African elephants can detect water from natural and artificial sources via olfactory cues

Matthew Wood, Simon Chamaillé-Jammes, Almuth Hammerbacher & Adrian Shrader
Water is vital for mammals. Yet, as ephemeral sources can be difficult to find, it raises the question, how do mammals locate water? Elephants (Loxodonta africana) are water-dependent herbivores that possess exceptional olfactory capabilities, and it has been suggested that they may locate water via smell. However, there is no evidence to support this claim. To explore this, we performed two olfactory choice experiments with semi-tame elephants. In the first, we tested whether elephants could...
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