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Is China Moving Fast Enough to Save the African Elephant?

Business & Finance : The New Yorker: Business

In June, conservationists and others concerned about the poaching of African elephants were shocked by the release of a survey showing that the number of elephants in Tanzania had fallen from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014—a drop...

China’s ivory trade may soon make African elephants extinct

Lifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat

China's demand for ivory is growing and so are the number of elephants being poached to meet that demand. According to Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, 100,000 elephants have been slain to meet Chinese ivory dem...

African elephant genome suggests they are superior smellers

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Sense of smell is critical for survival in many mammals. In a new study, researchers examined the olfactory receptor repertoire encoded in 13 mammalian species and found that African elephants have the largest number of OR genes eve...

African elephants have the most genes related to smell

Beauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

Compared with 13 other mammal species studied, African elephants have the most genes related to smell: 2,000. That’s the most ever discovered in an animal—more than twice the number of olfactory genes in domestic dogs and five times...

Forensic Science Hunts Down Elephant Poachers

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Blue Marble

Ivory poachers may have finally met their match: forensic science. A study just published by PNAS describes a carbon-dating technique making it possible to determine the age of elephant tusks—and thus whether a particular piece of i...


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