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*32 yr old African Elephant Moja relocated from Pittsburgh Zoo to Winston OR Safari Park **Khun-Dej is the newest elephant rescued at Elephant Nature Park ***Elephant Bozie is ill at The National Zoo
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 Elephants and Tourism, India,SL,Thaild,Borneo,Africa,Vietnam
Space4Eles
Posted: Sep 14 2011, 04:53 AM


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Focus on Sri Lanka:

Elephants: Let The Show Go On!

Major tour operators can play a key role in maintaining the discipline of personnel, especially drivers, guides and trackers in the wildlife areas and parks in sustaining the country’s unique nature and wild life for future generations. Some concerted and urgent effort is therefore necessary, otherwise the disruption and stress caused to the elephants would soon result in them seeking ‘greener pastures’ and we could ‘kill the goose that lays the golden egg’, says Srilal Miththapala, delivering an address on Wednesday titled The Gathering, a Billion Rupees of Elephants.

http://www.nation.lk/2011/09/11/eyefea1.htm


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Space4Eles
Posted: Sep 23 2011, 01:39 PM


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Focus on Thailand:

Phuket's Two-Time Rampaging Elephant Free to Keep Trekking

A rogue elephant responsible for two terrifying rampages on Phuket in which the legs of tourists were broken could already be back making elephant treks on Phuket.

Captain, a 22-year-old male, attacked another elephant on a trek on September 12, leaving Ukrainian honeymooner Tetiana Meia, 26, still recovering today in a Phuket hospital from a compound leg fracture.

Swedish tourist Gustav Karlsson, 31, suffered similar breaks when he leapt from the back of Captain in full rampage early last year.

Pancake, the 30-year-old female elephant being pursued by Captain in the latest incident, is being treated at an elephant clinic in Krabi for tusk wounds inflicted through her four-centimetre thick skin.


http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phukets-time-...trekking-14758/


A little inormation plus a video of the in-construction elephant hospital in Krabi province, south Thailand - a badly-needed extension of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (Lampang):
http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=2061


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Elephants and Wine, An Unlikely Pairing

Her name is Honey Bee. She's 40, enjoys fresh pineapple, moonlit strolls through the vineyard, and leans a little to the right when she walks. She also weighs three tons.

Honey Bee is one of two lady elephants on the grounds at Thailand's new Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, two hours south of Bangkok.

I first saw Honey Bee and her elder shedmate Fatty munching on grass behind Siam Winery's gorgeous modern tasting room. I had, to be totally honest, always found elephants somewhat boring. As far as I was concerned, they were big, colorless armadillos with long noses and wrinkled, gnarly butts. I was once charged by a massive bull in Botswana's Okavanga Delta, so the animals never really held a place in my heart.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fathom/eleph...y_b_982533.html


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Elephant Rides: Tragedy strikes Phuket honeymooners

I want the company to stop using this elephant,” she added.

“I would like these camps to use only female elephants and to make sure they are not too close together on the trails. And, if you’re going to do one of these treks, I want you to think about your family and friends. Think a thousand times before you go on an elephant,” Mr Perepelitsyn said.

Asked if she would consider getting back on an elephant, Mrs Meia smiled and said, “Never”.


http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/detail.asp?id=11019


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Focus on Cambodia:

Last of the elephant riders

It appears that tourism may actually prolong both the existence of Cambodia’s elephants and the tribes’ tradition of working with them. Elephant trekking led by Pnong villagers to waterfalls out of Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri Province) has become particularly popular.

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/out...0#ixzz1ZBGFC2P8


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Focus on Sri Lanka

Minneriya

Treasure the wonders of ‘The Gathering’

Every year from July to October, between 200 and 400 elephants arrive at the Minneriya reservoir, mainly to graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. This occurs because during the drought, the water level drops, revealing a tank bed that allows the grass to grow.The elephants turn to this much needed fodder at a time when foliage in other areas dries up.

This march of the elephants may have been happening for centuries and generations down the line may have witnessed it but until recently it was not considered as a great wildlife spectacle in the world


http://www.sundaytimes.lk/111009/Plus/plus_11.html


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The plight of elephants around the world exposed

There’s an elephant in the room and Dag Goering and Maria Coffey are prepared to address the issue.



The founders of ecotourism company, Hidden Places, the veterinarian (Goering) and author (Coffey) have dedicated their lives to elephant conservation, travelling the world in search of the majestic beasts and taking others out to see what they’re talking about.



http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similk.../131654883.html

http://www.hiddenplaces.net/

http://www.elephantearth.org/

They have a facebook page - Elephant Earth Initiative - but there hasn't been any activity on it since March.


