SC's notice on pleas of cruelty against elephants in joyrides

The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Centre, Rajasthan and Goa on pleas alleging that cruelty is being meted out to elephants used for joyrides in these states.

Kerala forests turn 'graveyard' of wild jumbos; 270 dead since January

As many as 40 per cent of the dead animals were males and 60 per cent were females, the figures released by Thrissur based Heritage Animal Task Force said.

Watch: Elephant moms come together to save a drowning baby
Watch: Elephant moms come together to save a drowning baby

When babies are in danger, parents will do anything to help/save them. This holds true not just for humans but also for animals.

When a baby elephant began to drown in a pond, its mother rushed to help. And soon other elephant moms joined the effort.

Zimbabwe: 22 more elephants killed in Hwange Park by cyanide

Cyanide poisoning has killed 22 elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said on today.

HC closes PIL seeking ban on keeping elephants in captivity
HC closes PIL seeking ban on keeping elephants in captivity

A Madras High Court bench here has closed a public interest litigation seeking a ban on keeping elephants in captivity in temples and houses after the state government submitted that the Supreme Court was seized of the matter.

Kenyan conservationists march for elephant, rhino protection
Kenyan conservationists march for elephant, rhino protection

Leading Kenyan wildlife conservation lobby groups on Saturday took part in the global march to galvanize support for protection of rhinos and elephants that are facing serious threats like poaching and depletion of their habitats.

Asian jumbos play key role in spreading green cover
Asian jumbos play key role in spreading green cover

Asian elephants play a vital role in the ecology of the forest and help spread green cover because of their eating and movement pattern, says a study by the researchers of the Indian Institute of Science and Princeton University.

Wild elephants stray into Tezpur town

Wild elephants strayed into Tezpur town of Assam's Sonitpur district on Friday triggering panic among residents, a senior forest official said.

Distribution pattern of five wild herbivores analysed

A new study has assessed distribution patterns of five wild herbivores adjoining tiger reserves in Karnataka which it claims will help conservationists plan protection of these species "better".

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants
Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.

When wild elephants wreaked havoc on Assam streets

A person was killed and houses destroyed by a herd of wild elephants in a tea estate in Sonitpur district of Assam on Monday, a forest official said.

SC directs registration of Kerala temples having elephants

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that all temples possessing elephants and using them during religious functions in Kerala would be registered with district committees set up under relevant rules for proper and effective control over them with respect to the pachyderms.

Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats
Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats

 The presence of elephants has shrunk to less than half of the forests in Karnataka's Western Ghats due to anthropogenic factors, a recent study shows.

53 tuskers in Kerala undergoing 'tusk make over'

At least 53 elephants attached to the Sri Krishna Temple here will go through the tusk make over process wherein the tusk is trimmed to a certain length.

Five NGOs to secure 100 elephant corridors in India
Five NGOs to secure 100 elephant corridors in India

 Five NGOs have come together to raise 20 million pounds for securing 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025 to curb increasing fragmentation of forests as well as human-elephant conflict, it was announced on Wednesday.

Elephant population rises in Odisha
Elephant population rises in Odisha

Despite the death of 231 elephants in the past three years in Odisha, their population in the state has increased to 1,954 this year from the 1,930 recorded in the 2012 census.

500 people, 100 jumbos die annually in man-elephant conflict

Seeking a long term solution to the rising man-elephant conflict across the country, the Centre Wednesday said as many as 500 people and about 100 elephants are killed every year besides large scale damage of crops.

Solar fencing to check elephant movements on border

Karnataka and Kerala would erect solar fence in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district to check the menace of elephants traversing between the two states.

Pigs as smart as chimps!
Pigs as smart as chimps!

 Scientists have found that pigs have excellent long-term memory and can solve problems just as good as chimpanzees.

Kerala to have India's first elephant hospital

India`s first exclusive hospital for elephants will come up in Kerala, a veterinarian said here on Sunday.