There is a need to identify strategic investments in Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) health that will yield maximal benefits for overall elephant health and conservation. As an exploratory first step, a survey was administered to veterinarians from Asian elephant range countries at a workshop and via email to help prioritize health-related concerns that will mostly benefit elephants. Responses were received from 45 veterinarians from eight countries that had a range of experience with captive and wild elephants.
*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of Jumbo's life written by his trainer, P.T. Barnum, and contemporary newspapers *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents “I had often looked wistfully on Jumbo, but with no hope of ever getting possession of him, as I knew him to be a great favorite of Queen Victoria, whose children and grandchildren are among the tens of thousands of British juveniles whom Jumbo had carried on his back. I did not suppose he would ever be sold.” – P.T.
Charles Germonprez is a man in his fifties, married to Simone with a regular job and his only child, Jack, is the apple of his eye. Then one day the police come to their door with terrible news - Jack has killed himself by jumping off the roof.
From the very first page, Willy Linthout draws us into the difficult processes that await Charles as he lurches between loneliness, grief, incomprehension and love, often losing sight of the difference between reality and fiction.
Little attention has been paid to the resting and sleeping behavior of zoo elephants so far. An important concern is when elephants avoid lying down, due to degenerative joint and foot disease, social structure, or stressful environmental changes. Inability or unwillingness to lie down for resting is an important welfare issue, as it may impair sleep.
Preyspecies exhibit antipredator behaviours such as alertness, aggression andflight, among others, in response to predators. The nature of this response isvariable,withanimalsreactingmorestronglyinsituationsofincreasedvulner-ability. Our research described here is the first formal study to investigatenight-time antipredator behaviour in any species of elephants, Asian orAfrican. We examined the provocative effects of elephant-triggered tiger andleopard growls while elephants attempted to crop-raid.