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35 Fun Facts About Elephants

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35 Did you know facts about elephants!

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  • Elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet
  • Contrary to popular belief, elephants are not scared of mice! Although they are scared of bees!
  • Elephants love to swim! It gives their joints a break from their heavy weight
  • Elephants are the only mammals that are unable to jump.
  • Elephant pregnancies last 22 months, making it the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom.

elephant picture, elephants playing

  • Elephants are capable of giving birth until they are 50 years old.
  • Elephants can laugh and cry!
  • Elephants only have four molars, two on top and two on the bottom. They only grow a total of 6 sets of molars in their lifetime. Each one of these being the size of a brick!
  • When an elephant has lost all 6 sets of molars it will be unable to eat and sadly will eventually die.
  • Elephants are self aware. They can recognize themselves in a mirror!

elephant herd, elephant family

  • Elephant trunks have over 40 thousand muscles in it!
  • Elephants will suck in water or through their nose and spray it on its body. They do this as a way of cooling down! They may then spray mud onto their bodies to use as a form of sunscreen.
  • There are three distinct species of elephants, the Asian elephant, the African forest elephant and the African Savannah elephant
  • Both Asian and African elephants are female led groups. They will also occasionally let strangers join their groups too!
  • An adult males tusks can grow up to 7 inches a year!

cute elephant baby

  • Tusks are used to dig for salt and water, to carry and move things to clear a path and to defend themselves!
  • Elephant skin is so sensitive it can feel each fly that lands on it!
  • Elephants like to play with each other! This is a way for elephants to bond
  • Elephants greet other elephants that have left for a long time! They remember each individual member of their group
  • Elephants use their tusks to make trees, this establishes an elephants territory

elephant face, elephan tpose

  • When migrating for food, elephants will spread seeds around they land. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem!
  • New born elephants are born blind and weigh around 260 pounds!
  • An elephant group welcome and look after are recently born elephant
  • Elephants can detect seismic signals with their feet!
  • Elephants can consume around 500 - 600 pounds of food every day!

elephant herd

  • Elephants spend around 16 hours a day eating.
  • Elephants use their trunk as a snorkel when they are swimming.
  • Elephants have incredible memories.
  • Elephants can remember their dead. If they walk past a spot where an elephant died they will stand still and do nothing for around 5 minutes! We believe this is their way of paying respect to their dead!
  • The elephants trunk is its nose and partly its top lip. The trunk is extremely sensitive and can be used to pick up a blade of grass but also strong enough to rip branches off trees!

adult male elephant

  • Elephants purr as a way of communication
  • Elephants "trumpeting" sound made during excitement or aggression can be heard from up to 6 miles way!
  • Elephants stroke or wrap trunks as a way of communication. Older elephants even slap their trunks to discipline younger elephants!
  • Elephants have learned to migrate at night to avoid poachers and other threats!
  • Elephants are capable of many emotions including feeling loss and grieving. They remember their group members years after their death! A true story about when the "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony died, a heard of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him!

adult elephant

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