Rumble Spot

Scott was trying to get video of the area between their eyes, to show how it vibrates when they rumble. It starts with Maia, but Guida wants her turn to share as well. It can be hard, in this video, to see the vibrations, but you can see the area rise and fall with their deep breaths. At the end, you can also see Maia stick her trunk in Guida’s mouth.

People have asked about this behavior being to search for food (especially when Maia is doing it), but in the video you can see she is smelling the roof of her mouth. This is where their Jacobson’s Organ is located, which is a patch of sensory cells that detect heavy moisture-borne odour particles. This organ is also useful in the process of communicating chemical messages and may also be involved in the detection of chemical signals related to aggression and territoriality. Elephants can be seen both blowing smells from their trunks, into their mouths in this area as well as allowing other elephants to smell this area.

June 23, 2019


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  1. REPLY
    Tom DiCarrado says

    No matter how many videos I watch I keep feeling – “what amazing animals” and how much they all need our help…

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    Debbie Sides says

    Love these girls! This blog is very informative too. Thank you.

  3. REPLY
    Sherry says

    God knows what he is doing when he creates HIS beautiful animals for us to love, care, and enjoy!!
    Thank you sanctuary for caring for all of the animals!
    God will bless you!

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