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Elephants show herd dynamics

Like all animals, elephants like to play. Asha and Chandra at the Oklahoma City Zoo are no different.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: November 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm •  Published: November 24, 2010

Elephant sisters Asha and Chandra are smart, social animals, but they're typical sisters, Oklahoma City Zoo keeper Dorothy Forman said.

Elephants live in matriarchal herds with complex dynamics.

Even in a herd of two, Asha and Chandra have their own rapport, Forman said. Sometimes they'll stand right next to one another, even though they have thousands of square feet of stall space and outdoor habitat. They'll touch trunks and examine one another.

But other times the social animals want some private time, Forman said.

“They enjoy each other,” she said. “They also like their time apart. Like any sisters will, one bugs the other one and they like to go to the other side of the stall and have a little separate alone time.”


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