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What are elephants really ‘saying?’ First-ever library reveals communication mysteries.

28/05/2021 04:48 PM | Click to read full article

National Geographic Explorer Joyce Poole reflects on her life’s achievement: an ethogram cataloguing nearly 50 years of data on African elephant behaviour.

On May 25, the database went public, allowing anyone from a high schooler to a university professor to search for a particular behaviour—say, an elephant calf butting its head—and find several videos that explain why the animal is making that particular action.