One of the things that the scientific discipline teaches us is just how little we know.
With the plethora of information on elephants that passes my desk on a daily basis, be it in the conventional media, the various social media channels, or in the scientific literature, you would think we know all there is to know about these magnificent creatures and how they interact in their environments.
This week during a visit to Cozumel, Mexico, our team discovered a dog in desperate need of help. Covered in used motor oil and little more than skin and bones, we found him as we were passing through the mangroves – dense, jungle-like swamps – in the remote, south east side of the island. In his mouth was the carcass of an opossum, as he was starving and scavenging for anything to eat.