The Social Director of the Animal Kingdom – Elephants and Memory

The Social Director of the Animal Kingdom – Elephants and Memory

Have you ever been told that you have a memory like an elephant? In case you weren’t sure if it was an insult or a compliment, I have come to clear that right up – it is indeed a compliment [Tweet this!]. Elephants are considered to be among the most intelligent mammals in the animal kingdom, and one of their most unique features is their ability to recall – specific elephants, people, events, and places.

The Scientific American explains that elephant herds are usually led by the matriarch of the family who retains a great deal of social information about the herd. She knows exactly who the members of the herd are – who is present and who is missing. She can retain memory on up to 30 of these comrades and is immediately suspicious of unfamiliar new elephants who come along.

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