Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Africa 05/23/19, 09:16

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups.The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible ...

Whose poo is this? Prague Zoo takes a closer look at dung

Entertainment 05/07/19, 08:24

After producing plenty of elephant dung and other manure for years, Prague Zoo has capitalized on its expertise by creating a new permanent exhibit on the world of animal excrement.It displays information and samples of everything from fossil turds, also known as coprolites, from extinct animals to the excrement of ...

Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand’s new king

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 03:38

Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, gathered with their handlers before Bangkok's Grand Palace on Tuesday to pay respects to Thailand's newly crowned king.Hundreds of mahouts, or handlers, dressed in royal yellow sang the royal anthem and kneeled with their elephants before a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The ceremony ...

Rhino poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

Africa 04/08/19, 10:07

A rhinoceros poacher in a South Africa wildlife preserve was stomped to death by an elephant and eaten by lions, authorities said. Rangers at Kruger National Park found his skull and trousers. The man and two others were hunting for rhinos illegally last week when the elephant surprised them and trampled him, ...

China sets aside crops for wild elephants to spare farmers

World 03/09/19, 22:31

China plans to grow crops specifically for wild elephants to graze on in an effort to spare the livelihoods of local farmers.The southwestern province of Yunnan will set up the special farm in a habitat area in Menghai county where 18 of the animals frequently raid the crops of farmers ...

Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

U.S. 01/18/19, 20:55

Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club International event held last week in Reno, Nevada, ...

Zoo elephants eat Berlin’s leftover Christmas trees

Europe 01/04/19, 08:26

Berlin's unwanted Christmas trees have ended their days as a festive snack for zoo elephants and stocking fillers for some of their fellow residents.The once-a-year treats arrived Friday at the Tierpark, one of the German capital's two zoos.The zoo takes only fresh, unsold trees from selected vendors. It doesn't accept ...

Elephant born 3 weeks ago at zoo dies from sudden illness

Health 12/26/18, 17:24

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says an elephant born three weeks ago has died.The zoo says the female Asian elephant died Wednesday after a sudden illness.The zoo's veterinary team says that the elephant appeared sluggish Wednesday morning and was found to have an infection. The team gave her fluids, antibiotics ...

Should Johannesburg Zoo’s last elephant stay or go?

Africa 12/11/18, 04:06

When the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo lost her male companion to illness in September, some people said 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn't spend her final years alone.The debate is particularly sensitive because the world's biggest land mammal is known for ...

Columbus Zoo announces birth of baby elephant

U.S. 12/07/18, 10:26

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced the birth of a baby elephant.The zoo says the Asian elephant, born Thursday, appears strong. Its sex has not yet been determined because the zoo is giving it time to bond with its mother, Phoebe.It is the first elephant born at the zoo ...

Bronx Zoo euthanizes 48-year-old elephant

New York 11/19/18, 23:04

The Bronx Zoo says it has euthanized a 48-year-old Asian elephant that had fallen progressively ill.The zoo said it decided to euthanize Maxine on Monday after exhausting all options and determining she was no longer able to eat. It said she had neurologic deterioration and generalized muscle weakness.Bronx Zoo Director ...

UK’s Prince William warns of criminal threat to wildlife

Europe 10/11/18, 09:39

Britain's Prince William has told a two-day international wildlife protection conference that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct.Britain's Prince William, officially opens the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at St James' Palace in London, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018. ...

Update: Melania Trump dances with kids, feeds elephants

Africa 10/05/18, 08:03

The Latest on Melania Trump's visit to Africa (all times local):2:50 p.m.First lady Melania Trump with Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady, pets a baby elephant the at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on ...

Zoo elephant is being ‘unlawfully imprisoned,’ group says

New York 10/02/18, 14:48

An animal welfare group says an elephant named Happy who has lived alone since her mate was fatally injured is being "unlawfully imprisoned" by a New York City zoo.In a legal petition filed Tuesday in Orleans County, the Nonhuman Rights Project says Happy has similar rights to a human being ...

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