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Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

May 15, 2018 - 7:22 PM

After nearly a month and with food running out, villagers reach the river where some local elephant owners came to their aid

ELEPHANT RIDE. This picture taken on May 2, 2018 shows internally displaced people riding on an elephants as they make their way looking for a shelter in Danai. AFP

Thailand police hunt 'elephant electrocutioner'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists estimate Thailand is home to more than 3,000 wild elephants

ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND. Elephants feast on a prepared buffet of fruits and vegetables before the start of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 8, 2018. Photo by  Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/ AFP

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:22 PM

African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, and used to fetch as much as $1,100 a kilogram

IVORY BAN. Ivory trade ban now in effect in China. AFP file photo

7 ide cara bertukar kado Natal

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Jelang Natal, ritual saling bertukar kado pun sudah menanti. Tapi, apa tidak bosan dengan cara bertukar kado yang itu-itu saja?

Trump temporarily reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The Trump administration decides to 'review all conservation facts' before deciding on the ban

HUNTED. Population of Zimbabwe elephants are in decline. AFP PHOTO

Critics hit U.S. over elephant trophy imports

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

An environmentalist group, the Center for Biological Diversity, says the new ruling will allow importation of the animals' heads, feet and tails, 'legalizing the killing of endangered elephants'

TUSKS. A Zimbabwe National Parks game ranger holds an elephant ivory tusk in the country's ivory vault which currently holds 90.3 tonnes of ivory in Harare, on June 2, 2016. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana / AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:58 PM

The youngster weighs around 300 kilograms 660 pounds just over half the typical weight of an animal of his age

BABY ELEPHANT. This picture taken on January 17, 2017 shows a worker watching over a baby elephant rescued from the wild at the Elephant Conservation Center in Aceh. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/ AFP

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017 – media

Dec 31, 2016 - 8:02 AM

The complete ban would affect 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues with dozens to be closed by the end of March 2017

BANNED SOON. This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered It is estimated between 2 400 and 2 800 remain in the wild according to conservation group WWF

ENDANGERED. Sumatran elephants are critically endangered. Photo by AFP

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Tanzania s largest nature reserve was in the 1970s home to 110 000 elephants but today only 15 000 remain and they are threatened by industrial scale poaching

A picture taken on October 14, 2013 shows an elephant in Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Daniel Hayduk/AFP

Disturbing trend: Critically endangered elephant is latest animal to die in an Indonesian zoo

May 12, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The elephant s death comes after a tiger also died in April in a separate zoo

SLOW TREATMENT. Yani lies down on the ground in Bandung city's zoo, West Java province, several hours before eventually dying. AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARI

Young vet dies after being trampled by elephant

May 11, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The elephant has a history of turning on its keepers

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end murderous trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild

ON FIRE. This picture show stacks of Ivory burning at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:20 PM

The regretful Angkor Elephant Company says it will let its 13 remaining elephants work fewer hours after one died on April 22

Indonesian minister: DiCaprio doesn't understand our environmental issues

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Following the threat of Indonesian officials to deport the Hollywood actor another minister says Leonardo DiCaprio is not well informed about the country s environmental issues

Leonardo DiCaprio raises awareness about endangered animals in Sumatra. Photo from Instagram of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Indonesian gov't threatens to deport Leonardo DiCaprio

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The government is not too happy with the actor s visit Here s why

Endangered Sumatran elephant found with leg almost severed by rope

Feb 19, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Conservationists got alerted of the incident after a group of trekkers posted pictures on social media

Illustration of endangered Sumateran elephant which died in National Park Bukit Barisan. Picture taken by Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan

'Powerful few' control ivory trafficking in Africa

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Scientists say only a few kingpins control the illegal trade based on DNA analysis done on ivory samples

epa04671483 Elephant tusks and ivory trinkets are piled up prior to being burned in a suburb of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2015. The Ethiopian government burned 6.1 tons of elephant tusks and ivory products confiscated over the last 20 years in an attempt to deter poaching and illegal ivory trafficking, becaming the second African nation to burn its ivory stockpile this year after Kenya. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Rampaging elephants force Myanmar villagers to tree-top refuge

Jan 16, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Villagers from a farming community say they had to build taller houses to keep them safe from the wild elephants

