Suda the Elephant Painting
Science Daily: Asian elephants could be the math kings of the jungle Experimental evidence shows that Asian elephants possess numerical skills similar to those in humans
Why elephants never forget - Alex Gendler (a summary)
Mirror Self-Recognition in Asian Elephants!
Science Daily: Asian elephants have different personality traits just like humans
Science Daily: Mystery of elephant infrasounds revealed
Science Daily: Desert elephants pass on knowledge -- not mutations -- to survive
"The ability of species such as elephants to learn and change their behavior means that genetic changes are not critical for them to adapt to a new environment," said lead author Alfred Roca, a professor of animal sciences and member of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. "The behavioral changes can allow species to expand their range to novel marginal habitats that differ sharply from the core habitat.
Science Daily: First Evidence To Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves In Mirror Elephants have joined a small, elite group of species -- including humans, great apes and dolphins -- that have the ability to recognize themselves in the mirror, according to a new research finding. Mirror self-recognition in elephants, previously predicted due to their well-known social complexity, is thought to relate to empathetic tendencies and the ability to distinguish oneself from others, a characteristic that evolved independently in several branches of animals, including primates such as humans.
Science Daily: Elephants' 'body awareness' adds to increasing evidence of their intelligence
Asian elephants are able to recognize their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of their intelligence and self-awareness, according to a new study.
Science Daily: Elephants Tell Human Friends From Foes By Scent And Clothing Color
Elephants are remarkably perceptive when it comes to recognizing specific ethnic groups of people that vary in the degree of danger they are likely to pose. Elephants in Kenya reacted with greater fear when they detected the scent of garments previously worn by Maasai warriors than by Kamba men, the researchers reported.
Science Daily: Do elephants call 'human!'? Low rumble alarm call in response to the sound of human voices African elephants make a specific alarm call in response to the danger of humans, according to a new study of wild elephants in Kenya. Researchers carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble.
Science Daily: Elephants know what it means to point to something, no training required
When people want to direct the attention of others, they naturally do so by pointing, starting from a very young age. Now, researchers have shown that elephants spontaneously get the gist of human pointing and can use it as a cue for finding food. That's all the more impressive given that many great apes fail to understand pointing when it's done for them by human caretakers, the researchers say.
Science Daily: Asian elephants reassure others in distress: First empirical evidence of consolation in elephants Asian elephants console others who are in distress, using physical touches and vocalizations, new research shows. The findings are the first empirical evidence of consolation in elephants. Consolation behavior is rare in the animal kingdom, with empirical evidence previously provided only for the great apes, canines and certain corvids.
Science Daily: Do elephants call 'human!'? Low rumble alarm call in response to the sound of human voices 'Elephants appear to be able to manipulate their vocal tract (mouth, tongue, trunk and so on) to shape the sounds of their rumbles to make different alarm calls,' said Dr Lucy King of Save the Elephants and Oxford University who led the study with Dr Joseph Soltis, a bioacoustics expert from Disney's Animal Kingdom, and colleagues.
Through natural selection elephant populations are becoming tusk-less, i.e. through poaching elephants without the gene for large tusks are becoming less common and the elephants without tusks are spreading their genes;.
National Geographic: Under poaching pressure, elephants are evolving to lose their tusks In Mozambique, researchers are racing to understand the genetics of elephants born without tusks—and the consequences of the trait.
The softer side of elephants;
Watch a whole herd run to greet a new rescued baby elephant, "Dok Geaw", at Elephant Nature Park. Dok Geaw is one year and nine months old. He is an orphaned child...but it looks like he will not have too much trouble finding a new family.
When he plays his Native flute, this elephant starts dancing!
It is a fact that animals react to certain sounds, but showing emotions like human beings is rare. Watch how the elephants react when Michael Telapary plays his Native Flute. Incredible!
Wild Elephants salutes the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch - Wildlife Officials rescue baby elephant from a ditch. Elephant herd salutes the men before leaving
Bach on Piano for Blind Elephant
Lam Duan is the name of an old blind elephant, her name means “Tree with Yellow Flowers”. Lam Duan has been blind most of her life. Lamduan lives at Elephants World, Thailand. http://www.elephantsworld.org
Elephants Mourning - Just how aware are these elephants? Some scientists think they may cry when sad, just like humans.
Animal Planet- While drinking at a watering hole, this baby elephants becomes trapped in the water. A nearby pride of lions stands by, ready to take advantage of an easy meal, but another herd of elephants comes along just in time to save the day.
Elephants are the world's largest living animals and one of the most recognizable animals in the world! Big and gray, with big ears and long trunks, elephants are distinctive-looking creatures. Unfortunately, hunting and conflict with humans has endangered these intelligent mammals. Come learn more about elephants in this fun and kid-friendly video!