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What Do Giant Centipedes Eat? Your Weird Animal Questions Answered

Do you have a loony question about loons? Need the dirt on mudbugs? Something about monkeys driving you bananas? Welcome back to Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, your weekly opportunity to get your questions about odd animal phenomena answered. This ...

Clintons Say to End Ivory Trade, Everyone Needs to Act

The ivory trade is an “ecological and moral disaster” that requires businesses and consumers to take up the fight, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton argued in a joint op-ed published February 23 in the Financial Times. Hillary, the former U....

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends

The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier. Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize when a herd mate ...

China’s Ivory Crush Is Important First Step

In a surprising step, China last week became the latest in a growing number of countries to publicly destroy large quantities of ivory to bring attention to the global trade in illegal ivory. From any angle, China’s move has ...

Elephant Declines Vastly Underestimated

By Trevor Jones and Katarzyna Nowak Earlier this month, international media ran with a major prediction released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that “one-fifth of Africa’s elephants could be wiped out in the next ...

Urban Wildlife Corridors Could Save Africa’s Free-Roaming Elephants

Botswana has some of the last remaining free-roaming populations of wild animals on the planet. Massive breeding herds of elephants are known to move thousands of kilometres across the country’s wild lands, through private farms, national parks, towns and ...

Ivory Mandala: A Fitting Memorial from the U.S. Ivory Crush

Tomorrow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will use an industrial rock crusher to destroy its six-ton stockpile of confiscated elephant ivory. The event is both a demonstration of the U.S.’s commitment to stop ivory trafficking and ...

Deep River and the African Elephant

By Paula Kahumbu On November 14, less than a week after a solemn event in honor of African elephants in the sleepy town of Deep River, Connecticut, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pulverize six tons of ivory in ...