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13

Mar

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Elephants can tell humans apart by language and gender

12

Mar

Elephant smashes house, then saves crying babyThe infant’s parents watched in amazement as the pachyderm carefully removed rubble from their crying child before returning to the forest.

Elephant smashes house, then saves crying baby
The infant’s parents watched in amazement as the pachyderm carefully removed rubble from their crying child before returning to the forest.

11

Mar

Elephants may have a specific alarm call for ‘human!’New research on African elephants suggests the highly intelligent animals use a specific ‘word’ — a low, distinct rumbling noise — to warn their friends and families about the presence of people.

Elephants may have a specific alarm call for ‘human!’
New research on African elephants suggests the highly intelligent animals use a specific ‘word’ — a low, distinct rumbling noise — to warn their friends and families about the presence of people.

18

Feb

Asian elephants console each other when in distressHighlighting elephants’ intelligence and social qualities, including empathy, is important to conservation efforts.

Asian elephants console each other when in distress
Highlighting elephants’ intelligence and social qualities, including empathy, is important to conservation efforts.

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Dec

15

Nov

Why the U.S. just crushed its ivory stockpileIvory can cost more than gold on the black market, but the U.S. hopes to ‘send a very clear signal’ that it’s only valuable when attached to a living elephant.

Why the U.S. just crushed its ivory stockpile
Ivory can cost more than gold on the black market, but the U.S. hopes to ‘send a very clear signal’ that it’s only valuable when attached to a living elephant.

04

Nov

Orphaned elephants feel negative social effects for yearsPoaching threatens the ‘stable groups’ that pass on behaviors to younger elephants. The trauma of separation and displacement may have lasting psychological impacts, resembling post-traumatic stress disorder in humans.

Orphaned elephants feel negative social effects for years
Poaching threatens the ‘stable groups’ that pass on behaviors to younger elephants. The trauma of separation and displacement may have lasting psychological impacts, resembling post-traumatic stress disorder in humans.

08

Oct

Planned ivory crush canceled in wake of shutdownThe public destruction of ivory goods by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to send a message that ivory is not a legitimate commercial product.

Planned ivory crush canceled in wake of shutdown
The public destruction of ivory goods by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to send a message that ivory is not a legitimate commercial product.

30

Sep

NBC cancels trophy hunting show after NRA lobbyist shoots elephant in face and compares critics to HitlerIt was a series of bad decisions.
First, someone at NBC Sports thought it was a good idea to partner with the National Rifle Association on a sponsorship for a big game trophy hunting show called Under Wild Skies. Then they decided it’d be good to show Tony Makris, an NRA lobbyist, shoot an elephant in the face three times. And to make it worse, they showed the hunter and guide drink celebratory champagne while talking about the “specialness” of bringing the ivory back to camp.
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NBC cancels trophy hunting show after NRA lobbyist shoots elephant in face and compares critics to Hitler
It was a series of bad decisions.

First, someone at NBC Sports thought it was a good idea to partner with the National Rifle Association on a sponsorship for a big game trophy hunting show called Under Wild Skies. Then they decided it’d be good to show Tony Makris, an NRA lobbyist, shoot an elephant in the face three times. And to make it worse, they showed the hunter and guide drink celebratory champagne while talking about the “specialness” of bringing the ivory back to camp.

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Created by a board of zoo directors, the National Elephant Center offers a home to displaced elephants. The center is located in Fellsmere, Florida and welcomed its first elephants in May.

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Created by a board of zoo directors, the National Elephant Center offers a home to displaced elephants. The center is located in Fellsmere, Florida and welcomed its first elephants in May.