Picks and Pans Review: 5 Cool Facts About Elephants
>Elephant Reflections pairs Karl Ammann’s intimate photos with insights by author Dale Peterson:
1 THEY’RE INTO TOOLS They’ve been seen using sticks as back-scratchers, “stripping away leaves to improve effectiveness.”
2 THEY USE INFRASOUND, carrying on long “conversations” below the range of human hearing.
3 THEY AREN’T SEXIST OR AGEIST They live in matriarchies led by the oldest, most knowledgeable female.
4 THEY GET EMOTIONAL They “spin around, while roaring and trumpeting,” when reunited with old friends.
5 THEY’RE SELF-CONSCIOUS They study themselves in mirrors. In one experiment, a zoo elephant “used the mirror to examine the back of her ear.”