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Elephants and Water

That elephants need water not only for drinking but also for playing and swimming is a well known fact. That they are terrific swimmers, among the best of all land mammals, maybe less so. Elephant families playing in water, immediately transmit their feeling of boundless joy to the human lucky enough to observe them.

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Learning from Elephants

It seems to me that elephants are suddenly being talked about everywhere. Our efforts to assist their survival in the wild and mitigate their suffering in captivity is beginning to contribute to our understanding of elephant nature. In awe, we begin to discover how much they resemble us and how much we can learn from them. Conservationists, biologists and many others, directly involved in dealing with elephants, will continue to find and publish astounding discoveries about elephants. Below you will find summaries of a few of them, while impatiently waiting for the next amazing pachyderm news.

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Surviving wild elephants

Today there are about 50,000 wild elephants surviving in Asia and about 350,000 wild elephants in Africa. The number of wild elephants is dwindling rapidly for both species. Their conservation in the wild is important. Elephants are an umbrella species, meaning that entire eco systems with many other fauna and flora species depend on their survival.

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