Save elephants from Chinese ivory trade or we lose them, says researcher

Joyce Poole, a world authority on elephants, has warned that Chinese demand for ivory is driving the worst poaching in history, with more than 7 per cent of the world’s elephants killed for their tusks in the space of a year. Photo: SCMP

More than 7 per cent of the world's elephants were killed for their tusks in the space of a year - the "worst in history", according to one researcher. And with over 40 per cent of the ivory haul bound for China, the biggest market for tusks, Joyce Poole, co-director of conservation group Elephant Voices, is urging Beijing to step in and ban the trade.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 7:13am 9 comments

Hong Kong tourists' car overturned by elephant in Kruger National Park

A car that was overturned by an elephant lies on the side of the road in the Kruger National Park on Monday. Photo: AP

An elephant overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists believed to be from Hong Kong, injuring both, South African officials said on Monday. An elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6.30am on Monday, and a medical team in a helicopter rushed to help the injured male driver. He was taken to Clinix Phalabourwa Private Hospital, near the park.

16 Apr 2013 - 2:51am

Poachers kill 11 elephants in 'worst massacre in Kenya for decades'

Elephants at the Amboseli game reserve, approximately 250 kilometres south of Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: AFP

Kenyan wildlife rangers yesterday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killing in the country in the past three decades. "We have not lost as many elephants in a single incident since the early 1980s," said Patrick Omondi, head of the elephant programme at the Kenya Wildlife Service.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

Letters to the Editor, December 28, 2012

A more suitable tenant is needed. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Seeking relief from the beef monopoly

I strongly agree with those who argue that that the government should open up the fresh beef market to competition ("Inquiry into monopoly's effect on beef prices", December 17).

The present arrangement affects all Hong Kong citizens and beef retailers.

28 Dec 2012 - 1:36am

Manila, free Mali the elephant now!

Tourists visit Mali at the Manila Zoo. Photo: AFP

Mali is the Philippines' only captive elephant and one of the world's saddest and loneliest. Captured in Sri Lanka in 1977, she has spent the past 35 years inside a very small, barren concrete pen at the Manila Zoo. While there, she has never seen another elephant, a highly sociable species that requires constant company to stay healthy, happy and sane.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

Elephant plays tunes on harmonica

An elephant named Shanthi at the U.S. National Zoo in America plays the harmonica with her trunk and appears to love doing it.

A video released by the zoo shows the 36-year-old Asian elephant playing tunes on a harmonica attached to her stall.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mammoth mummy makes HK debut

Five men lifted Lyuba from her storage box. Hands sheathed in white gloves, they gingerly raised the 42,000-year-old remains of the woolly mammoth calf at a storage facility in Chai Wan yesterday.

'She feels hard, not soft at all,' said Thomas Yuen, the managing director of Michelle Art Services, who is more used to handling works of art than mummified corpses.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Jumbo tussle turns wild

Sacred in Thai culture, Asian elephants are revered by kings and even appeared on the national flag. But the jumbo creatures and humans don't always live in harmony - particularly in Salakpra, in western Thailand.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Resurrecting a mammoth gift

The woolly mammoths that lived in the cold Pleistocene era may have helped humans to survive the Ice Age, but they paid a high price for it: their own extinction.

Now, the 'unselfish' extinct mammoth may help us again.

First of all let's ask: how could these 'elephants' survive the cold?

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Boy in for adventures after escaping tsunami with elephant

Running Wild Michael Morpurgo Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9780007267019

28 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

A boy and an elephant swept away on a wave of adventure

Running Wild By Michael Morpurgo Published by HarperCollins ISBN 9780007267019

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Arrow Books HK$148

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Elephants Rachael Yamagata (CD)

If there is such a thing as a grown-up's lullaby, Rachael Yamagata's is the ideal voice to soothe you to sleep. Her lyrics are hummed and whispered. Long instrumental passages add to the silkiness.

Yamagata is an American singer-songwriter and pianist of fourth-generation Japanese-American descent on her father's side and Italian-German ancestry on her mother's.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

I Wish I'd Been There

I Wish I'd Been There

edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore Rabb

Pan, HK$117

10 May 2009 - 12:00am