elephants

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    By signing up, you agree to receive emails from EcoWatch and to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    Suspected Elephant Kidnappers in Sri Lanka Can Keep the Animals, Court Rules

    Suspected Elephant Kidnappers in Sri Lanka Can Keep the Animals, Court Rules

    By Malaka Rodrigo UDAWALAWE, Sri Lanka — Environmental activists in Sri Lanka have slammed a court order releasing endangered elephants into the custody of individuals suspected of involvement in their illegal capture and trade. Thirty-eight captive Sri Lankan elephants (Elephas maximus maximus) were taken into the custody of the state in 2015 following an investigation […]

    Poaching Drove Mozambique Elephants to Evolve Without Tusks, Study Finds

    Poaching Drove Mozambique Elephants to Evolve Without Tusks, Study Finds

    During Mozambique’s civil war from 1977 to 1992, around 90 percent of the elephants in what is now the Gorongosa National Park were poached for ivory to finance the conflict. This widespread slaughter led to rapid evolution in the span of one generation. Before the conflict, less than a fifth of female elephants were born […]

    Mother Elephant Tramples Crocodile to Death to Protect Her Young

    Mother Elephant Tramples Crocodile to Death to Protect Her Young

    Elephants are known as the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, but even they can get aggressive when their children are threatened. This is what one crocodile learned in a rare video posted Tuesday by the safari footage app Latest Sightings. “This unlucky crocodile found itself right underneath the feet of the world’s largest land […]

    Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

    Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

    For more than a year, a herd of elephants has been on a mysterious journey through southern China. Now, after what is likely the longest-ever trip made by elephants in the country, the wanderers may finally be heading home. The 14-strong herd was guided across the Yuanjiang river in the province of Yunnan, China Sunday […]

    UK to Ban Keeping Elephants Captive in Zoos and Safari Parks

    UK to Ban Keeping Elephants Captive in Zoos and Safari Parks

    The UK is preparing to pass an animal rights bill that includes a series of protections for elephants, including keeping them from being placed in captivity in zoos and safari parks. The Animal Welfare Bill is set to pass later this year, sponsored by Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith, and includes other zoo reforms, according to […]

    15 Elephants Are on a Mysterious, Epic Journey Across China

    15 Elephants Are on a Mysterious, Epic Journey Across China

    Fifteen Asian elephants are in the middle of an epic journey across a Chinese province, and no one knows why. The herd of elephants first left their home in the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in the spring of last year. Since then, they have covered a distance of more than 300 miles in what experts […]

    18 Endangered Elephants Found Dead in Indian Forest Preserve

    18 Endangered Elephants Found Dead in Indian Forest Preserve

    Authorities in India are investigating after at least 18 Asian elephants died mysteriously in a protected area in the northeastern state of Assam. Authorities believe a lightning strike is to blame for the deaths which mark the first time in 20 years that so many elephants have died in Assam at once, as BBC News […]