The Science of Elephants

“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” -Albert Einstein

An Elephant’s Fantastic Sense of Smell

Ele SmellElephants have a fantastic sense of smell. They have more than 2000 genes dedicated to scent alone. Compare that with a human’s measly 400 or a dog which has about 1000. Elephants have one of the most complex olfactory systems in the entire animal kingdom…Read more

Elephant Communication

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We know that elephants are able to communicate over very long distances but just how far is still a mystery. In 1984 Dr. Katy Payne was studying elephant’s at the Oregon Zoo when she stumbled onto something incredible. For many years Dr. Payne and her ex-husband Roger had studied infrasonic communication between whales. These low frequency sound waves are what allowed the whales to communicate with one another, even if they were several miles apart…Read more

For the Love of Ivory

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Ivory is one of the most valuable resources on the planet. For the past few years on the black market one pound of ivory is worth approximately $1500 and a single tusk can weigh more than 250 pounds. Ivory is made up on dentine and enamel and is found only in the teeth and tusks of animals such as the Walrus, the Narwhal Whale and the Elephant. Because the value of ivory is soaring the populations of these animals are declining at alarming rates. None moreso than elephants…Read more

The Age of Elephants

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What many people may not realize is that an elephant matures at nearly the same rate as a human. Our life spans mimic one another. A human’s life has been increased only due to better nutrition and more access to medication. What is even more fascinating is that an elephant’s ability to comprehend information is also quite similar to that of a human….Read more

A Sight to Behold – Elephant Vision

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The colors that an elephant can see are similar to what a color-blind human can see. What is particularly fascinating about elephants is that they are part diurnal (day) and part nocturnal (night) which means that they live about half of their lives in each…Read more