Elephants are now believed to have four distinct personalities to help them survive in the African bush.
With each personality type comes a different role within a herd. The 'leaders' or matriarchs for instance tend to be the oldest and have the most influence over the movements and direction of the group. Other personality types included 'gentle giants' who are the most reliable and the 'playful rogues' who are a lot more curious and active.
"Each individual in a group has a very different personality type," said Professor Phyllis Lee. "We found that these personalities have a key role in how successful the family is and how they cope with threats and adversity like starvation or drought."
"Elephants have four distinct personalities that help their herd survive in the African bush, scientists have found."
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