elephants
Six Elephants Die in Thailand Trying to Rescue Each Other From Waterfall

At least six wild Asian elephants died in southern Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park after trying to save each other from a waterfall, Reuters reported on Saturday. Read More >>

animals
Martin Clunes Faces Backlash for Elephant-Riding TV Jolly

Celebrity animal charity patron Martin Clunes, off of the telly, has been dropped as useful personality message-enforcer by wildlife welfare group Born Free, after he just couldn't resist having a quick go on an elephant when the opportunity presented itself. Read More >>

conservation
Unprecedented ‘Poaching Frenzy’ in Botswana Leaves Nearly 100 Elephants Dead

In news that can only be described as horrific, at least 90 elephants have been killed in Botswana over the past several weeks, the result of a mass poaching spree that conservationists say is the worst ever recorded in Africa. Read More >>

science
Origin Mystery of Ancient Rhino-Like Mammal Solved By 55-Million-Year-Old Fossil

Tens of millions of years ago, after most land-roaming dinosaurs died out in the Cretaceous Period, a hodgepodge of ancient animals started to fill the landscapes the dinos left behind. One such group was the embrithopods: hoofed mammals, now extinct, whose name means “heavy-footed.” Read More >>

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Trump Administration, Which Said It Would Keep African Elephant Trophy Ban, Changes Its Mind

After months of back and forth on the subject, President Donald Trump’s administration has done what everyone pretty much knew it would do the whole time and has lifted a ban on the importation of some African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Read More >>

science
Ancient Elephants and Mastodons Were Totally Down With Inter-Species Boning

The history of elephants—from gigantic woolly mammoths through to modern forest-dwelling pachyderms—is more complicated than we thought. An analysis of modern and ancient elephant genomes shows that interbreeding and hybridisation was an important aspect of elephant evolution. Read More >>

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US Lawsuit Is the First to Claim Elephants as Legal Persons

Yesterday, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a petition on behalf of three elephants being kept at a Connecticut zoo. The suit demands that the court recognise these animals as “legal persons” and release them to sanctuary, but given that the same legal team failed to secure similar person hood rights for chimps in New York, it’s not immediately clear how successful the new effort will be. Read More >>

animals
When Will the Great Human-Elephant War End?

Humans are at war. They’re at war with each other, they’re at war with themselves, and some are at war with elephants. Researchers want to know how humans and the long-snooted aggressors can live in peace. Read More >>

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A Deceptively Simple Test Just Taught Us Something New About Elephant Intelligence

It’s hard to know how smart animals are for the simple reason that they’re not able to come right out and tell us. Scientists have developed various methods over the years to assess animal intelligence, but a simple new body-awareness test involving elephants may be a promising new tool to add to the arsenal. Read More >>

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Elephant Herd Rescued After Harrowing Ordeal in Mud Trap

Late last week, 11 Asian elephants at Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary ambled into a mud-filled bomb crater that dates back to the Vietnam War. Unable to get out, and with the mud quickly drying, the elephants’ situation become dire — prompting conservation officials to spring into action. Read More >>

animals
If You Slept Like a Wild Elephant You’d Be Dead

You probably need anywhere from seven to ten hours of sleep a night. But if you’re someone who especially enjoys a full night of shuteye, just be thankful you aren’t an elephant. Read More >>

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Africa’s Elusive Forest Elephants Are Being Poached at a Staggering Rate

Image: Thomas Breuer/PLoS
The population of forest elephants in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park—one of Central Africa’s largest and most important nature preserves—has declined by a whopping 81.5 per cent since 2004 due to poaching. It’s considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain in the wild. Read More >>

animals
Elephants Use Their Trunks as Leaf-Blowers to Reach Food

Two Asian elephants have been spotted making use of a new tool—their own breath. When they can’t get food in their enclosure, they use their trunks as leaf-blowers to bring it closer to them. Read More >>