MANY ELEPHANTS are being hunted for their skin across Asia and the problem is reaching a crisis point, said a report released yesterday by an international NGO that is dedicated to protecting the animals from extinction. The report exposes the rise in poaching to supply a new kind of transnational wildlife crime, and those who are trading, promoting and profiting from elephant skin products, Belinda Stewart-Cox, the director of conservation for Elephant Family, said. Chinese online platforms such as Baidu and WeChat have been used to trade elephant skin products, the report revealed. “We are now seeing an increase in the illicit online advertising for sale of powdered elephant skin. The main source, at present, is Myanmar where officials have identified a poaching crisis that has intensified rapidly since 2010. “Our research shows that urgent action is required to address this rising trend before it develops into yet another wildlife crisis,” … [Read more...] about Elephants driven to extinction by illegal skin trade, says report
Even though many animal activists are struggling to protect several endangered species, new research by French National Research Institute shows that the most popular and charismatic animals on the earth are facing life and death issue ahead of fast-paced extinction as a species. The research was published on Thursday, April 13, in PLOS Biology. It stated that tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, pandas, polar bears, wolves, cheetahs and gorillas are considered the most charismatic or the "charismatic megafauna", which means the animals which people notice much and care about more than they do for other animals. The researchers of this study have collected 5,422 survey responses from participants in France, Spain and England about what they spot as the most favourite animals among others. The lead author of the study and an ecologist at the French National Research Institute, Franck Courchamp told Newsweek that as per his observation people like large animals such as bear and … [Read more...] about What’s behind fast paced extinction of many animal species? Researchers find it out
JAKARTA - The plight of Erin the baby elephant, who was found in a poacher's trap with a severed trunk, has received national attention this week after her story was told online. The Sumatran elephant was discovered in July 2016 when she was two years old near a housing settlement in Lampung province's Susukan Baru area, within the 1,300 sqkm Way Kambas National Park. She was weak, thin and had pinworm in her intestine. Her trunk was severed about 10cm from the distal edge, an injury likely sustained when she fell into the trap, Kompas.com reported on Wednesday (March 21). Erin was taken to the nearby Rubini Atmawidjaja Elephant Hospital. Actress Wulan Guritno expressed her grievance on Instagram account and appealed to her 2.4 million followers to save Sumatran elephants, and donate for Erin. "So sad seeing this young elephant. Erin needs assistance when she feeds herself," Wulan said in her post. The Way Kambas national park housed 248 wild elephants, as per the last census in 2010. … [Read more...] about Erin the elephant’s plight casts spotlight on conservation in Indonesia
A new study conducted by an International team of researchers has successfully sequenced genomes of extinct and living elephant species. The team which included researchers from McMaster University, Harvard Medical School, Uppsala University, and the University of Potsdam sequenced fourteen genomes of several ancient elephant species including mammoth and mastodons which lived millions of years ago. During the study, researchers found that ancient elephants had a very complicated history, characterized by widespread interbreeding. However, the researchers made it clear that interbreeding is not happening among elephants which roam the modern world, adding to the growing fears of the future of a few species which remains on earth. Interbreeding often helps to survive The researchers said that it was the interbreeding behaviour prevalent among mammoths which helped them to become so successful over such long periods of adverse and diverse conditions. While interbreeding may help … [Read more...] about Interbreeding not happening among modern-day elephants, are they on verge of extinction?
MIAMI: Ancient species of elephants and mammoths interbred, swapping genes that helped them adapt to new habitats and climates, a practice that is lost among modern-day elephants, researchers said Monday. Today, the two kinds of living elephants in Africa -- savanna and forest elephants -- are indeed different species but researchers found no recent evidence that they mate with each other Today, the two kinds of living elephants in Africa -- savanna and forest elephants -- are indeed different species but researchers found no recent evidence that they mate with each other. The study offers the first comprehensive look at the genome of mammoths and mastodons and their cousins the elephants, once plentiful on Earth but now dwindling fast due to poaching, which kills 50,000 each year. "Interbreeding may help explain why mammoths were so successful over such diverse environments and for such a long time," said senior author Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster … [Read more...] about Study: Ancient elephants interbred, today’s do not