New Research On Matriarchs

Wed, 2011-03-16 13:38 by jamie1990 · Forum/category:

This research suggests older female elephants make wiser leaders for their families, i believe the elephant in the video clip is the late Echo.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9425000/9425590.stm

Thanks for posting

Wed, 2011-03-16 17:14 by Hans

Thanks for the link! I think this is a very interesting line of research.

By the way, in the video, the voice quietly saying, "bunching", is Graeme Shannon's, and the lions are not really there. Their roars are played from a huge low-frequency amplifier and speaker system in Graeme's very special research car. The tedious research involves playing various sounds over and over to different groups of elephants, while meticulously measuring their response and all other essential parameters, followed by mathematical analysis.

Too bad that not even the BBC is able to put a video online correctly—it is distorted, such that the elephants are vertically squashed (a 4 : 3 video stretched to 16 : 9). But it still shows the elephant behavior.

bunching

Mon, 2011-03-21 15:03 by Donna Reynolds

I can't get enough of this video, albeit squashed. Their graceful, intentional but seemingly unhurried movements remind me of drops of rainwater collecting together till a stream forms. That excited little calf who ends up in the front over on the left no doubt was clearly directed back into the protected area soon after the video ended !

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