CSU vet helps debut elephant vasectomy procedure

An elephant is lifted up by its feet and tusks to prepare it for a vesectomy at South Africa’s Songimvelo Game Reserve in July 2007.
An elephant is lifted up by its feet and tusks to prepare it for a vesectomy at South Africa’s Songimvelo Game Reserve in July 2007.

2010-08-08 - Fort Collins, United States , Pam Mellskog

If elephants carried their canteloupe-size testicles in the usual spot, sterilizing them would be easier. Instead, these reproductive parts — along with the tubes that carry the sperm away — grow internally by the kidneys. No one cared much about elephant birth control during those years when poachers ravaged herds to sell ivory for as much as $125 a pound. But since the 1989 international ban on the ivory trade, African elephants have replenished their ranks and then some.

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