Lunar Cycle May Influence Elephants' Crop 'Raids'

African elephants appear to use the cover of darkness to avoid being detected by humans when raiding farmlands for food, according to a new study.

The study also showed that the elephants even adjust their foraging with the lunar cycle, which also is believed to be a way of avoiding contact with humans.

“Elephants are cathemeral, meaning they are active during day and night, but raid crops almost exclusively at night, suggesting they only venture close to villages when they believe …

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