Elephants

No One Has Any Sympathy For The Hunter Trampled To Death By An Elephant

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK

Earlier this week we brought you the story of Ian Gibson who was trampled to death by the very elephant he was tracking to shoot and kill. Despite ...

Heave! Helpful Elephants Prevent Stuck Lorry From Overturning

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK

A pair of helpful elephants heroically stepped in to prevent a lorry from overturning. The 18-wheeler had become stuck in a muddy lay-by and was t...

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.

Ringling Elephants and the Ankus - Is It Time to Let Circuses Off the Hook?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

That little is known about circus training is unsurprising - a magician doesn't spoil his illusions with a banal explanation. But the secrecy of the circus community has fuelled suspicion of cruelty. It's human nature to distrust those who live differently from us and to apply sinister connotations to things we don't understand.

US Military Experiments With Bomb-Sniffing Elephants

AP | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK

Humans have looked to a variety of animals to help detect explosives. Research in South Africa showing that elephants can identify explosives by sm...

The Terrifying Moment A Drunk Man Is Savaged By An Angry Elephant

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK

An amateur cameraman has uploaded shocking footage of a seemingly drunk man being attacked by a wild elephant. The man stumbles towards the four to...

Victory For Campaigners As Circus Company Ends Elephant Performances

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, one of America's largest circus companies, will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its perfo...

A Visitor's Perspective on Tourism and Animal Welfare in Myanmar

Georgina Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Often innocently visited by tourists because they love animals, few know the often real brutality that can goes on breaking in and managing elephants (meant for the tourist industry) so that they can be ridden or handled, a concerning issue documented in other S-E Asian countries.

New Life Gives Hope to Africa's Elephants

Rob Brandford | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Elephants have the longest known gestation period of any mammal, up to 680 days, but it's a long pregnancy worth waiting for.

Dazed Elephant Starts Humping Cars In Bizarre Rampage

The Huffington Post UK/ITN | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK

A wild elephant in Thailand has been caught on camera as it rammed a car in Khao Yai National Park near the capital, Bangkok. No injuries were repo...

2015 - Year of the Fox, the Badger and the Elephant?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

What's clear though is that something has to give. I'm not sure if it's just a New Year thing but strangely I think we may have reached a tipping point. Wildlife, this could be your year.

After Ivory Poachers Tore Apart Her Family, We Are Helping Her Build a New One

Rob Brandford | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Every day, ivory poachers tear apart elephant families for their tusks. But for young elephants who are still reliant on their mothers for milk, a mother lost to poaching can mean a death sentence too...

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Fascinating Ways Animals Greet Each Other

Frontier | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Frontier

A handshake, a kiss on the cheek, a bow... We humans have many different ways of greeting each other, depending on context and culture. Animals, too, have a huge variety of greetings, some eerily similar to ours and some specific to their species. Here are the different ways in which animals say "hello" to each other.

Treating a Giant Bull Elephant Named 'Tim'!

Rob Brandford | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

It was Monday 10 November when we heard the news, Tim the famous Amboseli Tusker had a serious injury and ground teams had been unable to locate him. It is the type of news you dread, and immediately brings to mind two other mighty Tuskers of Kenya, Mountain Bull and Satao, both killed this year by poachers.

Watch The Terrifying Moment A Group Of Hikers Came Face-To-Face With An Elephant

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Picture the scene. You're taking part in a walking safari through Kruger National Park, South Africa. Suddenly, an elephant approaches. And then stops...

Planet Appetite: Culture, Comfort and Joy in Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination, with most people visiting the West Coast, but my trip takes me to the East and Central Highlands, home of the country's "Cultural Triangle".

Miraculous Recovery For Elephant Struck By A Poacher's Arrow

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Elliot Wagland | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

These incredible pictures show an elephant injured in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, having been struck by an ivory poacher’s poisoned arrow. Fortun...

Baby Elephant Falls Over, Adult Elephants Rush Over To Help, World Is OK Again

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Comedy

It's all happening at our new favourite alliterative attraction, Zürich Zoo. Specifically, it's all happening at Zürich Zoo's Kaeng Krachan Eleph...

Planet Appetite: Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

In its riverside location, surrounded by lush Sri Lankan vegetation, the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel is an oasis of calm, just outside Kandy.

Trunks On For Whipsnade Zoo's Baby Elephant Max

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK

Whipsnade Zoo has splashed out by giving it’s youngest elephant his very own paddling pool. Little Max was pictured enjoying a cooling dip in th...

Elephants: To Ride or Not to Ride

Justin Francis | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

In our pursuit for adventure are we unwittingly fuelling an ongoing demand for more elephants to be illegally captured from the wild, with dire consequences? With no more than 45,000 Asian elephants left in the wild, are there better ways that we as tourists, could appreciate and help conserve these incredible animals?

Freedom At Last! Raju The Elephant's Road To Recovery In Pictures

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK

It was hard not to be moved by the sight of a noble elephant apparently weeping with gratitude as he was released from the chains that had bound him f...

Big Tusks, Big Problem, as Satao the Big Tusker Killed

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Have you ever seen one of the legendary big tuskers of Africa? Magnificent, beautiful, enchanting - like a nod to days gone by, to different eras, to different ages. I have had this privilege and I was moved, but chances are I, or indeed anyone, will never see one again.

Eight Wonderful Pictures Of Newly-Born Elephant Calf Finding Her Feet

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

She was the elephant in the womb but now she is the talk of the animal park - a baby elephant is making her debut for visitors. It was a day to rememb...