An elephant in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park, home to some 13,000 of these remarkable animals.
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October 18, 2013 Pointing, when you think about it, is a remarkable communicative act and understanding pointing is no mean feat. So it's somewhat remarkable, says commentator Alva Noë, that elephants seem to be able to understand humans when we make meaningful gestures.
An elephant at the Emmen, Netherlands, zoo stands at the edge of a ditch in 2009, a day after another elephant fell into the ditch and died.
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April 11, 2013 When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
The arrival of African elephants at a Tucson zoo prompted a call for the zoo's fans to contribute leafy snacks. This file photo shows African elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in 2011.
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April 17, 2012 The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants — but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. "What we're looking for... I think the word 'snacks' came up," says zoo curator Jim Schnormeier.
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A family of elephants in Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve.
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March 8, 2012 Discovery of fossilized footprints in the Arabian desert tells us that elephants have lived in complex families for 7 million years. Elephants have adapted to changing conditions for millenia, but can they withstand the stresses we humans inflict today?
June 1, 2011 The new book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song, explores many questions including: Do other species enjoy music? The Thai Elephant Orchestra and Snowball the Cockatoo offer proof that they can.
Africa's first dedicated elephant underpass, in use near the slopes of Mt. Kenya.
January 28, 2011 Two distinct elephant populations near Mount Kenya have been united with the opening of Africa's first dedicated elephant underpass.The elephants can now safely cross under a major regional highway.
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