They leave the family when they are about 14 years old, shortly after reaching sexual maturity, and then they have a long time before they can compete for mating with females. They go off and spend time with other young males until they grow up some more. A 14-year-old male will be less than half the size of an adult male. So he just bides his time for about 15 years, then he starts being sexually active.
Males often flirts with the females by offering them food and squirting water on their back.
Just looking at us, sizing us up, seeing if we are a threat or not
He goes from being a nice placid bull, starts secreting from the glands on the side of his face and starts dribbling urine, which has a very strong smell.
The penis of adult African bull elephant can reach lengths of four feet and weigh 60 pounds.
studies show that his testosterone levels are four to 10 times (higher) when he is in musth as when he is not in musth. The main usage of musth for a bull is to gain dominance over other bulls so that, if he does find a receptive female, he can mate.
He carries his whole body a different way, carries his head high and his chin tucked in, and has a special musth walk and musth vocalization, and he is very, very aggressive.
The male mounts the female from the rear. To achieve full penetration he has to stand almost vertically.
Only a few bulls go into musth at any one time
We get extremely close to these wild animals
The penis of adult African bull elephant can reach lengths of four feet and weigh 60 pounds. The reproductive canal of an African elephant female is over eight feet long. Female elephants are only fertile two or three days during every four month estrus cycle. Males are only sexually active for short time when they are in musth. Often times the cycles of male and females don’t coincide