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In batch of pleas along with one by activist Rangarajan Narasimhan over the alleged inhumane treatment of elephants kept in temples across the state of Tamil Nadu, Madras High Court orders Forest Dept to prepare catalogue of all captive elephants in TN.…
The court has directed the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to prepare the catalogue alongwith their video recordings.
The plea was being heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu.
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Government of Tamil Nadu will set up India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve in the Palk Bay. It will cover an area of 500 Kms.

#Dugong (Sea Cow) is a marine mammal.

#DYK? They can consume upto 40 kgs of sea grasses in a day.

It is the state animal of A & N Islands.
1. #Dugongs are cousins of manatees and share a similar plump appearance, but have a dolphin fluke-like tail.

2. They are the only extant species of the family #Dugongidae.
3. Unlike manatees, which use freshwater areas, the dugong is strictly a marine mammal.

4. It is commonly known as the #SeaCow.

5. It is protected under Schedule I of the WPA, 1972.
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#MadrasHighCourt: "... it is time to rethink whether elephants can be subjected to the ignominy of participating in Temple celebrations and temple rituals and whether such activities are any better than elephants being used for begging in the streets."
Religious sentiments must at times yield to reason and the animal’s point of view, if at all the same may be perceived, may also be taken into consideration upon obtaining scientific expert advice in such regard: #MadrasHighCourt

#MadrasHighCourt directs Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to prepare a catalog of all captive elephants in TN.

Video recording of elephants sought for, with complete profile of each elephant - including age, sex, lineage, how the elephant came to be captured, domesticated.
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In addition to conducting the #science underpinning evidence-based #conservation tools, Taronga also supports their roll out. For example, Taronga supports a #carnivore #coexistence officer, Tshepo Ditlhabang, on @BPCTrust’s “Re Mmôgô” project in #Botswana #ScienceWeek Image
This #coexistence officer provides the community with access to evidence-based #HWC mitigation tools, including eye-cow, and is working to provide protective livestock collars, and flashing lights (#lionlights) at overnight enclosures. Image
While deterring hungry #carnivores, flashing lights also deter #elephants, themselves a major cause of #HWC but also a vital part of the ecosystem. Research led by @TempeAdams at Elephants without borders showed lights deterred field incursions… Image
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Look carefully. #Elephants are not crossing the road. Road is crossing the #forest. #WorldElephantDay
Do you know #elephant family is all women group. Made of #mother, #aunts, #grandmother & all other #ladies. Most of the times Male leave herd early. Kids are looked by all female elephants in herd, all are mothers. Grandmother makes all decision for the family.
Males keep on joining & leaving herds. Well one of the accepted theory is. That males when they get young are pushed out from the herd/family by dominant female, also called as matriarch. To check the inbreeding. Which only shows elephants are highly intelligent.
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If anybody wants to see how elephants sleep. PC BBC.
These are the elephants from China about which I shared recently. They are 15 elephants which have walked 500 km. The herd was seen resting near a village in Xiyang township after heavy rain slowed down its travels.

Complete details here.…
Elephants have only two jobs; eat & sleep. They sleep heavily. They snore a lot.

Most of the time one among herd remains awake as a guard, mostly bull.

Now in India maize & monsoon is here. Elephants will stay on forest boundaries. In day they will sleep & in night will raid.
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Thread on why we have lodged an objection with Namibia's Environmental Commissioner regarding #ReconAfrica's planned 2D seismic surveys criss-crossing #elephant migration corridors across the Kavango regions of Namibia.…
Our objection is coupled with a plea to employ the #precautionary principle to protect the largest cross-border #elephant herd from the harmful actions linked not only to seismic surveying but also from the ongoing exploratory #oil and #gas #drilling in #Namibia.
Seismic surveys help locate oil and gas reservoirs. It takes place by laying receptors called geophones along either a line (2D) or in a grid (3D) and detonating an explosive device, then recording the various soundwaves that are picked up by the geophones. Image: RBS
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 05/27/2021…
Pianist Plays Classical Music to Comfort Rescued Blind Elephants…

#ClassicalMusic #elephants AbusedAnimals #ComfortCare
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First of all, in this old video, there are a few elephants seen running near Isha Yoga Center. This does not mean they were chased. Elephants are not like cows or goats which you can chase. They can even turn around and attack if some people chase them.

#Isha #ElephantCorridor
There is no denying that this area is near Isha Yoga Center.

