Elephants are fiercely intelligent mammals by nature, and scientists who study them on a daily basis already know a lot about them.
Despite this, a herd of endangered elephants in China has entirely baffled biologists around the world, while also enthralling an entire nation.
Elephants are known for traveling short distances. This herd, on the other hand, has been trudging through China for more than a year. The elephants have now traveled about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from their original habitat, a significant distance.
They are likely to have begun their trek last spring from the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in the country’s southwest, near the Myanmar-Laos border.
The elephants began to migrate north, and in recent months, they have appeared in a number of villages, towns, and cities.
“No one knows the truth. It’s almost certainly related to a lack of resources – food, water, and shelter – which makes sense given that human disturbances are increasing in most areas where Asian elephants live in the wild, resulting in habitat fragmentation, loss, and resource reduction “According to Joshua Plotnik, assistant professor of elephant psychology at City University of New York’s Hunter College,
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Running out of room
Because it does not follow a set path, scientists agree that this is not migration.
However, because of strong conservation efforts, China is one of the few areas in the world where elephant populations are increasing.
Poaching has been severely punished in China, and the wild elephant population in Yunnan province has increased from 193 in the 1990s to around 300 now.
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