A giraffe lies dead in the road near Matanaha village on December 9, 2021 in Wajir County, Kenya.
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Many wildlife species face an uncertain future due to recurring, severe drought.
African forest elephants.
This was the first national DNA-based assessment of any free-ranging large mammal in Africa.
4.5 million-year-old cranium of the fossil elephant Loxodonta adaurora, from Ileret, Kenya, in right lateral and front views.
Figure courtesy of Carol Abraczinskas, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology
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.
A herd of elephants in Mali.
Carlton Ward Jr
Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
New fossil evidence reveals more about how African bush elephants’ ancient ancestors moved about a South African landscape.
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.
African forest elephant in Lekoli River, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Cuvette-Ouest Region, Republic of the Congo.
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Studying how elephants move can give clues into how they can be better managed to conserve their populations.
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Crop raiding is happening more often in the Masai Mara, in different places and at different times of the year.
Is Botswana allowing the hunting of elephants a good or a bad thing? Two academics weigh in.
African forest elephant in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo.
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature has made two big decisions related to the conservation of the African elephant.
Artistic view of the evolution of elephants. From left to right, Moeritherium (30 million years old), Deinotherium (5 million years old) and a modern African elephant.
Alex Bernardini (Simplex Paléo) and Sophie Vrard (Creaphi).
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.
According to the latest data, there are probably fewer than 400,000 savannah elephants left in the wild across Africa.
Drone technology plays a vital role in gathering accurate wildlife data. But this alone isn’t enough to save Africa’s elephants.
Paleoloxodon antiquus has been extinct for 120 000 years.
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DNA studies reveal that African elephants belong to a very successful and widespread family.
Chishuru, a male African elephant, indicates a target scent during trials.
Elephants have the highest count of olfactory receptor genes of any species tested to date. This suggests that they may be the best smellers in the animal kingdom.
Could this be the world’s largest Fitbit?
By understanding sleep across animals we can gain insights into improving the quality of human sleep. It can also help to bolster conservation management strategies for the animals in question.
When elephants venture into human settlements, they cause significant damage to crops and property.
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.