The Asian elephant is facing environmental changes, due to the growth of the human population and the decline in natural habitat areas.
Social learning is key. It is defined as "learning facilitated by observing, or interacting with, another individual (or their products)". Finding the right food resources, or choosing foods among others, are all skills that elephants can learn socially from an early age. The influence of social structure and social learning can allow elephants to adapt quickly but unfortunately also appear to be instrumental in learning inappropriate behaviors such as crop looting.
An important study
The study of social learning strategies is becoming a major concern in alleviating human-elephant conflicts. Understanding the mechanisms (how, when, what and by whom) could help develop effective alternative strategies to the conservation and management of wild and captive populations.
This collaborative study with Annaëlle Surreault-Châble, based on observational and experimental approaches, will provide a complete analysis of the characteristics of intra-species social learning and inter-species transmission as well as the influence of relationships social studies on learning strategies.
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This year, we have decided to expand our shop and undergone a facelift for a multitude of new products. Also, this Saturday, April 16 mark the opening of the new Comptoir de l’Ours!
At the beginning of February, 15 students in Master 1 Ergonomics from the University of Clermont-Ferrand were present at the park. These students are future ergonomists involved in professional environments.
Bily, is a young male born on June 19, 2021 at ZooParc de Overloon in Holland. He left Monday morning at the same time as his sister who went to another zoo in Holland.