elephants

Despite a strict ban on ivory trafficking in NY, these pieces were found for sale in 2016.

Fighting Ivory Trafficking with Forensic Science

Last week, just days before Central Park’s big Ivory Crush, a Lamont-Doherty geochemist and his colleague sawed off samples of the confiscated ivory for DNA testing and radiocarbon dating. Their results could determine where and when each elephant was killed—which could help catch the poachers responsible.

by |August 11, 2017
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Science Nabs Illegal Ivory Sellers

A Toronto-based company has been convicted of selling illegal ivory in the first case to use a technique for dating ivory developed by a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |March 4, 2015
African elephant Source: Wikimedia Commons, nickandmel2006

The Buzz on Elephants

African-born, Oxford-trained biologist Lucy King recently won an award for a promising solution to a longstanding problem in Africa—elephants raiding crops.

by |December 1, 2011
Photo by Follix - Elephants at the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida.

Lend me a Helping Trunk

Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently found that elephants understand and can display complex levels of cooperation to reach a common goal.

by |March 9, 2011