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Elephants in Geneva

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Swiss couple on safari has close encounters of the elephant kind

Swiss couple on safari has close encounters of the elephant kind A Swiss couple came a little too close to the exotic wildlife on their African safari when a giant elephant decided to test its strength on their hired car. … Continue reading

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Name That Elephant: How to Identify Elephants in the Wild

  Veins, a Unique Elephant Fingerprint Photograph Courtesy of ElephantVoices   Sharp photographs in good light reveal the pattern of veins on an elephant’s ears, which are as unique as our human fingerprints. “With a bit of sleuthing,” Poole said, … Continue reading

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How to identify elephants in the wild

 Ears Matter Photographer Courtesy of ElephantVoices Elephant ears can come in all shapes and sizes. Ears may be pointed, round, or bulging, and the lower lobes may curl in or out.  Some are completely smooth at the edge. Others may … Continue reading

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A Powerful Weapon Against Ivory Smugglers: DNA Testing

Hong Kong Customs seized 113 ivory tusks in a cargo shipment at Hong Kong International Airport on April 30 this year. Officers detected the ivory when they X-rayed a consignment labeled “spare parts” being shipped from Burundi, Africa to Singapore … Continue reading

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1 of 3: Battle for the Elephants

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The War on Tusks

B y Tara D. Sonenshine Tusks up–in some parts of the world that means good luck; a saying full of irony considering the unfortunate plight of elephants today. Depending on your culture, elephants also convey strength, power, wisdom and patience. … Continue reading

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