Latest Elephants News

African elephant at Oakland Zoo dies after long life

Dec. 4, 2019 3:01 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 50-year-old matriarch of the Oakland Zoo's African elephant herd died suddenly long after surpassing the 17-year median lifespan for such elephants in captivity,. Zoo officials announced the death Wednesday, saying they found M’Dunda collapsed in the elephant habitat, and...

Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex ending elephant rides

Nov. 14, 2019 8:50 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Elephants that serve as a tourist attraction and give rides at Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex will be moved to a new home in a suitable jungle area, an official said Thursday. Apsara Authority, the government agency that oversees the Angkor archaeological site,...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung

Nov. 12, 2019 7:10 AM EST

MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick. The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and flowers and...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...

Malawi fights tsetse flies, disease after wildlife relocated

Oct. 30, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

NKHOTAKOTA, Malawi (AP) — The relocation of hundreds of elephants to Malawi's largest wildlife reserve was meant to be a sign of hope and renewal in this southern African nation. Then nearby residents began falling ill. The cause of the headaches, weakness and pain were trypanosomes, tiny parasites spread...

Elephant statue auction helps town atone for grisly hanging

Oct. 26, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee town is preparing to auction off a herd of brightly painted elephant statues that recall a dark day in the town's history. The Johnson City Press reports the auction is part of a community initiative called the Erwin Elephant Revival. It honors a circus elephant named Mary...

Zimbabwe sent 30 baby elephants to China, says rights group

Oct. 25, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has sent about 30 young elephants to China where they will be held in zoos, according to Humane Society International. The elephants, estimated to be 2 to 6 years old, were separated from maternal herds and held at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for nearly a year before...

Rani the Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo is expecting

Oct. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The popular elephants exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo will grow by one next year. The zoo said Thursday that Rani, a 23-year-old Asian elephant, is pregnant and due to give birth next summer. The zoo's bull elephant, 26-year-old Raja, is the father. Raja is among the most popular animals at...

Legislators look at banning wild animals in traveling shows

Oct. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislators and animal activists are working to ban traveling shows from using elephants, primates, big cats and bears for entertainment purposes. The Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development heard testimony related to the bill Tuesday. Activists say there is...