ELEPHANT SCARE. A man working in the field in Taik Kyi village on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The elephants are searching for foods in the places where his people live. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

Huge 50-year-old elephant killed by German tourist in Zimbabwe

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Emmanuel Fundira of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe says the elephant was so huge its tusks were almost hitting the ground while it was standing

File photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: 4th economic stimulus, Sumatran elephants found dead

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a damning report on the treatment of Indonesia s death row inmates and new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp s statements ahead of his team s first game under his leadership

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

Two rare elephants found dead in Indonesia

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants aged two and 15 bleeding from their mouths and rectums

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

The wRap Indonesia: Transgenders arrested, Sumatran elephant killed

Sep 22, 2015 - 6:00 AM

An imprisoned former government official is pictured out in public transgenders are arrested in Aceh and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Endangered Sumatran elephant killed, netizens angered

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:16 PM

A critically endangered Sumatran elephant who had patrolled Indonesia s jungles to help protect threatened habitats has been killed for his tusks sparking online anger

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Hong Kong ivory trade 'major threat' to elephant survival

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The report finds more than 30 800 items – mainly jewelry and figurines – for sale in 72 stores and estimated that over 90 of sales were to buyers from mainland China

Lupita Nyong'o joins fight to save Africa's elephants

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Lupita is the ambassador for conservation organization WildAid which engages celebrities to spread awareness of poaching and wildlife crime

epa04825034 Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 June 2015. During the conference she announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Escaped circus elephant kills German man

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:09 AM

The old man was talking his usual morning walk when he was attacked by the loose elephant

From Indonesia's elephant to Philippine eagle, wildlife matters

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM

A richer Asia and Southeast Asia would be a poorer place without them

Trip to Mars posters, China espionage, selfie stick abuse | SciTech4u

May 27, 2015 - 12:52 PM

This and more in this week s episode of Rappler s science and technology show

WATCH: A parody ad on selfie stick abuse and an elephant's selfie

May 25, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Let the snark fest begin

Endangered Sumatran elephant found shot dead, tusks missing

Apr 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

This is the first known case of elephant killing in Aceh this year

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. One of the 11 Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh in 2014. Photo by AFP

US lawyer argues chimpanzees are 'people' too

Mar 21, 2015 - 7:54 PM

I had to invent the field of animal jurisprudence

Azkals bow to Thailand in friendly

Nov 09, 2014 - 10:37 PM

The War Elephants simply was the better team as the Azkals continue to try to improve in preparation for the Suzuki Cup

Azkals vs Thailand. File photo by Anton Sheker / www.goal.ph

Thousands march worldwide for rhino, elephant protection

Oct 05, 2014 - 9:27 AM

The protests dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 9, 2014

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:43 AM

The latest on the controversial local elections bill lawmakers implicated in the hajj graft scandal a petition to raise the marrying age for girls and more

'PERMANENT COALITION'. Members of the Red and White coalition of political parties supporting Prabowo Subianto during their declaration in Jakarta on July 14, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

2 rare Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh

Sep 08, 2014 - 7:02 PM

There are fewer than 3 000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature marking a 50 drop in numbers since 1985

DEAD ELEPHANT. This photograph taken by a villager on August 21, 2014, shows a man placing a fruit on a dead baby Sumatran elephant found in a river in Serbajadi in East Aceh district in Aceh province, located near the Leuser ecosystem forest conservation area in Indonesia's Sumatra island. Two more Sumatran elephants were found dead in Aceh over the weekend. Photo by AFP

Smuggled elephant ivory price triples – conservationists

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Save the Elephants: The surge in the price of ivory is driving a wave of killing of elephants across Africa that shows little sign of abating

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

Thai ivory boom 'fuelling Africa elephant crisis'

Jul 02, 2014 - 9:42 PM

Thailand s out of control ivory market is driving Africa s elephant poaching crisis conservationists warn accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges

South Africa elephant park accused of 'horrific' cruelty

May 20, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The park issues a statement denying responsibility for the abuse

ANIMAL WELFARE. Photo of African elephants in South Africa taken in 2007. File photo by EPA

PH to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf an environment department official says

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

China crushes six tons of ivory – state media

Jan 06, 2014 - 6:44 PM

Xinhua reports masked workers fed tusks from a pile surrounded by ivory carvings into crushing machines in the southern city of Dongguan

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez