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ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
The hotly anticipated new animal habitat Elephants of Asia finally opens to the public, featuring three gentle pachyderm transplants from the San Diego Zoo: Tina, Jewel and 25-year-old Billy. The six-acre exhibit features bathing pools, sandy hills and varied topography, all devoted to exploring the connection between elephants and the cultures of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. Grand opening 10 a.m. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Dec. 25. Adults $14, seniors $11, children 2-12 $9, children younger than 2 free.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Tyler Perry will ride herd over an elephant at the box office this weekend. "Madea's Big Happy Family," the latest release from the prolific filmmaker-writer-actor, is expected to gross about $30 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. "Water for Elephants," a romantic drama based on Sara Gruen's bestselling novel about a Great Depression-era traveling circus, should trail with about $15 million. The weekend's other new wide release, "African Cats," an animal documentary featuring lions and cheetahs, is expected to sell about $7 million worth of tickets.
OPINION
November 26, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council is poised to consider a measure that would in effect prevent elephants from performing in traveling shows and exhibitions in the city. It's hardly unusual for the council to sound off on any issue under the sun, but in this case, the proposal before it underscores a growing appreciation for the world's largest and most majestic land mammal. It deserves to be approved, and should prompt serious reflection on humanity's relationship with these noble animals.
NEWS
February 8, 1988 | Associated Press
Three wild elephants went on a rampage in southern Nepal, killing two people and trampling homes, the national news agency said Sunday.
NEWS
April 5, 1989 | From Reuters
A herd of rogue elephants has killed eight people, destroyed 120 houses and spread terror in central India, the Hindustan Times reported Tuesday.
SCIENCE
September 4, 2010 | Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Ecologists have discovered the secret weapon used by certain acacia trees to defend themselves against ravenous elephants: ants. The finding could one day help conservationists protect vulnerable plants from elephants and other large herbivores, said University of Florida biologist Todd Palmer, who reported the discovery online Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Elephants can have a devastating impact on the trees of the African savannas, Palmer said. A hungry pachyderm can easily demolish a tree, wrapping its prehensile trunk around thick branches and ripping them off. A herd of them can lay waste to an area — a problem for people trying to protect wild lands or cropland.
WORLD
May 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Seoul eatery trampled by elephants that escaped from a zoo last month is back in business and aiming to capitalize on the pachyderm pandemonium. The Korean barbecue restaurant, closed for a month for repairs, reopened with a new name: Restaurant Where Elephants Have Been. Owner Keum Taek Hoon said she used $18,000 in insurance money to remodel her eatery. The most popular item is the "elephant set" -- seven vegetable side dishes and a hot soup. "What can I say about the elephants?
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. sponsors a tour of Thailand that's heavy on wildlife viewing in out-of-the-way national parks and animal sanctuaries. L.A. Zoo director John Lewis takes visitors on foot, by Jeep, long-tail boat and even kayak to see elephants , Malayan sun bears, leopards, tigers , Javan mongoose, gibbons, langurs and other indigenous animals. Trip highlights include visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a lightly touristed area that's home to many animals and birds; Pa La-U, a tiered waterfall where elephants hang out; Klong Seant Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon Cloud Forest, each known for being home to numerous species of birds and orchids; and a camp where guests may feed and interact with elephants.
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Get up close and personal with one of the animal kingdom's weightiest - and most interesting - mammals, the elephant. A new volunteer program, sponsored by the nonprofit organization United Planet , is based at an elephant sanctuary in Jaipur, India.  It provides participants with an opportunity to learn about animal care and rescue while experiencing cultural immersion. "Working with animals is important, rewarding -- and fun," says Theresa Higgs, a United Planet vice president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1988
I was happy to see so many letters in The Times (June 4) concerning the beating of an elephant at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. In my younger days I spent five years in the Burmese jungle extracting teak and, at various times, had as many as 103 elephants in my charge. At the end of the working day, after their baths, the elephants forelegs were loosely fettered so that they could wander off into the jungle to feed themselves and, in this condition, could also breed normally.
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