BIG SHOES TO FILL: University of Graz undergraduate researcher Isabella Schaberl passes a water-filled elephant footprint, home to rich communities of tiny invertebrates, in Kibale National Park, Uganda.COURTESY WOLFRAM REMMERS
Elephants have passed a test of intelligence which scientists say has “profound” implications for our understanding of their mental capabilities. They were found to be capable of performing a task that showed they have a level of self-understanding that is rare in the animal world and defeats humans until they are about two years old.
Elephants have already shown they can recognise themselves in a mirror, something that is thought to be relatively rare among animals.
Forest elephant extinction would exacerbate climate change. That’s according to a new study in Nature Geoscience which links feeding by elephants with an increase in the amount of carbon that forests are able to store.