Song of the Lost Clan Information and Resources on the Young Adult Novel

How Do Animals Know When an Earthquake is Coming?

August 25, 2011 · By Angela Render

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 […]

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Dzanga Forest Elephant Update from the Elephant Listening Project

January 13, 2011 · By Angela Render

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 […]

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How Male Elephants Bond

October 22, 2010 · By Angela Render

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

The Secret Language of Elephants

July 9, 2010 · By Angela Render

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 […]

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Song of the Lost Clan at the Columbia Festival of the Arts Literary Weekend

June 15, 2010 · By Angela Render

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, […]

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Mounting Elephant-Human Tension in Kenya

May 18, 2010 · By Angela Render

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 […]

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Homecoming – From Song of the Lost Clan

April 26, 2010 · By Angela Render

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 […]

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