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Old Male Elephants Are Still Important, Scientists Say

2020-09-21 - London, United Kingdom. Sara Tabin

Old male elephants might have an important role to play in helping younger males learn to navigate their environment, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who watched groups of male African savannah elephants traveling together at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana.


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Many elephants are transported around India to appear at religious festivals.

ID scheme will track India’s captive elephants

2020-09-21 - Delhi, India.

India plans to build a biometric database and issue an ID number for every elephant in captivity across the country after the death of a pregnant female prompted an outcry. Blood samples will be taken from close to 3,000 elephants. Each will be given a unique identity number based on their DNA, under the plan set out by the government-backed conservation group Project Elephant.


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1,600 elephants in Bandipur, finds internal survey

2020-09-19 - BENGALURU, India. Bosky Khanna

Over 1,600 elephants are wandering in and around Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR), as per an internal survey conducted by forest officials of the reserve. The survey was conducted during the lockdown and unlock period for four months, starting April. The officials followed all the protocols used when the all-India elephant census is carried out. This is the first time that an internal survey has been conducted by a team for a particular forest. As per the last all-India survey, there are 8,500 jumbo...


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How do giraffes and elephants alter the African Savanna landscape?

2020-09-14 - Nanyuki, Kenya. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

As they roam around the African savanna in search for food, giraffes and elephants alter the diversity and richness of its vegetation. By studying the foraging patterns of these megaherbivores across different terrains in a savanna in Kenya, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and collaborating institutions discovered that these large mammals prefer to eat their meals on flat ground, potentially impacting the growth and survival of plant species on even savanna lan...


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In this 2016 photo provided by researcher Connie Allen, a young adolescent African elephant stands next to an older bull in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana. (Connie Allen via AP)

Once seen as loners, male elephants shown to follow elders

2020-09-03 - Washington, United States. Christina Larson, The Associated Press Staff

A new study shows that teenage males aren't anti-social after all. Younger male elephants were seen tagging along behind older males as they travel from place to place. It's more evidence in an emerging body of research that shows older males -- like their female counterparts -- play an important role in elephants' complex society.


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American Mastodon Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Multiple Lineages

2020-09-01 - New York, United States.

An international team of researchers has conducted a phylogeographic study of the extinct American mastodon (Mammut americanum) based on 35 complete mitochondrial genomes, finding that there were multiple lineages that existed within the species, including two distinct clades from eastern Beringia. In a study published on Tuesday in Nature Communications, the researchers further noted that their data showed these clades arose at different times, suggesting a pattern of repeated northern expansio...


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Testing of elephant collars involves moving the collars around and seeing if the information we are sent in GPS signals are accurate.

Testing satellite collars for elephant orphans

2017-03-15 - Kafue National Park, Zambia.

To ensure the proper operation of the satellite collars that will be fitted on a couple of the rehabilitated elephants of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP), we have been running trials in advance of a planned collaring later this month. This information can be obtained by satellite collars, which relay GPS signals of movements over time via the internet and can be downloaded into maps


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A male elephant grazes during an exercise to fit them with advanced satellite radio tracking collar to monitor their movement and control human-wildlife conflict near Mt. Kilimanjaro at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya on November 2, 2016.

Snooze news: elephants may sleep less than any other mammal

2017-03-05 - , United States.

Scientists on Wednesday said a first-of-its-kind study tracking the sleep behavior of wild elephants found the world´s largest land mammal sleeps two hours per day on average, and some days not at all, and does so mostly standing up. This represented the shortest-known sleep time of any mammal. Previous research showed captive elephants got four to six hours daily.


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Smartwatch implants help track elephant sleep patterns

2017-03-03 - , Botswana.

Professor Paul Manger from Wits University and his colleagues are using a tracker called an Actiwatch to study elephant sleep patterns in Botswana. They removed the watches´ bands, insulated them with electrical tape and biologically inert wax, then attached them to the elephants´ trunks. The trunk is the most mobile appendage, Manger said, and if it´s still for more than five minutes it´s reasonable to assume the animal is asleep.


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Dr. Joshua Schiffman, left, and Schiffman Labs team member Lauren Donovan, lab specialist, look at human cancer cells reacting elephant p53 (EP53) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City Friday January 6, 2017. Team members have spent the past

Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher

2017-01-17 - Salt Lake City, United States.

Josh Schiffman likes to think of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 as a superhero in a bright red cape. It swoops in whenever there is DNA damage and fixes or eliminates the problem in an attempt to keep the body healthy. Most mammals, from humans to elephants, have some p53. But elephants — which rarely get cancer — have many more copies, Schiffman said, and they´re stronger.


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41st Annual Conference Will be Virtual and Free to All EMA Members

2020-10-12 - Houston, United States. Elephant Managers Association

For the first time, EMA will host our annual conference virtually, free to all members! EMA will host the EMA virtual conference the same week as previously scheduled via Zoom


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About 350 elephants in the Okavanko delta died between May and June. Photograph: Handout

Botswana says it has solved mystery of mass elephant die-off

2020-09-22 - , Botswana.

Hundreds of elephants died in Botswana earlier this year from ingesting toxins produced by cyanobacteria, according to government officials who say they will be testing waterholes for algal blooms nex...


