Size matters: Elephants and whales are the only two animals that show up from space when tracked using "commercially available" resolutions. Satellite images have been used to prevent poaching, as well as to keep track of creatures that manage to be as elusive as they are enormous. » 3/28/15 3:10pm Saturday 3:10pm

These 500,000-Year-Old Tools Still Contain Traces Of Animal Fat

Archaeologists working in Israel have made an extraordinary discovery — the earliest instance of Lower Paleolithic-Acheulian stone bifaces and scrapers with the residue of elephant fat still on them. It's considered an archaeological first. » 3/20/15 12:40pm 3/20/15 12:40pm

Why Freeing Elephant Performers Is Not Nearly Enough

The costumes are coming off, the shackles are being unlocked, and the boxcars are opening. After more than 130 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its elephants. It's an important step — but animals need legal rights, and not just laws that treat them like things. » 3/18/15 8:20am 3/18/15 8:20am

How Do You Stop A Murderous Elephant Gang?

Believe it or not, this was a question that South African officials in the early 2000s had to answer. Young elephant males had formed groups that attacked and killed rhinos for recreation. How could they stop it? » 3/06/15 6:20am 3/06/15 6:20am

Elephants Were Once Used As Executioners


Here's a horrifying fact. Trained elephants were once used to torture an execute people. Some of the earliest references come from the Bible. The latest came in the 1800s. » 2/13/15 5:30pm 2/13/15 5:30pm

Drought Forces Lions Into Desperate Hunt

There aren't many predators that can kill a fully grown elephant, but a juvenile elephant is a different story. When they're young, lions can take down an elephant if they need to. And it isn't a pretty sight. » 10/03/14 2:24pm 10/03/14 2:24pm

Violinist Discovers That Elephants Dance to Bach

Violinist Eleanor Bartsch decided to take her warm-up yo the local zoo. And discovered that elephants cannot let music go by un-danced to. » 8/26/14 9:06pm 8/26/14 9:06pm

Elephants Might Be Able To Self-Medicate To Induce Labor

We know that animals have found ways to get themselves drunk or high by eating certain plants or fermented fruit, but recently, scientists have started studying the self-medication of animals — a branch of science dubbed zoopharmacognosy. This is how we discovered elephants might have a way to bring on labor. » 7/28/14 7:40am 7/28/14 7:40am

An Elephant Researcher Mourns An Elephant Lost to Poachers

Jake Wall is a research scientist with Save the Elephants. As part of his work, he followed the travels of one particular male elephant called "Mountain Bull." But that research ended abruptly last month when Mountain Bull was slaughtered by poachers. » 6/13/14 3:33pm 6/13/14 3:33pm

Antiques Roadshow Update: They've Stopped Appraising Ivory!

Last month, I wrote of an effort by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and others to urge the PBS series Antiques Roadshow to stop appraising ivory, given the devastating toll that poaching has on elephant populations. The WCS announced today that the show has agreed to their requests.… » 6/04/14 3:46pm 6/04/14 3:46pm

Antiques Roadshow Needs To Stop Appraising Ivory

I'll say it: I love Antiques Roadshow. The look on the faces of folks who find out on national television that their priceless antiques are really worthless hunks of junk is, well, priceless. There's just one problem: by appraising ivory the PBS show communicates the idea that elephants are worth more dead than alive. » 5/19/14 8:30am 5/19/14 8:30am

Los Angeles Bans Bullhooks and Other Devices Used to Control Elephants

The city of Los Angeles approved a ban on the use of bullhooks, bats, pitchforks and other physical tools used by trainers to control exotic circus animals such as elephants. » 5/01/14 12:00pm 5/01/14 12:00pm

How Elephant Armies Built the Ancient World

Without elephants, the ancient Library of Alexandria might not have existed. Every war has, as a byproduct, cultural and technological innovation: in our world, the US Civil War led to medical advancements and the Cold War put us in space. In the classical era, it was the race to build elephant armies that changed the… » 3/17/14 4:46pm 3/17/14 4:46pm

Why Elephants Can Recognize Human Voices

Perhaps elephants are known for their memory because their very survival in our human-dominated world depends on it. This may be why elephants can recognize individual people by our voices. » 3/10/14 1:42pm 3/10/14 1:42pm

Have we been dramatically underestimating elephant intelligence?

We've long known that elephants are intelligent animals, who remember migration routes for decades and appear to mourn their dead. But a new study suggests we may have been underestimating them — because our methods of testing intelligence in animals are biased. » 12/31/13 1:36pm 12/31/13 1:36pm

The Woman Who Shot Elephants for America's Natural History Museums

Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed… » 11/17/13 10:00am 11/17/13 10:00am

Poachers use cyanide to massacre over 300 elephants in Zimbabwe

The Telegraph is reporting that poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, a number that vastly exceeds initial estimates. And disturbingly, new deaths are still be recorded. » 10/21/13 9:39am 10/21/13 9:39am

Another remarkable example of how smart elephants are

Elephants are widely regarded as one of the world's most intelligent creatures, able to use tools, show grief and exhibit remarkable memory. New research now shows African elephants can do something no other wild animal has been shown to do: They can understand human pointing gestures without any kind of training. » 10/11/13 9:20am 10/11/13 9:20am

Watch this adorable 3-week-old elephant play in an inflatable pool

Meet Belle, an Asian elephant born nearly a month ago at the Forth Worth Zoo in Texas. She was recently seen splashing around an inflatable pool inside her enclosure — resulting in a level of cuteness that can only be described as ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!! » 8/02/13 3:40pm 8/02/13 3:40pm

Sorry, but elephants really want nothing to do with us

Elephants have apparently realized there's only one predator they really need to worry about, and that would be us humans. Despite the lack of fences marking the boundaries of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, elephants overwhelmingly stay on the safe side. » 2/10/13 8:30am 2/10/13 8:30am