Asian Elephants

2014

2014-03-16
Nepal: Man’s death by tusker raises concern

Champa Kali, a safari elephant, had killed her own mahout, Moti Lal Chaudhary, when he was giving a bath to the animal. Animal Nepal and Elephant Aid International and other animal welfare organisations issued a joint statement on Saturday, urging the authorities concerned to carry out an independent investigation into the case to find out the cause for the attack and avoid such tragedy in the future.
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2013

2013-12-09
Thailand’s Elephant Camps

Sakit is crying. The chains around her ankles are dangling with each wallowing step up the jungle path. Her natural grandeur is all lost under the weight of tourists on her back, hollering in excitement and snapping pictures.
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2013-10-03
India: No country for elephants

The lot of the elephant belies not just its size, but also the almost universal respect it evokes in India
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2013-08-02
India: Elephant death on tracks bares apathy

A Delhi-bound Duronto Express mowed down an adult female elephant last night between Gomoh and Matari, 35km from Dhanbad district headquarters, making it the first recorded death of the protected mammal on tracks here and baring utter lack of coordination between forest and railway officials.
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2013-08-02
Jumbo problems for the Indian railways

Elephant deaths on this track are a common and cumbersome affair. The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, with its fairly large elephant population, is just one among the many forests the 163 km long Siliguri-Alipurduar railway track cuts through.
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2013-07-31
Thailand: A dying breed

Of all the mammals in Thailand, the wild elephant is probably the most important indicator species of a disappearing wilderness. A century ago, there were more than a 100,000 elephants found in the country when 75% of the Kingdom was still covered by forest.
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2013-07-20
India: Elephant lovers call for action and stringent rules

The speed at which the number of elephants in the state is plummeting is likely to result in a day when temple festivals will have to be held without their majestic presence.
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2013-07-20
Elephant killers should be brought to justice, Indonesia’s president tweets

Indonesia’s president spoke out against the killing of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) last week, using his Twitter account to urge local authorities to take action in the case.
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2013-07-19
Hong Kong Seizes Smuggled Elephant Tusks

Customs officials in Hong Kong on Friday announced one of the largest seizures of smuggled ivory ever made in the city — and their fifth since October — highlighting the pervasiveness of a trade that conservationists describe as an all-out crisis for elephant populations in Africa.
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2013-07-16
India: At last, govt acknowledges the elephant in the room

The unabated rise in the incidents of wild elephants straying into human settlements across the state and damaging property, apart from endangering lives, has finally been addressed by the state government.
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2013-07-10
India: Sun powers village to take on darkness, stray tuskers

As dusk descends on Dejuri village in Bankura district, darkness no longer engulfs the narrow mud roads amid the dense forest areas that lead to the hamlet.
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2013-07-03
Nepal: Solar fence fails to stop the jumbos

A plan to keep wild elephant s from entering human settlements by means of electric fencing in some villages in the Madi region of Chitwan National Park (CNP) has proved futile, local villagers have complained.
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2013-06-30
Palm oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory'

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat.
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2013-06-30
India: Animal-lovers faced with a mammoth job

The fate of Bijlee, a 54-year-old obese and ailing street elephant — which was rescued from an eastern Mumbai suburb by animal rights activists a few days ago — has brought the focus on the plight of these huge creatures, exploited by their ‘owners’ and ‘mahouts’.
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2013-06-29
India: Warning system to track elephant movement installed

Forest department personnel have installed two ‘early warning systems’ close to two settlements in the Anthiyur forest range to track movement of tuskers and to alert the people living there when the animals were nearing their localities.
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2013-06-29
India: Man-elephant conflict unabated in Udalgiri, six killed in June

GUWAHATI: Attacks by wild elephants continue in villages along the India-Bhutan border in Assam's Udalguri district with three people being trampled to death within a week this month and several houses being damaged.
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2013-06-27
India: Elephant task force report to be implemented

With the episode of a herd of wild elephants straying into the outskirts of Bangalore and killing four persons bringing the focus on handling man-animal conflict, Forest Minister B. Ramanath Rai on Wednesday said that the government would implement the recommendation of the Karnataka High Court-appointed Elephant Task Force to reduce man-animal conflict at a cost of about Rs. 100 crore within two years.
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2013-06-25
India: Implement comprehensive conservation plan to avoid human-elephant conflict

BANGALORE: Every time elephants come close to Bangalore or any other large city, the issue gets immense media attention, bringing the topic of human-elephant conflict to the forefront.
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2013-06-20
Indonesia: Elephants suffering as habitat destroyed by palm oil products

Demand for palm oil, a substance found in hundreds of our food and household products, is threatening some of the world's most endangered species.
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2013-06-12
Malaysia: Wildlife endangered from all fronts

Devastating reports of wildlife poaching has once again surfaced in the media. Poaching is seen as a perennial problem as the report also illustrates that environmental crimes are among the most serious and profitable forms of transnational organised crime in Asia.
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2013-06-08
India: Drought leads to elephant deaths in Sathyamangalam forests

Despite the efforts made by the forest department to improve protection for the elephants, the Sathyamangalam forests lost seven jumbos in the last two weeks. One of them, aged about 22 years, died due to electrocution in Siddhankuttai on Tuesday.
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2013-06-08
Wild Sumatran elephants likely poisoned

It is suspected that the two wild Sumatran elephants found dead at the Tesso Nilo National Park (TNTN) in Pelalawan regency, Riau, recently, were poisoned.
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2013-05-30
India: Villagers abandon homes for Elephant highway

Tribesmen in north-east India have agreed to relocate their village to clear the way for an 'Elephant highway' and bring an end to a long-running conflict with local pachyderm herds.
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2013-05-27
Malaysia: New plan to protect elephants

A HOLISTIC APPROACH: Scientists, NGOs and the public to help Wildlife and National Parks Department improve conservation and management techniques, and curb poaching and illegal trading of wildlife parts, writes Nuradilla Noorazam.
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2013-05-27
Malaysia: Deaths of pygmy elephants still unsolved

Several months have passed and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is still wondering who or what is responsible for the untimely deaths of the 14 pygmy elephants which died between December last year and January this year in a forest reserve in central Sabah.
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2013-05-26
India: Panel wants jumbo corridors in its ambit

India's elephant and tiger corridors are under stress as the government is allowing mining activity there forcing the independent members of an environment ministry's wildlife committee asking the government to bring them under their regulation.
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2013-05-19
All victims: No winners, no vanquished

Sri Lanka is paying a heavy cost of the human-elephant conflict which has claimed more than 1,500 elephants and around 700 human lives during the past decade.
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2013-05-15
Welfare board for tuskers and mahouts mooted

