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  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/19/2014 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 19, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    From the mid-1800s on, hundreds of thousands of African elephants were slaughtered for their ivory. Their valuable ivory tusks, some weighing as much as 200 pounds each, were collected and the rest of the elephant was left to rot in the sun or for scavengers to feast on. The ivory was used for many things such as piano keys, to ladies combs to various ornate pieces of carved artwork. In some areas of Africa, elephants were hunted to extinction prompting many countries to pass laws on the import and sale of ivory from elephants. In 1975, the Convention on the...
  • War Elephant Myths Debunked by DNA

    01/20/2014 6:06:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 43 replies
    The Institute for Genomic Biology ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    On a whim, I recently posted the image below of the frog riding the beetle irreverently entitling it as Hannibal Crossing the Carpathians. Hannibal Crosses The CarpathiansWhile it was obviously posted in jest, several comments appeared in scholarly discussion of the use of elephants in war, having come across this article thought it might be of interest.Please take note any establishment, organization involved in science will inevitably be a left-wing liberal tool, certainly so, a group with the tagline, where science meets society. War Elephant Myths Debunked by DNAThe Institute for Genomic BiologyWhere Science Meets Society Through DNA analysis, Illinois...
  • Hannibal Crosses The Carpathians

    01/08/2014 12:16:33 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Hannibal Crosses The CarpathiansWhen did Hannibal cross the alps? According to http://carpenoctem.tv/military/hannibal.html it was in 218 B.C. Why did Hannibal take elephants to cross the alps? Hannibal took elephants across the Alps as weapons of war against the Romans. How many men crossed the alps with Hannibal? 50,000 infantry, 9,000 cavalry, and about 30 elephants when he first began the ascent. How many elephants did Hannibal have before he crossed the alps? Fifty
  • Anti-hunting extremists are boneheads

    11/24/2013 2:54:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 21 November, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    On Thursday, Nov. 14, the U.S. government crushed nearly 11,000 pounds of raw and carved ivory that had been seized over the last 25 years from smugglers and illegal dealers. The value of the huge pile if ivory is inestimable, as the carved pieces are considered works of art, but it can be pretty safely assumed that this collection of ivory was worth well over $10 million, as small ivory figurines routinely sell for around $500 a piece, and prices have been escalating due to stricter regulation and enforcement of legal trade in ivory. Ivory is a tricky, and touchy,...
  • U.S. Crushes 6 Tons of Ivory to "Send Message" to Poachers

    11/17/2013 5:53:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's an interesting video of the US taking 6 tons of confiscated ivory to Africa to crush it. The purpose was to "send a message" to poachers. The entire worldwide elephant population is 500,000. They are vanishing at a rate of 50,000 per year, just for their ivory. A couple of people sent me this video, Reader Michael was first. Link if video does not play: U.S. crushes 6 tons of confiscated ivory to send message to poachers Africa's elephants are being slaughtered at a record pace by poachers who hope to get rich by selling their ivory tusks. The...
  • Environmental crime wave costs world billions (poaching now “environmental crime”?)

    11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2013 12:36 PM EST | Jason Straziuso
    The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said Wednesday. Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program are working together to stop environmental crimes that cost tens of billions of dollars a year, said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Environmental Program's Executive Director. … The demand for elephant ivory by China’s rising middle class is fueling the deaths of thousands of elephants across Africa, say wildlife experts. An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Elephants Understand Human Gestures

    10/14/2013 8:38:08 AM PDT · by null and void · 88 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | October 10, 2013 | University of St Andrews
    Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews. The new study, published October 10, 2013 by Current Biology, found that elephants are the only wild animals to understand human pointing without any training to do so. The researchers, Anna Smet and Professor Richard Byrne from the University’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience, set out to test whether African elephants could learn to follow pointing — and were surprised to find them responding successfully from the first trial. They said, “In our study we found that African elephants spontaneously...
  • Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?

