Ivory poaching, sociality, and the role of behavior in conservation
The potential of animal behavior to contribute to conservation biology has been acknowledged for decades, but empirical work to realize this potential has been surprisingly slow (Sutherland 1998; Caro 2007; Angeloni et al. 2008; Berger-Tal et al. 2015). Behavior that reliably conveys the response of populations to human threats may be particularly useful in assessing population status and recovery potential as it can be measured over relatively short time periods. African elephants (Loxodonta africana) rely heavily on behavioral decisions and are highly dependent on complex social processes that ...
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