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Published on Jan 21, 2014
Lukuru Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo www.lukuru.org
Non-vocal, tactile communication is key between members of elephant groups and they frequently caress one another. These displays of touching one another's bodies enforce close herd- and family bonds. Being their main organ of smell and touch, the trunk plays an integral role in relationship-forming and maintaining.
This camera trap footage was a result of a joint 1 year project by the Panafrican Research and Monitoring Program at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Lukuru Foundation, with additional funding provided by The Lucie Burgers Foundation for Comparative Behavior Research, Arnhem, The Netherlands, The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, and The African Wildlife Foundation. Cleve Hicks led the survey mission and Karsten Dierks served as Panafrican Team Leader in charge of the camera trap project. They were accompanied by a team of six guards from L'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature.