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January 23, 2020 - Africa Geographic

Who is who? Elephant identification tips and tricks

Who is who? Elephant identification tips and tricks
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How many large-tusked bulls remain? How socially connected are different population members? How successful are human-elephant conflict mitigation methods?

These questions are all examples of key research objectives for Elephants Alive. If at first glance you think these questions have little in common, look again, and you’ll see they all rely on a key piece of information – who’s who. Identifying elephant bulls falls under the umbrella of the ID Study and is Elephants Alive’s longest-running project, having begun in 1996. Since then, the team have identified almost 1,500 individual bulls.

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