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Thai elephants' mass migration to village brings new stress

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:06 PM

About 1,000 elephants and their mahouts – or elephant handlers – have returned to their villages in the past two months, says Thai Elephant Alliance Association

HOME. This photo taken on June 4, 2020 shows children watching a mother and young elephant bathing in Baan Na Klang village in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai, where over 100 elephants returned from various tourist camps since the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:48 PM

According to frustrated activists, there is little impetus to enact more stringent rules in Thailand's tourism industry, which welcomed over 30 million tourists in 2019 alone

ELEPHANT 'SANCTUARY.' This photo taken on November 8, 2019 shows tourists taking pictures with elephants at the commercial Maetaeng Elephant Park in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

These 10 food tray delivery services can help you survive the Holiday rush

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'Tis the season for holiday potluck parties, broken diets, and a whole lotta food!

Sumatran elephant found decapitated in Indonesia

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Indonesia's environment ministry estimates there are fewer than 2,000 of the critically endangered subspecies Sumatran elephants still in the wild

ENDANGERED. File photo of Sumatran elephants, a sub-species of Asian elephants.  Their scientific name is Elephas maximus sumatranus. Shutterstock.com

Rogue elephant dies in captivity after killing villagers

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Authorities say the cause of death remains unclear

6 wild elephants drown after slipping off waterfall in Thai park

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Officials are able to rescue two elephants that were 'extremely distressed' because of the incident

DROWNED. This photo by Thai News Pix taken on October 5, 2019 shows a dead elephant at the bottom of a waterfall after it fell to its death at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand. AFP photo/Thai News Pix

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

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

Forest elephants: The jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Forest elephants are the shy relations of their larger savannah cousins and are experts at hiding; so skilled, in fact, very few in the city know about them

This handout picture taken on January 3, 2017 and released by the Omo Forest Initiative shows elephants walking in the Omo Forest, a home for elephants, northeast of Africa's biggest city Lagos. Omo, spreading across some 1,325 square kilometres (510 square miles) of southwestern Ogun state, was protected as a government reserve nearly a century ago. A UNESCO "biosphere reserve" of global importance, it is one of the last patches of pristine rainforest left in Nigeria. Nigeria's deforestation rates are among the highest in the world, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Handout / Omo Forest Initiative / AFP

First impressions, prices: Hong Kong's Elephant Grounds in Metro Manila

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

BGC's Elephant Grounds cafe is what brunch dreams are made of!

3 elephants found poisoned in Malaysia

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The dead animals are believed to be part of a herd of 30 elephants from the nearby forest reserve in Johor, Malaysia

POISONED. File photo of a elephant in the wilds of Malaysia. Shutterstock photo

Jumbo commotion as wild bull elephant lumbers into Indian city

May 04, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Incidents of wild animals including elephants and leopards entering towns and cities are on the rise in India as urban expansion encroaches into the countryside

ndian forest officials and police personnel try to chase away a wild male elephant at Hengrabari area in Guwahati on April 30, 2019. A wild bull elephant caused a major stir in an Indian city, wandering along the busy streets and crowds of photo-snapping onlookers before being tranquilised, officials said.  Biju BORO / AFP AFP

Water battles with elephants kick off Thai New Year

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Traditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight

SONGKRAN. Revellers and elephants splash water at each other during a ceremony to celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Ayutthaya on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The body of the male Asian elephant is found on Sunday, February 24, in a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Mondulkiri province, according to Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra

This recent undated handout photo released on February 25, 2019 by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment shows Cambodian authorities examining the body of a dead elephant in northeastern Mondulkiri province. Handout photo by Cambodian Ministry of Environment/AFP

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

May 15, 2018 - 7:22 PM

After nearly a month and with food running out, villagers reach the river where some local elephant owners came to their aid

ELEPHANT RIDE. This picture taken on May 2, 2018 shows internally displaced people riding on an elephants as they make their way looking for a shelter in Danai. AFP

Thailand police hunt 'elephant electrocutioner'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists estimate Thailand is home to more than 3,000 wild elephants

ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND. Elephants feast on a prepared buffet of fruits and vegetables before the start of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 8, 2018. Photo by  Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/ AFP

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:22 PM

African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, and used to fetch as much as $1,100 a kilogram

IVORY BAN. Ivory trade ban now in effect in China. AFP file photo

7 ide cara bertukar kado Natal

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Jelang Natal, ritual saling bertukar kado pun sudah menanti. Tapi, apa tidak bosan dengan cara bertukar kado yang itu-itu saja?

