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In Search of Africa's Forgotten Forest Elephant

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Science  07 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5305, pp. 1417-1419
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5305.1417

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Say “African elephant,” and one pictures a vast savanna, where the largest land mammal mingles with lions, giraffes, and gazelles. In fact, about one-third of the continent's elephants live in its dark, often inaccessible rain forests, where the animals are difficult for researchers to spot, let alone study. But now, new research is bringing these huge, elusive creatures out of the shadows and shedding light on their role in rain-forest ecology and their social behavior.