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

May 9, 2019

9:36 pm

Park Rangers Rush To Aid Victims of Mozambique Hurricanes

Heroes don't always wear capes.

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April 17, 2019

1:56 pm

12-Year-Old Elephant Saved From Snare When Organizations Came Together To Rescue Him

It takes a village.

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February 28, 2019

1:04 pm

This Is How The Elephant Got Its Wrinkles

(Which aren't actually wrinkles at all.)

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February 15, 2019

1:04 pm

New Data Helps Sri Lanka Better Understand Its Elephants

Conservation gets another boost from technology.

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February 14, 2019

1:04 pm

Lonely Lammie Lost Her Mate

Lammie the elephant has had a life of heartbreak. Now animal-rights groups are seeking her release.

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February 13, 2019

12:05 pm

35 Baby Elephants Separated From Mothers, Sold To Chinese Zoos

Heartbreaking.

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February 12, 2019

12:47 pm

Lincoln Knew USA Was No Place For Elephants

Honest Abe rejected the idea of turning the US's wilderness into an elephant playground.

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February 8, 2019

10:17 am

This Partnership Is Conservation In Action

Through redistributing elephant populations, a public-private-civil-society partnership is trying to save ecosystems in two African countries.

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February 7, 2019

12:39 am

100 Lifesize Elephant Sculptures Cover The Beach In India

This is what happens when artists and conservationists collaborate.

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February 6, 2019

2:58 pm

A Petition To Stop Elephant Cruelty In Asia

As a species, Asian elephants once numbered as many as one million. Today, there are just about 40,000 globally.

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February 5, 2019

1:09 pm

New Protections Rolled Out For India's Captive Elephants

Good news for India's Captive Elephants

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February 4, 2019

10:28 am

New England Animal Activists Rally For Elephants

New England animal patriots seek release of three elephants in zoo

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February 1, 2019

12:24 pm

Rooting For The Rams

Don't care about the Super Bowl? Root for the Rams (the species, not the team)

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January 29, 2019

7:56 pm

Rhino Species Would Rather 'Fight' Than 'Mate'

Endangered Sumatran rhinos would rather fight than mate.

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January 28, 2019

9:00 pm

On The Road With 20 Elephants (VIDEO)

You've captured over 20 elephants and are ready to translocate them to their new home. All that stands in the way is 1,000 miles of mostly unpaved roads and an international border crossing. This is Moving Giants: On The Road.

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January 24, 2019

9:00 pm

"Step Away From The Souvenir, Sir"

China reenforces ivory ban with new campaign aimed at travelers and "souvenirs"

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January 23, 2019

11:50 am

Oil Company Must Tear Down Wall That Blocks Elephant Migration

Elephants: 1, Oil Company: 0

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January 22, 2019

4:10 pm

Baby Elephant Doesn't Like Selfies

Baby elephant knocks over selfie-taking tourists

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January 17, 2019

11:26 am

Rangers Prepare For Elephant Arrivals (VIDEO)

These anti-poaching rangers are pulling out all the stops to protect elephants. This is Part 5 of Moving Giants.

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January 17, 2019

11:35 am

She's the Elephant Whisperer

Kenya's unlikely elephant keeper, Dorothy Sasha Lowuekuduk braves dangerous work to nurture elephants.

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January 15, 2019

10:44 am

Elephant Crushes Tree With Ease

It's trunk versus trunk in a savanna showdown!

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January 14, 2019

2:42 pm

Elephants Are Getting Some Help From Woolly Mammoths

Can an already extinct animal help its relative from going extinct? This organization says yes.

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January 11, 2019

9:59 am

Holy Molars: Elephant Teeth Impact Their Weight

A new study has found that elephants living in zoos see great changes in their body weight over a 100-month period, which directly correlates to their teeth.

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January 9, 2019

3:47 pm

The Challenges of Moving A 10,000 Pound Elephant

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January 8, 2019

11:20 am

Not a Happy Place

Which North American zoo was named this year's worst for elephants?

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January 7, 2019

12:03 pm

Archaeologists Uncover Port For War Elephants

An entire port for shipping and supplying war elephants was just discovered in Egypt.

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December 18, 2018

2:06 pm

Elephants And Zoos: Not A Good Match

North American zoos are not good homes for elephants.

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December 17, 2018

2:00 pm

NJ Becomes First State To Ban Elephants In Traveling Acts

No more elephants at the circus.

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December 14, 2018

11:47 am

Tim the Tusker Rescued!

Elephant organizations rally together to save the life of Tim, the iconic 6-ton elephant of Amboselli National Park, who had gotten stuck in the mud.

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December 13, 2018

2:35 pm

Geospatial Data Will Help India Protect Its Elephants

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December 12, 2018

3:08 pm

Risky Business

Watch as one of the world's leading authorities on translocating elephants begins the process of moving 200 giants from South Africa to Mozambique.

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December 11, 2018

2:35 pm

What Does Ivory Have To Do With Brexit?

Somehow ivory has become a point of distraction in the Brexit vote -- here's why.

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December 7, 2018

10:48 pm

Photographer Trying To Save Elephants in India

An award-winning photographer is helping gain sympathy for victimized elephants in India.

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December 6, 2018

10:29 pm

Artist Sculpts 100 Elephants In 24 Hours To Raise Awareness About Poaching

"If we can’t save our largest land mammal from extinction what hope is there for our other endangered species!?" -Charlotte Mary Pack, Artist

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December 5, 2018

12:05 pm

Elephants in the Room at #COP24

Elephants are the talk of the UN's annual climate conference. But they're not the elephants we usually cover in Moving Giants.

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December 4, 2018

11:59 pm

Turns Out, We Can Track Elephants The Same Way We Measure Earthquakes

To protect elephants, we have to know where they are. Turns out, an existing technology might make it easier for us to do just that.

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December 3, 2018

12:17 pm

As Climate Conference Opens, Africa Takes Center Stage

The UN's COP24 opens in Poland with an eye on Africa.

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November 30, 2018

11:18 pm

San Diego Gallery Busted For Ivory Trafficking

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November 28, 2018

6:51 pm

Born To Rewild

Mozambique lost almost all of its wildlife in a devastating civil war. Now it is bringing back elephants, which are a critical component to an ecosystem's survival.

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November 27, 2018

3:26 pm

It's #GivingTuesday And Elephants Need Your Help

Put your money where your passion is.

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November 26, 2018

3:16 pm

Aiding Elephants on Cyber Monday

How technology is helping save elephant lives in Gabon, Congo, and Kenya

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November 23, 2018

6:14 pm

'Lion King' Remake Trailer Is Released

Can't wait to see it? Neither can we.

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November 21, 2018

3:34 pm

Elephants Get Closer To Legal Rights Than Ever Before

An elephant walks into a court room...

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November 20, 2018

11:15 am

Goodbye, Maxine

The Bronx Zoo, which has been criticized for housing elephants in a climate for which they are not suited, had to euthanize one of its three elephants today.

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November 19, 2018

12:59 pm

India Builds Elephants A Hospital Of Their Own

The first ever elephant hospital is now open for business.

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November 14, 2018

12:29 pm

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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