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Elephants imitate truck noises, other animals

... a nearby highway, the other the chirps of another elephant species. In both cases, the sounds were totally d... Mlaika, a ten-year-old adolescent female African elephant living in Kenya among a group of semi-captive orphans, mimicked noises she heard from trucks on a hi...

Elephants imitate sounds as a form of social communication

... a nearby highway, the other the chirps of another elephant species. In both cases, the sounds were totally d... Mlaika, a ten-year-old adolescent female African elephant living in Kenya among a group of semi-captive orphans, mimicked noises she heard from trucks on a hi...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...ies to explore the mysterious and complex world of elephant communication. She and her colleagues are part of ...les. Seismic sensitivity also has been observed in elephant seals--huge marine mammals not related to elephants. But O'Connell-Rodwell was the first to suggest...

Elephant seal pups suffer from ocean warming

... warming has a negative impact on the condition of elephant seals, reveals a study published in the Open Acces...re correlated with a 28% decrease in the weight of elephant seal pups. Elephant seals are shown to be sensitive to ocean temperature changes associated with bot...

Vietnam war technology could aid elephant conservation

...nam war could help ecologists monitor and conserve elephant populations, according to new research published i...have been used successfully to detect and estimate elephant numbers. Another team tried to use a US Army surplus miniature seismic system to detect crop raiding...

Hybrid grass may prove to be valuable fuel source

...friendly perennial grass, sometimes referred to as elephant grass or E-grass, grows from an underground stem-like organ called a rhizome. Miscanthus, a crop native to Asia and a relative of sugarcane, drops its slender leaves in the winter, leaving behind tall bamboo-like stems that can be harvested in early ...

New partnership to clear landmines for African Elephants

...decades will be cleared of landmines to allow huge elephant herds to resume their normal spread in southern Africa, Roots of Peace (RoP) and Conservation International (CI) announced today. The U.S.-based non-profit organizations are partners in a project to remove landmines sown during Angola's 26-year civi...

What Makes The Brain Tick, Tick, Tick: Researchers Gaining New Insights Into Brain's Internal Clock

... is like the blind man feeling just the toe of the elephant and trying to describe how it works," he said. "Wh...s. We are blind men touching just one part of this elephant that is time. "And our new review paper, to the best of our knowledge, is the first to try to integ...

Study shows big game hunters, not climate change, killed off sloths

...istoric ground sloths grew to the size of a modern elephant and fed on bushes and the leaves of lower branches of trees, today's only surviving descendants are several small tree sloths whose range extends from southern Mexico to southern Brazil, he said. Such an experiment might be similar to the one that i...

Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry

... pheromone, frontalin, depends on whether the male elephant is mature enough and has reached a particular stag..."minus," but the ratios became almost equal as the elephant matured, especially between ages 31 and 43. Musth periods get longer as the males age, according t...

Genetic analysis of Asian elephants in India reveals some surprises

...dered in future conservation planning." The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is recognized by the World Conse...nges" that incorporate more than half of the known elephant habitat. Fewer than half of these ranges, however, offer the much stricter protections provided by w...

Scientists sequence DNA of woolly mammoth

...idge, Massachusetts (USA). Using comparisons with elephant DNA, the researchers identified 13 million base pairs as being nuclear DNA from the mammoth, which they showed to be 98.5 percent identical to nuclear DNA from an African elephant. The project became possible through the discovery of exceptionally w...

WWF peeks into mysterious life of Borneo's pygmy elephants

..." said Dr. Christy Williams, who leads WWF's Asian elephant conservation efforts and worked with experts to us...oil, the leading export crop for Malaysia. „X Each elephant belongs to a herd of 30-50 elephants but often splits off into smaller groups for days or weeks at a...

New study of the world's smallest elephant

The world's smallest elephant species, the newly described Bornean elephant, wil..., Malaysia for the next three years. The Bornean elephant has recently been confirmed as a separate sub-species, dramatically increasing its importance for bi...

Drunken elephants: The marula fruit myth

...ikeliness of total ethanol absorption, a three-ton elephant gorging itself quickly on nothing but marula fruit... the intoxication would minimally require that the elephant avoids drinking water, consumes a diet of only marula fruit at a rate of at least 400 percent normal...

Of mice, men, trees and the global carbon cycle

...etabolism on a per-weight basis. Thus, although an elephant burns many more calories per hour than a mouse, th...as a much higher rate per pound of body weight. An elephant with the same rate per pound as a mouse would generate so much heat it would have serious problems m...

High-tech tags on marine animals yield valuable data for biologists and oceanographers

...g studies involving California sea lions, northern elephant seals, tuna, salmon sharks, and albatross in the North Pacific, as well as southern elephant seals, Antarctic fur seals, and crabeater seals in the Southern Ocean. California sea lions are pr...

NHGRI announces new sequencing targets

...ollowing 10 species: dolphin (Tursiops truncates), elephant shrew (Elephantulus species), flying lemur (Dermoptera species), mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus), horse (Equus caballus), llama (Llama species), mole (Cryptomys species), pika (Ochotona species), a cousin of the rabbit, kangaroo rat (Dipodomys speci...

Widespread elephant slaughter discovered in Chad

...n-Residence, and his team discovered five separate elephant massacre sites totaling 100 individuals during a survey made Aug. 3-11 from their small plane. Fay also was on assignment for National Geographic magazine. All the elephants were killed since the end of May 2006, more than 50 of them in the days just...

Creating a window on 'oceans in motion'

...g 21 top predator species, including whales, tuna, elephant seals, seabirds, sea turtles and sharks. "Tiny microprocessors and sophisticated remote sensing systems now make it possible for scientists to explore the vast reaches of the open ocean from the perspective of the marine animals, whose extraordinary...

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