Listen, Learn, Elephants

Thermal imaging on an elephant in the Dzanga clearing. Photo by Peter Wrege

Thermal imaging on an elephant in the Dzanga clearing. Photo by Peter Wrege

Way back when, we first shared what we had read and visually devoured about this project, and the last line of our post at that time asked if “one of our Lab-based contributors will help us with an introduction to their office mates in the Elephant Listening Project?”. Not until now were we nudged to think again and do something about it. Stay tuned…

Meanwhile, thanks to the folks at Science Friday and the donor-listeners and producers of the amazingly diverse public radio networks in the USA, tune in to learn more:

Elephants have different rumbles and roars for how they greet each other, warn about danger, and even to show that they’re annoyed. Peter Wrege, director of The Elephant Listening Project, recorded an event called “mating pandemonium,” where a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate. Wrege discusses the possible reasons for this pachyderm party.

You can learn more about the thermal imaging technology Wrege used to see the event in this Picture of the Week article.

Produced by Alexa Lim, Associate Producer

GUESTS

Peter Wrege
Director, Elephant Listening Project
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

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