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Elephant trophy hunting remains a controversial and highly debated issue. We bring you the facts of the matter.

Elephant Head On A Wall ; elephant trophy hunting

Killing elephants to help save the species is a conservation strategy that was originally intended to help the endangered African Elephants.

The idea is simple; invite hunters from richer countries to hunt an agreed number of wild animals. Use the generous fees these hunters provide to boost conservation funding for the

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Can Elephants Swim? They do and quite well too. Here’s how they are able to achieve that.

Can elephants swim?

Elephants Underwater (Photo: Zoo Zurich)

When you think of an elephant, what image comes to mind?

Most likely, a large and lumbering land mammal. Also, you would expect such a large creature to shy away from water since it would sink deep into the waters and drown.

Well, if you thought that, you’re wrong. The fact is, elephants are excellent swimmers and that’s

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With the continuous clampdown on the international ivory trade, overall African Elephant numbers are still not up to the levels one would expect .

Pile of confiscated ivory; African elephant

A Pile Of Confiscated Ivory Tusks.

Africa boasts quite some safari with the East, Central, and Southern Africa leading the parade.

The African elephant, the world’s largest terrestrial mammal, is however facing a decline despite the lower poaching level. The decrease in the elephant population is still mainly blamed on the increasing human activities in the animal’s environment. This is in addition to the fact that

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The Amboseli Elephants of Kenya are an example of what combined conservation efforts can achieve.

A herd of elephants : The Amboseli Elephants

Elephants at the Amboseli National Park. In the background is Mount Kilimanjaro (Photo: Amoghavarsha JS/Wikimedia Commons, cc by-s.a. 3.0)

Located on a peaceful site in the south-eastern parts of Kenya, the Amboseli wildlife conservancy draws much of its life from water flowing off the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. While driving on a safari through the park, you can’t help but notice the occasional herds of elephants grazing peacefully on the plains.

They roam the park freely and that’s the first sign that these creatures are in a friendly

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Damning reports show that many elephants are dying in zoos. 

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo: Elephants are dying in zoos

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo. Despite “Better Care” And Protection From Poachers, Captive Elephants Are Still Likely To Die Much Younger Than Their Kind In The Wild.

The fact that keeping elephants in captivity goes against their nature can’t be debated anymore. Facts coming out of various establishments that continue to keep these mighty mammals captive is disheartening to say the least.

Even scientists are now adding their voice and calling for zoos and other concerns to phase out elephant captivity. And zoos can’t escape the inevitable anymore: They must let these animals go to a more natural environment if not back to the wild completely.

Below we’ll look at some reports that have emerged after extensive study of elephant life in

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The history of the human-elephant relationship is a story of several negatives and few positives.

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhone: Human-Elephant Relationship

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhône With War Elephants By Henri Motte In 1878.

Elephants are some of the most fascinating terrestrial animals that exist on our planet. What sets them apart from other animals is their sheer size. Some African elephants were recorded as being so large almost as if they were relics of the era of dinosaurs.

Some individuals weighed as much as 2.5 to 7 tons and reached a height of 8 to 13 feet when standing! Added to the fact that these large animals are herbivores earns them the title of “gentle giants.”

For as long human history can recall, these highly intelligent and emotional beings have been

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Elephants do not belong in captivity as the growing number of Elephant-Free Zoos prove.

Entrance to the Bronx Zoo: Elephant-Free Zoos

Entrance Gate To The Bronx Zoo, New York City (Photo: Postdlf/Wikimedia Commons. cc by-sa 3.0)

For a while now, we’ve been talking about the ills of keeping elephants in captivity. Whether for entertainment in circuses or elsewhere or for exhibition in various zoos around the world.

The fact is that majority of these creatures are snatched from their close-knit families out in the while and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in cramped quarters hardly fit for them.

Interestingly, since the early 1990s, we are gradually seeing more and more elephant-free zoos in several countries. This is a welcome and progressive trend that other similar establishments

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Seven of the best spots to see Elephants in the Wild Worldwide

Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park: See elephants in the wild

Early Morning Stroll By An Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park, Kenya (Courtesy: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons cc by-sa 3.0)

Though visiting an elephant sanctuary may be an experience you will never forget, getting to see these animals in their element out in the wild is unbeatable.

Imagine the earth vibrating under your feet as an African elephant thunders past you. Or the sight of an Asian elephant strolling leisurely past you.

There’s no way you won’t be affected by the wild but intelligent behavior of the largest

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Though the African Elephant continues to exist across much of Africa, they are under serious threat.

African elephant herd

Elephant Herd Led By A Bull At Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

The African elephant holds the title of the largest land animal on Earth today. There are actually two distinct species of this elephant under the genus Loxodonta: the African bush elephant (Loxodonta Africana), and the smaller African forest elephant (Loxodonta Cyclotis).

Though they look similar to the Asian elephant from afar, closer examination shows some remarkable differences.

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Elephants have been exploited to the point of extinction by people for centuries now. Just how many elephant species actually exist today?

Sri Lankan Elephant Herd

Sri Lankan Elephant Herd (Author: Adbar cc 3.0)

Though there used to be hundreds of different species of elephants that walked on the surface of the earth at some point, we have just two distinct but very broad species alive today. They are classified under two genera: Loxodonta and Elephants.

Loxodonta are the African elephants while Elephas are the Asian Elephants. However, there are other subdivisions under each of these genera. Let’s have a closer look at each one below.

A. African Elephant Species

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