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