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Beyond memory: getting inside the minds of elephants

In this video, we take a deep dive into the intelligence of a land animal famed for its memory: the elephant.

The saying, ‘elephants never forget’ is so ingrained in popular culture that most people accept it as fact. However… memory is only one facet of intelligence.

African elephants are known to recognise groups of humans, test electric fences with their tusks to avoid injury and, yes, remember paths to resources passed down to them decades earlier.

However, can elephants cooperate to solve a puzzle? Are they any good at understanding themselves and their place in the savannah? And what does an elephant really know? This fascinating video unpacks the facts, and links the answers to effective conservation of the species.

View the original video here.

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