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The Amboseli ElephantsA Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal$
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Cynthia J. Moss, Harvey Croze, and Phyllis C. Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226542232

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226542263.001.0001

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Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge in African Elephants

Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge in African Elephants

(p.162) Chapter 10 Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge in African Elephants
The Amboseli Elephants

Karen McComb

David Reby

Cynthia J. Moss

University of Chicago Press

This chapter evaluates the extent of social knowledge based on vocal signals in female African elephants. It examines how information on social identity is coded in calls and the distances over which this information remains intact. The chapter considers the causes and consequences of differences in social knowledge acquisition between family groups, highlighting the key role of the matriarch as a repository of social information.

Keywords:   social knowledge, vocal communication, African elephants, female elephants, social identity, family groups

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