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Collateral Damage Part 2 – Bycatch

By DJ & SdS In the fishing industry, the term “bycatch” refers to species that are entrapped in fishing nets that are not the intended target species.  Such victims, many of whom may die and simply be discarded overboard, represent … Continue reading

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Justice For Elephants in Sri Lanka: Dead or Alive

By DJ, edited by SdS Is the future more promising? Sri Lanka has been in the international news for her views towards elephants, native and exotic. Animal lovers and conservationists remain hopeful for a promising future. January 26th marked International Customs … Continue reading

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Bring back the dead or save the living?

Originally posted on Thoughts For Breakfast:
No, I’m not talking about zombies. This post considers two stories in the news last week.  The first, is a new study in Science Advances by Ripple et al. finally spotlighting what we’ve known…

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Life’s Joys and Sorrows

I was honored to receive the President’s Award for Scientific Publication on October 31st 2014.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, this is the result of a lot of hard work by many people. I am most thankful to Sameera Weerathunga and … Continue reading

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Jackals and Turtles and Elephants, Oh My!

By Michael Pardo, Cornell University  Monday, March 3, 2014 Sometimes it’s easy to become so focused on elephants that I forget about the other fascinating creatures that share their habitat.  This afternoon, we were watching [174], [036], and their calves … Continue reading

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How to study social networks in elephants

Originally posted on Being A Better Scientist:
Two Asian elephants, you can see the loss of pigmentation on the ears of the elephant in the front. Pigmentation loss is a character that can be used to identify indivdual elephants. Elephants…

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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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Talk on human-elephant conflict hosted by Wildlife and Nature Protection Society

***Please note change of title*** Who: Shermin de Silva What: ELEPHANT  BEHAVIOR AND CONSERVATION: Lessons From Uda Walawe When: July 12 2011, 6:00 pm Where: Institute of Engineers, Colombo 07

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Trackways freeze time to reveal ancient elephant sociality

The evolution of behavior is tricky to study for one very simple reason: behaviors usually don’t fossilize.  While anatomy can be reconstructed based on skeletal remains and imprints, how might one glimpse how a living, breathing organism behaved millions of … Continue reading

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If you’ve seen one elephant, have you seen them all?

“A horse is a horse” – but is any elephant just another elephant? Few people realize that Asian and African elephants are about as different from one another as we are from chimpanzees.  That’s not an exaggeration – the estimated … Continue reading

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