The Kerala Forest Department is planning to set up Kerala State Elephant Welfare Board for the well-being of elephants and mahouts.
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2013-05-12
Malaysia: River Keeper Unit established in Sabah to protect elephants

A special River Keeper Unit has been established in Sabah's Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS), an initiative aimed at protecting Borneo pygmy elephants and other wildlife.
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2013-05-10
India: Odisha signs MoU with WTI to save elephants from train hits

In a bid to check growing number of cases of elephants being fatally hit by trains, Odisha government today signed an MoU with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to develop a mitigation plan.
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2013-05-09
India: Villagers relocate to make way for jumbos - Karbis script conservation history

A Karbi village is about to script history by relocating for the sake of elephants. Ram Terang village, comprising 19 families, is expected to shift to a new location by the end of this year.
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2013-05-09
In Kerala, temple fests take a toll on elephants: 269 deaths in last three years

Temple elephants, it seems, are dying young in god's own country. A week ago four-year-old Chettuva Kannan, a popular elephant in Mokavoor-Ramanattukara area in Kozhikode, died due to acute stomach infection.
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2013-05-05
Thailand: Elephant slaughter: The gangs get bold

The chief of the country's largest national park says he needs help to combat the well planned poaching campaign that has claimed at least seven of Thailand's national animals in recent years
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2013-05-01
India: Bent on reducing conflicts with wildlife

The Forest Department has embarked upon a challenging task of mitigating animal-human conflicts in the periphery of forest areas by capture and translocation of wildlife responsible for such conflicts.
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2013-04-28
Sri Lanka: Survey of Elephants

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka organized a lecture on April 19, regarding a survey of elephants of Sri Lanka. Dr Charles Santiapillai and S Wijeyamohan addressed the audience.
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2013-04-21
Trafficking gang 'killed elephants'

A Laotian-Vietnamese wildlife trafficker and influential local people are believed to be behind the slaying of wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, an elephant expert told reporters at the Crime Reporters and Photographers Association of Thailand.
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2013-04-20
Chaiwat says jumbo deaths a conspiracy by officials

The chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park will ask the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to probe a spate of elephant killings in the park.
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2013-04-20
Horn of scarcity

WRITING in 1917, R.B. Smart, deputy commissioner and settlement officer in Akyab district of British-ruled Burma (now Rakhine state in Myanmar), was worried about local rhinoceroses.
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2013-04-19
Elephants being killed on Indian Railway tracks

Wild elephants continue to be killed on the railway tracks across India, suggesting an open confrontation between the wild life habitats and the Indian railways.
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2013-04-18
Malaysia: Caustic intoxicant indicated in deaths of 14 elephants

The probe into the mysterious deaths of 14 Borneo pygmy elephants in Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Tawau, early this year is still on-going with latest results coming from Thailand.
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2013-04-17
Ban on parading of elephants has temple organisers in a fix

With just three days left for start of the famous 'Pooram' whose main attraction is a parade by caparisoned elephants, organizers are in a fix over its successful conduct due to a ban on parading them in daytime to protect them from heatwave.
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2013-04-17
India: Karnataka: Wild elephants pose threat to voting in border areas

It is some three weeks to polling for the assembly, 30-plus Lakshmikanth (name changed) is in dread.
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2013-04-16
No curbs if elephants are cared for: DFO

A meeting of the District Monitoring Committee on captive elephants on Monday decided to explore the possibility of providing shade and adequate water for elephants participating in the Thrissur Pooram to ensure the smooth conduct of the festival.
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2013-04-15
The problem with elephants

Editorial: Government officials perpetuated a general misunderstanding when they called in the media after the remains of a male elephant were found near Kaeng Krachan National Park in the upper South.
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2013-04-13
Thailand: Park chief, jumbo deaths 'not linked'

The recent slaughter of elephants in Phetchaburi's Kaeng Krachan National Park and calls for the removal of the park's chief are being treated as two separate issues, a high-level environmental official insisted yesterday.
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2013-04-13
Malaysia: Reveal results of probe into elephants deaths

Sahabat Alam Malaysia remains concerned over the slow progress in the result of the findings that caused the deaths of 14 pygmy elephants at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in late January.
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2013-04-11
Thailand: Ivory ruled out as motive for elephant slaying, beheading

An elephant found beheaded near a reservoir in Kaeng Krachan district was pregnant and was not killed for its tusks, officials said yesterday.
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2013-04-08
India: Foresters on jumbo task in Harur, Erode

It was a day on which both the public and forest officials came face to face with elephant herds in public domain.
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2013-04-06
India: Over 12 jumbos die in Mudumalai

While more than a dozen wild jumbos were said to have died due to dehydration and shortage of fodder in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in recent times, the greens here accuse the MTR administration of poor water management and lack of care for animal health, for the jumbos’ death
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2013-04-04
State zoo parks allowed to keep elephants

In a move that comes as a relief for zoos in the state, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has reversed its earlier decision to not allow them to keep elephants. It was in 2009 that the CZA had ordered that elephants should not be kept in captivity but instead be sent to dedicated camps in forest areas.
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2013-04-02
India: Anti-poaching watchers get paid meager wages at erratic intervals

While protection of the environment and preservation of wildlife is essential to survival, it does not seem to be an occupation that is valued.
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2013-04-01
India: Jumbos get new home at Usilampatti?

The reserve forests of Usilampatti now have a new entrant to its habitat, wild elephants, according a recent census by wildlife activists and environmentalists. The elephants, which till recently were never spotted in the Usilampatti region, have now migrated from their usual habitat in Sattur along the western ghats, said B Ramesh of the Netaji Snake Trust, which was a part of the census.
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2013-03-23
India: Nurseries in forests to feed jumbos

The forest department is developing nurseries inside forests with plants and fruit trees that are favourites of animals, especially elephants. Once these grow and mature, animals will cease to venture out jungle towards villages and field in search of food
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2013-03-21
India: Solar fencing to stop jumbos

To prevent marauding elephants from destroying crops and entering human habitation, the forest department began installing solar fences in areas under Athagarh forest division on Wednesday.
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2013-03-20
India: Experts probe rising deaths of elephants in Bengal

Environment and forest experts visited Jalpaiguri in West Bengal on Tuesday to identify the causes behind rising incidents of elephant deaths, many of whom are crushed by speeding trains.
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2013-03-14
Thailand: Tourists told not to buy any ivory products

Foreigners visiting Thailand have been advised not to buy elephant tusks or any ivory products, even if it is something as small as an earring or a bracelet.
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2013-03-14
India: Eight elephants knocked down by trains in WB in 2012-13

