Animal behaviour: Elephants are capable of vocal learning

  title={Animal behaviour: Elephants are capable of vocal learning},
  author={J. H. Poole and P. Tyack and Angela S. Stoeger-Horwath and Stephanie L. Watwood},
  • J. H. Poole, P. Tyack, +1 author Stephanie L. Watwood
  • Published 2005
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Nature
  • There are a few mammalian species that can modify their vocalizations in response to auditory experience — for example, some marine mammals use vocal imitation for reproductive advertisement, as birds sometimes do. Here we describe two examples of vocal imitation by African savannah elephants, Loxodonta africana, a terrestrial mammal that lives in a complex fission–fusion society. Our findings favour a role for vocal imitation that has already been proposed for primates, birds, bats and marine… CONTINUE READING
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