Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My Elextinction Links

12.8.13 (hands off our elephants) ( - see below)

South Africa

  • Notorious Congolese Ivory Trafficker ConvictedJuly 25, 2013Ghislain “Pepito” Ngondjo was sentenced to 5 years in jail for killing of scores of elephants and illegally selling their ivory, while recruiting new poachers and supplying them with illegal assault rifles.

  • Researcher Studying Endangered Elephants Flees CARJune 12, 2013As a group of armed Séléka rebels invaded the Dzanga-Sangha National Park this spring, WCS conservationist Andrea Turkalo was forced to flee her jungle compound. Her life’s work—and the fate of the park’s famed elephants—now hang in the balance. 

  • Gabon and Central African Republic To Protect Critical Elephant PopulationMay 30, 2013WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper recognizes the outstanding leadership of Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba and Michel Djotodia, acting president of the CAR transitional government, in confronting the urgent wildlife emergency in Dzanga Bai and restoring security to the area.

  • Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife PoachersMay 23, 2013In the battle against the illegal ivory trade that is decimating elephants, conservation groups are turning to technological solutions to better assist local security forces. WCS's Emma Stokes describes one: the free, open-source Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, or SMART—an innovative software application recently designed to help rangers curb wildlife trade.

  • Elephants in Jeopardy in Central African RepublicMay 15, 2013On a recent expedition to CAR’s Dzanga Bai, part of a World Heritage Site, WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper witnessed first-hand the severity of the danger facing both elephants and the heroic rangers who protect them.

  • Statement on Violence in Central African RepublicMay 10, 2013With hundreds of elephants in Central African Republic’s Dzanga Bai facing death at the hands of criminal bands of poachers, WCS appeals to neighboring countries and the world community to stop the slaughter.

  • Slaughter of the African ElephantsMarch 17, 2013In their New York Times op-ed about the plight of elephants, WCS conservationists Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels conclude: "If we do not act, we will have to shamefully admit to our children that we stood by as elephants were driven out of existence." 

  • Extinction Looms for Forest ElephantsMarch 7, 2013Following the largest study ever conducted on the forest elephant in Central Africa, conservationists say the species could vanish within the next decade. The study comes as 178 countries gather in Bangkok to discuss wildlife trade issues, including poaching and ivory smuggling.

  • New Fears for Forest ElephantsFebruary 28, 2013WCS conservationists fear the worst for forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a new survey shows their numbers in the Okapi Faunal Reserve have taken a dramatic plunge. Ivory poaching is to blame.

  • New World Heritage Site in Wild Heart of Central AfricaJuly 2, 2012Forest elephants congregate en masse within TNS, a new World Heritage Site, sometimes in groups of 100 or more. Nowhere else in the world are this many forest elephants spotted together. 

  • New Fears for Congo’s Elephant HavenJune 11, 2012No elephants are immune from increased poaching in the Republic of Congo. WCS advocates doubling the number of guards monitoring the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and surrounding areas, one of the few safe havens where elephant numbers have remained stable.

  • Tusk Smuggler Gets Tough SentenceAugust 18, 2011The Republic of Congo sends a Chinese ivory smuggler to jail, an example of the tough law enforcement that WCS recommends for combating the illegal wildlife trade.  

  • Forest Elephants Are Running Out of SpaceAugust 17, 2011In the rainforests of Central Africa, hunters are finding their way into once inaccessible terrain, spelling disaster for forest elephants.

  • A Ripple in an Ape OasisMarch 28, 2011A WCS census confirms a healthy population of western lowland gorillas in and around Cameroon’s Deng Deng National Park.  

  • Battle Scars from the BushDecember 1, 2010Elephants that share their turf with poachers may face life-threatening injuries when they encounter a rusty manacle buried in the foliage.

  • Treehuggers of the CongoMay 6, 2010WCS conducts the first landscape-wide survey of how land-use affects chimpanzees, gorillas, and forest elephants.

  • Danger: Elephant Crossing October 27, 2008Poorly planned roads, which are spreading across Central African wilderness areas, attract poachers and cause fear and death among forest elephants.



Domestication of the African Elephant from Page 1 on a Google Search

Yahoo Answers on Domestication of the African Elephant

Resolved Question


Why is the Asian elephant exclusively domesticated and the African elephant not?

Is it a matter of social behavior differences, intelligence or just practical reasons in size?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

Asian elephants have been shown to be more docile. The people of tropical Asia have used the Asian elephant for generations as workers for heavy lifting and construction. The elephant has been sacred to the Indian culture for thousands of years and they are every strict on the care of them. The natural behavior of the two species of elephants is vastly different. Don't get me wrong both can kill a person if frightened. An Asian elephant is more likely to run into the forest then stampede you. African elephants have had predators trying to kill them and their young for over ten thousand years while Asian elephants have had little predator interaction in that same time frame. This makes them more aggressive towards all animals especially humans. Some say that many African elephants are more hostile toward humans because many have seen a family member killed by humans in there long lifetime. There memories very good and long lasting which allows them to recognize hunters that come back to kill other members of the same herd.


Wildlife conservation and Ecology student at NWMSU and future zoo keeper.
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Other Answers (2)

  • Before we get all romantic about the noble Indian, I would remind the previous poster about childhood slavery, breaking rocks, and the inhumanity of a strict Caste system!
    Indian Elephants are smaller and a sub species of the Asian elephant.
    In addition, two extinct subspecies are considered by some authorities to have existed:

    The Chinese population is sometimes separated as E. m. rubridens (pink-tusked elephant); it disappeared after the 14th century BC.
    The Syrian Elephant (E. m. asurus), the westernmost and the largest subspecies of the Asian Elephant, went extinct around 100 BC. This latter population, along with other Indian elephants, were considered the best war elephants in antiquity, and found superior to the smallish North African Elephant (Loxodonta africana pharaonensis) used by the armies of Carthage.
    Despite its popularity in zoos, and cuddly portrayal as gentle giants in fiction, elephants are among the world's most potentially dangerous animals. They can crush and kill any other land animal, even the rhinoceros. They can experience unexpected bouts of rage, and can be vindictive.[66] In Africa, groups of young teenage elephants attack human villages in what is thought to be revenge for the destruction of their society by massive cullings done in the 1970s and 80s.[67] [68] In India, male elephants attack villages at night, destroying homes and killing people regularly. In the Indian state of Jharkhand, 300 people were killed by elephants between 2000 and 2004, and in Assam, 239 people have been killed by elephants since 2001.[66] In India, elephants kill up to 200 humans every year, and in Sri Lanka around 50 per year.

    Interesting Q
  • This comes from a completely ignorant pulpit but if I was an Elephan, a monkey, a cow or any other animal I'd rather be in India than in Africa.
    Indians (generally) seem to love their animals, I have seen monkeys behaving like little pests while I was there and people were so patient with them! Also I have seen people washing Elephants, scrubbing them down, treating them with love, while africans are still slaving their own people so you can imagine how they treat their Elephants!
    I have seen some barbaric stuff done to monkeys while I was in Africa! So I think that it is all down to how you treat your animals, for instance in Circuses they have african elephants that behave real well and are friendly.

Gangala-na-Bodio Elephant Domestication Center in Congo


IWORRY (This is one place where you can petition for better support from agencies to prevent poaching)


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