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Elephants form deep family bonds and live in a matriarchal groups of related females called a herd. The herd is led by the oldest and usually the largest female. When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the herd. Males leave the family between the ages of 12-15 and lead a solitary life or live temporarily with other males.
Elephants are very intelligent and have memories that span for years. It is the memory that guides the matriarch sometimes for miles to watering holes from the past.
They grieve, they have joy, anger and play. Recently they have discovered elephants can communicate over long distances by a sub-sonic rumble that travels over the ground faster than sound through the air. Other elephants receive the messages through the sensitive skin on their feet and trunks. It is believed this how they communicate with future mates and social groups.
December 4th, 2012
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