What Dynamics Drive The Amboseli Elephant Herds?   Leave a comment

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

Amboseli is fresh, green and vibrant in the New Year, and the elephants are travelling together in big groups, creating a spectacular sight for visitors…and some serious work for elephant researchers.

Why do elephants “hang out” the way they do? And what behavioural insight can we glean from the dynamics of these enormous throngs of pachyderms?

Even with a whole ecosystem to range over (Amboseli elephants are the lucky ones), what fascinates me as a researcher are the choices they make on where to go.

Searching for my focal families in the groups of two or three hundred elephants is time-consuming, sometimes taking me an hour or more. It’s best to get out to them early, giving me time to find the family I am looking for before the group starts travelling. There is no predicting when they might decide to get underway that morning. The best days are when…

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Posted 5 February, 2014 by Wolf is my Soul in No category / Okategoriserade

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