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Aug 18, 2014 — Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.
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Jun 14, 2014 — The elephant Satao was known as a tusker, because his tusks were so large they almost touched the ground. A conservation group identified Satao despite his mutilated carcass.
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Oct 18, 2013 — Pointing, when you think about it, is a remarkable communicative act and understanding pointing is no mean feat. So it's somewhat remarkable, says commentator Alva NoŽ, that elephants seem to be able to understand humans when we make meaningful gestures.
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Apr 11, 2013 — When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
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Apr 17, 2012 — The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants — but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. "What we're looking for... I think the word 'snacks' came up," says zoo curator Jim Schnormeier.
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Mar 8, 2012 — Discovery of fossilized footprints in the Arabian desert tells us that elephants have lived in complex families for 7 million years. Elephants have adapted to changing conditions for millenia, but can they withstand the stresses we humans inflict today?
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Jun 1, 2011 — The new book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song, explores many questions including: Do other species enjoy music? The Thai Elephant Orchestra and Snowball the Cockatoo offer proof that they can.
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Jan 28, 2011 — Two distinct elephant populations near Mount Kenya have been united with the opening of Africa's first dedicated elephant underpass.The elephants can now safely cross under a major regional highway.
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