African Elephants Avoid Hills, Satellite Tracking Shows

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 3, 2006   View Article

African savannah elephants avoid traipsing up hills, even if the hills have an abundance of food, according to a study that tracked the animals’ movements over several years.

Scientists believe climbing hills costs elephants too much energy.

The finding suggests that conservationists must consider topography as they develop plans to protect elephants, said Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at England’s University of Oxford.

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