Tuskless Elephants Are Evolving to Evade Poachers

Tuskless Elephants Are Evolving to Evade Poachers

By Mona Delgado, age 10 and IndyKids staff By Mona Delgado, age 10 and IndyKids staff Researchers at Princeton University have discovered that many African elephants are evolving to not have their signature look: tusks. During the Mozambique Civil War, from 1977 to...

African Elephants Get the Point

By KATIE SCHLECHTER, IndyKids Staff PHOTO: Aussie Active Researchers working in southern Africa have proven that African elephants can understand basic human gestures like pointing. While this skill is common among many domesticated animals like dogs, cats, goats and...

Elephant Poaching on the Rise in Africa

By TANYA PORCARI, age 10 An elephant calf and its mother. PHOTO: Sabi Sabi The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that poachers killed 89 elephants in one night near the town of Ganba, Chad. It is not the first time it has happened and it is likely to happen again...

No Blood for Ivory

By ELIYA AHMAD, age 11 In September, in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 22 elephants were slaughtered for their tusks, worth millions of dollars in ivory, The New York Times reports. Both old and young elephants were left dead on the savannah...

Elephant Trial

By INDYKIDS STAFF Photo: Flickr/Shygantic Animal rights groups and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus went to court in February to decide if the circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by mistreating elephants. Circus employees handle elephants with...