Feelings, emotions, and intelligence of elephants In the wild, most elephants live in herds or clans that can only be separated by capture or death. Separation from one another, including transfer between different zoos, is a traumatizing event for them. During such trying moments, just like humans, elephants have proven…

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Elephants recognize old friends and humans The extraordinary recalling power of elephants in the wild and captivity has been fodder for many fascinating stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Ancient legend and tale have it that elephants never forget a face that they have seen even just once. That may be…

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Memory serves better for matriarch elephants The multi-generational families of elephants in the wild can typically contain up to 10 members that move together as one unit searching for food, defending each other and caring for their offspring. This extended family structure is called herd with the oldest female elephant…

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Elephant’s sharp memory and human-like behavior An elephant is an incredible creature. It is the smartest mammal on earth. Studies have proven that elephants are as smart as chimpanzees and dolphins and perhaps even among the most intelligent in the animal kingdom. For generations, people have loved it’s the enormous…

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The elephant’s beautiful and ugly side Elephants are the largest and the heaviest land animals in the world. The biggest elephant can be 3.3m tall at the shoulder, 7.5m long, and can weigh up to 7 tons. There are two subspecies of elephants in Africa. They are the larger savannah…

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Kenyan elephants poached for ivory trade Once upon a time elephants roamed across most of Africa from the Mediterranean coast to the south. But they now occur in a much smaller range. The forest elephant occurs only in the dense forest of the equatorial rainforest of the Western and Central…

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David Sheldrick and the elephants in Tsavo East Major David Sheldrick was the late founder of Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya. Before he founded the orphanage, he was the Senior Warden and one of the pioneers of Tsavo East National Park during the sixties. His passion for the wilderness led…

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A game drive through Tsavo East National Park When Major David Sheldrick established East Tsavo’s first Headquarters at Ndololo by the Voi River, he had just some tents, laborers and a vehicle. During that time, he and his Assistant Bill Woodley explored their domain on foot from their base camp…

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History of Tsavo National Park in Kenya Long before the creation of Tsavo Park, a few explorers had hazarded to get to the locality. Two German missionaries, Rebmann and Krapf, were the earliest Europeans to see Mts. Kenya and Kilimanjaro in the 1880s. Some years after Lord Lugard discovered the…

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A game drive through Tsavo National Park The colonial government of Kenya gazetted Tsavo’s boundaries as a wildlife refuge in the year 1949. Park gazettement took a long time because the authorities had to take into account the claims from all the tribes. These were the Maasai, the Orma, the Wakamba,…

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