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Rumble in the jungle: an ear to the ground can tell us how elephants are faring in the wild

By Michael Reinwald, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Zoology, University of Oxford
Beth Mortimer, Royal Society University Research Fellow of Zoology, University of Oxford
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African elephants can be found roaming the forests and grasslands of 37 countries across the continent. But sadly, these sentient and intelligent animals are rapidly declining, and were recently declared endangered.

For these remaining elephants to find each other, they make a variety of vocal noises to greet and warn each other, or to woo potential mates. Some of their vocalisations, which are called rumbles, are very low-pitched. So…


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