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2011 Was A 'Horrible Year For Elephants'
2011-12-29 13:02:52

Conservation group TRAFFIC said on Thursday that in the past 12 months a record number of large ivory seizures across the world have taken place. TRAFFIC said that it has been a "horrible year for elephants" and there had been at least 13 large-scale seizures in 2011, totaling at least 23 tons of ivory. In 2010, there were just six large seizures, totaling just under 10 tons of ivory. "In 23 years of compiling ivory seizure data for ETIS, this is the worst year ever for large ivory...

Researcher Re-Discover Elephant’s Long-Lost Sixth Toe
2011-12-23 13:02:40

London´s Royal Veterinary College has recently re-corrected a long-standing error in elephant anatomy. According to a study recently published in the science journal Science, elephants have a sixth toe, a previously unknown and underrated digit that is critical in helping the enormous mammals ambulate. Ironically, when the first detailed study of an elephant cadaver was carried out over 300 years ago by the Scottish physician Patrick Blair, he wrote in his notes that the massive...

Buzzing Bees Scare Away Elephants
2011-11-23 12:35:34

A British biologist has discovered that buzzing bees will keep elephants from stomping on African plantations. Lucy King, a research at Oxford University, was honored on Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in the western Norwegian town of Bergen for developing a wire fence connected to apiaries that begin to buzz when an elephant trips the wire. “Dr. King´s work spotlights an intelligent solution to an age-old challenge while providing further...

Image 1 - Elephants On The Decline In Eastern Congo
2011-11-11 05:31:26

Humans play a far greater role in the fate of African elephants than habitat, and human conflict in particular has a devastating impact on these largest terrestrial animals, according to a new University of British Columbia study published online in PLoS ONE this week. In some of the best-documented cases to date, the study shows the elephant population in the Okapi Faunal Reserve — one of the last strongholds of forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — saw...

Asian Elephants Ride Out High Daytime Temperatures
2011-09-30 10:15:37

Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna´s Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology have discovered the mechanism by which Asian elephants are able to tolerate hot daytime temperatures.  Their results are published in the current issue of the international Journal of Comparative Physiology B. The heat is on where elephants roam.  Daytime temperatures in the natural environment of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) average between 30 and 35 degrees...

More Elephants Than Expected Found In Sri Lanka
2011-09-04 05:22:50

  The first ever national survey of Sri Lanka's elephant population has discovered that there are more of the pachyderms than previously believed, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting. The census, which was conducted in forests and wildlife parks last month, discovered a total of 5,879 wild elephants, including 1,107 calves and 122 tuskers, S.M. Chandrasena, Minister of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, told Bharatha Mallawarachi of the news agency on Friday....

2011-07-19 22:15:00

LOS ALTOS, Calif., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) today announced that its Kenya-based elephant conservation partner, Save the Elephants (STE), endorses the decision by the Kenya Wildlife Service to publicly set fire to five tons of confiscated tusks and processed ivory, which were seized in Singapore in 2002. The July 20 action in Tsavo West National Park is directed toward engaging the cooperation of the nations of the world in fighting illicit...


Latest Elephants Reference Libraries

Sumatran Elephant, Elephas maximus sumatranus
2014-04-11 11:15:18

The Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found on the island of Sumatra in forested areas. This species reaches an average height between 6.6 and 10 feet at the shoulders, with a weight between 4,400 and 8,800 pounds. It has lighter skin than the other subspecies of the Asian elephant, maximus and indicus, and has some depigmentation on its body. Females have been recorded living for up to seventy-five years in captivity, but only up...

Sri Lankan Elephant, Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of the Asian elephant and has more depigmentation its belly, face, ears, and trunk. Only seven percent...

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2007-08-10 15:56:04

The African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana), is the larger of the two species of African elephants (he other being the African Forest Elephant). This particular elephant is also known as the African Elephant, Bush Elephant, or Savanna Elephant. The Bush Elephant is found in areas of limited forest, partial desert, and grassy lands. Elephants are herbivorous and eat many sources of plants and shrubbery. Elephants living near fertile lakes will even digest underwater plant life. The...

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2007-06-25 08:27:48

The African Forest Elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, was until recently considered a subspecies of the African Bush Elephant. Recent DNA testing has proven otherwise and shows that the African Forest Elephant is a separate species of Elephant. The African Forest Elephant has a long, narrow mandible. The ears are rounded. The tusks are small and straight and have a pinkish tinge. Adult elephants rarely exceed 8 feet in height. The females are generally smaller than the males.

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2007-06-25 08:26:48

The Indian Elephant, Elephas-maximus-indicus, is one of three subspecies of the Asian Elephant. The largest population of the Indian Elephant is found in India. This subspecies is also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Borneo, Cambodia, China, Laos, mainland of Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Sumatra, and Vietnam. They live in or near scrub forested areas, although their habitat may vary. They can also live in jungles but gravitate towards areas that contain open space and grass. The...

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