A total of eight elephants had died after being knocked down by trains in West Bengal between January 2012-February 2013, state Forest Minister said today.
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2013-03-13
Thailand: Government doesn't care about elephants, say conservationists

Conservationists and mahouts greeted Thai Elephant Day with expressions of frustration that the government is making no serious attempt to keep these iconic animals safe in the jungle and at shelters that care for them.
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2013-03-11
India: People's support vital to tackle man-elephant conflict: DFO

The support of local community residing in the areas bordering forests was vital to prevent human-elephant conflict, District Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu said here on Sunday.
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2013-03-10
India: Jumbo con: Chhattisgarh fudges forest data for coal mining

The Chhattisgarh government fudged records, concealed facts, changed policy and altered decisions while the Union environment ministry overlooked all such illegalities to open up 1,899 hectares for mining in Hasdeo Arand, one of the best patches of forests in central India.
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2013-03-10
Indonesia: New plantation concessions threaten Borneo pygmy elephants

Borneo pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) are under threat in Indonesia’s new North Kalimantan province, where their habitat is set to be converted for rubber, jabon and sengon plantations. Experts worry that if the planned conversion goes ahead, the entire elephant population in Indonesian Borneo could be lost.
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2013-03-04
Ivory trade threatens Myanmar’s elephants

The thirst for illegal ivory is killing Myanmar’s Asian elephants, conservation experts say. Over the past 20 years, the population of these rare creatures has declined by nearly 2000, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry’s top anti-trafficking official said last week.
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2013-03-03
Thailand's prime minister pledges to outlaw domestic ivory trade

A major victory has been won in the war against the illegal slaughter of elephants, which claimed 25,000 animals in 2012, after Thailand's prime minister pledged to outlaw her nation's legal domestic ivory trade.
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2013-03-02
Thailand: Tourism and jumbo smuggling linked

Smuggling the world's largest land animal across an international border sounds like a mammoth undertaking, but activists say that does not stop traffickers supplying Asian elephants to Thai tourist attractions.
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2013-03-01
India: 49 elephants killed on railway tracks since 2010

As many as 49 elephants have been killed on railway tracks since 2010 including five in January this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Friday.
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2013-03-01
Sri Lanka: Camera fixed trains to detect elephants on tracks

Sri Lanka Railways has taken measures to rescue wild elephants that stray onto railway tracks and risk being hit by moving trains.
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2013-03-01
Thailand: Dark dealings in blood ivory

Does the name Joseph Kony ring any bells? For many Facebook users, his name came up early last year when a video clip became famous as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the crimes of Kony and his Ugandan guerrilla group Lord's Resistance Army.
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2013-02-28
Malaysia: 'Stop land conversions where jumbos roam' call

There is an urgent need to stop any further land conversion in elephant ranges as stated in the recently launched State's Elephant Action Plan. "All forest reserves in elephant ranges should be upgraded to Class One, providing a haven for elephants"
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2013-02-28
India: Forest staff gear up to keep elephants from straying

With summer setting in and the State staring at drought, it is only natural that forest officials in 19 divisions are concerned about rise in man-animal conflict.
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2013-02-27
Malaysia: Don’t speculate on pygmy elephants’ deaths – Masidi

Members of the public have been asked not to jump to conclusion on the cause of death of the 14 pygmy elephants in Lahad Datu.
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2013-02-24
India: Elephants turn money-spinners

Keeping elephants in temples and using them in religious activities and festivals are a common feature in Kerala. In the past several years, many temple festivals in Kerala have ended up in blood, tears, gore, injuries and even death.
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2013-02-20
Biofuel company caught clearing elephant habitat in Sri Lanka

A biofuel plantation near Yala National Park has landed Lanka Orex Leasing Company PLC (LOLC) in Sri Lanka's highest court. Environmentalists say the company is illegally bulldozing Asian elephant habitat, including scrubland and tree stands, near the buffer zone of Yala National Park for gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) biofuel plantation.
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2013-02-19
Malaysia: Chemicals discovered at site where 14 pygmy elephants were found dead

The deaths of the 14 pygmy elephants at the Gunung Rara forest reserve is most likely caused by poisoning from pesticides.
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2013-02-13
India: Bengal, Odisha jumbo paths get Rly speed limit

Jumbos get a new lease of life in North Bengal and Odisha with the Railways finally regulating its speed on the killer tracks to 50 kmph from evening to dawn.
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2013-02-12
India: NGO advocates natural regulation of wildlife through ecological processes

Mysore,KARNATAKA ‘Do not create artificial waterholes in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries’ Wildlife conservationists have urged the Forest Department to desist from creating artificial waterholes in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and allow for natural regulation of wildlife through ecological processes.
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2013-02-12
India: Environment ministry sets up panel to study legal cover for elephant habitats

The environment ministry has constituted a committee to review how elephant reserves and corridors across the country can get a higher level of legal protection under existing green laws.
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2013-02-11
India: A path for the pachyderm

Elephants once majestically walked down the Thadagam Valley during the migratory season.
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2013-02-11
Malaysia: Palm oil casualty? 14 pygmy elephants fall prey to pesticides in Borneo

Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead pygmy elephants were found last month in Borneo, apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers on the country's massive palm-oil plantations.
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2013-02-09
Thailand: Stamp out the trade in ivory

Editorial: Although Sundays are a traditional day of rest, few in Bangkok will be taking it easy on March 3. More than 2 million citizens will flock to the polls to elect their new governor while delegates who have flown into the capital from all over the world kick off what is expected to be a heated two-week meeting on animal and plant conservation.
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2013-02-08
Malaysia Seeks More Tests for Dead Pygmy Elephants

An initial chemical analysis on 14 Borneo pygmy elephants that died mysteriously could not conclusively determine if they were poisoned, and more tests will be conducted abroad, an official said Friday.
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2013-02-08
Malaysia orders tests abroad for dead pygmy elephants after report fails to show poisoning

A Malaysian official says an initial chemical analysis on 14 Borneo pygmy elephants that died mysteriously came back inconclusive as to whether they had been poisoned.
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2013-02-07
Elephants face jumbo problems in India

The herd of elephants foraging in the forests had no idea of the danger that lay ahead as an express train sped from Chennai to Kolkata last December.
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2013-02-07
Malaysia: Survival of 11 elephants hangs in the balance

The continued survival of 11 elephants, from the herd where 14 were found killed earlier, hangs in the balance deep in Tawau.
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2013-02-07
India: Jumbo deaths reach a six-year high this season

The state has witnessed the highest number of elephant deaths in this season, compared to the last six years.
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2013-02-05
India: Nod to Sikkim rail link poses jumbo threat

