Elephants are stressed out by close encounters with tourists

Elephants at Knysna Elephant Park, South Africa, appeared less stressed when the park was closed to tourists during lockdown

Christina Tholander

A wildlife park in South Africa is no longer allowing tourists to touch elephants after research showed that the animals were stressed by human visitors.

When the park closed due to the covid-19 pandemic, researchers saw a sharp fall in behaviours newly identified as likely signs of anxiety in elephants. Once the park reopened to tourists, the elephants exhibited anxious behaviours even more than before the lockdown, prompting the decision to prohibit …

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