    04/30/2013 8:42:17 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 74 replies
    (CNN) -- At the start of the 1980s there were more than a million elephants in Africa. During that decade, 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across the continent, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject. If this level of killing continues, if elephants continue to be slaughtered for trinkets and statuettes, in 10 years' time most of Africa's elephants will be gone and an ineffable symbol of majesty and wonder -- and the linchpin in the ecology of an entire...
  • War Elephant - Photograph of Elephant with Mounted Machine Gun, circa 1914 - 1918

    02/15/2013 8:38:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1914 - 1918 | Retronaut
    The gun is John Moses Browning’s M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun, aka ... Potato Digger.
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Elephant Lessons: Real Men Leading Boys to Manhood [males raised by single mothers turn violent]

    02/04/2013 4:25:08 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Violence and bizarre aggressive behaviors among young male elephants has increased dramatically over the course of a few decades. A team of researchers, trauma experts and neuropsychologists among them, studied the causes and found a way to resolve the elephant violence. Their findings can help us understand why we need mature men leading boys to manhood and to guide for those coming into renewed manhood following the overthrow of repressive regimes. The lessons require connecting three dots. 1. The social development systems of male elephants. 2. The abuse of women in oppressive regimes. 3. Boy Gangs – A poor substitute...
  • THE ELEPHANT'S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT, BUT HOW DID THEY KNOW? (L Anthony death)

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | January 18, 2013
      THE ELEPHANT'S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT, BUT HOW DID THEY KNOW? Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.   Anthony, Nana and calf (Photo courtesy of the Anthony family) On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous elephants. Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up...
  • Bardot: Save Elephants, or I'll Go to Russia too

    01/04/2013 5:54:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jan 2013
    French cinema legend Brigitte Bardot on Friday threatened to follow Gérard Depardieu to Russia unless two elephants under threat of being put down are granted a reprieve. Depardieu the Russian praises 'democracy' (04 Jan 13) Putin makes Depardieu Russian citizen (03 Jan 13) Bardot leaps to Depardieu's defence (19 Dec 12) In a surreal twist to the saga over Depardieu's move into tax exile, the veteran animal rights campaigner said she would emulate his request for Russian nationality unless authorities intervened to save Baby and Nepal. The two elephants face being put down because they have been diagnosed with tuberculosis...
  • Extinct elephant 'survived late' in North China

    12/19/2012 4:13:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-19-2012 | Michelle Warwicker
    Wild elephants living in North China 3,000 years ago belonged to the extinct genus Palaeoloxodon, scientists say. They had previously been identified as Elephas maximus, the Asian elephant that still inhabits southern China. The findings suggest that Palaeloxodon survived a further 7,000 years than was thought. The team from China examined fossilised elephant teeth and ancient elephant-shaped bronzes for the study. The research, published in Quaternary International was carried out by a group of scientists from Shaanxi Normal University and Northwest University in Xi'an and The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing.....
  • Elephants Digest Beans for Pricey Coffee

    12/07/2012 9:06:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 7, 2012
    A Canadian entrepreneur said his $500-per-pound coffee is made by plucking the beans from the dung of a herd of elephants in Thailand. Blake Dinkin, 42, proprietor of Black Ivory Coffee, said the beans are fed to elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation then later plucked from their dung, Sky News reported Friday. "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Dinkin said. "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee." John Roberts, director of elephants at...
  • Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

    12/07/2012 7:48:44 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Associated Press via SFGate ^ | 12-7-12 | JOCELYN GECKER
    In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee. Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.
  • Elephant's sixth 'toe' discovered

    12/26/2011 8:28:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | Rebecca Morelle
    A mysterious bony growth found in elephants' feet is actually a sixth "toe", scientists report. For more than 300 years, the structure has puzzled researchers, but this study suggests that it helps to support elephants' colossal weight. Fossils reveal that this "pre-digit" evolved about 40 million years ago, at a point when early elephants became larger and more land-based. The research is published in the journal Science. Lead author Professor John Hutchinson, from the UK's structure and motion laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College, said: "It's a cool mystery that goes back to 1706, when the first elephant was dissected...
  • 'Longest Tusked' Elephant in Asia Dies in Sri Lanka

    08/07/2011 7:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 August 2011 | Charles Haviland
    An elephant said to have the longest tusks in Asia has died in Sri Lanka. The animal, named Millangoda Raja, was about 70 years old and had served in a ceremonial capacity for several decades in the city of Kandy. Many Asian elephants, smaller in stature than their African cousins, fail to grow tusks at all. But Millangoda Raja's tusks were so long that they reached to the ground. There are now plans to stuff the dead elephant and put him on public display. His owner, Appuhami Millangoda, recalled that Millangoda Raja had been among a batch of elephants he...
  • Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons: Africa Elephant Hunt Video 'Nothing to Be Ashamed Of'

