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  • Older Elephants Smell Sexier

    12/23/2005 12:09:00 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 190+ views ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | Bjorn Carey
    When male Asian elephants enter their annual period of heightened sexual activity and aggression, they broadcast their availability to the ladies by pumping out a pungent mix of pheromones. But older males have the upper hand on their younger, less experienced competition, producing a more attractive mix of scents, a new study shows. This mating period is called musth (pronounced "must"). Researchers analyzed more than 100 secretion samples from six males and found that this pheromone, called frontalin, exists in two mirror-image molecular forms designated as "plus" and "minus." When teenage males start producing frontalin, they produce mostly the plus...
  • Kenya Begins Massive Elephant Relocation Project

    08/27/2005 6:14:59 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 13 replies · 354+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 26 August 2005 | Raymond Thibodeaux
    Once in danger of being wiped out by poachers, elephants have overrun a Kenyan coastal preserve. They've raided nearby farms and even attacked villagers, forcing wildlife authorities there to move about 400 of them to a bigger game park farther inland in Africa's largest-ever elephant relocation. A family of five elephants was the first to be relocated Friday from the coastal Shimba Hills National Reserve to the much larger Tsavo East park about 150 kilometers farther inland. About 400 more pachyderms will be sent packing by Kenyan wildlife rangers. Kenyan wildlife officials say it's the world's largest-ever elephant relocation. About...
  • Pleistocene Park? On the reintroduction of species

    08/20/2005 2:15:44 PM PDT · by sociotard · 30 replies · 796+ views ^ | 17 August 2005 | Kurt Kleiner
    Sorry if this is a repost. Elephants and lions unleashed on North America? 18:00 17 August 2005 news service Kurt Kleiner Elephants, lions, cheetahs and camels could one day roam the western US under a proposal to recreate North American landscapes as they existed more than 13,000 years ago, when humans first encountered them. The plan, proposed in a commentary in Nature and co-authored by 13 ecologists and conservation biologists, would help enrich a North American ecosystem that was left almost devoid of large mammals at the end of the Pleistocene period. It would also help preserve wildlife that...
  • 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 / ^ | April 26, 2005 | Susan Jones
    ( -- 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,"'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...