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the elephants must have had a meeting after that whale from last week. they couldn’t let themselves be one-upped.

Elephant Speaks Korean

An Asian elephant male named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that others who know the language can understand.

The elephant’s vocabulary at present consists of five words: annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down), and choah (good).

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annyong reminds me of arrested development.

Discovery Channel Sheds Light on Africa’s Ivory Wars

In 1989, Discovery Channel helped expose a devastating situation in Africa with the world premiere of Ivory Wars. Along with widespread reporting from the international media, this landmark television documentary helped shed light on the severity of the elephant poaching situation in Africa.

The response was powerful and immediate. That same year, the international ivory trade was banned by CITES (the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species). Ivory prices plummeted as demand lessened, and elephant populations were given a chance to recover….

As part of a growing global response to the situation, the Discovery Channel and the BBC have teamed up to investigate the illegal practices of both poaching and selling ivory from African elephants in the one-hour special Ivory Wars, premiering on Discovery Channel on Saturday, June 23, at 8PM e/p.

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Endangered Elephants Poisoned

A recent elephant poisoning wasn’t a case of a poor farmer defending his crops. The dead elephants were found on a state-owned plantation.

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World’s Largest Preserve Forming in Africa

Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by Europeans after carving up Africa into colonial empires. But national boundaries have kept elephants and many other animals cooped up in southern Africa.

The nations of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe agreed to ease some of their own border controls in order to create what will be the world’s largest conservation area, reported PRI’s Living on Earth. A chunk of land the size of California will include a variety of habitats and allow wildlife to migrate to greener pastures in the dry season and keep their feet dry during the wet season.

Africa’s iconic wildlife — elephants, lions, crocodiles, leopards, rhinos, hippos, and buffalo — are expected to bring in tourist dollars. Without the incentive of tourist revenues encouraging conservation, the animals were just a danger and a pest to locals, who had to fear elephants raiding their crops and lions stalking them at night, without the legal right to hunt problem animals.

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Was Trump Sons’ Zimbabwe Hunt Legit?

Photographs showing billionaire Donald Trump’s two sons posing next to wild animals that they killed in Zimbabwe have gone viral, sparking debate over whether or not such trophy hunting should still be allowed.

The images show Eric and Donald Trump proudly showing off their animal victims, which included a leopard, elephant, crocodile, water buffalo, civet, kudu and other species. The photos were snapped two years ago, during a trip organized by Hunting Legends International, but only recently made the Internet rounds.

The killings were perfectly legal, as hunting even leopards is allowed in many African countries, such as Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, in addition to Zimbabwe.

Leopards have vanished from almost 40 percent of their historic range in Africa, and from over 50 percent of their historic range in Asia, according to the organization Panthera.But many people in Africa, particularly farmers, view leopards as a nuisance. Illegal killings of these wild cats are common in certain regions, along with the legal hunting.

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Photo: Donald Trump Jr with the tail of a slain elephant while on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe two years ago. Credit: Hunting Legends

Lions (and Elephants) Captured in the Wild by Beetlecams

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas prefers to take close, wide-angle shots of animals from the ground.

Usually he’d quietly crawl up to them, but that would be too dangerous.

So he started building a prototype for a mobile camera called a “BeetleCam.” It resembles a large beetle as it moves and offers a beetle-like perspective.

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Should We Legalize Ivory to Save the Animals?

On the heels of a massive elephant slaughter in Cameroon, experts ponder how to conquer the poaching issue.

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Photo: A Rhino calf had its horn removed as a preventive measure against poachers at the Lombardini Wildlife Lodge near Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.
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Looking For Elephant Ivory? Try China 

Armed with tips from animal welfare activists, I recently went on an ivory hunt with my Chinese assistant, Yang, in an antiques market in Beijing.

Activists say China’s growing purchasing power is driving global demand for products from vulnerable animals, everything from elephant ivory to rhino horn.

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Nearly 450 Elephants Killed in Cameroon

Elephants have been slaughtered by groups from Chad and the Sudan in recent weeks, taking advantage of the dry season.

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Image Credit: Corbis

7 Million-Year-Old Elephant Herd Revealed in Prints

The most extensive set of fossilized mammal footprints ever found has allowed scientists to recreate how elephants lived 7 million years ago.

The footprints were discovered at a site called Mleisa 1 in the United Arab Emirates. The find was reported in a new study in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters.

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Record Number of Ivory Seizures in 2011

It’s been a bad year for elephants.

The past 12 months have seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, a leading wildlife watchdog said Thursday, saying it had been a “horrible year for elephants.”

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