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  1. Seeing the Elephant- The Ties that Bind Humans and Elephants

    Posted Feb 26th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb Seeing the Elephant- The Ties that Bind Humans and Elephants by Eric Scigliano Bloomsbury, $130 Seattle Zoo paid US$165,000 for a baby elephant. The same money could have paid for 50 anti-poaching rangers in Myanmar for five years. It's all a matter of looking at things in proportion, but the elephant always seems to defy such logic. Published ...

  2. Water for Elephants

    Posted Nov 12th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Hodder & Stoughton, HK$120 The inspiration for this novel was a photograph taken by Edward J. Kelty, who followed circuses around the US in the 1920s and 30s. Just as his work enticed Sara Gruen into an eerily charming world, so her novel lures readers under the big top for a romance involving a vet, an elephant called ...

  3. An unforgettable elephant tale

    Posted Jan 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lau Kit-wai An uplifting Japanese animal movie about the country's first elephant trainer sounds almost too sappy to be true. A Japanese boy named Sakamoto Tetsumu undergoes rigorous training in a jungle near Chiang Mai in Thailand. He dreams of building a park for retired elephants in Japan, which- unlike their Thailand counterparts- are kept in confined spaces. The story is, ...

  4. $260m shelter 'a white elephant'

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan Few boats using new Tai O typhoon anchorage, which residents say has damaged the environment The new $260 million typhoon shelter in Tai O is a 'white elephant ... and spring. It is a complete waste of money, a white elephant.' Ms Wong, who was once a fisherman, said the fishing industry had long been in decline in the area and the typhoon shelter ...

  5. White House or white elephant?

    Posted May 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The proposed government headquarters at Tamar has come under fire by legislators, after the project's tender document revealed that there would be dozens of function halls, dining rooms and conference rooms for receptions, banquets and meetings. The ...

  6. Money in the trunk

    Posted Mar 10th 2006, 12:00am by Simon Montlake

    ... a baby elephant, padding its way along the pavement. The first time you see one, there's a shock of disbelief and a nagging sense of unreality. How did an elephant, the national symbol of Thailand, find its way onto the streets of Bangkok? The answer is simple, and sad. That cute elephant is a profit centre for its owner, or whoever has rented its services. The trick ...

  7. Monitoring from the home

    Posted Jan 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Meo

    ... are grey, brick-sized devices strapped around the elephants' necks. They transmit the elephants' whereabouts until the batteries expire after about 18 months. Satellite collars have been used elsewhere to study African and Asian elephants and are thought not to cause discomfort. The collar houses GPS and satellite units that convey the elephants' location to a website ...

  8. Satellite tracks pygmy pachyderms

    Posted Jan 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Meo

    ... Nick Meo in Jakarta Borneo's elephants are studied for the first time, thanks to military technology They're smaller and gentler than their Asian cousins, and until now their lives have been a mystery deep in the Borneo jungle. But the secrets of the pygmy elephant are now unravelling, thanks to a combination of Dayak tracker know-how and the same satellite ...

  9. Tai O shelter all but abandoned

    Posted May 17th 2006, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan The new $260 million typhoon shelter in Tai O on Lantau, criticised by locals as a white elephant, is all but empty as Typhoon Chanchu edges closer. Only one sampan ... which can shelter 220 boats, has been labelled a white elephant because the fishing industry is in decline and only a few boats have been anchoring there since construction was completed last ...

  10. Mega Exhibition on Fossils of Ancient Mammals

    Posted Sep 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mega Exhibition on Fossils of Ancient Mammals On loan from the Beijing Museum of Natural History, an exhibition of rare and precious 65-million-year-old mammal skeletons, including an eight-metre long paraceratherium tienshanensis (right), the largest terrestrial mammal of the prehistoric world; a straight tusked elephant; and a four-metre tall realistic, animated woolly mammoth ...




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