A killer stretch of railway track that cuts across a critical wildlife corridor in North Bengal and sees an average of five elephant deaths every year due to train accidents may soon see an increase in traffic.
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2013-02-05
Alarm over ivory smuggling on Malaysia-Thai border

The arrest of a Thai policeman who tried to smuggle 20 elephant tusks in southern Thailand has raised alarm with wildlife trade monitoring network, Traffic Southeast Asia.
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2013-02-04
Heat stroke killing captive baby elephants

High temperatures and low rainfall brought on by climate change affect the survival of elephants working in timber camps in Myanmar and double the risk of death to the calves.
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2013-02-03
Elephants v humans

Editorial: UNLIKE African elephants, Bornean pygmy elephants don't have to worry about being killed for their ivory.
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2013-02-03
Malaysia sacrifices its rare pygmy elephants for palm oil

Op-Ed: Rangers of the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve were shocked to find a baby elephant, trying in vain to wake its mother, who had been poisoned along with 13 other elephants, all part of the same herd.
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2013-02-03
Malaysia: Yayasan Sabah to probe Borneo pygmy elephants’ deaths

Sabah’s largest concession holder Yayasan Sabah has promised to find out the cause of deaths of the 14 Borneo pygmy elephants to ensure no similar tragedy occurred in their area.
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2013-02-02
Malaysia: No more jumbo carcasses

EVEN though no more carcasses of Bornean Pygmy Elephants have been found in Tawau since Wednesday night, the special task force investigating the issue has not ruled out the possibility of more deaths.
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2013-02-01
Deaths of pygmy elephants sparks concern in Malaysia

A forlorn and frightened pygmy elephant calf, reaching out its trunk to touch its dead mother. That's the heartbreaking scene local authorities came across recently as they patrolled the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in northeastern Borneo.
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2013-01-31
14 Pygmy Elephants Die Mysteriously in Borneo

Fourteen endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have recently been found dead in a Malaysian forest, presenting a mystery for wildlife officials and conservationists.
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2013-01-30
India: Forest department plans measures to avoid tusker menace

The forest department has claimed that it has launched a mega project aimed at checking elephant-man conflict in the state.
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2013-01-28
Sri Lanka: Why confiscated bloody-ivory should be burnt

Recently, Sri Lanka Customs seized a massive quantity of illegal ivory.
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2013-01-25
India: Elephants continue to be killed by speeding trains

Kolkata: Elephants continue to be killed by speeding trains in the 760 km Buxa Reserved Forest in north Bengal while the forest authorities and the Railways blame each other for the accidents.
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2013-01-22
Thailand: Dept boosts illegal ivory fight

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will invite ivory accessory shops for a briefing this month following complaints that Thailand is a trafficking hub for African ivory.
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2013-01-16
India: DRM summoned in jumbo massacre case

Forest officials have issued a notice to divisional railway manager (DRM) of Khurda Road to appear on January 19 before the investigating officer probing into the recent death of elephants under the wheels of a speeding train near Subalaya station in Ganjam district.
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2013-01-16
India: Infrared cameras to mitigate jumbo-train collisions at Rajaji

Taking serious cognisance of the deaths of two elephants hit by a train in Rajaji national park, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has directed the forest department to install infrared cameras at Rajaji national park on the lines of Corbett national park.
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2013-01-15
India: Rlys blamed for jumbo casualty at Rajaji Park

The death of two elephants hit by a train passing through the Rajaji national park on Sunday is being blamed mainly on the Railways as the driver is said to be from Delhi depot and the train said to have been moving faster than the speed decided in the meetings of the Forest Department and Railway officials.
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2013-01-15
India: Odisha seeks speed restriction of trains to save elephants

Seeking the Centre's intervention to ensure speed restrictions at crossing points used by elephants, Odisha government on Wednesday asked the railway board to revisit its advisories on prevention of train accidents involving the animals.
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2013-01-15
India: Trains and trumpets

The Siliguri-Alipurduar railway track in West Bengal is famous for the beautiful landscape it passes through, but it is equally infamous for the number of elephants that get killed by trains.
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2013-01-14
India: Elephant Taunting – A Despicable Spectator Sport in Coimbatore Forests

Editor’s note: This report exposes a serious problem that needs urgent resolution. CI requests journalists to highlight this issue so that the authorities put strong measures in place to stop it. We request all conservationists and conservation NGOs in Coimbatore to join hands to help the Forest Department in solving this problem urgently.
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2013-01-13
Thailand at the centre of rising illegal ivory trade

A new report detailing the slaughter of African elephants to supply increasingly sophisticated smuggling gangs has led critics to charge that flaws in the country's policy on domesticated elephants help to fuel the bloody business
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2013-01-12
India: Odisha: Vulnerable elephants

One of the elephants that were killed when a train hit them in the Rambha forest area, about 180 km south of Bhubaneswar, on December 29.
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2013-01-11
India: Pro chasers to tackle Seraikela tusker menace

With increased attacks from wild elephants at regular intervals, the Seraikela-Kharswan forest department has resolved to form small groups of trained chasers to prevent loss of life and property in the areas prone to such incidents.
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2013-01-10
India: It’s urgent to curb jumbo deaths, Rly Minister told

The Railway Ministry is least bothered about the death of the six jumbos in the train accident at Subalaya village in Ganjam district in Odisha, said Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan in a letter to the Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
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2013-01-08
India: Elephants to be electronically tagged to avoid train hits

In the wake of rising incidents of elephant deaths due to collisions with trains, the Environment Ministry today decided to electronically tag the animals in high-traffic areas to allow forest officials to keep a track of their movements and prevent accidents.
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2013-01-07
India: Central team blames high train speed for jumbo deaths

As the blame game continues between the State Forest Department and the ECoR over the tragic death of six elephants in Ganjam district, a two-member Central team led by Additional Director General Wildlife SS Garbyal, probing the incident, took exception to the running of the train at high speed that caused the sad incident.
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2013-01-02
Malaysia: Corridor allows study of jumbos' migratory path

A wildlife corridor is being established between Segaliud Lokan-Deramakot and the Malua Forest Reserve to allow easier access and movement of elephants in the area.
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2012

2012-12-23
Sri Lanka: The case for conserving elephant landscapes

The future of Sri Lanka’s elephants may lie in whether the country’s decision makers are savvy and experienced enough to make the country open for business like their political and civil service counterparts do in developed nations.
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2012-12-18
Thailand: Ivory traders must register by January

All businesses involved in the trade or production of ivory items must register by next month, the government says.
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2012-12-18
India: Apathy helps Odisha jumbo toll mount

