A new study has found that wild elephants in Kenya can distinguish between human languages, and they can detect whether a voice is that of a man, woman, or boy. The results show that elephants utilize their famed powers of memory to study people and identify potential threats. According to one of the researchers, elephants “have developed this very rich knowledge of the humans that they share their habitat with.”
It may seem harmless to feed breadcrumbs to ducks, or to leave picnic scraps for other wildlife—but it can hurt both animals and humans. Human foods can cause serious health problems for wildlife. And, this feeding can condition animals to approach humans to look for food, creating dangerous changes in their natural behaviors. Click here to learn how Born Free USA promotes responsible coexistence with wildlife, and be sure to download our brochures for more information.
Link: The News Tribune
Bindi Irwin, 15-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has announced her partnership with SeaWorld—which incited immediate public backlash. SeaWorld’s reputation has been marred since the award-winning documentary, Blackfish (2013), called into question SeaWorld’s practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity.
Link: Daily Mail
A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals, ruling against seven owners who opposed the law. Ohio defended the law as protecting animal welfare, public health, and public safety associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
Link: WRGT Fox 45
Born Free founder and trustee Virginia McKenna has urged Anglican and Catholic leaders: “Anyone who is in a position of influence, whether it’s the Church, politicians or leaders of society, you have to persuade all those people that seem to crave these little bits of carved teeth, that what they crave is a piece of death.”
Link: Amara Elephant Blog
A recent article proposes that we can protect elephants by farming them—but Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, carefully debunks the author’s claims, point by point.
Link: The Guardian
Federal biologists are preparing to release two captive Mexican gray wolves in Arizona to strengthen struggling wild populations. But, state lawmakers are working to fund litigation against expansion of the wolf-recovery zone, broaden who can shoot endangered Mexican gray wolves, and push future wolf releases to Mexico. Senator Chester Crandell (R-Heber) backs three bills that would challenge the Endangered Species Act’s requirement to preserve rare species.
Link: AZ Central
Jon Patch, host of the Talkin’ Pets radio and internet show, discusses Born Free USA’s involvement in World Wildlife Day (March 3). As Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, explains, “The global wildlife trade is among the most profitable illicit enterprises along with drug and gun running… It is a wildly destructive and cruel enterprise that must be controlled.”
Link: Talkin’ Pets