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Elephants' Legendary Memories Help Herds Survive

An elephant family in Tanzania featuring calves and adult elephants
An elephant family in Tanzania featuring calves and adult elephants


2008-08-11 - London, United Kingdom
Elephants really do have a memory like, well, an elephant. Elephant matriarchs seem to retain memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water, a new study suggests. These memories could be key to the survival of their family groups during lean times. "Understanding how elephants and other animal populations react to droughts will be a central component of wildlife management and conservation," said lead author of the study, Charles Foley, of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...



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