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Herd Mentality: Of Pachyderms, People, and Peril

posted Jan 2, 2012, 4:26 PM by Elephants Living Free
It wasn't long before biologists began fitting the pieces of the puzzle together and realized that elephants are showing the effects of traumatic violence and social breakdown. The common characteristic of the killers is that they were orphaned at a young age and witnessed the systematic slaughter of family members. Such culls (planned killing to control populations), along with extensive habitat destruction and poaching, have reduced elephant populations to near extinction in some cases, and left formerly tight-knit, highly complex social groups in fragmented shambles.
 
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