How Medieval Artists Saw Elephants: Claws, Hooves, Trunks Like Trumpets, And Castles On Their Backs

Imagine a four-legged beast with no knee joints that cannot lie down and has to sleep leaning against a tree. An animal with a long, skinny trumpet for a nose. A creature large enough that one can build small castles on its back. It lives for 300 years and is afraid of mice. Its mortal enemy is the dragon. It must “travel to the East, near Paradise, where the mandrake grows” when it comes time to mate. Now draw this thing. Continue reading »

People Are Knitting Giant Sweaters For Rescued Elephants To Protect Them From Cold

Winters get chilly in Northern India, so volunteers at the the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center decided to knit giant sweaters for its rescued elephants. It takes around 4 weeks to make one sweater, and it does not come as a surprise knowing that elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet. Still, the volunteers make sure that the knits are not only warm and cozy, they are also colorful , and even fashionable. Continue reading »

Orphaned Baby Elephants in Nairobi

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A visitor photographs orphaned baby elephants with a cell phone at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage within the Nairobi National Park, near Kenya’s capital Nairobi October 12, 2014. The orphanage under the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is operated by Daphne Sheldrick, wife of late famous naturalist David William Sheldrick. The orphaned elephants raised by the trust will be returned to join the undomesticated elephant population in Tsavo National Park, where David was the founder warden from 1948 to 1976, when they mature, usually between eight to 10 years old. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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Photo of the Day: Lighting Elephants

A decorated elephant, escorted by two others, carries a casket during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of Buddhists throng the hill-capital every year to venerate Buddha’s tooth relic which is taken on a parade on decorated elephants as traditional dancers and drummers perform. The event, which dates back centuries, is considered Sri Lanka’s most prominent religious and cultural ceremony. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Activist Group Performs for the Rights of Elephants in Barcelona

An activist from the animal-rights group AnimaNaturalis takes part in a performance to mark the “International Day for the Rights of the Elephants” in front of Barcelona’s Zoo, on June 20, in Barcelona. (Lluis Genelluis Gene / AFP via Getty Images)

Elephants Play Soccer in Nepal

Elephants, guarded by their mahouts, took part in a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan in Nepal Wednesday. Located about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, the place observed a three-day event featuring various sports and activities of elephants from Chitwan. The animals even participated in an elephant beauty contest.

Mahouts and their elephants vie for a ball during a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) Continue reading »