elephant health

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: 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: The Power of Scent

This week’s EleFact will focus on the power of scent in the life of an elephant. For both Asian and African elephants, odor is an essential communicator of all types of information – both among individuals and between an elephant and its environment. Pheromones are used by animals to send…...

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Update on Bambi’s Vision

As you may remember, Bambi has an old cataract in her left eye and appears to be getting one in her right eye as well. Both eyes get drops and are monitored as part of her morning treatment process. But, there are some small things happening that seem to suggest…...

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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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EleFact Friday: Recognizing Pain

As we’ve been updating you on Lady’s health issues, we’ve received some questions about how we monitor her level of pain as her osteomyelitis progresses. It’s a challenge in animal healthcare to determine pain levels in a patient who can’t describe where something hurts and how much it hurts. So…...

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