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  Elephant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elephants are increasingly threatened by human intrusion, with the African elephant population plummeting from 3 million in 1970 to roughly 600,000 in 1989, to 272,000 in 2000 and then to between 400,000 and 660,000 in 2003
The smallest of all the elephants is the Sumatran Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus).
Elephants have also been used as mounts for safari-type hunting, especially Indian shikar (mainly on tigers), and as ceremonial mounts for royal and religious occasions, whilst Asian elephants have been used for transport and entertainment, and are common to circuses around the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elephant   (8042 words)

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Elephant tusks are the major source of ivory, but because of the increased rarity of elephants, almost all hunting and trade is now illegal.
The largest elephant ever recorded was a male shot in Angola in 1974, that weighed 12 tonnes (27,000 pounds, or 13.5 tons).
Elephants have been used for transportation and entertainment, and are common to circuses around the world.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/e/el/elephant_1.html   (793 words)

 Elephant (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elephant (2003) is a film by director Gus Van Sant, that takes place in the fictional Watt High School, in Portland, Oregon during a typical 'normal' school-day.
It is an allusion to the proverbial "elephant in the room," a large problem that no one talks about but everyone must find their way around as they go about their daily lives.
Elephant premiered in North America at a benefit for a youth shelter held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, October 4, 2003, with several teenagers who appeared in the film in attendance.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elephant_(film)   (1765 words)

 Elephant - Bagheera
Elephants are considered a keystone species in the African landscape.
Elephants are the ideal mobile viewing platform in the tall grass found in many parks.
Elephants have been placed on Appendix I of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which means all trade in elephant parts is prohibited.
www.bagheera.com /inthewild/van_anim_elephant.htm   (2013 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
Elephants have only four molar or grinding teeth, one to each side of the upper and lower jaws; each is a massive plate about 30 cm (about 12 in) long and 10 cm (4 in) wide.
Cow elephants mate by their 18th year, usually with a bull that is able to contend with other bulls in the herd.
Since elephants rarely bear young in captivity, they are corralled in the wild, often with the use of domestic elephants and mahouts (professional elephant handlers).
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/animals/elephant.html   (1093 words)

 African Wildlife Foundation: Wildlives
Elephants are generally gregarious and form small family groups consisting of an older matriarch and three or four offspring, along with their young.
Elephants are very attentive mothers, and because most elephant behavior has to be learned, they keep their offspring with them for many years.
Elephants seem to be fascinated with the tusks and bones of dead elephants, fondling and examining them.
www.awf.org /wildlives/71   (1571 words)

Generally, the Asian elephant has more hair on its body than the African elephant, and it is especially conspicuous in the newborn and juveniles.
Elephants reach sexual maturity between the ages of 8 and 14 years, but this varies with the prevailing conditions of the habitat.
A female elephant can give birth every 4 - 6 years, and has the potential of giving birth to about 6-7 offspring in her lifetime, which is about 55- 60 years.
www.geocities.com /RainForest/8298/ELEPHANT.HTM   (624 words)

This Divine Elephant is thought of as the progenitor of all earthly elephants and is understood as the embodiment of the huge clouds pregnant with the monsoon rains.
The highlight was the worship of the elephant by the king, his ministers and generals.
Later, as a demonstration of the Buddha's enlightened state, the mad elephant Nilagiri ("midnight-blue mountain") charged furiously at the Buddha and was pacified.
www.khandro.net /animal_elephant.htm   (1477 words)

 The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, Tennessee
Because elephants developed after (or at the same time as) the perissodactyls (horses) and the ruminants (antelope/giraffe), they had to develop different feeding habits to survive.
Researchers analyzing genes of African elephants found that the forest and grassland groups are different enough to be considered separate species, which means that three distinct species of elephants exist in the world.
She said the two African elephant species are closely enough related that they could mate productively, and the study suggested there were hybrids of the two species in the distant past.
www.elephants.com /species.htm   (1181 words)

 Elephant Man Encyclopedia Article @ LaunchBase.org (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elephant Man (born September 11, 1976 as O'Neil Bryant in Kingston, Jamaica, also known as The Energy God) is one of the most colorful characters on the dancehall scene.
Elephant Man has been widely criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against "chi chi man", a Jamaican term for gay people.
Elephant Man also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several Mixtapes in early 2006.
www.launchbase.org /encyclopedia/Elephant_Man   (415 words)

