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Watch | Elephant herd splashes in mud to beat heat wave, see video here
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Watch | Elephant herd splashes in mud to beat heat wave, see video here

IFS officer Parveen Kaswan posted a video on his Twitter handle that shows an elephant herd standing in and around a water body filled with muddy waters.

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump
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Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

Change the excerpt to: Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants, after two more were found dead over the weekend

Elephants in Mozambique may never develop tusks due to civil war, constant poaching finds study
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Elephants in Mozambique may never develop tusks due to civil war, constant poaching finds study

Genes are responsible for whether elephants inherit tusks from their parents, once rare occurance, it has become more common — like a rare eye colour becoming widespread.

Into the wild: Rana Daggubati, Shriya Pilgaonkar on new jungle film Haathi Mere Saathi
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Into the wild: Rana Daggubati, Shriya Pilgaonkar on new jungle film Haathi Mere Saathi

"If I want people to watch my movies, I want to offer them an experience, of a kingdom (Baahubali), something underwater (The Ghazi Attack), or a jungle (Haathi Mere Saathi)," says Rana Daggubati.

Oil massages, fruit, jaggery: What Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve's working elephants do on vacation
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Oil massages, fruit, jaggery: What Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve's working elephants do on vacation

A seven-day rejuvenation camp, has been organised to provide respite to the animals from their daily hard work and send out a message that they are equally important in the ecosystem

Watch: Video of baby elephants enjoying mud bath in Kenya goes viral
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Watch: Video of baby elephants enjoying mud bath in Kenya goes viral

Mud baths help form a layer on elephants' skin that protects them from the harsh rays of the sun as well as insect bites

Watch: Video of elephant guiding blind friend towards food goes viral
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Watch: Video of elephant guiding blind friend towards food goes viral

The video which was shared on Instagram by Lek Chailert, the founder of Save Elephant Foundation, showed an elephant guiding a blind elephant towards its meal has pulled on the heartstrings of many netizens

China's wandering elephant herd shines a light on habitat loss and conservation failures
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China's wandering elephant herd shines a light on habitat loss and conservation failures

China's strict anti-poaching laws and conservation efforts has lead to an increase in the population of the endangered Asian elephants.

African elephants make it to the IUCN's red list due to poaching, shrinking populations
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African elephants make it to the IUCN's red list due to poaching, shrinking populations

Half a century ago, around 1.5 million elephants roamed across Africa, but recent assessment in 2016 found that were around 415,000 remaining.

Human lives lost to wildlife-human conflict should be compensated better: Scientists
India

Human lives lost to wildlife-human conflict should be compensated better: Scientists

Higher compensation could improve conservation efforts, and help narrow down species to prioritise in conflict-prone zones, the study said.

Two new books, by Stephen Alter and Hannah Mumby, shed light on humans' relationships with elephants
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Two new books, by Stephen Alter and Hannah Mumby, shed light on humans' relationships with elephants

Are we to believe the sole identity of the elephant as a dangerous, temperamental beast, akin to tigers propounded as ‘maneaters’ by shikaris of yore? Two recently published books delve into these themes, though the approach is vastly different.

Five elephant deaths in 13 days at Odisha's Karlapat Sanctuary, authorities suspect water-borne infection
India

Five elephant deaths in 13 days at Odisha's Karlapat Sanctuary, authorities suspect water-borne infection

The first death was reported on 1 February when carcass of a jumbo was found near Tentulipada village inside the sanctuary.

Satellite images to assist in elephant conservation efforts in Africa
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Satellite images to assist in elephant conservation efforts in Africa

The scientists first developed the techniques at South Africa's Addo Elephant National Park.

Disney+ nature documentaries, narrated by Meghan Markle and Natalie Portman, to release on 3 April
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Disney+ nature documentaries, narrated by Meghan Markle and Natalie Portman, to release on 3 April

Disney will release two documentaries on elephants and dolphins each on 3 April on its streaming platform to commemorate Earth Month.

Woolly mammoths suffered genetic defects because of generations of inbreeding
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Woolly mammoths suffered genetic defects because of generations of inbreeding

Most woolly mammoths went extinct roughly 10,000 years ago amid a warming climate and widespread human hunting.

Can a new elephant reserve address human-elephant interaction in Chhattisgarh?
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Can a new elephant reserve address human-elephant interaction in Chhattisgarh?

Increasing human - elephant interaction has been one of the major concerns for the tribal communities and forest dwellers living in the forest areas of the northern and central Chhattisgarh. On 15 August, 2019, the Chhattisgarh government declared a large area as an elephant reserve.

Three elephants killed after being hit by iron-ore laden truck in Odisha's Keonjhar district
India

Three elephants killed after being hit by iron-ore laden truck in Odisha's Keonjhar district

The truck, which skidded off the road after the accident in which three elephants were killed, has been seized by the police. The driver fled the scene abandoning the vehicle but his helper has been detained.

Elephant Day 2019: A story from conflict to coexistence between humans, elephants in Anamalai
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Elephant Day 2019: A story from conflict to coexistence between humans, elephants in Anamalai

Animal conflict needs to be redressed with a focus on problematic locations, not 'problem animals'

Elephant Day 2019: As engineers of ecosystems, forest elephant numbers affect carbon policy
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Elephant Day 2019: As engineers of ecosystems, forest elephant numbers affect carbon policy

As elephants 'thin' the forest, the number of slow-growing trees increase & forests can store more carbon.

Asian elephants are forming gangs to survive threats from human-occupied areas
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Asian elephants are forming gangs to survive threats from human-occupied areas

Asian elephants normally live in mixed-sex groups till they reach mating age, after which they move out as lone rangers.