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  1. Rumble in the jungle

    Posted Jan 12th 2011, 12:00am by Mark Andrews

    ... it hard to believe that less than 24 hours earlier my transport had been so much more sedate. Perched on an elephant's head, I had unwittingly ended up a star in the mahout training school event at the Laos Elephant Festival. This year's Elephant Festival takes place from February 18 to 20 in Pak Lai (also spelled Pak Lay), a small, scenic community on the Mekong River ...

  2. Elephants live out retirement in old-age home

    Posted May 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... away to come to a Cochin temple to perform. Babu is one of Kerala's 650 captive elephants who work in Hindu temples where their majestic presence is vital for the splendour of a ceremony. Babu, 45, has been working for 36 years. Retirement is about five years away. His mahout (elephant keeper), Vinod Kumar, commands Babu, now that he is fully dressed with a pretty parasol on his ...

  3. Trunk call

    Posted Feb 17th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Bain

    ... a bare-backed elephant is the easy bit. Grab an ear in one hand and a fistful of flesh in the other, step on the animal's foot and thigh and throw yourself across its back, which seems larger than ... 3-tonne ball. Slipping from side to side, with your knees tucked behind the elephant's ears, your groin stretches like a rubber band and your hips feel on the verge of dislocating. Even worse ...

  4. News - World - SMUGGLING

    Africa-Asia summit agrees tough steps to curb illegal ivory trade

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 09:00pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gabarone, Botswana African elephant host nations and countries in Asia to get tough with poachers and smugglers Urgent steps agreed to curb illegal ivory trade African and Asian nations have agreed on urgent measures to tackle the illegal ivory trade, from the slaughter of elephants to the trafficking of their valuable tusks to East Asia. The deal ...

  5. Elephant art to raise the spirits and free the mind

    Posted Dec 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... Sunny Tse Flying elephants might be a common link but the creatures depicted in the paintings of Thai artist Supachet Bhumakarn are a long way from the young hero of the Disney animation Dumbo. 'Elephant Can Talk' is the first exhibition by rising star Bhumakarn. Forty of his paintings will be on display at Gallery by the Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, in collaboration ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    What's being said on scmp.com

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial On report, “Chinese medicine proponents urge watchdog to back Baptist University teaching hospital”, March 12: rpasea- Exactly what services does a Chinese medicine hospital offer? Can it treat infectious diseases? Accident and trauma victims? Perform surgery? Deliver babies? Just what? Seems to me this is nothing but another government white elephant. ngsw- I prefer ...

  7. News - China - IVORY TRADE

    China destroys 6.1 tonnes of confiscated ivory in gesture reflecting major policy shift

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 04:55pm by Mimi Lau

    ... elephant tusk trading by the world’s largest ivory consumer. The destruction of confiscated ivory by Chinese authorities is the first landmark gesture reflecting a policy shift by Beijing ... The destruction comes a month after China pledged during the African Elephant Summit in Botswana of Africa on December 2 last year to take action in combating ivory trading, according to Zhang Li, ...

  8. News - World - FRANCE

    Man held for sawing off tusk of elephant skeleton at Paris museum

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Elephant tusk sawn off at museum A man was arrested for allegedly breaking into Paris' Museum of Natural History and using a chainsaw to cut off a tusk from a centuries-old elephant skeleton. Police said a neighbour of the Left Bank museum alerted authorities after hearing the sawing sound in the early hours at the weekend. The suspect, aged ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten world’s top online marketer of ivory, whale meat

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:48pm by Reuters

    ... The Guardian in Tokyo Japan's Rakuten is world's top online marketer of elephant and whale products that are banned in most countries, conservationists charge For sale: ivory and whale meat Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce company that owns Play.com and Kobo, is the world's biggest online retailer of elephant ivory and whale meat, according to conservationists. ...




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