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Humans can be put to shame by dolphins, elephants and apes with their sheer intelligence

Humans have the opportunity to learn not only from our primates; but also from dolphins, dogs and elephants as they exhibit immense brain power.

Last elephant leaves Chicago zoos

Chicago -- Elephants, staple attractions at Chicago zoos since the 1880s, have disappeared with the shipping of the last one to a park in New Jersey, officials said.

On Wednesday Brookfield Zoo shipped a 27-year-old female African elephant named Joyce to a Six Flags park in New Jersey, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Six Flags loaned Joyce to Brookfield a year ago as a companion to Christy, a 28-year-old female elephant at the zoo, but when Christy died last December Six Flags decided it wanted Joyce back in its herd of elephants at Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari in New Jersey, the newspaper said.

Tiniest creatures defend trees

Gainsville, Fla.-- Researchers say one of Africa's smallest creatures -- the ant -- is up to the job of protecting trees from one of the continent's largest animals -- elephants.

University of Florida biology Professor Todd Palmer says hordes of angry ants will crawl up into elephant trunks to repel the ravenous pachyderms from devouring tree cover throughout drought-plagued East African savannas, a university release says.

"It really is a David and Goliath story, where these little ants are up against these huge herbivores, protecting trees and having a major impact on the ecosystems in which they live," Palmer said. "Swarming groups of ants that weigh about 5 milligrams each can and do protect trees from animals that are about a billion times more massive."

Elephants as neighbors: Whaddya do?

Petani, Indonesia -- Several families abandoned their homes because of their neighbors -- a herd of hungry elephants squatting in a village on the Indonesian island of Bengkalis.

Petani village residents said the elephants were still hanging out Thursday, but the number had dwindled to a few from the initial 45, Antara New reported Friday.

"For the past two weeks we have been staying in the homes of people in another part of our village located far from where the elephants are," one displaced resident, Raya, told the newspaper.

Raya said he and his neighbors didn't try to drive the herd out because they were afraid the animals would become aggressive and attack them.

Malawi begins 'epic' rescue to save African elephants

Cape Town, June 11: A massive relocation of elephants has begun in the southern African nation of Malawi, as part of a move that experts say would help protect some 60 pachyderms from human persecution.

The elephants will be transported by trucks, about six hours journey from the conflict-prone Phirilongwe region to Majete Wildlife Reserve, over the next few days.

The elephants moved into the populated Phirilongwe area where the Malawi Lake provided them water after their jungle habitat nearby dried up due to droughts. The pachyderms also raided crops.

Kenya finds bees protect against elephants

Nairobi -- African farmers say they have found a simple way to cut down on elephant raids on their crops -- cheap, easily installed beehive fences.

Farmers could not keep elephants off their land with the use of simple fences, Kenya residents said, and many were forced to shoot the massive animals.

But, one of Africa's biggest creatures is afraid of one of its smallest -- the bee, farmers discovered through an Oxford University pilot study. So, fences were draped with hives and angry bees often would respond when elephants tried to break through the fence.