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2009-06-02 10:40:40

A report said on Tuesday that three dead elephants were suspected of being poisoned in the forest concession area of a pulp company in the Riau province of Indonesia's Sumatra island. Two of the animal carcasses were found on May 28 and one of them was found June 1 in an industrial crop forest managed by PT Rimba Peranap Idah (RPI), a government official was quoted saying by Antara state news agency. "The company must be responsible for the safety of those elephants because the spot where...

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2009-04-14 13:00:00

Researchers say the diet and behavior of elephants, evidenced by the chemical makeup of their tail hairs, shows how they compete with other species, BBC News reported. The data, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes from a six-year study following a single family of elephants in northern Kenya. It shows how the elephants lost out to cattle grazing on grasses and that the rate of conception is rising as food and water resources become more abundant each year....

2009-03-21 22:52:33

A wildlife photographer got footage of a pink elephant calf with a herd of about 80 elephants in Botswana. Experts told the British Broadcasting Corp. the calf is probably an albino and it risks harm to its skin, and possible blindness, from exposure to intense sunlight. Mike Holding saw the calf in the Okavango Delta while filming footage for a BBC program. We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river, he said. This was a really exciting moment for everyone in camp....

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2009-03-20 12:24:56

A wildlife cameraman captured pictures of a pink baby elephant in Botswana, BBC News reported. The calf was spotted among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta and experts believe it is probably an albino "” an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. However, some fear for the calf's chances of long-term survival, as the harsh African sunlight could cause blindness and skin problems for the calf. "We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river....

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2009-02-27 15:36:28

A deadly strain of herpes virus common in Asian elephants appears to be increasing in captive elephants at U.S. zoos, the New York Times reported. The disease, known as elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, has killed one of five Asian elephant calves born in North American zoos since 2000, accounting for more than half of all deaths of juvenile elephants in North America. Researchers working with available tissue samples estimate that the virus has killed some 24 elephants since 1983. So...

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2009-02-15 12:10:00

Many a love-besotted soul has declared they would move the world for their true love, but how many actually accomplish that task in their quest to unite with a lover? Poets and romantics may argue the point, but research has shown that elephants issuing calls, including those of love"”more precisely, females in estrus"”produce not only audible sounds, but also low-frequency seismic vibrations that can travel through the near-surface soils for distances up to several kilometers....

2009-02-05 16:12:53

The director of Germany's Opel Zoo said the facility's three African elephants have finished eating 300 Christmas trees donated after the holiday. Zoo director Thomas Kauffels said the 300 unused trees were donated by traders who would have otherwise thrown out the leftover stock, Der Spiegel reported Thursday. Elephants like to eat wood, it's important for their digestion because it gives them roughage, especially in winter when there aren't many leaves on the trees, Kauffels said. We fed...

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2009-01-28 15:39:45

The Houston Zoo and Baylor College of Medicine today announced a groundbreaking collaboration on a project to study the elephant herpes virus in an effort to protect elephants in zoos and in the wild from this deadly disease. "The Houston Zoo is committed to this cause, not only to benefit our own elephants, but elephants throughout the world," said Houston Zoo Director Rick Barongi. "Baylor College of Medicine is a recognized leader in virology research for humans and it is our hope that...

2009-01-22 11:17:43

A U.S. study shows the negative effects of African elephant poaching persist for decades after the killings. Kathleen Gobush, a research ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who led the study, said African elephants rely heavily on matriarchs to lead groups and keep families together. Before the 1989 ban on ivory trade, nearly 75 percent of all elephants in Tanzania's Mikumi National Park were killed, many of them females with large tusks. A lot of these females...

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2009-01-21 08:35:00

An African elephant never forgets "“ especially when it comes to the loss of its kin, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Their findings, published online in the journal, Molecular Ecology, reveal that the negative effects of poaching persist for decades after the killing has ended. "Our study shows that it takes a long time "“ upwards of 20 years "“ for a family who has lost its kin to rebuild," said lead researcher Kathleen Gobush, Ph.D., a research...


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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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.