An obvious opening of the eyes to look, attentively, in the direction of interest. An elephant’s eyes are normally cast downwards. Observed in all age/se classes.

References: Kahl & Armstrong 2000; Poole & Granli 2003; Poole & Granli 2011 [Eyes-Open]. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Aggressive, Attentive, Conflict & Confrontation, Vigilance


Context: Conflict & Confrontation (1)

Matriarch, gf0223, with a long right tusk, Orients-Toward and Looks-At the vehicle in a threatening posture. She walks purposefully as if considering a Perpendicular-Walk, but appears to change her mind and pauses to Orient-Toward and Look-At the vehicle again, Standing-Tall. (Gorongosa, Mozambique)