By Archiver
Wed, 10/24/2018 - 05:30

The death of an elephant from consuming plastic near Sabarimala in January highlights the risk that indiscriminate dumping of plastic waste in forests poses to the lives of wild animals.

Every year, thousands of pilgrims trek through dense forested hills in the Pamba River basin to the abode of Lord Ayyappa during the annual pilgrimage. Sabarimala is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a rich biodiversity home to several species of wild animals and plants.

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By Archiver
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 05:20

An exhibitor at the West End Fair is causing somewhat of a stir with local and national animal rights activists.

Brian Franzen Elephants, an entertainment company that holds performances featuring African and Asian elephants, will be conducting shows at the fairgrounds in Gilbert throughout the week. And while these spectacles delight some people, accusations of improper animal handling horrifies others.

Kunkletown resident April Alberts said she was furious when she heard about the elephant shows and read about Brian Franzen Elephants on the internet.

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By Archiver
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:13

Elephants are an important cultural icon in Asia. According to Hindu mythology, the gods (deva) and the demons (asura) churned the oceans in a search for the elixir of life so that they would become immortal. As they did so, nine jewels surfaced, one of which was the elephant. In Hinduism, the powerful deity honored before all sacred rituals is the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, who is also called the Remover of Obstacles.

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By Archiver
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 18:00

While Elephant Appreciation Day is September 22, it doesn't mean that we can't celebrate these gentle giants every other day of the year.

Elephants are some of the smartest and most compassionate animals on the planet, and they're always a big draw at the zoo — but how much do you really know about them?

From their five-inch eyelashes to their 22-month pregnancies, here are 18 things you probably never knew about elephants.

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By Archiver
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 07:24

A wild elephant named Sidda, crippled by a leg injury, now spends most of his time in the backwaters of Manchanabele dam in Karnataka to cope with the pain after a tusker broke his front right leg last month.

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By Archiver
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:16

Like other nature lovers and rural residents, I have been marvelling at the many animal courtships and other mating preparations that accompany the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

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