Elephants are highly social animals that form groups of related females and their offspring. Family groups stick together and each member rarely ventures out more than 50 meters from its nearest neighbor. The matriarch, usually the oldest and largest female, leads the group and others move, stop, and feed based on her movements. Elephant calves stay very close to their mothers and may chase behind as the herd moves. Gorongosa National Park’s scientists have set up remote trail cameras to monitor the park’s wildlife. Hundreds of thousands of trail camera photos, like this one of a young elephant, are now available through WildCam Gorongosa – a citizen science platform that allows you to identify the animals caught in these photos.
To learn more about Gorongosa watch the 6-part series on PBS: