A Dwarf Elephant With Outsized Attitude

Download Audio

The world’s first documented wild dwarf elephant, who was seen briefly in 2013 before vanishing again, is alive and well, according to Pruthu Fernando, from the Centre for Conservation and Research in Sri Lanka.

At just five feet at the shoulder, the existence of the dwarf elephant surprised researchers. And so did his attitude.

Vicki Croke from WBUR's The Wild Life blog joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to tell us more.

When the dwarf elephant reappeared this year, he was again full of fight, taking on another, much larger male. Video courtesy of UdawalaweElephants.

Interesting to hear the biologist’s reaction during this short video when he first sees the dwarf elephant in 2013. Video courtesy of UdawalaweElephants.


This segment aired on December 24, 2014.


More from Here & Now

Listen Live