A Baby Elephant weighs about 210 lbs (or 95kg) at birth.
Elephants are pregnant for almost two years! At 22 months, that is longer than any other animal.
Asian Elephants are bigger at birth, but African Elephants are bigger as Adults!
The typical lifespan of an Elephant is 70 years.
Up to 16 hours are spent foraging every day, but only 2-3 hours are spent sleeping.
With their trunks, they are able to determine the size, shape and even temperature of an object.
Elephants have an amazing sense of smell, but their eyesight isn’t that great. They can smell water from 12 miles away!
Ellies drink around 210 liters of water a day.
Have Mud, will Wallow! It's not just for playing - Elephants actually have very sensitive skin, so they use the mud and dust to protect it.
Some Scientists claim that besides humans, Elephants are the only mammals that have chins!
An Elephant has more than 100,000 muscles.
Elephants are afraid of bees, and bee-hive fences are successfully used to help protect human food crops from Ellies.
Elephant tusks are actually enlarged incisor teeth which first appear when elephants are around 2 years old. Tusks continue growing throughout their lives.
Their feet are sensitive underneath, and closely spaced pointed rocks are an excellent deterrent to protect vulnerable infrastructure and people against human wildlife conflict.
The ears of African Elephants are much larger than that of Indian Elephants and are shaped like the African continent.
Elephants communicate in several ways - including sounds like trumpet calls, body language, touch and scent. They can also communicate through seismic signals - sounds that create vibrations in the ground - which they may detect through their bones, and sensitive feet. Some of their sounds are too low in frequency for humans to hear.
No matter what size or shape, we absolutely LOVE Elephants, and believe that everyone should do their very best to protect them too!
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Written by Carina Crayton (Co-Founder WHWF)