The death of national heritage animal has been continuing unabated in Odisha.
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2012-12-15
India: 15 jumbos electrocuted in State since 2009: Minister

As many as 15 elephants died in State due to electrocution since 2009,” said Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray while answering a question of Keonjhar BJD MLA Subarna Nayak in the Assembly on Tuesday.
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2012-12-13
Nepal: Encroachment likely behind rogue tuskers

In an attempt to understand why wild elephants have claimed human life in a series of incidents in Chitwan, Parsa and Bara districts, animal behavior experts have premised a number of possible explanations.
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2012-12-06
India: Jumbos wreak havoc after calf death

Unable to bear the death of the youngest member of their group, a herd of 21 Dalma elephants wreaked havoc in Jhaldah subdivision on Tuesday night.
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2012-12-06
India: Elephant's tusks, trunk, tail chopped off in Assam

The elephant is lying in a paddy field in Kharmauza village, five kilometres from Goalpara town on national highway 37. Eyewitnesses say its tusks have been uprooted and trunk chopped off. The tail is missing.
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2012-12-06
Vietnam's Elephants Face Threats from Near and Far

At the end of the war in 1975, as many as 2,000 wild elephants roamed the lowland forests of Vietnam. Today, there are as few as 50.
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2012-12-06
India: Karnataka is now home to 6,072 elephants

Karnataka is now home to 6,072 Asiatic elephants, 5,945 of which were spotted in the Mysore elephant reserve (MER) alone, according to the latest elephant census.
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2012-12-04
India: Train mows down elephant calf

A two-year-old elephant calf was killed after being hit by the Alipurduar-bound Kanchan Kanya Express on Monday.
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2012-11-29
Sri Lanka: New homes for straying jumbos

The human - elephant conflict can be controlled to a great extent once the four elephant conservation centres are ready for occupation by straying jumbos, Wildlife and Agrarian Services Deputy Minister S M Chandrasena said.
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2012-11-28
India: Human-elephant conflict on rise with advent of winter

The advent of winter has also brought about an increase in the incidence of human-elephant conflict especially on the Dehradun-Rishikesh road with elephants halting traffic on the road or raiding settlements for food after sunset.
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2012-11-27
Thailand: Most captive elephants 'suffering'

Most elephants living in captivity across the country suffer from work overload, malnutrition, and poor living conditions, says the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre.
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2012-11-27
Bhutan: Tuskers menace fields despite electric fences

Lack of maintenance by community to which they’ve been handed over may be why Sipsu, Samtse Farmer Prem Bahadur Rana, 55, had a big grin on his dark face, as he harvested the golden stalks of paddy by the handful in the afternoon sun.
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2012-11-26
Assam: Train-elephant collisions on decline

Recent efforts to reduce collisions between elephants and trains traversing natural habitats and corridors used by the animals appear to have made gains in Assam.
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2012-11-23
India: Elephants paying back man in same coin in Uttarakhand

For decades the planners cared a fig about the migration routes of the elephants and developmental works, in the form of road, canals and other projects came up at random, forcing the pachyderms to stop their traditional migration and be confined in small pockets, which are hardly able to sustain the herds.
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2012-11-23
Four more elephant sanctuaries to be set up in Sri Lanka next year

The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to set up four more elephant sanctuaries in the country by next year, Deputy Minister of Wildlife and Agrarian Services S.M. Chandrasena has said.
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2012-11-23
India: Electric solar fences to enclose elephant camp

Solar electric fences will soon be erected around the annual vacation-cum-rejuvenation camp for temple elephants that is scheduled to take place near Vanabhadrakali Amman temple in Thekkumpatti near Mettupalayam.
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2012-11-23
Vietnam vows to protect elephants in the danger

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is compiling the plan on protecting elephants in three provinces of Dak Lak, Nghe An and Dong Nai.
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2012-11-20
India: Don’t venture out at dawn, dusk in elephant zone: Forest Department

As many as 14 people have been killed by elephants in Karnataka since January. Six of these deaths occurred around Bangalore.
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2012-11-20
India: Review projects in forests: Panel

A task force set up by the Karnataka high court has recommended for a time-bound review of clearances granted or pending for various projects, including mini-hydel projects.
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2012-11-20
India: Jumbo jitters hit sugarcane growers

At least 20 wild elephants entered Kalakala, Tilipala and adjoining villages of Badchana block in Jajpur district recently and damaged 15 houses, huge areas of crops and trees.
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2012-11-18
India: Two elephant reserves to come up in Tripur

Tripura government will set up two elephant reserves for preservation of the species whose numbers have vastly depleted due to large-scale poaching and migration to neighboring Bangladesh.
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2012-11-13
Indonesia: Animal Rights Group Puts Bounty on Elephant Killers

Animal rights group PETA offered a $1,000 reward Tuesday for information on the killing of three critically-endangered Sumatran elephants near palm oil plantations in Indonesia.
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2012-11-12
Indonesia: Sumatra elephants probably poisoned for revenge: official

JAKARTA — Three critically-endangered Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia's Riau province were probably poisoned in a revenge attack by palm oil plantation workers, an official said Monday.
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2012-11-11
India: Deaths of wild elephants in Udalguri

Unnatural deaths of wild elephants in Udalguri district has posed serious threat to wild elephant population in the state.
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2012-11-06
India: Steel Authority Said to Close Odisha Mine, Cutting Output

Steel Authority of India Ltd., the country’s second-biggest maker of the alloy, will stop work at an iron ore mine in the eastern state of Odisha to make way for an elephant corridor
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2012-11-05
India: Solar fencing mooted to check electrocution of elephants

The forest department has submitted a proposal to the government to go for solar power fencing in some of the cultivable areas in Ganjam district to save the standing crops from depredation of wild animals, particularly elephants, and prevent their deaths due to electrocution.
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2012-11-05
Malaysia: Plantations, floodings reduce elephant habitat

The forests inhabited by the elephants in the Kinabatangan are shrinking because they are converted for agriculture such as palm oil plantations.
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2012-11-04
India: Mineral trade boom squeezes elephants out of habitats in Odisha

In the past five years, 295 pachyderms have died, many of unnatural causes.
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2012-11-03
Vietnam: Dak Lak: elephant – human conflicts

The conflict between the humans and elephants has lasted for decades in the Central Highlands.
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2012-10-31
India: How will you protect elephants, HC asks govt

BANGALORE: Lack of measures to prevent elephant deaths due to illegal electrical fencing in core forest areas has irked the high court.
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2012-10-31
India: Elephant deaths rampant in Orissa

Orissa, where kings were once addressed as ‘Gajpati’, is fast turning into a graveyard for elephants with 296 jumbos dying in the past five years.
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2012-10-31
India: State to get Rs 32 cr to prevent jumbo deaths

Expressing concern over the rising elephant toll in the State, Union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanti Natarajan on Tuesday announced to provide Rs32 crore to Odisha for undertaking measures to prevent death of jumbos due to electrocution.
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2012-10-30
Thailand: Illegal ivory trade 'helping fund guerrilla groups'

Washington has asked Thailand to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade, citing the illicit business as a major moneymaker for armed guerrilla groups.
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2012-10-22
Malaysia: Elephant herd helps researchers identify new sanctuaries

KOTA KINABALU: A herd of elephants is helping researchers identify areas that need to be set aside as wildlife forest corridors in Sabah's lower Kinabatangan region.
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2012-10-15
India: Jharkhand State animal displaced from abode!

