Their intelligence. Elephants understand that ivory is the reason they’re being killed. There are very, very few big bulls with big ivory left in the world, and the two or three still in Tsavo have become nocturnal. I’ve seen a bull with big tusks by the road turn his back, trying to hide the ivory.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about elephants?

Daphne Sheldrick, interview in TIME Magazine, June 4, 2012

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this is absolutely heartbreaking

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So I was watching one of those elephant documentaries and some guy walked over to the elephants and the elephants all crowded round to look at him and stroke him with their trunks.

And it reminded me how when there’s a cat in the garden my entire family will go out and cuddle it.


Elephants think humans are cute.

Now we know what elephants blog about.




What are these strange, fantastical creatures? Elephants.

These illustrators from the 12th-16th centuries may not have actually seen elephants themselves, but they had read about them in books — and were just as able to illustrate them as they were able to draw any many of other exotic or fantastical beasts that they’d never personally seen, either.

Many of the facts that you remember observing about elephant behavior from cartoons actually date back to the medieval bestiaries and before. The Aberdeen Bestiary, for example, tells you that that “Elephants have a lively intelligence and a long memory; they move around in herds; they flee from a mouse.”

This assortment of images comes from the new linkspage on elephants in medieval/Renaissance artwork.

 Mythbusters tested the mouse thing. It was hilarious and also true. 












1. Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and coffee plant (Coffea arabica)

2. Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) and wild gardenia (Gardenia thunbergia)

3. Gambian epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorus gambianus) and apple guava (Psidium guajava)

4. Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and wood-apple (Feronia limonia)

a series of paintings i made for my family as holiday gifts. it loosely revolves around the theme of “zoochory,” or seed dispersal by animals (via digestion and poop = “endozoochory”). some of these relationships only exist in an agricultural context (kopi luwak coffee, bat and the non-native apple guava), but i guess that’s what happens when you pick plants that are also human-favored food items.


3 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins Illustrations



A Comparative View of the Human and Lion Frame

A Comparative View of the Human and Stag Frame

A Comparative View of the Human and Elephant Frame

Lots more views of each comparison at the links. The book also has pretty thorough descriptions of notable anatomical mistakes common in art, and how to avoid them.