African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences,"    "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives."    Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

Early life care shapes African elephants' future

"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences," "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives." Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant bull. by bluefern. Lone African elephant bull in the wild African bush near a water hole.

African elephant path, Loxodonta Africana group of three walking back into the bush, in front grass, behind trees and bushes, three adult animals, view from behind, full body, Etosha Park, Namibia

African elephant path, Loxodonta Africana group of three walking back into the bush, in front grass, behind trees and bushes, three adult animals, view from behind, full body, Etosha Park, Namibia

African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered

African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered

wish I could travel with these beautiful creatures... African Elephant.

wish I could travel with these beautiful creatures... African Elephant.

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