Being playful and having a sense of humor may often be considered unique to humans, but new research now finds that elephants have a teasing, lighthearted side too that is important for developing social and physical skills crucial for survival.
Reports have come in that officials from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) have taken several dozen baby elephants away from their parents, in preparation to ship them to unspecified zoos. This has earned a significant amount of public outcry, even as some hard questions are being asked.
The illegal ivory trade continues to devastate wild elephant populations across Africa, and it seems now that people from all walks of life, including Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming, are speaking up.
Despite promises to stamp out the illegal ivory trade in China, officials accompanying President Xi Jinping during a trip to Tanzania went on an ivory buying spree, according to a report released Thursday, perpetuating the ongoing elephant poaching running rampant throughout Africa.
New research has revealed that more than 100,000 elephants were killed in the last three years alone, butchered for their ivory tusks.
A staggering 11,000 elephants have been killed in Gabon's Minkebe National Park rainforest since 2004, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Wednesday.