We are living through a mass extinction. From climate change to overpopulation to poaching, the world we’ve created is closing in fast on the incredible and still-mysterious animals we share it with.
In an absolutely vital move towards preventing the near-imminent extinction of wild African elephants, a senior U.S. government official has confirmed that China plans to ban the commercial trade of ivory at some point within the next year.
In a clip from an episode of BBC’s This Wild Life, which follows wildlife expert Saba Douglas-Hamilton and her family’s move to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya (sort of an IRL The Wild Thornberrys), Saba and her young kids hang out with Sokotei, a recently orphaned baby elephant, at an orphanage in Nairobi.
The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Feld Entertainment, told the Associated Press that they will be phasing out their elephant acts by 2018 due to "growing public concern about how the animals are treated."
This Thursday, China—the worlds biggest importer of smuggled elephant tusks—imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports. This sounds like good news for Africa's elephant population, right? It's not.
Rescue workers helped free a baby elephant who was trapped in an empty water pit in China and it was all caught on video.
Here you will see a tiny baby elephant struggling mightily to climb a rock outcropping, failing and landing plop on his tiny elephant butt. Three adult elephants then dash to his rescue, and it's so much like watching a human toddler take a spill that you expect to hear him wailing.
Whatever it is that you're doing, you need to put it on hold. Feeding your baby? STOP IT. Filing divorce papers? CUT THAT OUT. Discovering the next big renewable energy resource that could potentially bring our impending climate change-enhanced doom to a screeching halt? SHUT IT DOWN. And watch this elephant…
The city of Los Angeles approved a ban on the use of bullhooks, bats, pitchforks and other physical tools used by trainers to control exotic circus animals such as elephants.
Don't delete your Twitter account in a fit of frustration just yet. Because elephants have arrived!
This is Lily, she is adorable and brilliant and has only been on this earth for a year. Here's to sixty more, you portly, precious pachyderm!
Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed…
Elephant family reunions are the best family reunions — and that's not just because your creepy uncle isn't there. But it's partially why.
NBC Sports announcer and idiotic nutjob (more on that TK) Tony Markis recently shot an elephant in the head for a TV show. Why? Because guns! Because freedom! Because CONSTITUTION FOUNDING FATHERS IN GOD WE TRUST NEVER FORGET! In an interview that questioned his taste Markis compared his critics to Hitler and accused…
Ugh, it's such a tough category to make a call like that in, but come on. Dog diving off elephant's back? WINNER WINNER.
It's a baby elephant lounging in the ocean. Happy Labor Day, world.
Now scream "awwwwwwwww!" as loudly as possible at your computer screen.
Supermodel maniac goddess Naomi Campbell has accepted libel damages from Britain's Daily Telegraph over a story that "falsely claimed she planned to organize an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday." Which, to their credit, how are they supposed to tell a true Naomi Campbell story from a false…
A young Indian girl gives coins to an elephant during a religious procession as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation on the banks of Sangam during the Mahakumbh festival in January 2013, which…