Placing the tip of the trunk over a scent of interest and immediately flattening the fingers of the trunk over the sample. Sucking or blowing may ensue.

References: Rasmussen 1998; Poole & Granli 2003. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Advertisement & Attraction


Context: Advertisement & Attraction (1)

A young male Sniff-Ground as he approaches a pile of dung. He stops before the at the pile and Places his trunk tip on the ground over a spot where urine was likely deposited. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)


Context: Advertisement & Attraction (2)

A male is Sniffing-Urine deposited by an estrous female several minutes before. Intermittently he presses his trunk fingers flat on the ground in a Place and occasionally exhibits Trunk-Flick-Down. When he departs a younger male who has been Queuing-Up repeats the pattern. (Amboseli, Kenya)