Elephants

The Elephant's Only Predator

Frontier | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Frontier

Elephants have no natural predators, yet they are now endangered. The closest thing to a predator is lions preying on the youngsters of a herd. So why has the elephant population shrunk so far the species is in danger of being extinct? As so often, the answer is humans.

World Elephant Day - Time to Celebrate?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Killing animals for fun has certainly been on the news a lot these last few weeks, with a not very loved American dentist now in hiding over his killi...

13 Gifs That Prove Elephants Are Better Pets Than Cats

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Comedy

It's World Elephant Day, a time of the year set aside for us to all appreciate how awesome our big grey friends are. Here's 13 reasons they'd make ...

Naughty Elephant Is Caught On Camera Stealing Toilet Water

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK

Wild elephants like toilet water so much they have begun stealing it from a Botswana campsite. One of the animals can be craftily seen with its tru...

Nothing Can Be More Satisfying Than Afford a Wild Animal a Second Chance at Life

Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK
Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE

There is no place in the world like the Masai Mara during the migration season. This wildlife spectacle within such a beautiful setting must surely be unrivaled on earth, and this year the migration is arguably more breathtaking than ever...

Shocking Footage Sees Circus Elephant Destroying Car After Beating From His Keeper

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

A day at the beach took a dark turn in the Danish town of Karrebæksminde for these three elephants. The trio - who are owned by a traveling circu...

You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen An Elephant Happily Swimming Laps

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK

A safari park in Japan has opened up a elephantine swimming pool for its resident pachyderms. The attraction was established to allow visitors to e...

New Chapter in EU's Fight Against Wildlife Crime

Catherine Bearder | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

According to Europol an elephant dies every 15 minutes at the hand of poachers and it's been estimated there are now fewer lions in the whole of Africa than black cabs in London. These facts break my heart - we cannot let our grandchildren grow up in a world where these beguiling creatures no long roam wild by confining them to the history books.

An Ivory Crush Won't Stop the Illegal Trade But They Do Raise Awareness of the Devastation It's Wreaking

Rob Brandford | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Ivory crushes or destruction ceremonies don't put an immediate end to the illegal trade in ivory, but they do bring much needed attention to the deadly issue - where a thirst for ivory kills one elephant every 15 minutes across Africa.

Zimbabwe Must Stop Its Plan to Ship Wild Baby Elephants to China

Rob Brandford | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Selling wild elephants to fund conservation is unethical. The justification to capture elephants from the wild and ship them overseas to generate funds for the protection of other elephants is hugely flawed.

This Footage Of Elephants Happily Swaying To Classical Music Will Make Your Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

Musically-inclined elephants are swinging their trunks to the sound of violins in Belgium. Keepers at Pairi Daiza Zoo are preparing for a series of...

Pets With a Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

There has been so many occasions over the past thirteen years I have sat with my pet moggie and had a one way conversation. Good times, bad times, t...

No One Has Any Sympathy For The Hunter Trampled To Death By An Elephant

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK

Earlier this week we brought you the story of Ian Gibson who was trampled to death by the very elephant he was tracking to shoot and kill. Despite ...

Heave! Helpful Elephants Prevent Stuck Lorry From Overturning

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK

A pair of helpful elephants heroically stepped in to prevent a lorry from overturning. The 18-wheeler had become stuck in a muddy lay-by and was t...

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.

Ringling Elephants and the Ankus - Is It Time to Let Circuses Off the Hook?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

That little is known about circus training is unsurprising - a magician doesn't spoil his illusions with a banal explanation. But the secrecy of the circus community has fuelled suspicion of cruelty. It's human nature to distrust those who live differently from us and to apply sinister connotations to things we don't understand.

US Military Experiments With Bomb-Sniffing Elephants

AP | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK

Humans have looked to a variety of animals to help detect explosives. Research in South Africa showing that elephants can identify explosives by sm...

The Terrifying Moment A Drunk Man Is Savaged By An Angry Elephant

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK

An amateur cameraman has uploaded shocking footage of a seemingly drunk man being attacked by a wild elephant. The man stumbles towards the four to...

Victory For Campaigners As Circus Company Ends Elephant Performances

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, one of America's largest circus companies, will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its perfo...

A Visitor's Perspective on Tourism and Animal Welfare in Myanmar

Georgina Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Often innocently visited by tourists because they love animals, few know the often real brutality that can goes on breaking in and managing elephants (meant for the tourist industry) so that they can be ridden or handled, a concerning issue documented in other S-E Asian countries.

New Life Gives Hope to Africa's Elephants

Rob Brandford | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Elephants have the longest known gestation period of any mammal, up to 680 days, but it's a long pregnancy worth waiting for.

Dazed Elephant Starts Humping Cars In Bizarre Rampage

The Huffington Post UK/ITN | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK

A wild elephant in Thailand has been caught on camera as it rammed a car in Khao Yai National Park near the capital, Bangkok. No injuries were repo...

2015 - Year of the Fox, the Badger and the Elephant?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

What's clear though is that something has to give. I'm not sure if it's just a New Year thing but strangely I think we may have reached a tipping point. Wildlife, this could be your year.

After Ivory Poachers Tore Apart Her Family, We Are Helping Her Build a New One

Rob Brandford | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Every day, ivory poachers tear apart elephant families for their tusks. But for young elephants who are still reliant on their mothers for milk, a mother lost to poaching can mean a death sentence too...

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.