It can also be clearly seen that there is nobody really chasing those elephants.

People are simply seen excited. That somebody even took this video on mobile shows how much local people are used to these citings.
Secondly, if one knows anything about elephants, one would know that #elephants are herd beings. They always move in a group.

Sightings of elephants near #Isha have not been like a big herd of elephants. These are just stray elephants which have moved away from a herd.
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#Elephants! 🐘 This is a video I took myself, years back. Young 'teenager' elephants, mock-fighting, with a couple of matriarch elephants in the deep background. Watch till the end. In the Tarangire, Tanzania.
cc. @twychy12, @exploreorg

Moah oliphaunt! Again my video. Have the volume turned up (mostly just different kinds of crickets & cicadas). Elephants don't really see you as you; they see each land-cruiser w/ passengers as a kind of moving rock. They have *full* legal right-of-way
More! Elephant! Big mock-battle, with a Big Sister 🐘 looking on.
cc. @twychy12, @exploreorg ::

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(See all the pics)

****warning: this is a long thread and well researched. Read-only if you can take out 7-10 mins of your precious time
♠ Meghanada

•Meghanada was the main fighter who had definitive weapons of the three preeminent divine beings, for example, Brahmandastra of Lord Brahma, Vaishnavastra of Lord Vishnu and Pashupatastra of Lord Shiva.
•He crushed Indra, Indra's child Jayanta and different masses of divine beings (Adityas, Rudras, Sadhyas and Maruts) in a fight.
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In this time of reaching out across the aisle, I would like for each of you to remember that Trump did this:

Lifted the ban on the importing of elephant trophies and endangered species

Knowing that elephants are sentient animals with families who mourn their dead
Took back Bears Ears/other sacred native lands for fracking & oil

Lifted restrictions for clean water & allowed chemicals from mining, fracking, & oil to pollute the earth & waterways

Approved bear baiting/killing of hibernating bears, cubs & wolves so his own kids could hunt
Lifted bans on #chlorpyrifos which eat our human babies' brains. Google it.

Lifted restrictions on safety at chicken and pork plants. Took away protections from the farmers and gave them back to the chicken and pork sellers. Made it ok for us to eat tumors/cancer in our chicken
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#Elephant is our national heritage animal. They are represented as drawings, sculptures, paintings and in many other forms. They are closely related to our culture, art, religions & traditions. Have added some of my sketches themed on the unique features of Elephant. Add yours.
The matriarch culture found in the #elephants makes them even better than the most civilised human race.
The young ones are best cared by all the adults and sub adults in the #elephant family.
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#WorldElephantDay: Baby Bhunte Explains Causes of Stress Among #Elephants and Ways to Assess It…

(Images credit: Dr Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel) ImageImageImageImage
#WorldElephantDay: Did you know that elephants get stressed too? They can get as tensed as a person hopelessly trapped in the rush hour traffic for hours, with vehicles honking loudly! - by @SanjeetaSharmaP…

(Images credit: Dr Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel)
According to the Ministry of Environment over 100 #elephants die each year due to human - animal conflict.

#Trivia #WorldElephantDay2020 #WorldElephantDay Image
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On #WorldElephantDay horrified to see this regressive unempathetic report from @MoEFCC  that fails to recognize the ecology & nature of #elephants, seeks to block their #RightOfPassage confine them to tiny slivers of #ProtectedAreas 1/n
It speaks of 'restricting #elephants in their natural habitat- Restricted by way of trenches , railway fences , cement structures and this is what such 'best management' practices do . 2/n
#elephants are migrants they will move...and try to break down barricades that hem in their #forests and block their passage.
Like this tusker from #Bandipur .3/n

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On this #WorldElephantDay, let us pledge to prevent any mistreatment of these magnificent animals and the cruelty they endure in captivity. Every effort must be made to curb elephant-man conflicts & habitat loss of #elephants

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#Elephants form a crucial part of our ecosystem.They hold a place of great significance & reverence in our culture.They are empathetic, self- aware & socially intelligent.

Unfortunately, they face a number of threats from poaching for tusks to habitat loss to abuse in captivity
Due to relentless efforts of the government,India is now home to 60% of the global Asian #elephant population,with nearly 30 elephant reserves.
With enhanced community participation & concerted efforts of the governments,we must strive to further augment our elephant population
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Visited #meenakshi amman #Temple, #Madurai before....noticed White #elephant sculptures around Sundareswarar(Shiva) sanidhi

8 Majestic Astadik elephant sculptures are there supporting Shiva shrine.

6 are carved on outer wall,2 are on both sides of presiding deity.

