Blog

Dynamic, real-time reactions to elephant-oriented news, conservation efforts, and sustainable innovations from Southern Africa and around the globe.

November 14, 2018

10:19 am

Too Many Elephants?

Is it possible to have too many elephants? That's the question answered in the first episode of "Moving Giants."

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November 12, 2018

9:40 am

Veterans Heed the Call of the Wild

Veterans are channeling their unique skills and training into service-oriented work protecting animals.

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November 9, 2018

3:04 pm

More Elephants Than Ever Are Being Born Without Tusks

The conundrum? Evolution is supposed to take millions or billions of years to render any meaningful changes in a species so what in the heck is going on?

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November 8, 2018

3:33 pm

Turning the Tables on Animal Adoptions?

NGOs usually facilitate people adopting animals to protect them. But now one NGO is protecting elephants by ... adopting seven villages?

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November 7, 2018

3:26 pm

This Is How Elephants Became The GOP's Mascot

How did the elephant turn red?

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November 6, 2018

4:59 pm

Warriors Race To Let Lions Live

Instead of hunting lions, aspiring Maasai warriors now compete for prizes in a biennial Olympics

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November 5, 2018

9:21 am

Kim Kardashian Rode An Elephant. This Is Why That's A Problem.

Animal welfare groups are pretty clear on why riding elephants is so unethical. Some folks still haven't gotten the message.

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November 2, 2018

7:21 pm

Elephant Polo Grounded In Thailand

Elephant polo in Thailand suffers death blow -- which is good news for elephants

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November 1, 2018

1:22 pm

Elephants Are Being Killed By Trains. This Organization Has A Plan To Stop It.

High tech and innovation are an important strategy in saving the lives of elephants, but we shouldn't forget that sometimes you gotta go straight up old school.


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October 31, 2018

5:22 pm

NJ Primed to Protect Elephants with Nosey’s Law

Nosey the performing elephant suffered years of abuse. Now she is being recognized by NJ, which named a law in her honor.

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October 30, 2018

12:25 pm

Could Elephant Trunks Hold The Key To Robotics?

Elephants can tell us a lot about ourselves. They might also be able to help us shape our future.

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October 29, 2018

9:15 am

Can Elephants Reverse Climate Change?


Climate change is real. But who can we enlist to help reverse global temperatures? Calling all elephants!

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October 26, 2018

11:09 am

New Study Shows Asian Elephants Are Pretty Good At Math

We've long known elephants were smart but this demonstrates a new level of cognition that we previously thought was distinctly human.

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October 25, 2018

7:12 am

Ethical Elephant Tourism Comes To Vietnam

Vietnam unchains the elephants of Yok Don National park.

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October 23, 2018

3:00 pm

Elephant Man

After working on the most dangerous movie ever made, a wild man is tamed by elephants.

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October 22, 2018

4:12 pm

Small Town With Sad Elephant History Works To Write New Story

A mob destroyed this town's relationship with elephants. Can a new initiative save it?

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October 19, 2018

9:01 am

Because Amazon Doesn’t Ship Elephant Poop…

Spiritual people in the city of Mysore are queuing up for elephant dung.

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October 18, 2018

8:53 pm

Hawaii Bans Elephants?

Elephants are not performers. That's the most important reason they should not be making the arduous journey to Hawaii.

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October 16, 2018

8:53 pm

How Ending Hunger For Humans Will Help Save Elephants

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October 15, 2018

12:19 am

World Leaders Gather To Save Wildlife

London hosts an international conference bent on protecting elephants, pandas, pangolins and other threatened and endangered species.

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October 11, 2018

10:55 am

Elephant Girls Run The World

On International Day of the Girl, let's acknowledge the bosses in elephant life -- the ladies.

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October 10, 2018

10:35 pm

This Cliff In Iceland Looks Eerily Like An Elephant

An elephant in Iceland? Hear me out.

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October 9, 2018

12:58 pm

Elephants' Choice At Zoo: Swim Or Beating

Elephants at a Thai zoo face a terrible choice: perform difficult underwater dance routines, or face the consequences.

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October 8, 2018

12:32 pm

Elephant Holograms Charge On London

Now you see it, now you don't. And we're not just talking about extinction.

