One of Kenya’s most luscious green ecosystem and national park tragically turned into a morgue when rangers discovered 12 elephants of a family butchered by poachers last weekend. The tragedy occurred at Tsavo East National Park and included the killing of adults as well as baby elephants.
Three Toronto Zoo elephants’ retirement day is nearing, and trio plan to do what many retiring Canadians do – move to the sunny south. Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, will be leaving the Toronto Zoo and heading to the PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) sanctuary in San Andreas, California.
The tragic discovery of six slaughtered elephants in Thailand’s national parks last month has led to the revelation of a greater tragedy taking place in these protected areas. According to a conservationist, the adult elephants are deliberately being killed to capture baby elephants for a growing tourist trade.
Baby Elephants Jamilah (smallest) and Nayan were completely inseparable as they enjoyed a shower together under a waterfall in their enclosure at the Zoo this weekend.
The embattled Toronto Zoo has found itself in the middle of another controversy. The elephant in the room this time are actually elephants. The aging elephants in question, Iringa, 42; Toka, 41; and Thika, 31, are supposed to be getting prepared to move to the PAWS sanctuary in California, but their keepers at the Toronto Zoo are starting to interfere with the process.
Issuing tougher safety guidelines on elephants, the US zoo association has asked all zoo and other institutions keeping elephants to provide a barrier between the handler and the animals. The move, according to the association is to make working conditions for the elephant handlers safer.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is in a jumbo celebration mood, thanks to the birth of a baby African elephant. 25 year old Vasha gave birth to her second child, a male calf amidst immense support from other herd members and animal care professionals. The new addition takes the total number of elephants in the Animal Kingdom […]
We’ve had it drilled into our heads that “bigger is not better” in various aspects of life. However, it appears that bigger was better in the prehistoric mammal dating scene. Researchers surprisingly discovered recently that Columbian Mammoths, a massive form of elephant that roamed North American some 12,000 years ago, regularly interbred with the smaller woolly mammoth.
If you ever find yourself driving in rural Tennessee and hear the strangest of sounds coming out of the forest, don’t worry – your mind is not playing tricks on you. That was, indeed, an elephant that you heard. Yes – elephants roam the forests of Tennessee.
In a novel effort to help autistic children learn developmental skills, Elephants are being used in Thailand as part of a therapy program. Parents have observed improvement in their kids’ behavior after interaction with the gentle animals and this first-of-its-kind animal therapy hopes to help more children this way all over the world.
Are you in the market for an elephant – or three?! If so, you are in luck, as it appears that the Toronto Zoo may be forced to give away their remaining elephant herd. The three female elephants (Toka, Thika and Iringa) are all that remains of what was once a 10 elephant herd.