"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences,"    "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives."    Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

Early life care shapes African elephants' future

"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences," "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives." Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

Africa elephants - Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species were known, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

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Africa elephants - Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species were known, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Endangered African Elephant:  African elephants are the largest land mammals and are also considered as an endangered species.     African elephants belong to the family Elephantidae, and is one of the two existing species of this family. The other member is the Asian Elephant, also known as the Indian elephant. African elephants have been classified into two subgroups - savanna elephant/bush elephant and forest elephant. African elephants are bigger than Asian elephants and savanna…

Endangered African Elephant: African elephants are the largest land mammals and are also considered as an endangered species. African elephants belong to the family Elephantidae, and is one of the two existing species of this family. The other member is the Asian Elephant, also known as the Indian elephant. African elephants have been classified into two subgroups - savanna elephant/bush elephant and forest elephant. African elephants are bigger than Asian elephants and savanna…

"Gentle Giant" by Sushmitha Reddy: Amboseli National Park is famous for the majestic African elephants. I got lucky when this massive bull came close to our vehicle on one of our game drives.

"Gentle Giant" by Sushmitha Reddy: Amboseli National Park is famous for the majestic African elephants. I got lucky when this massive bull came close to our vehicle on one of our game drives.

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