservatives." Or something to that effect. He seemed to get a real kick out of it while the tele-bimbo seemed embarrased. Please forgive if already posted.
  • GOP PARTY ANIMALS --- ELEPHANTS "Couple" in front of President

    07/11/2003 6:50:08 AM PDT · by bedolido · 41 replies · 540+ views
    New York Post ^ | DEBORAH ORIN
    July 11, 2003 -- President Bush got an eyeful of two elephants he'll never forget yesterday at an African game preserve when the pachyderms put on an X-rated performance. Bush, wife Laura and daughter Barbara had just arrived on the scene when Shaka, a 13-year-old male, decided to mount 13-year-old Thandi in what one game warden called "a reproductive attempt." Reporters at Botswana's Mokolodi Nature Preserve convulsed into giggles as the president smiled sheepishly and threw his cap over his face to block the sight of the antics of the giant beasts that symbolize his Republican Party. Barbara threw her...
  • Tusk tusk, Mr President

    07/10/2003 8:09:30 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 26 replies · 233+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 07/11/03
    Front row seats ... Bush family's African safari THESE naughty elephants showed a total lack of wildlife reserve in front of President George Bush and wife Laura. They were on safari with daughters Jenna and Barbara in a 4x4 when the frisky beasts started bonking. Heat stroke ... Bush and daughter Barbara The Bush family were visiting Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Botswana, during the President’s five-nation African tour.Looks like these animals found a visit from the world’s most powerful man a surefire way to tickle their ivories.
  • It's Caption Time!

    07/10/2003 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Palladin · 45 replies · 886+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | July 10, 2003 | Photograph
  • Elephant logo criticised for lack of condom (?!?!???)

    07/09/2003 9:04:10 AM PDT · by mhking · 15 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7.8.03
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai community groups want to use a logo featuring two elephants having sex for next year's World AIDS conference in Bangkok but the plan has been criticised by health authorities because the bull is not using a condom. "The logo fails to convey any meaning," Dr Sombat Tanprasertsuk of the Thai government's disease control department was quoted as saying in the Nation newspaper on Tuesday. "There is only one message which people will get: that community workers are obsessed with sex. And it doesn't show the male elephant wearing a condom." The official logo for the meeting...
  • Terrorised by elephants, Russian oil expert quits job in India

    04/17/2003 11:56:46 AM PDT · by Shermy · 18 replies · 169+ views
    AFP ^ | April 17, 2003
    GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - A Russian engineer working for a state-run oil company quit his job after being terrorised by wild elephants in India's northeastern state of Assam last week, an official said. Patrick Pavel, a Russian expert working for Oil India Limited (OIL) in eastern Assam's Duliajan oilfield, left for Moscow Wednesday, the official said. "Pavel has left but other Russians are still working in the locations without any problems," OIL general manager N.M. Bora told AFP by telephone from Duliajan, 550 kilometres (341 miles) from Assam's capital Guwahati. Pavel and eight other OIL workers were waylaid by wild...
  • DRUNKEN ELEPHANTS KILL SIX (HOLD MY...)

    12/17/2002 9:46:25 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 19 replies · 339+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/02 | Reuters
    GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - A herd of wild elephants driven berserk by country liquor trampled to death six people, among them four children, during a rampage in India's northeastern state of Assam, police said Tuesday. The animals came out of the forest Sunday, attacking granaries and drinking country liquor stored by villagers in Tinsukia, about 340 miles east of Guwahati, Assam's biggest city. "The elephants, after consuming huge quantity of country-made liquor, went berserk, killing six people on the spot," a police spokesman said. Experts say hundreds of wild elephants in search of food regularly emerge from the forests of...
  • Tipsy elephants kill six

    12/16/2002 9:44:36 PM PST · by TheConservator · 12 replies · 363+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 12/17/02 | Agence France-Presse
    At least six people were trampled to death by wild elephants that went amok after getting drunk on rice beer in Assam, an official said Tuesday. The forest official said the herd went on the rampage on Monday, looking for their favourite tipple, in Tinsukia district, 550 kilometers from Guwahati. "They smashed huts and plundered granaries and broke open casks to drink rice beer. The herd then went berserk killing six persons," the official told AFP by telephone from Tinsukia. Wild elephants have been targeting areas where people brew large volumes of rice beer. "We have come across devastating drunken...