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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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Ethimali Finds Her “Forever Home” In The Wild

by DJ, USW, and SdS (Photos by DJ &UWERP) The female orphaned elephant calf found in Ethimale, Southern Sri Lanka rescued and brought to Elephant Transit Home (ETH), Udawalawa was later named Ethimali. After several years of rehabilitation, she was … Continue reading

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Rehabilitated elephants can be good moms!

By Deepani Jayantha & Sameera Weerathunga In August 2015, one of our frequently sighted females in Uda Walawe named Indika was seen suckling two calves of different ages on either sides of her. The younger male calf Indika was nursing … Continue reading

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Musth, not tusks, confers advantage to duelling males

Bull Asian elephants come in two forms: tusk, and tuskless (this is termed dimorphism).  It’s long been thought that tusks must confer an advantage in competitions between males for dominance and mating rights.  However a recent study by Karpagam Chelliah and … Continue reading

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Elephant Ecosystems – An Earth Day Special!

Rob Nelson of Untamed Science helped us realize this long-time goal to create little animated eco-messages about elephants.  Here’s the first installment! Elephant Ecosystems Or: Why do we need large wild animals? Teachers, students and would-be conservationists: you can download this … 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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How does empathy help elephants?

By S. de Silva In the past week a paper on reassurance behavior in elephants by Plotnik et al. in PeerJ has been generating quite a bit of buzz. The study, which you can learn more about from the researchers … 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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A new arrival

By Michael Pardo, Cornell University Monday, February 10: I gazed out on Uda Walawe National Park for the first time in over a year as our jeep trundled through the entrance gate.  I welcomed the cool morning air that I … Continue reading

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Field notes

Baretail’s Tale By TV Kumara Baretail is a female elephant in Uda Walawe National Park (so named as her tail has no hair). She is a member of ‘B’ unit, because ‘B’ is the first letter in names – e.g. … Continue reading

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