    04/02/2011 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2 April 2011 | SUSANNA KIM and MICHAEL S. JAMES
    Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons has a message for those outraged by a four-minute video of an elephant hunt in Zimbabwe on his Go Daddy video site. More Video Watch: Hunter Illegally Kills Bear Using Pastries Watch: Nat Geo: Leopard Queen Watch: Hole Rips in Roof of Plane"I think if you had all the facts and you knew exactly what was going on and the difference it makes in these people's lives there," he told ABC News Radio, "you'd feel completely different." Parsons has said he participated in the hunt because the elephants were a nuisance destroying crops the local...
  • GoDaddy.com CEO Under Fire for Posting Video of Elephant Hunt in Zimbabwe

    03/31/2011 5:36:22 PM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 21 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/31/2011 | foxnews.com
    “So be it, I'm not ashamed of what I did... All these people that are complaining that this shouldn't happen, that these people who are starving to death otherwise shouldn't eat these elephants, you probably see them driving through at McDonald cutting a steak. These people (in Zimbabwe) don't have that option,” he told the station by phone. Conflict with humans is the biggest threat to the African elephant, according to the World Wildlife Fund. "As the elephants continue to raid crop fields, farmers are being killed while trying to defend their fields and elephants are becoming the source of...
  • Obama, Elephants, and Fathers

    01/28/2011 6:17:20 PM PST · by mbeaven · 2 replies
    http://considerandhearme.wordpress.com ^ | 01/26/2011 | considerandhearme
    "Schools don’t need more money, they need more parents." http://considerandhearme.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/obama-elephants-and-fathers/
  • Did the ancient Egyptians know of pygmy mammoths? Well, there is that tomb painting.

    01/20/2011 6:38:56 AM PST · by Palter · 31 replies
    Tetrapod Zoology ^ | 19 Jan 2011 | Darren Naish
    One of the things that came up in the many comments appended to the article on Bob's painting of extinct Maltese animals was the famous Egyptian tomb painting of the 'pygmy mammoth'. You're likely already familiar with this (now well known) case: here's the image, as it appears on the beautifully decorated tomb wall of Rekhmire, 'Governor of the Town' of Thebes, and vizier of Egypt during the reigns of Tuthmose III and Amenhotep II (c. 1479 to 1401 BCE) during the XVIII dynasty... In 1994, Baruch Rosen published a brief article in Nature in which he drew attention to...
  • African elephant is two species, researchers say

    12/21/2010 6:00:58 PM PST · by decimon · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | December 21, 2010 | Richard Black
    Genetic researchers may have resolved a long-standing dispute by proving there are two species of African elephant.Savannah and forest elephants have been separated for at least three million years, they say, and are as distinct from each other as Asian elephants are from the extinct woolly mammoth. The researchers also made what they say are the first sequences of nuclear DNA from the extinct American mastodon. > "The divergence of the two species took place around the time of the divergence of the Asian elephant and woolly mammoths," said Michi Hofreiter, a specialist in ancient DNA at the UK's York...
  • Seven Elephants Killed by Speeding Train in India [Herd remain vigilant over dead and injured]

    09/24/2010 6:10:44 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 35 replies
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 6:30AM BST 24 Sep 2010 | Wildlife Staff
    A speeding goods train has crushed seven elephants to death in eastern India after the animals tried to rescue two calves that got stuck in the tracks. The baby elephants became trapped as a herd was crossing the line in a densely forested area in the northern district of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal state on Wednesday night. "Five elephants died immediately on the track while two others succumbed to their injuries on Thursday morning," Atanu Raha, West Bengal's chief forest conservator, said. The adults had crowded around the stricken calves to protect them when they were hit, he added. The...
  • Elephants 'Scared of Ants'

    09/07/2010 10:59:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2010
    Mice are bad enough, according to the myth - but the creature that really fills an elephant with fear is a lot smaller.Ants are getting the better of nature's biggest land beast on the African savannah, scientists have discovered. The ants act as guardians of acacia trees, which risk being ravaged by hungry elephants. Any elephant foolish enough to approach an ant-protected tree is liable to find swarms of the angry insects crawling up its trunk. Experts believe the ant tree-guards play a vital ecosystem role that has previously been overlooked. Professor Todd Palmer, from the University of Florida, US,...
  • Could Bees hHelp Keep Elephants Away From Crops in Africa?

