Tag - elephants



A bird perches on an elephant in the Amboseli National Park in Kajiado County, Kenya, on April 4.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 12, 2024
Study shows elephants might call each other by name
In the study, researchers analyzed vocalizations made by more than 100 elephants in Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.
Of the five nations in Southern Africa where elephants live, a survey has found that Botswana has the largest elephant population with 131,909.
Sep 1, 2023
More elephants in Southern Africa than previously thought: survey
The aerial survey done using seven fixed-wing aircraft covered Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 23, 2023
How a dig for Naumann's elephant is forging Japan's future scientists
The excavations at Lake Nojiri in Nagano Prefecture are unique because, unlike most archeological digs throughout Japan, anyone is allowed to participate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Apr 9, 2023
Rare artwork found showing rescue of elephant amid 1923 quake chaos
Discovered in storage at the Asakusa Hanayashiki amusement park, the lithographs are thought to have been published by two Tokyo-based printing companies in the weeks after the quake.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2022
Elephant breeding efforts failing despite big moves by Japanese zoos
As importing the animals is not realistic, there are fears that the Japanese public may soon never have the opportunity to see the species again in the country.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2022
Social life helps orphaned elephants overcome loss, study shows
Scientists investigated the consequences of a mother elephant's death on her child by examining the level of stress hormones in the excrement of young elephants in Kenya.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2020
Elephant goes on diet with help from Morioka Zoo visitors
The elephant weighed 3,940 kg as of June 20, but her target weight is 3,600 kg.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2019
Botswana bans pro hunting pair after killing of research elephant
Botswana's government has revoked the licenses of two professional hunters who shot dead a research elephant and then destroyed its collar to try to hide the evidence.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2019
Singapore to ban domestic trade in elephant ivory in two years
Singapore, a major transshipment hub in the illegal ivory trade, said Monday it will impose a ban on domestic trade in elephant ivory from September 2021, tightening the noose on the proliferation of such exchanges nearly two decades after a global ban on the practice was enacted.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2019
Ivory registrations in Japan surged ahead of tighter restrictions: Environment Ministry
As ivory owners rushed to take advantage of Japan's lax declaration system, the volume of registrations surged before the ivory market faced new restrictions on July 1.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 14, 2019
Elephant and rhino populations rebounding in Tanzania after crackdown on poaching
Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organized criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2018
Three zoos in Tohoku to swap female elephants in bid to fire up breeding interest
In the first attempt of its kind, three zoos in Tohoku will launch a project Tuesday to swap their female African elephants with each other to form new breeding pairs.
Jan 11, 2018
WWF urges Japan to ban domestic trade in ivory by 2020
The conservation group said Thursday that Japan should ban in principle all ivory trade within the country, saying its domestic market undermines international efforts to abolish illegal trade in ivory.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2017
Watchdog urges Tokyo to curb 'rampant' illegal ivory exports to China
A survey of 430 shops and stalls in tourist areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, conducted by investigators posing as customers, found nearly 5,000 items made from elephant tusks.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2017
Elephant's paintings auctioned in Hungary
Paintings created by an Indian elephant who enjoys wielding a brush were auctioned off by a Hungarian traveling circus on Saturday.
Japan Times
Oct 15, 2017
Wild elephants trample to death four Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2017
Farmers, conservationists rescue 11 wild elephants from Cambodia mud pit
Eleven wild elephants trapped for days in a mudhole in northeastern Cambodia were rescued over the weekend, conservationists said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2017
Yahoo Japan defies calls to halt ivory sales as poaching soars
Yahoo Japan, the country's biggest online auction site, is rebuffing calls to end online ivory trading despite Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer's misgivings over facilitating a business blamed for the illegal slaughter of African elephants.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2017
China shouldn't burn its 40-ton ivory stockpile
Despite the visceral appeal, 30 years of burning hasn't appreciably reduced elephant kills or ivory consumption. In fact, it likely raises its value on the black market.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2016
China announces complete ban on domestic ivory trade by end of 2017
China will slap a total ban on the domestic ivory trade within a year, the government announced Friday, shutting the door to the world's biggest end market for poached ivory.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals