Africa’s mammals are a global treasure that must be protected.
A new study looks back into history to assess human impacts on the range of Asian elephants and finds sharp decline starting several centuries ago.
Studying fossil dung offers another avenue for scientists trying to recreate ancient landscapes.
The findings suggest that poaching rates are lower where there is strong national governance and levels of local human development are higher.
If the situation doesn’t change, Africa – indeed, the world – may lose one of its most iconic animal species.
Japan was one of the world’s largest ivory markets – research explains why the country is no longer a key destination for the product.
Changing habitat ranges, competition for food and water, and biological effects of climate change all pose threats to wildlife.
A study of tweets posted in 2019 found that tweets about elephant conservation didn’t align with the actual greatest threats to the animals, creating the risk that funding could be misdirected.
Since antiquity people have harnessed sound as a weapon, and the practice continues – in new high-tech ways – today.
Many wildlife species face an uncertain future due to recurring, severe drought.
Vale Tricia: the beloved Asian elephant called Perth Zoo home since 1963. Her death has led to an outpouring of grief in Perth, especially among zookeepers and her fellow elephants.
Thanks to our new technique using fossilised tracks, we have been able to learn more about the locomotion of the largest creatures ever to have roamed this planet.
This was the first national DNA-based assessment of any free-ranging large mammal in Africa.
We showed for the first time that social disruption and trauma - such as culling of older elephants - has a lasting impact on the behaviour of African elephants.
Forests around the world will need to shift their ranges to adapt to climate change. But many trees and plants rely on animals to spread their seeds widely, and those partners are declining.
The anatomy of the teeth in the cranium and its bones show that it belongs to an extinct cousin of the living African savanna and forest elephants.
It sounds like a mammoth plan, but bringing back large herbivore species to Europe could help mitigate ecosystem collapse.
Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
Recent sighting of a leopard in the Campo-Ma’an National Park area of Southern Cameroon shows the importance of conservation efforts.
There are no body fossils of elephants from this time period, so the available information of how these gigantic animals moved through the ancient landscapes depends entirely on the track record.