Category Archives: Guest post

Rambo, the Romeo

Guest post by Christin Minge Male Asian elephants live rich social lives with a complex dynamic structure. They are often seen as solitary, but also frequently associate and interact with other males or female-groups depending on a variety of interconnecting … Continue reading

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How early life may influence the way elephants age

Guest post by Hannah Mumby, Myanmar Elephant Project / University of Sheffield There are a great many reasons to study elephants; they’re endangered, highly social, quite frankly huge and hold a unique and central place in many cultures. They can … 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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Who misses the mega-fauna, if they disappear?

Guest post & graphics by Nitin Sekar, Princeton University All around the planet, the world’s largest animal species are becoming very rare. Whether we speak of giant tortoises, large wild cows like gaur, rhinoceroses, hippos, tigers, or whales, local extinction or … Continue reading

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Thinking like elephants

By: Lisa Barrett, Research Assistant – Think Elephants International, Inc. Photos: Elise Gilchrist (c) 2014, Think Elephants International, Inc. http://www.thinkelephants.org Think Science. Think Education. Think Elephants. That’s our motto at Think Elephants International (TEI), a nonprofit based in northern Thailand.  Founded by … 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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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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On a roll

Guest post by Michael Pardo, Cornell University Monday, January 7, 2013 We’ve been on a roll this last week.  Or maybe the elephants have.  Either way, I’ve heard far more vocalizing in the past week than in both of my … 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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First day

Guest post by Michael Pardo, Cornell University December 18, 2012 A breathtaking expanse of bushes peppered with trees.   That is my first impression of Uda Walawe National Park as we pass through the entrance gate in the early hours of … Continue reading

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