African Elephant

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Re: African Elephant

Post by Klipspringer » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:40 am




Part of the media promotion tours around ranger day :O^


Is it really necessary to immobilise 50 elephants and spend a lot of money, only to get a sample that is of irrelevant size :O^

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Re: African Elephant

Post by Peter Betts » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:29 pm

Richprins wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:57 pm
:ty:

A thread here: viewtopic.php?f=79&t=7299
Humans throwing food out of windows again

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Re: African Elephant

Post by Klipspringer » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:40 pm

TB can easily spread without direct contact

http://www.tbonline.info/posts/2016/3/3 ... -spread-1/

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Re: African Elephant

Post by Klipspringer » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:49 pm

Research does not know why some elephants have large tusks

From an article by Ian Whyte:
It is difficult to imagine that very
large tusks would be more useful as weapons
or tools than smaller ones, but it may be that
larger tusks are of symbolic value in dominance
skirmishes or displays. Males with larger tusks
might be expected to occupy higher positions
in the hierarchical structure or to be favoured as
mates by females. However work in Amboseli
National Park, Kenya (Moss, 1983; Poole,
1989a) suggests that the phenomenon of ‘musth’
is far more important than body size in determining a
male’s hierarchical position and its success in mating.
The condition of musth is easily recognisable to other
elephants and the position in the social hierarchy of
a male in musth is immediately elevated above all
non-musth males. Even when two large males are
simultaneously in musth, Poole (1989b) found that
the factor determining dominance rank in both musth
and non-musth males was body size. Tusk size is not
mentioned by Moss (1983) or Poole (1989b) as a factor
affecting hierarchical position. The evolutionary reason
why some elephant males have large tusks is therefore
still unclear, and would be an interesting subject for
further research.
http://www.pachydermjournal.org/index.p ... ew/503/410

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Re: African Elephant

Post by Richprins » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:41 am

Very interesting! ..0..
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Re: African Elephant

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:34 am

Now I am even more curious. I thought it had to do with the hierarchical position :-?
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Re: African Elephant

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:00 pm

WATCH | Adventure with the ellies: Celebrating World Elephant Day

14 August 2019 - 07:29
BY UNATHI NKANJENI


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One of the big five animals, the elephant, is being celebrated this month.

Animal protection organisation Adventures with Elephants hosted an annual walk with elephants in Bela Bela, Limpopo on Monday to celebrate World Elephant Day.

The event, supported by Rory Hensman Conservation and Research Unit (RHCRU), was to raise funds for an elephant DNA database as well as raise awareness about the significant contribution the elephants make towards various research projects.

Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was launched in 2012 to shine a light on the conservation of Asian and African elephants.

Its aim, among other things, is to improve enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory and reintroduce captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries.

Adventures with Elephants

The organisation was started by Rory Hensman on his family farm in Zimbabwe in 1988 before moving to South Africa in 2003.

Since then, more than 30 elephants have been rescued and trained for educational purposes in the name of conservation. The organisation has also loved and cared for countless other animals like warthogs, kudu, and steenbok to name but a few.

Today they care for seven elephants, three females, two males and their two calves, Bela and Zambezi.

Personal and educational hands-on interaction with the elephants means visitors can learn everything about these animals, from their behaviour to ecology and conservation.

Collecting DNA database

RHCRU collaborates with local and international universities and zoos to promote their benefits to human society as well as wildlife and conservation efforts, through honest and bilateral co-operation with elephants.

The research unit believes that elephants, compared to dogs, could help wildlife and humanity by detecting diseases such as foot and mouth disease, checking areas suspected to have landmines as well as to detect cancer and assist with catching poachers.

Research fields

One of the fields RHCRU focuses on is bio-detection. This involves the ele­phant’s incredible sensory abilities, such as their hearing and smell.

An elephant’s sense of smell is about 14 times better than that of a dog.

Another research field the unit focuses on is elephant anatomy and contraception, also covering finer points like the effect of food types, hunger and elephant population pressure on elephant behaviour.

Further research is carried out regarding the benefits and detrimental effects of elephants on the environments they inhabit.
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