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A chronicle of giant straight-tusked elephants

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About 800,000 years ago, the giant straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon migrated out of Africa and became widespread across Europe…
Increasing value of ivory poses major threat to elephant populations

August 1, 2019

The global price of ivory increased tenfold since its 1989 trade ban by the Convention on the International…
How the Elephant Uses its Trunk to Eat

October 29, 2018

A new study demonstrates the physics that elephants use to feed themselves the massive quantities of leaves, fruit…
DNA testing of illegal ivory seized by law enforcement links multiple ivory shipments to same dealers

September 21, 2018

The international trade in elephant ivory has been illegal since 1989, yet African elephant numbers continue to decline.…
Pass the toothpick! Feeding habits of ancient elephant relatives uncovered from grass fragments stuck in their teeth

May 21, 2018

Professor Wang Shiqi from IVPP, the study’s senior author, said: “We found ancient elephant teeth in the Junggar…
Degraded forest is vital for elephant conservation

April 19, 2018

The low canopy height of degraded forest areas provide a preferential environment for the Bornean elephants, despite being…
Elephant and cow manure for making paper sustainably

April 10, 2018

It’s likely not the first thing you think of when you see elephant dung, but this material turns…
Origins of the Bornean elephant

January 22, 2018

How the endangered species of elephants came to live in Borneo has been unknown, until a recent study…
Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree

June 7, 2017

New research reveals that a giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100,000 years ago – ranging across…
Elephants’ ‘body awareness’ adds to increasing evidence of their intelligence

April 14, 2017

Asian elephants are able to recognise their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of…
Range contraction puts species at risk of overharvesting

April 2, 2017

When certain species decline in number, the geographic areas they inhabit also shrink. With less space to occupy,…
Clues in poached ivory yield ages and locations of origin

November 9, 2016

More than 90 percent of ivory in large, seized shipments came from elephants that died less than three…
Study finds global legalization trial escalates elephant poaching

June 14, 2016

Two researchers who examined elephant poaching data and the ivory trade say policymakers who consider legalizing some illicit…
Borneo’s elephants under threat

March 8, 2016

Further fragmentation of forest habitats in Borneo could lead to the extinction of the region’s elephant population, according…
Elephants boost tree losses in South Africa’s largest savanna reserve

October 27, 2015

Protected areas, such as nature reserves and national parks, play a crucial role in sheltering wildlife, such as…
Loss of large land mammals could change landscapes forever

October 27, 2015

Large land animals such as elephants, wildebeest and other big plant-eaters are worth preserving in part because their…
Why elephants rarely get cancer

October 12, 2015

Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by…
Elephants provide big clue in fight against cancer

October 9, 2015

Carlo Maley spends his time pondering pachyderms — and cactuses and whales, and a wide array of non-human…
Evidence from ivory DNA identifies two main elephant poaching hotspots

June 19, 2015

University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser is a pioneer in using DNA evidence to trace the origin of illegal…
Scientist pursues the perfect pachyderm pedicure

March 17, 2015

Finding the best method of trimming the feet of captive elephants is the focus of a University of…
Elephants may be able to hear rain generated sound up to 150 miles away

October 16, 2014

A team of researchers working in Nambia has found that elephants are able to detect rain storms from…
Meet the gomphothere: Archaeologists discover bones of elephant ancestor

July 15, 2014

Archaeologists weren’t sure at first what kind of animal they had uncovered, until they found a telltale jawbone.…
Measuring obesity in overweight zoo elephants

July 14, 2014

African elephants in captivity are getting fat. While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle,…
Captive elephants in Laos face extinction

May 6, 2014

A UQ study has shown the captive elephant population in Laos is declining as the elephants are not…
Elephants can tell difference between human languages

March 12, 2014

An African elephant is pictured on November 17, 2012 in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe African elephants can…
Teen elephant mothers die younger but have bigger families, study finds

March 10, 2014

Asian elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger than older mothers but raise bigger families during their…
Do elephants call ”human!”?

March 10, 2014

African elephants make a specific alarm call in response to the danger of humans, according to a new…
Extinct Elephant Seal population reveals an evolutionary ‘time-machine’

January 31, 2014

Genetic diversity within isolated populations can occur quite rapidly in evolutionary terms, according to findings of a paper…
Elephant put down after attacking tourists in S.Africa

January 2, 2014

An elephant crosses the main road on June 22, 2010 at Kruger National Park An elephant was put…
Major upsurge in Tanzania elephant poaching, says official

December 30, 2013

Elephants forage in Tanzania’s Serengeti national reserve on October 25, 2010 Tanzania has been hit by a sharp…
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