Trump temporarily reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The Trump administration decides to 'review all conservation facts' before deciding on the ban

HUNTED. Population of Zimbabwe elephants are in decline. AFP PHOTO

Critics hit U.S. over elephant trophy imports

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

An environmentalist group, the Center for Biological Diversity, says the new ruling will allow importation of the animals' heads, feet and tails, 'legalizing the killing of endangered elephants'

TUSKS. A Zimbabwe National Parks game ranger holds an elephant ivory tusk in the country's ivory vault which currently holds 90.3 tonnes of ivory in Harare, on June 2, 2016. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana / AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:58 PM

The youngster weighs around 300 kilograms 660 pounds just over half the typical weight of an animal of his age

BABY ELEPHANT. This picture taken on January 17, 2017 shows a worker watching over a baby elephant rescued from the wild at the Elephant Conservation Center in Aceh. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/ AFP

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017 – media

Dec 31, 2016 - 8:02 AM

The complete ban would affect 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues with dozens to be closed by the end of March 2017

BANNED SOON. This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

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

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered It is estimated between 2 400 and 2 800 remain in the wild according to conservation group WWF

ENDANGERED. Sumatran elephants are critically endangered. Photo by AFP

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Tanzania s largest nature reserve was in the 1970s home to 110 000 elephants but today only 15 000 remain and they are threatened by industrial scale poaching

A picture taken on October 14, 2013 shows an elephant in Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Daniel Hayduk/AFP

Disturbing trend: Critically endangered elephant is latest animal to die in an Indonesian zoo

May 12, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The elephant s death comes after a tiger also died in April in a separate zoo

SLOW TREATMENT. Yani lies down on the ground in Bandung city's zoo, West Java province, several hours before eventually dying. AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARI

Young vet dies after being trampled by elephant

May 11, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The elephant has a history of turning on its keepers

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end murderous trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild

ON FIRE. This picture show stacks of Ivory burning at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:20 PM

The regretful Angkor Elephant Company says it will let its 13 remaining elephants work fewer hours after one died on April 22

Indonesian minister: DiCaprio doesn't understand our environmental issues

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Following the threat of Indonesian officials to deport the Hollywood actor another minister says Leonardo DiCaprio is not well informed about the country s environmental issues

Leonardo DiCaprio raises awareness about endangered animals in Sumatra. Photo from Instagram of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Indonesian gov't threatens to deport Leonardo DiCaprio

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The government is not too happy with the actor s visit Here s why

Endangered Sumatran elephant found with leg almost severed by rope

Feb 19, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Conservationists got alerted of the incident after a group of trekkers posted pictures on social media

Illustration of endangered Sumateran elephant which died in National Park Bukit Barisan. Picture taken by Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan

'Powerful few' control ivory trafficking in Africa

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Scientists say only a few kingpins control the illegal trade based on DNA analysis done on ivory samples

epa04671483 Elephant tusks and ivory trinkets are piled up prior to being burned in a suburb of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2015. The Ethiopian government burned 6.1 tons of elephant tusks and ivory products confiscated over the last 20 years in an attempt to deter poaching and illegal ivory trafficking, becaming the second African nation to burn its ivory stockpile this year after Kenya. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Rampaging elephants force Myanmar villagers to tree-top refuge

Jan 16, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Villagers from a farming community say they had to build taller houses to keep them safe from the wild elephants

ELEPHANT SCARE. A man working in the field in Taik Kyi village on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The elephants are searching for foods in the places where his people live. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

Huge 50-year-old elephant killed by German tourist in Zimbabwe

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Emmanuel Fundira of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe says the elephant was so huge its tusks were almost hitting the ground while it was standing

File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: 4th economic stimulus, Sumatran elephants found dead

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a damning report on the treatment of Indonesia s death row inmates and new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp s statements ahead of his team s first game under his leadership

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

Two rare elephants found dead in Indonesia

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants aged two and 15 bleeding from their mouths and rectums

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

The wRap Indonesia: Transgenders arrested, Sumatran elephant killed

Sep 22, 2015 - 6:00 AM

An imprisoned former government official is pictured out in public transgenders are arrested in Aceh and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Endangered Sumatran elephant killed, netizens angered

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:16 PM

A critically endangered Sumatran elephant who had patrolled Indonesia s jungles to help protect threatened habitats has been killed for his tusks sparking online anger

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Hong Kong ivory trade 'major threat' to elephant survival

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The report finds more than 30 800 items – mainly jewelry and figurines – for sale in 72 stores and estimated that over 90 of sales were to buyers from mainland China

Lupita Nyong'o joins fight to save Africa's elephants

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Lupita is the ambassador for conservation organization WildAid which engages celebrities to spread awareness of poaching and wildlife crime

epa04825034 Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 June 2015. During the conference she announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Escaped circus elephant kills German man

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:09 AM

The old man was talking his usual morning walk when he was attacked by the loose elephant

From Indonesia's elephant to Philippine eagle, wildlife matters

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM

A richer Asia and Southeast Asia would be a poorer place without them