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Tembo - Elephant Whispers safari park

The convoy then made its way through small sleepy towns towards Elephant Whispers, an elephant interaction and safari venue on the banks of the Sabi River. With the sun setting over the natural terrain, the team was greeted by six magnificent African elephants. The tamed and trained pachyderms, varying from nine to 26 years, demonstrated their memory and ability to respond to commands. Elegant and gracious, the massive animals tugged at our hearts, especially the intelligent six-ton Tembo, who posed for pictures with us and ate from our hands.

http://www.iol.co.za/travel/south-africa/m...nture-1.1176949


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"What surprises me the most is the number of zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers that continue to visit Sauraha but never helped to get these elephants off chains. Seem unconscionable to me."
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Posted: Nov 25 2011, 04:21 AM


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Focus on Botswana:

Woman describes deadly elephant attack

She said they had been walking with their hosts away from a watering hole, where she had taken "the most awesome photographs of the elephant cow", when they heard the animal trumpeting.

"Mike was walking in front of me. The elephant took fright. No one knows what spooked her."


http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2011/11/2...elephant-attack


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Focus on Thailand

Elephant Trek Fall Kills German Tourist, Say Krabi Police

http://phuketwan.com/tourism/elephant-fall...i-police-15103/

I wonder if it happened at Nosey Parker's. They are in this area.
http://krabidir.com/noseyparkers/


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Posted: Dec 1 2011, 05:40 AM


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Thanks for posting, t&tt.
This is another disturbing report about elephant tourism in Thailand which we will be sending to Simon Pickup at ABTA.

3 December: in spite of searching, we have been unable to discover at which trekking camp this incident occurred.


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Thinking Like an Elephant in Thailand

Asian elephants are capable of remarkable cooperation and intelligence when faced with complex tasks. But no matter how clever they are, they can’t solve the problem of their endangered status without your help.

How do elephants remember the location of family members, food and water sources? How do they interact with each other, and people, in and out of their natural environments? With Dr. Joshua Plotnik and his research team, you’ll work to understand elephant behaviour and intelligence. You’ll conduct non-invasive cognition research on elephants cared for in captivity in Chiang Saen, in the Chiang Rai province, and help gain a deeper understanding of elephant behavior. Findings will inform wild elephant management, and the development of human/elephant conflict mitigation strategies that will put elephant needs on a par with those of local communities in Thailand.


http://www.earthwatch.org/exped/plotnik.html


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Another report here.
[t&tt - a rough location for the trekking camp is mentioned.]

Focus on Thailand:

German tourist fatally injured after falling from elephant's back

Police said the accident happened in Tambon Krabinoi in Krabi's Mueang district at 6 pm on Tuesday.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingne...--30170965.html


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Found this S4E:

Focus on Thailand

"Nosey Parker's Elephant Trekking" Krabi Things to Do Tip

Bottom-line: Not many other places where you'll be able to get this close and interact with the animals in such a beautiful setting.

Address: 21/1 Krabi Rd. Muang, Krabi 8100


http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/14f144/


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Focus on Borneo:

Australian killed by elephant in Malaysia

Ambu told AFP that the bull may have been startled when the two tourists tried to take its photo and charged at them.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world...1207-1ojk7.html


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Another report here, with video:

Focus on Borneo:

Australian woman killed by elephant

Single bull elephants normally isolate themselves and their behaviour is difficult to predict and often dangerous, he said.

Mr Ambu learned that the women had stopped about 10 metres from the animal and started taking photographs.

This might have provoked the elephant, which suddenly turned around and charged at them, he said, adding the others escaped but Ms Donley could not as she was the closest to the animal.


http://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-...1208-1ojlt.html


10 metres (30 feet) is sooo close ...


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Posted: Dec 10 2011, 08:38 AM


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Focus on Borneo:

Elephant trek off-limits to visitors after fatal attack

The guide then took the women to walk the elephant trail, but they had veered off from the main trail and into the forest where they spotted a pygmy elephant.

Donley approached the elephant and started taking photographs. Wildlife experts believed that the shutter and flash had provoked the elephant to attack Donley with its tusk.


http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNew...210-315478.html


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Killing the offending elephant not an option — Ex-veterinarian

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/12/12/ki.../#ixzz1gGkmmELL




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Focus on Borneo:

Witnesses: Killer elephant was in musth

The Borneo pygmy elephant that gored Australian tourist Jenna O'Grady Donley to death at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve on Dec 7 was said to be in musth ...

Witnesses had observed that the bull elephant was discharging the oil-black substance from its ears which, experts said, was a secretion known as temporin (a thick tar-like secretion).


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=...7540&sec=nation


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Message from Sangduen "Lek" Chailert [ENP]:

Focus on Thailand:

Dear Elephant's friend and supporter
The street begging elephant are still carrying on in Thailand . It have no more in Chiang Mai after our volunteer help to sign petition and protest in Chiang Mai this year in May , but many city of Thailand the local government still allow the owner to take the elephant walk to make money. During the flood, we are busy working to rescued the dogs and cats from water, but sometime in the midnight during our way back to the shelter we found the elephant walk in the middle of Bangkok mahout still take them to walk for money. If the tourist support to pay the mahout, the more mahout make money , the more baby elephant will be suffer and risky their life in the street . Please see the Video below .
The baby elephant get hit by car at Roi Et province during his mahout have take him to walk begging in the street at night , he is in crisis condition now . I will give you more update soon ...


http://77.nationchannel.com/video/189389/

I wonder if they will identify the "owner" of the elephant, publicly exposed him/her, and prosecute? It's the least they can do for this innocent little victim of tourist ignorance.


