31 May '14, 3pm

'More than just a numbers game': killing elephants affects their kin

Scientists are finding that past African elephant culling operations, despite having ended decades ago, have greatly impacted surviving elephant populations and dramatically disrupted their social behavior. Researchers from the University of Sussex studied and compared the social behavior of two elephant herds: one that was severely affected by 1970 and 1980 culling operations and a herd that was relatively unaffected. In their results, published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology , researchers Prof. Karen McComb and Dr. Graeme Shannon found that the elephant herds that had experienced culling operations exhibited signs of post traumatic stress disorder. Culling is the selective process of removing animals, either for breeding or for controlling overcrowded populations. During the 1970s and 1980s, as human populations on the African continent expanded, conflicts between h...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0530-mark-elephants-killing...

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Scientists are finding that past African elephant culling operations, despite having ended decades ago, have greatly impac...