Elephants don't have the enzyme that allows humans to metabolize alcohol. This means that anecdotes about elephants getting drunk from rotten fruit may very well be true.
For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
In large ecosystems, managing elephant populations so they don't exceed a certain threshold number is arbitrary.
Melting Siberian permafrost is exposing long-dead mammoths, creating a new trade in mammoth ivory.
As the ultimate custodians, it is urgent that African countries with elephants take
ownership of the processes at CITES.
A new study shows these elephants boost the carbon stored in their forests by 7%.
A shift in climate, along with other environmental disruptions and the invasion of competitors and new predators all likely played an important role in reshaping ancient elephants' brains.
Poaching of African elephants has fallen, but the species is still at risk. Law enforcement and ivory bans help, but tackling poverty is key to stopping poaching at the source.
Amid a growing human population, African elephants are confined to an increasingly managed existence. Do we want more for one of the world's most loved species?
Polar bears 'invading' a Russian village have renewed concern over climate change in the Arctic, but human-wildlife conflicts are flaring up everywhere.
At an international summit in Egypt this month, nations will hopefully make progress towards recognising the economic value of wildlife and other environmental assets.
Understanding stories – those of the murderous as well as of the compassionate – is vital to generating the critical mass necessary to save natural environments and their multiple denizens.
As the Maasai people of Kenya seek to expand their agricultural developments, the lives of one of Africa's greatest creatures are being severely disrupted.
Conflict between people and animals has been on the increase in Tsavo, Kenya.
A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death, can experience grief and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead.
There is indeed merit to using beehives to keep elephants from eating and destroying crops.
Cells that transmit nerve impulses in the part of elephants' brains responsible for functions such as learning and memory are structured differently from those of any other mammal.
Botswana is launching a consultative process to review the current ban on elephant hunting.
'Molecular fossils' in the DNA of elephants could help explain why their testicles are inside their bodies.
The death penalty and military intervention to combat poaching, isn't the answer to saving endangered species.