African elephants - updates

Rappler's latest stories on African elephants


Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

South Africa elephant park accused of 'horrific' cruelty

May 20, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The park issues a statement denying responsibility for the abuse

ANIMAL WELFARE. Photo of African elephants in South Africa taken in 2007. File photo by EPA

China crushes six tons of ivory – state media

Jan 06, 2014 - 6:44 PM

Xinhua reports masked workers fed tusks from a pile surrounded by ivory carvings into crushing machines in the southern city of Dongguan

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

African, Asian nations vow crackdown on illegal ivory trade

Dec 04, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Among those who agreed to the measures were key elephant nations such as Gabon Kenya Niger and Zambia transit countries Vietnam Philippines and Malaysia and ivory destination states including China and Thailand

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

Africa risks losing 20% of elephants in 10 years

Dec 03, 2013 - 10:10 AM

An estimated 22 000 elephants were illegally killed across the continent last year as poaching reached unacceptably elevated levels

ALONE. An African elephant is pictured on November 17, 2012 at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. AFP/Martin Bureau

African elephants face 'alarming declines'

Mar 06, 2013 - 10:41 PM

The Philippines is a transit country