By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:32
Elephants and their reproductive cycles are complex.  They have large reproductive tracts, long pregnancies, produce large calves that require a long developmental period and reproduce infrequently with the inter-calf interval as long as 5 years. 
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By Naturenomics Team
Mon, 07/08/2019 - 08:16

The discovery could have implications for trophy hunters, who target the biggest and oldest bulls.

Measuring 10 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing over 6 tons, Matt the African savanna elephant is one of the largest land animals on Earth. And though the pachyderm is as old as 52, he still puts an incredible amount of energy into mating.

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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:46
Elephant tusks are enlarged incisor teeth made of ivory. In the African elephant both the male and the female possess tusks, whereas in the Asian elephant it is mainly the male that has tusks. When present in the female, tusks are small, thin, and often of a uniform thickness. Some male Asian elephants are tuskless and are known as muknas. Tusk size and shape are inherited.
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By Naturenomics Team
Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:15

Elephant extinction in the Congo basin could accelerate climate change by allowing 7% more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience.

This would mean an extra 3 billion tons of harmful carbon entering the atmosphere, lead researcher Fabio Berzaghi told The Independent.

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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:49
Elephant anatomy is very much comparable to the horse and rabbit. Microbes are present in the hindgut that produce Volatile Fatty Acids (VFAs). VFAs make a substantial contribution to the elephant's total energy requirements.
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