Friday, December 12, 2008

Zoo Elephants Living Shorter Lives

"Living in a zoo shortens an elephant's life, according to a new research study published in the journal Science.
The study compared the life spans of African and Asian elephants living in European zoos between 1960 and 2005, with the life spans of African elephants living in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya and Asian elephants living in a reserve in Myanmar.
"We looked at about 300 African female elephants [in zoos], and of those, none have made it past the age of 50," says study author Georgia Mason of the University of Guelph in Canada. "In Amboseli National Park, about a third of the females will make it past age 50."
The results for Asian elephants were less promising. According to Mason, half the animals living in Myanmar had died by age 41, whereas in European zoos, half of all elephants die by the age of 19.
"Quite a dramatic difference," says Mason.
Zoos need to do a better job of figuring out what elephants in captivity need to live a long and healthy life, she says."

A flashback for me, my mind going back to an article I read, in a paper prepared for Myanmar foresters. I can't remember what the details were, but this one item is stuck sideways in my memory, the reason for the shorten life of Myanmar Timber Enterprise, Logging Elephants by its most prominent expert.

The expert at the time, simply said the reason : " the lack of sex!".

That's the reason why the great beasts were dying younger.

And yeah, it could be depressing to the point of dying if you're chain to a post and a beautiful lady elephant is 15 feet away swaying.

So, could this be applied to men, we are living longer because we are getting more of it!.

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