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@findingtemples @TempleTrails @templesofindia_ @punarutthana @Gannuuprem Shrine of Chockanathar(#Shiva)
held by these Astadik elephants. As this constructed by Indra, it is called Indra Vimanam. Airavath - White elephant of Indra worshipped this Shiva Lingam to releive from curse of Sage Duruvasa.This story is depicted in mural painting as well.
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@findingtemples @TempleTrails @templesofindia_ @punarutthana @Gannuuprem This event of relieving curse of Airavath #elephant is one of the 64 Thiru vilayadal/Divine events of Lord Shiva.

Walls around Shiva’s sanidhi are painted with murals & sculptures depicting the scenes related to 64 acts/leelas.

Don't miss to see these majestic elephants.

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In the corridors of human-elephant co-existence.

1/ This thread is dedicated to the most magnificent of the animals on earth, the Elephant. Huge yet humble, powerful yet responsible, intelligent yet unassuming, it is held in great awe and reverence. And, it is feared too.
2/ Recent deaths of elephants, most notably that of the pregnant elephant in Kerala, have shaken the collective conscience of the society. Foresters, generally held responsible, are equally, if not more, pained by such unfortunate incidents & unnatural death of any wild animal.
3/ I remember having spent many a sleepless nights and anxious days dealing with extreme human-elephant conflict situations in my Division during 2004-08. A major part of my tenure was devoted to preventing such occurrences. The situation has not changed much over the years.
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This thread clarifies the situation re #ElephantDeathCase #Kerala. Also, let's use this opportunity to reflect on the situation of #wildlife in #India today
1. People did not "feed" the elephant with cracker stuffed pineapple.
2. The elephant ate the bait laid to kill wild boars.
3. 1000s of wild boars are killed every year in a similar fashion.
4. Some don't die immediately, they suffer for a few days without a face or mouth to eat.
5. This kind of baiting needs to stop.
6. Wild boar lives matter too.
7. End #cruelty towards all #animals #nonhumans.
8. It didn't happen in Malappuram.
9. Why does religion need to come into the picture?
10. #BlackLivesMatter, but please also stand up for those marginalised in #India too (#DalitLivesMatter #MinorityLivesMatter).
11. Try to understand the problem & suggest a solution #Nonhumans
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Sir, it was in Palakkad not Mallapuram.
And why the Indian culture remarks? #Kerala #keralaelephant
Let's not forget Mr Javadekar had defended the culling of animals like nilgai, wild boar. Supported by farmers-
Javadekar, who held the post of Minister for Environment defended animal culling, insisting it is done on the request of states to protect crops…
End of the day we have a huge problem between farmers and animals that destroy their crop. Needs a solution so farmers don't resort to firecrackers & tragic #elephant deaths like in Kerala. Mr Javadekar had supported culling of nilgai etc because of this…
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Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran (born 1964) The majestic elephant fondly known as Raman is the tallest #Elephant in India (2nd tallest Asia).

The reverence given to these elephants by the devotees is mind boggling. #thrissurpooram #Kerala
VC: Arin Media
Location : Vadukkunathan Temple, Trissur, Kerala
🐘 Elephant is not just an Animal..
'Techikottu Ramachandran' from Vadukkunathan Temple, is an emotion for devotees!!
#TrissurPooram ImageImage
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Like all #elephants, Tim was a beautiful being, and we join @yashar and elephant advocates around the world in mourning his passing.
@yashar At the same time, like Yashar, we're disturbed by reports that his body "will be sent to a taxidermist in Nairobi so that it can go on display," according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.
@yashar Thanks to human experience w/elephants & the work of elephant experts, we know elephants grieve in extraordinarily complex ways; putting Tim's body in a museum will deny the elephants in his herd the opportunity to fully grieve.
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Whoaaa !! A joint family of 70 elephants. So huge that I could not catch family in a single frame. That is kind of social structure they have. The secret #Life of #elephants.
From traveling together, which they do a lot, to eating together they are serious family goals. New born looked after by everybody in the herd. They can recognise their relatives also.
They accumulate a lot of wisdom due to their long life span & pass on to next generation. These all are my pictures, of same herd of 70 elephants which I tracked few months back. As I said it was so huge.
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