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Focus on Orissa, India:

Odisha: Mahout Left Pet Elephant in Village

Many elephants were used as tourist attractions or for street begging. Street begging elephants are dragged around the cities and villages in chains by their owners who charge tourists to feed them. Needless to say the elephants are clearly distressed by the traffic and noise and this practice became illegal due to the traffic dangers posed, however street begging elephants are still a common sight in many parts of the state . Unlike the mahouts that grew up around elephants and inherited their profession, most of the elephant handlers operating today are opportunists with little or no knowledge of the nature of elephants or what they require to survive.

http://orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=31072


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Article of 11 June 2011.

Wildlife tourism in Thailand: Cruel and exploitative?

But at what price to the animal is that snapshot, that fleeting sensation of silken fur between the fingers, or that ride atop an elephant’s back?

http://www.thescavenger.net/animals/wildli...tative-735.html

There is a specific section called "Elephant exploitation".


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Focus on Thailand:

Video uploaded by ElephantMovie on 19 January 2012.

Elephants Never Forget - City Elephants

Elephants and people street-begging in Thailand is a controversial activity.
Is this a relationship of love, or exploitation, or both?
Here's a clip from some of our research.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs3ap_cnQRc


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Focus on Zimbabwe


Aristotle once said the elephant was “the beast which passes all others in wit and mind.” After watching Chishuru, a seven-foot-tall African elephant, find my shoe in a heap of smelly sneakers and pass it to me, I have to agree with Aristotle.

Adventures with Elephants is a combination rescue, rehabilitation, research and educational facility an hour’s drive from Pretoria in South Africa. A few different excursions are available: from short visits to rides through the bush to the ultimate encounter of swimming with the elephants.


Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Unforgettable...l#ixzz1k3oZhjWf

Website:

http://www.adventureswithelephants.co.za/?code=norm_home


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Focus on Thailand:

Baby elephant watch

Every elephant camp wants a baby elephant to show to its tourist customers ...

It appears that some camp owners will do just about anything to get a baby elephant, including hiring poachers to snatch wild baby elephants from national parks.


http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/easier...m_term=elephant


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From WFFT's new website.

Focus on Thailand:

Elephant going crazy at Huahin

The bull called Khan Kluay, calmed down within 20 minutes and mahouts of the elephant camp were able to chain him up again.

The WFFT in no way supports (commercial) elephant camps in any of their activities, but will go out and help when the lives of the elephants or people are in danger such as with this incident.


http://www.wfft.org/elephants/elephant-goi...razy-at-huahin/


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Focus on Thailand:

From Pattaya Unlimited - Pattaya information and interest site

Why Do Elephants Cry

Let me start by telling you what spurred me to write this post. I have been living in Thailand for 12 years, and yes I have been elephant trekking, can't say that I enjoyed the trekking at all, it's highly over rated. More importantly though I actually thought to myself, (and I'm sure I'm not alone here), isn't it amazing how they get the elephants so well trained, not only do they train them to carry people but they train them to do handstands, to paint, to play football and basketball, they even walk them around the streets and let the tourists feed them.

http://www.pattayaunlimited.com/2012/03/wh...9AhZx0.facebook


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Short article + 7 photos.

Focus on Vietnam:

Tourists ride elephants to visit Hue royal citadel

Tours by elephants is considered a new tourism product in Hue. However, some say that the royal palace is a solemn place so riding elephants in this place is disrespectful.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/211...al-citadel.html


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Focus on Sri Lanka:

Speeding and danger in Sri Lanka's safari parks

Yala is a place of magic, of rocky outcrops, big trees, ancient lakes and the rushing sound of the Indian Ocean never far off. It is a place of leopards, elephants, sloth bears, antelopes and a rich bird life of peacocks, hornbills and more.

But conservationists in Sri Lanka are warning that anarchic behaviour in some national parks is endangering the wildlife and the ecology of wilderness areas.

They say safari vehicles are flagrantly breaking speed limits and that marauding behaviour by drivers and tourists is grossly insensitive to fauna and flora.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17126895


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Focus on Asia

Eco-Adventure Travel: Seven Reasons Never to Ride an Elephant

So you love elephants. And you want nothing more than to ride on the back of one of these magnificent creatures through the jungles of Thailand, India or Sri Lanka on your next vacation. But did you know that that simple ride (or the purchase of an elephant painting or attending an elephant performance) contributes to the abuse and endangerment of the Asian elephant? No tourists want to think they are harming the species they admire. Before you book that trekking package in Thailand—or anywhere—consider the bigger picture:

http://ecohearth.com/eco-zine/travel-and-l...n-elephant.html


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