Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say

Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.

Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.

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Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers
Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 22, 2019
Male Asian elephants are forming long-term, all-male groups to forage in agricultural areas of India.
Image of the Day: The Night Life
Image of the Day: The Night Life
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 9, 2019
Researchers use thermal cameras to count orangutans in Malaysian Borneo.
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018
Animals’ tails swat away insects using both wind and whack.
Image of the Day: Cracked Skin
Image of the Day: Cracked Skin
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2018
Micrometer-scale fractures in elephant skin results from the way the epidermis grows.
Elephants Revived a “Zombie” Gene that May Fend Off Cancer
Elephants Revived a “Zombie” Gene that May Fend Off Cancer
Kerry Grens | Aug 15, 2018
DNA damage kick-starts what was once a defunct duplicated gene, which kills off injured cells.
Image of the Day: Elephant Twins
Image of the Day: Elephant Twins
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 16, 2018
A pair of calves was born about eight months ago in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Jim Daley | Feb 26, 2018
Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.
Image of the Day: Elephants at Sunset
Image of the Day: Elephants at Sunset
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 11, 2018
Conflict threatens already at-risk wildlife populations and conservation efforts in war-torn areas.
China Vows to End Commercial Ivory Trade
China Vows to End Commercial Ivory Trade
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 3, 2017
Conservationists declare victory as the country agrees to crack down on domestic ivory sales, which have contributed to the near-extinction of elephant species.
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers discover diverse communities of invertebrates inhabiting the water-filled tracks of elephants in Uganda.
A Plague on Pachyderms
A Plague on Pachyderms
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2015
At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.
TS Live: Elephant Herpes
TS Live: Elephant Herpes
Jef Akst | May 31, 2015
Researchers at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., are studying a viral infection that can be lethal to elephant calves.
Discerning Elephants
Discerning Elephants
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 12, 2014
Elephants are able to tell human voices apart based on cues for age, sex, and ethnic group.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Feb 27, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
On Point
On Point
Abby Olena | Oct 11, 2013
Researchers demonstrate that elephants can use human pointing cues to find hidden food.
Good Vibrations
Cristina Luiggi | Sep 1, 2012
Researchers are learning how species from across the animal kingdom use seismic signals to mate, hunt, solve territorial disputes, and much more.
Behavior Brief
Megan Scudellari | Jul 24, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
When I See an Elephant...Paint?
When I See an Elephant...Paint?
Graciela Flores | May 31, 2007
Think you've seen about everything? Try paintings by elephants that sell for thousands of dollars