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Elephants imitate truck noises, other animals

... elephants, one living among semi-captive orphaned elephants and the other with two Asian elephants in a zoo. One imitated truck noises heard from a nearby highway, the other the chirps of another ele...

Elephants imitate sounds as a form of social communication

... elephants, one living among semi-captive orphaned elephants and the other with two Asian elephants in a zoo. One imitated truck noises heard from a nearby highway, the other the chirps of another ele...

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

... two decades ago with the stunning revelation that elephants communicate over long distances using low-pitched ...ful vibrations in the ground--seismic signals that elephants can feel, and even interpret, via their sensitive trunks and feet. Scientists have long known that ...

Key to elephant conservation is 'in the sauce'

What do hot sauce aficionados and African elephants have in common? They both feel the burn of chilli ...hilli peppers could be used as a means of stopping elephants from destroying crops in the Zambezi Valley, which straddles the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Whi...

Size matters: Preventing large mammal extinction

Saving large mammals such as elephants and rhino from extinction could be made more effective by focusing efforts on individual species as well as their habitats. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London's Institute of Zoology (IoZ) and Imperial College London have identified funda...

Vietnam war technology could aid elephant conservation

...sity recorded the vibrations from the footfalls of elephants and other large mammals, including giraffes, lions... the researchers could tell with 82% accuracy when elephants were passing the geophone and estimate the number of elephants passing the sensor. This is the firs...

Fundamental discovery -- Bone fracture

...ote a really nice paper about bone, describing why elephants need thicker bones than small animals." He said that a paper on bone is published every six minutes. And although bone is extensively studied, little is known about how it works at the molecular level. "Our paper is the beginning research on this." ...

Logging changed ecological balance for monkeys, damaged health

...where trees were removed, Gilllespie said. Because elephants love to eat the shrub, they trample through the clearings, adding yet another obstacle for the growth of new trees, he said. "Knowledge of how particular species are affected by various forms of ecological change is essential to promote land-use pol...

Affymetrix and ParAllele Launch Industry's Most Comprehensive Product Line for Targeted Genotyping

...where trees were removed, Gilllespie said. Because elephants love to eat the shrub, they trample through the clearings, adding yet another obstacle for the growth of new trees, he said. "Knowledge of how particular species are affected by various forms of ecological change is essential to promote land-use pol...

President Bush's cut to AIDS prevention in Africa would be devastating

...where trees were removed, Gilllespie said. Because elephants love to eat the shrub, they trample through the clearings, adding yet another obstacle for the growth of new trees, he said. "Knowledge of how particular species are affected by various forms of ecological change is essential to promote land-use pol...

Proposal would allow wild animals to roam North America

...ephas maximus ) and African ( Loxodonta africana ) elephants and lions ( Panthera leo ). "Obviously, gaining p...We are not advocating backing up a van and letting elephants and cheetahs out into the landscape," said Donlan. "All of this would be science driven." A pilot ...

New partnership to clear landmines for African Elephants

...r civil war from critical access corridors used by elephants between northern Botswana and prime wildlife regio... cultivating their fields. Similarly, the 130,000 elephants of northern Botswana cannot re-establish themselves in their historical foraging areas in Angola and...

Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry

...hemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephant's interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave, a new study has found. The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the U...

Genetic analysis of Asian elephants in India reveals some surprises

...that one of the few remaining populations of Asian elephants in India is actually two genetically distinct grou...lications in conservation plans for the endangered elephants as well as other species on the Subcontinent. Prithiviraj Fernando, a post-doctoral researcher at t...

WWF peeks into mysterious life of Borneo's pygmy elephants

...Fund shed light on the little-known world of pygmy elephants in Borneo. This week marks the six-month annive...st time, the public can track the movements of the elephants online through an interactive web map at www.worldwildlife.org/borneomap . "No one has ever studie...

Olfactory system detects pheromones that control reproduction

... sensory system -- including mice, dogs, cats, and elephants -- the system governs a range of genetically preprogrammed mating, social ranking, maternal, and territorial defense behaviors. In their experiments, Dulac and her colleagues sought to determine whether sensory neurons in the main olfactory epitheli...

New study of the world's smallest elephant

...creasing its importance for biodiversity. Bornean elephants are the world's most endangered member of the elephant family with an estimated 1,100 - 1,500 surviving in the wild. The Cardiff School of Biosciences study led by Professor Michael Bruford and funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rur...

Drunken elephants: The marula fruit myth

... of Bristol argue that it is nearly impossible for elephants to become intoxicated from eating the fruit of the...e fruits of the marula tree." Based on reports of elephants accessing stores of wine or beer, the three-ton mammals clearly have a taste for alcohol. They also ...

'Banana-jawed' fossil mammal linked to rare sound-producing skill

...cended. The Afrotheres, whose descendents include elephants and aardvarks as well as hyraxes, diversified into various niches and ultimately became Africa's dominant land animals. As hyraxes diversified, the development in Thyrohyrax of a curved, swollen jaw containing a hollow chamber represented a particul...

Rhinos clinging to survival in the heart of Borneo, despite poaching

...eing Indonesia's Sumatra island ?where orangutans, elephants and rhinos still co-exist and where forests are currently large enough to maintain viable populations. WWF aims to assist Borneo's three nations (Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia) to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" ?a total of about 84,942 square mile...

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