    06/15/2010 12:26:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 173+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    It is said that elephants are afraid of mice, but scientists have discovered what elephants are really afraid of: bees. It turns out that the enormous mammals sound an alarm when they encounter bees, and that knowledge could help save African farmers' crops from elephants -- and could save elephants, too. Elephants and humans don't always live well together, particularly in African countries including Kenya. A single hungry elephant can wipe out a family's crops overnight. During the harvest season, farmers will huddle by fires all night, and when an elephant comes near, they will jump up with flaming sticks...
  • ELEPHANTS ATTACK IN ORISSA EXACTLY AFTER ONE YEAR OF PERSECUTIONS

    12/20/2009 3:19:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies · 2,366+ views
    Archdiocese of Colombo ^ | 12/9/2009 | Fr. Sunil De Silva
    In July 2008 a severe persecution of Christians broke out in the Indian state of Orissa. A 22 year old nun was burnt to death when angry mobs burnt down an orphanage in Khuntpali village in Barhgarh district, another nun was gang raped in Kandhamal, mobs attacked churches, torched vehicles, houses of Christians destroyed, and Fr. Thomas Chellen, director of the pastoral center that was destroyed with a bomb, had a narrow escape after a Hindu mob nearly set him on fire.  The end result saw more than 500 Christians murdered, and thousands of others injured and homeless after their houses...
  • St. Louis Zoo Elephant Undergoing Herpes Treatment

    12/10/2009 9:31:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 597+ views
    KPLR ^ | 12/10/09
    The Saint Louis Zoo's two-and-a-half-year-old Asian elephant named Jade is undergoing treatment for elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), according to Curator of Mammals Martha Fischer. Jade was successfully treated for EEHV in February of this year and since then her blood tests had been negative. The virus is potentially fatal to elephants. "Jade is holding her own," according to Fischer. "We have continued to monitor our young elephants very closely every day for symptoms of EEHV and check their blood levels regularly." A cooperative multi-institutional research effort to study EEHV and find a cure has been underway for the last several...
  • The lure and peril of southern Africa's elephants

    11/06/2009 7:14:55 PM PST · by Saije · 2 replies · 484+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/6/2009 | Robyn Dixon
    Here's how to pitch this (true) story to Hollywood: Ordinary guy named John, ordinary Sunday, cycling home into a setting sun. Monster roars out of the bushes! John abandons his bike, flees in terror. The creature smashes the bicycle, catches him in a few short strides, grabs him by the shirt. But he slides out of his shirt and falls to the ground. It picks him up again and he slips out of his trousers. Naked, too afraid to even to scream, he scrambles away. But he doesn't get far. The shrieking monster smashes him against a tree. Camera pans...
  • Extinct giant elephant skeleton discovered in Indonesia

    06/25/2009 3:29:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1,412+ views
    Times Online ^ | Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | Sophie Tedmanson
    The accidental death of an elephant which had become bogged in mud 200,000 years ago led to the perfect preservation of its skeleton -- and a remarkable scientific discovery... the skeleton of the prehistoric ancestor to the modern Asian elephant which was fossilised in an abandoned sand quarry in East Java, Indonesia. The ancient bones were discovered after land collapsed at the sand quarry on the Indonesian island, adjacent to the Solo River, which killed two men in April. Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia and the Geological Survey Institute spent four weeks excavating the bones of the...
  • Indonesian elephant fossil opens window to past

    06/22/2009 6:36:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 380+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 22, 2009 | NINIEK KARMINI
    BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian scientists are reconstructing the largest, most complete skeleton of a prehistoric giant elephant ever found in the tropics, a finding that may offer new clues into the largely mysterious origins of its modern Asian cousin. The prehistoric elephant is believed to have been submerged in quicksand shortly after dying on a riverbed in Java around 200,000 years ago. Its bones—almost perfectly preserved—were discovered by chance in March. The animal stood four meters (13-feet) tall, was five meters (16-feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons. It was considerably larger than the great Asian mammals now...
  • King of Pop Michael Jackson is Reportedly Planning to Enter London Concerts Riding

    03/25/2009 7:20:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 761+ views
    King of Pop Michael Jackson is reportedly planning to enter London concerts riding.The 50-year-old also wants a panther, snakes, tropical birds and three monkeys for a set that will have a jungle, circus and weather theme. “He hopes to make it the most spectacular gig ever. For the jungle section, he wants to ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him. If it goes to plan it will look incredible,” the Mirror quoted an insider, as saying. According to sources, the Thriller hitmaker also hopes to rope in...
  • Pink Elephant Is Caught On Camera

    03/20/2009 9:08:31 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 915+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 20, 2009
    Pink elephant is caught on camera By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News The little pink calf was spotted in amongst an 80-strong elephant herd A pink baby elephant has been caught on camera in Botswana. A wildlife cameraman took pictures of the calf when he spotted it among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta. Experts believe it is probably an albino, which is an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. They are unsure of its chances of long-term survival - the blazing African sunlight may cause blindness and skin problems for the calf. Mike Holding,...
  • Video: Elephants reveal new trunk tricks

