Link to ElephantVoices Gestures Database. Image shows Post-Copulatory-Stance: A mated female stepping forward Head-Raising, Ear-Lifting, Tail-Raising and Rapid-Ear-Flapping, streaming Temporin and with Mouth-Open calls with a powerful series of characteristic rumbles. The female alternatively turns toward the male and reaches her trunk to touch his penis (Test-Genitals) or semen on the ground (Test-Semen) and then again turns rapidly outward and upward (away from the male; probably to ensure long-distance advertisement of availability; this would also qualify as a form of Spinning) Ear-Lifting, Tail-Raising and Rapid-Ear-Flapping and with Mouth-Open calls loudly and repeatedly at lengthening intervals and diminishing sound pressure levels. These extremely powerful and characteristic calls attract the attention of distant males and may be repeated for up to 45 minutes. Copyright: ElephantVoicesWe like to share with you some media articles on The Amboseli elephants: A long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal. We are delighted to see a focus on our particular contributions to the book - our chapters on elephant postures and gestures and vocal communication.

The Amboseli book has been very well received. We hope that many of you will feel it is a "must have" - also knowing that all royalties from this book goes straight to Amboseli Trust for Elephants. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project really is the benchmark study of African elephants and this book documents the many discoveries that have been made over almost four decades of monitoring and research. The findings and continued work of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project is of major importance for all efforts related to elephants and elephant conservation around the world.

You can read and download the articles mentioned through the links below:

icon New Scientist: Nature's great masterpiece. Opinion interview Cynthia Moss. (607.98 kB)

icon Mail Online: Squabbles over directions, rows and discussions: How the elephant world mirrors our own (405.7 kB)

icon Sunday Times: Chats, flirting and travel rows - Jumbo is just like us. (198.51 kB)

Visit ElephantVoices online databases related to gestures and communication:

ElephantVoices Gestures Database

ElephantVoices Call Database - Call Types

ElephantVoices Call Database - Contexts

The long-awaited scientific book, The Amboseli elephants: A long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal, was launched in February 2011. All royalties from the book go to Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

ElephantVoices' Joyce and/or Petter have contributed to six chapters in the book including:

  • Ethical approaches to elephant conservation
  • The behavioral context of African elephant acoustic communication
  • Signals, gestures and behaviors of African elephants
  • Longevity, competition and musth: A long-term perspective on male reproductive strategies
  • Male social dynamics: Independence and beyond
  • Decision-making and leadership in the using the ecosystem


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