Role of Bull Elephant2015
By Amelia Meyer
Elephants enjoy a fairly unique family structure in terms of the role of the bull and the cow. In the elephant herd, the female elephant takes the lead, meaning that elephants are matriarch-headed. The bulls play a largely functional role, that of increasing the elephant population in his territory.
Males stay with their mother and her herd for about 8 years. This period can, however, extend to up to 17 years. At this stage, they are still socially active, participating in events that affect their family. However, they remain more emotionally distant than the young female elephants, who prefer to take the lead in events like birthing and childcare.