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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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Elephant Cognition: What We Know about What Elephants Know

Elephant Cognition: What We Know about What Elephants Know

(p.174) Chapter 11 Elephant Cognition: What We Know about What Elephants Know
The Amboseli Elephants

Richard W. Byrne

Lucy A. Bates

University of Chicago Press

Elephants have a reputation for formidable memory and intelligence, but research specifically investigating their cognitive abilities is still in a nascent stage. This chapter assesses what is currently known about the cognitive skills of elephants by reviewing evidence available from a wide range of sources: it includes observations from field studies of wild elephants and anecdotal reports gathered from the trainers of semi-captive, working elephants, in addition to the relatively few studies of elephant cognition published in scientific journals. To put this preliminary assessment into perspective, the chapter makes comparisons with primates.

Keywords:   elephant cognition, cognitive ability, memory, cognitive skills, primates, working elephants

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