Latest Elephants News

China's wandering elephants on the move again

Jun. 12, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s famed wandering elephants are on the move again, heading southwest while a male who broke from the herd is still keeping his distance. The group left a wildlife reserve in the southwest of Yunnan province more than a year ago and has trekked...

China's wandering elephants becoming international stars

Jun. 08, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media are chronicling the herd's more than yearlong, 500-kilometer (300-mile) trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest...

Don't gawk or give food: Wandering elephants near China city

Jun. 03, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Elephants in a wandering herd in southwest China walked down paved roads and poked their trunks through windows as they neared a city and authorities rushed to protect both the animals and people. It’s not clear why the 15 elephants made their long...

China tries to keep elephant herd out of city of 7 million

Jun. 02, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A herd of 15 wild elephants that walked 500 kilometers (300 miles) from a nature reserve in China's mountain southwest were approaching the major city of Kunming on Wednesday as authorities rushed to try to keep them out of populated areas. Chinese...

Cher's star power helps rescue the 'loneliest elephant’

May. 19, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cher’s rescue of an elephant long held in dismal conditions is a one-of-a-kind story, as would be expected from the singular star. Even she was surprised by what her efforts — in concert with a team of animal aid groups, wildlife veterinarians...

Lightning suspected of killing 18 Asiatic elephants in India

May. 14, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Lightning is believed to have killed a herd of 18 wild Asiatic elephants in remote northeastern India, a forest official said Friday. The elephants, including five calves, were found dead during rains in the protected Kondali forest reserve,...

Viral disease claims life of young elephant at Toledo Zoo

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo zoo has announced the death of a young African elephant due to a species-specific viral disease. The zoo posted a video to social media Wednesday saying Lucas, who was to turn 10 years old in June, died late Tuesday of elephant...

Man attempts to breach elephant exhibit at Milwaukee zoo

Apr. 08, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of climbing over a fence at the Milwaukee County Zoo's elephant enclosure is facing a trespassing charge. Sheriff's officials detained the man after zoo security called deputies Wednesday afternoon. The man was escorted from the property....

Africa's elephants now endangered by poaching, habitat loss

Mar. 25, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Increasing threats of poaching and loss of habitat have made Africa's elephant populations more endangered, according to a report released Thursday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The African forest elephant is critically...

Man arrested after taking daughter into zoo elephant habitat

Mar. 20, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after he carried his 2-year-old daughter into the elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo to take a photograph with the animals. The man bypassed multiple barriers and “purposely and...