Category Archives: Vocalizations

How will Asian elephants react to the sound of bees?

Guest post by Dr. Lucy King – Elephants & Bees Project, Save The Elephants I’ve just returned home to Kenya after a fascinating month working with Dr Shermin de Silva and her team at the Uda Walawe Elephant Research Project in … Continue reading

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Facing The Threat Together

By Mickey Pardo, Cornell University & Open University of Sri Lanka Down the Old Mau Ara Road we drove, my head swiveling left and right as I scanned for elephants on the grassy strips to either side.  Then we rounded … Continue reading

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My first playback trial!

By Mickey Pardo – Cornell University & Open University of Sri Lanka Friday, May 23, 2014 Doing playback experiments with Asian elephants is harder than it would seem.  The basic idea is straightforward:  I want to know whether Asian elephants … Continue reading

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Where Are You? I’m Here!

 By Michael Pardo, Cornell University & Open University of Sri Lanka Tulita, [802], [802]’s calf, and a sub-adult female stood nearly motionless under the low-hanging canopy of the maila tree.  Their heads drooped low and their trunks rested on the ground … Continue reading

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Help Support Michael Pardo’s “Elephant Grammar” Project!

By Michael Pardo, Cornell University The first time I saw wild Asian elephants was last December, in Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka.  As a first year Ph.D. student at Cornell University, I was trying to come up with a … Continue reading

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The “Elephant Grammar” Project at Uda Walawe National Park

By Mickey Pardo, Cornell University Do Asian elephants have grammar?  I aim to find out why Asian elephants combine different calls into sequences by recording vocalizations, playing them back to the elephants, and observing their responses.  From January to July … Continue reading

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Asian elephants distinguish the calls of feline predator species

In September, Vivek Thuppil and Dr. Richard G. Coss from UC Davis published a paper in the journal Biology Letters regarding wild Asian elephant behavior towards pre-recorded tiger and leopard growls while attempting to crop raid. They found out that … Continue reading

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Play Pandemonium

It was already a month ago I left Samburu!  The last day was a memorable one… We headed out after lunch. As it was my last day, I was still hoping to catch a glimpse of cats.  I was hoping … Continue reading

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Parting thoughts

Guest post by Michael Pardo, Cornell University Friday, January 11, 2013 It’s hard to believe that this is my last day in the field.  The past month that I’ve spent at Uda Walawe seems to have gone by so quickly. … Continue reading

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Recording elephants

Guest post by Michael Pardo, Cornell University Monday, December 31, 2012 Last Monday, Sameera and I underwent a grueling six-hour bus ride (each way) to the capital city of Colombo.  Dr. Padmalal, UWERP’s collaborator for this project from the Open … Continue reading

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