One of Africa’s last ‘great tuskers’ killed by poachers
Known for his massive tusks that scraped the ground, Satao the elephant has become the latest victim of the illicit ivory trade.
Secret lives of elephants revealed by videos, audio clips
Researchers have captured video and audio that tells us much about the species and could one day lead to better anti-poaching technology.
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.