Mate guarding, reproductive success and female choice in African elephants

@article{Poole1989MateGR,
  title={Mate guarding, reproductive success and female choice in African elephants},
  author={J. Poole},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1989},
  volume={37},
  pages={842-849}
}
  • J. Poole
  • Published 1989
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Male guarding of females, male mating success and female choice were studied for 8 years among a population of African elephants, Loxodonta africana . Males were not able to compete successfully for access to oestrous female until approximately 25 years of age. Males between 25 and 35 years of age obtained matings during early and late oestrus, but rarely in mid-oestrus. Large musth males over 35 years old guarded females in mid-oestrus. Larger, older males ranked above younger… Expand
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