Browsing San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Research by Journal "Animal Cognition"
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Social learning in captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana africana)…Social learning is assumed to be important for elephants, but evidence in support of that claim is mostly anecdotal. Using a herd of six adult female African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana africana) at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, we evaluated whether viewing a conspecific’s interactions facilitated learning of a novel task….
Spatial mapping shows that some African elephants use cognitive maps to navigate the core but not the periphery of their home rangesStrategies of navigation have been shown to play a critical role when animals revisit resource sites across large home ranges. The habitual route system appears to be a sufficient strategy for animals to navigate while avoiding the cognitive cost of traveling using the Euclidean map....