When Elephants Heal With Plants

Laos’ domestic elephants prove to be experts in medicinal plants, a knowledge that has now been cataloged by researchers at the Research Institute for Development (IRD) who publish their work Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Indeed, these pachyderms were widely used in the past to transport rice crops and hardwoods in a country covered with tropical forests. And mahouts, who have cared for their animals for decades, have long known that elephants consume different plants depending on their state of health and for females during pregnancy or lactation.

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