Wire Netting on Trees Reduces Impact by Elephants Zoology 

Wire Netting on Trees Reduces Impact by Elephants

By Kelly Derham African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are massive, weighing up to 7 tons, and eat up to 300 pounds of food in one day. Much of their diet is made up of various parts of trees, including the bark, leaves, branches, roots, and thorns. When elephants feed on trees, they are capable of knocking the trees over, which can create habitats that are more suitable for other animals, such as antelopes, lizards, or ants, than for the elephants themselves. Because elephants create altered environments through their feeding habits they…

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Seized Ivory Traced to Recently Slaughtered Elephants Zoology 

Seized Ivory Traced to Recently Slaughtered Elephants

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Finished ivory ornaments and jewelry may look beautiful, but the ivory trade is a gory business. Killing elephants and forcibly cutting out their tusks is a sight almost no one would want to see. Yet strong demand for ivory has decimated both forest and savannah elephant populations across Africa by about two-thirds over the past years. Despite the international ban on ivory trading since 1990, scores of seizures of poached ivory continue at seaports and airports around the world. Few poachers are arrested or convicted—often claiming…

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Baby elephants playing, University of Sheffield Biology Zoology 

Baby Elephants with Stressed Parents, Shorter Lives

By Kate Stone In the world of mammals, parental stress can have a lifelong impact on offspring. Elephants born into stressful situations grow up to have fewer offspring and age faster, researchers at the University of Sheffield have found. Scientists discovered that Asian elephants born to mothers with high stress levels grow up quickly, but then produce significantly fewer offspring in their lifetime.The research team also found that those animals born under stressful conditions had their lives cut short by premature old age. “Poor early life conditions have been linked…

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