Translating Human Languages into Elephant Gestures

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Thanks to the “Hello in Elephant” website, launched back in August, it’s very easy to translate human words—and emotions—to elephant gestures. A project developed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and ElephantVoices, the site also contains a service that allows visitors to send these gesture videos to loved ones. It’s altogether remarkable, educational and beautiful. The real goal, however, is to raise awareness of elephant …

If We Were All Elephants

In describing elephants by their almost mystical elements (like sensing the weather both near and far, using their femurs to listen) “Being a Beast” author Charles Foster builds a profile of profound beauty. Placing this profile in conjunction with one of contemporary urban living, Foster illuminates all that makes the animals gentle, loving and unique. From reciprocal altruism to the depths of consciousness, the giant …

Elephant Hills, Thailand

Prioritizing humane treatment of the majestic animals while camping in their natural habitat at Khao Sok National Park

by Jennifer Miller Every year, tourists flock to Thailand in search of beautiful beaches, delicious food and the chance to ride an elephant. The Asian elephant is the country’s national symbol, an animal much idealized and, for many years, greatly mistreated. In the early 20th century, there were as many as 300,000 wild elephants and 100,000 domesticated elephants in the country. Today there are fewer …