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  • Wild Things

    De-extinction probably isn’t worth it

    The prospect of resurrecting mammoths is back in the news after Harvard geneticist George Church announced last month that he may be only two years away from creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid fetus. That’s still a long way from a living mammoth — let alone herds of the animals — and scientists are skeptical that Church will be successful with even a hybrid fetus. The scientific hurdles that...

    03/09/2017 - 07:00 Animals, Conservation
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    Most illegal ivory is less than three years old

    Around 90 percent of ivory seized by law enforcement comes from African elephants that died less than three years before seizure, a study of ivory samples finds. The results confirm what many conservationists have suspected: Long-term stockpiles don’t contribute much ivory to illegal trade, and poached ivory quickly ends up in illegal markets.

    Thure Cerling of the University of Utah and...

    11/07/2016 - 17:00 Animals, Conservation
  • News in Brief

    African elephants walk on their tippy-toes

    Elephants don’t wear high heels, but they certainly walk like they do.

    Foot problems plague pachyderms in captivity. But it hasn’t been clear what about captivity drives these problems.

    Olga Panagiotopoulou of the University of Queensland in Australia and colleagues tested walking in nearly wild elephants. The team trained five free-ranging elephants at a park in South Africa to...

    10/10/2016 - 07:00 Animals, Biophysics
  • Wild Things

    As IUCN votes on ivory trade, elephants’ future looks bleak

    The fate of Africa’s elephants may be decided before the weekend is out. Members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress, happening this week in Honolulu, will decide on Motion 7, whichwould call on the IUCN to encourage governments to shut down the ivory trade — and provide help in doing so. The hope is that ending the demand for ivory — and with...

    09/09/2016 - 09:34 Animals, Conservation