All About Elephants: Are They Just Like Us?
Why are we so fascinated by elephants? Are they really as smart as people say they are? Did you know that elephants grow up in a matriarchal society where the politics of family is strikingly similar to our own? During this course, Dr. O’Connell-Rodwell will take you on a journey to her long-term elephant field study within Etosha National Park in Namibia, where she has studied the resident elephant population for almost 30 years. Through evocative images and video sequences, she will present and discuss her findings about elephant societies and their parallels to our own and show you how to identify individual elephants and experience their “character.”
I have been reading rather voraciously about elephants for only a year or so, and took myself on an elephant safari in Kenya toward the end of 2022. In the reading and in talking with guides and researchers, the name Caitlin O’Connell stands out as a true heavy-hitter in elephant study and writing.
This video, apparently from a Zoom (or Zoom-esque) presentation is informative, conversational, insightful and a chance to listen informally to a great source telling us about elephant anatomy, behavior, vocalizations, social structure and much more. A lot of info packed into an hour.
More than well worth your time and appreciation.