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Elephant feet have peculiar structures that can also be seen in other large-bodied animals. Supplied

Why elephants kept in captivity suffer from sore feet

Foot problems are more rife in elephants living in captivity. The hard ground they walk on often gives them foot trouble. Generally, by the time the problem is picked up, it's too late.
The fate of elephants ultimately lies in the hands of humans and a continued ban will not solve the poaching problem. Shutterstock

The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure. A rethink is needed

The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking. Ross Harvey

Explainer: what is CITES and why should we care?

The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
The reintroduction of lions and hyena has led animals in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park to behave differently. Shutterstock

How bringing back predators can change the way prey behaves

Kudu and buffalo altered their activity when lions and spotted hyena were reintroduced into the areas where these species lived.
When elephants venture into human settlements, they cause significant damage to crops and property. Shutterstock

Why it might take more than the buzz of bees to ward off elephants

Elephant numbers are increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Their search for food is leading them into conflict with farmers living adjacent to game parks. Bees could prove to be the answer to the problem.

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