    03/10/2009 7:06:46 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 1,022+ views
    news.bbc ^ | Tuesday, 10 March 2009
    Cameras have revealed how elephants are able to get a drink of fresh water when faced with a stagnant waterhole. A BBC team discovered that the tusked giants use their trunks to delicately siphon off clean liquid that has settled at the top of the dirty pool. The footage shows how the elephants move incredibly slowly to avoid stirring up any sediment. The Natural History Unit team said this was the first time that they had seen this resourceful behaviour.
  • Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers (BARF ALERT)

    01/31/2009 6:03:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 715+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 1/31/2009 | DAVID STOUT
    One of the most iconic images of American life, that of circus elephants joined trunk-to-tail as they lumber along to delight “children of all ages,” as the old saying goes, is about to be debated in a courtroom. Are the beasts docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindness at day’s end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers? These are among the questions that will be asked when a lawsuit by a coalition of animal...
  • Zimbabwe troops 'eat elephants'(Animal Rights vs. Mugabe's Thugs)

    01/10/2009 8:36:25 AM PST · by ProCivitas · 25 replies · 777+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan. 9, 2009 | BBC staff
    Zimbabwean soldiers are being given elephant meat for their rations, a wildlife campaigner has told the BBC. Jonny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said that several soldiers had complained to him that was the only meat they were given. Zimbabwe is believed to have some 100,000 elephants - more than its parks can sustainably hold and its economy is in freefall. The defence ministry has not yet commented on the reports. Mr Rodrigues said that the use of elephant meat began last June but has recently increased. It is cheaper and easier to use elephant meat Jonny Rodrigues...
  • S Africa holds huge ivory auction

    11/06/2008 5:51:14 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 390+ views
    bbc. ^ | Thursday, 6 November 2008
    South Africa has held the world's biggest legal sale of ivory for almost 20 years. The auction in Pretoria of more than 51 tonnes of elephant tusks was sanctioned by the UN body which oversees trade in endangered species. The tusks sold for $142 per kilo, netting the government $6.7m (£4.2m) -less than expected. The South African government has been condemned by conservation groups and other African countries for the sale.
  • Ivory poachers decimate Congo elephant population

    09/07/2008 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 217+ views
    reutuers ^ | 9/7/08 | By Joe Bavier
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Poachers in Congo have killed a fifth of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park this year as China buys more ivory, the park's director said on Friday. Rwandan rebels have killed seven Savannah elephants in the past 10 days alone in the Virunga National Park, along Congo's eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, Emmanuel de Merode told Reuters
  • Elephants Thought Extinct May Have Survived

    04/17/2008 2:45:35 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 107+ views
    Physorg ^ | 4-17-2008 | World Wildlife Fund
    Elephants thought extinct may have survived Pygmy elephant with radio collar. Credit: Cede Prudente The Borneo pygmy elephant may not be native to the island of Borneo after all. Instead, the population could be the last survivors of the Javan elephant race – accidentally saved from extinction by the Sultan of Sulu centuries ago, suggests an article co-authored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The origins of the pygmy elephants, found only on the northeast tip of the island in part of the Heart of Borneo, have long been shrouded in mystery. Their looks and behavior differ from other Asian...
  • Elephants are intelligent!! (And Artistic)!

    03/31/2008 3:46:41 PM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies · 246+ views
    Watch this amazing video of an elephant painting a portrait of another elephant. This is the most amazing thing I have seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LHoyB81LnE This may cause humans to reevaluate the way we view other species.....!!
  • Elephants Never Forget

    12/26/2007 6:05:40 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 5 replies · 250+ views
    Elephants Never Forget I usually don't pass on these motivational type stories, but this one is actually really interesting. Mykle Mbembe was a student at UCLA who graduated in 1985. After the ceremony he decided to return to his home country of Zimbabwe and visit his tribe, before he started his career as an architect. One day while on a hike he came upon a distressed young bull elephant. The elephant was holding one foot in the air while trumpeting loudly. Mbembe approached the elephant with caution, and discovered that the creature had a large piece of wood lodged deep...
  • Houston Zoo a herpes hot spot?

