The Elephant After Death
February 18, 2011 6:18 AM Subscribe
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Ever wondered what happens to an elephant's body after it dies in the wild? Now you know
The British TV station Channel Four teamed up with researchers
in Tsavo National Park, Kenya to film exactly what happens to the 6 million calories contained in an elephant's body after it dies. The documentary is available online
for the next 28 days, though not to users in the US (I'm not sure what countries it is available in - presumably around the UK).
The male elephant used in the project was injured by poachers and euthanized by veterinarians. The Kenya Wildlife Services report an increase in the elephant population
in several national parks, though there have been recent increases in poaching and a rising demand for ivory
. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, maintains several special programs
to monitor elephants and the ivory trade across African range states.