The State animal of Jharkhand, the elephant, has become a displaced creature in its own home, courtesy vanishing corridors, growing urbanization and illegal mining.
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2012-10-15
Blood Ivory: Hong Kong Fights a Losing Battle Against Smugglers

An emperor, faced with the task of selecting a successor, devises a test: he lays out an array of valuable artifacts — items of gold, jade and ivory — and asks each of his sons to choose one treasure.
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2012-10-12
Vietnam: No one can save Vietnam’s elephants?

The serious poaching which has not been eased over the last many years has led to the sharp fall of the number of elephant individuals in Vietnam, from 1500-2000 in 1990s to tens of elephants now.
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2012-10-11
India: Jumbos in jeopardy: Special team needed to protect the endangered

Four elephants were electrocuted within a week in two different forest ranges in Ganjam district, when the country was observing the Wildlife Week, creating a hue and cry across the country.
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2012-10-10
India: Tuskers enter Barlanga Forest

Wreaking havoc on NH 33 and nearby areas for almost two weeks the notorious herd of elephants started moving into Barlanga Forest near Kanchi River on Tuesday.
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2012-10-10
India: Raids likely in jumbo poaching zone

Forest officials and engineers of power distribution company Southco would jointly raid villages in Ganjam district to prevent poaching of animals by electrocution.
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2012-10-10
India: Owners of captive elephants reluctant to submit details

Captive elephant ownership certificate issuance runs into rough weather with majority of elephant owners reluctant to submit details sought by the Forest Department.
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2012-10-09
India: Wildlife, power authorities lock horns over elephant deaths

With five elephants getting killed in Ganjam district within a fortnight, a blamegame has ensued between the wildlife and electricity authorities in Odisha.
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2012-10-09
India: Appreciating elephant individuality: a new approach to preventing conflicts with humans

To prevent conflicts between humans and elephants in developed areas, a new study shows there is much to learn from analyzing Asian elephant behavior at the individual level as opposed to population studies.
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2012-10-08
India: Elephant, calf electrocuted in Ganjam

Two elephants were electrocuted at the Kankhai jungle under the Khallikote forest range, situated 55 km away from Brahmapur, on Sunday.
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2012-10-07
India: Four elephants electrocuted in Odisha

In a suspected case of poaching, at least four elephants were found electrocuted in Odisha's Ganjam district, Forest department sources said today.
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2012-10-06
India: Translocation of elephants from Hemavati backwaters ruled out

The much debated translocation of elephants from Hemavati backwaters in Hassan district seems to be history now, with the Karnataka Elephant Task Force (KETF) suggesting that the 25 elephants in the region be captured and retained in captivity instead.
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2012-10-05
India: Task force moots three elephant zones

The Karnataka Elephant Task Force set up by the high court to look into elephant-human conflict has made several recommendations
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2012-09-30
India: Jumbo job for foresters during migration season

As October approaches, forest department officials in the Coimbatore region gear up for their annual challenge — the migration of elephants in the Nilgiris biosphere
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2012-09-24
India: 90 jumbos electrocuted in 5 years

As many as 600 elephants have died in the state in the last five years, according to the records of the Forest Department.
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2012-09-23
Sri Lanka: ‘Hakka Patas’ claims most elephants

Human-elephant conflict is dramatically on the rise. It has become one of the major issues in the fight to save Asia’s endangered elephants.
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2012-09-19
India: Alur man-jumbo conflict: Mammoth problem

Lalitamma, 50, has had many sleepless nights over the last month as a tusker has taken to raiding her fields where the ripe corn is waiting to be harvested. For the next three months she and her son will have to guard their small field from the elephant and any other wild jumbos that may find the corn hard to resist.
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2012-09-18
India: For coal blocks, Chhattisgarh dropped elephant reserve plan

On June 4, 2008, Arvind Jain, chairman of CII Chhattisgarh, wrote a letter to the divisional forest officer, Korba, saying that since coal blocks of a few companies fell in the area of a proposed elephant reserve in the district, “the reserve should be shifted to some other location”.
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2012-09-14
Obese elephants given slimming help

Authorities in India are being presented with an massive task: managing the weight of obese elephants kept in temples.
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2012-09-06
Joint Indo-Nepal task force to curb movement of elephants

A joint Indo-Nepal task force is likely to be formed to curb the movement of Indian elephants into Nepal, stop smuggling and prevent human trafficking, official sources said here today.
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2012-09-06
The Slaughter of Elephants in Vietnam Is Nearly Complete

The plight of elephants in Africa is being explained, in graphic and saddening detail, in a new series of stories by my colleague Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times. “An epic elephant slaughter,” he calls it, with poachers wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year for their ivory.
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2012-09-04
How Does The Media Report On Elephant Human Conflict?

We see often an inconsistency in reporting on wildlife in newspapers. On some days we see responsible stories, and on other days, even the same newspaper has an inaccurate or sensational story. The media is not sensitized sufficiently enough on why the man/elephant conflict is occurring and as a result, the stories which come out in the press are mostly one sided, skewed in favour of man and the elephant is demonized.
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2012-09-03
Vietnam: Scientists urge to set up emergency plan to protect elephants

On August 25, forest rangers detected the dead bodies of two elephants that were only 5 meters from each other in the Yok Don National Park. The bodies were being decomposed.
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2012-09-01
India: Mahouts not to send elephants for Mysore Dasara

The Mahouts of Dubare elephant camp have said that they will not send any elephants from Dubare elephant camp to the world famous Mysore Dasara, next month.
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2012-09-01
Chinese researcher studying wildlife underpasses

