35 Incredibly Amazing and Interesting Facts About Elephants


Thursday, July 22, 2021

35 Incredibly Amazing and Interesting Facts About Elephants

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Elephants are the largest existing land animals. There are at least 3 species of Elephants in the world, the Asian Elephant, the African Bush Elephant, and the African Forest Elephant. Elephants can be found in a variety of habitats throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, including savannahs, forests, deserts, and marshes. Elephants are very interesting animals to know. There are many amazing and interesting facts about the elephants. We will discuss many of these interesting facts about elephants. So, lets start. 

1. An elephant's skin is an inch thick.

2. They don't like peanuts. Because they are too high in protein for elephants to eat.

3. They only sleep 2 or 3 hours each day.

4. Elephants enjoy water and are excellent swimmers.

5. Some of the smartest animals on Earth are elephants.

6. Elephants purr like cats do, as a means of communication.

7. Elephants use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

8. Elephants' eyesight is poor but they have an incredible sense of smell.

9. Female Elephants can have babies until they're about 50 years old, they tend to have one baby every two and a half to four years, twins are very rare.

10. The main reason why elephants are hunted by poachers is their tusks, although it is known that ivory consists of dentin a tissue that is similar to bone and has no special effects or qualities

11. Although the elephant trunk is huge weighing about 400 pounds but it can even pick up a single grain of rice.

12. The skin of an elephant is so sensitive that even a fly landing on it can be felt by elephant.

13. Newborn elephants can stand up shortly after birth, they are born blind and weigh up to 260 pounds.

14. Elephants have been utilized as work animals since the ancient times.

15. Historically elephants were considered formidable instruments of war.

16. Elephants are popularly thought of as having an excellent memory it's possible that they possess a cognitive map that allows them to remember large-scale spaces over a long period of time.

17. An elephant's average lifespan in the wild is between 50 to 70 years.

18. The oldest elephant in captivity ever lived was Ling Wang an Asian elephant who died in February 2003 at the age of 86.

19. Elephants produce several types of sounds perhaps the most well known is the trumpet which is made during excitement distress or aggression.

20. Touching is an important form of communication among elephants, individuals greet each other by stroking or wrapping their trunks, older elephants also use trunk slaps, kicks and shoves to discipline younger ones.

21. Elephants are capable of human-like emotions such as stealing, loss, grieving or even crying, they remember and mourn their loved ones even many years after their death. when the elephant whisperer Lorenz Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house two morning.

22. The closest living relatives to elephants are hyraxes, small thick-set herbivorous mammals often mistaken for rodents.

23. Elephants are not scared of mice as some myth suggests, however they are scared of ants and bees.

24. Beehives are used by farmers in various African countries to keep elephants out of their fields.

25. Elephants can only move forward and backward; they cannot truck, jump, or gallop. They're so big and heavy that they can't lift all four legs off the ground at the same time.

26. Elephants are incredibly big on land, but dwarfs in comparison to whales. Only the tongue of a blue whale can weigh as much as an adult elephant.

27. Elephants can detect seismic signals with sensory cells in their feet they can also hear these deep pitch sounds when ground vibrations travel from the animal's front feet up its leg and shoulder bones and into its middle ear.

28. Elephants use mud as a sunscreen, protecting their skin from ultraviolet light. Without regular mud bath to protect it from burning, insect bites and moisture loss, their skin can suffer some serious damage.

29. Elephants are avid eaters and can consume up to 600 pounds of food for 16 hours daily. They can also drink up to 80 liters of water a day.

30. Like human elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror.

31. Unlike many mammals which grow and replace baby teeth with only one permanent set of adult teeth, elephants have tooth rotation cycles throughout their lives.

32. The trunk of an elephant has more than 40,000 muscles.

33. The largest elephant on record weighs 26,000 pounds and was 13 feet high.

34. One elephant females undergo the longest gestation period of all mammals, they are pregnant for 22 months.

35. Elephants have a preference for one tusk over the other, similar to how people are left or right-handed.

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