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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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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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Elephant Collars may sound strange but they offer a ray of hope for Elephant Conservation.

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar (Photo: Elephanttracking.org)

Elephant collars are becoming increasingly common in many game reserves and parks. These collars are designed to keep track of elephant movement within their habitat. It’s intended as a boost for wildlife conservation especially in areas where elephants are endangered.

What Are Elephant Collars?

This is often the first question anyone would ask: this is a device that is fitted on an elephant’s neck area and is equipped with a GPS tracking device. It shows the whereabouts of an elephant

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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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The Asian elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia.

Male Asian Elephant

A Male (Bull) Asian Elephant In Bandipur National Park (Author: Yathin S Krishnappa/Wikimedia Commons cc 3.0)

The Asian elephant, or Asiatic elephant, is the largest living land animal in Asia. There are three recognized subspecies of this elephant: Elephas maximus maximus (Sri Lanka), Elephas maximus indicus (Mainland Asia), and Elephas maximus sumatranus (Sumatra).

The Asian Elephant is generally smaller than the African elephant. Its body is gray and it has small ears. Elephants of this species also have very thick skin: over 1 inch thick on some parts of their body.  The males of the species have large tusks sometimes measuring up to 5 or 6 feet long. Though, some males do not have tusks at all.

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