Western Montana motorists worry about hitting deer on the road. Yun Wang worries about elephants. The China Academy of Transportation Sciences researcher has spent the past month in Montana, looking at wildlife crossing projects like the under- and overpasses along U.S. Highway 93 between Evaro and Polson.
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2012-09-01
Vietnam: Wild elephant deaths investigation ordered

DAK LAK — The Yok Don National Park has asked local authorised agencies to conduct an investigation into why two wild elephants died last Saturday in Central Highlands Dak Lak Province's Ea Sup District.
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2012-08-31
India: Elephants vs people

Kurkuttipara offers a classic case of human-animal conflict. In this remote place beyond Barkal of Rangamati, villagers cannot hate anything more than the herd of nine elephants.
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2012-08-30
India: 46 elephants killed in train-hits in last three years

Forty-six elephants have been killed on rail tracks in the country since 2009, with the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) accounting for the maximum number of pachyderm deaths, the government said today.
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2012-08-29
India: Jumbo attacks 3 CRPF men at training camp

In yet another instance of human-animal conflict on the forest fringes, a wild jumbo attacked three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel during their jungle ambush training camp at Arivuoli Nagar, near Madukarai, on Tuesday morning. The injured policemen were immediately rushed to a private hospital.
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2012-08-29
India: 147 jumbos killed in state since 2005

BHUBANESWAR: As many as 147 elephants have been killed for different reasons in the state since 2005, forest and environment minister Bijoyshree Routray told the assembly on Tuesday.
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2012-08-29
India: Banished from their homes

Man-animal conflicts are on the rise across the country, because wild animals are being increasingly pushed out of their habitat by human activities. Their departure has exposed our forests and water sources to destruction.
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2012-08-29
India: Tusker was part of herd run over by train

COIMBATORE: The tusker that attacked the CRPF personnel on Tuesday was part of a herd that had met with a tragic accident on February 4, 2008, according to wildlife activists who frequent the area. Four elephants were killed when a train, traveling at a speed in the excess of 135 Kmph
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2012-08-28
India: Poachers kill 73 elephants since 2005 in Odisha

Poachers remained active in forests of Odisha, eliminating 73 elephants in last seven years since 2005 even as 157 people were arrested during the period on charge of killing wild animals.
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2012-08-28
India: Elephant menace: DC restricts night traffic on a segment of state highway 86

MYSORE: Traffic on a segment of state highway 86 between S Begar and Hunsur, in the Nugu wildlife division at Heggadadevana Kote taluk, will be closed between 6 pm and 6 am, from September 1. This is aimed at preventing elephants from coming out forest and entering the human habitat.
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2012-08-26
India: Tripura to create elephant corridors to reduce conflict

AGARTALA: The Manik Sarkar government, in a move that may help reduce man-elephant conflicts in future, is set to create two elephant corridors in Atharomura foothills. The state is also planning to construct two elephant reserves in the area.
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2012-08-24
India: Minister orders release of abused elephant

Following a public outcry, including an appeal from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam has ordered the release and relocation of an elephant that was allegedly beaten up and kept chained in a Kolhapur temple.
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2012-08-21
Elephants spending more time on defending then eating and relaxing

Indian elephants are spending more time on defending themselves against human onslaughts than feeding and relaxing because of fragmentation of their habitat, a study conducted by nine wildlife research institutes in India has revealed. Population of Asian elephants has been increasing (from about 19,000 in 2002 to about 27,000 in 2007) despite their living areas getting reduced due to anthropologic pressures and development. The study published in Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE made an attempt to understand how elephants adapted to the dramatic changes in the habitat and came out with some eye-opening findings.
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2012-08-21
India: Jumbo translocation: HC seeks objections from forest dept

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the State Forest department to file objections in a petition challenging the proposed translocation of captive elephants from Karnataka to Madhya Pradesh. Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), a city-based animal rights group had moved the High Court stating that the State government had identified 11 elephants for translocation to Madhya Pradesh for safari and that the dry deciduous forests of MP were not suitable for the pachyderms. The petitioner had sought a direction to restrain the government from shifting the jumbos.
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2012-08-19
India: 2 elephants spotted on border with bullet injuries

In spite of the Indian government taking up the issue of attack on elephants from across the India-Nepal border, two elephants have been spotted with bullet injuries in the Kurseong forest division of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, forest officials said on Saturday. The hilly district shares a long boundary with Nepal.
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2012-08-19
Sri Lanka: Focus on elephant conservation

Construction work on the elephant holding ground in Horowpothana has been expedited under the Wildlife Conservation Department. The holding ground will shelter elephants injured and abandoned mainly due to the human-elephant conflict in the North Central Province.
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2012-08-19
Singapore: AVA should vote against ivory trade

It was reported in "UN wants to make ivory trading legal again" (July 29, online) that the United Nations may be looking at legalising the trade in ivory from existing stocks "gathered from elephants that have died as a result of natural causes". The UN sees this as a move to curb smuggling of elephant ivory.
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2012-08-19
Sri Lanka: Drought: 150 elephants face death

Wildlife officials have taken steps to provide animals in the Kalawewa reservoir with water using bowsers to prevent them from being affected by the prevailing drought. Environmentalists earlier warned that the drought situation prevalent in Kalawewa could affect nearly 150 elephants and even kill them if it prolonged.
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2012-08-19
Govt wants to relocate Delhi's 18 elephants

New Delhi: The forest department of Delhi has written to the state governments to make the city an elephant-free area. There are 18 registered elephants in the capital, which the department claims are a traffic hazard and pose as a safety risk. Letters have been sent to Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, asking if the elephants could be taken by these states for use in tourism.
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2012-08-17
India: Two elephants run over by train in Keonjhar

Two elephants were run over by a train in Keonjhar district late on Wednesday night. Two more, including a calf, were injured while the herd was trying to cross the railway tracks between Nayagarh-Jurudi stations. While the injured elephant went into the forest, the calf fell into a 12-ft-deep ditch near the tracks and sustained injuries. It was rescued by the forest department staff and released into the wild.
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2012-08-15
India: Centre puts elephant capture plan on hold

KOLKATA: Buckling under pressure from the wildlife activists and NGOs, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has put on hold the plan to capture four wild elephants in Bengal for domestic use. New Delhi-based NGOs like Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Wildlife Protection Society of India ( WPSI) had taken up the issue with the MoEF, seeking more clarity on the elephant capturing plan.
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2012-08-08
Indonesia: Hundreds of hotspots burn Tesso Nilo National Park, threatening elephants

