EleFact

EleFact Friday: Seismic Vibes

On previous EleFact Fridays we’ve discussed how elephants can communicate via vibrations that they feel in their feet. Today’s EleFact takes that idea a little further and looks at whether elephants can be located by scientists not just by their vocalizations, but also by these seismic waves. ...

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EleFact Friday: Muscles and Extension

We’ve written several EleFacts about the elephant trunk, and this week we’ll be looking at another aspect of the trunk – how it extends. The trunk is multi-functional in that it has to be gentle and flexible enough to grab tiny blades of grass, but tough enough to knock down…...

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EleFact Friday: A Quick Q&A

For this week’s EleFact Friday, we’re reaching into our grab bag of reader questions that might not be enough for posts on their own. This way, people can have their questions answered in a quick and easy way. ...

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EleFact Friday: Photographs and Wildlife

We frequently get asked questions about whether the elephants here at sanctuary ask for affection – which they do at times – and how close we generally stay from the girls to get photographs. For this week’s EleFact Friday, we’ll talk about how close we get to the elephants and…...

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EleFact Friday: Informative Scent Trails

For this week’s EleFact, we’ll look at something that might be unexpected: elephant dung. You might be surprised to find out how much can actually be determined by examining waste. Today we’ll be focusing on something researchers have been studying for the last few years: how elephants gain information from…...

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EleFact Friday: Captivity and the Brain

We’ve seen firsthand the impact that most captive environments have on elephants; it can cause them to exhibit stereotypical behaviors, encourage obesity and arthritis, contribute to early deaths of adults and babies, and lead to dozens of other negative consequences. After decades of studying the brains of elephants and other…...

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