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Elephants and people need role models

Hi all,

Dionysus in  full musth in mid nineties. (©ElephantVoices)One of our readers, Amy Mayers, sent this to us: A Public Service Announcement put out by the US Government that uses lessons from elephant behavior (a paper on which I was an author from 2000) to argue for bettering fathering.

Well, the elephants in the clip are from Amboseli (some of my all time favorites, like Dionysus, in image to the right), not from South Africa, and while the behavior it describes is not actually what we see in the video, and it mostly gets the sexes of the elephants wrong, the message is a good one and true for both elephants and people. The youth of both species require good adult role models in their lives. Growing up without them spells trouble.