Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication

Ann Downer

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Synopsis: Over the last twenty years, scientists have found that complex social groups of long-lived, large brained animals such as elephants often show a high degree of intelligence and use sophisticated forms of communication. Scientists are beginning to realize just how smart elephants are. Researchers are studying elephants communication and discovering just how rich and varied elephant talk iswithin a herd, between distant populations, and between elephants and other speciesincluding us. They celebrate a new birth, grieve over a dead herd member, and keep in touch with trumpeting, murmurs, trunk touches, and even vibrations that they feel through their feet. Scientists studying elephant communication hope they can use this knowledge to prevent elephant-human conflicts. Elephants have been associated with humans for 4000 years, gracing our temples, working in our forests, attending our weddings, entertaining us in circuses, and leading the charge into battle. But now the elephants are issuing a distress call. They are on the brink, in ever-closer conflict with humans over land, hunted for their ivory. Can we learn to listen to the elephant in time to save them?

About the Author: Ann Downer was born in Virginia but spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand, where she journeyed to Chiang Mai to see an elephant roundup for her twelfth birthday. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and two previous books about science, including Spring Pool: The Ecology of Temporary Ponds. For many years she worked as a science editor at a university press. The best part of that job was getting to meet and work with a lot of scientists, but she also got to spend five minutes in a playpen with a litter of tiger cubs and kayak up the Susquehanna River with eighty arachnologists. More recently she has been looking for ways to combine her love of science and story through blogs, podcasts, and graphic novels. She lives outside Boston with her husband and son and one guinea pig.

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