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Data-Collecting Planes Are Counting Africa's Elephants to Curb Poaching

Animals like tigers, lions, and elephants are majestic creatures we learn about when we’re kids. But unfortunately, many of those species share another trait—they live on the edge of extinction. One hundred African elephants are killed per day for ivory, but one mapping project is tracking these creatures in hopes of… » 7/06/15 9:45am 7/06/15 9:45am

Moving a two-ton elephant looks absolutely crazy

A small group of elephants who had been displaced have been butting heads with local villagers in a village in Daloa in the Ivorty Coast. The elephants have damaged crops, ruined homes, injured people and so forth. The villagers wanted to kill the elephants. Luckily for everyone though, the International Fund for… » 4/27/15 9:38am 4/27/15 9:38am

Watching the world's last ocean swimming elephant is a real delight

This video features the remarkable 65-year old Rajan, the world's last ocean swimming elephant who lives on a beautiful archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

Rajan, who weighs around four tons, once worked hard carrying lumber between islands but is now retired—although he still takes the occasional swim for fun. » 6/10/14 10:47pm 6/10/14 10:47pm

Did This Elephant Actually Eat This Poor Tourist's iPhone?

Imagine you're out sight-seeing in Thailand. Whoa! Elephants! Better catch some video with your iPhone. Really hold it out there for a good shot when, haha, he's touching it with his trunk! Aaaand it's gone. Sure, it'd be equal parts hilarious and a bummer if it actually happened, and while that's what this video… » 12/30/12 7:00pm 12/30/12 7:00pm

Pachyderm-Inspired Fan Lets You Direct the Breeze Through Its Adorable…

Summer is right around the corner, and if air conditioning is a luxury you can't afford, it's time to start amassing your collection of fans to stay cool. We particularly like Yuen'to Design's humorously-named Elefan which features an articulating trunk-like tube for directing its blast. » 4/30/12 5:40pm 4/30/12 5:40pm

Text Messaging Is Saving Kenyan Elephants From Themselves

Elephants are text messaging themselves out of trouble, thanks to an SMS system implemented in a Kenyan nature reserve. The gentle-ish giants are outfitted with SIM cards in their collars, which automatically alert wildlife rangers if they get too close to nearby farms. Rangers can then shoo them away before they do… » 10/14/08 10:05pm 10/14/08 10:05pm