An elephant backing toward another and presenting his or her rump for testing. Most typically females are observed to Rump-Present to males, but males may occasionally Rump-Present to other males during bouts of Sparring. Females of all ages except infants are observed to Rump-Present.

References: Poole 1987b; Poole & Moss 1989; Poole 1999a; Kahl & Armstrong 2002; Poole & Granli 2003. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Advertisement & Attraction, Courtship, Social Play, Submissive


Context: Courtship (1)

The clip starts with Pascal in musth with a Penis-Erection closely following estrous female Amparo. She abruptly stops and Rump-Presents, standing with her body close to him. There is the slow moving calm that is typical of behavior immediately prior to a Mating between a high ranking, experienced musth male and an experienced adult female. Amparo stands for him Waiting and Pascal, too, Waits. Often this is when Driving occurs. Pascal has an erection which twitches to a full erection. (Amboseli, Kenya)