    12/05/2007 4:59:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies · 220+ views
    www.khou.com ^ | 12-5-07 | Brad Woodard
    If ever there was an exhibit with an awe factor at the Houston Zoo, it would have to be the elephants. Mac, the newest attracting, is now just over a year old. Cute, sure. But there’s something else about these elephants that isn’t readily apparent – something which, in the future, may or may not become a problem. “It’s latent. Some animals manifest it. Others live for a long time with it, like our bull elephant and our female,” Zoo Director Rick Barongi said. “It” is a deadly elephant version of the herpes
  • Circus Sued For Alleged Elephant Cruelty

    08/24/2007 4:51:44 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 8 replies · 507+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | August 24, 2007 | AP
    Circus Sued For Alleged Elephant Cruelty Circus Defends Practices, Says It Controls Animals HumanelyPOSTED: 2:18 am EDT August 24, 2007 UPDATED: 2:27 am EDT August 24, 2007 NEW YORK -- A lawsuit, seeking better treatment for circus elephants, will proceed. After seven years of legal wrangling, a federal judge rejected efforts by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey to derail a lawsuit alleging animal cruelty. Animal rights groups said the use of sharp hooks by trainers, the routine use of chains, the separation of baby elephants from their mothers and other circus practices are violations of the Endangered Species Act....
  • Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved In Synch, DNA Reveals

    07/26/2007 12:12:38 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 996+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-23-2007 | Hope Hamashige
    Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved in Synch, DNA Reveals Hope Hamashige for National Geographic News July 23, 2007 The tooth of a mastodon buried beneath Alaska's permafrost for many thousands of years is yielding surprising clues about the history of elephants—and humans. A team of researchers recently extracted DNA from the tooth to put together the first complete mastodon mitochondrial genome. The study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, significantly alters the evolutionary timeline for elephants and their relatives. The research may put to rest a contentious debate by showing that woolly mammoths are more closely related to Asian elephants than...
  • Angry Elephant Stomps Man to Death in Thailand

    07/21/2007 3:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies · 677+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand — An angry circus elephant in eastern Thailand grabbed a man who had provoked him and then stomped on him until he was fatally injured, police said Saturday.Surat Kaenthip, a 30-year-old air conditioner repairman, had hit the six-year-old elephant while he was resting in an open field Friday in Rayong province, 90 miles east of Bangkok, said police Lt. Col. Thanit Saeniwong na Ayuddhaya.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 7-21-2007

    07/21/2007 3:17:50 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 235+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 7-21-2007 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. From Thailand, a news story that's grim A man dies when an elephant stomps him The beast had been provoked by the man it was poked So I guess this proves the man was dim!
  • Running of the Elephants (GOP candidate, elephants, Mariachi band swim the Rio Grande)

    10/13/2006 11:23:24 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 22 replies · 639+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | October 11th, 2006 | Sara Ines Calderon
    Reports of an elephant crossing the river or people trying to smuggle an elephant across were rampant Tuesday while an elaborate political stunt was taking shape near the mouth of the Rio Grande. It was a while later that the stunt, which was a photo shoot, was abruptly met by federal agents. “The elephant never made landfall into Mexico, but I tell you something, he could have made 15 laps back and forth, but no one showed up,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, a former star on the NBC show “The Apprentice,” who also is a Republican candidate for the 13th...
  • Why Elephants Avoid The High Road

    07/24/2006 5:00:57 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 778+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-23-2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Why elephants avoid the high road 17:20 24 July 2006 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi Elephants do their utmost to avoid going uphill, a new satellite-tracking study shows – their finely balanced metabolism may reveal why. Researchers tracked elephants by satellite and found that the animals avoid travelling up slopes whenever possible. Calculations suggest an explanation for this behaviour: the big beasts would have to spend hours eating to compensate for travelling up even a relatively gentle incline. Scientists know that elephants can climb relatively steep mountainous terrain if they must. The North African general Hannibal is even said to...
  • Mozart therapy for grief-stricken tusker!

    06/30/2006 12:52:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 306+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 29, 2006
    Suma, a 45-year-old elephant and long-time resident of the Zagreb Zoo, was bereaved and inconsolable after her pachyderm partner of tens years died of cancer. Until she heard Mozart. "Suma became very depressed after her roomie Patna died in early May," head of Zagreb Zoo Mladen Anic told AFP on Thursday. "She was refusing to eat, became uncommunicative, showed all the signs of a serious depression." Then, by sheer accident, Suma's keepers discovered that the healing power of Mozart extends to the animal kingdom too. Earlier this month, the zoo the zoo organized a concert of classical music just opposite...