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October 5, 2018

2:29 pm

Good News For Asian Elephants

Countries are lining up to help save elephants by protecting this body part -- and it isn't tusks.

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October 4, 2018

6:43 pm

Elephants Love Their Wrinkles And Here's Why

People go to great lengths to prevent, minimize or get rid of wrinkles. Elephants, on the other hand, use them to survive.

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October 3, 2018

3:18 pm

Heartbreaking Baby Elephant Has No Trunk

Whether it was a predator or a hunter's trap, this baby elephant is suffering without its trunk. And experts are divided over whether it will live or die.

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October 1, 2018

7:17 pm

Elephants On The Rampage -- In Sports

This week and next, sports teams with elephant mascots will take center stage. Will pachyderms prevail?

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September 28, 2018

3:03 pm

This New Fashion Fad Is Threatening Elephants

Elephant-tail-hair jewelry is all the rage in Vietnam... And if we don't stymie the demand, it could be coming to markets much closer to home.

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September 27, 2018

12:43 pm

Take Nothing But Pictures

How to be a responsible tourist on #WorldTourismDay -- and every other day.

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September 26, 2018

2:38 pm

This Band Tells Elephant-Abusing Circus: STOP Using Our Music

When this band found out that a Florida circus was using their music in an act with abused elephants, they did something extraordinary.

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September 24, 2018

10:05 am

Finding A Home For Delhi's Last Elephants

Only six elephants remain in one of the most polluted cities in the world, now authorities are struggling to find them a better home.

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September 22, 2018

8:46 am

Reformed Poacher Now Preaches Elephant Love

Once he was convicted for killing elephants -- more than 70. Now Kenya's John Sumokwo is an elephants'-rights activist.

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September 22, 2018

8:34 pm

Celebrate World Rhino Day By Learning More About Them

Maybe we'd be more alarmed at the rate that rhinos are being poached if we knew more about them. Consider this your crash course.

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September 21, 2018

8:46 am

Peace Is For Pachyderms, Too

On the International Day of Peace, remember that, when it comes to human conflict, wildlife often suffer the consequences.

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September 20, 2018

10:12 am

Tusk Brings Rhinos To The Streets of London

A new art installation is covering the streets of London in bright, beautiful rhinos to raise awareness about the species plight.

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September 19, 2018

3:21 pm

Elephants Pay Tribute To Dead Comrade In Heartbreaking Video

Watch as elephants pay their final respects to a fallen friend in a video that has gone viral.

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September 18, 2018

3:27 pm

Now You Can Drink Tea Without Harming Elephants

This week, a tea planation was designated "Certified Elephant Friendly." It's the first and only in the world.

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September 17, 2018

3:27 pm

These Goats Are Moving Mountains

Mountain goats certainly belong in the mountains. But not in the mountains of Olympic National Park, where they are an invasive species that is destroying the habitat. So they're being moved to a habitat where they are native, 100 miles away.

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September 14, 2018

11:22 am

Report: Vietnam Is Stepping Up To Fill Ivory Demand

As we've learned again and again, laws don't stop demand.

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September 13, 2018

11:14 am

Kenya Ups Its Anti-Poaching Game

Rangers in Kenya are getting sophisticated assistance in the war against poaching. And when you are in a war, you need military-level thinking.

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September 12, 2018

1:02 pm

The Sound Of Bees Will Protect Elephants From Trains

If Plan A doesn't pan out, go to Plan Bee.

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September 11, 2018

3:34 pm

Whoa, Canada

Elephanatics is trying to ban ivory sales in, of all places, Canada.

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September 10, 2018

3:34 pm

Elephants' First Snow

Elephants and giraffes and snowfall... wait, WHAT?!

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September 7, 2018

2:29 pm

A Particularly Cruel Poaching Problem In Myanmar

Elephants already have plenty to fear from poachers after their ivory. Now a new, nauseating consumer demand is putting them in danger in Southeast Asia.

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September 6, 2018

9:02 am

Artificial Intelligence Does Its Part To Fight Poachers

Humans are the problem. Can AI help other humans solve it?

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September 5, 2018

7:37 am

Anti-Poaching Efforts Get Help From Above

To combat poachers, two Mozambique parks are getting help from above.

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September 4, 2018

4:16 pm

Playing Bach For Elephants

Bull elephants and Bach might seem an odd pairing but pianist Paul Barton has brought them together.


