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Dak Lak to spend money to end elephant-riding tours

More than VND55 billion (nearly $2.5 million) will be spent to shift elephant-riding tourism to a more elephant-friendly model in Dak Lak.

Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

In Vietnam, elephants are classified as critically endangered in the Vietnam Red Book, and are included in the group with the highest conservation status, whose exploitation for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. ​

GPS collars to be used on wild elephants in Dak Lak

GPS collars will be fitted to 28 wild elephants in the Yok Don National Park in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, a workshop heard on June 29.

Saigon Zoo elephant dung used to make paper

A Saigon Zoo member of staff and a group of students are transforming elephant dung into paper.

Elephant rides for tourists in Dak Lak to end soon

Dak Lak will put an end to activities affecting the welfare of domestic elephants, including tourist elephant rides, competitions for elephants, marches for hours, or recreation of hunting and taming scenes with elephants.

Dak Lak elephants need better protection

Dak Lak is considered the country’s ‘elephant metropolis with 140 elephants, both wild and domestic. However, the number of ‘nanny’ elephants there is alarmingly low, which has affected the conservation of the local herd of elephants.

One more elephant in Dak Lak dies

A 59-year-old elephant in Dak Lak Province which carried tourists on sightseeing trips for many years has died, according to the provincial Elephant Conservation Centre.

Vietnam struggles to crack down elephant ivory trafficking

Education for Nature, Vietnam (ENV), has urged heavy sanctions on leaders of wildlife trafficking rings dealing in elephant tusks.

Nghe An residents in conflict with wild elephants

Together with Dak Lak and Dong Nai, Nghe An is one of three localities in Vietnam with the highest wild elephant populations. However, their natural habitat is shrinking.

Dutch vet saves VN elephants

Sipping juice in a small café in Ha Noi in early June, Willem Schaftenaar relaxes before his flight home to the Netherlands. Previously, he was busy in Ban Don Village in Dak Lak Province’s Buon Don District

Elephant pregnancy expected to help preserve herds in Dak Lak

VietNamNet Bridge - A pregnant elephant in Dak Lak will give birth in late autumn 2017, which is expected to help develop the provinces' herd of elephants. 

Dak Lak takes prompt action to save elephants

VietNamNet Bridge - As elephants are now facing a threat of extinction in Vietnam, the country has decided to spend big money on elephant conservation programs.

Elephants continue to damage crops as conservation project remains on paper

VietNamNet Bridge - While a project to conserve wild elephants is being drafted by the Dong Nai provincial authorities, the animals continue to damage farmers’ houses and crops fields every day.

Agriculture Ministry opposes hydropower project as fight to protect Yok Don Park continues

VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has officially voiced its opposition to the Drang Phok hydropower project in the Yok Don National Park.

Central Highland elephants need urgent protection

 VietNamNet Bridge - The magnificent elephants of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are currently at risk of imminent extinction due to loss of habitat and illegal hunting.

Elephant hunting and taming tools of the Great Mahout

 VietNamNet Bridge - Kham Phet Lao - a Mnong ethnic man from Dak Lak province - has presented more than 20 tools used to hunt and tame wild elephants to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Dai Nam Zoo’s elephant kills a mahout

 VietNamNet Bridge – A 2-ton elephant unexpectedly captured a mahout by its trunk and threw him into a water tank. The incident occurred in the afternoon of December 23 at the private Zoo of Dai Nam in Binh Duong Province.

2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Haiphong Port

 Customs officials in the northern port city of Hai Phong have seized about 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Malaysia.

Dak Lak: Trapped elephant rescued

 VietNamNet Bridge – The young wild elephant that was trapped in the National Park of Yok Don in Dak Lak Province was rescued on May 14.

Businessmen and the ivory-item collecting hobby

VietNamNet Bridge - If Mr. Le, the owner of a wood furniture company, collects ivory items because "ivory represents the gentleman," his fellow businessman said that collecting ivory items is the "first-class hobby."