Elephant music

Wed, 2008-08-20 13:44 by sauron · Forum/category:

Hello, I have been wondering for awhile now what would happen if you played an elephant greetings ceremony in the wild, to captive elephants in a zoo? The main reason I wanted to know this was to show people how intelligent and complex elephants really are. I thought if I could play them (captive elephants) a recording and they responded (in someway) then I could use this as proof to get people to understand that elephants are not useless beasts. I can't afford to get over to Africa or even India to record such a ceremony, is there any recordings availible I could use or any studies into elephant language I am missing?
thanks Sauron.

Thank you

Thu, 2008-09-04 21:26 by sauron

Thank you the websites have been really helpful and they are very interesting. I was thinking of doing a study into it, which I didn't really explain. But the website elephant voices has made me modify it a little. Incredible site thanks. I absolutely love Echo and her beautiful family...

Elephant Music

Fri, 2008-08-22 08:04 by cmoss

There has been extensive work carried out on elephant vocal communication using recordings and playbacks. Can I suggest you refer to www.elephantvoices.org. Joyce Poole and Petter Granli are the experts on communication and many of your questions will be answered on their website.

Thank you!

Fri, 2008-08-22 09:01 by Tykesinheaven

Dear Cynthia,
Thank you for the elephantvoices.org site! It is very informational and comprehensive.
Great site!
As I am a first year law student studying animal protection law ( particularly elephants and the ivory trade ) I find your site and other sites like these to be very helpful.

Thank you

Wed, 2008-09-24 04:29 by samiskool

Thank you so much you do not know how much this means to me i am so thankful for that I love you dearly.
LOve Samantha

Elephant music and electronic communication

Fri, 2008-08-22 08:39 by Tykesinheaven

Also, on Carol Buckley's Elephant Sanctuary site there is a video of elephants hearing their elephant friends talking on a recording for the first time in a long time.

Winky & Wanda meet Tina and Tarra electronically

A Detroit resident made a copy of the video on our EleCam site of Tina and Tarra talking and playing. She played the video for Winky and Wanda at the Detroit Zoo. As far as we know, this is the first time that Winky and Wanda had heard communications from Tina or Tarra. Winky and Wanda's incredible reaction was captured on video as well. Listen as Wanda (high pitched squeaks) talks back to Tarra as she chirps, barks, rumbles and trumpets. It is magical to listen to what sounds like a live conversation between the two. Obviously, Wanda found Tarra's vocalizations engaging, responding in a totally unguarded, playful manner.


Also, musician, Jami Sieber traveled to Thailand to play music with the " Elephant Orchestra." This is an amazing video as well.

Elephant concert :)

Fri, 2008-08-22 22:54 by Tykesinheaven

This also from www.elephants.com

Divas in Concert - Listen to the Divas when they get a late-night barn party going!
I am a musician as well, and to me, this sounds similar to jazz! :)
Anyway, it's really amazing, and they sound exuberant and happy!

Playback studies

Wed, 2008-08-20 18:57 by Hans

This method has been used a lot recently in the wild, like playing back sounds of well-known, little-known, unknown elephants or even lions and studying the resulting behavior. The elephants hearing the sound react quite clearly and such that it is obvious that they very clearly distinguish between their friends and other elephants.

However, there are two caveats.

  1. You need a special high-power, low-frequency amplifier and speakers.
  2. Playing sounds to zoo elephants is of very limited scientific interest, because we cannot know how unnatural their reaction is.

I cannot answer your question though. Perhaps you can find more information on our sister web site elephantvoices.org, which deals primarily with elephant vocalizations.

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