Last year, a group of elephants made a decision (决定): go north! After months of traveling, they made it 500 kilometers away from their home in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. And it seems that they are not going to stop their trip anytime soon.
“Asian elephants often stay within certain areas. It’s very rare (罕见的) to see them travel such a long way,” said Chen Mingyong, a life sciences professor at Yunnan University.
Scientists are still not sure why they are doing this. Some believe it’s because they are looking for better food. According to Zhao Huaidong from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the number of Asian elephants is rising because of human protection efforts (努力).v So their old homes might not have enough food for them. Meanwhile, the crops, vegetables and fruit that people grow are quite attractive to elephants.
Another possibility, according to Chen, is that they have lost their way. Some scientists also believe that they are traveling due to migratory instinct (迁徙本能). Recent solar (太阳的) activity has changed Earth’s magnetic field (磁场). This might make the elephants think that they should migrate.
Protecting the animals
During their long journey, the 15 elephants have already damaged (破坏) 561,333 square meters of crops and caused economic losses (经济损失) of nearly 6.8 million yuan. But since they enjoy Class-A protection in China, the same as the giant panda, we need to protect them. To ensure the safety of both humans and the elephants, people have fed them tons of food to guide them away from towns and cities. Seventy-six police cars and trucks and nine drones (无人机) have been used to keep an eye on the elephants. Scientists also suggest that we should use harmless fences (栅栏) to guide them on their way home.没有相关文章