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It “Musth” Be Love

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The Long-term Monitoring Team here at Save the Elephants has been observing a lot of breeding behavior in Samburu over the past few weeks. Dozens of large males have come into what we call “musth,” a state in which a male elephant’s body and behavior changes and functions to increase sexual activity. But what exactly is musth, and how does one distinguish a musth male versus a non-musth male? Like many other mammals, cycles in reproduction involve change in

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