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The Elephants of Africa

The Poaching Problem

Between 1979 and 1989, the worldwide demand for ivory caused elephant populations to decline to dangerously low levels. During this time period, poachings fueled by ivory sales cut Africa’s elephant population in half. Since they were big targets and sported the largest tusks, savannah elephants took the worst hit. But as soon as these elephants […]

Incredible Suckers

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NATURE’s takes you into the depths of the ocean to discover the secrets of INCREDIBLE SUCKERS. The most remarkable life still undiscovered on our planet will certainly be found in the sea. As new machines explore this inner universe and penetrate depths beyond our reach, we are finding creatures — such as cephalopods — that […]

Incredible Suckers

Web & Print Resources

Web Sites Ocean Planet: In Search of Giant Squid http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/squid_expedition.html An interactive Web exhibit, via the Smithsonian Institution, on Dr. Clyde Roper’s quest for live giant squid. The Cephalopod Page http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/ FAQ and a wealth of information about these creatures. Cephalopoda http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Cephalopoda&contgroup=Mollusca Basic information and references about cephalopods. Cephalopod International Advisory Council http://www.nerc-bas.ac.uk/public/mlsd/ciac/index.html A cephalopod […]

The Elephant Men

Additional Resources

Online Resources We recommend these Web sites for those interested in the subjects shown on the program. All links are valid as of May 26, 2000. Asian (Indian) Elephant www.panda.org/resources/publications/species/threatened/AsianElephant/ A detailed report from the World Wildlife Fund. The Elephant Sancturary www.elephants.com/ Web site of a Tennessee habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered Asian elephants. […]

The Elephant Men

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What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and found Earth’s largest land animals trampling your most treasured possessions? If you are a farmer in Northeast India, answering that question is no idle game — it is a matter of survival when a wild Asian elephant herd wanders out […]

Bower Bird Blues

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It was one of the biggest breakups in history. More than 40 million years ago, the island continent of Australia snapped free of the vast landmass that included Antarctica and South America and began to drift toward the equator. Cut off from the rest of the world, plant and animal life on the super-island began […]

Extraordinary Dogs

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NATURE takes a close look at a familiar friend with an amazing capacity for love and learning in Extraordinary Dogs. Dogs are anything but common animals. They develop lifelong bonds with the people that take care of them. Sometimes, they instinctively know when a human or animal companion is in trouble and in need of […]

The World of Penguins

Flightless Wonders

In the spring of 1498, seamen sailing with Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama on his historic voyage from Europe to India were astonished to discover a flock of large swimming birds leaping like porpoises from the deep waters off Southern Africa. The remarkable creatures, one sailor wrote, “had a cry resembling the braying of donkeys.” […]