Elephants are considered the most magical creatures animal on Earth and have many unique and hidden features. To know more about these great species, check out below these 40 interesting facts about elephants.
1. An elephant is the world’s largest land animal.
2. An elephant’s tusk weight may exceed up to 200 kg.
3. The largest elephant was an African elephant, weighed around 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall.
4. An elephant is the only mammal who can’t jump.
5. Elephant’s average lifespan is around 60 to 70 years old.
6. Elephant’s trunk has more than 40,000 muscles.
7. August 12th is World’s Elephant Day.
8. Male elephants are called bulls and females are called cows.
9. Elephants don’t like peanuts.
10. An elephant needs around 300 kg of food & 160 liters of water each day.
11. An elephant’s heart average weight is around 27 to 46 pounds.
12. An Asian elephant can hold 8.5 L of water in its trunk.
13. The brain of an elephant is 3 or 4 times larger than humans.
14. Elephants have an amazing sense of smell.
15. Elephants generally sleep 2 to 3 hours each day.
16. An elephant can reproduce at the age of sixteen.
17. In 1903, Edison electrocuted an elephant to demonstrate that Tesla’s AC current was fatal.
18. A baby elephant is called a calf.
19. Elephants can understand human-like emotions such as feeling a loss, grieving and even crying.
20. Elephants have the longest gestation period of all the animals, 22 months.
30. Elephants use their incisor teeth for defense, digging for water and lifting things.
22. Elephants have four molars. One molar can weigh around five pounds.
23. Like humans, Elephants have death rituals.
24. Elephants waive their trunks to smell better.
25. Elephants can identify themselves in a mirror.
26. The Kenya Wildlife Service has documented the killing of 97 elephants so far this year.
27. Elephants use sand or mud to keep themselves safe from sunburned.
28. Newborn elephants are born blind & stand up shortly after their birth.
29. Elephants can easily differentiate men and women.
30. The most expensive coffee brands of the world made coffee from the dung of Thai elephants.
31. The total global elephant population is estimated to be 650,000.
32. Elephants use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel while swimming.
33. Elephants greet each other by wrapping their trunks together.
34. One of the largest known elephants was named “Jumbo”.
35. An elephant can identify the presence of rain from 150 miles away.
36. Around 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory.
37. Elephants are scared of bees.
38. Elephants are herbivores and can spend around 16 hours a day searching for leaves, bamboo & roots.
39. The African elephant and the Asian elephant are the only two distinct species of elephant left in the world.
40. Elephants use their large ears to radiate excess heat away from the body.