From June to July, hundreds of fires spread in Tesso Nilo National Park in Indonesia. Based on the data from World Wide Fund for Wildlife (WWF) Program-Riau, fire hotspots reached their peak in the third week of June. As of early July, fires, which were triggered a month earlier, could not be totally extinguished. WWF spokesperson, Riau Syamsidar, said that based on GIS satellite from June 1-17th, 78 hotspots were detected in Tesso Nilo National Park. On June 18, 2012 there were 10 fires burning in one of Riau's biggest elephant habitats.
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2012-08-06
Elephant Population In Jambi Endangered

Due to the shrinking of the forest as a habitat for Sumatran elephants, especially in forest areas Spintun, District Pauh, Sarolangun regency, Jambi, the animals that once numbered more than 50 head, now stands at only about 14.
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2012-08-06
Thailand: Elephant plan is misguided

Editorial: Next March, assuming everything goes smoothly, Thailand will host a major meeting of delegates from the 175 nations that are members of Cites, to talk about ivory. Cites is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, charged with helping the world take common-sense measures to protect wildlife.
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2012-08-03
India: Elephant killed by speeding train

GUWAHATI: An elephant was killed by a speeding train on the outskirts of Guwahati on Wednesday night as the railway tracks continue to be a deathtrap for the pachyderms in the state....According to Elephant Task Force (ETF), Assam tops with a 36 per cent of elephant casualties due to train-hits since 1987, followed by West Bengal with 26 per cent and Uttarakhand with 14 per cent.
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2012-07-31
India: As rain lashes, jumbos on the offensive at Valparai

The changing tastes of wild elephants are making life hell for the residents of Valparai on the Kerala — Tamil Nadu border, where people are scared to their bones since the onset of the monsoon. According to officials of the Valparai forest range, the cases of elephant attacks reported from the area are on the steady rise with the iterations of elephant attacks on shops and houses. At present, about 30 elephants are camping in the various tea estates.
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2012-07-28
Environment Ministry allows West Bengal govt to capture wild elephants despite ban

Taming a wild elephant is not easy. Neither for the tamer, nor for the animal itself. The elephant is first chained and then mercilessly beaten till it gives in. However, the Environment Ministry has given the West Bengal government permission to do precisely this.
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2012-07-25
New Delhi: Only 18 captive elephants left in Delhi, down from 40 a decade ago

The freak accident recently on Noida Expressway, in which a speeding truck killed one of Delhi’s captive elephants and injured another, has put the focus on the condition of elephants in captivity and whether is it advisable to keep these animals in a place like Delhi, which has extreme weather conditions, huge traffic volume and population.
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2012-07-24
Thailand: Tourism driving illegal elephant trade in Burma and Thailand

An illegal cross-border trade in endangered wild Asian elephants to serve Thailand's tourist industry is threatening the future of the species, an undercover investigation by the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) has revealed. A new film (above), produced by the EFU in association with Link TV and the NGO Elephant Family, has uncovered how at least 50-100 elephant calves and young female elephants are removed from their forest homes in Burma each year to be traded illegally to supply tourist camps situated in Thailand.
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2012-07-23
India: Stone quarrying poses health threat to jumbos

Politicians and government officials speak eloquently about protecting the flora and fauna. But very few translate their words into action. The long negligence of a government order to protect the area near Bannerghatta National Park from quarrying units is one example.
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2012-07-23
India: Elephant menace: Minister to visit affected areas

Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara on Monday said he along with team of department officials will visit areas and people affected by elephant menace in Kodagu district soon after the ongoing Legislative session.
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2012-07-22
India: Cry of ‘Sahya’s Sons’

Elephants in Kerala are referred as the “sons of the Sahya (Western Ghats)”. Elephant is the state Animal. It is featured on the emblem of the Government of Kerala state. Apart from all these, for the whole Hindus elephants represent Lord Ganesha also. Then also, this poor animal is being tortured so badly in the state.
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2012-07-22
India: Depts at daggers drawn over jumbo electrocutions

The electrocution of seven elephants in just four months has set off alarm bells in the forest department. Waking up to the call, the department top brass have reportedly written a strongly worded letter to the energy department citing the inaction of its officials despite repeated requests. The letter also seeks an explanation on why action shouldn’t be initiated against energy department officials under various sections of Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
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2012-07-21
India: Elephants cause maximum loss of human lives: MoEFTNN

LUCKNOW: Man-animal conflicts are common in various parts of the country. In India, wild elephants probably kill far more people than tiger, leopard or lion. But, surprisingly, human conflict involving leopard draws great amount of public attention compared to other animals. Other carnivores - tigers, lions and wolves, which have been known for causing a large number of human deaths in the past, are now mostly restricted in range and their impact is not as widespread as that of the leopard.
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2012-07-17
Sri Lanka: Jumbo Survey report to be released soon

The comprehensive report on the first national survey of Sri Lanka’s wild elephants will be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa within next few days. The initial report showed an elephant population of more than 5,800.The survey revealed that Sri Lanka had 5,879 wild elephants including 122 tuskers – male elephants with tusks – and 1,107 calves. The previous population estimate was 5,350.
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2012-05-21
India: Elephantine problem

A tiger death raises a million eye brows. An investigation is immediately sought. Conservationists make a hue and cry demanding the arrest of the poacher.
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2012-05-21
India: Concrete jungle threat to jumbos

Following the recent elephant scare on Bangalore-Mysore highway, where two elephants from Bannerghatta forests, while going to Savandurga forest, damaged a private property, the Forest Department plans to urge the state government to prevent the establishment of new layouts near elephant corridors on the outskirts of the city.
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2012-05-21
India: Illegal arms, threat to elephants

BANGALORE: Illegal arms owned by some people in border villages of Mysore and Kodagu districts are posing a threat to the elephant population in the Mysore region.
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2012-04-25
India: Heritage animal faces elephantine problem

We have declared elephants as our ‘National Heritage Animal’. And left them to fight for their survival against odds. In October 2010, with much fanfare, India declared the elephant as its National Heritage Animal. While it’s good that the state officially acknowledged the deep cultural links that our people have with Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, it was pretty much the only substantive recommendation of the Elephant Task Force—appointed to propose measures to strengthen elephant conservation—which it paid heed to.
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2012-04-23
Vietnam: Survival doubtful for local elephants

VietNamNet Bridge – Wild elephants could disappear from Viet Nam's Central Highlands permanently as deforestation has destroyed their habitat and source of food needed for survival. Their survival in the country remains doubtful as plans for a preservation project remain only on paper and forests continue to be cut down for rubber, coffee and cassava plantations.
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2012-04-18
Indonesia: Kalimantan Palm Plantations Threaten Last Pygmy Elephants

With no more than 80 Borneo pygmy elephants left in Indonesia, the massive clearing of forests to make way for palm oil plantations poses a major threat to the survival of the species, environmentalists warn.
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