A Natural History of the African Elephant

A Natural History of the African Elephant

Explore the physical characteristics and social behaviors of the African elephant.

Grades

7 - 12+

Subjects

Biology, Geography

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This video takes an up-close look at African elephants in their natural environment. Viewers will gain insight into the structure of elephant matriarchies—communities made up of related females—and learn about how members communicate to coordinate movement, care for one another, and mourn the deaths of family members.

The video also provides a brief overview of the physical characteristics that make African elephants so unique—including their tusks. The illegal poaching of elephants for their tusks and the resulting black-market trade in elephant ivory has pushed the elephant population to the lowest levels ever recorded.

Produced to accompany the National Geographic film Battle for the Elephants, which explores the history of and economics behind the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, this short video takes us into the world of the African elephant—a world where survival is increasingly at risk.

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Writer
Elaine Larson, National Geographic Society
Editor
National Geographic Society
Producers
J.J. Kelley
Elaine Larson, National Geographic Society
other
Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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