Scientists who analysed tonnes of ivory seized over the span of 17 years were able to link separate shipments thanks to DNA testing, uncovering global smuggling networks.
As elephants in Sri Lanka experience loss of natural habitats, they're moving closer to human settlements and seeking out waste for food in landfills.
The herd was acting aggressively, constituting a threat for other animals and the park's visitors, according to officials.
The elephants have already walked 500 km (300 miles) from a nature reserve in Yunnan’s mountainous southwest and have reached the Jinning district on the edge of Kunming city.
APOPO, an NGO operating in countries where there are landmines left over from previous conflicts, is working on a grand-scale project that will help local communities and wildlife in Zimbabwe, clearing more than seven million square metres of land.
South Africa will clamp down on breeding of the animals in captivity after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, environment minister says.
Kaavan, a 36-year-old Asian elephant, has spent most of his life in Islamabad Zoo but with much of that time without a companion.
Wildlife authorities say around 330 tuskers have died and that a species of cyanobacteria that produces neurotoxins was the cause.
The 70-year-old Sri Lankan elephant was withdrawn from the finale of the annual Temple of the Tooth pageant last month after a social media firestorm erupted against parading the feeble animal.
Animal rights groups have slammed the decision. The White House says it has not yet finalised allowing trophy hunters in Zimbabwe and Zambia to bring the endangered animals home as trophies.
In the five years leading up to 2014, 60 percent of Tanzania's elephants were slaughtered for their tusks.
African leaders and conservationists to discuss how to save continent's elephants and rhinos at a summit.
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