Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Devaswom Thriprayar Ramachandran at Cochin Devaswom

Male ♂ Asian elephant Ramachandran at Cochin Devaswom

† Devaswom Thriprayar Ramachandran
ID Number:Chip id Number: 00065DCA52 - 
631 in Database for Captive Elephants in Kerala - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ about 2020 years old (approximate age)
Dead date: 2020-07-12, Kokkarni Parambu of Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur
Death reason: age: collapsed, and could not be saved
Location:Cochin Devaswom
ArrivalCochin Devaswom
Born:~1967 wild
Document updated2018-05-18: new record
2020.07.12; collapsed last Monday
Gifted to the temple by K G Bhaskaran.

The elephant, who was terminally ill due to old age, collapsed. He was raised up again with cranes, but he could not be saved.

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