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Abnormal behaviors in Elephants; Swaying is normally linked to distress

There are some Elephants behaviors that can be said to be natural or stereotypical, but then there are some that are considered to be abnormal. The swaying of an Elephant is something that is often linked to distress, so if you see an Elephant swaying then it’s likely that something is wrong. Other abnormal behaviors in Elephants include:

  • Playing with objects that aren’t toys
  • Obsessively chewing on things
  • Self-mutilation
  • Excessive shaking or twitching
  • Aggression towards people or other animals

However, it has also been noted that some captive elephants sway due to an instinctual need to keep balance. Swaying can also be a sign of physical discomfort, such as when an elephant is experiencing joint pain.

Trunk-in-air behaviour is another sign of distress in elephants. This is when an elephant lifts its trunk up in the air and waves it around, often while making a trumpeting sound. This behaviour is usually only seen when an elephant is severely distressed or agitated.

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Elephant herd and social behavior

Both African elephants and their Asian dito, the Asian elephant are extremely bound by history and social norms of belonging to a herd. When a baby is born, it will after a few hours take its first steps in the elephant herd. In the herd, elephants are constantly aware of where each individual is at all times and they know which one has just had a baby and who is sick. The elephant herd can consist of up to 100 individuals with several females and youngs and only one older bull. The elephant herd can split into several smaller herds (or “elephant units”) if the group is too big.

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Top destinations for elephant safari in Africa

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When it comes to African safaris, the elephant is one of the most popular animals featured. From Kenya to South Africa, elephant sightings are reported by many avid travelers and animal enthusiasts, making Africa an elephant hotspot for elephant safaris. Elephant Safari’s take you deep into the wild where elephants roam freely without fences keeping them within designated areas.

These amazing creatures have been on this earth for millions of years and continue to amaze us with their intelligence and social behaviors. Safari tours that specialize in Elephant viewing have become increasingly popular these days among families, couples, teenagers, groups of friends, individuals who are simply passionate about seeing the beauty of nature up close & personal. This blog post takes a look at some of our favorite destinations across Africa for Elephant safari tours!