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June 29, 2021
New study finds elephants show risk-avoidance behaviour in response to human-generated seismic cues Nairobi, Kenya: Elephants’ heavy footsteps and their rumbling low-frequency calls are so powerful that they can create seismic waves—vibrations that travel through the ground and along its surface. As a result, elephants have evolved sensitivity to these ground-traversing sound waves, in part because it because it helps them communicate with one ...

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April 1, 2021
Elephants have plenty of habitat if spared from the ivory trade, new research shows April 1st 2021: Many wildlife species are threatened by shrinking habitat. But according to new research published today, the potential range of African elephants could be more than five times larger than its current extent. Because of human pressure over the last two millenia,...

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March 25, 2021
Save the Elephants welcomes the official recognition that elephants in Africa are of two distinct species: the forest elephant, and the savannah elephant. The decision by the African Elephant Specialist Group is based on the genetic differences between the two groups, and comes after decades of debate. The smaller forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) range across central Africa and parts of west Africa, and feature smaller ears and straighter, more downward-pointing tusks. ...

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October 1, 2020
Nairobi, Kenya: African elephants, Loxodonta Africana, play a cat-and-mouse game with farmers, often raiding their crops. The raids are risky—farmers are known to retaliate against the elephants—and according to a study by researchers working with Save the Elephants (STE), the elephants try to avoid getting caught by approaching farms swiftly and foraging intensively. The research, published recently in Animal Behaviour, could help biologists better ...

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August 11, 2020
Image: Ivory stockpile in Kenya © Kristian Schmidt Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya-based research and conservation organisation, Save the Elephants (STE), has today, August 11, 2020, added its voice to a worldwide campaign urging the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to ban ivory sales in the city. STE joins international and Japanese environmental and conservation organisations in renewing their ...

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July 11, 2020
There has been a recent round of large-scale mortalities in Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle, with at least 281 elephants dying from unexplained causes. The first carcasses were found in May and the mysteriousness of this tragedy, combined with complicated sampling procedures, the carcasses being located in a remote area, and delays due to the coronavirus, has hindered the ability of authorities to yet find answers about the cause of death amid global outcry. ...

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February 6, 2020
CONTACT:    San Diego Zoo Global Public Relations 619-685-3291 WEBSITE:      SanDiegoZooGlobal.org     NEWS RELEASE Researchers Study Elephants’ Unique Interactions with Their Dead Findings Reveal Broad Interest in Deceased, Even in Unrelated Elephants Stories of unique and sentient interactions between elephants and their dead are a familiar part of the species’ ...

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February 5, 2020
"In both life and death, big bulls like Tim and Matt not only fire our imaginations, but they are also stark reminders that the last giants on Earth are quickly disappearing and we must do all we can to protect their future generations.” - Founder of Save the Elephants, Iain Douglas-Hamilton  Wednesday, February 5, 2020: Save the Elephants is saddened to hear of the loss of Tim the iconic great tusker who died, apparently of...

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October 24, 2019
October 24 2019. One of North Kenya’s largest tuskers - a celebrated African savanna elephant called Matt, has sadly died. Matt, aged 52, and one of Kenya’s well known elephant elders, died apparently from natural causes. During his lifetime he roamed further than any other Kenya elephant tracked by Save the Elephants, nearly circumventing Mount Kenya from Meru all the way to Laikipa, a continuous east to west loop of approximately 245km. His travels also took him...

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June 25, 2019
FINAL Tuesday, June 25:   Males of many species slow down in their pursuit of females as they age. Not so with elephants. A new study published today reveals that bull elephants increase the energy they put into reproduction as they get older. The new research conducted by the University of Oxford, Save the Elephants and Colorado State University, compared the movements of male African savannah elephants while they were in musth, a periodic...

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June 12, 2019
JUNE 12 2019. Elephants move faster and straighter when moving through risky areas, researchers have discovered, meandering more when safer. The study by Save the Elephants, the University of Twente and the University of Oxford, further builds our understanding of how elephants adapt to the threat of poaching and other hostile contact with ...

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May 23, 2019
  Botswana - whose progressive policy on protecting elephants has led to their elephant population becoming the largest in Africa - has now announced that...

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February 20, 2019
“The sentencing of one of Africa’s most notorious ivory smugglers, Yang Feng Glan, in Tanzania today  (February 19, 2019) shows that the Tanzanian government is serious about stamping out wildlife crime in the country.  Yang Feng Glan was arrested by the National and Trans-national Serious Crime Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) (now known as the NTAP) on 28 September 2015 and charged with smuggling ivory worth $2.51million. ...

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October 16, 2018
Statement about Paul Allen
Save The Elephants


Save The Elephants is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic news that Paul Allen has died. Paul had a heartfelt passion for elephants. To him they symbolised Nature, and he had dedicated a significant part of his enormous intellectual and financial power to aid the beings that he knew to be wide-ranging, sentient and vulnerable. Over our long relationship with Paul and Vulcan we had the excitement of developing new ideas with the ability to implement them in the field, often with hugely ...

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October 10, 2018
The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) is an important landmark in the fight against wildlife crime and the destruction that it causes, particularly to elephants. Since the initial London Conference in 2014 the situation has changed dramatically, with widespread recognition that IWT is a form of serious organised crime, intimately linked with other crimes such as corruption, drug trafficking and terrorism, causing significant damage to fragile...

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