LIVE WEBCAM WITH ELEPHANTS AT REID PARK ZOO
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- Location: Reid Park Zoo, Tuscon, Arizona, United States
- Source: www.reidparkzoo.org
Two live streaming webcams showing African Elephants at the Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona.
Reid Park Zoo is part the elephant species survival plan and also supports the Tarangire Elephant Project in Tanzania.
In the wild, African elephants have a life expectancy of 25-41 years, but have been known to live up to 60 years of age. They are highly intelligent creatures with a complex social behaviour. Their vocal communication includes rumble vocalizations which have such low frequencies they are below the range of human hearing and can travel for several kilometres. Elephants are known to display a deep sensitivity and awareness of death and will return repeatedly to carcasses and skeletons of deceased herd members, running their trunks gently over their remains as though paying their respects.
Elephant herds consist of females, who are usually related, calves and young bull calves. The eldest female, called the Matriarch, most often leads the herd. Bull calves get kicked out of the herd when they reach about 12 years of age to join the bull “bachelor” herds or to become a solitary bull. Bull herds will only join a female herd when it is mating season, or at a waterhole. The gestation period in female elephants is 22 months. When the calf is born it can weigh 100kg-120kg and stands about 85cm tall.