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It's all in the trunk

Elephants are large, but how large? See how heavy a bull elephant is when its mass is described in numbers of cars or people. An elephant's trunk is a wonderful adaptation - a perfect tool. See why! Find out how elephants communicate using everything from loud trumpeting to low-frequency rumbles.

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Elephant evolution

The elephant, the largest land mammal, is believed to have evolved from an aquatic pig-like animal. Many of its ancestors, such as the woolly mammoth, have become extinct, but three species of elephants remain. Find out to which marine animals elephants are thought to be closely related.

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Elephants: more than a beast of burden

In Asia, elephants have had a special role in society for thousands of years. The elephant is a mode of transport and a heavy lifter, and elephants were once used in times of war. There is even an elephant god in the Hindu religion.

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Don't get into a flap about elephant ears

It is now known that three species of elephants live across Africa and Asia: two in Africa and one in Asia. In this clip we look at how elephants from different climates have slightly different features and differ in size. Find out which elephants have the biggest ears and the wrinkliest skin - and why!

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Elephant tusks: blessing or curse?

Did you know that an elephant's tusks are its teeth? Tusks are a useful tool. See how elephants use them for foraging and digging or as weapons. Unfortunately, tusks are highly prized by hunters. Find out how the trade in elephant tusks (ivory) impacts the elephant population. What is being done to protect these majestic animals?

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Scenes in Hamilton, c1915 - asset 8

This is silent black-and-white film footage of circus elephants pulling a large wagon that is bogged on a muddy track. It opens with the intertitle 'CIRCUS IN DIFFICULTIES' and then shows a line of elephants attached to a wagon by harnesses and chains. The wagon is laden with canvas and poles that may be part of the big ...