BBC News about African elephants
Elephants recognise human voices
Elephants are able to work out ethnicity, gender and age from the sound of a human voice, according to a study.
Elephant cull effects 'last decades'
African elephant society remains disrupted by culling operations that took place decades ago, research reveals.
Elephants 'understand human gesture'
African elephants demonstrate what appears to be an instinctive understanding of human gestures, according to UK scientists.
Mothers shape elephants' future
An African elephant mother's ability to feed and care for its calf has "long-lasting consequences" into adulthood, a study suggests.
Elephant poaching 'out of control'
More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research
African elephant poaching threatens wildlife future
African elephants are being killed in their thousands, on a scale not seen for 20 years, threatening the very survival of the species in the wild. Gabriel Gatehouse investigates.
Older female elephants are wiser
Elephants pay close attention to their elders when responding to a the threat of a predator, according to a study.
African elephant 'is two species'
Genetic research claims to have resolved a long-standing issue by showing that African bush and forest elephants are distinct species.
Crop raiding elephants 'stressed'
African elephants that invade farmers' crops have higher levels of stress hormones, say scientists, showing they perhaps anticipate the risks of the raid.
Elephant damage 'good for frogs'
Areas heavily damaged by elephants are home to more species of amphibians and reptiles than areas when the beasts are excluded, a study suggests.
Ivory seized in airport luggage
Thai customs officers have reportedly seized more than 90kg of ivory being smuggled into the country in luggage.
Cameroon farmers doubt elephant chilli ball idea
Farmers in Cameroon express doubts over a UN suggestion to use pepper spray to stop stampeding elephants destroying their crops.
Tracking down the elusive Knysna elephants
There has not been a confirmed sighting of an elephant in the Knysna forests of South Africa for decades, after they were hunted to the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. But signs of their survival can still be found, as Hamilton Wende discovers.
Elephant research in Kenya 'washed away' by flash flood
Flash floods have washed away a major scientific research centre used to study Africa's wild elephants.
Beehive fence deters elephants
A simple fence made from wood, wire and beehives can deter elephants from raiding farmers' crops.
How elephants keep tabs on family
Elephants keep track on up to 30 absent relatives by sniffing out their scent and building up a mental map of where they are, research suggests.
Bees to make elephants 'buzz off'
The buzz of angry bees could provide some relief for African villagers whose crop fields are regularly pillaged by hungry elephants.
African elephant is two species
Researchers say there is genetic evidence to show that Africa's elephants form two separate species.