Tag Archives: Africa

AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS…

October 2007

The smell of a hunter!  New study, to appear in Current Biology, shows that elephants apparently remember the smell and look of clothes worn by Maasai hunters, but are not perturbed by the clothes of Kamba agriculturalists who pose no threat.

BBC summaryCurrent Biology article (open access).

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Filed under Behaviour, Mammals

BUZZ OFF ELEPHANTS!

October 2007

If you live on the edge of or in an African National Park, elephants can be a major garden pest. A group from Oxford has discovered that you can drive them away with the sound of bees… DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Original open access article in Current Biology (includes link to film, at bottom of page); BBC news item;  BBC video.

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Filed under Conservation, Insects, Mammals, Videos

THE COMPLICATED STORY OF CONSERVATION IN AFRICA

September 2007

Excellent magazine article in Nature about the problems facing conservationists in Africa – because there are too many elephants. Depressing BBC summary of African Journal of Ecology article about how Africa’s national parks are failing in their mission. (You or your institution will need a subscription to both these journals to get past the abstracts.) Moving and sometimes depressing blogs by conservation rangers in Africa.

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Filed under Conservation, Ecology (political)