The terrible news about poachers slaughtering Satao, a wild bull elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park whose tusks nearly touched the ground, got a lot of people asking: isn’t there anyone helping these animals? There is.
A Dwarf Elephant With Outsized Attitude
12/22/2014 First seen in 2013, a wild dwarf elephant in Sri Lanka, who is only five feet tall at the shoulder, has been sighted again—as pugnacious as ever. By Vicki Croke The world’s first documented wild dwarf elephant, who was seen briefly in 2013 before vanishing again, is alive and well, according to Pruthu Fernando, … Continue reading A Dwarf Elephant With Outsized Attitude
The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival
11/12/14 Have Myanmar's highly endangered Asian elephants been saved in a counter-intuitive way —in part, by keeping them employed in logging camps? By Vicki Croke As President Obama touches down in Myanmar today and many people talk of human rights and democratic reform, conservationists also see an urgent agenda: the future of elephants. Here is … Continue reading The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival
MassArt students create toys big enough for elephants
8/24/2013 Listen to the story here: By Vicki Croke and Christen Goguen NEW BEDFORD, MA — Considering that there is no store called “Elephants-R-Us,” where can a zoo find toys for the biggest, smartest and most playful animals in their care? For the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, the answer has come from an … Continue reading MassArt students create toys big enough for elephants
Missing For 9 Years, Ahmed The Elephant Returns
4/6/2016 Long considered dead, a great mellow bull reappears at Andrea Turkalo’s study site in the Dzanga Bai. By Vicki Croke Andrea Turkalo, who’s gotten to know some 4,000 forest elephants over the past 20 years, has recently spent months focused on a bit of sad detective work: Through careful observation, she’s been slowly piecing … Continue reading Missing For 9 Years, Ahmed The Elephant Returns
Big, Beautiful, And Rare: Twin Elephants In Tanzania
4/17/2018 At 57, their mother, Eloise, is the oldest known elephant to give birth to twins. By Vicki Croke The wise mother: Eloise, the 57-year-old matriarch, gave birth in August 2017 to twins who are thriving. Conservationists who monitor the group have named them "Elon Tusk" and "Emma" (after the actress Emma Watson). Though it’s … Continue reading Big, Beautiful, And Rare: Twin Elephants In Tanzania
Book review — Three-Ring Circuses
A book review of 'Topsy' by Michael Daly and 'Behemoth' by Ronald B. Tobias.
The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.