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by helen lucey

Elephant Emotion

By: Helen Lucey

http://pro.corbis.com/images/42-15389667.jpg?size=572&uid=%7BDCC5D705-84E8-4497-A1F7-60324A438224%7D

http://blog.tilos.hu/bossabomdia/archives/Baby%20Elephant.jpg

basic elephant facts
Basic Elephant Facts
  • Similar development stages
  • Lifespan: +70
  • There are two types
  • They are herbivores
  • They have very good memories and hearing

http://hoglezoo.org/animal.photos/african.elephant.jpg

intro to elephant society the herd
Intro to elephant society:The Herd
  • Consists of 9-12 elephants
  • Males leave at age 12
  • Led by a matriarch
  • Often split apart
  • Bond groups
  • Greeting ceremonies
  • Cows v. Bulls

http://pictopia.com/perl/get_image?provider_id=207&size=550x550_mb&ptp_photo_id=146787

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1349/997404944_3f8d653e4e.jpg?

elephant courtship

http://www.naturescornermagazine.com/NaturesBlog/images/elephant_love.jpghttp://www.naturescornermagazine.com/NaturesBlog/images/elephant_love.jpg

Elephant Courtship
  • No mating season
  • Cows call
  • Cows breed at 13
  • Bulls mostly over 25
  • Bulls compete for mate
  • Bulls do not remain with mate
  • Pregnancy lasts 22 months

http://image06.webshots.com/6/6/28/99/93462899PzJTsF_fs.jpg

family structure
Family Structure
  • Ruled by a matriarch
  • Males leave the family unit
  • Calves are born with few instincts
  • The whole female herd cares for the calf
  • Childhood lasts two years
  • The female herd cares for the calves

http://www.africabound.com.au/Elephant%20family.jpg13428

http://www.jpbutler.com/thailand/images/elephant-8-days-old.jpg

intro to elephant emotions
Intro to Elephant Emotions

www.peacecorpsonline.org

  • Debated for many years
  • Scientists observe displays of emotion
  • Other Scientists claim the elephant brain is not complex enough for complicated emotions

www.gutenberg.org

types of emotion
Types of Emotion

http://www.flickr.com/photos/residae/900013665

Scientists who have claimed to see elephants demonstrate emotion, usually see grief or joy

http://hirambocachica.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/joy.jpg

elephant joy
Elephant Joy

http://www.birdsasart.com/bn193.htm

http://www.jamd.com/search?assettype=g&assetid=72327276&text=elephants+playing+ball

  • Greeting another elephant
  • Playing a game
  • Running in circles
  • Trumpeting loudly
elephant grief
Elephant Grief
  • Shown when a fellow elephant dies
  • Stand in one place for extended periods of time
  • Attempt to revive the elephant
  • Cry

http://picasaweb.google.com/beth.r.packman/CambodiaToShare/photo#5133829734105183250

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/media/opinion.php?op=44

proof
Proof
  • Scientists often live with the elephants
  • Become very close to the elephants
  • Observe several displays of emotion
  • Use these experiences as proof

http://www.elephants.com/tarra/photos/tarra_start_photo.jpg

proof they don t
Proof They Don’t
  • Personal experience v. Numerical data
  • Other scientists believe that the personal experiences these scientists have with the elephant creates a bias.

www.estatevaults.com/lm/archives/death_and_dying

why elephants don t have emotions
Why Elephants Don’t Have Emotions:

http://www.fundacionprincipedeasturias.org/ing/04/premiados/trayectorias/trayectoria802.html

  • Many scientists argue that the type of emotion elephants feel, isn’t true emotion at all.
  • Antonio R. Damasio an influential neuroscientist argues in his book Looking for Spinoza, that these emotions are just natural instincts.
  • Self-evaluation v. Survival instincts
  • Somatosensory activity

http://www.benbest.com/science/anatmind/FigVI7.gif

the end
THE END
  • Questions?
  • Opinions?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahandadrian/1434723022/in/set-72157602150454614/

bibliography
Bibliography
  • http://www.ufodigest.com/graveyard.html
  • http://elephant.elehost.com/About_Elephants
  • http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/html/elephant_emotion.html
  • http://www.elephantvoices.org/index.php?topic=tools&topic2=tools/documents/feelings.pdf
  • http://users.exis.net/~spook/elepha.html