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Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe’s parks agency said Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion.


Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

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 …


Orphaned elephants need milk. These baby-mother pairs might have the formula.

SAN DIEGO – On a chilly, breezy morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an African elephant named Umngani was ready to nurse her hungry calf, Mkhaya. But first …


Battle to save Africa’s elephants is gaining some ground

A yearlong effort is underway to track 60 elephants in and around Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, widely acknowledged as “ground zero” in the poaching that has decimated Africa’s elephants.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018

Spokane woman trains dogs in fight against poaching in Africa

Wagemann, an American Society of Canine Trainers instructor and University High School graduate, is coaching six Tanzanian handlers in charge of the dogs in the fight against the country’s poaching …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether “this horror show” …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.”


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts of African elephants shot for sport, contending that enabling wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly

An animal protection group wants tourists to know: That elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.


African rangers urge Hong Kong lawmakers to OK ivory ban

African park rangers urged Hong Kong lawmakers to approve a ban on ivory sales but warned that giving in to traders’ demands for compensation would fuel more elephant poaching.


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017

Paul Allen goes digital to save world’s most-endangered animals

If he has his way, Paul Allen will have 90,000 square miles of African territory covered with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity …


China says it will shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants.


Prince William: We’re still step behind wildlife traffickers

Britain’s Prince William praised Vietnam, China and other Asian countries for taking unprecedented steps to battle wildlife trafficking but said Thursday the truth is that rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions …


Prince William arrives in Vietnam for wildlife trafficking meeting

Britain’s Prince William has arrived on his first visit to Vietnam, where he will take part in an international conference on illegal wildlife trade in the fight to protect elephants, …


Elephant population in Africa plunges due to poaching, census finds

JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s elephant population is decreasing dramatically due to poaching, plunging by more than 140,000 between 2007 and 2014, according to a study published Wednesday. The Great Elephant Census …


Elephant struggles to adjust to Oklahoma zoo

Zoo records show that an elephant transferred from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to Oklahoma City Zoo last year has been bitten by her new herd members.


Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others’ backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday.


Doug Clark: Elephants aren’t the Dumbos here in Spokane

Q: What do you get when you cross the Spokane City Council with a herd of pachyderms? A: A pack-a-dorks.


Spokane City Council bans use of elephant hooks

A device used to control elephants will no longer be allowed to be used in Spokane. The Spokane City council voted 6-1 to prohibit the use of elephant hooks, Monday.


Spokane City Council to consider ban on elephant hooks

On Monday, the Spokane City Council will consider an ordinance banning the use of “bullhooks” - implements that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp, steel-hooked tips and that are used to …


Large and at-large in 1926: the year more than a dozen elephants were on the loose in B.C.

Elephants were the focus of lots of news coverage in 1926, when a dozen circus elephants escaped in Cranbrook, B.C. One, Charlie Ed, was on the lam for six weeks …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015

Sue Lani Madsen: More red tape won’t save the elephants

Initiative 1401 is an exercise in ineffective redundancy that will do little to curb the poaching of elephants and other magnificent animals.


African elephant poaching still high in several regions, report says

JOHANNESBURG – A high rate of elephant poaching in parts of Africa was unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year, meaning that a continued decline in elephant numbers is …


Ban on ivory sales gets Washington House hearing

OLYMPIA – Washington stores couldn’t sell or buy items made of ivory or rhinoceros horn under a bill that aims to curb poaching in Africa and Asia. The bill, which …


Texas club cancels auction for elephant hunt

DALLAS — A Texas hunting club has canceled plans to auction off a chance to kill an African elephant, the club’s executive director said Saturday.


100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals because of an increased demand …


The Rock Doc: Elephants’ recognition skills may be on point

I don’t know the full heritage of my mutt from the pound, Buster Brown by name. Buster was listed as a “Lab mix” by the humane society, but my vet …


Bob Barker funds $880,000 elephant flight

LOS ANGELES — Three elephants will travel from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California aboard a private plane thanks to longtime animal activist Bob Barker.


New extinction risk to Thai elephants: eating them

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s revered national symbol, the elephant, may face a new threat of extinction: being poached not just for their tusks, but for their meat.