Dame Daphne Sheldrick runs an orphanage in Kenya. For elephants. The orphanage
has been the focus of a report on 60 Minutes
and a special called "The Elephant Diaries
" on BBC1. At the orphanage, elephants are taught skills they will need to know in the wild, including how to play football
Elephants are self aware
(news story, videos). "As a result of this study, the elephant now joins a cognitive elite," said researcher Frans de Waal at Emory University
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Bring Back the Elephants!
This article proposes returning these "super keystone species"
to the Americas, which were inhabited by proboscideans
for so long. The eating habits of free-ranging elephants would help prevent wildfires
, and this extreme exercise in rewilding
would restart the evolution of one of humanity's own "evolutionary nursemaids."
Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:
British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be
extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese
crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of
its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian
elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human
intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold
and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.