Elephants are intelligent, so they're aware people can be dangerous. And according to a new study, some African elephants may even have a specific "word" to warn each other about nearby humans.
To conduct the study, researchers from Oxford University, Save the Elephants and Disney's Animal Kingdom tested the reactions of wild Kenyan elephants to audio recordings of human voices, specifically the Samburu tribe of North Kenya. When they played these voices to resting elephants, the animals quickly became more vigilant, ran away and emitted a low, distinctive rumble.
Wildlife conservationists and nature lovers have hailed the National Green Tribunal's order directing Numaligarh Refinery Limited to shift the location of its proposed township extension and demolish its boundary wall within a month to give elephants the right of passage.
The refinery today said it was studying the NGT order but would abide by it.
"It is a setback to us," an NRL official said.
Karnataka will soon experiment with the hugely successful South African birth control technique to check the growing elephant population in the state, in the face of increasing human-elephant conflict.