Latest Elephants News

More dead wild elephants found at Thai waterfall; toll at 11

Oct. 8, 2019 5:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Wildlife officials in Thailand said Tuesday they have discovered the carcasses of five more wild elephants downstream from a waterfall where the bodies of six other elephants were found last weekend. The carcasses were discovered by a drone being used to investigate how the first six...

Kentucky zoo asks public to vote on name for elephant calf

Oct. 8, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A young elephant calf born this summer at a Kentucky zoo has just about everything he needs, except a name. But he's a step closer to getting one. The Louisville Zoo has announced three finalists: Fitz, Rocket and Walt. A Monday zoo statement says that more than 15,000 names were...

6 elephants drown, 2 rescued in Thai national park

Oct. 6, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in Thailand's national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two animals out of a deep ravine. Staff at Khao Yai National Park discovered the two struggling elephants and the carcasses after dawn Saturday near the Haew Narok...

Santa Barbara Zoo's elderly elephant Little Mac euthanized

Sep. 27, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Little Mac, a 48-year-old Asian elephant that was a fixture at the Santa Barbara Zoo for nearly all her life, was euthanized this week after a sharp decline in health, officials said. The zoo said Little Mac was euthanized around 7 p.m. Wednesday in her exhibit yard, surrounded...

Oregon Zoo elephant Chendra's pregnancy ends in miscarriage

Sep. 25, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The pregnancy of a 26-year-old elephant known as Chendra at the Oregon Zoo has ended in miscarriage. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports veterinarians at the zoo grew concerned earlier this month when they noticed a drop in some of the Asian elephant's reproductive hormones. Last week,...

Santa Barbara Zoo's elephant Little Mac in failing health

Sep. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Barbara Zoo's 48-year-old Asian elephant, Little Mac, is in failing health. The zoo said Tuesday that Little Mac has been receiving hospice care after a sharp decline in her physical condition in the past two weeks. The zoo says she has had intermittent...

Elephant at center of 'personhood' legal fight dies

Sep. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An elephant at the center of a legal effort to give animals "personhood" has died. Catherine Pappas, a spokeswoman for the Eastern States Exposition, on Wednesday confirmed the death of Beulah at age 54. Beulah had been on display at the fair. Andre Bell, spokesman for USDA's...

Kentucky zoo seeking suggestions for elephant calf name

Sep. 18, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Zoo welcomed an African elephant calf at the Kentucky facility six weeks ago, but he still needs a name. The zoo is holding a contest and is seeking name suggestions for the male elephant through Sept. 29. Elephant zoo keepers will choose the finalists, and voting will...

Kansas City Zoo to spend $10 million on elephant exhibit

Aug. 31, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo is planning a $10 million renovation of its elephant exhibit. The project announced this week will include easier access to the pool for the elephants, as well as adding shade and softer ground for the animals to walk on. Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff says the...

Sharks to saiga, nations up support for endangered wildlife

Aug. 28, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From towering giraffes to bottom-feeding sharks and many species in between, endangered species got new protections under an agreement finalized Wednesday by most of the world's countries at a conference on saving plants and animals from the ravages of international trade. The 11-day World...