 African Savannah: African Elephant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elephants are digitigrade with pads of fibrous tissue to cushion toe bones.
Elephants live in a complex matriarchal society normally composed of 8 to 15 related members and led by a dominant cow.
Elephants have the largest brain size versus body weight other than man. New intelligence data: most mammals, excluding primates, are born with a brain weight of 90% of adult weight.
www.oaklandzoo.org /atoz/azeleph.html   (837 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Elephant
African elephants Loxodonta africana— Have large ears that are shaped like the continent of Africa, both males and females have visible tusks, their skin is very wrinkly, their backs are swayed, and the end of their trunk works as if they have two fingers there to help them pick things up.
Asian elephants Elephas maximus—; Have smaller ears, usually only the males have visible tusks, their skin is not as wrinkly, they only have one "finger" at the ends of their trunks, and their backs are dome-shaped.
Elephants often spray themselves with water, or roll in the mud or dust for protection from sun and biting insects.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-elephant.html   (1068 words)

 Greensleeves - Elephant Man
On stage Elephant is a whirlwind of activity: launching himself high into the air, climbing monitors and running from stage side to stage side in an attempt to express himself to his people.
Elephant Man had already discovered his talent at the age of 15 when he used to use school desks to beat out rhythms and rhymes to go along with them, when he determined that deejaying would be his ticket to success.
Elephant recounts when he was just starting out, "Bounty say it a go hard fi one-one man bus out fi we come together den a bigger tings" - a philosophy which he plans to employ to develop talent around him.
hosted.greensleeves.easynet.co.uk /bio/biogelephant.html   (707 words)

 Elephant Information Repository: Elephant Resources
For elephants and elephant lovers: the elephant information repository is an in-depth resource for elephant related news, elephant events, and a trunk full of elephant related information.
Elephants are amazing animals to see in their own environment.
We are associated with Amazon.com to raise awareness about the beautiful life of elephants and to generate funds for certain elephant related charities.
elephant.elehost.com   (457 words)

 Elephant Conservation
Where confined in smaller areas, elephants are at risk, for Nature never intended that they stay in one small patch for too long due to the impact they have on the vegetation.
Elephant numbers are designed by nature to oscillate in unison with natural vegetation cycles they themselves induce.
Every elephant that dies leaves family and loved ones that have grieved deeply, the dependent young doomed to die an agonising death in terror and lonely isolation.
www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org /html/elephant_conservation.html   (555 words)

 About Elephants
Elephants have greeting ceremonies when a friend that has been away for some time returns to the group.
Elephants grieve at a loss of a stillborn baby, a family member, and in many cases other elephants.
African elephants are named for the peculiar shaped ridges of their molar teeth; the ridges of an African elephant's teeth are coarser and fewer than those of the Asian elephant.
elephant.elehost.com /About_Elephants/about_elephants.htm   (963 words)

 Elephant 2000: A Programming Language Based on Speech Acts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elephant 2000 is a proposed programming language good for writing and verifying programs that interact with people (e.g.
Elephant programs that interact non-trivially with the outside world can have both input-output specifications, relating the programs inputs and outputs, and accomplishment specifications concerning what the program accomplishes in the world.
Elephant 2000 is on the borderline of AI, but the article emphasizes the Elephant usages that do not require AI.
www-formal.stanford.edu /jmc/elephant/elephant.html   (311 words)

 Elephant Printout- EnchantedLearning.com
There are two major types of elephants, the African Elephant (two species) and the Asian Elephant (one species).
Anatomy: Elephants are from 8-10 feet (2.5-3 m) tall at the shoulder, weighing roughly 6 tons (5,400 kg).
Trunk: Elephants breathe through two nostrils at the end of their trunk, which is an extension of the nose.
enchantedlearning.com /subjects/mammals/elephant/Elephantcoloring.shtml   (329 words)

 Amazon.com: Elephant: A Film By Gus Van Sant: DVD: Gus Van Sant,Alex Frost,Eric Deulen,John Robinson (IX),Elias ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elephant doesn't attempt to explain their behavior; it simply places the audience back in the brief yet interminable window of adolescence, when life is trivial and painfully important at the same time.
Elephant demonstrates that high school life is a complex landscape where the vitality and beauty of young lives can shift from light to darkness with surreal speed.
Elephant is an eye-opener to the rise of school shootings and teenage angst.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001EFUFK?v=glance   (2237 words)

