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Understanding How Elephants Think Is Key to Protecting Them

January 7, 2019

Elephants are animals that have an innate ability to bring people together. Though many few people have any type of relationship with elephants, there is a genuine consensus that people feel bad for elephants. They do not understand how powerful these creatures are! However, it is no secret that the amount of elephants has dwindled in recent years. Now, scientists are noting that it is important to know how these animals think so that we are able to protect them.

Key Takeaways:

  • The rise of human populations means more encroachment on wildlife lands and this has made the conflicts between man and wildlife to increase over the years.
  • Joshua Plotnik, an expert on elephant thinking and cognition, states that they are self-aware, rivaling that of apes, and can discern the environment by smells and sound.
  • Plotnik identifies threats to elephants in Africa as poaching for their ivory while in Asia it is encroachment on their habitat leading to increased human and elephant conflicts.

"In an interview with Yale Environment 360, animal cognition expert Joshua Plotnik talks about his research into the thinking of Asian elephants and how what he is learning could help save the world’s largest land animal."

Read more: https://e360.yale.edu/features/understanding-how-elephants-think-is-key-to-protecting-them

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