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Ivory Seizures Reach Record Highs in 2011

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A wildlife conservation group says large scale ivory seizures reached record highs in 2011 making it one of the worst years ever for elephants. TRAFFIC, a group that tracks wildlife trading, says there were 13 large seizures this year totaling about 1,000 kilograms. The amount, which is more than double 2010’s total, represents about 2,500 […]

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Pachyderm Pageant Closes Out Nepal Elephant Festival

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The world has a new reigning beauty queen. Event organizers in Nepal declared 12-year-old “Beauty Kali” the winner of the beauty pageant at the eighth annual International Elephant Festival. “Beauty Kali” was the first runner up in last year’s competition. But her handlers spent hours drawing intricate designs on “Beauty Kali” and even painted her […]

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Sri Lanka Survey Finds More Elephants Than Expected

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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A new survey finds that Sri Lanka’s elephant population remains healthy, despite decades of fighting during the island nation’s civil war. Wildlife Conservation Department Director H.D. Ratnayake said Friday that Sri Lanka has some 5,879 wild elephants. The previous population estimate was 5,350 elephants. Ratnayake told reporters the new figure shows that the country’s elephants […]

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Sri Lanka Begins First Nationwide Elephant Census

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of wildlife officials and volunteers in Sri Lanka are participating in the country’s first national census of its wild elephant population. Sri Lanka’s wildlife department says the count will provide valuable information to protect the elephants. Conservationists are boycotting the poll, alleging the count is a smoke screen for capturing and domesticating the elephants. […]

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Conservationists Boycotting Sri Lankan Elephant Count

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan conservationists are withdrawing their support for a census of the country’s wild elephant population. A coalition of wildlife groups announced their opposition Tuesday, accusing the Sri Lankan government of using the count as a cover to capture the animals. Conservationists began pulling out of the census after Wildlife Minister S.M. Chandransena said 300 […]

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Elephants Electrocuted Near Indian Sanctuary

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Three elephants have been electrocuted near a wildlife sanctuary in northern India. Officials say the elephants were killed after they pulled down an electric pole and became entangled by the wires near the Dudhwa National Park. The sanctuary is located about 240 kilometers from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. The animals were said […]

3 Baby Elephants Killed by Sri Lankan Train

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan officials say three baby elephants were killed Saturday when they were hit by a passenger train. Authorities say the three were killed in a forested area near Ambanpola, 150 kilometers north of the capital, Colombo. A railway official said the death of the elephants was the worst train accident involving wildlife. No passengers […]

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