Elephants

  1. Andy and the Asian Elephants

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    Video caption: Andy heads to Bangladesh to help a family of Asian elephants escape rising floodwater.

    In an epic adventure and a race against time, Andy heads to Bangladesh to help a family of Asian elephants escape rising floodwater and reach higher ground.

  2. Elephants

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    Video caption: Andy takes Kip on a wild adventure to see elephants in Kenya.

    Preschool wildlife series. Andy takes Kip on a wild adventure to see elephants in Kenya. He watches as they cover themselves in dust to stay protected from the sun.

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    Video caption: India: Trapped baby elephant rescued after falling into pit

    The baby elephant had separated from its herd when it fell into a pit.

  4. Kenya ranks fourth in elephant population globally

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Family of elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya
    Image caption: Only Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania have more elephants

    Kenya has the fourth-largest elephant population in the world, according to partially released results of the country’s recent wildlife census.

    The country has 36,280 savanna elephants - about 2,700 more than the last count in 2017.

    Only Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania have more.

    Over the years Kenya’s wildlife has declined dramatically because of poaching and encroachment by humans, which led to the loss of wildlife habitats and migratory corridors.

    But the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says the census, which was conducted between May and July, noted a reduction in the loss of elephants, rhinos and other endangered species.

    The country has 1,739 rhinos, among them the only two northern white rhinos in the world, 897 black rhinos and 840 southern white rhinos.

    It was especially good news for the black rhino, listed as critically endangered, to have increased by 200 from the last count four years ago.

  5. Namibia sells 57 elephants to buyers abroad

    BBC World Service

    The environment ministry in Namibia says it has auctioned 57 elephants, with the majority going to buyers abroad.

    The ministry says the auction is needed to reduce the number of elephants intruding on the human population, and says the $400,000 (£290,000) raised will support conservation programmes.

    But critics say there are far fewer elephants in Namibia than the government estimates, and that officials have no right to sell animals that naturally migrate across the continent.

    An elephant and a calf
    Image caption: According to government figures, a conservation drive saw Namibia's elephant population grow from around 7,500 in 1995 to 24,000 in 2019