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September 3, 2018

8:08 am

No Rest For Many Elephants This Labor Day

While you and your family are kicking back and enjoying the holiday, think of the poor elephant working in one of the many cruel industries that "employ" them.

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August 31, 2018

1:52 pm

Climate Change Takes More Elephant Victims

As climate change intensifies, so should our fear for elephants.

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August 30, 2018

9:28 am

A Jumbo Trade, From New York to New Orleans

Teddy Bridgewater is not the only big name being traded this month from New York to New Orleans. There's also two elephants happy to make the journey.

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August 29, 2018

10:25 am

How Elephants Spread Eggplant Across A Continent

Love yourself an eggplant? Thank an elephant.

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August 28, 2018

10:26 am

Man to Walk 2,600 Miles for Elephants

Last month, Jim Justus Nyamu began an ambitious effort to travel on foot from his home country of Kenya to South Africa, all to call attention to the dwindling numbers of elephants in Africa. The primary source of their declining numbers? Illegal poaching.

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August 27, 2018

10:48 am

On The Tracks With India's Elephants

India is making moves to prevents its trains from killing elephants.

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August 24, 2018

12:11 am

Elephants: The Space Force We Really Need

Elephants can protect humans from space. So can bats. And ants. And goats.

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August 23, 2018

12:11 am

Elephant As Weapons of War

Elephants were used as a weapon of war as early as 280 BC.

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August 22, 2018

3:45 pm

Animal Crackers Get Woke

Perhaps they were born free, but they were still portrayed in cages on animal cracker packaging. This week, they will be "released" into the wild.

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August 21, 2018

12:11 am

Finding The Rare Polka-Dotted Elephant

Blue elephants and elephants with polka-dots? Imagination is the only limitation at this elephant art festival.

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August 20, 2018

12:11 am

Celebrating A 100-Year-Old Mosquito Discovery

#WorldMosquitoDay celebrates the anniversary of the breakthrough medical moment that confirmed mosquitoes transmit malaria, a critical first step in fighting the disease.

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August 19, 2018

10:44 am

Eight Jaw Dropping Photos for #WorldPhotographyDay

It's #WorldPhotographyDay and these photos will inspire you.

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August 18, 2018

12:11 am

Breaking News: Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at 80, after a brief illness.

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August 18, 2018

5:36 pm

Bee Is For Bees

Taking note of the fear that elephants have of bees, some researchers are studying how bees can be used to keep elephants from entering into conflict with humans.

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August 17, 2018

1:16 pm

8 Non-Profits Getting Creative To Fight For Elephants

It's National Non-Profit Day and we're celebrating these eight non-profits thinking outside the box to help save elephants.

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August 16, 2018

11:18 am

'Conservation Giant' Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Ernest Mokganedi was a "visionary man, who believed that building bridges between nations throughout Africa was an essential ingredient for the future success of our continent, its people and wildlife."

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August 15, 2018

2:25 pm

Elephants Might Be Able To Help Us Fight Cancer

We've long known that elephants are less susceptible to cancer than other mammals. A new study is finally answering why. Could this discovery help unlock future cancer cures?

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August 14, 2018

8:49 am

The Buzz That Roars

So concerned are elephants about bees, in fact, that one expert believes they have a special alarm that they sound when they hear bees swarming.

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August 13, 2018

12:46 pm

The Best Tweets From World Elephant Day

We scoured twitter to find the most interesting #WorldElephantDay tweets!

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August 12, 2018

12:22 pm

Saving Two Ecosystems

Moving Giants is a project that will translocate 200 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique.

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August 12, 2018

6:52 pm

Changing This One Habit Can Help Save Elephant Habitats

Helping to save elephant habitats can be as easy as becoming a more conscious coffee consumer. #WorldElephantDay

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August 8, 2018

11:58 am

These Giants Are Moving

Welcome to Moving Giants.

In launching our website and overall campaign today, we aim to bring visitors multi-media coverage of elephant- and conservation-oriented news from Southern Africa and around the world.

The name "Moving Giants" refers to an elephant-translocation project that is moving 200 elephants from a South Africa nature reserve (which has more elephants than its ecosystem can handle sustainably) to a national park in Mozambique (which at the beginning of the year had just eight elephants).

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