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Satellite tracking reveals threats to Borneo pygmy elephants

Washington, D.C. - A new WWF study tracking pygmy elephants by satellite shows that the remaining herds of the...fragmentation and loss of habitat. Borneo pygmy elephants depend for their survival on forests situated on flat, low lands and in river valleys, the study fou...

Back to the future: Mastodon extends the time limit on DNA sequencing

...icanum), a recently extinct relative of the living elephants that diverged about 26 million years ago. The sequ...imate accurately the time of divergence of African elephants from Asian elephants and mammoths (about 7.6 million years ago) and the time of divergence between m...

Scientists find endangered grey-shanked doucs in Vietnam

...lation of grey-shanked doucs, along with a herd of elephants that live in the lowland forests to the south. Currently, the area is threatened by illegal logging and hunting, as well as the construction of a new road that would bisect the forest. A new management plan developed by Que Son FPD with WWF suppo...

Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

...They also found evidence of even larger numbers of elephants in Boma and in the Jonglei landscape. According to...ephant database, there were no reliable records of elephants in Sudan. Although we were telling people that wildlife was still present in Southern Sudan, nobody...

Bigger is smarter

... men generally have larger brains. And, of course, elephants and whales possess larger brains than we do, yet it's hard for us to imagine that they are smarter than we are."...

First impressions: Computer model behaves like humans on visual categorization task

...varied in shape and size. Snakes, butterflies, and elephants have little in common, and the animals in the image may be lying, standing, flying, or leaping." The team organized images in different subcategories from full views of an animal head to far views, using single as well as groups of animals. As prel...

Forest elephants at risk from the illegal ivory trade

...investment in wildlife protection, and set African elephants on the road to recovery. But a new study from Step... Maisels, and colleagues warns that while savannah elephants may indeed be reboundingin part because they live in countries with long histories of wildlife manag...

Elephant highways of death

...l Public Library of Science, concludes that forest elephants are severely impacted by ivory poachers who use ro...lement fragmenting previously intact forests where elephants live. The authors walked over 6000 kilometers (3,700 miles) in five countries, and covered more tha...

Location, location -- Cell sizes, lives influenced by host size

...n larger mammals than in smaller ones think of an elephants liver cell compared with a liver cell from a mouse is usually answered by saying that larger mammals dont typically have bigger cells, they just have more of them. Liver cells, red blood cells and other cell types that frequently divide and replac...

African carnage -- 1 year's seized ivory likely came from 23,000 elephants

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a rate un...y of Sciences, and he argues the continued loss of elephants will have serious consequences. "Elephants are majestic animals and are not trivial to the ecosys...

Fatal attraction: Elephants and marula fruit

...is, the Marula trees are very successful "In fact, elephants are crazy about them!" observes Dr Hemborg "They spot the Marulas from far and walk long distances to feed on fruits, foliage and bark." The research shows that the female Marula suffers a higher risk than the male tree of being destroyed and perhaps...

UCF student's research with Disney giraffes may help conserve several species

... with researchers studying everything from African elephants to flamingos. Fewsters project requires her to observe the giraffes and their eating habits for five weeks in the summer and five weeks in the winter for two years. During the last two weeks of each session, she collects samples for later analysis....

Big vegetarian mammals can play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, study finds

...ogists call cascading effects, he added. Although elephants and zebras do not interact directly with insects, ...ingle noted. Previous studies have shown that when elephants and zebras are experimentally removed or hunted out, plant matter accumulates and insect populations...

Serengeti patrols cut poaching of buffalo, elephants, rhinos

...e poaching is illegal and most animals apart from elephants and rhinos which are traditionally not eaten are ...duced poaching and allowed populations of buffalo, elephants and rhinoceros to rebuild." Outside of established reserves, using tourism or hunting expeditions ...

A buffet for early human relatives

...fossilized teeth of prehistoric horses, rhinos and elephants to determine the animals' diets. Until now, lasers were too destructive to use on the smaller teeth of human ancestors and their relatives even those of Paranthropus, known for relatively large teeth and a strong, heavy jaw. Passey improved th...

Fossil is missing link in elephant lineage

...missing link between the oldest known relatives of elephants and the more recent group from which modern elephants descended, an international team that includes University of Michigan paleontologist William J. Sand...

First evidence to show elephants, like humans, apes and dolphins, recognize themselves in mirror

...." In the study, researchers exposed three female elephants housed at the Bronx Zoo in New York to a jumbo-siz...side the elephants' yard. During the exposure, the elephants tested their mirrored images by making repetitive body movements and using the mirror to inspect the...

Republic of Congo announces two massive protected areas

...ortant natural forest clearings are used by forest elephants and other large mammals. Until recently the region contained lions unusual to the Congo Basin though poaching may have wiped out the population. The Savanna landscape still supports such rare species as Grimm's duiker (a small antelope species),...

Mysteries of Kilimanjaro

...the mountain are covered in cultivation preventing elephants from ascending into the forest "There are elephants on the dry side of the mountain" says Hemp "but the valleys are too steep and deep for elephants to ...

Widespread elephant slaughter discovered in Chad

...signment for National Geographic magazine. All the elephants were killed since the end of May 2006, more than 5...uickly packed up as the plane flew over. "Zakouma elephants are getting massacred right before our eyes," Fay said. "We hadn't been in the air more than two hou...

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