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Hackaday Prize Entry: Elephant AI

[Neik K. Sheridan]’s Automated Elephant Detection System was a semi-finalist in last year’s Hackaday Prize. Encouraged by his close finish, [Neil] is back at it with a refreshed and updated Elephant AI project.

The purpose of Elephant AI is to help humans and elephants coexist by eliminating contact between the two species. What this amounts to is an AI that can herd elephants. For this year’s project, [Neil] did away with the RF communications and village base stations in favor of 4G/3G-equipped, autonomous sentries equipped with Raspberry Pi computers with Go Pro cameras.

Video shows elephants rescuing calf struggling to keep its head above water

It’s what any parent would to do for their child in danger. These two parents just happen to be very large mammals with trunks.

Incredible video shows a pair of adult elephants in a South Korea Zoo working together to save a calf.

The baby was standing at the side of a pool taking a drink, when it fell in and was clearly have a…

An Elephant Helps A Panicked Mother Rescue Her Baby That Fell Into A Pool

Dramatic footage from a security camera at Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea, shows how protective elephants are of their young.

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When a calf loses its footing and falls into a pool, the mother elephant appears to panic – but another adult rushes over from the other side of the enclosure.

As the baby drifts towards the middle of the deep water, the pair of adults seemed to communicate silently and decided…

Elephants Running To Say Hello To A Rescued Baby Elephant Just Proved They Are Better Than People

A video showing the whole elephant herd running to greet a rescue baby elephant is going viral, and for obvious reasons. The short clip filmed at Elephant Nature Park shows 1 year and 9-months-old orphan elephant Dok Gaew who receives the warmest welcome ever. Now, we ain’t saying elephants are better than humans, but they can surely teach us a thing or two about friendliness, empathy, and co-existing in peace.

These wonderful creatures are known for their gentle nature and enormous physical strength. They are…

More Elephants Are Being Born Tuskless Thanks to Poaching

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Natural selection as a means of evolution is generally thought of as a slow process, and it usually is. That is, unless there’s some unnaturally strong influence at work. And that’s exactly what’s happening to African elephants. The unnatural influence is humans, or more specifically, poachers, and it’s causing an increase in the births of tuskless elephants. Those who do have tusks are becoming less likely to reproduce since they’re hunted down and killed for their ivory.

Not every elephant has tusks. In a population without significant poaching going on, from 2% to 6% of females are born without tusks. Males without them are less common because they’re required weapons for earning procreation rights, and tuskless males don’t generally get to reproduce.

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In areas where there is poaching, however, the story’s very different, and the quest for elephant ivory is changing the types of offspring now being produced. In Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, half of the older females have tusks. The situation has improved since poaching was brought under control there 20 years ago, but a third of the younger elephants are tuskless nonetheless, a meaningful increase over the…

Big Game Hunter Crushed To Death By Fatally-Shot Elephant

Theunis Botha, a well-known 51-year-old big game hunter from Johannesberg, South Africa, just had his last hunt. The man was leading a group of hunters in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they saw a herd of breeding elephants. Sensing the danger, three of the animals stormed the hunters and Botha shot at them. What the man didn’t see was a fourth elephant coming after him from the side…

The animal lifted Botha with her trunk, so one of the other hunters shot her, causing the elephant to collapse. As she fell dead,…

“The Elephant Who Walked to Manchester”

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In 1872, as he prepared to retire in Edinburgh, English menagerie owner Alexander Fairgrieve auctioned off his remaining attractions in the Waverley Market. The largest lot was Maharajah, an Indian elephant 7 feet tall with 20-inch tusks. The winning bid, £680, came from James Jennison, proprietor of the Belle Vue Gardens near Manchester, who was expanding his zoological collection. The elephant rebelled at entering a horse box on the Northern British Railway, so his keeper, Lorenzo “Lion Tamer” Lawrence, simply…

10+ Baby Elephants That Will Instantly Make You Smile

Elephants are the gentle giants we all know and love – but baby elephants are even better. It’s time to show some major appreciation to the fuzzy-headed little Dumbo’s who will eventually become the mammoths of tomorrow.

Elephant babies, or calves, are usually born at about 250 pounds and 3 feet tall. They’re pretty clumsy for about 3 months after they’re born, and have hardly any control over their trunks, which they often trip over. As if that doesn’t make them enough of a handful, calves usually drink around 3 whole gallons of milk every…