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Times of Drought Show That Male Elephants Have a Linear Hierarchy

September 8, 2011 · By Angela Render

Recent stories in Smithsonian (Male Elephants Queue in Dry Times and How Male Elephants Bond) illustrate how male elephants, like their female counterparts, form complex social relationships. These relationships, in addition to giving company, provide stability during hard times. Studies indicate that a hierarchy in male elephant society keeps down violence when resources are limited.

Elephant expert, Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell said, “It was a behavior that never failed to impress me–one of those reminders that human beings are not as unique in social complexity as we like to think. This culture was steeped in ritual.”

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