News: Why elephant rides have to end

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World Animal Protection is campaigning to end elephant rides worldwide in an e-letter campaign launched in July. But the agency praised ChangChill an elephant park in Thailand that has successfully ended elephant rides. Formerly, Happy Elephant Valley, located in Chiang Mai, North Thailand, the project began its transition to a new ride-free business model in 2017. World Animal Protection and […]

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Africa: Elephant, rhino populations rebounding in Tanzania after anti-poaching crackdown

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Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organized criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching, the country’s presidency said. A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court in February for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants to Asia, marking a […]

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News: The ‘Smoking Elephant ‘of India

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A video of a wild elephant in India exhaling ashes has stumped experts worldwide as it is the first document of what appears to be a pachyderm “smoking”. The video was shot in 2016 by Vinay Kumar, a scientist from the Indian branch of the Wildlife Conservation Society, in Karnataka state’s Nagarhole Forest, but released recently “after experts realized its […]

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Africa: European Tourists trampled by Elephant in Zambia for getting too close while taking Photographs

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A Dutch and a Belgian tourist were trampled to death by an elephant in Zambia as they got too close to the animal when trying to take pictures, police said on Sunday. The holidaymakers, whose identities have not been released, were killed on Saturday while on safari at Maramba River Lodge in the tourist town of Livingstone. “A lady from […]

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Africa: Giant Club raise money for Uganda Elephant conservation in UK

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Pioneering private-sector deals to encourage tourists to visit Uganda’s wildernesses could save wildlife habitats, including spots where elephant numbers are rising for the first time in decades. Cash-strapped Uganda struggles to cover the costs of looking after its national parks and reserves. Despite this, elephant herds are growing, bucking the trend in the rest of Africa, where a third of […]

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Kenya to host the inaugural Elephant preservation Club summit in Africa’s History

President Kenyatta is to convene a summit of African Heads of State, corporate leaders, philanthropists and conservation experts in April to develop a continent-wide response to the trade in illegal-wildlife, it was announced today. Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, said the two-day event, which is being staged in partnership with the […]

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