15 Fun Facts About Elephants

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1. Elephants are pregnant for a whopping 22 months. Longer than any other animal. That’s nearly 2 years!

2.  At birth, a baby elephants weigh 210 lbs (or 95kg).

Here is baby Wan Mai shortly after his birth on 17 February 2015.

Here is baby Wan Mai shortly after his birth on 17 February 2015.

 

3. African elephants are smaller at birth than Asian elephants but are much bigger as adults.

4. The trunk is an incredibly useful, dexterous and clever appendage. It is able to sense the size, shape and temperature of an object.

The amazing elephant trunk!

The amazing elephant trunk!

5. Their trunks are pretty incredible and elephants have an amazing sense of smell, but their eyesight isn’t great.

6. To prove that point, elephants can smell water from 12 miles away!

7. That makes sense when you consider that they drink 210 litres of water a day.

Got to get that water in!

Got to get that water in!

8. Elephants spend up to 16 hours foraging every day.

9. But only 2-3 hours are spent sleeping. That shows what their priorities are!

10. All those mud baths that elephants take? That is because elephants actually have very sensitive skin, so they use the mud and dust to protect it.

Just back from our mud/ dust bath!

Just back from our mud/ dust bath!

11. I guess that makes sense when you consider that the typical lifespan of an elephant is 70 years!

12. Sadly, around 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory tusks.

13. On a lighter note, elephants are the only mammals besides humans to have chins!

Is that my chin you're looking at?

Is that my chin you’re looking at?

14. An elephant has more than 100,000 muscle. 40 000 of which are in that amazing trunk. To put that in perspective, we humans have a paltry 639!

15. And, after all of that, I don’t know if you’ll believe this one- but elephants are afraid of bees!

Ahhhh- was that a bee?!

Oh my word- was that a bee?!

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