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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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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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Mating pandemonium

Male elephants continue to grow throughout their lives, getting bulkier and broader. Older males enjoy a greater competitive advantage and higher reproductive success. Many have a characteristic time of year when they are seeking mates, and as they get older … Continue reading

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Asian elephant imitates Korean speech

Koshik is a 12-year-old male Asian elephant housed at the Everland Zoo in South Korea.  For some years he had been a local star that was the subject of some internet fame due to his uncanny ability to produce human-like … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Chirp

Given the previous post about what shall now infamously be known as the incident of 2011, I thought it would be nice to lighten things up by sharing our other experiences with males in musth. Moreover, this is about one … Continue reading

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