Elephant News & Current Affairs

By Naturenomics Team
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:40

GUWAHATI: A gang involved in illegally capturing and smuggling elephants out of Assam came to light after forest department busted a thriving racket in the state.

Forest officials said that confiscation of two female elephants at Badhoi Panchali in Dibrugarh district in April led them to the arrest of three persons -- a mahout, his helper and a middleman of the racket Rahim Hussain on June 17.

Forest different said that the confiscation of elephants and arrests were not made public until now for the sake of getting hold of the two kingpins running the racket.

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By Naturenomics Team
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:29

The Udalguri district of Assam, bordering Bhutan, is among the worst affected regions as far as human-elephant con- flict is concerned. Between 2014 and 2015, 40 humans and 15 elephants have lost their lives. As worse as this may seem, the psychological toll of this day-to-day conflict is much worse than figures can indicate. But how can conservation organisations help? Rob- in Eastment, who is a Programme Ex- ecutive with the Balipara Foundation, Assam, recounts – “A person once told me that ‘there are more humans than elephants being killed in Udalguri.

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By Naturenomics Team
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:18

Baby elephants have become the must-have status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy. The government has introduced new laws to protect them. But conservationists believe more action is needed to end mistreatment.

Diplomatic gifts between countries can, like most presents, either be a fitting gesture or cause unintended controversy. The donation in 2015 of two baby elephants from the country's Pinnawala orphanage by the Sri Lankan prime minister to his New Zealand counterpart very much falls into the latter category.

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By Naturenomics Team
Sat, 01/07/2017 - 07:17

At the end of 2016, elephants made headlines around the world as China finally announced a timeframe for closing its domestic ivory market – long affirmed by many conservationists to be the single biggest step that could be taken to end the slaughter of elephants.

The news represents a major win for elephant conservation and the Chinese government deserves commendation. However, close examination of the recent announcement gives some potential causes for concern – it is now imperative that the ban be strongly publicised and enforced, and that any potential loopholes be closed.

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By Naturenomics Team
Sat, 01/07/2017 - 07:02

China’s ban on ivory trading and processing has been hailed as a monumental step on the path to saving elephants from extinction. But if China does not simultaneously tackle its much larger illegal trade in ivory, the ban could perversely make it more lucrative for the poaching gangs who massacre Africa’s elephants and ship their tusks to Asia.

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By Naturenomics Team
Sat, 01/07/2017 - 06:54
A 35-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant in a forest pocket of Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, officials said on Monday. The victim identified as Sonsai Pando was attacked by the elephant last evening near Jhingadohra village of Songara area while he was on way home, Division Forest Officer (DFO) Surajpur division Naved Shujauddin said.
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