Cinderella Syndrome (part 2 of 3)
Twenty-two months after a season of good rain, there are often a lot of elephant births in the wild. Although many elephants are born just before or sometimes during our field season, it’s rare that a baby is born during the field season to a female that we’ve been watching closely over the years. Wynona’s daughter Liza, is such a case.
During these baby boom years, we’ve seen the queen ethos theme play out all the more. This may be due to fact that more births put more pressure on the family to find more food for both lactating mom and calves that are just starting to forage, forcing the family to make hard choices (an ecological theory called Optimal Foraging). Even under the duress of the Actor family being pushed out by the more dominant Slit Ear family, headed by Ursula, there is no rallying within the family—the low ranking Wynona is still ostracized, despite being a new mom and needing that much more support.
To be continued…
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