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Scent trails could boost elephant conservation


Travelling elephants pay close attention to scent trails of dung and urine left by other elephants, new research shows.

Scientists monitored well-used pathways and found that wild African savannah elephants – especially those travelling alone – were “highly attentive”, sniffing and tracking the trail with their trunks.

This suggests these scents act as a “public information resource”, according to researchers from the University of Exeter and Elephants for Africa.

More research is now needed to find out whether humans can create artificial elephant trails to divert elephants away from farms and villages, where conflict with humans can cause devastation to communities. MORE