Woolly mammoth discovery in Michigan, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Woolly mammoth skeleton unearthed by Michigan farmers

3 October 2015

Two farmers in Michigan made an astonishing discovery when they unearthed the remains of a woolly mammoth while digging in a soybean field.

Experts say it is one of the most complete sets ever found in the state.

University of Michigan researchers say there is evidence the mammoth lived 11,700-15,000 years ago.

Wild mammals banned in Dutch circuses

This video is called Earth Focus Episode 58 – Asian Elephants in Peril.

On 15 September 2015, it will become illegal for Dutch circuses to have wild mammals performing.

Many circus animals had already gone elsewhere. Today, Dutch circuses still own 11 wild mammals: six elephants, three tigers and two zebras.

Circus performances by domestic mammals, like dogs, cats, horses, cows, camels and llamas are still legal in the Netherlands. So are reptiles and birds in circuses.

The Netherlands is the tenth European country with a ban on animals in circuses.

Austria was first.

In Greece, all animals in circuses are banned. Including domestic mammals, reptiles and birds.

Elephant information for children

This video says about itself:

Save Elephants from Abuse in 30 seconds

11 August 2015

Watching elephants perform may look like family fun, but for elephants and other wild animals, the experience is anything but! Join us and the voice of this video, Selma Blair, at http://www.whatelephantslike.com/ in the fight against performing animal abuse; and keep animals where they belong, in the wild.

From Wildlife Extra:

Born Free launches “What Elephants Like” website, video and book aimed at children

Born Free USA has launched a new educational campaign for children called What Elephants Like (www.whatelephantslike.org).

The aim is to help parents start an important conversation about the delicate issue of elephant suffering, without using any graphic language or images.

The initiative includes an interactive website, a powerful 30-second video voiced by actress Selma Blair, and a children’s storybook.

According to Adam M Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation: “The shocking mistreatment of wild animals used for entertainment has gone on far too long.

“The goal of this initiative is to provide families with attractive, kid-friendly, non-graphic tools that can help promote an age-appropriate, meaningful conversation.

“Born Free is dedicated to empowering future conservationists by helping them understand at a young age what is happening in wildlife conservation, and learn how they can make a difference.

“Elephants—and all wild animals—belong in the wild, and no one is too young to understand that.”

The 30 second video features five elephants, with one attempting to stand on a barrel in the wild. The message is that elephants in entertainment have no choice and are forced to do something that is unnatural.

The storybook, What Elephants Like, by Joel Lugar, produced by Born Free USA, with illustrations by Evan Schultz and Tyler Jensen, is a beautiful children’s book that appropriately entertains and enlightens readers with the message of keeping wildlife in the wild.

The book is available at www.whatelephantslike.org as a free e-book, downloadable PDF, and coloring book.

The website also offers fun facts about elephants and more information about how people can get involved.

Roberts adds: “The goal for the book, video, and website is to explain that these are extraordinary animals, and when you see them confined behind bars or forced to do tricks and perform, it is not natural, humane, or acceptable.

“We want kids to understand that these highly intelligent, sensitive, gentle giants deserve to thrive in the wild.”

Baby elephant drives away swallows, video

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Baby Elephant Calf vs Birds [swallows] – Latest Wildlife Sightings

28 July 2015

With this week being so sad after the loss of a great animal, Cecil the lion, we thought we would cheer everyone up with a video that will make you cry of happiness, rather than sadness.

World Elephant Day, August 12 2015

This video says about itself:

An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch | WCS

12 June 2014

Elephants — so different in form yet with an inner life that rivals our own. This short video tells the tale of a single elephant, but provides powerful testimony to the experience of the species as a whole at this crucial moment in their existence. Together, we must not be generation that lets elephants disappear.

An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch
Produced and written by Natalie Cash
Shot and edited by Jeff Morey
Narrated by Dr. Nyawira Muthiga
Original music and sound design by Brian Aumueller/Mekanical
Color editing by Josh Kanuck
Still image by Julie Larsen Maher
Narration recorded by Eric Musyoka/Decimal Studios

Additional footage provided by Paul Elkan, J. Michael Fay, Cristián Samper, Andrea Turkalo, Kevin Bachar/Pangolin Pictures and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Special Thanks to Margaret Kinnaird and Sandy Odour, Mpala Research Centre

From the Wildlife Conservation Society in the USA:

Take a Stand

World Elephant Day is Wednesday, August 12, and this year we have something to celebrate! President Obama recently introduced a proposal to ban ivory sales in the United States.

Once enacted, this ban will close loopholes that have allowed smugglers to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants and sell them as antiques in the U.S. It will send a clear message that America is serious about shutting down the ivory trade and saving elephants.

But the president’s proposal isn’t law yet. The administration is collecting public comments for 60 days and you can bet that opponents of the ivory ban (yes, there are people who oppose this common sense regulation) will be vocal. We need voices in support of the ban to #BeHerd.

Help us send 96,000 comments in support of the U.S. ivory ban.

Take Action

Join Our (Digital) Stampede

There’s so much you can do for elephants this World Elephant Day and beyond. In addition to lending your voice in support of the proposed U.S. ivory ban, you can also lend your feet and your creativity.

We’re asking elephant supporters everywhere to shoot their own six-second videos of feet stamping to symbolize “Joining the Stampede” and post them on Instagram (and/or Facebook, Vine, Tumblr) with #BeHerd and #JoinTheSTAMPede. Together, these will amplify our message, ensuring that elephants‘ voices are heard everywhere.

Looking for some activities for kids? We’ve also created some fun pages they can put their own stamp on to support the ban.

Check Them Out

Big news! Our 2014 short film, “An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch,” has been nominated in two categories at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (“Best Educational or Institutional Program” and “Best Short Short”). This World Elephant Day, its message still holds: together, we must fight for their right to exist.

And while you’re in inspirational viewing mode, check out the highlights from the U.S. ivory crush earlier this summer. We certainly made our voices heard!

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Zimbabwe restricts lion, leopard, elephant hunting

This 2013 video is called Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

From Wildlife Extra:

Zimbabwe bans hunting of lions, leopards and elephants

Following the illegal killing of Cecil the lion the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has banned the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in areas outside of Hwange National Parks, where it was previously allowed.

From now on all such hunts will only be conducted if confirmed and authorised in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and only if accompanied by parks staff whose costs will be met by the landowner.

Under previous law hunting was banned in the Hwange National Park and the new measures are meant to prevent instances of illegal killings of wildlife outside the park. Cecil was lured outside the park’s grounds and then killed.

Members of the hunting fraternity are being reminded that it is illegal for quotas to be transferred from one hunting area to another.

Any case of quota transfer is regarded as poaching. The Authority will not hesitate to arrest, prosecute, and ban for life any persons including professional hunters, clients and land owners who are caught on the wrong side of the law.