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President Trump recently lifted a ban on allowing elephant trophy imports to the USA sparking reactions from many quarters. Here’s what’s going on.

Herd Of Elephants: elephant trophy imports

President Trump has decided to put on hold an earlier decision allowing elephant trophy imports to the United States. This was after he had agreed to lift the ban that former President Obama had put into place during the Obama administration.

Just a little background, President Obama had put a ban on Elephant Trophy imports in 2014. Elephant importations from Zimbabwe had been shut since May 2014 after import boycotts.

Elephant Trophy Imports: Why The Change In Decision By President Trump?

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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 Musth stage is a condition bull elephants go through but it poses serious risks for animals and humans alike.

A Wild Bull Elephant In Musth Chasing A Bull Giraffe

A Wild Bull Elephant In Musth Chasing A Bull Giraffe (Photo: Jacques S Gerber/Wikimedia Commons, cc 2.0)

In its modern usage in Indian languages, the word “musth” actually means a state of pleasure, enjoyment, or gratification experienced by humans or even other creatures. But that’s far from the case with elephants.

In fact, it’s a particularly painful, periodical change that manifests in the behavior of a bull elephant. It could last for weeks or months.

Also, it’s peculiar to only male elephants. And it doesn’t matter the species: both

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Here are the facts about the 36-year old battle between PETA and the Ringling Bros Circus.

PETA protest against Ringling Bros In L.A.

PETA Protest Against Ringling Bros In L.A. (Photo: PETA)

The days of animal circuses are numbered as more and more people come to realize that it’s no longer fun at all to watch.

What could be fun about paying to watch sad animals being paraded or coerced to perform tricks?

Well, as several animal conservation groups continue to pass the message about the ills of wildlife entertainment, one organization that has achieved some serious mileage is PETA.

PETA is the acronym for ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.’ It’s a not-for-profit

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Groups of hungry wild elephants are raiding farms and hurting their tame counterparts in the process. 

Domestic elephants are a direct target of hungry wild herds: Wild Elephants In Vietnam

Tame (Domestic) Elephants Are A Direct Target Of Hungry Wild Herds.

Added to the threat of extinction, wild elephants in Vietnam are facing another equally distressing problem: Lack of food.

In a number of provinces in the country, there have been several clashes between wild elephants and their domesticated kind. Every one of these clashes has been as a result of the wild herds searching for food. As at the last count, at least five such clashes occurred over the past few months especially from March to August 2017.

Particularly disturbing was the most recent fight where a herd with seven wild elephants

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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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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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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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How do farmers protect crops from massive Elephants without killing them? By using bees and ants!

A Swarm of Bees: Elephants Are Terrified of them

A Swarm of Bees: Elephants Are Terrified of Them.

We all know Elephants to be large, majestic creatures, seemingly unfazed by the wildlife around them. Perhaps you’ve heard the belief that they are afraid of mice, and thought it curious given how small mice are.

Well, while elephants’ fear of mice may be just a myth, they seem to be very much afraid of even smaller creatures – bees and ants!

The very notion is somewhat comical when you picture it, and seems highly unlikely. However,

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