 Elephants: Animal Information, Pictures, Map--National Geographic Kids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elephants also use their trunks as snorkels when they wade in deep water.
Elephants also use their trunks to yank up clumps of grasses and shove the greenery into their mouths.
Elephants also use their trunks to help lift or nudge an elephant calf over an obstacle, to rescue a fellow elephant stuck in mud, or to gently raise a newborn elephant to its feet.
www.nationalgeographic.com /kids/creature_feature/0103/elephants2.html   (380 words)

 Asian Elephants - National Zoo| FONZ
Asian elephants are endangered in the wild, where perhaps only 30,000 still live in forests of south and southeast Asia.
Elephant Trails for these majestic animals, and help to save populations both in zoos and in the wild through science and conservation initiatives.
The savanna elephant, which you may see in many zoos, ranges through open habitats in eastern and southern Africa, while the forest elephant occupies central and west African forests, such as those in Gabon.
nationalzoo.si.edu /Animals/AsianElephants   (395 words)

 The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, Tennessee
The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants.
The cameras are rotated by remote control, displaying the elephants, their entire habitat and their barn facilities.
In the wild, elephants are migratory, walking 30 to 50 miles each day, and form intricate family structures.
www.elephants.com /sanct.htm   (943 words)

 Wild Animal Park Exhibit: African Elephant
From the elephant overlook you can even view each exhibit's elephant barn and holding yards, where the elephants go in the mornings when the keepers are cleaning the spacious main yards and hiding treats for the elephants to discover.
A herd of seven African elephants, scheduled to be culled in Swaziland due to overpopulation, safely arrived in San Diego on a truly "jumbo" plane in August 2003.
One of the Park's Asian elephants, Carol, became famous in the 1970s for her ability to "paint." Her paintings were used as fund-raisers.
www.sandiegozoo.org /wap/ex_elephants.html   (458 words)

 The Elephant Man (1980)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Lynch takes The Elephant Man to a new level of technical aspiration with a dark, dank setting shot completely in fl and white.
Even though his audience views John Merrick as not the average person because of his medical condition, the story is cherished because of how it is put onto the big screen.
The Elephant Man is a classic, a striking and devastating film depicting the account of John Merrick's search for a dignified and normal life.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0080678   (690 words)

 Gus Van Sant's "Elephant" Examines the Tiny, or Tragic, Terrors Of High School
Exploring the Littleton, Colo., school massacre of 1999, the film displays such a clear and sympathetic understanding of the banality and tiny terrors of ordinary high school life that the viewer is left wondering not why this tragedy ever happened, but why it hasn't happened more often.
Also, in case anyone had noticed, during the piano scene one of the boy's artworks on the wall is of an elephant.
I thought that van sant was trying to suggest, as he portrayed the killings in an absurd and irrational manner, that the elephant was as good a motive for the killings as, say, the videos of the Third Reich that the boys watched or the bullying that they were subject to at school.
www.indiewire.com /movies/movies_030521eleph.html   (2047 words)

 Elephant (2003)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Goofs: Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the opening sequence of the film, as John's father is drunkenly driving down the street, we hear him grinding the gears as if the car had a manual transmission.
Gus VanSant's ELEPHANT isn't an unquestionable masterpiece, but it's close.
ELEPHANT stuns primarily by taking the opposite route - languid and poetic - which ultimately makes it all the more powerful.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0363589   (409 words)

 Addo Elephant National Park - Official Site - Game Drives, Horse Trails, Hiking
New areas for conservation and new opportunities for the communities living adjacent to the Addo Elephant National Park were opened up today by Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk with the official opening of the new southern access road in the Park.Minister Opens New Access Road at Addo Elephant National Park’s 75th Year Celebrations...
The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, fl rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Addo Elephant National Park seeks to be fully integrated into the regional landscape, conserves and enhances the characteristic terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecological processes and cultural, historical and scenic resources representative of the Eastern Cape region for the appreciation, and benefit of present and future generations.
www.addoelephantpark.com   (495 words)

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