Yet more evidence that elephants, among other animals, sense sound better than we humans do. Just seconds before the magnitude 5.9 quake that shook the East Coast of the United States on August 23, 2011, numerous animals at the National Zoo, including orangutans, gorillas, birds, and elephants made sudden calls and then attempted to move […]
Andrea Turkalo happily reports in her latest blog post that there has been no evidence of poaching in or near the clearing they observe. Even more exciting is the confirmed sighting of a pair of twin elephant calvesn. Twin births are very rare among elephants in general, but these two, a boy and a girl […]
Did you know that male elephants create and maintain best-friendships? Did you know that they seek out older males for guidance? Explore this and other fascinating facts about male elephant society in this Smithsonian Magazine article, “How Male Elephants Bond” by Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell (November 2010). Video: Elephant Fight Club
This BBC clip shows elephant behavior. It’s another visit with Andrea Turkalo in Dzanga Baï, Central Africa. Watch adolescent male elephants learn how to be adults when the big bulls show up.
Two very touching videos. From National Geographic From Nature
60 Minutes Presents: Into The Wild The second segment is on the study of elephant language. Andrea Turkalo has been studying central African forest elephants in the Dzanga Baï clearing for 19 years. She’s identified a link between their complex vocalizations and their actions, working with scientists at Cornell University, they’re trying o compile an […]
I had a great time reading Chapter 1 from Song of the Lost Clan at the Columbia Festival of the Arts, June 12, 2010. I was the first to read at the HoCoPoLitSo tent, which they graciously shared with the Maryland Writer’s Association. I caught a lot of people returning from the kinetic sculpture parade, […]
This report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, “Driving Elephants Back into Tsavo National Park – Reducing Human-Elephant Conflicts in Taita” illustrates the mounting tension between humans and elephants. As elephant populations recover, bands of stray elephants are ranging outside Kenya’s Tsavo National Park and the neighboring community wildlife conservancies, destroying human settlements. Elephant […]
Another “song” from my elephant YA novel. Again, any comments on these songs are greatly appreciated. This one’s meant sung to an original tune by the elephants in my novel. I hear this one with the word “home” chanted in triplets through the chorus and then sung on the beat behind the verse. Homecoming Home […]
In a publicity stunt gone terribly wrong, the elephants rampaged through Arlington, Virginia.