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A rare white buffalo calf has made its extraordinary entrance into Yellowstone National Park, fulfilling a sacred prophecy of the Lakota tribe. Chief Arvol Looking Horse describes this miraculous birth as both a “blessing and a warning.” The white buffalo symbolizes hope and better times ahead, but it also serves as a reminder of the urgent need to live in harmony with nature. The tribe held a special naming ceremony, but the calf’s name remains a mystery for now.

Can elephants really call each other by name? Thanks to machine learning, researchers have analyzed nearly 500 elephant vocalizations and uncovered something amazing. It turns out, elephants emit unique sounds, much like names, to communicate with each other across the vast savanna. The most common sounds they make are low-frequency rumbles, which can travel up to 1.5 miles—though they’re often inaudible to human ears. This discovery sheds new light on the sophisticated social lives of these incredible animals.

A new chapter in Portugal’s wild history is about to unfold! In a bold move, Rewilding Portugal is introducing eight European bison to the lush landscapes of the Greater Côa Valley. This ambitious project aims to breathe new life into this biodiversity hotspot and boost wildlife tourism, following the successful reintroduction of aurochs (see “Cattle cave art brought to life” in the May 2024 Dispatches).

In the shadows of social media, wildlife traffickers are thriving. Investigations have uncovered a troubling reality: social media algorithms connect traffickers faster than moderators can shut them down. These criminals exploit weak regulations from tech companies that police themselves, turning platforms into bustling marketplaces for illegal wildlife trade. As the global community grapples with this issue, a pressing question emerges: who is responsible for stopping this dangerous trend?

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