Top 20 Elephant Facts you wish to know

Want to know more about elephants? Check out our list of 20 elephants to learn more about these wonderful creatures!. There are many great facts about the elephant though that you should learn about, and this is the place to do so.

  1. Elephants are the largest of all land animals in the world.
  2. It takes a female 22 months from conception to have a baby. This is longer than any other animal in the world.
  3. A newborn elephant can stand up shortly after being born. They can weigh up to 260 pounds.
  4. The average life span for an elephant in the wild is from 50 to 70 years. They oldest known elephant in the world lived to be 82 years of age.
  5. The heaviest elephant in the world weighed 26,000 pounds.
  6. It is only a myth that elephants are afraid of mice. Movies such as “Dumbo” and pretty much any cartoon containing an elephant have perpetuated this myth for many decades, however the origin dates far further back in time (perhaps even as early as A.D. 77).
  7. The trunk of an elephant has more than 150,000 muscles and tendons in it.
  8. Elephants are herbivores. They eat a lot of different types of plants, mostly eating leaves, bark, fruits of trees and shrubs.
  9. Elephants have an excellent sense of smell and hearing but poor eyesight.
  10. Generally one tusk will be shorter than the other. This is because the elephant will use it more often for things. Just like people are either right or left handed it is believed that these animals rely upon a dominant tusk.
  11. The tusks of an elephant can weigh up to 200 pounds and can grow up to 10 feet in length.
  12. At 11 pounds, the elephant has a brain that is larger than any other animal in the world.
  13. For up to 16 hours a day elephants can be found feeding on a variety of plant life. They can consume from 300 to 600 pounds of food every single day.
  14. Baby elephants are blind at birth and rely upon their trunks and their mothers to help them.
  15. Most elephants in zoos, working, and in the circus are females as they seem to be easier to control. Males tend to go through cycles where they are instinctively aggressive.
  16. Males enter stages referred to as must where they are in a state of madness for a short period of time.
  17. Females can continue to have offspring until they are about 50 years old. They tend to have a new baby every 2 ½ to 4 years. Twins are extremely rare for elephants.
  18. Elephants are known to have a type of tuberculosis which can be transferred to humans. This is why those that work closely with them have to get a vaccination to prevent it.
  19. Reproduction can take place any time of the year for elephants. As long as they feel secure and they have plenty of food it is something that will regularly occur.
  20. Elephants can hold up to 4 gallons of water in their trunks at one time

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