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Hair Plays Important Role In Keeping Elephants Cool
2012-10-11 19:23:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our ancestors and other species were pretty hairy. They had to be. Body hair on mammals has long been thought of as an evolutionary requirement for survival in cold climes that prehistoric man and the woolly mammoth inhabited. Even today, with the hair on top of your head, you are insulating your body trying to maintain that magic number: 98.6. Or are you? A new study suggests it may do the opposite. Well, where pachyderms are...

Elephant Communication Has A Specific Purpose
2012-10-03 05:04:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A family of elephants deep in the semi-arid African savannah gathers around a watering hole, drinking, bathing and resting. The matriarch moves away from the group, turns her back and gives the "let's-go-rumble" — as it is referred to in scientific literature. This starts a coordinated and well-timed conversation between the leaders of the family, signaling that it is time for the entire family to leave. The rumble that starts...

2012-08-07 10:21:05

The trade in ivory was largely outlawed in 1989, but poaching continues and remains a serious threat to the African elephant. Seizures of large amounts of ivory, sometimes over a ton, continue to occur. Research by Alfred Roca, an assistant professor at the university, could be the basis for the development of new law enforcement tools. Roca has found a way to determine where the ivory comes from. With funding from the Division of International Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

The Mechanics Of An Elephant's Voice
2012-08-03 05:40:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online African elephants are known to communicate with infrasound - extremely low-pitched vocalizations - over a distance of miles. These infrasounds are at a very low frequency rate, fewer than 20 Hertz per second, and are generally below the threshold of human hearing. A new study, published in the August 3 issue of Science, shows that elephants rely on the same mechanism that produces human speech, and the vocalizations of other mammals,...

2012-07-22 23:00:46

Wildlife Crime Scorecard Grades 23 Asian and African Countries but US still has Major Role to Play Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 22, 2012 Widespread lack of enforcement by African and Asian countries is threatening the survival of wild rhinos, tigers and elephants, a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report has found. Wildlife Crime Scorecard: Assessing Compliance with and Enforcement of CITES Commitments for Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants examines how 23 Asian and African countries considered...

2012-06-28 10:28:27

New method would offer more biologically relevant definition of seasons Elephant movement in response to changes in rainfall patterns can be used to determine biologically relevant boundaries between seasons, as opposed to commonly used arbitrary definitions of seasons. The full report is published June 27 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Elephant movement patterns are known to be affected by seasonal changes in rainfall. In different years, though, rainfall patterns can vary, and...

2012-06-06 23:03:38

Regional cooperation critical to address recent upsurge in poaching, according to WWF Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 Central African countries today signed a groundbreaking regional plan to strengthen law enforcement and better combat poaching of elephants and other species at risk from illegal wildlife trade. The plan was adopted by the ten member states of Central African Forest Commission, known as COMIFAC, as escalating rates of wildlife crime plague the region. Wildlife...


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2005-06-02 11:31:58

The Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) is one of two species of elephant seal (the other is the Southern Elephant Seal). It is a member of the Phocidae ("true seals") family. Elephant seals get their name from their great size (the Southern Elephant Seal is the larger of the two species) and the fact that the adult males have a large proboscis, which is used in making extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. There is a great sexual dimorphism...

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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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