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EMA Virtual 5K for Elephant Appreciation Day

2020-09-22 - Houston, United States. Elephant Managers Association (EMA)

Join the herd! Walk, bike, swim, or hike in honor of elephants around the world on Elephant Appreciation Day, September 22, 2020. By signing up for this virtual 5K event, proceeds will go to the EMA t...


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Old Male Elephants Are Still Important, Scientists Say

2020-09-21 - London, United Kingdom. Sara Tabin

Old male elephants might have an important role to play in helping younger males learn to navigate their environment, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who watched groups of male Af...


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Original article In nature: Importance of old bulls: leaders and followers in collective movements of all-male groups in African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)
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Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga (fourth right) receives key replica of Nissan 10-tonne truck from representatives of Tan Chong Motor

Anonymous donor gives 10-tonne truck to Sabah Wildlife Dept for elephant rescue

2020-09-21 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Avila Geraldine

The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) received a surprise asset boost when an anonymous individual donated a 10-tonne truck, to help in its efforts to save the Bornean elephants. The Nissan truck, fully...


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41-year-old female elephant dies of age-related ailments

2020-09-21 - Coimbatore, India.

A 41-year-old cow elephant diedof age-related ailments at the elephant camp near Pollachi inthe district on Monday, forest officials said. The elephant Kalpana in the Kolikamuthy camp in TopSlip area ...


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Many elephants are transported around India to appear at religious festivals.

ID scheme will track India’s captive elephants

2020-09-21 - Delhi, India.

India plans to build a biometric database and issue an ID number for every elephant in captivity across the country after the death of a pregnant female prompted an outcry. Blood samples will be taken...


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Govt undecided about two bears, lone elephant in Islamabad’s zoo

2020-09-21 - Islamabad, Pakistan.

“The expert committee formed to assist the government to shift the zoo animals, following Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders, has some reservations.“One of the experts in the committee advises agai...


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The young elephant which was killed by a tiger

Tiger preys on young elephant in Bandipur

2020-09-20 - BENGALURU, India. Bosky Khanna

On September 18, Karnataka Forest Department officials found the carcass of a juvenile elephant which had become the meal of a tiger in Bandipur Tiger Reserve’s Kundakere range. Forest officials say...


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Photo: The movie tells the inspiring story of a real circus gorilla (courtesy of IMDb)

The One and Only Ivan is one of a kind

2020-09-20 - Silver Spring, United States. Isabel Corvington

The film is based on the best selling novel by Katherine Applegate. The film portrays the captivity of circus animals as not black and white, but more nuanced, something that is not often seen in movi...


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Animal adoption at Yangon Zoo

2020-09-19 - Yangon, Myanmar.

Yangon Zoo is noted for having Mo Mo, the oldest resident in the zoo, who turns 67 this October. The animal adoption program includes three other female elephants – Myo Myo, Ma Hla Chaw and Ma Chaw ...


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1,600 elephants in Bandipur, finds internal survey

2020-09-19 - BENGALURU, India. Bosky Khanna

Over 1,600 elephants are wandering in and around Bandipur Tiger Reserve (BTR), as per an internal survey conducted by forest officials of the reserve. The survey was conducted during the lockdown and ...


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Uda Walawe’s iconic elephant Rambo to be translocated

2020-09-17 - Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka. Srilal Mithapala

There is reliable information coming through that the iconic elephant of Uda Walawe, Rambo, may be captured and translocated to a holding ground by the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). (poli...


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Online misinformation follows rare sighting of baby elephant twins in Sri Lanka

2020-09-16 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

After the rare sighting of twin elephant calves in Sri Lanka in July 2020, misleading claims and old photographs have circulated on Facebook. Some posts falsely claim the Sri Lankan pair were the firs...


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Driver fined Rs 5,000 for chasing wild elephant

2020-09-14 - Udhagamandalam, India.

When they shot the video of chasing a wild elephant in a jeep and circulated the same on WhatsApp, little did 26-year-old Sujin, of Masinagudi, and his friend know that would land them in trouble. The...


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Kumki elephants to help capture injured tusker

2020-09-14 - Coimbatore, India.

The forest department brought kumki elephant Suyambu to Mettupalayam forest range from the Chadivayal elephant camp on Sunday and is planning to bring kumki Venkatesh on Monday to capture an injured t...


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How do giraffes and elephants alter the African Savanna landscape?

2020-09-14 - Nanyuki, Kenya. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

As they roam around the African savanna in search for food, giraffes and elephants alter the diversity and richness of its vegetation. By studying the foraging patterns of these megaherbivores across ...


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Forest dept forms committee to protect wild elephants

2020-09-13 - Coimbatore, India.

Additional principal chief conservator of forests I Anwardeen has formed a technical advisory committee to protect wild elephants and to check human-elephant conflict in Coimbatore circle.
The com...


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Tembe, a northern KZN elephant, stood head and shoulders above his new friends in Addo.

Much-loved elephant bull Tembe dies in Addo Elephant Park

2020-09-13 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Conservative staff didn’t pick up on his collar’s signal earlier this week and and subsequently went in search of him. It would appear as if this magnificent tusker had an awkward fall, from which...


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Photo: T.K. Broyles, Clinchfield Railroad employee

Today in Elephant History: Sept. 13

2020-09-13 - Erin, United States. Dan Koehl

Mary was a 5 ton heavy female asian elephant hanged in Erwin, Tennessee, after killing the elephant groom Walter "Red" Eldridge, in Kingsport, in 12th of September 1916. Charlie and Addie Sparks decid...


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