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Malaysia offers reward in suspected poisoning of 14 pygmy elephants

A pygmy elephant calf nuzzles its dead mother. Photo: Reuters

"There is a reward of 50,000 ringgit [HK$125,000] for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the alleged culprits if the chemist report confirms that death was due to intentional poisoning," he said.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 3:58am

Briefs, February 7, 2013

Pablo Picasso's Femme assise pres d'une fenetre. Photo: Reuters

A Pablo Picasso portrait of his mistress and muse Marie-Therese Walter titled Femme assise pres d'une fenetre (Woman sitting near a window) sold for £28.6 million (HK$347.25 million) at a Sotheby's auction of impressionist, modern and surrealist art. 

7 Feb 2013 - 6:54am

Poachers kill 11 elephants in Kenyan wildlife park

Elephants roaming the wild south of Nairobi in Kenya. Photo: AFP

The Kenya Wildlife Service says its rangers are pursuing a poaching gang believed to have killed 11 elephants for their ivory tusks.

KWS said on Monday that an entire family of elephants died in the gunfire attack on Saturday. The poachers chopped off the elephants’ tusks and carted them away. KWS believes a gang of 10 was responsible for the slaughter.

8 Jan 2013 - 3:33pm

Hong Kong customs seize over HK$10m in illegal ivory

Hong Kong authorities have confiscated more than a ton of the elephant tusks worth HK$10.85 million. Photo: Felix Wong

Customs officials have confiscated HK$10.6 million worth of ivory in a cargo from Africa, in the third large seizure of the banned product in three months, they said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:35pm

150 elephants died for ivory load seized at port in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong customs officer displays the shipment of contraband tusks from Tanzania that was seized on Thursday. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Customs officers have made the third large seizure of ivory in a year as poachers in Africa slaughter thousands of animals to feed demand in China and other Asian countries.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 15, 2012

Illegal ivory tusks seized in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

All African elephants under threat

I refer to the letter from Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ("Differentiating legal and illegal trade", November 3).

Once again, your correspondent's approach is inaccurate. While in his letters he often struggles to explain that the shark fin trade remains sustainable, he is mistaken when he writes about elephants.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Asian elephant Koshik speaks Korean

Keeper Kim Jong-kap with 22-year-old Koshik. Photo: AP

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.

An international team of scientists confirmed yesterday what the Everland Zoo has been saying for years: their 5.5-tonne tusker Koshik can talk, an unusual and possibly unprecedented talent.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Recent seizure of ivory in Hong Kong underlines need to save the elephants

Elephant tusks seized at the Kwai Chung container port last week, one of the world's biggest ever hauls of smuggled ivory. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's being a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world is not just about cross-border trade. The seizure at the Kwai Chung container port last week of one of the world's biggest hauls of smuggled ivory re-emphasised that our city also has a duty to uphold international rules. The mainland's rapidly growing appetite for elephant tusks puts us on the firing line.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Children can help save the elephants

Congratulations to Celia Ho for her excellent letter ("Ivory market an example of inhumanity", October 3). While she pointed out many key facts on elephant conservation, the most important point is that she is a Form Three student.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:32am

Elephant's rescue pulls in jumbo donations

A Hong Kong charity that rescued a badly injured, three-tonne elephant from a life of misery on the streets of Cambodia had a rush of donations after its work was highlighted by the Sunday Morning Post.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Death on five-tonne tip-toes

The moment the elephant's trunk wrapped itself around Fulmani Urao's waist, she must have known it was all over. She did not even struggle. There was no point.

29 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

Big appetite

In Asia, there's an irony that deepens as the natural world dwindles to the size of a parking lot. Wild animals, once revered and assigned all kinds of spiritual meaning, are increasingly ending up as the entree.

The tiger, for instance, is no longer feared so much as coveted: as a rug, as jewellery made of fangs, as an exotic dish, or as a presumed aid for sexual prowess.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Clearing the air over credit for source of pollution data

Good to see Friends of the Earth pointing to the 'disappointing and shameful' air quality in Hong Kong.

It is also a shame and somewhat disappointing it wasn't so frank about acknowledging how it came by the data.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

paws for thought

At the end of last month, I continued my exploration of exciting new places, and headed to yet another previous uncharted destination: this time, the amazing island of Sri Lanka.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am