Brief provided by Fiona French and Lisa Yon from The Elephant Welfare Group.
Elephants are naturally social, communicating within their herds, and as they live in a fission fusion society, when groups split off from each other, they often communicate over distance with others from their larger group.
Please consider the nature of the acoustic feedback being offered – for example, is it biologically salient? Is this an important factor for the output to be enriching? What sounds might it cause unwanted stress?
Auditory enrichment may be problematic in an environment with more than one animal – after all, we wouldn’t expect everyone to enjoy the same music; some people prefer silence to any kind of noise; choice of music depends on mood. Therefore, any design must take into consideration the context and offer solutions for:
Everyone contributed to the elephant brainstorming session, but we didn't develop any elephant concepts in the afternoon as we were a small group and could only focus on 3 animals.