Elephant behaviour

Pušić, Ivana (2009) Elephant behaviour. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Elephants live in a structured social order. The social lives of male and female elephants are very different. The females spend their entire lives in tightly knit family groups made up of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts. These groups are led by the eldest female. Adult males, on the other hand, live mostly solitary lives. Most immediate family groups range from five to fifteen adults, as well as a number of immature males and females. When a group gets too big, a few of the elder daughters will break off and form their own small group The life of the adult male is very different. As he gets older, he begins to spend more time at the edge of the herd, gradually going off on his own for hours or days at a time. The males spend much more time than the females fighting for dominance with each other. Only the most dominant males will be permitted to breed with cycling females. The less dominant ones must wait their turn.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 11
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 09:55
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3538

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