Zoo Life Shortens Elephant Lives in Europe, Study Says

John Pickrell, National Geographic News

This article from National Geographic examines claims that zoo life decreases the longevity of elephants. Researchers have found that Asian elephants in European zoos typically live about 15 years, only half as long as elephants in timber camps. Asian elephants can live as long as 65 years in the wild, the researchers said. The article lists many reasons for the discrepancy, and a call to improve the lot of captive elephants.

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Earth System Topics: Biosphere
Topics: Ecology
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