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EleFact Friday: Powerful Grandmothers

We’ve spoken in the past about elephant mothers and babies, but what about grandmothers and elephant calves? This week’s EleFact will focus on the role that grandmothers play in the survival of calves and the breeding success of their daughters....

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EleFact Friday: What’s In a Name?

We know that elephants have multiple ways of communicating, from loud trumpets to vibrations in their feet. But, as part of this way of “talking”, have elephants given each other names? On this EleFact Friday we will look at a study that asks if elephants address each other using distinctive…...

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EleFact Friday: Aging and Disease

There are a number of things that elephants have in common with humans. For instance, both are large-brained, social mammals with a long lifespan. However, physiologically, we have fewer things in common and are not closely related evolutionarily. This Friday, our EleFact will discuss how there are elements of the…...

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EleFact Friday: The Skin They’re In

A few of the elephants at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil have wounds that are currently healing and which are healing slowly. Several of you asked about the injuries that Lady endured, and that Rana, and Bambi have been dealing with, so we thought as this week’s EleFact Friday we’d talk about…...

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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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