Allomother


Definition of Allomother

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Like all African elephants, this sweet one-day old babe will be raised by mom as well as his "allomothers.". credit: John Vosloo/bioGraphic
Like all African elephants, this sweet one-day old babe will be raised by mom as well as his "allomothers.". credit: John Vosloo/bioGraphic



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Records about Allomother from the Gajah Glossary at https://www.asesg.org/PDFfiles/Gajah/23-01-Glossary.pdf Allomother: [see also: Auntie] (Riedman "1982:405; Lee 1987; Buss 1990:15,110; Moss & Colbeck 1992:86) Maternal behavior by a female not the calf's mother; may include comfort suckling. Juvenile or Adolescent female elephants that comfort, assist, and protect calves in the family unit, but are not the calves' mother (but may be their older Sibling) . Allomother and Auntie are similar; in general the former is a more prolonged assistance with the young.

M. Philip Kahl and Charles Santiapillai, Gajah Elephant Glossary, Gajah nr 23 (2004), Journal for Asian Elephant Specialist Group


Reference list Koehl, Dan, (2024). Allomother. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 September 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/index.php?id=62. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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