Elephants sleep

Thu, 2007-07-26 08:20 by Hans · Forum/category:
Ella wakes up her calf, July 2007 SB youngster sleeping IA/IC family dozing, October 2006 SB calf fast asleep, shades eye with ear

The first photo, taken by Harvey (of Ella from the EB familiy, waking her calf), inspired me to write down that elephants not only sleep, but also lie down for sleeping.

Adult elephants sleep for about 3 to 4 hours at night, a whole family group at the same place and time, while young elephants are sometimes overcome by sleep at other times. Then you can see their mothers patiently guarding their sleep, like the other photos of the SB and IA/IC families (taken by Harvey in Oct-06).

But if it takes all too long, the mother may wake up the kid, and that's exactly what Harvey caught Ella doing in the photo.

Harvey also mentioned, "We're constantly getting calls, usually from tourists or tour bus drivers, but sometimes even from KWS that there's a 'dead elephant' at such-and-such a location. Like just last week: Katito had to rush to beyond Serena to diagnose the situation. Usually turns out to be a sleeper. Shows that it's quite a common occurrence and that the Amboseli elephants are in general so tranquil that they feel comfortable 'letting down their guard'. You almost never see it in areas where eles are hassled."

Identified Elephant: Ilsa

Sat, 2012-05-26 08:45 by Elephant2011

In the image of the IA/IC members, the big female to the very right is Ilsa.

Very Interesting

Mon, 2008-04-07 18:37 by brunometsu

I had no idea that elephants slept lying down.

Elephants Sleeping

Wed, 2008-04-09 06:09 by niall anderson

One of the 'Echo' films (the second, I think) has a fascinating sequence of the the whole family of the EBs sleeping at night, backed up by the excellent commentary of Cynthia and David Attenborough; it's well worth watching, and gives a further perspective on the protective role of the matriarch.

Sleeping Elephants

Tue, 2008-04-08 18:17 by clm1950

Most Western and European tourist have only seen elephants in zoos and circuses. These poor captive elephants are usually too insecure to ly down and nap or they don't really have a comfortable place in their small enclosures. If they do lay down, it would be after the zoo closes at night when there aren't so many people around. It is very rare to see a sleeping elephant in a zoo. I became aware of the difference when I started supporting The Elephant Sanctuary and was able to watch the elephants, secure in their freedom. lay down and nap. You can watch 7 former circus elephants enjoying being elephants now by watching the cam at www.elephants.com

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