April 28, 2014
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Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. Zimbabwe has maintained robust elephant populations compared with other countries on the continent. But economic penalties imposed by the United States and Europe have led Zimbabweans with ties to President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party to find new methods of making money. The report, set for release Monday, says they may be turning to elephants’ highly valued ivory tusks. Zimbabwe’s embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.
December 11, 2013
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From a gorilla who loves cats to an elephant with its own dog, check out these astonishing stories of interspecies affection. For many of us, pets aren’t just casual companions. They are cherished members of the family. (Sometimes it even feels like we’re the pets, and our pets are the masters.) So it’s worth asking: Are humans the only animals that keep pets? Or do other animals also keep pets and form deep companionships with other species?
December 7, 2012
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An Oregon zoo says it will retain possession of the country’s newest baby elephant, a 300-pound female that hasn’t yet been named, even though it won’t own the animal. A breeding contract gives ownership of the calf born Friday in Portland to a California for-profit elephant rental company, Have Trunk Will Travel. But the zoo said the elephant will live out her life within its walls.
August 20, 2012
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The Berlin Zoo is celebrating the arrival of an elephant calf named Anchali, which means “greeting” in Thai. The 350-pound calf made her public debut on Wednesday, much to the delight of the big crowds who turned out to see her. Zoo staff members are doing everything they can to protect Anchali from a common elephant virus that has already led to the deaths of three elephant calves at the same zoo.
July 18, 2012
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Scottish photographer John Lindie snapped these awesome photos of an elephant frolicking on the beach at Thalang, Phuket in Thailand in November 2009. While there’s no way to know exactly what the pachyderm is thinking, he sure looks pretty happy rolling around in the sand to dry himself after a swim.
July 11, 2012
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A musically inclined elephant named Shanthi not only plays a harmonica, but composes her own tunes on it as well, according to keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The 36-year-old Asian elephant plays of her own free will (except when she gets a request) and even has her own signature style. Each of her tunes ends with a dramatic crescendo that keepers wait for, knowing she’s reached the end. Listeners then applaud, which Shanthi seems to enjoy since she comes back for more.
May 12, 2012
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In what could be the abosolute cutest thing we’ve seen since this dog, Shanthi the elephant at the National Zoo in Washington is developing her musical chops by playing a harmonica with her trunk.
April 6, 2012
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Officials have broken ground on a new elephant sanctuary in Florida. The National Elephant Center is being built on a 225-acre plot of land west of Sebastian on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The project is a collaboration of 73 zoos.