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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Elephants

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# Seized
1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory have been seized in southeast DR Congo
The contraband represents 80 to 100 slaughtered elephants.
# Sri Lanka
Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump, conservationists warn
Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump.
# suspended
Ivory Coast dealt a blow ahead of AFCON opener as first-choice goalkeeper handed doping ban
The Elephants play Equatorial Guinea this evening.
All time
# unknown cause
Investigation underway after hundreds of elephant carcasses discovered in Botswana
A conservation group said the cause is unknown but that it is not ruling out Covid-19 or poisoning.
# Drought
Dozens of elephants have died due to severe drought in Zimbabwe
More than five million rural Zimbabweans – nearly a third of the population – are at risk of food shortages before the next harvest in 2020.
# Circle of Life
200 elephants to be moved to Mozambique as part of effort to prevent falling numbers
The operation will be one of the country’s largest ever elephant relocations.
# Monkey Business
Ice pops and mud baths: Keeping Dublin Zoo's residents cool in the heatwave
Lounging by the pool is an activity all mammals seem to enjoy.
# imported trophies
Trump says he will KEEP ban on elephant trophies in US, reversing his earlier decision
The importation of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies to the US was authorised this week, before being reversed.
# Laos
'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population
New research shows how the increase in elephants’ workloads has affected their reproduction.
# Baby Steps
People are loving this video of Dublin Zoo's newest baby elephant taking her first steps
# Trunk in Love
It took a 22-month pregnancy but Dublin Zoo has a new elephant calf
She is the first calf born to the first Asian elephant born in the zoo.
# Heavy Rain
Two elephants accidentally electrocuted in India
Locals said the second elephant was electrocuted while trying to pull the first one away from the electricity pole.
# splashy splashy
The elephants at Dublin Zoo have been cooling off in the most adorable way
That hot weather.
# elephant in the room
There were three elephants just lounging on a green in Tallaght today
# orangutan boxing
'Some people just care about money': Thailand under pressure over bizarre animal shows
The country’s treatment of animals is coming under increasing scrutiny from animal rights groups.
# Ivory Towers
Thousands of elephants are killed in Africa every year - and China is partly to blame
Researchers said prices for raw ivory in China had risen from $750 (550 euros) per kilo in 2010 to $2,100 (1,540 euros) in 2014.
# New Arrivals
Baby boom at Dublin Zoo boosts record breaking visitor numbers
Today the zoo welcomed its one millionth visitor this year.
# trunk call
There's a 'herd of elephants' from Dublin Zoo wandering around the city centre
Do not be alarmed.
# Squee
Dublin Zoo's baby elephant caught on camera cuddling up to its mammy will melt your heart
# Indonesia
Two endangered elephants found dead with their tusks removed
There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild.
# Elephants
Oh just some elephants dancing to a lady playing the violin
They’ve got good ears for music.
# jumbo dumbo
Junk in that trunk: The weight problem facing elephants
It’s not as funny as it sounds.
# ever seen the rain?
Irish people could learn a thing or two from these rain-loving elephants
These elephants love the rain. Love it.
# illegal trade
African elephants could quickly "be driven to extinction locally", warns conservation group
CITES says that the number of elephants killed in the past three years is “far exceeding” the number born.
# hunted down
Kenya's largest elephant has been killed by poachers
Distressing images. Satao was one last surviving of the ‘great tuskers’.
# Animal Kingdom
Elephants rescue tiny calf from being pulled away by the current
Mum to the rescue!
# Kenya
Organisation brings elephants to Twitter using GPS collars
The four bull elephants are tracked using GPS collars to help visualise their roaming patterns.
Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?
There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.
# pass it
Baby elephants play with footballs at Thai conservation centre
Their footwork is quite impressive.
# elepham
WATCH: Elephant family reunion is simply adorable
Elephants never forget family.
# hug it out
13 pictures of humans hugging animals that will make you feel better
You’ll probably be a bit emotional by the end. In a good way.
# Elephants
France to keep 'death row' elephants... and Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot had threatened to move to Russia if France did not guarantee the safety of two elephants with TB.
# In Pictures
Not sure what to do with the Christmas tree? Feed it to an elephant
That’s what tree-sellers in Berlin did, anyway.
# Au Revoir
Save the elephants or I'll move to Russia, Brigitte Bardot tells France.
The French actress says she will follow Gerard Depardieu’s lead and move to Russia unless two elephants under threat of being put down are granted a reprieve.
# Creative
Elephants survive a stay in Siberia... thanks to two cases of vodka
Something to bear in mind the next time you find yourself on a circus tour abandoned in wintry Russia.
# sounds crap
Coffee picked from elephant dung costs €40 a cup
The coffee, produced in Thailand, is said to be among the most expensive in the world.
# chatty
Elephant in South Korean zoo imitates human speech
Koshik the 22-year-old Asian elephant tucks his trunk inside his mouth to mimick human speech, scientists say.
# Elephantom
Elephants love pumpkins, here's the evidence
Stuffing their faces at Dublin Zoo.
# Elephant friday
It's Friday, so here's a slideshow of baby elephants from around the world
Because it’s been a tough week…
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
In tonight’s Fix: Fears over superstore plans; the mystery of the space ball; and how Christmas movies might have been.