According to the new study by Kenyan researchers elephants are able to differentiate between ethnicities and genders, and can tell an adult from a child and can even distinguish between languages – all from the sound of a human voice.
When the researchers played voice recordings to wild African elephants, the animals showed more fear when they heard the voices of adult Masai men than the voices of women or boys.
The elephants in the Amboseli region are so aware of this that they can even distinguish between Ma, the language of the Maasai, and other languages, says a team of researchers. The elephants know too that walking through villages on weekends is dangerous, as is crop raiding during the full moon. Get more info about African elephants…
Below is a random clip from a researcher in Kenya.
Source: Kenya News