Researchers studying elephants have discovered that when one elephant makes a sound, they all might respond, indicating they might use a form of communication similar to names. This was supported by a recent study in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Reserve. Scientists listened to over 100 wild African savannah elephants and found a part in their sounds that seems like a name, showing which elephant was being talked to. They used a computer program to see how elephants reacted to calls meant for them. The results showed elephants reacted more when calls were directed at them, getting excited and moving closer to the sound. Lead researcher Mickey Pardo from Cornell University thinks this means elephants might use names to talk to each other, showing how smart they are. George Wittemyer, the conservation biologist involved in the study, highlights the significance of elephant friendships and their communication and play. He notes that while other animals use unique sounds for individual names, elephants may consider this aspect more deeply. However, much remains to be understood about elephant communication.