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Elephants in zoos at risk of abnormal behaviour because of small groups

Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups.
Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups.


2009-02-23 - Salford, United Kingdom , Louise Gray

Elephants in zoos are at risk of depression, according to a new study that found captive animals are unhappy kept alone or in small groups. The research found that most elephants in zoos are kept in groups of four or smaller. Scientists say this is unnatural for the herd animals. It not only means young elephants cannot learn important socials skills but many begin showing "abnormal behaviour" that suggests depression such as swaying on the spot or pacing in circles. Animal welfare specialist Dr...



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